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Washington Post Not Reporting CIA Connection

Jeff Bezos is the sole owner of the Washington Post. As such, any stories he writes regarding the CIA or the US Gov’t in general, should come with a notice that he has a six hundred million dollar conflict-of-interest.

So what does Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ decision to buy the Washington Post mean?

That was the question NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik tackled on Morning Edition (8/6/13). It was good to hear Folkenflik note that there is an “enormous constellation of issues” that affect Amazon‘s bottom line in Washington–which should raise some concerns about conflicts of interest on issues like internet sales taxes and copyright/intellectual property.

And he added that the company is becoming a “major vendor” to the U.S. government, particularly in the realm of web storage. The most prominent example: The CIA recently reached a $600 million deal with Amazon to build its cloud storage system.

So what happens if, say, the Washington Post wants to report on something that CIA or other intelligence agencies might not like? Folkenflik commented:

I suspect Bezos doesn’t intend to interfere in things like that, but we don’t know how he’s going to do it yet. We haven’t seen him operate in this realm.


Revo Retreat: Angler’s Lodge & Cabins – Almost Missoula, Mt

Angler’s Lodge & Cabins is actually an hour south in some of the prettiest country you’ll ever see, among some of the friendliest folks you’ll ever meet.

This post is the initial gauge of availability and willingness. Plan will be refined from here.

How many are planning to attend the

Third Not-Quite-Annual Real Revo Reader’s Retreat

? I’m looking at a location an hour south of Missoula, Mt. I spent a bit of time there on my slow meander back from Yellowstone with the wife & kids. The Bitteroot Valley is absolutely stunning. The people are friendly and warm and they love ’em some guns. There is also an Armscor outlet store with great pricing for those who may be into shooting and like cheaply priced ammo.

Okay, folks – Here’s your chance:

April 26-30, Hamilton, Mt, The Angler’s Lodge & Cabins. Who’s in?

I’ll refine it with more personal info once I gauge interest – and password protect the future posts.


So, Who Leaked The Flynn Tapes? Barack Obama.

Via PJ Media and seemingly, Straight our of a Clancy novel…

In its final days, the Obama administration has expanded the power of the National Security Agency to share globally intercepted personal communications with the government’s 16 other intelligence agencies before applying privacy protections[…]

One of the central questions behind the Mike Flynn flap that should have been asked but largely wasn’t is: who was wiretapping the general? The answer, we know now, was the National Security Agency, formerly known as No Such Agency, the nation’s foremost signals-intelligence (SIGINT) collection department[…]

Let’s call the roster of the bad guys:

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch signed the new rules, permitting the N.S.A. to disseminate “raw signals intelligence information,” on Jan. 3, after the director of national intelligence, James R. Clapper Jr., signed them on Dec. 15, according to a 23-page, largely declassified copy of the procedures.

This is beginning to look like an active sabotage campaign from Obama, who is still very much involved at his 30,000 strong OFA.


Art Fan? NY Met Digitizes Collection

I love art. I’m not a fancy person by any means, but I love the ability to capture and inspire emotion. As a weird side note, I’m also fascinated with all things miniature. The New York Metropolitan Art Museum just digitized their collection and released it under the Digital Commons.

On February 7, 2017, The Metropolitan Museum of Art implemented a new policy known as Open Access, which makes images of artworks it believes to be in the public domain widely and freely available for unrestricted use, and at no cost, in accordance with the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) designation and the Terms and Conditions of this website.

It also makes available data from the entire online collection―both works it believes to be in the public domain and those under copyright or other restrictions―including basic information such as title, artist, date, medium, and dimensions. This data is available to all in accordance with the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) designation.

Enjoy. Or don’t. I don’t give a shit. I’m getting the above image made into a print on canvas.


Violent Leftists? The Planet Made Them Do It

Sadly, I’m not kidding.

Not only does the analysis fall for the global warming climate hoax based on fraudulently manipulated temperature data and severe scientific fraud committed by the NOAA, it also seeks to dissociate violent left-wing rioters from any responsibility for their own behavior. In effect, the analysis asserts that “victims of global warming” are not responsible for their own hateful, destructive actions because, essentially, “the planet made them do it.”

This fits perfectly with the victimology of the hate-filled Left, which now openly justifies murdering individuals they don’t like in order to halt their free speech. It also reinforces the “victimology” philosophy of the failing Left by providing a convenient excuse for rioters who destroy property, commit arson and physically attack innocents. Their excuse is now, “global warming made me do it.”

