Forged and Tempered: Men of Consequence

The rise of a third party will probably increase the power to the Progressive Party for a long run. I agree with the premise we should vote for honest, upright candidates not for a party and we should point out the who’s who voting for the Progressive Party Platform. 

Mick Mulvaney gave a great interview on Fox News, as far as questions were asked but apparently interest rates will spike or could if they do not keep the economy going.

So my question is: For the next two years do we really believe, with this betrayal by bundled bills, Congressional Leaders will take back excessive spending practices by the power of the purse when they pull these kind of stunts with excessive spending and bailouts?

The meager tax reform bill that was passed, the one the House GOP and Leaders keep patting themselves on their backs about, is a total joke with the passing of the current excessive spending in this two year bill. 

“Future legislation should scrub the tax code of all subsidies for privileged interests and permanently extend a majority of the tax cuts contained in the act.” ~ The Senate’s Ugly Budget Deal Would Trample on the Success of Tax Reform

Bottom line: Mike Lee plainly and succinctly explains it here:

Thank you Thomas Massie and Mike Lee for being men of consequence.

Additional Reading: 

  1. It’s time for the Forgotten Man Caucus: Our freedom is not to be bartered away.
  2. What happened to ‘combat standards won’t be lowered’?
  3. LAUDABLE PURSUIT by Senator Mike Lee

 

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RINO Number 9: Orrin Hatch

For the Utah transplant, Orrin Hatch, who built his retirement out of taxpayer pockets:

Don’t let the door hit your backside on the way out. 

Take a look at Hatch’s Freedom Works Scorecard (only covers from 2005) to see how and when he chooses to be an alleged Republican. Of course, FreedomWorks, Conservative Review, and Heritage Action do not monitor the same bills so you really have to study each scorecard to see how and when he votes for a Republican vs Progressive agenda. (Note his 25% votes in 2007.) 

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The worst thing Orrin G. Hatch did, in 2017, was to not stand up for or with Senator Mike Lee when Mike stood his ground for the American people on HealthCare, quote:

“I don’t see him looking for a path to yes. It seems like he’s against everything right now,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah). “That’s the way it looks to me. 

In my opinion, Hatch exposed himself as an arrogant sellout employing that which seemed like sophistry to discredit Mike Lee. Hatch will always and forever pale in comparison to the indomitable statesman, Senator Mike Lee.

Orrin G. Hatch will, no doubt, relish in the accolades and praise from other RINO’s and progressives from his forty years reign in living out of taxpayer pockets. And no doubt, Mike Lee will be far more gracious towards Hatch in this retirement phase than Hatch deserves as an esteemed colleague

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The Big Whoop Tax Plan: a little whoop

There have been alleged tax plans and rumors of tax plans running rampant for weeks. Today there is a big whoop about the official tax plan however, it is worthy of a little whoop since there is still more to this marathon than shooting out of the starting blocks. There seems to be a severe overselling of the plan and I am hoping there will be enough support for it to keep a continued momentum to stomp excessive taxation and spending into the ground. 

Begin here with Senator Mike Lee’s joint statement with Senator Marco Rubio: 

Nov 02 2017

WASHINGTON – Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) issued the following statement Thursday in response to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act released by House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX):

“We appreciate the hard work and countless hours our colleagues in the House have put into crafting this legislation. As we’ve long said, tax reform should be about making the code more pro-growth and pro-family. The House bill is an important step in the process.”

“The best way to provide real relief to working families is through a straightforward, significant, and permanent expansion of the child tax credit. We wish the House draft had done more on this front – preferably doubling the credit to $2,000 per child and expanding its applicability to payroll taxes. We look forward to working with our colleagues to make sure working families are moved to the front of the line in the Senate bill.”

The Daily Signal has a piece: House GOP Unveils Details of Tax Reform Bill.
Heritage Action put out a press release: HOUSE REPUBLICANS UNVEIL TAX REFORM PLAN.
The plan still has a long way to go. It will be interesting to see how things go, what pork will be added in, what good things will be reduced or taken out, as the senate enters the arena. 
We shall see what happens next. It could be weakened further or, if heartedly debated, there may be a few grander concessions take place with pressure from the voters to their  representatives. 
Honestly, IF all in D.C. had to abide by the same rules as the common man, there would be significantly greater changes to the tax code from the get go.  
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Who will help me make Government Small Again?

Tonight Senator Mike Lee held a live event on his Facebook page that was also linked to his Senate page. As always, watching and listening to Mike is like sitting in Church. I feel so much better hearing him listen to questions, then answer people with clear, plain language so there is no misunderstanding as to where he stands on issues or about the principles he so heartedly defends.

His closing comments were absolutely fantastic. I wish those comments and the following was on YouTube so I could embed them. They are not yet available, but here is my transcription of a short video on his Twitter feed: 

“In order to have economic growth we do need to adjust the size, the scope, the cost of the federal government. And when we look at so called tax pay-fors, we shouldn’t just be looking to raise taxes on anyone, we should, instead, be looking for ways to make government more effective, make government more efficient, make sure the government can do more with less.

Business all around America do this constantly as they have to adjust to market cycles, as they have to adjust to real world conditions.

Tragically, the government hasn’t held itself to that same standard. And as a result government has continued to grow, the cost of it has continued to expand and to do so at an unacceptably high rate….”  ~ Senator Mike Lee, October 25, 2017 

Please, go to Mike’s YouTube page. Get your information on Mike Lee from the original source, Mike Lee, so you can see how truly a Consistent Conservative he is. 

