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: History

Tax Slaves Rejoice: You’re Free at Last!

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, April 17, 2019: 

Of course the Tax Foundation doesn’t call it serfdom or slavery. They’re far too kind. Instead they simply report what they found: “Tax Freedom Day is the day when the nation as a whole has earned enough money to pay its total tax bill for the year.” This year, ironically, TFD happened on Tuesday, the day after every worker’s income tax return was due. That’s five days sooner than in 2017, before Trump’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act kicked in.

That total tax bill is enormous:

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Today Is Tax Freedom Day. You’re Now Free to Work for Yourself.

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, April 16, 2019: 

For the second year in a row, Tax Freedom Day for the average American taxpayer comes the day after he is required to file his income tax return. The year before Trump’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act became law, Tax Freedom Day was five days later: April 21.

In 1900, Tax Freedom Day arrived on January 22.

Although slightly lower the last two years, thanks to Trump’s tax cut law, the average American worker still spends almost a third of the year (105 days) earning enough to pay all of his taxes.

And if deficit spending (future tax liability) is figured in, Tax Freedom Day wouldn’t be April 16 but May 22.

Altogether, American workers pay $5.2 trillion in taxes, more than they do for food, clothing, and housing put together.

Owing to different state income tax rates, etc., Tax Freedom Day (TFD) depends on which state one lives in. A taxpayer in Alaska, for instance,

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Will Trump’s “Tax Returns” Issue Turn Out To Be Mueller 2.0?

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, April 15, 2019: 

Frustrated that the Mueller report didn’t find anything of substance to hang around the president’s neck, House Democrats are now going after the president’s tax returns. When all is said and done, that request may turn out to be just another witch hunt in which nothing is found to damage the president.

Following the president’s refusal to meet the demand from House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.) last week, he made another demand: Have the requested documents for the past six years including returns, appendices attached thereto, and all relevant and related documents in his office no later than 5 p.m., Tuesday, April 23rd.

Or else.

Speculation abounds as to what Neal might do if and when the president fails to meet Neal’s second demand. There could be a subpoena issued to obtain the documents, or there could be a court challenge. The trouble is that the law that Neal is using was drafted in 1924 and has no penalty for noncompliance.

In the meantime the issue makes for entertaining reading. Chairman Neal contends that the 1924 law gives his committee the power to demand Trump’s tax returns, including the four years prior to his becoming president. In his demand letter, Neal said nothing about political retribution but instead couched his language as “consistent with its authority.… The Committee is … conducting oversight related to our federal tax laws [and] the extent to which the IRS audits and enforces the Federal tax laws against a President.”

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin sees this is a blatant prevarication: “The implications of [Neal’s demands are] way beyond … a congressional oversight issue.… The issue is that … the IRS does not become weaponized like it was under the Nixon administration.”

Trump lawyer William Consovoy saw through Neal’s smokescreen as well. In writing to the General Counsel at the Treasury Department, Consovoy said:

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Evolutionists Find “Evidence” of Another Human Species in the Philippines

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, April 11, 2019: 

Nature magazine announced a new discovery on Wednesday: Paleontologists digging in a cave in the Philippines for the past three years have found evidence of a “previously unreported hominin species.” They named it after the island of Luzon, where the Callao Cave is located: Homo Luzonensis.

What French paleontologist Florent Detroit and his fellow diggers found were some hand and foot bones, part of a thigh bone, and some teeth from what they claim originally belonged to two adults and a child. Detroit celebrated the “discovery”:

We recognized [those fragments] almost immediately as hominin. The molars were so tiny, so small. The pre-molars had two or three roots.

 

I thought: Uh-oh, this is clearly a human-like something.

According to Nature,

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The Game of Chicken Between Trump and Maduro Just Became More Dangerous

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, April 8, 2019: 

Teenagers with excessive testosterone were reported playing a game of chicken in Connecticut. Instead of facing off against each other with daddy’s Caddy, they were lying down in roadways at night or darting into oncoming traffic, daring drivers to hit them. From the news report:

Imagine you’re driving through the center of town, late at night, when you spot someone lying in the middle of the road … forcing you to slam on your brakes.