Let’s examine the assertions in the analysis published by Courtney Plante, postdoctoral “fellow” at Iowa State University and Craig A. Anderson, billed as “a Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Iowa State University.”

Rioters aren’t responsible for their actions… it’s global warming!

“When people get uncomfortably hot, their tempers, irritability, and likelihood of physical aggression and violence increase,” says the analysis, implying that global warming somehow turns all of society into a kind of “Hell’s Kitchen” sweltering oven that relieves people of responsibility for their actions.

To state what should be obvious by now, even the most ardent supporters of global warming assert that global temperatures have risen very slightly, from an average of about 57 degrees (F) to just barely over one degree higher (58.7 degrees). Are we now to believe that people calmly sitting in a root at 57 degrees will become enraged, violent rioters at 58.7 degrees? That’s the absurdity put forward by these scientists.


Media Whitewash: Creating Sympathetic Propaganda

Daniel Ramirez Medina was allowed to stay in the United States, under Obama, as an illegal immigrant, brought here as a 7 year old child (DACA – “dreamers”). ICE Agents had a warrant for the arrest of his father, a previously deported, convicted felon, but here are 3 different major publications who paint a sympathetic picture of the subject in custody:


The man, Daniel Ramirez Medina, has twice been granted deferred action and employment authorization under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, his lawyers said. The program, announced in 2012, is meant to temporarily shield qualified individuals from deportation.

The case raises questions about what it could mean for Dreamers, undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children. Ramirez came to the US from Mexico when he was 7 years old and became a DACA recipient in 2014 and renewed in 2016, according to court papers filed by his attorneys.

Immigration rights groups say they believe this may be the first time a Dreamer has been arrested without cause.

LA Times

Immigration agents have detained and threatened to deport a 23-year-old immigrant in Washington state who came to the U.S. illegally as a 7-year-old and later received protection under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, a new lawsuit says.

Daniel Ramirez Medina was arrested at his father’s home south of Seattle on Friday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, according to a lawsuit filed by civil rights lawyers in federal court in Seattle this week. Ramirez is being held at a federal immigration detention facility in Tacoma, Wash.


U.S. immigration authorities have detained a 23-year-old Mexican man who was brought to the United States illegally as a child and given a work permit during the Obama administration, according to a lawsuit challenging the detention in Seattle federal court.

The man’s lawyers say this could be the first time under U.S. President Donald Trump that a person covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, has been taken into immigration custody. The program was established in 2012 by Democratic President Barack Obama to allow those brought to the country while young to attend school and work.

Ethan Dettmer, a partner in the law firm Gibson Dunn & Crutcher and one of the lawyers representing the man, Daniel Ramirez Medina, said he is not aware of any other DACA recipient who has been arrested.

Alright, now don’t you feel sufficient disgust for mean old Donald Trump? I mean, the nerve, going after this helpless kid who was just minding his own business, at the home of his previously deported, convicted felon, father. What none of these source bother to mention is that when being question by ICE agents, who asked if this DREAMer was in the country legally, he became belligerent and identified himself as a gang member. ICE promptly placed him under arrest as a danger to public safety and transferred him to Tacoma pending deportation proceedings.

They didn’t arrest his younger brother, because the younger – brother who was also here illegally and likewise protected under DACA – is not a belligerent,gang-banging criminal. This story has nothing to do with DACA or his DACA status. ICE agents are not arresting people who are covered by DACA.

They are arresting persons illegally in the US, who are threats to public order and safety – without regard to their DACA status. This is how the press white-washes the stories they tell.


Creating Conservatives: Left Eats Another One Of Its Own

Any slave caught leaving the plantation, will be beaten and pilloried, by the other slaves.

Chadwick Moore, a 33-year-old journalist who lives in Williamsburg, had been a lifelong liberal. Then, last September, he penned a profile for Out magazine of Milo Yiannopoulos — a controversial and outspoken critic of feminism, Muslims and gay rights (despite being openly gay himself). Although the Out story didn’t take a positive stance — or any stance — on Yiannopoulos, Moore found himself pilloried by fellow Democrats and ostracized by longtime friends.

Here, he tells Michael Kaplan his story — including why the backlash drove him to the right.

