Have nothing to do with the [evil] things that people do, things that belong to the darkness. Instead, bring them out to the light... [For] when all things are brought out into the light, then their true nature is clearly revealed...

-Ephesians 5:11-13

Category Archives: Politics

Maduro’s Thugs Keep Him in Power While He Loses Support

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, March 20, 2019:  

Despite the Trump administration ratcheting up sanctions against Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro, he remains firmly in control. Even his most dependable support from the slums — the barrios — is fading, and yet he remains the supreme authority. His exports of crude oil to U.S. Gulf Coast refineries has ended and yet he continues to rule. Recent sanctions applied to a Venezuela-based gold company were followed by the promise by the U.S. president of getting “a lot tougher” if necessary. Inflation has destroyed the bolivar, and still Maduro dominates the government he has illegally seized.

Many have blamed Maduro’ recent loss of popularity among the poor on the colectivos — motorcycle gangs of armed thugs trained and supplied by Cuba — that have invaded the barrios to quell incipient resistance and blatant opposition to Maduro with force and the threat of force.

In 2017, however, Maduro unleashed another arm of his military,

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Newark to Study “Universal Income Plan” for Its Poor

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, March 19, 2019: 

During his State of the City address last Tuesday, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka announced plans to create a commission to study the concept of a “universal” income plan to help the more than one quarter of the city’s population living in poverty, i.e., taking money from those who earned it and giving it to those who didn’t.

Baraka touted the plan’s collectivist benefits without mentioning its individual costs: “The problems we have belong to all of us, not just a few of us, so the solutions must be collective and not individual.We believe in universal basic income, especially in a time where studies have shown that families that have a crisis of just $400 in a month may experience a setback that may be difficult, even possible, to recover from.”

Baraka left it at that, with details to follow. He didn’t provide estimates of just how much that free monthly income would be, to whom it would flow, how long the program might last, or what it would cost.

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Wall Street Journal: Median Pay for CEOs Is a Million Dollars a Month

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, March 18, 2019: 

The results of the survey on American CEO (chief executive officer) compensation released on Sunday by the Wall Street Journal aren’t likely to please progressives and socialists such as Bernie [Sanders] and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC).

The Journal looked at total compensation being paid to the CEOs of 132 of the 500 companies making up the S&P 500 Index and reported that it reached $12.4 million in 2018, up from $11.7 million a year earlier.

Much of the compensation was driven by improved corporate profits and strong stock market performance that enhanced the value of their stock options. The Journal also reported that not every CEO got a raise: “Pay fell for 47 [of them], or about a third … and more than 10% for 22 of them.”

This isn’t likely to impress socialists and social-justice warriors who will likely use the Journal’s results to focus on some kind of “parity” calculation: comparing CEO compensation to the average guy driving a truck or working a line in a factory. Expect outrage over the disparity, and legislation to “fix” the “inequity.”

How does one justify anyone making a million dollars a month?

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Bernie and AOC Aren’t Going to Like This One Bit

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, March 18, 2019:

Every year the Wall Street Journal conducts a survey of top CEOs’ compensation packages. And every year progressives and socialists use the occasion to complain about injustice, inequality, and lack of parity with their workers.

This year the news is even worse for the likes of Bernie and AOC: now the median income of the 132 CEOs the Journal analyzed is a million dollars a month, an increase of 6.4 percent over last year. Expect to hear the whining from these two, among others, that the average worker driving a truck or working a line only saw his or her wages rise by three percent, and that therefore it’s unfair, unjust, etc., etc.

Let’s remember just how successful AOC and Bernie have been in running their own businesses. For example, take AOC (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez), the House freshman (woman) from the Bronx. Upon graduation from college in 2011 she took jobs as a bartender and waitress to help her mother (who was working as a house cleaner and a bus driver) pay the bills.

She started a business – Brook Avenue Express (BAP) – which published children’s books, but the business failed. New York State closed it down when it failed to file a tax return or pay its corporate taxes. As of March 2019, BAP still owes the state $1,870.36.

AOC now receives $174,000 a year as a member of the House of Representatives, plus benefits. Who’s to say that she’s worth that?