 

That terrifying thought is now a scary reality for people who live in East Hampton who claim young teens have been darting in front of cars and terrorizing drivers.

 

It’s not only teens playing this game many call “chicken,” but people who live in East Hampton said the teens are jumping in front of cars, darting through traffic and terrorizing drivers as they pass through the center of town.

When countries play chicken, the risks become exponentially higher. Last Friday the Trump administration raised the ante in its game of chicken with Venezuela’s dictator, Nicolas Maduro. The game now involves Cuba and, by extension, Russia.

During his speech to Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy in Houston, Vice President Mike Pence announced additional sanctions against the rogue Maduro regime running Venezuela:

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“Nuclear Option” Ensures Trump’s Legacy

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, April 5, 2019: 

Using a tool crafted by then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in 2013, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is working to ensure Donald Trump’s legacy. With 130 judicial and executive appointments waiting for Senate confirmation, McConnell gave up on the Senate Democrats’ intransigence and obstruction and pulled the pin on Wednesday.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer was not happy:

This is a very sad day for the Senate. The majority, by taking yet another step to erode [its] legacy, risks turning this body into a colosseum of zero-sum infighting, a place where the brute power of the majority ultimately rules.

McConnell charged:

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GOP Senate Invokes “Nuclear Option” to Clear Backlog of Judicial Appointees

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, April 4, 2019: 

Running out of both time and patience with Democrat obstructionism in confirming some 130 of President Trump’s judicial appointees, Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell invoked the “nuclear option” on Wednesday. The phrase “nuclear option” was first used by Republican Senator Trent Lott in March 2003 to describe the change in the Senate parliamentary procedure that now limits confirmation debate on judicial and executive branch nominees to just two hours, down from the previous 30. It still leaves appointees to the Supreme Court to face 30 hours of debate over their nominations. It also requires a simple majority to confirm, down from three-fifths previously.

Democrats have used and abused the privilege to stall, stymie, delay, and slow-walk Trump’s nominees as part of their overall plan to keep him from implementing policies that threaten their agenda.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) feigned outrage: “This is a very sad day for the Senate. The majority, by taking yet another step to erode [its] legacy, risks turning this body into a colosseum of zero-sum infighting, a place where the brute power of the majority ultimately rules.”

McConnell charged:

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Before Embarrassing Herself Further, AOC Should Visit Caracas

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, April 3, 2019: 

Never letting an opportunity pass to speak to a group or in front a microphone, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has acquired a following of adoring fans along with a long list of oft-repeated quotes. Some of them reflect an abysmal understanding of history, no thanks to Boston University from which she graduated cum laude with degrees in economics and international relations but nothing in history.

A few of the more choice selections include these:

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Socialist Misery Deepens in Formerly Prosperous Venezuela

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, April 2, 2019: 

When Venezuela’s Marxist dictator Nicolas Maduro addressed his citizens on Sunday, he told them that their electric power would be rationed: “I have approved a 30-day plan to regulate the output.” He called the plan “a load management regime.”

Unfortunately, owing to the rolling power outages that have plagued Venezuela over the last month, most of those citizens, if they had television, weren’t able to view his speech because their power was out.

That is the end point of socialism: When government interferes, products and services formerly provided by the free market become limited. Prices go up and price controls follow. The price controls further limit supply, and the final step is rationing what’s left.

Maduro admitted to two failures in that short sentence: His government is unable to provide for his people; and those shortages are likely to last for a long time. The unspoken message being delivered is that socialism, no matter what it might be called, always ends in tyranny, misery, and death.

Venezuela’s power industry was nationalized in 2007 under the socialist administration of Maduro’s predecessor and mentor, Marxist Hugo Chavez. The ideology of socialism, termed Chavismo, continued under Maduro following Chavez’s death in 2013. Consequently, those professionals running the energy grid were removed and replaced with political appointees as rewards for their loyalty to the socialist regime. Since then some 25,000 technicians skilled in running the power industry have left the country, leaving the incompetent in charge.