When Out magazine assigned me an interview with the rabble-rouser Milo Yiannopoulos, I knew it would be controversial. In the gay and liberal communities in particular, he is a provocative and loathed figure, and I knew featuring him in such a liberal publication would get negative attention. He has been repeatedly kicked off Twitter for, among other things, reportedly inciting racist, sexist bullying of “Ghostbusters” actress Leslie Jones. Before interviewing Yiannopoulos, I thought he was a nasty attention-whore, but I wanted to do a neutral piece on him that simply put the facts out there.

After the story posted online in the early hours of Sept. 21, I woke up to more than 100 Twitter notifications on my iPhone. Trolls were calling me a Nazi, death threats rolled in and a joke photo that I posed for in a burka served as “proof” that I am an Islamophobe.

I’m not.

Most disconcertingly, it wasn’t just strangers voicing radical discontent. Personal friends of mine — men in their 60s who had been my longtime mentors — were coming at me. They wrote on Facebook that the story was “irresponsible” and “dangerous.” A dozen or so people unfriended me. A petition was circulated online, condemning the magazine and my article. All I had done was write a balanced story on an outspoken Trump supporter for a liberal, gay magazine, and now I was being attacked. I felt alienated and frightened.

This really is a feel good story. This man set out to do an honest story and was threatened with death, for daring to think for himself. This shit that left does, in ostracizing those who think for themselves? Yeah, the alt-right does it, too. That’s why I’ll never join the alt-right. I will never demand that others believe as I do! Not. Ever.

“The left has become completely puritanical and it’s very off-putting. I realized that, for the first time in my adult life, I was outside of the liberal bubble and looking in. What I saw was ugly, lock step, incurious and mean-spirited.~Chadwick Moore [This applies to the new right, also.]


Someone Killed The Wrong Fat Mongoloid

Meh. One more down, anyway.

The estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been murdered in Malaysia, a South Korean government source said on Tuesday.

Kim Jong Nam, the older half brother of the North Korean leader, was known to spend a significant amount of his time outside the country and had spoken out publicly against his family’s dynastic control of the isolated state.

In a statement, Malaysian police said the dead man, aged 46, held a passport under the name Kim Chol.

Kim Jong Nam has been caught in the past using forged travel documents.

Police official Fadzil Ahmat said the cause of Kim’s death was not yet known, and a post mortem would be carried out on the body.

“So far there are no suspects, but we have started investigations and are looking at a few possibilities to get leads,” Fadzil told Reuters.

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Singer Wore MAGA Dress To Grammy Awards

As Twitchy reported, the lovely Joy Villa wore a “Make America Great Again” dress to the Grammys and of course it caused a big ol’ stir. CeeLo Green covered himself head to toe in gold and even he didn’t get more notice than Villa did.

And of course since she dared to be different from the typical celebrity elites and show her patriotism, the Left and SJWs came out of the woodwork to attack her on Twitter. We couldn’t include most of them because they were just that foul but go ahead and take a look at their “tolerance”:

Needless to say, the SJW crowd did their best to try and destroy her. They failed. Miserably. Six of her albums were immediately thrust into the Top 20 on Amazon music.



Refuse To Conform!

Anyone else notice we’re being forced to choose between leftist populism and alt-right populism?

Be your own person and choose neither. That is what individual liberty is all about.

No individual’s rights should be subject to the approval of the collective.

You live your life. I’ll live mine. As long as we respect that boundary, everyone remains free and no one gets hurt.

Refuse to conform.


The Man Who Refused To Be King

Three times he relinquished absolute power.

George Washington is the face on the one-dollar bill and – these days – the smiling face of Presidents’ Day sales. Most of us know he was the first president of the United States. But why is that important? What else do we know about him?

George Washington was the man who established the American republic. He led the revolutionary army against the British Empire, he served as the first president, and most importantly he stepped down from power.

George Washington was a great man who understood that character is more important than power. I think my admiration for the men of our history is the primary driver behind my disapproval of the political opportunists who run our country…to include Donald Trump. This thirst for power over others is something I have always despised. I fought against it as a young man, fought against it as a cop, and have been in innumerable fisticuffs as a result of my hatred of others pushing people around.

There are men who wield power with great caution and abnegation, but none are wont to wade into the cesspool we’ve allowed to invade our public space.


The Politics Of Those Who Refuse To Conform

The politics of the free:


ATF Looking At De-Regulation Of Suppressors

And here I was, thinking they were all just big government dickheads…

The Washington Post recently obtained an 11-page “white paper” written by the second-highest-ranking official at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) that proposes 15 policy changes, including the deregulation of suppressors and firearm imports, and a clarification of the infamous “arm-brace” rule.

