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What I See Happening In a Trump Presidency


“They will kill him before they let him be president. It could be a Republican or a Democrat that instigates the shutting up of Trump.

Don’t be surprised if Trump has an accident. Some people are getting very nervous: Barack Obama, Valerie Jarrett, Eric Holder, Hillary Clinton and Jon Corzine, to name just a few.

It’s about the unholy dynamics between big government, big business, and big media. They all benefit by the billions of dollars from this partnership, and it’s in all of their interests to protect one another. It’s one for all and all for one. It’s a heck of a filthy relationship that makes everyone filthy rich, everyone except the American people. We get ripped off. We’re the patsies. But for once, the powerful socialist cabal and the corrupt crony capitalists are scared. The over-the-top reaction to Trump by politicians of both parties, the media, and the biggest corporations of America has been so swift and insanely angry that it suggests they are all threatened and frightened.

Donald Trump can self-fund. No matter how much they say to the contrary, the media, business, and political elite understand that Trump is no joke. He could actually win and upset their nice cozy apple cart.

It’s no coincidence that everyone has gotten together to destroy The Donald. It’s because most of the other politicians are part of the a good old boys club. They talk big, but they won’t change a thing. They are all beholden to big-money donors. They are all owned by lobbyists, unions, lawyers, gigantic environmental organizations, and multinational corporations – like Big Pharmacy or Big Oil. Or they are owned lock, stock, and barrel by foreigners like George Soros owns Obama or foreign governments own Hillary and their Clinton Foundation donations.

These run-of-the-mill establishment politicians are all puppets owned by big money. But there’s one man who isn’t beholden to anyone. There’s one man who doesn’t need foreigners, or foreign governments, or George Soros, or the United Auto Workers, or the teacher’s union, or the Service Employees International Union, or the Bar Association to fund his campaign.

Billionaire tycoon and maverick Donald Trump doesn’t need anyone’s help. That means he doesn’t care what the media says. He doesn’t care what the corporate elites think. That makes him very dangerous to the entrenched interests. That makes Trump a huge threat to those people. Trump can ruin everything for the bribed politicians and their spoiled slave masters.

Don’t you ever wonder why the GOP has never tried to impeach Obama? Don’t you wonder why John Boehner and Mitch McConnell talk a big game, but never actually try to stop Obama? Don’t you wonder why Congress holds the purse strings, yet has never tried to de-fund Obamacare or Obama’s clearly illegal executive action on amnesty for illegal aliens? Bizarre, right? It defies logic, right?

First, I’d guess many key Republicans are being bribed. Secondly, I believe many key Republicans are being blackmailed. Whether they are having affairs, or secretly gay, or stealing taxpayer money, the National Security Agency knows everything.

Ask former House Speaker Dennis Hastert about that. The government even knew he was withdrawing large sums of his own money from his own bank account. The NSA, the SEC, the IRS, and all the other three-letter government agencies are watching every Republican political leader. They surveil everything. Thirdly, many Republicans are petrified of being called racists, so they are scared to ever criticize Obama or call out his crimes, let alone demand his impeachment. Fourth , why rock the boat? After defeat or retirement, if you’re a good old boy, you’ve got a $5 million-per-year lobbying job waiting. The big-money interests have the system gamed. Win or lose, they win.

But Trump doesn’t play by any of these rules. Trump breaks up this nice, cozy relationship between big government, big media, and big business. All the rules are out the window if Trump wins the Presidency. The other politicians will protect Obama and his aides but not Trump. Remember: Trump is the guy who publicly questioned Obama’s birth certificate. He questioned Obama’s college records and how a mediocre student got into an Ivy League university. Now, he’s doing something no Republican has the chutzpah to do. He’s questioning our relationship with Mexico; he’s questioning why the border is wide open; he’s questioning why no wall has been built across the border; he’s questioning if allowing millions of illegal aliens into America is in our best interests; he’s questioning why so many illegal aliens commit violent crimes, yet are not deported; and he’s questioning why our trade deals with Mexico, Russia and China are so bad.