As Maduro’s economy spiraled downward, funds for maintenance dried up. In early March a grassfire burned some trunk lines feeding power from the country’s Guri dam, causing turbines generating power to fail. This plunged the populace into darkness for days. On March 25, another outage led to more misery, and more socialist intervention in the form of rationing the remaining electricity that the power plant is able to produce.

The impacts are predictable, and widely known:

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Larry Kudlow Needs to Reread Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Emperor’s New Clothes”

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, March 25, 2019: 

Last month this writer concluded that, if passed into law, AOC’s Green New Deal would hasten the bankruptcy of the United States of America. He noted that for all intents and purposes the U.S. is already bankrupt, but that the credit rating agencies are overlooking the obvious by keeping their top ratings on U.S. government debt.

Now it appears that this writer was wrong. According to Larry Kudlow, Trump’s chief economic guru, “I don’t think good growth policies have to obsess [interesting word choice], necessarily, about the budget deficit.”

He apparently had been reading how Modern Monetary Theory – MMT – makes deficits irrelevant, as written by a professor in public policy and economics from an obscure university. That professor, Stephanie Kelton, at Stony Brook University, said the only thing standing in the way of spending our way into the green new world is politicians’ will to spend it:

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Government Deficits Running $100 Billion a Month; Lenders Not Concerned

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Sunday, March 24, 2019:  

The U.S. Treasury announced on Friday that the federal government has spent $1.8 trillion since October 1, the start of fiscal year 2019, while tax receipts were only $1.3 trillion. This leaves a deficit of a little over $500 billion.

It would have been only $489 billion, except that in the month of February the IRS began sending out refund checks, and personal and business tax returns aren’t due until April.

Only $489 billion? On an annual basis, if nothing changes, the federal government will ring up deficits of $1.2 trillion this fiscal year, pushing the national debt to over $23 trillion by October.

As The New American reported last month, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated that in less than 10 years the national debt will be close to $36 trillion if nothing changes.

A lot of things can change in 10 years:

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Socialist Ideologues are About to Relearn a Lesson from History

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, March 20, 2019: 

The common refrain that those who refuse to learn anything from history are bound to repeat its mistakes is about to apply to the Mayor of Newark, New Jersey. The lesson from history was well put by John Smith, writing to the people in his failed communist experiment in Jamestown in 1609:

Countrymen, the long experience of our late miseries I hope is sufficient to persuade everyone to a present correction of himself, and think not that either my pains nor the adventurers’ purses will ever maintain you in idleness and sloth…

 

…the greater part must be more industrious, or starve…

 

You must obey this now for a law, that he that will not work shall not eat (except by sickness he be disabled). For the labors of thirty or forty honest and industrious men shall not be consumed to maintain a hundred and fifty idle loiterers.

Smith slightly modified the exhortation from the Maker of the Universe, Who said, through His Apostle Paul: “If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.” (2 Thessalonians 3:10-12)

Oblivious to such history and exhortations from the Creator, Newark’s Mayor Ras Baraka announced plans during his State of the City speech last week 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: taking money from those who earned it and giving it to those who didn’t.

Baraka touted its collectivist benefits without mentioning its individual costs:

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Chinese Business Owners Worried That Their Country Will Become Venezuela

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

For years China has been bailing out Venezuela’s failed socialist experiment. At last count, Venezuela is into China for more than $70 billion. What an irony it would be if the roles were reversed!

With Maduro’s regime on the ropes, and a new president taking the reins upon his departure, Venezuela’s vast proven crude oil reserves could easily put the country back where it was just a few years ago: one of the most prosperous in South America.

The process of China becoming Venezuela is well under way, to the point where wealthy Chinese entrepreneurs are looking for a way out. That would include Chen Tianyong, a Chinese real estate developer in Shanghai, who has already left.

