Evening Edition - April 17

April 17, 2019

Congressional Democrats are grasping at straws to find something – anything! – to pin on President Trump, and the latest windmill at which they’ve gone a-tilting is Trump’s tax returns.  Apparently laboring under the delusion that he makes them out himself and tucks nefarious dealings into them (before sending them to the IRS?) or that they have the mental capacity to understand tax forms made out by a platoon of lawyers and accountants when they don’t even know that the government took over student loans years ago, they are demanding to see Trump’s tax forms. 

You’d think they would have learned by now that Trump is rubber and they are glue, and everything they hurl at him bounces off him and sticks to you-know-who. The latest: to comply with their own new standards, a couple of prominent Democrats released their tax forms.  And what did they show?

 

“Beto” O’Rourke and his wife mistakenly took too big of a medical expense deduction and underpaid their taxes by about $4000 in 2013 and 2014 because of a confusing rule based on the taxpayer’s age.

 

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/beto-orourke-underpaid-taxes-in-2013-2014


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In 2015, the year Bernie Sanders made over a million dollar thanks to his best-selling book “Our Revolution” (nobody ever went broke selling socialism to suckers), he spent $575,000 on his third home, a lakefront house in Vermont, and gave a whopping 1% of his adjusted gross income to charity. 

 

https://www.westernjournal.com/bernie-sanders-donated-less-one-percent-charity-first-year-made-one-million-dollars/

 

At least that’s more generous than “Beto,” who in 2017 gave 0.33% of his $370,000 income to charity.  But he explained that that’s because his gift to society is himself.  For instance, all the time he donates to running for office to improve our mundane lives.

 

https://pjmedia.com/election/shorter-beto-orourke-my-gift-to-you-is-myself/

 

So by forcing politicians to release their tax forms, Democrats have already proven that the tax code is so confusing, not even Congress members who wrote it can understand it…and those forms can reveal that a politician is actually a big, fat hypocrite.  They just didn’t expect to prove it themselves in front of the whole world before even getting a peek at Trump’s taxes.   

 

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This might surprise you to hear, but I salute Bernie Sanders, and I mean that sincerely, for agreeing to appear on a townhall on Fox News.  The Democratic Party leadership is so terrified of being asked a non-puffball question that they refuse to let Fox host one of their debates, even though at the rate candidates are jumping in, they’ll probably have to schedule eleventy-thousand of them.  But Bernie sat down for questioning by Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum, and he deserves props for it.

 

(You can read about or watch the whole thing here: ) 

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/bernie-sanders-takes-stage-at-fox-news-town-hall-after-emerging-as-apparent-dem-frontrunner

 

That said, there was nothing I heard that will convince me to become a Bernie bro.  Although, again, I find myself actually defending him when he was pressed on why he takes the deductions to minimize his income tax bill instead of just voluntarily sending Washington 52% of his income, the way he thinks other millionaires should.  Bernie said, “Pftt, come on…I paid the tax that I owe.”  He suggested that he wouldn’t pay more than he owed unless he was forced to.

 

https://www.dailywire.com/news/46004/watch-bernie-sanders-explodes-when-asked-about-his-ryan-saavedra

 

And he’s absolutely right!  Everyone should pay their taxes, but nobody should be expected to pay a penny more than they owe.  Of course, after that, the hypocrisy came screaming back, when he said they should ask that of Donald Trump.  Congressional Democrats keep assailing Trump for allegedly using the tax loopholes they helped create to minimize his taxes, when there isn’t one of them who doesn’t hire the best tax preparers and investment counselors to minimize their own tax bills, even as they’re demanding that everyone else pay more. I say if Trump can legally pay less tax, then more power to him, and the same to every other taxpayer. 

 

If Congress members don’t want people taking advantage of the mountain of loopholes that is our byzantine tax code, then here’s what I’ve been suggesting for over a decade: get rid of the whole stinking thing and replace it with the Fair Tax. 

 

And oh, look: after hearing all these “Democratic” socialists bandy about 70, 80 and 90% tax rates, suddenly, more and more people are coming around to agreeing with that “crazy” idea I was blasted for endorsing when I ran for President back in 2008.  Well, you’re a bit late, but I welcome you to the IRS going-away party!