Trump has the audacity to ask out loud why American workers always get the short end of the stick. Good question! I’m certain Trump will question what happened to the almost billion dollars given in a rigged no-bid contract to college friends of Michelle Obama at foreign companies to build the defective Obamacare website. By the way, that tab is now up to $5 billion. Trump will ask if Obamacare’s architects can be charged with fraud for selling it by lying. Trump will investigate Obama’s widespread IRS conspiracy, not to mention Obama’s college records. Trump will prosecute Clinton and Obama for fraud committed to cover up Benghazi before the election. How about the fraud committed by employees of the Labor Department when they made up dramatic job numbers in the last jobs report before the 2012 election?

Obama, the multinational corporations and the media need to stop Trump. They recognize this could get out of control. If left unchecked, telling the raw truth and asking questions everyone else is afraid to ask, Trump could wake a sleeping giant. Trump’s election would be a nightmare. Obama has committed many crimes. No one else but Trump would dare to prosecute. He will not hesitate. Once Trump gets in and gets a look at the cooked books and Obama’s records, the game is over. The goose is cooked. Holder could wind up in prison. Jarrett could wind up in prison. Obama bundler Corzine could wind up in prison for losing $1.5 billion of customer money. Clinton could wind up in jail for deleting 32,000 emails or for accepting bribes from foreign governments while Secretary of State, or for misplacing $6 billion as the head of the State Department, or for lying about Benghazi. The entire upper level management of the IRS could wind up in prison.

Obamacare will be de-funded and dismantled. Obama himself could wind up ruined, his legacy in tatters. Trump will investigate. Trump will prosecute. Trump will go after everyone involved. That’s why the dogs of hell have been unleashed on Donald Trump.

Yes, it’s become open season on Donald Trump. The left and the right are determined to attack his policies, harm his businesses, and, if possible, even keep him out of the coming debates. But they can’t silence him. And they sure can’t intimidate him. The more they try, the more the public will realize that he’s the one telling the truth”.

Are We as Dumb as They Think We Are?


I’ve been called a fascist by communists and a communist by fascists.  I’ve been called a pagan by Christians and a Christian by pagans.  I’ve been called an optimist by pessimists and a pessimist by optimists.  All of us have been labeled by others.  We’ve all been called this by that and that by this, we’ve all had people try to insult us by how they refer to us, but when people insult our intelligence they are usually showing their ignorance.

The actions of the second-stringers, stand-ins, and understudies from the theater of the absurd who now pass for leadership in our Republic not only insult our intelligence, they act as if the American people have the IQ of a potted plant and the attention span of someone riddled with ADD.  There is one good thing about people who insult our intelligence; they’re probably misunderestimating the true level of our understanding.

Looking back our President told us that killing the Keystone Pipeline was no big deal.  Instead he told us “However many jobs might be generated by a Keystone pipeline, they’re going to be a lot fewer than the jobs that are created by extending the payroll tax cut and extending unemployment insurance.”  Making decisions that kill the opportunity to create real jobs is offset by the jobs created by extending payments made to those who are unemployed.  That doesn’t make sense to anyone outside the beltway

While Mr. Obama may work day and night to kill projects that might actually provide some work for the rest of us he has no problem investing billions of our dollars in green energy boondoggles that turn a profit for his donors and cronies.  Then when the flimflams are about to be exposed as the money pits they are, or on the eve of an election, the Energy Department which turned a blind eye to the initial foolish investment suddenly becomes involved and the announcement is delayed until after the marks, I mean voters, have cast their ballots.

In foreign policy our Commander-in-Chief announced the date for our withdrawal from Afghanistan at the same time he announced the same type of surge he was against in Iraq.  The he decides it’s time to negotiate with the Taliban.  Are we supposed to believe these highly dedicated, highly motivated, and religiously fanatic battle hardened warriors will rush to make concessions?  Didn’t they instead hang tough, demand concessions, waiting to pick up the pieces as our leader leads our valiant, though under-cut warriors, for the door?  Does anyone doubt that our creatures in Kabul, will be on a jumbo jet filled with American dollars before our last soldier gets home?  All this is presented as a rational settlement instead of an abject surrender and jaded political maneuver.

There’s no inflation.  At least that’s what the Federal Government wants us to believe.   Everyone who goes to the supermarket buys gas or pays to heat their home can evaluate the reliability of that piece of government information for themselves.

Looking at today Hillary didn’t blame the video when she spoke at the return of the coffins. All it takes is one click of the mouse to find a video that shows her doing it yet the Corporations Once Known as the mainstream Media and their cable twin sisters never mention that as they debate endlessly whether she is lying or not.