Or take Bernie Sanders. Politico took the time and trouble to explore his business background and then reported on what they found in 2015: He lived hand-to-mouth, stealing electricity from his landlord when he couldn’t pay his electric bill. From Politico:

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Court Reinstates Lawsuit Against Gun Maker Over Sandy Hook Massacre

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, March 15, 2019: 

Following the horrific murder of 20 young children and six adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut, in December 2012, families of the victims filed a lawsuit against the maker of the weapon Adam Lanza used in the massacre.

The lawsuit was tossed in 2016 when a lower court ruled that Remington Arms, the maker of the Bushmaster semiautomatic rifle Lanza used, was immune thanks to the PLCAA — the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act — that Congress passed and President George W. Bush signed into law in October 2005.

But anti-gunners never give up. Upon appeal, the Connecticut Supreme Court just ruled that the lawsuit may proceed despite that ruling, claiming that Remington used illegal marketing strategies that somehow enticed Lanza to purchase that particular weapon and use it in his killing spree.

The bias of the court’s Chief Justice Richard Robinson was clear from his comments following the resurrection of the lawsuit:

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President Trump Is the Master Puppeteer with His Budget Proposal

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, March 13, 2019: 

The slapstick comedy the Punch and Judy show is loved by British audiences, many of whom pay the puppeteer to bring the show into their homes for parties and celebrations. Mr. Punch is abused by his wife Judy during brief sketches, with the audience cheering her on or warning Mr. Punch of what is coming.

On Monday, Mr. Trump was the master puppeteer, bringing his Punch and Judy show to millions in the guise of a serious discussion over government spending. He called it “A Budget for a Better America – Promises Kept. Taxpayers First.”

If his preliminary budget proposal was designed to bait Democrats, it worked.

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Trump’s Preliminary Budget Is Aspirational Only

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, March 12, 2019: 

In his preliminary budget proposal for Congress released on Monday, President Trump touted his accomplishments during his first two years in office — five million new jobs, five million off food stamps, lowest unemployment in 50 years, etc. — and then expressed, with breathtaking hubris, his plan: “[It] provides a clear roadmap for the Congress to bring Federal spending and debt under control. We must protect future generations from Washington’s habitual deficit spending.”

This was addressed to precisely those habitual spenders who are increasingly ignoring not only budgetary constraints but practical real-world concerns about massive deficits and a growing national debt.

Russell Vought, the acting director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), touted the plan as

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Media Tout British Medical Journal Study’s Anti-gun Conclusions, While Ignoring Study’s Limitations

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Sunday, March 10, 2019: 

When the British Medical Journal (BMJ) released the results of its study of gun violence on March 6, its conclusions matched the media’s anti-gun narrative. Immediately, members of the media breathlessly reported them without noting the study’s limitations. From The Hill: “States with stricter gun control regulations have fewer mass shootings: study.” From Yahoo: “State by state, more gun ownership equals more mass shootings, study shows.” From Vox: “Study: where gun laws are weaker, there are more mass shootings.”

To his credit German Lopez, in his 10-page analysis of the BMJ report for Vox, did mention that the study’s conclusions were tentative and that more work needed to be done to confirm them. Deep into his article, on page five, Lopez wrote:

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Second Amendment Sanctuary County Movement Gaining Momentum

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, March 6, 2019:

As Democrats celebrate taking over several states in the 2018 mid-term elections, there is a movement to restrict their egregious planned infringement of precious rights. It’s called the “sanctuary county” movement, the “Second Amendment Sanctuary” movement, or the “Second Amendment Preservation” movement, and it’s based on the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

And the political subdivision closest to “the people” is the county. There are 3,000 counties in the United States, and most of them elect their chief law-enforcement officer, the county sheriff. Reuters reported on Monday that “a rapidly growing number of counties in [five] states are declaring themselves Second Amendment sanctuaries, refusing to enforce gun-control laws that they consider to be infringements on the U.S. Constitutional right to keep and bear arms.”

Those states, so far, are Washington, Oregon, Illinois, Colorado, and New Mexico.

Voters in Washington State

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China’s Super Rich Exiting as Economy Fades

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, March 5, 2019:

A popular online meme perfectly expresses where China’s economy is headed: “The year 2019 may be the worst year in this decade, but it will be the best year in the next decade.”

