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

Voters Turning Democrat Blue Wave Hopes into Disaster

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, October 12, 2018: 

The Democrats not only expect to take back control of the House of Representatives in the November midterm elections, they’re already planning what to do when they do: impeach the president, continue to investigate Kavanaugh, repeal Trump’s tax reforms, and raise taxes. They think they will turn between 30 and 50 seats from red to blue.

After all, they have history and The Cook Political Report on their side. History says that the party occupying the White House will lose seats in the midterms, especially if it’s the president’s first term, and especially if his approval rating is in the 40s or lower. According toCook, 38 Republican-held seats are rated as “toss-up” or worse, with another 27 seats in the “lean Republican” category, meaning Republicans have a tentative advantage but the races are competitive. According to Dan Balz, writing in the Washington Post, “The party that holds the White House almost always loses seats in midterm elections, especially during a president’s first term, and especially when a president’s rating is below 50 percent.”

Almost always.

The Democrats’ biggest enemy is themselves. First,

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Is the Fed Trying to Kill the Trump Economy?

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, October 12, 2018:

William McChesney Martin, the ninth and longest running Chairman of the Federal Reserve, said “The Federal Reserve … is in the position of the chaperone who has ordered the punch bowl removed just when the party was really warming up.” Rudi Dornbusch, the German economist who worked for most of his career in the United States, was more blunt: “None of the U.S. [economic] expansions of the past 40 years died in bed of old age; every one was murdered by the Federal Reserve.”

Is the sharp selloff in stocks following the sharp rise in interest rates last week signaling the death throes of the longest-running bull market in history, to be followed by similar expiration of the 112-month long economic expansion? On Tuesday, October 2, the key financial instrument followed by most observers — the U.S. 10 Year Treasury Note — was yielding

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Kavanaugh Hearings Blunted Democrat “Blue Wave”

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, October 10, 2018:  

Disgust over how the confirmation hearings of Justice Brett Kavanaugh were handled by Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee is just now showing up in polls taken following those hearings. CNN’s poll released on Monday showed severe damage being done to the most critical part of the electorate the Democrats were hoping to capture in the upcoming midterm elections: independent voters. When asked, “Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Democrats in the U.S. Senate handled Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing?” 58 percent of independent voters disapproved, compared to just 30 percent who approved — a jaw-dropping 28-percent margin.

An NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll taken during the hearings showed

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Democrats Promise Revenge Following Kavanaugh Confirmation

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, October 8, 2018: 

Revenge-threatening fundraising e-mails from the head of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and its liberal stepsister, American Bridge 21st Century, that went out to thousands following the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh on Saturday perfectly illustrate the state of mind of those opposed. Tom Perez, the DNC’s chairman, wrote, “Make a $3 donation right now to make Republicans pay a price for Brett Kavanaugh.… If we don’t want people like Brett Kavanaugh to be appointed to lifetime positions in our federal judiciary, we need to elect Democratic majorities this November.”

The fund-raising e-mail from American Bridge, responsible for opposition research for the DNC and funded largely by billionaire George Soros, was similar, threatening a “day of reckoning” for Republicans for confirming Kavanaugh to the high court:

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Number Two Senate Republican Doubtful About Passage of USMCA/NAFTA 2.0 Deal

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, October 5, 2018:  

Following last-minute approval of the new NAFTA “free-trade” deal — the USMCA — that now includes Canada, the number two Senate Republican John Cornyn from Texas expressed doubts it could pass Senate muster. Cornyn told reporters: “I know people are still going through the details but it’s not a foregone conclusion that it will get confirmation by the Senate.” He said the earliest the Senate could vote on the NSMCA would most certainly be after the November 6 midterm elections.

There are political considerations, however, in trying to pass the trade deal after the midterms but before the Congress is sworn in in January 2019, during the Senate’s “lame duck” session. Oregon Democrat Ron Wyden said that, given the current political climate in Washington following the harrowing Senate confirmation hearings over the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh,

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Amazon’s New $15 Minimum Wage Is a Shrewd Political Move

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, October 3, 2018:  

Amazon’s announcement on Tuesday that starting November 1 every full-time employee working in the United States, and every temporary worker hired to meet the holiday crush, will be paid at least $15 an hour is a smart political move for its owner, and it will cost the company almost nothing. The owner, anti-Trumper Jeff Bezos (also owner of the virulent anti-Trump Washington Post), is smoothing the feathers of socialist Bernie Sanders who has repeatedly criticized Bezos (whose net worth is estimated at $165 billion) for allegedly paying his employees so little. Sanders said the announced wage increase is “not only enormously important for Amazon’s hundreds of thousands of employees; it could well be, and I think it will be, a shot heard around the world.”

It also pushed forward the agenda of the union-backed Fight for $15 which has largely been languishing for the last six years.

