Evening Edition - September 29

September 29, 2020 |

NEWS YOU CAN REALLY USE

Especially if you’re a parent of kids who will be going to college soon. College Pulse, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), and RealClearEducation have released the first-ever College Free Speech Ranking. It ranks 55 colleges for their protection of free speech, as determined by a survey of 20,000 currently-enrolled students.

Remember, you are under no obligation to write giant tuition checks to schools that knuckle under to PC fascism and deny students their fundamental rights to freedom of thought and expression. The best way to force college administrators and professors to stop acting like thought police is to cut off the money that funds them. One way is by sending your kids to colleges that protect free speech. Another way is to exercise your right to free speech by letting your state legislators know that you disapprove of your taxes continuing to fund schools that act like Antifa mobs instead of havens of learning and the free and open exchange of ideas.

See the entire list and more info at the link, but here are the top five best schools for free speech: The University of Chicago, Kansas State University, Texas A&M, UCLA (surprisingly!), and Arizona State University.

The bottom five to avoid: Syracuse University, Dartmouth, Louisiana State University, the University of Texas – Austin (part of the overall sad decline of Austin under “progressive” influence), and DePauw University.

LATE-BREAKING DEBATE NEWS

Among the conditions agreed upon was a demand by the Trump side that both candidates have a third party inspect to make sure neither candidate was wearing an earpiece that could transmit answers from offstage. The Trump folks say the Biden people abruptly reversed themselves and are now refusing to allow it.

Biden’s people also asked for two breaks during the 90-minute debate, which Trump refused (he’s barely getting warmed up after 90 minutes), so it will be non-stop and commercial-free. The Biden people also refused Trump’s requests for drug tests, to ensure that Biden wasn’t getting drugs that temporarily boost energy and lucidity in people with early-stage dementia.

BOMBSHELL

Just last week in my TBN TV monologue, I warned you that between now and Election Day, there would be a “BOMBSHELL!!!” story every day. Most would be overblown, fake news or rehashes of old charges that someone in the media had been sitting on for months or years, waiting to hatch it at the precise moment when it could do maximum political damage. My advice was to ignore these stories until you knew they were real news backed by solid evidence.

So when the New York Times released its big “BOMBSHELL!” about President Trump’s income taxes on Monday, I decided to ignore it until we found out whether there was anything to it. After all, the NYT has run “BOMBSHELL!” stories about Trump’s taxes every year since he was elected, and they all came to nothing. This one, of course, is getting tons of media attention, even though it seems to have no more meat than any of the previous nothingburgers.

The big charge is that Trump is some kind of crook because he allegedly paid only $750 in personal taxes the year he was elected and $750 the first year of his presidency. The Times claims they've seen his leaked income tax forms, which they refused to show Trump’s attorneys before publishing, citing the need to protect their source. That source would need protecting because leaking someone’s personal IRS data is a federal offense punishable by both hefty fines and years of prison time.

Trump responded that it’s all fake news, and his attorney said the Times article is “riddled with gross inaccuracies” and that Trump "has paid tens of millions of dollars in personal taxes to the federal government, including paying millions in personal taxes since announcing his candidacy in 2015.”

The way I see it, there are two possible scenarios.

1. The Times hit job is just another sleazy piece of fake news, which they’ve become renowned for since they gave up being the “paper of record” and became the “paper of anti-Trump bird cage liner.”

2. The Times piece is correct, in which case it proves that Trump’s taxes show no ties to Russia as his enemies have claimed, that he’s committed no crimes that are hidden in his tax forms, and that he was telling the truth about being under ongoing IRS audits, which oddly enough have also produced no evidence of wrongdoing or we certainly would know about it by now. They’re left with trying to tar him with the sin of paying as little as possible, or as they call it, “tax avoidance” - you know, like everybody with half a brain practices.

Ironically, if Trump did reduce his taxes that much, it was by using a tax break passed under Obama/Biden to try to boost economic growth.