It is NOT the Government’s money: 

Watch Mike on today’s Senate Republican’s broadcast regarding the Parent Tax Penalty. The entire broadcast is great. Mike comes in around the 14 minute mark.

#MikeLeeForSenateMajorityLeader 

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Feel the Bern on Taxes

I had a lot going on today and this evening so missed the debate with Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz.

Bottom line for me: Full Repeal of Obamacare Tax is REAL tax reform.

Senator Mike Lee’s take on the Child Tax Credit as neccesary for tax reform makes total sense to me and I do not have children. Read FOR THE NON-RICH, THE CHILD TAX CREDIT IS THE KEY TO TAX REFORM by Ernie Tedeschi.

Mike Lee posted, quote:  must benefit our ultimate entrepreneurial and investor class: America’s moms and dads. 

And there there are issues with tax reform and the budget process playing into it. What difference does tax reform make if there is no cutting, or capping or balancing happening the budget?… while spending keeps going on and on and on and …. well, you get the picture.

Please, watch Mike Lee tell it like it needs to be told: 

(Wish there was a rap for things Mike Lee talks about! >subliminal to Nate Smoove and Diamond & Silk<.)

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And still no Full Repeal

What do I think about the GOP leadership’s decision to try and pass partial Obamacare repeal before September 30th? 

  • It is not Full Repeal on Day 1 of when President Trump took office.
  • They are bogusly hyping up what they have done with Graham-Cassidy for it is no where near Full Repeal.
  • Why the rush now except to use it to try and keep the GOP in power this election cycle?
  • I am highly cynical of dishonesty in the GOP. That is what I think of the faux Obamacare repeal.

In my opinion is it better to get a partial repeal of Obamacare now or keep fighting for full repeal?

Well, there are some conservative pundits claiming it is better than nothing at this point. True, but what about the next point? Can we stick it out and fight for more in making it a better bill?

Sure. Why die over half a loaf? (Thank you Clarence Thomas: Be Not Afraid, 2001 Francis Boyer Lecture AEI Annual Dinner (Washington) Publication Date: February 13, 2001 )

So my question is: Will the House and Senate fight for full repeal if they get partial repeal or will they continue the charade with Lindsey Graham and ignore Mike Lee and Ted Cruz and Rand Paul?

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Laudable Pursuit: Politically Palatable

“…a politically palatable way to give states the freedom needed to craft their own health care solutions. At the heart of this effort must be true freedom from the federal regulations that are the main drivers of our nation’s rising health care costs.” The Laudable Pursuit: The Next Steps Towards Health Care Reform by Mike Lee, July 28, 2017

Late afternoon today, Mike Lee emailed his view on the pathetic state of affairs regarding the nightmare vote-a-rama in the Senate. It could not have come at a better time for me. I am so utterly disgusted with the elitist progressives in both parties for speaking out of both sides of their mouths while working to sabotage the few honorable men and women in the House and Senate. 

Anyway, here is the link to the page for the Chairman’s Note by Senator Mike Lee. I think his entire emailed  from today should be available when the site is updated in the next twenty-four hours. Nonetheless, they are pasted below for expediency.

God Bless Mike Lee and Ted Cruz and Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows and all of those honest Republicans who stand for repealing the heinous Obamacare nightmare. Thank you for fighting for my right, for every American’s right, to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.

From Mike Lee’s email

July 28, 2017

“to elevate the condition of men–to lift artificial weights from all shoulders, to clear the paths of laudable pursuit for all, to afford all an unfettered start and a fair chance, in the race of life.” –Abraham Lincoln

Chairman’s Note: The Next Steps Towards Health Care Reform

Last night was a setback for health care reform. There is no way around that.

But it may also be a blessing in disguise.

The bill we were voting on, what many in the media were referring to as a “skinny” repeal bill, was truly an anemic effort. While it did repeal the individual mandate permanently, it provided only temporary relief from the employer mandate and medical device tax. It also left the rest of the Affordable Care Act’s regulations, taxes, and subsidies completely intact. By some estimates it repealed just two percent of Obamacare.

Even worse then the product we were voting on was the process that led to last night’s vote. 

The bill we voted on around 1:30 this morning was only released about three hours before. It was only a handful of pages, so there was time to read it (for a change). But there was no serious debate or deliberation about its contents. Amendments could be offered, but without reports from the Congressional Budget Office about their impact on the economy and the federal budget, they required 60 votes for passage.

The bill was written in secret, with no input from either the formal congressional committees charged with oversight of our health care system, or the informal working group assigned by our leadership to craft the legislation.

My preferred amendment sat at CBO for four weeks without being given a “score” detailing its projected costs and benefits. My colleague Ron Johnson (R-WI) waited four months for a CBO report on various Obamacare provisions, without any response.

This is not the way the Senate is supposed to work. It is not the way a free people is supposed to govern itself.

When the bill failed, many declared the issue dead. But as long as Obamacare is on the books, hurting millions of Americans and driving up the cost of healthcare, this issue isn’t going anywhere.

We must now go back to the drawing board. We must to go back to the proper committees of jurisdiction and start from the beginning by identifying the specific policy problems we are trying to solve and then craft reforms to solve them.

The United States is a large, vibrant, and diverse country. There is no reason to assume the health care policies that work in a state with the demographics of Florida will also work in a state like Utah.

What we need to identify is a politically palatable way to give states the freedom needed to craft their own health care solutions. At the heart of this effort must be true freedom from the federal regulations that are the main drivers of our nation’s rising health care costs. 

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