 

https://pjmedia.com/vodkapundit/abolish-the-income-tax-abolish-the-irs/

 


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I notice that the big takeaway for most of the media from the Bernie Sanders townhall on Fox News was the fact that the Pennsylvania crowd erupted in cheers when asked if they supported “Medicare for All.”  This is being spun as surprisingly high support for government takeover of health care.

 

Of course, that deliberately ignores the fact that the crowd was a self-selected sample of people who would turn out on a work night to listen to Bernie Sanders for an hour.  Of course, they love “Medicare For All.” If I burst into a bar full of alcoholics and yelled, “The drinks are on the house,” I’d get cheers, too. A Bernie crowd would probably cheer the offer of a case of measles if you told them it was free. 

 

I wonder if it might have put a damper on the cheering if the crowd had been told that all the “free” stuff Bernie is promising would cost over $20,000 to every taxpayer in America, on top of what they’re already paying?  That’s the big hangover that comes the morning after all the “free” drinks.

 

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/bernie-sanders-plan-cost-trillions

 

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As long as liberal hypocrisy on taxes seems to be a recurring theme today, it was discovered that in 2012, now-Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (who celebrated driving away 25,000 new jobs rather than giving Amazon a tax break) was launching a small publishing business and was quoted in a press release extolling the virtues of tax breaks to help promote businesses.  Of course, that was totally different.  This was HER business.

 

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/aoc-blew-amazon-out-of-new-york-in-2019-over-tax-breaks-but-demanded-one-for-herself-in-2012

 

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At the link, Turning Point USA’s Candace Owens discusses being accosted by masked, screaming, foul-mouthed “Antifa” protesters who were trying to keep her from speaking at the University of Pennsylvania (the clip includes video of the aggressive protesters whose pathetic antics did not intimidate Ms. Owens.)

 

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/candace-owens-black-vote-is-up-for-grabs-in-2020

 

So to recap: a group of idiots expressed their opposition to fascism by putting on masks and staging violent mob tactics to try to scare people of opposing views into silence…and their justification for their fascist anti-fascism was that a young, black conservative represents white supremacy?

 

I think they should take off those masks and trade them for T-shirts that say, “I’m wasting my parents’ money at UPenn.”

 

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Indiana’s Taylor University (a Christian college) sparked controversy after an alumnus started an online petition demanding that Vice President Mike Pence’s invitation to speak at commencement be rescinded.  You see, Pence’s Christian views are “un-Christian,” according to much of the faculty, apparently because he actually believes in the Bible.  And there’s all that hateful stuff he said about gay people that a reporter recently tried to dig up, only to discover he never said any of it. 

 

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/op-eds/mike-pences-nonexistent-homophobia

 

There has been a lot of this bigoted anti-Christian propaganda aimed at Pence, who apparently makes a good target since he also believes in turning the other cheek.  But in this piece, he finally responds to some of the unprovoked attacks on him and his religious faith.  The Rev. Franklin Graham also weighs in on his behalf.  And just in case there’s any question that the attacks on Pence really stem purely from leftist politics and its culture of censorship and oppression rather than genuine religious differences, note who a Taylor professor suggests should speak at commencement instead, to send a message of “reconciliation.” 

 

You guessed it: noted theologian Barack Obama.

 

https://www.westernjournal.com/franklin-graham-fires-back-christian-university-students-trying-uninvite-pence/

 

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David Forsmark at PJ Media has a unique take on the college admissions scandal that might make you look at the charges against Lori Loughlin in a different light.  As he explains it, if she was engaging in a scam, then it was a typical part of an even bigger scam run by colleges to get around a (stop me if you’ve heard this before) government regulation that ignores reality. 

 

Under Title IX, colleges have to provide equal numbers of athletic scholarships to males and females.  But the cold fact is that there is simply less interest in women’s sports (both from spectators and female students) than there is in male sports.  Colleges need to be able to offer a certain number of scholarships to football players because that’s the only sport that generates revenue and pays for all the other sports (in some schools, basketball, hockey or baseball show a profit, too, and need to attract the best players.) 