The author, ATF Associate Deputy Director Roland Turk, published the paper “to provide the new Administration and the Bureau multiple options… to reduce or modify [firearm] regulations.”

Taken as a whole, the list focuses on reducing paperwork, streamlining regulations, saving taxpayer dollars, and clarifying policies.

But gun enthusiasts are most excited about several of Turk’s individual proposals.

The rule change garnering the most attention calls for the redefinition of “silencers” to allow for easier access by consumers. Ultimately, Turk wants suppressors to be removed from the National Firearms Act, a 1934 law that imposed a $200 tax stamp and additional paperwork for any suppressor purchase.

This is a very interesting article about the full-auto(select fire) M1 Garand, worked on during the war.

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Gold, Oil, & US Treasuries

One of these thing is not like the others…

I finished watching the video from my earlier post – take the 30 minutes and watch this very-well put together video, from an actual Portfolio & Investment Strategy Adviser.

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Remember When…

…Democrats Said It Was Wrong To Get Angry At Town Hall Meetings (Tea Party)?

Here is Congressman Tom McClintock being chased away by young mush-minded simpletons because he wants to take away the free candy.


Nothing Turns Patriots Into Expatriates, Like Some Barack Obama


Sabre-Rattling Escalates Against China

The missile blasted off at 11:39 p.m. PDT Wednesday from Vandenberg Air Force Base northwest of Los Angeles.

The Air Force says the missile carried test re-entry vehicles that headed for a target area 4,200 miles away to the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean.

With China warning that Trump’s language puts east Asian security & stability at risk, Steve Bannon saying we’d be at war with China within 5-10 years, and the Chinese Foreign Minister coming right out and saying “Any sober minded politician will recognise that there can not be conflict between China and the United States,”…“Both will lose and both sides cannot afford that.” – we can scarcely ignore the rhetoric. Now, CNN is reporting that Chinese & US reconnaissance aircraft flew within 1000′ of each other yesterday escalating the matter, ever further.

Given the unstable political climate around the globe and domestically, we need only take a look at the markets (and the ridiculous new highs, based upon abysmal revenues and record high profits), to see that you should be hedging your future with metals. I recommend a little gold, a lot of silver, and ETF’s (exchange traded funds – metals), but I’m not a professional financial adviser, so do what you will with that advice.

Did you know that from 1999 to 2016, Gold increased 321%, compared to the S&P 500’s 167%? Gold is a solid long-term store of wealth. If you’d bought in when I told 6 friends to do so back in 2009, you’d have had the chance to nearly triple your money, get out, buy back in at almost half the cost, and still be up more than 70%…

I’d say we’re getting inexorably closer to the day the petrodollar dies. The following video is worth a watch (though I’m only half way through, it’s been solid so far).

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File Under: NMFP

Mexico says it’s not ready for an influx of it’s own immigrants from the US. Definitely falls under the “not my f-king problem” heading if you ask me.

TAMAULIPAS, Mex. – Towns south of the Rio Grande Valley in Mexico are bracing to see an uptick in deportations.

Tamaulipas President of the Chamber of Commerce, Julio Cesar Almanza Armas, said they aren’t fully equipped to take in a large number of nationals who are deported from the U.S.

“We aren’t ready for it, but it has to be done. I know that they are already working on it, the local, state and federal government and the cities along the border,” he said.

Cesar Almanza Armas said the economy in both Mexico and the Valley will take a hit if mass deportations take place.

In other news, which surprises no one, Iranians took to the streets to burn President Trump in effigy, while chanting “Death to America!”

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Leftist ‘Atlantic’: How To Build An Autocracy

The Atlantic begins what will surely be a deluge of “Trump is trying to become an autocrat” stories, upon which the left will base it’s years-long rhetorical war (Remember “End of America: Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot” – the Bush is a fascist book?).

This guy runs through a list of things he expects Trump will do (the article is written as a future piece). Conveniently, he fails to recognize that the entire piece sounds – EXACTLY – like a history of Barack Obama’s presidency.

It’s 2021, and president donald trump will shortly be sworn in for his second term. The 45th president has visibly aged over the past four years. He rests heavily on his daughter Ivanka’s arm during his infrequent public appearances.