Bernie isn’t a socialist. This what we are told yet once again one click of the mouse produces so much evidence that socialist is putting it mildly. In addition, this supposed voice for the working man never had a job until he was in his forties and he has been a professional agitator or politician all his life. He has never had a real job yet the multimedia never mention this at all though the information is once again merely a mouse click away.

On the other hand… Marko is all in for controlling immigration as exposed by his gang of eight debacle. Ted is going to fight the big corporations that control government by taking loans to get elected from the same people he wants to fight. Kasich is going to solve all our problems caused by the professional politicians because he is a professional politician. And of course the Big Kahuna is going to fight the very establishment he has been a part of for more than 40 years.

How could anyone ever see through any of this unless of course they have at least the IQ of that potted plant mentioned earlier?  This may be insulting, it may show us what the perpetually re-elected think of their constituents, but it also shows that they’re giving us an advantage.  We’re smarter than they think we are so we should be able to blind side them with organizational skills and motivational abilities far beyond what they’ll expect.

They are counting the Tea Party out because we aren’t holding mass rallies any more.  They believe they’ve won the organizational battle because they were able to mobilize the occupy everywhere crowd to gather for a street party and pollute some major cities.  They believe that since the conservative vote is currently split the GOP will commit suicide in a brokered convention that ignore their own voters and nominates the next Bob Dole/John McCain/Mitt Romney moderate to play the part of the Washington Generals in a Harlem Globe Trotter game: good but never quite good enough.  In 2016 they see the Republicans, like the Washington Generals, there to provide a platform for the chosen winner to shine.

The parties of power treat us with such disdain it’s obvious they believe we’re the sheep they work so hard to make us.  They believe Americans have been dumbed down enough and fattened with enough entitlements that we’ll barely bah bah bah as they lead us to the shearing shed one more time.  Our Progressive leaders in both parties see that this election is the one that counts.  This is the election that will either drive us over the cliff into the shabby abyss of collectivist conformity or will give us one last opportunity to return to limited government, personal liberty, and economic freedom.

We may not be demonstrating in the streets.  We may not be organizing boycotts.  We may not be united behind one candidate.  However, we are awake.  We are educating ourselves.  We are determined that this great experiment in human freedom shall not perish from the face of the earth.  Vote for the Constitution.  Vote for personal liberty.  Vote for economic freedom.  If we all do what we can we will accomplish what must be done.  We will keep the faith.  We will keep the peace.  We shall overcome!

Or are we as dumb as they think we are?

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion. He is the Historian of the Future @ © 2016 Contact Dr. Owens Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens. Dr. Owens’ first novel is now available at



If Allah commands Muslims to hate and kill their own non-Muslim families, should Americans be surprised that “Islam hates us”?
Raymond Ibrahim is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center.

Donald Trump’s latest politically incorrect comment concerning Islam is much truer than most know.

After being asked last week on CNN if he believed the West was at war with Islam, the Republican presidential simply said:

I think Islam hates us. There’s something there that — there’s a tremendous hatred there. There’s a tremendous hatred. We have to get to the bottom of it. There’s an unbelievable hatred of us.

While millions of Americans undoubtedly agree with Trump’s assertions—at least those who have eyes and ears to see and hear with—few realize that this “tremendous hatred” is not a product of grievances, political factors, or even an “extremist” interpretation of Islam; rather, it is a direct byproduct of mainstream Islamic teaching.

According to the ancient Islamic doctrine of wal’a wa bara’, or “loyalty and enmity”—which is well grounded in Islamic scriptures, well sponsored by Islamic authorities, and well manifested all throughout Islamic history and contemporary affairs—Muslims must hate and oppose everyone who is not Muslim, including family members.

Koran 60:4 is the cornerstone verse of this doctrine and speaks for itself: “You [Muslims] have a good example in Abraham and those who followed him, for they said to their people, ‘We disown you and the idols which you worship besides Allah. We renounce you: enmity and hate shall reign between us until you believe in Allah alone’” (Koran 60:4, emphasis added).

Koran 58:22 praises Muslims who fight and kill their own non-Muslim family members: “You shall find none who believe in Allah and the Last Day on friendly terms with those who oppose Allah and His Messenger—even if they be their fathers, their sons, their brothers, or their nearest kindred.”

