Huge majority: Cuts, not taxes

Trump’s feelings of regret were revealed in a piece published Thursday by The New York Times, after the new president got caught in the middle of GOP disagreements on how to best unravel Obamacare.

The president, according to the report, blames House Speaker Paul Ryan for pushing him to instead pursue Obamacare repeal efforts.

From the report:

Mr. Trump has told four people close to him that he regrets going along with Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s plan to push a health care overhaul before unveiling a tax cut proposal more politically palatable to Republicans.

He said ruefully this week that he should have done tax reform first when it became clear that the quick-hit health care victory he had hoped for was not going to materialize on Thursday, the seventh anniversary of the act’s passage, when the legislation was scheduled for a vote.

CBO reminds us why the welfare state can’t work

Raising taxes and providing welfare programs decrease incentive to work, the Congressional Budget Office reported.

For low-income Americans, tax burdens that lower take home pay in combination with government programs that make it more lucrative for some earners to eschew working at all, are holding the economy back.

As the CBO notes:

When workers’ earnings rise but their after-tax income rises less—because of increases in their income and payroll taxes or declines in their benefits from government programs—their incentive to work typically declines. The percentage of an additional dollar of a person’s earnings that is unavailable for such reasons is called the marginal tax rate.

Ralph Nader thinks technology monopolies are a major threat

During a recent talk focused on transparency, consumer advocate and failed presidential candidate Ralph Nader said Congress should examine taking on “a new kind of monopoly” which he says has emerged around the nation’s leading tech companies.

Nader’s remarks came during a discussion on transparency at the Library of Congress to highlight Sunshine Week.

Asked about the recent concern over so-called fake news proliferating on social media websites, Nader said Americans shouldn’t look to major companies like Google, Facebook,
Microsoft and Apple to serve as censors or fact checkers for the information shared across their networks.

“I don’t see Facebook and Microsoft and Google – they’re trapped by the exudations of their own flamingly fast technological developments. They don’t have a clue when they unleash things what the consequences are and they haven’t had it from day one. They don’t have a clue. They just know they’re putting the product out, they can show it’s exciting and the rest of it is going to take care of itself. No, so I really wouldn’t rely on them,” Nader said.

Paul Ryan channels Democrat hysteria on healthcare

Pass my weak Obamacare reform bill, House Speaker Paul Ryan says, or the entire healthcare system is going to collapse.

Republican conservatives have panned the House bill to rethink Obamacare as a failure to follow through on promises to actually repeal the previous administration’s healthcare plan and replace it from the ground up.

As Freedom Caucus member Rep. Jim Jordan put it over the weekend: “The speaker’s plan doesn’t repeal Obamacare. Even Charles Krauthammer said that, called it ObamaCare Lite, as you said earlier. It doesn’t bring down premiums and it doesn’t unite Republicans. So, why not do what we all voted for just 15 months ago, clean repeal, and then get focused and build some momentum to actually replace ObamaCare with something that’s going to bring down costs?”

Jordan and other conservatives are urging their congressional colleagues to vote on legislation that would fully repeal Obamacare, versions of which already exist in both chambers.

Lawmaker wants harsher consequences for government leakers

Citing the recent WikiLeaks dump of documents related to the CIA’s spying powers, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) says government needs to make it more dangerous for insiders to leak information to the public.

During an interview with MSNBCs Ali Velshi, King lamented that leaks “seem to be replete throughout our government.”

“We’ve got noble people, patriots, serving at each of our agencies. But the problem we have is some of them inside are allowing the leaks and sometimes it may be we’re a little too easy on [them],” he continued.

The influential member of the House Judiciary Committee called the recent WikiLeaks revelations “very, very heavy,” decrying the lack of calls from the White House or other branches of government to stop leaks.

“We know that Julian Assange has delivered a lot of information out there that has turned out to be accurate,” King said. “It looks to me that we’ve got to go back and retool our cyber approach to this because of the leaks that are coming out.”

It seems illegal immigration slows when government stops encouraging it

The Obama administration’s immigration policy extended far beyond compassion and encouraged outright lawlessness along the nation’s southern border. New numbers from Customs and Border Protection show that even just the threat of increased border enforcement under the Trump administration has been enough to drastically reduce illegal crossings.

The figures, released Wednesday by CBP, revealed a 40 percent drop in the number of apprehensions along the border during President Donald Trump’s first month in the White House.

The drop in the number of illegal crossings, down to 18,762 from 31,578 a month earlier, is especially impressive because CBP usually expects a 10 to 20 percent increase in illegal immigration activity at the beginning of the year.

Wiretapping controversy brings more questions than answers

President Donald Trump unleashed a political firestorm with a series of weekend tweets claiming that the Obama White House wiretapped his personal communications as the 2016 election heated up.

“Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my “wires tapped” in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!,” the president said Saturday via Twitter.

He continued: “Is it legal for a sitting President to be “wire tapping” a race for president prior to an election? Turned down by court earlier. A NEW LOW!

“I’d bet a good lawyer could make a great case out of the fact that President Obama was tapping my phones in October, just prior to Election!”

Mainstream media and the U.S. political establishment are saying that Trump’s claims have no basis in reality. And the president has yet to provide clear evidence to back his charge against the Obama administration.