Fortunately for him, he did not need to campaign hard for reelection. His has been a popular presidency: Big tax cuts, big spending, and big deficits have worked their familiar expansive magic. Wages have grown strongly in the Trump years, especially for men without a college degree, even if rising inflation is beginning to bite into the gains. The president’s supporters credit his restrictive immigration policies and his TrumpWorks infrastructure program.

By all early indications, the Trump presidency will corrode public integrity and the rule of law—and also do untold damage to American global leadership, the Western alliance, and democratic norms around the world. The damage has already begun, and it will not be soon or easily undone. Yet exactly how much damage is allowed to be done is an open question—the most important near-term question in American politics.



Guess What Happens When You Promise Subsidies?

Trump and US Airline CEOs:

  • “You’ve done an amazing job. I know you’re under pressure from a lot of foreign elements”
  • “We want to take care of you”
  • “We want the traveling public to have” the best “customer service”
  • “We have obsolete airports and train systems and bad roads”
  • Says regulations will be rolled back

Trump asked “what can we do to make your airlines better, to make your bottomlines better?” adding “You’ve got a lot of competition”; “a lot of that competition is subsidized by governments, big league”; ‘‘I heard that from the minute I got elected”

Trump to Southwest CEO Gary Kelly, Why did they allow the government to put in the wrong system?”

Kelly: “We want to get the government out of the air traffic control sytem”

Trump: “I don’t like aviation fees and taxes, I’ll be honest with you” and “raising fees will just hurt you”

Trump: “don’t worry about the money. I’ll be able to get the money”

So, what happens you implicitly state that you’re gonna provide subsidies to airlines:


Celebrating The Destruction Of America

Everything between the solid lines (below), belongs to This Guy.

I will write a brief exposition of my opinion, after you read his shit.

More below the fold…


Pearl Harbor II: Inside The Kill House

When I was a cop, I was on the SRT. As a result, we trained constantly to conduct CQC (CQB) in multiple locations and scenarios. Also, across the country, law enforcement agencies conduct what is called ALERRT (Active Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training). Agencies across the nation take over schools and stores and other buildings to practice the takedown of active shooters or public threats.

To conduct such training, one needs a facility to simulate the real thing. When firing and being shot by simunition and deploying simulated explosives in an enclosed space, the training becomes very real. It forces the adrenal response and allows officers to train under conditions, very close to what they’ll find in the field.

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Rep Thomas Massie (R-KY) Introduces A Bill

…to abolish the federal department of education. Git ‘r done, boys.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representative Thomas Massie introduced H.R. 899, a bill to abolish the federal Department of Education. The bill, which is one sentence long, states, “The Department of Education shall terminate on December 31, 2018.”

On the day of Betsy DeVos’ scheduled Senate confirmation for Secretary of Education, Massie said, “Neither Congress nor the President, through his appointees, has the constitutional authority to dictate how and what our children must learn.”

Massie added, “Unelected bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. should not be in charge of our children’s intellectual and moral development. States and local communities are best positioned to shape curricula that meet the needs of their students. Schools should be accountable. Parents have the right to choose the most appropriate educational opportunity for their children, including home school, public school, or private school.”

“For years, I have advocated returning education policy to where it belongs – the state and local level,” said Rep. Walter Jones, an original co-sponsor. “D.C. bureaucrats cannot begin to understand the needs of schools and its students on an individual basis. It is time that we get the feds out of the classroom, and terminate the Department of Education.”


Republicans Fear For Their Safety; Their Families

This segues nicely into a stern warning I feel the need to issue to you, my friends.

House Republicans during a closed-door meeting Tuesday discussed how to protect themselves and their staffs from protesters storming town halls and offices in opposition to repealing Obamacare, sources in the room told Politico.

House GOP Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers invited Rep. David Reichert, a former county sheriff, to present lawmakers with protective measures they should have in place. Among the suggestions: having a physical exit strategy at town halls, or a backdoor in congressional offices to slip out of, in case demonstrations turn violent; having local police monitor town halls; replacing any glass office-door entrances with heavy doors and deadbolts; and setting up intercoms to ensure those entering congressional offices are there for appointments, not to cause chaos.

“The message was: One, be careful for security purposes. Watch your back. And two, be receptive. Honor the First Amendment, engage, be friendly, be nice,” said Republican Study Committee Chairman Mark Walker (R-N.C.). “Because it is toxic out there right now. Even some of the guys who have been around here a lot longer than I have, have never seen it to this level.”

