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Trump: Tax Reform ‘Will Lift Our People From Welfare to Work’

President Donald Trump promoted his tax reform plan at The Heritage Foundation’s President’s Club, and also touted American values, the Constitution, and “God-given rights.” “We will lift our people from welfare to work, from dependence to independence, and from poverty to total beautiful prosperity,” Trump told an audience of about 1,000 people Tuesday night gathered at the Marriott Marquis in Washington. “Our tax plan will ensure that companies stay in America, grow in America, and hire in America,” the president said. “At the heart of our plans is a tax cut for everyday working Americans.” The tax reform proposal backed by Trump and congressional Republicans would increase the deduction for child care and caring for elderly adults; make the first $12,000 for individuals and first $24,000 for married couples income tax-free; eliminate the … Read entire article »

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EPA Pushes Back on Practice That Environmentalist Groups Used to Dictate Agenda

When environmental pressure groups can promote their agendas through closed-door rule-making with the Environmental Protection Agency, something has gone seriously wrong with the regulatory process. This is precisely what has been happening at federal agencies in recent years—but not for much longer at the EPA. On Monday, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt issued a directive to put an end to this process, which is called “sue and settle.” On the surface, sue and settle doesn’t sound bad. An organization sues a federal agency to compel it to issue regulations, which the agency was already required to do under the law. Instead of litigating, the agency just settles the dispute. If only that was how it worked in practice. In reality, sue and settle has many problems. Under sue and settle, environmental pressure groups have … Read entire article »

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Trump Backs Temporary Obamacare Fix, but Thinks Votes Are There for Obamacare Replacement

President Donald Trump said Obamacare is “virtually dead,” but appears ready to keep it on life support for another two years. Just days after ending subsidies to insurance companies, an executive policy put in place under President Barack Obama with no approval from Congress, the Senate appears to have a bipartisan agreement to restore subsidies for two years. In that time, Trump believes there will be the votes to pass a bill similar to the Graham-Cassidy legislation that would have block granted Obamacare money to states. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Chairman Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and ranking member Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., announced they reached a bipartisan deal backed by Senate leadership for a two-year extension of subsidies for insurance companies. The deal would also allow states to experiment with different standards for … Read entire article »

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Deduction for State and Local Taxes Stunts Economic Growth, Group Warns

Congress should get rid of federal taxpayers’ deduction for state and local income taxes because it ends up costing most taxpayers billions of dollars, an organization that advocates state-level reforms says in an open letter to lawmakers. Removing the deduction will save $1.5 trillion over the next 10 years, the American Legislative Exchange Council said in the letter, published Monday. “In a show of unity from across the nation,” ALEC said in a press release, more than 100 affiliated state legislators signed the open letter to Congress urging elimination of the state and local tax deduction and passage of “real tax reform.” “The legislators from 34 states represent millions of constituents from all corners of the country, including high-tax states such as Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Minnesota,” the group said. The open letter comes … Read entire article »

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Nikki Haley: North Korea Deal a ‘Cautionary Tale’ for Iran Nukes

Recalling the foreign policy failures of three past administrations with regard to North Korea, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley is suggesting following the negotiating model of President Ronald Reagan instead. “Not so long ago, an American president inherited an international arms control agreement negotiated by his predecessor,” Haley told a crowd of more than 900 in Washington on Monday night for the annual gathering of The Heritage Foundation’s President’s Club. She said allies warned that U.S. credibility was on the line, while the press “warned that if the president did not adhere to the agreement he inherited, there would be war.” Haley was referring to the Strategic Arms Limitations Talks II agreement of 1979 between the United States and the Soviet Union in drawing a parallel to President Donald Trump’s … Read entire article »

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New Report: GOP Tax Reform Could Boost Household Income by $4,000

A study released Monday by the president’s Council of Economic Advisers found that congressional Republicans’ tax reform framework would produce thousands of dollars in income growth for American households.   “Reducing the statutory federal corporate tax rate from 35 [percent] to 20 percent would … increase average household income in the United States by, very conservatively, $4,000 annually,” says the report from the advisory agency within the Executive Office of the President. Income increases could reach as much as $9,000, according to the report.   Using 2016 household income as the baseline, these effects translate into an increase in average household income from $83,143 in 2016 to between $87,520 and $92,222, an increase of $4,000 to $9,000 in wage and salary income alone. According to the nonprofit Tax Foundation, the U.S. “has the fourth-highest … Read entire article »

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The Right Side of History: War on the Electoral College Shows That Progressives Don’t Care About Middle America

