Is there truly an economic benefit to lower taxes?

Is there truly an economic benefit to lower taxes?

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I can attest to the veracity of this chart above from Sen. Ted Cruz. President Reagan held office from 1981 through 1989. We started our business in 1987 in the aftermath of the I-30 condo scandal that wiped out several savings-and-loan companies. It was an improved economy that got us over that disastrous scandal.

We enjoyed a booming business under two presidents, “government is the problem” Reagan and “it’s the economy stupid” Clinton.

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Taxes paid to governments by no means deserve to be labelled “investments”.

Investment defined: the investing of money or capital in order to gain profitable returns, as interest, income, or appreciation in value

Taxes NEVER appreciate your value. It is the returns on investments that add value.

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is a measure of economic activity that represents “the total dollar value of all goods and services produced over a specific time period.” [investopedia.com]

Trump haters virulently oppose tax cuts even when tax cuts work to their benefit. Blind hatred as defined in the Urban Dictionary is “to strongly dislike something without knowing the facts, or by using false information“. The Bible warns:

He also told them this parable: “Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into a pit? – Luke 6:39

Here’s a little wisdom if you can handle it: A rising tide floats all boats. This means that economic growth is good for Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, anarchists, socialists, Christians, Jews, Muslims, atheists, and communists. (Anyone left out?)

Here’s a little more wisdom: Profitability of businesses forms capital to fund new businesses and to expand existing enterprises. We business owners are the folks who risk our net worth to provide goods and services and employment to add to your net worth.

No nation in all history has ever taxed itself into prosperity.

“I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.” – Sir Winston Churchill

As it is written in Holy Scripture, “you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free”.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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What’s happening in the Land of the Free, the Home of the Brave?

What’s happening in the Land of the Free, the Home of the
Brave? How is it law enforcement officers and prosecutors have become common targets? Who or what is behind well-organized mobs disrupting town hall meetings with the obvious intent to silence our elected representatives?

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Source: CBS Los Angeles

A San Bernardino County prosecutor in the midst of a gang-murder trial was bloodied and beaten into unconsciousness Thursday while on a morning jog in Newport Beach. She wasn’t robbed or raped. She is a prosecutor in a gang-related murder trial. You guess the motive.

San Bernardino is the most dangerous city in California, according to LA Weekly.san bernardino most dangerous city in california.PNG
Why is San Bernardino the most dangerous California city?

Important factors: a very high degree of poverty, a very high cost of living, and FIVE criminal gangs (4 black, 1 Hispanic).

What are common factors associated with gang violence?
1-Poverty
2-Metropolitan residency
3-High cost of living
4-Democrat government
5-Generous welfare program
6-Metropolitan residents believe government can solve all their problems

You can understand how it is that a cluster of poor people who believe government can solve all their problems (hunger, housing, health), will naturally assume that the municipal government that does not solve their problems is responsible for their problems.

From Forbes: Welfare Offers Short-Term Help And Long-Term Poverty, Thanks To Asset Tests 

The bottom line: Government welfare programs strive to make welfare recipients comfortable instead of striving to make them capable of independent living.

How do we change this downward spiral toward anarchy and public disorder? Founding Father Benjamin Franklin knew the answer to this question:

“I am for doing good to the poor, but…I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty but leading or driving them out of it. I observed…that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.”

Even earlier in history, almost 2,000 years ago, in fact, the Apostle Paul said, “Those unwilling to work will not get to eat.

How do we move poor people from government dependency to joining the independent living?

Hunger is a time-proven incentive to work for a living.

Do you know that the labor participation rate (a pleasant alternative to unemployment rate) is 62.9%? 100-62.9=37.1% actual unemployment. FYI – at the peak of the Great Depression unemployment was 25%. (BLS stats http://bit.ly/2jn32Nw)

Where do all the millions of illegal immigrants work? Do I have to tell you the answer? Illegal immigrants do in fact work millions of jobs left open by the welfare system.

If government welfare programs have worked against the people for whom the government is the problemgovernment programs were created, does it not stand to reason that it’s time to change from business-as-usual to common sense alternatives?

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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Impeaching the Impeachment Talk

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“I don’t see President Trump acting very differently as a President than he did during the campaign. He did win the Electoral College despite this bizarre behavior as a candidate. So, you can’t impeach somebody for doing what they said they were going to do as a candidate. And whether we like it or not, he is fulfilling all of the very reckless promises or trying to fulfill some of the reckless promises he made during the campaign.” – Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT)

Is it possible the reason we, the American majority, expect great things from President Trump is due to the character quality highlighted by Senator Murphy? Yes, President Donald Trump is trying to fulfill the promises he made during the presidential election campaign.

In fact, as you can see for yourself, in at least the last nineteen years his views have been no different than they are at this moment in time. Tim Russert interviewed businessman Donald Trump on October 24, 1999.

Let’s demand that our U.S. senators and Representatives follow his example: Do what you promise to do.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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President Trump pardons former Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the liberals go nuts

President Trump pardoned former Sheriff Joe Arpaio. For what crime was he pardoned?

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Photo credit: CNN

United States District Judge Susan R. Bolton sentenced sheriff Joe Arpaio to prison for contempt of court. She ordered him to cease reporting illegal aliens to ICE. Yes, she ordered him to violate federal law – a federal judge orders a state sheriff to violate federal law. That was his so-called crime.

This morning I read via Twitter John McCain condemned President Trump’s pardon of Arpaio. Sen. McCain accused President Trump of not following the Rule of Law.

For the point of law, let’s understand what the president did. He followed Article 2, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution which states, “The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States…shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.”

The Constitution empowers the president to pardon anyone, anytime, for any reason except impeachment. Period. Precedent? How about President Bill Clinton’s pardon of a criminal fugitive Marc Rich.