China’s economy is decelerating so rapidly that the super-rich are getting out while the getting is good. One of them is Chen Tianyong, a real estate developer in Shanghai, who posted this on the Internet: “China’s economy is like a giant ship heading to the precipice. Without fundamental changes, it’s inevitable that the ship will be wrecked and the passengers will die. My friends, if you can leave, please make arrangements as early as possible.”

As the New York Times noted,

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Physician PACs Favor Pro-Second Amendment Candidates

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, March 4, 2019: 

A surprising study released late February concluded that when physicians and other healthcare professionals contribute their own funds to political action committees, those committees, in turn, reflect pro-Second Amendment viewpoints.

The study, completed by Jeremiah Schuur, M.D., and published at the JAMA Network Open — “open access medical research and commentary” — supported by the American Medical Association, compared political contributions during the 2016 election cycle (from January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2016) to various House and Senate candidates running for office.

Schuur was surprised at the outcome:

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Former Fed Chair Yellen Doesn’t Appreciate Trump’s Criticism of the Nation’s Central Bank

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, February 26, 2019:

Janet Yellen, likely still miffed at being passed over by President Trump in favor of Jerome Powell as head of the Federal Reserve last February, had a chance to vent about the president’s ignorance on Monday. In a radio interview on Marketplace with host Kai Ryssdal, she said, “President Trump’s comments about Chair Powell and about the Fed do concern me, because if that [criticism] becomes concerted, I think it … could undermine confidence in the Fed. I think that would be a bad thing.”

Ryssdal asked: “Do you think the president has a grasp of macroeconomic policy?”

Yellen: “No, I do not.”

Ryssdal: “Tell me more.”

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Hidden Group Blackmails Big Energy to Go Green

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, February 25, 2019: 

Recent announcements by major oil, gas, and coal-producing conglomerates that they are now kowtowing in conformity to the Paris Accord have focused the spotlight on the low-profile investor activist group that forced their hands: Climate Action 100+ (CA100+). Launched in 2017, the group boasts “more than 300 investors with over $32 trillion in assets under management” that seek “to ensure that the world’s largest corporate greenhouse emitters take necessary action on climate change.”

Among those investors angling to make the world green by threatening to withhold investment capital include the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), which has $360 billion in assets; Allianz SE (a German investment management company headquartered in Munich), which controls $2.2 trillion; and HSBC Holdings (headquartered in London), with $470 billion under management.

An early success resulting from “negotiations” with top management was Royal Dutch Shell, which agreed to, as Cyril Widdershoven wrote for Oil Price, “officially change its strategy, investing more in renewable energy and energy storage” than they had originally planned. Said Widdershoven:

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Maduro Closes the Door to Aid; His Military Kill Eight, Wound Hundreds

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, February 25, 2019: 

The New American magazine said on Friday that Venezuela’s Marxist dictator Nicolás Maduro had two options and only two to resolve the crisis on his borders with Colombia and Brazil: let the 600 tons of aid provided by the United States, NGOs, and other countries (foodstuffs, medicines, and personal hygiene items) into his country and appear the humanitarian; or order his military to block entry of the aid, with force if necessary, and confirm that he’s a communist thug seeking only his own survival.

On Saturday Maduro chose Door No. 2. He said

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CBO: National Debt to Nearly Double by 2029

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, February 21, 2019: 

The national debt clock just clicked over $20 trillion. But according to the latest report from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), wait ‘til 2029! That clock will be approaching $36 trillion. And that’s under the assumption that laws now in place stay in place. Add in the Green New Deal and the clock will have to add another digit: $100 trillion.

But not to worry. The new math — Modern Monetary Theory — will take care of everything.

Behind the headlines, the CBO adds details, clarifying who has loaned the $20 trillion to the federal government. Seventy-three percent has been loaned by

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“Modern Monetary Theory” Will Pay for AOC’s Green New Deal

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, February 18, 2019: 

Stephanie Kelton, professor of public policy and economics at Stony Brook University, served as an advisor to Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign. She gave similar advice to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as she was preparing to be sworn in as a member of the House of Representatives: You can have it all!

Writing in the Huffington Post last November, Kelton said:

We have the outline of a plan. We need a mass mobilization of people and resources, something not unlike the U.S. involvement in World War II or the Apollo moon missions — but even bigger. We must transform our energy system, transportation, housing, agriculture and more.