“The Right Side of History” is a podcast dedicated to exploring current events through a historical lens and busting left-wing myths about figures and events of America’s past.  On the inaugural episode, hosts Jarrett Stepman, a contributor to The Daily Signal, and Fred Lucas, The Daily Signal’s White House correspondent, discuss the recent calls to abolish the Electoral College and throw presidential elections to a national popular vote. They are joined by Heritage Foundation senior legal fellow Hans Von Spakovsky, who explains why the Founders created our electoral system and how the 2016 election actually shows that it works. The post The Right Side of History: War on the Electoral College Shows That Progressives Don’t Care About Middle America appeared first on The Daily Signal. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); … Read entire article »

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The Trump Nominee Poised to Be Point Man on Draining Government Swamp

President Donald Trump’s nominee to run the federal government’s bureaucracy could be a key player in reforming it, and in keeping the president’s campaign pledge to “drain the swamp.” “We don’t see any major draining of the swamp with the massive bureaucracy,” Robert Moffit says. Trump last month nominated Jeff Tien Han Pon, 47, to be director of the Office of Personnel Management, the government’s human resources agency. Pon served in the administrations of both President Bushes—with jobs in the White House, OPM, and Energy Department—and held information technology and human resources positions in several private companies. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee is scheduled to hold a confirmation hearing Wednesday on Pon’s nomination. Pon is largely unknown to those who seek reform of the civil service, said Robert Moffit, a former … Read entire article »

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Here’s How the Tax Code Helps Rich Taxpayers in Big Government States Pay Less

As Congress works on tax reform, it is worth noting how politicians and interest groups use the code for their benefit often at the expense of others. Some of the worst abusers are the states. One of the most overlooked issues with federal tax policy is how states exploit federal deductions to underwrite their spending and paper over higher tax rates. Under current laws, taxpayers have the ability to deduct state and local income and property taxes from their income when filing their federal taxes. So if a person making $250,000 a year pays $26,000 in state and local taxes and donates $14,000 to charity, he could deduct $40,000 from his salary. This person would pay taxes on only $210,000. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Of course, everyone wants to pay fewer taxes. But under these … Read entire article »

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We Hear You: The IRS, the Rich, the Nanny State, Republicans, Trump, and Tax Reform

We Hear You: The IRS, the Rich, the Nanny State, Republicans, Trump, and Tax Reform

Editor’s note: As you probably noticed, The Daily Signal has made tax reform a focus of our coverage and commentary. Here is some of what you’ve had to say on the topic in recent weeks. Be sure to write us at letters@dailysignal.com—Ken McIntyre Dear Daily Signal: Regarding Rachel del Guidice’s story about the family of ranchers in North Dakota, I am a land surveyor and I get involved in forced sales because they need a survey … Read entire article »

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Trump to Make Case for Tax Reform in Heritage Foundation Speech

President Donald Trump will speak Tuesday at an annual meeting of Heritage Foundation members in Washington. Trump is expected to promote his tax reform proposal, the top legislative priority for the White House. Trump and Republicans in Congress have made overhauling the tax code their focus for the remainder of 2017. Since August, Trump has delivered a series of speeches across the country touting the benefits of tax relief for middle-class Americans. Tuesday night’s address to a gathering of Heritage’s President’s Club will continue on that theme. It will be Trump’s first speech at an event held by The Heritage Foundation, which previously has hosted Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush. “The timing of this year’s speech couldn’t be better,” said Ed Feulner, founder and president of the leading … Read entire article »

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What Would The U.S. Look Like if We Built it from Scratch? By Ted Rall

Imagine that there was another revolution. And that nothing big had changed. Demographics, power dynamics, culture, our economic system and political values were pretty much the same as they are now. If we Americans rolled up our sleeves and reimagined our political system from scratch, if we wrote up a brand-new constitution for 2017, what would a brand-spanking-new United States Version 2.0 look like today? … Read entire article »

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Scott Adams On President Trump’s Faith In Affirmations, Norman Vincent Peale, “The Power Of Positive Thinking”

Scott Adams, creator of ‘Dilbert’ and author of the upcoming book Win Bigly: Persuasion in a World Where Facts Don’t Matter, comments on Michael Kruse’s article in Friday’s edition of POLITICO: The Power of Trump’s Positive Thinking. In Friday’s edition of his daily ‘Coffee With Scott Adams’ Periscope broadcast, the Trump-whispering cartoonist discussed the influence that Trump’s childhood pastor Norman Vincent Peale had on the future president’s attitude and the wider lesson that Trump’s success can teach us. “In POLITICO, there is an article about the power of Trump’s positive thinking,” Adams explains. “It is based on the fact that Donald Trump’s minister when he was a kid was Norman Vincent Peale, one of the most successful self-help type authors in American history. You could say he was the self-help guy … Read entire article »

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Hillary: We need *open & honest sexual assault discussion (*that does NOT mention Bill)

