Thursday, January 22, 2015

1-22-15 Excellent Guests for Your Show

1. Dr. Gerard Lameiro: State of the Union Rebuttal – A Conservative View
2. Bill Tatro: On the State of the Union

State of the Union Rebuttal – A Conservative View

What is the President proposing in the State of the Union message? First, capital gains tax rates will increase to 28%. Second, the higher capital gains tax rates will also be applied to certain “inherited assets” that are not currently taxed.  For example, if parents buy and hold some assets during their lifetime, and then give them to their children as part of their inheritance, the value of the assets at the time of inheritance (typically higher than when the parents purchased the assets) becomes the children’s tax basis for later capital gains.  Effectively, the asset appreciation during the time of the parents' ownership is tax free.  It is a vehicle for allowing tax free growth and giving children more. Those two steps are estimated to result in $320 billion in new taxes over a ten year period. [more...]

On the State of the Union

Given that the House and now the Senate are under Republican control, it would seem ludicrous that the President would announce programs that had no chance of passage. But announce he did. Falling oil prices, rising stock market, the unemployment rate, job creation, record college graduation, all were chronicled as Obama accomplishments. Most will insist the evening's entertainment as light with no real substance or anything that will seriously be accomplished. Au contraire! DOA? Not quite! [more...]

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

1-21-15 Great Guests for Your Show

1. Wayne Allyn Root: How GOP Can Destroy the Myth of the Obama Economy
2. Lowell Ponte: Obama's Unbelievable "Statist of the Union" Speech Promises a "New Foundation" for U.S. Economy
3. Bill Tatro: From Multiplier to Domino
4. Michelle Seiler-Tucker: Create Your Own Economy

How GOP Can Destroy the Myth of the Obama Economy

Everywhere we turn in the media, we hear the lie that the Obama economy is in "recovery." Now it appears that Hillary has bought into this great lie. The word is that Hillary is about to tie her presidential campaign to Obama’s economic policies. Why? Because for the first time she believes the economy is in "recovery." She is no longer afraid or embarrassed to support Obama’s policies. Where are the GOP leaders to rip this narrative to shreds? Are they so blind, deaf and dumb that they have no idea there is no recovery for the middle class? There is only misery and poverty. Do Republican leaders believe the lies and propaganda spewed by Obama, his socialist cabal and the biased leftist media? It’s so easy to attack the lies and rip the "good news" to shreds. [more...]

Obama's Unbelievable "Statist of the Union" Speech Promises a "New Foundation" for U.S. Economy

In his "State of the Union" speech, President Obama recalled his campaign promise to "rebuild our economy on a new foundation." He offered few specifics Tuesday night, promising instead to "in two weeks... send this Congress a budget filled with ideas that are practical, not partisan." In previous years he had spoken of his plan to "fundamentally transform" the United States, and to "Joe the Plumber" of his belief that America works best when we "spread the wealth around." White House media allies reported that Mr. Obama has been planning to increase federal expenditures by at least 7 percent, despite a national deficit that has grown by an astonishing $7.5 trillion since he became president in 2009. As with Obamacare, "Doc Barack" apparently still believes in the collectivist progressive notion that government can create health, wealth and happiness by prescribing ever-greater doses of the hallucinatory, addictive drugs of taxing, spending and borrowing. [more...]

From Multiplier to Domino

The reality of falling gas prices has finally hit home. It is not 1973 when the bulk of every dollar put into the tank went to a Sheik who could care less about the well-being of the American public. It is now 2015 when about 80% of gasoline fill-ups stay in the continental United States and the Sheik be d____d. Being energy self-sufficient is a wonderful thing and will probably be touted by the President in his SOTU address. Unfortunately self-sufficiency brings the need for a profit margin to sustain the business AND everything else that has grown up around it. $45.00 oil doesn't cut it. [more...]

Create Your Own Economy

A few things are certainly true today: President Obama is finally seeing approval ratings teetering around the 50/50 level recently – which is great for him. This is worth about as much as saying that progress is underway in the fight against poverty in third world countries – which is true, it’s just happening excruciatingly slowly; and it depends on who you ask or where you go to obtain that information. Complicated problems aren’t they?  And by the end of the day, it all feels like a bunch of smoke and mirrors. Instead of betting on policy changes, luck, or the existing plan working to perfection thus necessitating no changes of any kind, perhaps alternatives should be considered. My alternative is to create your own economy. [more...]