 

Consequently, there are a lot of bogus female athletic scholarships created just to balance out the numbers so that enough scholarships can be offered to male athletes.  As one commenter notes, this problem is largely found at so-called “elite” schools that offer lots of sports such as lacrosse and fencing. The real “unfairness” is that while the NCAA allows up to 20 rowing scholarships for females (so some schools can give them away like candy), male baseball players, for instance, have to compete for less than a dozen, so students may be really talented but still get rejected.    


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In other words, as Forsmark points out, it’s possible that Loughlin’s daughter didn’t take the place of a deserving female athlete but of another phony female rower who also wouldn’t have had to show up and do any rowing.  The difference is that she allegedly paid for the privilege.

 

Read the whole article. It’s an eye-opener about how the real scam was created due to well-intentioned but unrealistic government meddling, and how the parents in this scandal were only a small part of it as they sought to use their wealth to take advantage of the bigger scam.  Of course, rather than reform the heavy-handed, reality-defying program that started it, the government and college administrators are poised to make it even worse by letting male athletes claim to “identify” as women, compete on women’s teams, and destroy women’s sports entirely, so that real female athletes will be cheated out of scholarships. 

 

This is yet more proof of Ronald Reagan’s rule that one of the three biggest lies of all time is “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help you.”

 

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/lori-loughlin-merely-took-advantage-of-a-government-incentivized-title-ix-scam-womens-rowing/

 

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Folks from Hollywood are very talented at creating fantasies, but there’s a reason why “Hollywood bookkeeping” is shorthand for financial fraud and chicanery.  As an example, check out actress Alyssa Milano’s Twitter thread that attempts to convince Americans who got a tax cut that they didn’t really get more of their paychecks in their pockets, just because they gave the government a lower one-year, interest-free loan of their money than in previous years.  So they should elect people who are promising to spend more money than there is in the known universe and swearing that someone else’s taxes will pay for it all. 

 

Looks as if Hollywood finally found a way to combine creating fantasies with bogus accounting that rips people off. 

 

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/alyssa-milano-crashes-burns-mangles-truth-attempt-blast-trump-taxes/

 

For the record, to our Hollywood liberal friends: the GOP tax bill not only gave a tax cut to nearly 65% of Americans, it also reduced tax preparation time by least 241 million work hours and saved $2.9 billion for those paying a tax preparer.  Not as good as the Fair Tax, which would let you fill out your taxes on a postcard, but a darn good start.

 

https://www.westernjournal.com/gop-tax-cuts-saved-american-taxpayers-least-241-million-hours-work-2018-taxes/

 

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A new faith-based entertainment company is entering the streaming video market.  With Hollywood being uninterested in the faith-based audience (or as studios used to call it back in Hollywood’s Golden Age: “the audience”), or openly hostile (see the attempts to kill the movies “Gosnell” and “Unplanned”), new film studios have been arising to meet the demand for faith-friendly theatrical films.

 

VidAngel is now entering the market for streaming of faith-based episodic shows direct to homes, a la Netflix and Amazon.  They’re launching with a series called “The Chosen” that tells the story of Jesus from the perspective of the people around him.  You can learn more, see a trailer for it, and learn where to watch the first episode for free at this link.

 

https://www.westernjournal.com/conservatives-seize-moment-streaming-war-release-biblical-series-chosen/

 

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  • Tom DiSalvo

    04/20/2019 04:57 PM

    May you and your family have a blessed Easter. You all remain in our prayers especially your awesome daughter. God will give her the strength to continue as the voice of reason.
    Tom & Lesley DiSalvo

  • Anita Mule'

    04/18/2019 09:49 PM

    Your statement on well-meaning but destructive policies, such as the one trying to equalize male and female athletic scholarships, made me think of a situation I have been pondering. The elite high schools currently have a smaller percentage of minority students than they had decades ago. Then came all the social engineering by the government. That never comes to a good end. Is it a coincidence that after all the quotas and set-asides, conditions have gotten worse instead of better? I think not. Social engineering is always a bad idea.