According to Ibn Kathir’s mainstream commentary on the Koran, this verse refers to a number of Muslims who slaughtered their own non-Muslim kin (one slew his non-Muslim father, another his non-Muslim brother; a third—Abu Bakr, the first revered caliph of Islamic history—tried to slay his non-Muslim son.) As Ibn Kathir explains,[i] the continuation of verse 58:22 demonstrates that Allah was immensely pleased by their unwavering zeal for his cause.

In fact, verses that support the divisive doctrine of “loyalty and enmity” permeate the Koran (see also 4:89, 4:144, 5:51, 5:54, 6:40, 9:23, and 60:1). There is one caveat, captured by Koran 3:28: when Muslims are in a position of weakness, they may pretend to befriend non-Muslims, as long as the hate carries on in their hearts. (Read here for several recent examples of Muslims living for years at peace and in friendship with non-Muslims, but then violently turning on them once they became stronger.[ii])

Because enmity for non-Muslims is so ironclad in the Koran, mainstream Islamic teaching holds that Muslim men must hate—and show that they hate—even their non-Muslim wives, for no other reason than that they are “infidels.”

If Muslims must hate those closest to them—including fathers, sons, brothers, and wives—simply because they are non-Muslims, is there any surprise that so many Muslims hate foreign “infidels” who live oceans away—such as Americans, who are further portrayed throughout the Islamic world as trying to undermine Islam?

Thus, even our best Muslim friends and allies—such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar—are on record calling on all Muslims to hate us. According to a Saudi governmental run website, Muslims must “oppose and hate whomever Allah commands us to oppose and hate, including the Jews, the Christians, and other mushrikin [non-Muslims], until they believe in Allah alone and abide by his laws, which he sent down to his Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings upon him.”

In short, Trump’s assertion that “Islam hates us” is demonstrable by the plain words and teachings of the Koran, by the plain words and teachings of modern Islamic clerics, and by the past and ongoing actions of Muslims around the world.

But, as usual, instead of discussing these disturbing facts, the powers that be are more determined to portray Trump as the one who hates.

[i] Koran 58:22 in full reads: “You shall find none who believe in Allah and the Last Day on friendly terms with those who oppose Allah and His Messenger—even if they be their fathers, their sons, their brothers, or their nearest kindred. Allah has inscribed the faith in their very hearts, and strengthened them with a spirit from Himself. He will admit them to gardens watered by running streams, where they shall dwell forever. Allah is well pleased with them and they are well pleased with Him. They are the party of Allah, and surely it is the party of Allah that shall triumph!”

According to Ibn Kathir’s commentary: “It was said that the phrase from the Most High—‘even if they be their fathers’—that it was revealed about Abu Ubayda when he slew his father at [the battle of] Badr; ‘their sons’ was about Abu Bakr [Muhammad’s successor and first caliph] when he intended to slay his son, Abd al-Rahman; ‘their brothers’ was about Mus’ab bin Umayr, who slew his brother, Ubayd bin Umayr; ‘or their kin’ was about Omar, who slew one of his relatives. Also Hamza, Ali, and Ubayda bin al-Harith: They slew Utba, Sheeba, and al-Walid bin Uitba [their kin] at that battle. Allah knows [best]. Moreover, when the Messenger of Allah consulted with the Muslims regarding the captives of Badr, Abu Bakr advised that they should pay ransom, thereby enabling the Muslims to grow stronger. Also, since they [captives] were cousins and relatives, perhaps Allah Most High would have eventually guided them. But Omar said: ‘This goes against my thinking, O Messenger of Allah. Let me slay so-and so (a relative of Omar), and let Ali [slay] Aquil [Ali’s brother], and so-and-so [slay] so-and-so—so that Allah may know that there is no love in our hearts for the idolaters. ..’ This is the whole story.” Excerpted from Ayman al-Zawahiri’s “Loyalty and Enmity,” The Al Qaeda Reader, pgs., 63-115.

Donald Trump Is Asking Democrats Switch Over To GOP

by Javier Manjarres
Boca Raton, Florida– Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump flew in on “Trump Force 1” and was greeted by a rally of 6,000+ supporters and voters that had gathered at the Sunset Cove Amphitheatre in West Boca Raton to hear his plan on how to “Make American Great Again.”

In speaking to several of these “Trumpies” that came out catch a glimpse of the phenomenon known as the Donald Trump for president campaign, it was interesting to learn that many of Trump’s supporters were actually former Independents and Democrats who switched their political affiliation just to be able to vote in Florida’s closed presidential primary election.