And along the way, the move also puts pressure on Bezos’ nearest competitors,

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NAFTA “Finessed” to Include Canada at the Expense of U.S. Sovereignty

This article appeared online at The New American on Monday, October 1, 2018:  

In the rush to include Canada in the USMCA (United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement), now being referred to by some in the press as NAFTA 2.0, before the witching hour of midnight Sunday, the United States “finessed” the agreement, according to various press reports. Last Friday, the liberal Toronto Star first leaked about the coming “finesse”: “The dispute resolution impasse [over sovereignty-threatening Chapter 19 in the original NAFTA] could be finessed.” (Emphasis added.)

Late Sunday afternoon, the Wall Street Journal confirmed that the United States could fold in order to keep Canada in the deal by noting that “there are still ways to finesse deadlines and processes to work Canada into the deal before NAFTA 2.0 ultimately takes effect.” (Emphasis added.)

Just before midnight Sunday, another writer at the Wall Street Journal wrote that Trump’s demand to eliminate Chapter 19 altogether from the USMCA disappeared entirely under pressure from those who wanted to keep it:

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Stock Market Bears Still Looking for Evidence of the Next Recession

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, October 1, 2018: 

As noted here [at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor] two weeks ago, Trump holds the winning hand in the trade war with China. But he can still lose the hand if he doesn’t play it. Based on China’s slowing economy that is accelerating downward thanks for his tariffs, now would be a good time – perhaps the very best time – for him to up the ante. . As Robert Carnell, Chief Asia-Pacific economist at investment banking firm ING, put it: “This is probably the best time for the U.S. to go back to the table … [this time] with a ‘take it or leave it’ type of trade demand.”

The numbers are in:

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Trump’s Tariffs Are Biting China

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Sunday, September 30, 2018:

The latest data from China — both “official” (government) and unofficial (more reliable) — are confirming that the world’s second-largest economy is slowing, thanks in part to the first two rounds of tariffs President Trump has applied to the communist country.

It was already slowing because of increasing concern by China’s central bank about the country’s national debt. It is reported to be nearly three times the country’s total national output of goods and services, and the central bank has been taking measures to keep it from getting totally out of hand by raising capital requirements and short-term interest rates.

Two previous attempts to negotiate over President Trump’s biggest concerns

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Chinese Communist Propaganda Piece in Iowa Paper Could Backfire

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, September 26, 2018:  

David Skidmore, a political science professor at Drake University, took one look at the propaganda piece inserted into Sunday’s edition of the Des Moines Register and said the effort by the Chinese communist government to sway Iowa soybean and sorghum farmers in the November midterm elections “could backfire,” adding that readers of the piece “may not appreciate trying to be manipulated by a foreign government.”

The insert, a four-page supplement to Sunday’s edition,

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GOP’s Favorability Rating Highest in Seven Years

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, September 25, 2018:  

On many levels the latest poll from Gallup should give great comfort to Republicans ahead of the midterm elections now just six weeks away: Their party is enjoying its highest favorability among Americans in more than seven years. Not only is the gain from a year ago startling, it’s an improvement reflected across gender and income levels, and it even reflects Republican support from independents who are leaning in their favor.

Said Gallup:

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New Jersey Democrat Senator Menendez’s Reelection Campaign Is in Trouble

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, September 24, 2018:

Liberal Democrat Senator Bob Menendez has been a fixture in New Jersey politics for at least a quarter of a century, and his reelection to the Senate in November appeared to be locked up. His constituents, unconcerned over either his history of corruption or his unconstitutional votes in the Senate, anted up $6 million following the announcement in January by the Trump Department of Justice that it wouldn’t seek a retrial. Menendez and his “good friend” Salomon Melgen faced 18 charges of corruption, self-dealing, and failures to report income, but Menendez’s trial ended with a hung jury.

Democrats need to gain two Senate seats in November to wrest majority control from Republicans. A loss to a Republican in New Jersey, which hasn’t sent one to Washington since 1972, would almost be a fatal blow to that hope.

The depth and breadth of Menendez’s corruption was summarized by The New American:

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Corrupt New Jersey Senator Facing Serious Challenge in November

This article was published by The McAlvany intelligence Advisor on Monday, September 24, 2018: 

This writer expressed surprise and dismay in this space back in February after learning that President Trump’s Department of Justice had dismissed charges of corruption against New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez. The depth, breadth, and length of those charges made the case against Menendez by the DOJ appear to be airtight. In his article titled “Corrupt New Jersey Senator Dodges Another Bullet” he wrote:

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Trump Holds the Winning Hand in the Trade War with China

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, September 19, 2018: 

This definition of calling one’s bluff from the Free Dictionary is accurate: to call one’s bluff is “to challenge someone to act on their threat or prove that their claim or boast is true, when one believes they are making a false claim or idle threat (i.e. bluffing).”

Officials running the communist Chinese dictatorship dare not treat President Trump as an Obama by calling his bluff. Trump is holding all the cards, and they know it. And they know he is willing to play them.