He explained his reasons in a 28-page article on the internet that he titled “Why I Left China – an Entrepreneur’s Farewell Admonition.” He wrote:

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AOC’s Green New Deal Will Hasten U.S. Bankruptcy

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, February 22, 2019:

Once Boston University economics professor Laurence Kotlikoff presented his findings – based on “generational accounting” – his readers and students knew that the United States government was headed for bankruptcy. The numbers were so huge – $210 trillion (the amount that one generation owed to another thanks to politicians’ promises) – that there was simply no way the U.S. economy could throw off enough tax revenue to come even close to keeping them.

The latest report from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reflects its tinkering around the edges of what’s owed – building sand castles on the beach while a tsunami is rapidly building just offshore.

The authors assume

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The Anti-gun Media Are So Predictable

This article was published by the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, February 20, 2019: 

The anti-gun bias of the Chicago Tribune shined through in its editorial on Sunday: “After Aurora, Illinois has to tighten gun law enforcement.” In simple terms, the editors were calling for more of what didn’t work, hoping that somehow, in the future, it would:

According to authorities, the man who fatally shot five employees of Henry Pratt Co. and wounded several officers Friday was a convicted felon. Gary Martin served time in prison in Mississippi in the 1990s for aggravated assault. Yet about a decade later, he was issued an Illinois firearm owner’s identification card and purchased a Smith & Wesson .40-caliber handgun.

 

Not everyone is allowed to have a FOID [state-required firearm owner identification card]. A felony conviction is a disqualifier. Martin wasn’t flagged until after his purchase, when he sought a concealed carry license. It appears that during the background check process, which included fingerprinting, his criminal record popped up. What happened next? Frustratingly, not enough. Martin’s FOID was revoked, but he kept his firearm — later using it to cause a bloodbath in Aurora.

 

There are gun laws on the books designed to keep weapons away from dangerous people. Then there is enforcement. In this instance, there was a deadly lapse. Martin should never have received a FOID. Once that error was discovered, Illinois State Police apparently would have notified Martin by letter that he was not legally eligible to own a gun. Obviously, he either never got notification or ignored it. And no one took his gun away.

How did this happen? How could it possibly have happened?

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Why Are CCW Permit Holders Even More Law-Abiding Than Law Enforcement Officers?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, February 15, 2019: 

Those deciding to take the time and invest the money into obtaining their concealed carry (CCW) permits take their new responsibilities very seriously. On their person they now carry lethal power to maim or kill. In addition there is the great likelihood that the aftermath of a shooting, fatal or not, is going to cost them thousands of dollars in legal fees, not to mention much mental anguish.

That’s why the Armed Citizens Legal Defense Network has grown so rapidly. It declares that you don’t have to face the legal system alone. It helps pay some or most of the legal fees incurred following a self-defense incident, including a fee deposit paid to an attorney immediately after such an incident. It helps with bail, if necessary, and further funding assistance if a member is criminally charged or sued in civil court.

That’s why it isn’t a surprise – or shouldn’t be – that CCW permit holders hold themselves to a very high standard of conduct in public. Not only are they provably more law-abiding than members of the general public; they are much more law-abiding even than law enforcement officers!

It was Guy Smith, writing in his Gun Facts blog, who first alerted his readers to a study showing that

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Soros’s EU Dream Is Turning Into a Nightmare

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

Rarely does the mainstream media expose George Soros’s messianic view of himself or his family’s history of insanity. The biographic at the end of his lament over the pending collapse of his pet project, “Europe, Please Wake Up,” that appeared at Business Insider on Monday is typical:

George Soros is Chairman of Soros Fund Management and Chairman of the Open Society Foundations. A pioneer of the hedge-fund industry, he is the author of many books, including The Alchemy of FinanceThe New Paradigm for Financial Markets: The Credit Crisis of 2008 and What it Means, and The Tragedy of the European Union.

Soros has been pouring billions into making the world safe for tyranny, but May’s election in Europe isn’t likely to go well for the megalomaniac messiah. Wrote Soros:

Europe is sleepwalking into oblivion, and the people of Europe need to wake up before it is too late. If they don’t, the European Union will go the way of the Soviet Union in 1991. Neither our leaders nor ordinary citizens seem to understand that we are experiencing a revolutionary moment….