**Written by Doug Powers In an interview on the BBC, Hillary Clinton tried to remind everybody that the statute of limitations on pointing out the Clintons’ shameless hypocrisy has run out. It started out with a question about Harvey Weinstein that Hillary quickly deflected toward Trump, proving that her most recent compunction bypass surgery was another a huge success: “This kind of behavior cannot be tolerated anywhere, whether it’s in entertainment, politics,” Clinton said. “After all, we have someone admitting to being a sexual assaulter in the Oval Office.” After saying that “kind of behavior cannot be tolerated,” Hillary went on to tolerate it, but only from her own husband. This is all due to a little-known “in the past” clause in the Clinton rule book: Marr responded by pointing out Clinton has dismissed … Read entire article »

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CNN’s Don Lemon: Has Trump Sparked a “Whitelash” Against NFL Players And Supporters

CNN’s Don Lemon discusses a potential “whitelash” created by President Trump with network contributor Van Jones and his panel. From Friday’s broadcast of CNN Tonight: DON LEMON, CNN: So we’re back now with my panel. I want to bring them back in. Scott Jennings, Van Jones and David Swerdlick. Scott, I read those numbers differently than you read them. Because it shows that — I think that most people think that the players have the right to do it. They have the right, that they’re doing the right thing or that they had the right to do it, not that they’re doing the right thing. But I think that I read that differently, that poll differently than you did. Van, I’m not sure if that is what you wanted to comment … Read entire article »

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CNN Documentary Gets Reagan’s Legacy Wrong

Is it possible to devote 90 minutes of prime TV time to Ronald Reagan as an actor who changed the presidency through his use of the mass media and still miss why he was a great communicator? CNN did it with its all too predictable documentary, “The Reagan Show.” The producers presented all the liberal clichés: Democratic Vice President Walter Mondale, declaring that Reagan was “out of touch, never in charge;” liberal arms controller Paul Warnke, dismissing SDI (the Strategic Defense Initiative) as “Star Wars;” ABC reporter Sam Donaldson, saying that Reagan lived in a “Norman Rockwell world;” TV anchors intoning in the wake of the Iran-Contra affair that Reagan “had a last chance to save his presidency.” What the producers did not provide was even a minimum of context for the soundbites. … Read entire article »

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Trump Schools Obama on U.S. Constitution By Charles Hurt

Everyone knows that former President Barack Obama, our Great American Constitutional Law Professor, got mercilessly schooled by the Supreme Court during his eight years in office. Now he is getting schooled by a brash-talking, orange-haired reality-TV star and real-estate developer from Queens. … Read entire article »

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The Left’s Intimidation Tactics Against Conservative Opinion

For those unfamiliar with the term, Marranos was the name given to Jews in medieval Spain and Portugal who secretly maintained their Judaism while living as Catholics in public, especially in the 15th century during the Spanish Inquisition. There is, of course, no Spanish Inquisition in America today—no one is being tortured into confessing what they really believe, and no one is being burned at the stake. But there are millions of Marrano-like Americans: Americans who hold conservative views—especially those who hold conservative positions on social issues and those who voted for Donald Trump for president. Millions of Americans who hold conservative and/or pro-Trump views rationally fear ostracism by their peers, public humiliation, ruined reputations, broken families, job loss, and the inability to work in their field. Under these circumstances, they have decided that … Read entire article »

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In a World of Real Evil, the Left Fights Fake Evil

All my life, I have known this rule about people: Those who don’t fight the greatest evils will fight lesser evils or make-believe evils. This happens to be the morally defining characteristic of the left. During the Cold War, many liberals and nearly all conservatives fought communism, but the left fought anti-communism. The left opposed American military buildups and regarded the Cold War between America and the Soviet Union as nothing more than two scorpions in a bottle fighting to the death. It loathed Presidents Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, not Communist Party Secretary-General Leonid Brezhnev. It regarded Reagan’s labeling of the Soviet Union as an “evil empire” with contempt. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Typical was the reaction of one of America’s best-known intellectuals, Henry Steele Commager, then a professor of history at Amherst College. … Read entire article »

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I Went to a Vandalized Columbus Monument. Here’s What I Saw.

The debate over whether or not to tear down Confederate statues deemed offensive has quickly moved on to other historical figures. Christopher Columbus, the Italian sailor who opened up the New World to migration from the Old, is now in the crosshairs of protesters and vandals. What is likely the oldest monument to Columbus in the United States was targeted and badly damaged by vandals on Monday night. A YouTube video of a man taking a sledgehammer to the front of the 225-year-old statue at a park in Baltimore, Maryland, was posted online. >>> Here Are 8 Monuments That Have Been Attacked Since Charlottesville (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); At one time in American history, Columbus was almost universally admired. He was so celebrated that our capital city, the District of Columbia, was named after … Read entire article »

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