  • rodney burke

    04/18/2019 02:45 PM

    I think dems should shut up and start doing their job. If they are so hot on txes, they should like you say, abide by the laws they created and shut up. OR change the laws. Of course, it we abolished the IRS, the FED and income tax, the libs would have nothing to complain about. We should anyway since Andrew Jackson and I believe it was Jefferson were against a central bank. concerning o'rourke, if he's ashamed of his name AND his ethnicity, what else is he hiding? Ist class fraud, all mouth signifying nothing. Like the rest of the field. We even have a Chinese out there and what does he have to offer? Zip. Raul Castro has nothing to add but pure economic insanity. Is there anyone in the dem party who is rational?

  • Helen Collette Ellenberger

    04/18/2019 12:46 PM

    Your editions are terrific. Basically, you make news more readable, as you say it the way it is. I have learned so much, from reading your Edition. Thank you and please keep it up. Thankful for you. Sincerely, Collette

  • Bruce Vanderhoef

    04/18/2019 12:46 PM

    Mike, I was curious about VidAngel streaming service, so I did some quick online research. Sadly, I discovered the Harmon brothers are LDS and started the service with multiple lawsuits regarding copyright infringement. While I wish them well, as an evangelical believer, I cannot endorse a service with potential Mormon doctrine and as Paul stated we should test the spirits to see if they are from God. I will stay with NetFlix and forward past offensive content.

  • Richard Jones

    04/18/2019 11:56 AM

    I enjoy your opinions and I love your sense of humor.

  • Waylon Bush

    04/18/2019 10:47 AM

    Every member of Congress should HAVE to reveal their tax returns if the POTUS is required to do so. Good for the Goose, good for the Gander. Of course, we know that will never happen in a two-tied treatment of citizens. I would like to see Pelosi's tax returns, and mr. shumer's, and, well, you get the list. I'll just bet they would react to that just as they did to the POTUS offering to carry all the illegal aliens to the loving sanctuary cities.

  • Diane M Smith

    04/18/2019 09:24 AM

    On your show 4/13/19, you showed a brief moment of you and your daughter, Sarah. She is to appear on one of your shows in the near future. I like how your daughter speaks up quickly to defend those who have the wrong ideas. I was disappointed to see her in such a short pink dress.

  • Paul

    04/18/2019 09:22 AM

    Come on...talk more about the FAIRtax ( not Fair Tax). It is a solution to many many problems. Here is a big one... our present income/regressive payroll tax system supports socialism and undermines capitalism. The FAIRtax is a solution to this issues by ending the income/regressive payroll tax system and collecting the same tax total with a national progressive sales/consumption tax system with only one tax break that helps most the impoverish. To understand just how good the FAIRtax is, understand the FAIRtax is hated by the lobbyists, politicians who want power and control, special interests, crony capitalists and tax lawyers.
    Come on!!!...talk about the FAIRtax solution after you talk about the problem.

  • Jerry Korba

    04/18/2019 09:18 AM

    I paid my taxes again this year as I have for 50 years I do so to make sure I am protected by our military and police force to make sure I have a road to travel on schools for the children I do not have any issues with that; What I do have an issue with is funding Illegals for almost everything they need'.not because I am a senior citizen this country has so many people with their own families and the burden on those households are already stretching the budget. What does our tax code not understand about harboring criminals. aiding criminals I am speaking about the Illegals that do not return for their hearings for asylum. For what I see that is the crime. As long as this exists we should probably go to a user tax until Immigration can get legal again and tax reform can get us stable if that is even possible. SPENDING why are we not talking about Federal spending all we get to hear is redaction collusion witch hunt crisis gender who gives a rip fix the problems that are starring at us right now. CONGRESS You are such a stain on this country it is hard to be civil get to work or get the hell out.

  • Robert Bowers

    04/17/2019 11:03 PM

    Sorry Guv, but you're wrong about Bernie not paying more taxes than he owes. He, along with all the other hypocritical mealy-mouthed lefties that want to put a behemoth tax rate on "millionaires" need to put their money where their mouth is, and pony up. Bernie, and all the other "elite" candidates, celebs, etc. who want to tax the rich into oblivion should chip in extra, or shut their pie holes.