I spoke to one a married couple from East Boca Raton, Patricia Rathgeb, and Attorney Alan Lubitz, who stated that back in February of this year, he changed over from being a life-long Democrat to registering as a Republican, just to be able to vote for Donald Trump.

Rathgeb. a Republican, said that this was the first time she had ever attended a political event, adding that Trump had inspired her so much during this election cycle that she could not have missed this rally for anything in the world.

As the rally began, Trump hammered his fellow GOP presidential candidate Senator Marco Rubio by calling him a “lousy Senator” for missing so many votes in the Senate.

The chant of “USA, USA, USA” began shortly after Trump, who was wearing his customary red “Make America Great Again” baseball cap, reiterated that he would build the wall along the southern U.S. border to help stem the tide of illegal immigrants, drugs, and crime from crossing over from Mexico.

Trump currently leads in all of the public opinion polls conducted in Florida, while Senator Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign has gained momentum, Rubio has slipped to third place in the latest CBS poll.


Why Donald Trump is the Candidate We NEED

by Jim Bowman
How much more needs to happen before we take the blinders off? After reading an AP piece, Rattled Republicans Hunt For A Last-Ditch Strategy To Stop Trump, from the newly inquisitive liberal pen of Julie Pace, I fear for the direction of our election process.

Remember the media’s lack of coverage when Black Panther members intimidated voters in 2012 Philadelphia? Contrast that with this conspiratorial headline in support of their threatened “establishment” brethren. And just for good measure, add in the tabloid style bloviating over Governor Christie’s “thousand yard stare.”

This anti-Trump call to arms effectively erased any remnants of the media’s “liberal” bias identity. As such, as Obama’s time dwindles, newsroom angst is building with a fevered and unprincipled pace.

I say this since we are now postulating about how Trump could desecrate our Constitutional foundations. Are you kidding me? After all other charges have faded, now its our Constitution that needs defending against an anticipated ruthless Trump Presidency? This, after seven years of such governing without any negative media commentary? Conversely, now mainstream pundits are attempting to link Trump to Obama policies, which is a favored trick from the progressive’s playbook. Wreck havoc, and then assign responsibility and blame to the opponent when public scrutiny intensifies.

This need for “a last-ditch strategy” is against what? As mentioned, if Trump represents such a dire Constitutional threat, where was this concern during the last seven years, and before? Just what reference or implied future Trump action riveted up this “strategy” need?

TrumpWas it his proper Constitutional “anchor baby” exception, and if so, what does that really reflect upon? Estimates already abound as to just when “white” America will not be in the majority. This stems from when Ted Kennedy engineered a revamping of our Immigration Laws back in 1965.

Or maybe it was Trump’s never ending border pledge, which in itself may not even have been focused upon without a Trump candidacy. And of course, he is right when saying that “without borders, there is no country.”

Also, Trump’s Constitutional defense of being “natural born citizen” has garnered huge speculation in that only the location, not one’s parentage, has been the topic. And I might add, with hardly any mention of Rubio. How is that?

Still, I wonder as to what is so threatening from a possible Trump nomination? Or could the defense of our Constitutional order be but a ruse to what is more precious?

Headlines are meant to influence, pure and simple. So, given this media rejuvenation for Republican dissecting, what is it that binds together this progressive press and the Republican RINO element to a rather subdued Democratic contingency? Talk about conspiratorial!

When considering our recent tendency for the judicial trashing of any one particular Constitutional mandate, in preference for aligning with these modern day feel goods or various socialistic doctrines, in all probability, this Constitutional defense is just a convenient sham.

What has been at stake is this trampling upon everything that sings of Americanism — from our traditional values, to our Blessed heritage and even to our every day societal order. In short, what we have here, so far, is a quiet revolution for the hearts and minds of free Americans. This happens to be the chosen curriculum in today’s world of academia. I might also add, that this regimen has formed the bulk of Obama and now Sanders’ mindless support, while being energized from America’s progressive journalists.

And finally, isn’t this “last ditch” reference just a bit insulting? Not only to Trump supporters but to all Americans who cherish the freedoms and individual rights which our Founders acknowledged and laid forth? Shouldn’t all Americans take umbrage with such deviousness? To “stop Trump,” by calling for some needful “strategy,” seems antithetical to the voice of “we the people.”