 

The next inflection point will be the elections for the European Parliament in May 2019. Unfortunately, anti-European forces will enjoy a competitive advantage in the balloting. There are several reasons for this, including the outdated party system that prevails in most European countries, the practical impossibility of treaty change, and the lack of legal tools for disciplining member states that violate the principles on which the European Union was founded.

Translation: citizens are waking up to the personal and political liberty they lost when they traded it for the promise of an improved economy. The Wizard of Oz has been exposed, his name is George Soros, and they aren’t taking it anymore.

Soros complained that the EU had unnecessarily exposed its iron fist back in 2017:

The EU made a fatal mistake in 2017 by strictly enforcing the Dublin Agreement [whereby the EU controls former states’ immigration policies], which unfairly burdens countries like Italy where migrants first enter the EU.

 

This drove Italy’s predominantly pro-European and pro-immigration electorate into the arms of the anti-European League party and Five Star Movement in 2018. The previously dominant Democratic Party is in disarray. As a result, the significant portion of the electorate that remains pro-European has no party to vote for … a similar reordering of party systems is happening in France, Poland, Sweden, and probably elsewhere.

There’s a dark spiritual side missing from nearly every reference made to the billionaire. From DiscoverTheNetworks.org comes this:

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Billionaire Soros Warns of Collapse of the European Union

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

In a lament written for the Project Syndicate on Monday, billionaire George Soros sees the coming collapse of the European Union. It sounded like an obituary written by the EU’s godfather:

Europe is sleepwalking into oblivion, and the people of Europe need to wake up before it is too late. If they don’t, the European Union will go the way of the Soviet Union in 1991. Neither our leaders nor ordinary citizens seem to understand that we are experiencing a revolutionary moment….

 

The next inflection point will be the elections for the European Parliament in May 2019. Unfortunately, anti-European forces will enjoy a competitive advantage in the balloting. There are several reasons for this, including the outdated party system that prevails in most European countries, the practical impossibility of treaty change, and the lack of legal tools for disciplining member states that violate the principles on which the European Union was founded.

Translation: Citizens are waking up to the personal and political liberty they lost when they traded it for the promise of an improved economy.

Soros complained that the EU had unnecessarily exposed its iron fist back in 2017:

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Kansas Joining Parade of States Reestablishing Constitutional Money

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, February 7, 2019: 

Another step toward the reestablishment of sound Constitutional money was taken on Wednesday in Kansas with the introduction of a bill (H.B. 2093) by the House Committee on Taxation exempting gold, silver, and other precious metals from sales taxes. It joins an increasing number of states exercising their sovereignty in such matters, ultimately exposing the fraud of Federal Reserve Notes (FRNs) posing as money.

As Mike Maharrey wrote in the Tenth Amendment Center blog: “By removing the sales tax on the exchange of gold and silver, Kansas would treat specie [gold and silver coins] as money instead of a commodity. This represents [another] small step toward reestablishing gold and silver as legal tender and [more importantly] breaking down the Fed’s monopoly on money.”

He added that the bill,

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Three Polls Reflect Support for “Soak the Rich” Tax Schemes

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

Three recent polls reflect increasing acceptance of New York Democrat Congresswoman’s Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC)’s economic worldview: The rich aren’t paying their fair share.

First, the new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll released on Monday found that “76 percent of registered voters believe the wealthiest Americans should pay more in taxes.” A recent Fox News survey showed essentially the same thing: 70 percent favored raising taxes on those earning over $10 million a year, including 54 percent of Republicans.

A Hill/HarrisX poll showed 59 percent of those polled support AOC’s plan to slap a 70-percent marginal rate on income earned over $10 million a year.

And the “wealth tax” proposed by Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is favored by 61 percent of those surveyed for the POLITICO/Morning Consult poll while just 20 percent opposed it.

Such views reflect the politics of envy, revenge, and ignorance. It reflects what Senator Russell Long (who served for 15 years as chairman of the Senate Finance Committee from 1966 to 1981) said about most people’s thinking about such proposals: “Don’t tax you. Don’t tax me. Tax that fellow behind the tree.”

That fellow behind the tree making $10 million or more a year is

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