He later added: “For those of us who have children in grade school and that kind of thing, there’s a factor in all of this, saying: How far will the progressive movement go to try to intimidate us?”

If you think that an actual war with progressives in this country is a fantasy, you are mistaken. If you think an actual war with progressives would be a rout, you are delusional. Think about this:

We are heavily armed, better trained, and much more patient than the left. These people are taking rubber bullets and bean bags to face, just to get a shot at a cop. They’re destroying and burning, and smashing people in the head with bricks, because they don’t like that a republican was elected President.

Let. That. Sink. In.

These animals are perfectly willing to kill people because they didn’t get their way. Do you honestly believe that they will hesitate murder you and your family when someone starts arming them? They have no moral code preventing them from harming anything or anyone to get their way. They answer to no god, no law. They are useful idiots, sure, but the key inference there is “useful”. They can be manipulated into causing unimaginable horror, and we can’t be bothered to get off the couch.

Seattle has gone bat-shit crazy. I now carry a gun absolutely everywhere. Every single time I leave my house, for any reason, I am armed. In my home, I have a pistol, shotgun, or rifle, no more than 10 steps from where I am. People are being attacked, kids, women, they don’t give a shit. You may not be at war with progressives, but they have a vote, and they are certainly at war with you. How long until they use their 2nd Amendment rights to come for you?

Stay armed. Stay alert. If you find yourself in the wrong place at the wrong time, don’t hesitate.

I noticed, in looking through some of my old posts, that I was warning about the situation we face, for many years.

Race as the delineation was solidly formed – 2010.

Lines being firmly drawn as us-against-them – 2011.

Progressive can’t see the monster they’re creating – 2013.

I wasn’t seeing the whole picture. I saw that they were solidifying their position, causing a firm bifurcation of the American people. Then, that they were forcing a sea-change in those who typically vote republican (division of conservatives from alt-right).

Now, they have the “nazi” bogeyman they always wanted and they’re taking the fight to the next level. At the same time they were creating the monster to oppose them, they were galvanizing their base against the bogeyman they’d always been taught to fear. IT DOESN’T MATTER IF YOU BELIEVE THAT YOU’RE THE NAZI THEY FEAR. THEY DO!

I think they knew exactly what they were doing, in retrospect.

They forced the right to produce an enemy they could truly hate, that would be divided from the rest of the independent, right-leaning, and conservative Americans.

Now, they’re going to war. Expect the situation to deteriorate considerably.


Republicans: Like Democrats, Just Don’t Get It

I don’t support tax-increases, ever. I hold a special level of hate for taxes which bribe consumers into stealing from producers. I am thankful that President Trump doesn’t believe in Anthropogenic Global Warming. The science is politicized and goal-oriented, driven by federal research grants that produce desired outcomes.

These idiot Republicans just don’t understand why we have a President Trump, to begin with. Like the Democrats, they can’t fix their faults, because they refuse to see them.

A group of prominent Republicans and business leaders, including former Treasury Secretaries Hank Paulson and James Baker, will meet with some of President Donald Trump’s top advisers at the White House Wednesday to push a plan to tax carbon dioxide in exchange for lifting a slew of environmental regulations.

“Unlike the current cumbersome regulatory approach, a levy on emissions would free companies to find the most efficient way to reduce their carbon footprint,” Baker and former Secretary of State George Shultz wrote in a Wall Street Journal opinion article posted online late Tuesday. “A sensibly priced, gradually rising tax would send a powerful market signal to businesses that want certainty when planning for the future.”[…]

The plan faces strong political headwinds; both Trump and a majority of the House of Representatives have come out against a carbon tax in the past year. Trump also has pledged to do away with environmental regulations limiting emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that exacerbate climate change[…]

The blueprint involves a $40 tax on every metric ton of carbon dioxide released by burning fossil fuels, with the price climbing over time. To avoid an undue burden on the poor from the higher energy bills that would result, the projected $200 billion to $300 billion in annual revenue would be redistributed to households in the form of quarterly checks from the Social Security Administration. Families of four would see an average annual payout of $2,000 under the plan.

The proposal also calls for border adjustments that would act to hike the costs of products imported from countries that do not put a price on carbon.

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney described the proposal in a tweet as a “thought-provoking plan from highly respected conservatives to both strengthen the economy and confront climate risks.