If forming “a more perfect union” is still the design, then it must come from the American citizen, today’s voter and not from these hidden backroom strategists and nameless powerbrokers.

Donald Trump Just Got Another Massive Endorsement – There’s A HUGE Reason Why…

“… he’s not politics, he’s business!”
Jack Davis
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has added another high-profile athlete to the growing list of current and former professional sports stars who support his candidacy.

On Tuesday night, legendary golfer John Daly tweeted to the world that he supports Trump.

“That’s y I luv my friend ‪@realDonaldTrump he’s not politics he’s business! It’s what our country needs,” Daly tweeted.
Just as Trump is not viewed as the typical politician, Daly is not viewed as the typical golfer.

“Golf is viewed as an elitist sport. If you want to identify with the ‘common man’ of America, there’s no better ally than Daly. ‘I’d like to have a beer with that candidate’ is a campaign cliche for a reason, a parameter JD has a history of fulfilling. And though some sneer at Daly’s penchant for playing without a shirt or shoes, others view it in a homey, salt-of-the-earth style. Bonus: You know Daly would throw a kick-a– kegger on the Front Lawn during your Inauguration,” wrote John Beall for Golf Digest.

Trump’s campaign has drawn support from a wide range of celebrities and athletes including New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and former NBA player Dennis Rodman.
The polyglot mix of supporters is one manifestation of the profound difference in Trump’s campaign from that of traditional politicians. One commentator explored that difference.

“For the past forty years, the G.O.P. has been an uneasy alliance of social conservatives, free-market conservatives, and corporate interest groups, with the latter largely dictating economic policy. Trump has been drawing on a base of alienated white working-class and middle-class voters, seeking to remake the G.O.P. into a more populist, nativist, avowedly protectionist, and semi-isolationist party that is skeptical of immigration, free trade, and military interventionism,” wrote John Cassidy in the New Yorker.
“If he were to succeed in this quest, he would arguably be the most consequential Republican since Ronald Reagan, in part by challenging some aspects of Reagan’s legacy,” Cassidy wrote. “To transform a political party, you need a clear message, a broad electoral base, and allies within the existing power structure. Trump now has all three of these things.



Since March of 2010, the American people have had to suffer under the incredible economic burden of the Affordable Care Act—Obamacare. This legislation, passed by totally partisan votes in the House and Senate and signed into law by the most divisive and partisan President in American history, has tragically but predictably resulted in runaway costs, websites that don’t work, greater rationing of care, higher premiums, less competition and fewer choices. Obamacare has raised the economic uncertainty of every single person residing in this country. As it appears Obamacare is certain to collapse of its own weight, the damage done by the Democrats and President Obama, and abetted by the Supreme Court, will be difficult to repair unless the next President and a Republican congress lead the effort to bring much-needed free market reforms to the healthcare industry.

But none of these positive reforms can be accomplished without Obamacare repeal. On day one of the Trump Administration, we will ask Congress to immediately deliver a full repeal of Obamacare.

However, it is not enough to simply repeal this terrible legislation. We will work with Congress to make sure we have a series of reforms ready for implementation that follow free market principles and that will restore economic freedom and certainty to everyone in this country. By following free market principles and working together to create sound public policy that will broaden healthcare access, make healthcare more affordable and improve the quality of the care available to all Americans.

Any reform effort must begin with Congress. Since Obamacare became law, conservative Republicans have been offering reforms that can be delivered individually or as part of more comprehensive reform efforts. In the remaining sections of this policy paper, several reforms will be offered that should be considered by Congress so that on the first day of the Trump Administration, we can start the process of restoring faith in government and economic liberty to the people.

Congress must act. Our elected representatives in the House and Senate must:

Completely repeal Obamacare. Our elected representatives must eliminate the individual mandate. No person should be required to buy insurance unless he or she wants to.
Modify existing law that inhibits the sale of health insurance across state lines. As long as the plan purchased complies with state requirements, any vendor ought to be able to offer insurance in any state. By allowing full competition in this market, insurance costs will go down and consumer satisfaction will go up.
Allow individuals to fully deduct health insurance premium payments from their tax returns under the current tax system. Businesses are allowed to take these deductions so why wouldn’t Congress allow individuals the same exemptions? As we allow the free market to provide insurance coverage opportunities to companies and individuals, we must also make sure that no one slips through the cracks simply because they cannot afford insurance. We must review basic options for Medicaid and work with states to ensure that those who want healthcare coverage can have it.
Allow individuals to use Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). Contributions into HSAs should be tax-free and should be allowed to accumulate. These accounts would become part of the estate of the individual and could be passed on to heirs without fear of any death penalty. These plans should be particularly attractive to young people who are healthy and can afford high-deductible insurance plans. These funds can be used by any member of a family without penalty. The flexibility and security provided by HSAs will be of great benefit to all who participate.
Require price transparency from all healthcare providers, especially doctors and healthcare organizations like clinics and hospitals. Individuals should be able to shop to find the best prices for procedures, exams or any other medical-related procedure.
Block-grant Medicaid to the states. Nearly every state already offers benefits beyond what is required in the current Medicaid structure. The state governments know their people best and can manage the administration of Medicaid far better without federal overhead. States will have the incentives to seek out and eliminate fraud, waste and abuse to preserve our precious resources.
Remove barriers to entry into free markets for drug providers that offer safe, reliable and cheaper products. Congress will need the courage to step away from the special interests and do what is right for America. Though the pharmaceutical industry is in the private sector, drug companies provide a public service. Allowing consumers access to imported, safe and dependable drugs from overseas will bring more options to consumers.
The reforms outlined above will lower healthcare costs for all Americans. They are simply a place to start. There are other reforms that might be considered if they serve to lower costs, remove uncertainty and provide financial security for all Americans. And we must also take actions in other policy areas to lower healthcare costs and burdens. Enforcing immigration laws, eliminating fraud and waste and energizing our economy will relieve the economic pressures felt by every American. It is the moral responsibility of a nation’s government to do what is best for the people and what is in the interest of securing the future of the nation.

Providing healthcare to illegal immigrants costs us some $11 billion annually. If we were to simply enforce the current immigration laws and restrict the unbridled granting of visas to this country, we could relieve healthcare cost pressures on state and local governments.

To reduce the number of individuals needing access to programs like Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program we will need to install programs that grow the economy and bring capital and jobs back to America. The best social program has always been a job – and taking care of our economy will go a long way towards reducing our dependence on public health programs.

Finally, we need to reform our mental health programs and institutions in this country. Families, without the ability to get the information needed to help those who are ailing, are too often not given the tools to help their loved ones. There are promising reforms being developed in Congress that should receive bi-partisan support.

To reform healthcare in America, we need a President who has the leadership skills, will and courage to engage the American people and convince Congress to do what is best for the country. These straightforward reforms, along with many others I have proposed throughout my campaign, will ensure that together we will Make America Great Again.

Donald Trump

Donald Trump is right: America's real unemployment rate is 40%

AMES, IA - JULY 18:  Republican presidential hopeful businessman Donald Trump fields questions at The Family Leadership Summit at Stephens Auditorium on July 18, 2015 in Ames, Iowa. According to the organizers the purpose of The Family Leadership Summit is to inspire, motivate, and educate conservatives.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

AMES, IA – JULY 18: Republican presidential hopeful businessman Donald Trump fields questions at The Family Leadership Summit at Stephens Auditorium on July 18, 2015 in Ames, Iowa. According to the organizers the purpose of The Family Leadership Summit is to inspire, motivate, and educate conservatives. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

by Chris Matthews @crobmatthews

As depressing as the statistic sounds, the jobless rate was a lot higher in the 1970s.

Donald Trump’s presidential campaign is not predicated on the candidate’s mastery of or allegiance to facts.

His views on things like immigration or international trade are just not supported by any relevant statistics. So when The Donald called into CBS’ Face the Nation on Sunday and claimed that Americans are living in a “false economy,” where the unemployment rate is actually 40% rather than the 5.1% as reported by the Labor Department, you’d be forgiven for believing this was just another Trumpian whopper.

But actually, this view can be supported by actual statistics. If you use the broadest definition of unemployment, the ratio of people over the age of 16 with jobs to the overall 16-and-over population, the Labor Department says that 40.6% of the population is unemployed.

Donald Trump is right: America’s real unemployment rate is 40%

by Chris Matthews @crobmatthews SEPTEMBER 14, 2015, 1:29 PM EST
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As depressing as the statistic sounds, the jobless rate was a lot higher in the 1970s.