Anyone who thinks that Trump has made no financial sacrifices to be President, or worse, believes the lunacy that he “only ran to enrich himself,” needs a psychiatrist (which may be deductible.) He gave up running a multibillion-dollar international corporation, donates his entire salary back to the government, and his businesses have taken a massive hit on profits because of the mindless anti-Trump hate targeted against them.

Trump may be the only modern-era politician ever to come to Washington and leave poorer. The Obamas left office as media moguls with a beachfront mansion, while Joe and Jill Biden made $13.3 million in his first two years out of "public service" (and used an S-corp to declare only $750,000 in taxable income, or as the New York Times calls that when Republicans do it, “TAX AVOIDANCE!”)

I could go on at length about how little Trump’s critics understand tax law and how business owners offset gains with losses, but fortunately, accountant-turned-novelist Larry Correia already has, with this hilariously blunt beat-down of the pig-ignorant reporters who think tax deductions are evil and that they can read foul intent into Trump hiring lawyers and accountants to ensure he pays the least legal amount of taxes possible (just like the owners of the New York Times do.) Warning: Larry likes his profanity, which in this case is well-deserved.

The only other thing I have to say about this is what I’ve been saying for years: no politician should ever release his or her personal income tax forms. The financial disclosure candidates have to file tells you far more relevant information. Releasing a personal tax form is a deep invasion of privacy (hence the stiff penalty for leaking one), and it says little to nothing about someone’s personal or financial situation, even though political opponents will always read evil intent into it.

The only intent of a tax form is to take advantage of every possible legal credit and deduction (all of which Congress created for their own reasons) to give the government the least amount of your hard-earned money that you legally can. I assume the politicians, media moguls, celebrities and talking heads who are attacking Trump for doing that will now fire all their tax lawyers and accountants and send the IRS far more than they owe, to insure they’re paying their “fair share.”

No? Didn’t think so…

EVIDENCE

I’ve never been a big fan of lawsuits, but when the media refuse to tell the truth, people decide they can say anything about anyone with no consequences, and elected officials put politics ahead of justice, sometimes that’s your only recourse. And to be honest, I’m kind of enjoying seeing so many liberal proponents of using the courts to get their way suddenly discover that courts also protect the rights of slandered conservatives and cops. Like the cop who's now suing people who keep calling him a "murderer" even after a grand jury determined that he acted in self-defense.

The media keep using their favorite new buzz phrase, “without evidence,” to describe every report of voter fraud. So President Trump and his staff did their job for them and compiled seven examples' worth of evidence.

Incidentally, this was done before Project Veritas released its first undercover video of Democrat operatives in Minneapolis bragging about their alleged rampant voter fraud.

Rep. Ilhan Omar’s mouthpiece responded predictably, by insulting the President (saying the amount of evidence is the same as the taxes Trump paid: zero – both those claims are patently false), but not addressing any of the allegations or illegalities on the videos. And the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, having no defense for Omar, fell back on the “Republicans pounce” cliché, ignoring the allegations and attacking Trump for bringing them up.

They also tried to tar the messenger, repeating the left’s claim that Project Veritas releases “deceptively edited videos,” which they don’t (here’s a list of seven lawsuits against them, all of which they’ve won)

If you’d like to see more, the group just released its SECOND VIDEO, which appears to show an actual paying-for-ballot transaction, and features both anonymous and on-camera whistleblowers detailing how the votes of the Somali community are purchased (whether they want to sell them or not) and it’s an open secret that everyone knows about. The video also names a prominent local Palestinian businessman as the chief financial backer of vote fraud to elect Ilhan Omar because he expects her to push for cutting off funds to Israel in Congress. One brave soul warns on camera that those 80-100 thousand Somali immigrant votes can swing an election, and allowing this kind of unethical and criminal behavior to determine our election results could spell the end of America as we know it.

Here’s an article about it that includes video #2:

And here’s Project Veritas’ home page.