 

What we don’t (yet) have is the final, vital ingredient — a critical mass of politicians prepared to unleash the enormous power of the public purse to save the planet.

To Kelton’s way of thinking, the only thing standing in the way of spending billions the government doesn’t have to solve problems many think don’t exist, is to change just how we think about the federal budget: “To save the planet and fix historical inequities … we must change the way we approach the federal budget. We must give up our obsession with trying to ‘pay for’ everything with new revenue or spending cuts.”

It starts with discarding that old canard about how inflation

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China Holds “Debt Renegotiation” Talks With Maduro’s Opponent

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, February 13, 2019:  

Publicly, Russia and China continue to support Venezuela’s embattled Marxist leader, Nicolás Maduro. But privately they are moving to cut their losses as his exit appears more likely and more imminent.

Right after President Trump announced White House support for Maduro’s opponent, Juan Guaidó, Russian President Vladimir Putin called Maduro to express his support. At the same time, Putin said that Trump’s “destructive external interference is a gross violation of the fundamental norms of international law.”

A few days,

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3D Gun Software Developer Sues New Jersey’s AG Over His Attack on Its First Amendment Rights

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, February 8, 2019:

Cody Wilson, the founder of Defense Distributed (which provides firearm-related software for 3D printers), was delighted when the Department of Justice relented last July in its attempt to shut him and his company down. Without fanfare the DOJ not only settled with Cody and his company, it agreed to pay a large part of his legal fees as well.

Cody celebrated and then put his people back to work on developing more software for firearms enthusiasts, saying: “I have developers for anything and everything, some of the best talent in the world.… It’s all ready to go. I have interested stakeholders [and] a large network [of supporters who] care about what I do.”

New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal did not share in Cody’s victory. Instead he launched an attack on Wilson, his company, and the website that hosted his software. He frequently threatened Wilson publicly, declaring he would “come and get” him, and would “stop him” from exercising his newly resurrected First Amendment rights to freedom of speech over the Internet.

Grewal upped the ante on February 2 by sending this letter to Wilson’s company’s webhost Cloudfare:

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Cuomo the Politician Blames Trump for His State’s Financial Troubles

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, February 6, 2019: 

One skill Governor Andrew Cuomo has perfected is that of projection: placing the blame for his troubles onto his enemy. He did that on Monday when explaining that his state’s revenue shortfall of $2.8 billion was due to Trump’s tax reform:

There is no doubt that the budget we put forward [$175 billion for fiscal year 2019-20] is not supported by the revenues. It’s as serious as a heart attack….

 

SALT [which capped deductions for state income and local property taxes for the wealthy in Trump’s tax reform act] was an economic civil war. It literally restructured the economy to help red [Republican] states at the cost of blue [Democrat] states.

 

That’s exactly what it did. It was a diabolical, political maneuver.

Naturally New York State’s onerous taxes had nothing to do with it. Cuomo even said that what he did in extending the temporary “millionaires’ tax” following the financial crisis a decade ago was “the right thing” to do.

In other words Cuomo

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New York Governor Cuomo Blames Exodus of Wealthy on Trump

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, February 5, 2019: 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo blamed his state’s revenue shortfall of $2.8 billion on Donald Trump during a press conference on Monday, stating,

There is no doubt that the budget we put forward [$175 billion for fiscal year 2019-20] is not supported by the revenues. It’s as serious as a heart attack….

 

SALT [which capped deductions for state income and local property taxes for the wealthy in Trump’s tax reform act] was an economic civil war. It literally restructured the economy to help red [Republican] states at the cost of blue [Democrat] states.

 

That’s exactly what it did. It was a diabolical, political maneuver.

Cuomo could have accepted the blame for the state’s ongoing exodus (out-migration) of wealthy individuals by pinning the blame where it belonged: on his state’s increasingly unfavorable environment for them thanks to its high taxes. Instead, he said he did the right thing by extending the temporary “millionaires’ tax” levied following the financial crisis a decade ago, and signing into law a bill raising sales tax rates to 8.82 percent.

In other words,

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Many of the articles on Light from the Right first appeared on either The New American or the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor.
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