  • william fuhrer

    04/17/2019 11:00 PM

    Know those warlocks that Mccarthy was looking for and the media say thar wern't none to be found .....WELL every university that is so anti Christian that they ban Conservative speakers. Well witchs and warlock can be found thar

  • Pat Lamb

    04/17/2019 10:58 PM

    I doubt that Bernie would be willing to give his salary to charity as President Trump does. It would be nice if the media would point that out

  • Sam L Kemp

    04/17/2019 10:35 PM

    Post card? FairTax? That would be the Flat Tax Post Card. Me thinks you need to brush up and get back in the game. You're getting a little rusty here Governor!

  • Cynthia D Pandolfo

    04/17/2019 10:14 PM

    I read all of them!

  • Lucille Danenhauer

    04/17/2019 09:28 PM

    Thanks for your awesome nightly report. I enjoy reading all of them. God will help us get our country back !!

  • charles gant

    04/17/2019 09:05 PM

    Love your summaries. However, our most powerful tool for changing the world may not be rational discourse. It may be prayer. Let's pray that power/hate/fear obsessed people, who believe that they must meddle in the individual sovereignty of others, will see how futile and harmful their actions are.
    Why not incorporate a little prayer section in your Evening Edition. It's easy to pray for the unfortunate. Try praying for Schumer and Pelosi.

  • Donna Yates

    04/17/2019 08:31 PM

    The Democrats/Socialists/Liberals in Congress supporting a false narrative of Communism have all become wealthy and in most cases millionaires through Capitalism which is what our country was founded on.

    They try to convince their constituents how much they care about them when in reality they only care about themselves. They sit in their offices getting richer while telling all of us how hard we have to work and give that hard earned money to them to decide what to do with it.

  • Keethlyn Fletcher

    04/17/2019 07:48 PM

    It will be interesting to watch and see what Pelosi does when her freshman radicals try to take over the house. She should be concerned!

  • Carl Smith

    04/17/2019 07:46 PM

    Simplified definition of our Republic for Dummies; A Nation Founded by Geniuses, being administered by Morons; elected by a UN-Informed voter base. I think that qualifies Dim wit Voters as Dummies Squared.

  • Stephen H. Thomas

    04/17/2019 07:32 PM

    Re: Beto's charitable giving. I did the math and the number was a lot more meaningful that the percentage. $1,221 out of $370,000. And, many years ago surveys reported that the liberal dems are the stingiest Americans and lower middle class Americans are the biggest givers by percentage. The widow's mites?

  • Jerry Korba

    04/17/2019 07:30 PM

    I hope I will not have to rant about the Russians and Trump we should focus on the Russians China Iran NK and the other trouble makers in the world. John Brennan James Clapper does anybody remember President Trump wonder about our Intel. agencies while the 2 mentioned misfits in charge the enemies were running over these agencies without any resistance. I believe Comrade Brennon was so bold behind a microphone and call our President for treason. Putins comrade John is that your American name you didn't get bad information you are bad information. You are pure head to toe a bad guy you may have accused another man of treason I hoped you did it in front of a mirror. Taxes Mike I am in favor of fair tax or user tax I really think we should spend more time on how DC spends the money rid the fake news start at one topic and work our way thru give me the events of the day and get into how our money is being spent just the facts please I don't care what you think or predict tell me how DC spends my money then get the butcher knife out and start cutting the waste after that lets figure out tax reform. PS pull Clapper and Brennan's passport they should start thinking of fleeing the country also freeze the bank accounts

  • Sherry Reynolds

    04/17/2019 07:30 PM

    I'm voting for Trump, regardless... but I've been through enough abuse.. (I don't know how Trump takes it) so I am tuning out on this latest Mueller "reveal" saga. I'm sure I'll hear it through the grapevine if anything spectacular happens other than the same old BS. Good luck reporting on all this bologna, I'm really sorry to see that THIS is where my hard earned tax dollars REALLY go.