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| Doug's Rants | April 18, 2019

Ranter’s Note: The timing is all wrong. As you’re reading this, the Mueller report should have been released in all its glory, and because of our press schedule, it’s missing this week’s edition. So I’ll ramble on about other stuff and hopefully the crazy bantering with gnashing of teeth in all forms of media, that is surely happening, won’t distract you too much.

This Couldn’t Have Possibly Happened!

I almost fell out of my chair when the Mrs. shared an article with me from the New York Times entitled, “Face it: You probably got a tax cut.”  My first thought was, “Wow, this doesn’t sound like the New York Times, what’s going on?” Then I read from the article, “If you’re an American taxpayer, you probably got a tax cut last year. And there’s a good chance you don’t believe it.”

I tepidly went on and was pleasantly surprised to read, “Ever since President Trump signed the Republican-sponsored tax bill in December 2017, independent analyses have consistently found that a large majority of Americans would owe less because of the law. Preliminary data based on tax filings has shown the same.”

This was the part that floored me: “To a large degree, the gap between perception and reality on the tax cuts appears to flow from a sustained — and misleading — effort by liberal opponents of the law to brand it as a broad middle-class tax increase.”  

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 “A survey conducted in early April for The New York Times by the online research platform SurveyMonkey found that only 40 percent of Americans believed they had received a tax cut under the law.” The article stated that 65 percent had actually received a tax cut.

Is this really the Times actually citing the liberals’ misguided efforts to sink one of Trump’s successes? What’s next, Nancy Pelosi’s Dems agreeing with Trump to build a wall?!

This is a good example of how those who only follow main stream media can easily be manipulated into anti-Trump thinking. I commend the New York Times for shining this positive light with professional journalism.

Who is This Guy?

Who is this Mayor Pete guy that has taken the Dem world by storm? (At least for this week.) One thing’s for sure, I’ll never remember how to pronounce his last name (Buttigieg), but that’s beside the point. The point is I can’t get a grasp on what he’s trying to say.

Maybe you can help me here: “That’s why I’m here today – to tell a different story thanMake America Great Again’ because there is a myth being sold to industrial and rural communities: the myth that we can stop the clock and turn it back.” What myth is he talking about? Hasn’t he seen the EVIDENCE of record manufacturing and record-low unemployment, along with other positive economic facts? What clock is he talking about turning back?

“First comes freedom: something that our conservative friends have come to think of as their own. Let me tell you: Freedom doesn’t belong to one political party. Our conservative friends care about freedom, but only make it part of the journey.” What the heck is he talking about? Freedom as our own, us conservatives care about freedom, but we only make it part of the journey?

“They only see freedom from, as though government were the only thing that can make you unfree. But that’s not true. Your neighbor can make you unfree.”  What freaking neighbor is he talking about that can make us unfree?  (In fact, my spell check doesn’t even recognize the word unfree.)

Geez, even when Uncle Bernie speaks we know what he’s talking about. It’s scary as all get out, but at least we can comprehend what he’s saying.

Hypocrisy Watch:

Wenever anyone would criticize President Obama about an issue or policy (that criticism never came close to the personal attacks Trump endures) the outcry was always the same –RACISM – because he was a president of color. Fast forward to the present, and when one of the rookie Congressional ladies of color is lambasted for their ignorant statements, her fellow rookies come to her defense with the same cries of racism.

Now we have Herman Cain, who is a man of color, ran for president and an intelligent, successful business person who President Trump wanted to nominate for a seat on the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. The protests against his nomination came fast and furious from both sides of the aisle. The concerns were for different issues they had with Cain’s nomination, and for all I know, those concerns could be legitimate.

But, do you hear Mr. Cain crying racism? Or other people of color in or out of congress yelling from the rafters that Cain’s detractors are doing so only because of the color of his skin? No we don’t! So why is it different with Obama and the lady rookies of color?  Why do they scream out blanket accusations of racism, when it’s left-leaning minorities whose qualifications are questioned? Why isn’t the reaction the same for an African American named Herman Cain?

Don’t get me wrong. It would be wrong to play the race card regarding Cain, just as it was and is to use it for the aforementioned people. But you know what Herman Cain did? He quietly and gracefully withdrew his name for consideration like any human with class would do.

Quotes, Quips & Headlines:

Academic seen explaining how Muslim men should beat their wives  (Headline)

*Rut-row, I wonder if Ilhan Omar has seen this, and how would she spin it? (Me)

“I guess we as a nation are basically ignoring that a Somali Muslim grabbed a 5-year-old white kid from his mother and threw him off a 3rd story balcony at the Mall of America in Minnesota. I only mention ethnicity here, because if a white guy had done it to a Muslim child, it would be every headline everywhere for the next 2 months. Why is this? (Facebook post)

*What does Ilhan Omar have to say about this? Wait, I haven’t heard a word from her on this, have you?

“Without question, it is more difficult today to come out as a conservative than it is to come out as gay. Conservatives today are treated with the same social stigma as gays were in the 80’s.”  (Candice Owens)      

*Yikes, what if you’re a conservative and gay? (Me)

Eric Swalwell announces 2020 campaign, says nation is in quicksand (Headline)

*The dude has been watching too many Tarzan reruns. The nation is actually soaring and flying high above quicksand, just like Tarzan did on those tree vines.  (Me)

“Your paycheck will feel the Bern.” (Diamond and Silk)

*Should we enjoy our tax breaks while we can?  (Me)

Mueller Report to be released to public Thursday morning.

Kudlow: Economy ‘booming, absolutely booming’

Mnuchin: Keeping IRS from weaponizing against Trump.

Top European diplomat praises president, hits Obama-era ‘lecturing’

*Those headlines could be titled “As Trump’s World Turns” (Me)

 Mayor of Yuma Arizona declares emergency over migrant situation (Headline)

*Reading this and seeing the video of hundreds of illegals walking right into our country (near Yuma) where a border wall should be (but isn’t) makes me bat-crap-crazy. All while Dems dismiss all of this as MALARKEY. Un-be-freaking-lievable! (Me)

“No Collusion, No Obstruction!”  (President Trump)

*We should all know if this is true by the time you read this.  (Me)

 Letter to the Ranter:

Gazette: Great paper. Very interesting, insightful editorial comments. Doug’s rant–really great in-depth writing-all good. I read cover to cover, you are our voice in the SCV. Please keep up the excellent job.  John

Ranter’s Note 2

This week’s rant is dedicated to my Mom, Susie Sutton, who passed away peacefully this past Tuesday at the age of 85, after a long battle with dementia and a recent stroke. While she wasn’t boisterous about her political views, and even voted for Democrats on occasion (which I forgave her for), she and my late Dad laid a solid foundation for me and my brothers that included hard work, conscientiousness, accountability, follow-through with commitments, and a loving family. Rest in peace, Mom.

 

 

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