Fortunately, the Minneapolis Police don’t accept snarky comebacks as evidence of innocence, so they announced that they’re launching an investigation. Let’s hope it’s not defunded. And let’s also hope that the FBI is doing its job.

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  • Phillip Wood

    09/30/2020 02:36 PM

    Why did President Trump's staff not provide him with the list of voter fraud cases that are currently under investigation, so he could refute Mr. Biden's "without evidence" claims at the debate?

  • Don & Debbie Showalter

    09/30/2020 01:25 PM

    Hi Mike,

    In regards to taxes and the President. At the same time the NYT released the "tax story", the Biden campaign made available "I paid more taxes than Trump" buttons and bumper stickers. Think about it, bragging that you paid more taxes than someone else - really! Maybe the Biden campaign should rethink their slogan.

  • Debi McClure

    09/30/2020 12:12 PM

    My question regarding the President's tax forms is: is the NYT saying $750 on line 16 your total tax, line 17 which is Federal income tax withheld or line 23 the amount you owe which is in addition to what you have already paid? If they even have his tax forms.

  • George Reynolds

    09/30/2020 12:02 PM

    This National Review article, and its many quotes, sum up perfectly my opinion of last night's debacle -- I mean "debate". And I am a staunch Trump fan.
    https://www.nationalreview.com/the-morning-jolt/the-debate-dumpster-fire/?utm_source=recirc-desktop&utm_medium=article&utm_campaign=river&utm_content=top-bar-latest&utm_term=fourth

  • Carol Grimm

    09/30/2020 11:08 AM

    I wonder if Gov Huckabee will be coming toTexas for a book signing I would love to meet him

  • Diana M. Brown

    09/30/2020 10:17 AM

    I enjoy reading your newsletters because they are full of facts and are appreciated. I am still a little afraid for our country and know this election is real important. But, with all this voter fraud going on and ballots being destroyed, how can we have a fair election. I am afraid for the people in Minneapolis who are true and law abiding citizens but I was under the impression that immigrants were not allowed to vote until they go through the citizen process.

  • Terry Storbeck

    09/30/2020 08:44 AM

    You should send this bible verse to President Trump. It should be his new question to Biden.

  • Ivanka 2024

    09/30/2020 06:56 AM

    University students are the Silent Majority ??? Recently i dropped off 50 TRUMP stickers at a bowling alley near an Ivy League school in PA. 50 male students requested the decals, then put them on their bowling shirts!!! This is an East Coast Ivy Liberal University with many NY, NJ, Conn. students. They tell me they "get it" . They see jobs being created by This administration, good jobs !! PREZ. TRUMP TO WIN ALL 50 STATES ! THANK GOD!

  • James Evart

    09/30/2020 01:15 AM

    Would it not be a more prudent use of funds and energy now that the virus death rate has gone down 85% below what it was at the start to focus on the death rate NOW and stop with all of this excessive testing except the population over 50 that has proven to be highly effected by this virus while focusing on the death rate numbers instead?

  • Joseph Schiavone

    09/29/2020 11:50 PM

    At times during tonight's debate, it looked like Biden was reading from notes on his podium. Is that permissible?

  • Judi Fey

    09/29/2020 11:03 PM

    Bidens' S corporation scheme to avoid taxes needs to be made public!

  • Judy Allen

    09/29/2020 10:55 PM

    Tonight's "debate" was a disaster because of Chris Wallace. President Trump was debating Chris Wallace rather than Joe Biden. President Trump was the winner nonetheless. I hope the next moderator is a lot better.
    This event should be called a dual news conference rather than a debate.

  • Steve Hillenberg

    09/29/2020 10:53 PM

    Just finished watching President Trump "debate" Biden. Chris Wallace is obviously not impartial. Why does this jackdonkey get to moderate anything? Get him replaced with an impartial question asker.

  • Roy Stevenson

    09/29/2020 10:45 PM

    After watching part of the debate tonight, I think we have the reason the NYT came out with the $750 tax story. I got really frustrated with all the questions being negatives about Trump that I quit watching.