It is John McCain and a rogue federal judge who do not follow the rule of law.

Now you know the rest of the story.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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Immigrants – Who Needs Them?

Debates and discussions on the subject of immigration policies go unresolved due to intransigent postures of the persons on either side of the issue.

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Does the United States of America need immigrants? This is a great question. Let’s ask a few more questions.

What is a sustainable population? For the U.S.A., a sustainable birth rate is 2.1 births per woman. In 2016, our nation’s birth rate was 1.9 births per woman.

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“Today, almost 50% of women between the ages of 25 and 29 are childless. In fact, the highest rate of childless women aged 15 to 44 since the US Census Bureau began tracking it in 1976 was reported in 2014 when 47.6% of American women had no children.” – Population Education

How does the U.S. compare to some other nations? In 2016, the birthrate of Japan was 1.45 births per woman. In Russia, the rate was 1.77 births per woman and 2.18 in Mexico.

Do Immigrants Steal Jobs from Americans? Another great question. Let’s test the job market.

How many posted job openings go unfilled? The following article from Forbes reports,

At a recent media event touting the need for apprentice programs, Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka pointed to the latest news from the U.S. Department of Labor: There are currently 6 million job openings in the United States.

The data come from the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS), which is released monthly. The survey reports an increase of 400,000 job openings at the end of April 2017 as compared to April 2016.

The job market is so strong that businesses and economists believe the inability to find workers is harming economic growth and could encourage companies to move operations. Zimmer Biomet, a maker of artificial orthopedic devices located in Warsaw, Indiana, cannot find sufficient workers for its factory. “It is struggling to find enough workers, despite offering some of the region’s best pay and benefits,” according to the Washington Post.

What is the future of a nation for which the birth rate cannot sustain it?

I propose my fellow Americans set aside intransigence on either side of the immigration issue to take the time to question the present and future of our nation with respect to sustaining the population and our common prosperity.

While our nation was founded on solid Christian principles, the principles don’t fund functions of government. Taxpayers do this. Government tends to uphold spending as the birthrate declines, leaving the next generation of Americans saddled with ever greater levels of taxation.

One can argue that the federal government has an insatiable appetite to spend. While both parties claim to want to reign in spending, both seem to try to outdo the other while in control of Congressional ‘purse strings’.

Debates are healthy because they lead to finding common ground essential to making America great again.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

Democrats continue a push to destroy our hard-won American freedoms and prosperity

Robert Mueller continues to staff his office of the special prosecutor with Hillary Clinton supporters.

Read from The Hill: CORRECTED: Three members of Mueller’s team have donated to Democrats | 

Read from The Daily Caller: Robert Mueller Hires Another Clinton Donor For Russia Probe | by CHUCK ROSS, Reporter, 9:51 AM 06/20/2017

After reading the following, ask yourself: Do you believe Robert Mueller is fair and impartial?
dems threaten Trump.PNGFrom his first day in office, Democrats have threatened to impeach President Trump. It’s just a bully tactic, a tyranny of the minority. Nothing more.

Could Democrats actually impeach President Trump? Let’s look to the Constitution, Article I, Section 2 that authorizes only the House to impeach which is tantamount to a Grand Jury indictment and it requires a majority vote.

Now you can understand why George Soros, the Clintons, and other leftist millionaires and billionaires are investing record sums of money into congressional elections like the race in Georgia where big money Democrats have spent over $22 million to unseat Republican Karen Handel.

Rush Limbaugh famously said, “If you want to know why someone does what they do, follow the money.” The money tracks back to the corruption of the Democrat Party on a scale never before seen in American history.

Keep in mind an impeachment is nothing but an accusation. The U.S. Senate tries the President if a majority chooses to do so. We have majorities in both houses.

The threats to impeach are hollow. They serve only to rally the uninformed voters to support Democrat candidates to regain control of Congress. Nothing more. Nothing less.

God raised up Donald Trump to be the 45th President of the United States of America in order to #DrainTheSwamp into which our nation’s capital has been sinking.

Acts 4:29-31 NLT: “And now, O Lord, hear their threats, and give us, your servants, great boldness in preaching your word. 30 Stretch out your hand with healing power; may miraculous signs and wonders be done through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”

After this prayer, the meeting place shook, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. Then they preached the word of God with boldness.”

John White
Rockwall, Texas

Will the last Christian in the Democrat Party please turn off the lights when you leave?

Franklin Graham characterizes Bernie Sanders’ berating of OMB nominee Russell Vought as “opposition to Trump”.

 

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Source: CBN News screenshot

 

I disagree.

Sanders violated the Article VI prohibition of religious tests and he trampled the First Amendment free exercise of religion clause.

Sanders isn’t a loner. He articulates what is in the hearts of many contemporary Democrats: virulent hatred of anyone and anything associated with Jesus Christ.

Consider the prophetic words written in 2 Timothy 3:1-9. Here are a few snippets – “in the last days…people will [be] scoffing at God. They will consider nothing sacred… They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!…These teachers oppose the truth…They have depraved minds and a counterfeit faith. 9 But they won’t get away with this for long. Someday everyone will recognize what fools they are…”

That last line, verse 9, leaves hope for all who love liberty. There will come a time – soon – when traditional Democrats (as I once was) will experience a divine epiphany.

For those who don’t know the meaning of ‘epiphany’, I quote a dictionary definition: “a sudden, intuitive perception of or insight into the reality or essential meaning of something, usually initiated by some simple, homely, or commonplace occurrence or experience.”

A divine ‘suddenly’ is the hallmark of God’s interventions.

There is nothing I can say or do that will convert an atheist. Only a divine revelation can turn the heart of a God hater.

The bad news is, it will get worse before it gets better.

The good news is, it will get better.

John White
Rockwall, Texas