Donald Trump’s presidential campaign is not predicated on the candidate’s mastery of or allegiance to facts.

His views on things like immigration or international trade are just not supported by any relevant statistics. So when The Donald called into CBS’ Face the Nation on Sunday and claimed that Americans are living in a “false economy,” where the unemployment rate is actually 40% rather than the 5.1% as reported by the Labor Department, you’d be forgiven for believing this was just another Trumpian whopper.

But actually, this view can be supported by actual statistics. If you use the broadest definition of unemployment, the ratio of people over the age of 16 with jobs to the overall 16-and-over population, the Labor Department says that 40.6% of the population is unemployed.


Unfortunately, the veracity of Trump’s analysis ends there. As you can see from the above chart, 40% of the 16-and-over population not having a job is nothing new in America. Trump’s campaign slogan, Make America Great Again, presumably refers to his hope of returning America to it’s post-war glory, when the U.S. economy accounted for a much larger share of global GDP than it does today. But that was a time when a lower percentage of Americans of working age had a job.

When you study the statistics carefully, you find that the employment-population ratio has much more to do with social factors than the strength of the economy. As it became socially acceptable (and for middle class families economically necesssary) for women to enter the workforce in large numbers, the ratio rose. As the country aged and a greater share of workers entered retirement years, the ratio fell.

It’s also true that the Great Recession has affected the labor market in ways that are still being felt. Long-term unemployment skyrocketed and has yet to fall back to pre-crisis levels, and that fact shows up in the employment-population ratio. But to claim that the unemployment rate is a statistic that, as Trump said, “was made up by the politicians for the politicians . . . so they could look good,” has no basis in fact.

The Labor Department compiles and publishes many different measures of the health of the labor market, with the “official” rate, also known as U3, just being one of many. As I have written before, these numbers cannot be understood in a vacuum:

Sure, Wall Street and the White House might have an incentive to convince people that the economy is better than it actually is. (The media, on the other hand, is encouraged to play up bad news, which gets more attention.) But it’s an insult to the public’s intelligence to suggest that it could be tricked into thinking the economy is good just because the Labor Department says so.
The economy and the labor market are certainly not back to full strength, which is why the Federal Reserve, for instance, hasn’t yet begun raising rates even with the “official” unemployment rate lower today than the post-war average. But that doesn’t mean this particular statistic is a lie, or without its uses. It’s simply one of many statistics we must use to understand the health of the economy.


At Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia this weekend, college students participated in a time-honored tradition, holding a mock convention to predict who would win the Republican presidential nomination this summer.

The convention, which dates back to the early years of the 20th century, is used to predict the nominee of the party not currently in the White House. It hasn’t been infallible, but its record is nothing to sneeze at; out of 25 conventions, the university has successfully predicted the correct nominee 19 times. Since 1948, they’ve only missed twice.

This year, if the students are right, Donald Trump will be the Republican nominee. The real estate mogul won 1,320 delegates, enough to handily beat his closest competition, Ted Cruz, who only scored 652 delegates. Marco Rubio came in third with 399.

Trump graciously accepted the prediction in a phone call Saturday night. “I’ve been hearing about this for many years, and I know your track record is extraordinary – better than anybody’s,” Trump said. “I will do my best to keep it intact.”

Trump’s competitors probably aren’t going to suspend their campaigns in light of the Washington and Lee results, but it’s one more sign of how quickly this election has gotten out of the RNC’s control. Even Trump’s early supporters doubted his ability to crack the establishment stranglehold last summer. After his decisive win in New Hampshire, though, only the most stubborn Republicans refuse to admit that he might indeed take down the whole shebang.

After months and months of coverage, it’s easy to forget how unlikely this all once seemed. In any other year, Trump would be debuting a new season of Celebrity Apprentice right about now. Instead, he’s extremely close to becoming the next president of the United States. And if he can actually pull it off, it’s no exaggeration to say we will have witnessed one of the most extraordinary political events in the country’s history.

Even if Trump ultimately falls short of the White House, his movement will not be soon forgotten. Clearly, there is much more to this than Trump himself. He was certainly a well-known celebrity before this, but he didn’t have the kind of built-in fan support that would have made a run like this more easily imaginable. His penchant for wild statements, his sense of humor, and his refusal to apologize have helped him dominate the media for the last eight months, but the Washington resentment fueling his campaign was already there. It just needed a figurehead.
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