On Monday, he announced his decision to impose tariffs on another $200 billion of Chinese imports, explaining why in his statement:

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American Business Coalition Launches Anti-Tariff Campaign Against Trump

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, September 12, 2018: 

A coalition of business interests, Americans for Free Trade, launched a campaign on Wednesday targeting Republican members of the House in five states. Its strategy is to persuade those members to bring pressure on the president to back off from his tariff/trade “war” that allegedly is hurting them.

Many big names are involved, including several with Deep State connections and anti-Trump inclinations. Exxon Mobil, Microsoft, Google, Apple, Chevron, Target, Autozone, Amazon, Macy’s, Walmart, IBM, Facebook, Mattel, Hasbro, and Barnes & Noble are numbered among the more than 60 members allied behind the campaign. The group claims that its intentions aren’t political, but the ads target five key states in Trump’s camp that helped him win the presidency in 2016: Ohio, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Indiana, and Tennessee. The group plans to target an additional seven states in its campaign before the end of the year.

The group was formed when it became clear that the Trump tariff strategy — a move to pressure countries dumping products into the United States or subsidizing certain industries in anti-competitive ways to come to the negotiating table — was going to take longer than they expected. A tariff is a tax, and in the short run, many of these companies are complaining that, as a result of Trump’s strategy, they are seeing their costs of imported raw materials rise. Yet the Trump-era rollback in regulations and taxation should lead to lower prices of domestic raw materials, enabling America to reduce its dangerous dependence on foreign sources for essential supplies. Such was the case with the surge in domestic oil production spurred by the fracking revolution, and America is better off for it.

One name notably missing from the list of companies complaining about Trump’s tariffs is Nucor,

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Louisiana Rejects Anti-gun Banks From Bidding on Highway Projects

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, September 11, 2018: 

Citigroup and Bank of America likely figured that since they already handled almost a quarter of Louisiana’s general obligation bonds, they would at least be given an opportunity to bid on the financing of some $600 million in highway improvements near Baton Rouge. But when the Louisiana State Bond Commission met in August, they deliberately and intentionally excluded both banks from the bidding owing to their anti-gun policies.

Just a few weeks after the Valentine’s Day shooting in Parkland, Florida, where a gunman murdered 17 people, Citigroup announced that the bank would no longer do business with any retailers offering high-capacity magazines for sale, or selling firearms to anyone who hasn’t already passed a background check or is under the age of 21.

In April Bank of America followed suit by stopping its lending to any gun manufacturer making “military style rifles.”

When the banks sent Brandee McHale, the head of Corporate Citizenship at Citigroup, to complain about being excluded from the bidding, she was told precisely why, by state Representative Blake Miguez:

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The President is Determined to Learn Who Wrote the NYT Op-Ed

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, September 10, 2018: 

During and after his speech in Billings, Montana on Wednesday night, President Trump made crystal clear his feelings about the anonymous Op-Ed published by The New York Times earlier that day: “The Times should never have done that because, really what they’ve done is, virtually, you know, it’s treason.” He called the author a “gutless coward” whose name “The New York Times should publish … at once.”

And then the president predicted:

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Trump Determined to Find Author of Anonymous Op-Ed

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, September 7, 2018:  

During and after his speech in Billings, Montana, on Wednesday night, President Trump made crystal clear his feelings about the anonymous op-ed published by the New York Times earlier that day: “The Times should never done that because, really what they’ve done is, virtually, you know, it’s treason.” He called the author a “gutless coward” whose name “The New York Times should publish … at once.”

And then the president predicted: “At some point this whole thing is going to be exposed.”

The effort to ferret out the anonymous writer — whose identity the Times’ editors declare they know but are keeping secret at the request of the writer, who fears retribution if he is found out — has already begun. The machinery is already in motion. It began with a presidential tweet questioning whether the author actually holds a position in the Trump administration:

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Just How Fast Can the U.S. Economy Grow?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, September 7, 2018: 

Presidential candidate Donald Trump startled his audiences by predicting that, under his administration, the economy would grow by at least three percent a year, that four percent was likely, and that five percent was achievable. The latest reports appear to prove that not only was he correct, but that the economy is poised to confirm his most generous predictions.

The Conference Board has been busy taking the economy’s temperature. In a 2017 survey, it discovered that

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The Democratic “Blue Wave” Continues to Fade

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, August 31, 2018:

The liberal-left mainstream media and the Democrat Party, which are joined at the hip, continue to believe that history is on their side, that in November the Democrats will take over control of the House. History has a way of disappointing, however, and recent polls are showing, on a “generic” basis, the Democrats’ advantage is narrowing. Last week, for example, Rasmussen Reports noted that the Democrat lead vanished for the first time since May, with 44 percent of those polled saying they would vote for the generic Democrat and 44 percent saying they would vote for the generic Republican candidate in their district.

The initial problem is that there are no “generic” candidates running. Each has his or her own style, ideology, voting record, and political platform. So how much help such polls provide in taking a peek at the midterm elections (just nine weeks away) remains dubious.

What Rasmussen has going for it is that it polls only “likely voters” and not “registered voters,” as nearly every other polling outfit considers. As Rasmussen noted on Wednesday,

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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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