  • Paul Calahan

    09/29/2020 10:13 PM

    Governor, while I concur with what you said, I’m appalled at the disrespect and the tone of this debate. While I’ll still vote for President Trump (decided before debate), I think POTUS just handed the undecided in sufficient numbers to give VP Biden the election. In re earpieces, while wouldn’t surprise me, I’m not of the view they could feed VP Biden the info he needed in real time to allow VP Biden to respond without some delays, process the information, and then share it with the American people. Changing gears, think you said it before. The major news organizations are nothing more then super pacs for the left. Let’s also look at COVID 19, while folks want to play the blame game on both sides. Let’s face it, there wasn’t enough information about the virus to make all the “right” decisions. Believe to some extent, we’re still in the discovery process. While I’m a little skeptical of Trump’s team having a good handle on this, the Dems perspective is not to waste a good crisis to play the blame game and to take advantage of the situation which they’re doing.

  • Charles Edward Gant MD, PhD

    09/29/2020 10:05 PM

    Technically, dementia is a psychiatric disorder, although most doctors would classify it as more neurological. But how fitting that those suffering from another mental disorder called progressivism/socialism/liberalism would choose a leader who has that mental disease plus dementia.

  • Neal Warren

    09/29/2020 09:04 PM

    Have you ever read the context of Jeremiah 29:11? It's not so comforting to the ones it was addressed to. Those who had been carried away to Babylon (v 1+4) were to be in captivity for 70 years (v 10). They were told to get used to that (v 5-7) and to not believe any prophet who told them different (v 8-9) After 70 years, their children and grandchildren would return to the land (v 12-14) Ezra and Nehemiah tell of the fulfillment of this prophecy. The rest of the chapter speaks against those who did not go into captivity with them, as well as the false prophets that contradicted Jeremiah's words.
    The application to our nation's current situation is that reliance on comforting passages without giving consideration to their context is hollow indeed. If we as a nation continue to support abortion, immorality and every other anti-God thing imaginable, we can't expect God's blessings.

  • Judy Allen

    09/29/2020 08:21 PM

    Here in Marion Co Indiana (Indianapolis) I voted by absentee. I checked my voter record today and see that my and my husband's completed ballots were mailed to the Election Board and logged in on Sep 25. USPS and Election Board are working here.

  • Jose Muniz

    09/29/2020 07:58 PM

    I've lived in Kenya for 11 years. Paying for votes is nothing new to people in east Africa. Those Somali ballot harvesters are doing nothing new to Somalians. It has always been an issue to east African countries and attempts to end it have miserably failed in those countries.

  • james monahan

    09/29/2020 07:56 PM

    Once again, the dems get the questions on the debate in advance. Chris Wallace is so much of a Trump hater that he should be reined in. When do we get a moderator that is biased toward republicans in a debate?

  • THOMAS GRAMLICK

    09/29/2020 07:43 PM

    Did the media go brain dead over President Trump's not taking a pay check and no pay check a person does not pay taxes? oops, Is that considered fake news?

  • James Drury Jr

    09/29/2020 07:32 PM

    Thanks Mike & Staff.

  • Jerry Korba

    09/29/2020 07:20 PM

    I hope Christopher Wray has NOT told the FBI to Stand down on voter fraud; Is someone watching Wray the Fox that surrounds the chickens: Remember Comey the Rabid Fox Ate the Chickens that potentially would whistle blow the Russian Collusion Hoax. Can we trust the FBI in this matter of voter Fraud? Or will we find out 2 and half years later that Voter fraud took place while in 2023 America is heading into the Abyss.

  • Charlene irish

    09/29/2020 06:51 PM

    Hillsdale College I am sure has a 1 rank. Too bad it can’t be noted in a list like this

  • Gail Benensohn

    09/29/2020 06:50 PM

    Thanks for the shout out for the Univ. Of Chicago, our beloved Alma Mater! We studied & discussed original documents around a table with a Professor & learned to think.