Monday, July 25, 2016

Tax Reform's 'Magnificent Moment’

Tax Reform's 'Magnificent Moment’ Fresh off his landslide reelection, Ronald Reagan could have spent his political capital on many things. What he chose was tax reform.

“No other issue goes so directly to the heart of our economic life. No other issue will have more lasting impact on the wellbeing of your families and your future,” he told the nation in a prime time address from the Oval Office.

Reagan understood that tax reform was a critically important conservative economic priority for our families and future generations because it would jump start the economy, improve our economy's competitiveness and cut countless market distorting loopholes out of the code that attempt to engineer social policy.

But he also knew to put such a major undertaking at the beginning of his term, when attempting significant reform is most likely to bear fruit.

The next president faces similar circumstances to Reagan in that the nation is desperate need of reform in many areas including the tax code. Once again tax reform should take place right away, in the next president’s first 100 days.

The U.S. corporate tax rate is the highest of any country in the developed world, and behind only Chad and United Arab Emirates when you include every last nation down to tiny archipelagos and dysfunctional tin-pot dictatorships in the comparison.

So You're Voting Your Conscience
Many people conflate “voting your conscience” with writing-in a third party candidate—a mistake caused by thinking you are personally responsible for the actions of your politicians.

Last week, Sen. Ted Cruz confused evangelical voters who hold his opinion in high regard. In his speech at the GOP National Convention in Ohio, he subtly advised them not to vote for the GOP nominee, Donald Trump. Despite being invited by the Trump campaign to command a primetime speaking slot, Cruz did not use the slot to unify the party and defeat Hillary Clinton. Instead, he preached vague marching orders:

“We deserve leaders who stand for principle. …to those listening, please, don’t stay home in November. Stand, and speak, and vote your conscience,” Cruz told thousands of GOP delegates and guests—and millions of American voters watching from home.

There’s a reason why the 10 Commandments don’t cover voting in governmental elections. God, being just, doesn’t hold humans accountable for the actions of other humans. He only holds us accountable for our own actions.

In a political election, you can maximize the limited power of your vote—in both a moral and pragmatic sense—by backing the best candidate who also has a chance of winning. You can acknowledge Trump’s abundant flaws—as I have done in previous columns—and still vote for him with a clear conscience. Because you’re doing the best you can do, and you’re not responsible for his shortcomings.

Wasserman Schultz abruptly resigns as DNC chief on eve of convention

- The Washington Times 

PHILADELPHIA — Faced with a near-mutiny on the left, Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz abruptly announced her resignation Sunday, injecting a new round of unwelcome drama for Hillary Clinton just as her presidential-coronation convention kicks off.

Ms. Wasserman Schultz said she’ll step down Thursday, at the end of the convention, after emails posted by WikiLeaks showed she and fellow DNC staffers disparaged and plotted to derail Sen. Bernard Sanders, the insurgent candidate who forced Mrs. Clinton far deeper into the primaries than anyone had predicted.

The revelation came on the heels of Mrs. Clinton’s pick this weekend of Sen. Tim Kaine as her running mate — a selection that angered progressives hoping for someone more in the mold of Mr. Sanders or Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

Mr. Sanders said Sunday morning he was personally disappointed with Mrs. Clinton’s running-mate choice, and he again called on Ms. Wasserman Schultz to resign, claiming the party conspired to defeat him throughout the primary process.

Hours later, the DNC chair complied, saying she’d become a distraction. She said she’ll still gavel the convention in and out, but she’d already been stripped of her day-to-day management duties.

Ms. Wasserman Schultz’s resignation could provide the bone for which progressives were looking in the wake of the Kaine pick and the email dump release.
DC: “Muslims Against ISIS” rally attracts only “small crowd”

By Robert Spencer / Jihad Watch


DC: “Muslims Against ISIS” rally attracts only “small crowd”This is not the first time that attendance at a Muslim rally against terrorism has been decidedly underwhelming. There are thousands of Muslims in Dearborn, Michigan, but only 100 showed up for a rally against ISIS and “Islamophobia” in November 2015. And earlier that month, only 30 Muslims protested against the jihad massacres in Paris. […] 
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Renowned Islamic apologist’s aide caught RECRUITING for ISIS

Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs

Zakir NaikZakir Naik is internationally famous as an apologist for Islam. He frequently debates people of other religions. If anyone knows Islam, it is Zakir Naik. And he does. So does his aide. That’s why he was recruiting for ISIS.

“Mumbai: Zakir Naik’s ‘aide’ arrested for trying to lure Kerala youth to join Isis,” by Asmita Sarkar, International Business Times, July 22, 2016 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):
The Maharashtra anti-terrorism squad (ATS) and Kerala police arrested on Wednesday an alleged aide of Islamic preacher Zakir Naik for recruiting youth from Kerala for Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (Isis), reports said on Friday.
If the accused Arshid Qureshi’s membership to Islamic...