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

1-20-15 Expert Guests for Your Show

1. James Hirsen: The "American Sniper" Controversy
2. Michelle Seiler-Tucker: The VP Dodging Bullets
3. Dr. Gerard Lameiro: If We Increase Taxes, We Decrease America's Standard of Living
4. Joe Messina: More Tax Hikes?
5. John LeBoutillier: Are the Deadly Attacks in Europe a Warning? Are Radical Islamic Terrorists Coming to America?

The "American Sniper" Controversy

Clint Eastwood's, "American Sniper," has Hollywood insiders in a virtual state of shock. Executives and creative minds in Hollywood are wondering why the film did almost twice the revenue that anyone in the industry had expected. The project had initially been perceived (and by some is still viewed) as a simplistic, partisan, pro-military film and has a few Hollywood celebs in an uproar. But what Eastwood actually delivers in the movie is a realistic characterization of the consequences of war. [more...]

The VP Dodging Bullets

Who knew that it would be so hazardous to be the Vice President? The life of a Vice President of the United States of America cannot be an easy existence as it is; most are likely aware of this fact. Set aside the daily responsibility that naturally comes along with the life of being the heir to the most powerful man in the world. Set aside as well, the inability to divulge classified information which likely correlates with the creation of multiple stomach ulcers. Now think about how many of the most recent Vice Presidents (two of two) have had encounters with live fire ammunition. The most recent case with Vice President Biden is certainly a no harm, no foul situation considering the victimless nature of the crime. [more...]

If We Increase Taxes, We Decrease America's Standard of Living

More taxing and more spending is precisely the wrong strategy to take in this anemic recovery with over 92 million people who are not working.  I might add that the administration's third leg of their strategic policy triad, namely a whole lot more regulating of the American economy, is also counter-productive and a boat anchor on economic growth. Increasing capital gains tax rates is a roadblock to economic growth.  In examples throughout the last century, we know that lower capital gains tax rates act as an incentive to capital formation and investment, new business formation, new products and services, and new jobs.  Ultimately and ironically, even government revenues get a boost with a more robust economy with lower marginal capital gains rates. [more...]

More Tax Hikes?

For those of you who really don't get it, the government does not make "revenue," they collect taxes. Or in plain, simple English, they take your money! I don't have a real problem paying taxes. I don't want to do it, but I do understand the need to pay taxes for the basics like first responders (fire, police, ambulance), military, "basic" healthcare (hospitals and clinics), road work and maintenance (in the form of tire or gas taxes), snow removal, landslide removal... you get the picture: paying basic taxes for services received. But I don't want to fund the government's stupidity and inability to spend money wisely. [more...] Check out Joe on his new national show.

Are the Deadly Attacks in Europe a Warning? Are Radical Islamic Terrorists Coming to America?

It is now war in Europe – Radical Islam vs. freedom. Is this war now going to come to the U.S.? Is Washington, D.C. hopelessly late to the dance? Why did it take one week for Secretary of State Kerry to get to Paris? Where is the GOP on this – and on Obamacare and immigration? Is there a growing feeling of betrayal inside the base of the Republican Party? Do any of the GOP's 2016 candidates actually stand for anything – other than themselves? This – and much more – will be discussed by the POLITICAL INSIDERS. [more...]

Friday, January 16, 2015

1-16-15 Great Guests for Your Show

1. Bill Glynn: Cyber Warfare - A technology Trillion Dollar Shot in the Arm
2. Michelle Seiler-Tucker: It’s Time for the Oil Industry to Plan its Exit Strategy
3. Bill Tatro: Media's Confusing Messages
4. David Horowitz: Bush was 100% Right After 9/11

Cyber Warfare - A technology Trillion Dollar Shot in the Arm

Big business is at war with a new cyber army. It has deployed its troops into the new world, a new frontier, and even nation states have joined in with massive efforts to hobble global commerce, specifically in the West. Sony, Target and even the Defense Department, among many others, are under siege. It has only just begun. The culprits are North Korea, China, Russia, Iran and now even ISIS. The fact is there are land laws, maritime laws, air and space laws, but the new frontier, cyber, is yet to be governed by similar standards and government rules of engagement around the world. The U.S. has extremely robust capabilities, both offensive and defensive, but critical infrastructure, power grids, nuclear, transportation and a multi-trillion dollar electronic business - from online business to banks and Wall Street - are woefully underprepared. 9/11, as terrible as that was, may pale in comparison to the global economic disruption that is coming to our shores anywhere and everywhere on the planet. [more...]

It’s Time for the Oil Industry to Plan its Exit Strategy

After steadily increasing to recent highs, the price of oil has been dropping dramatically in the past six to eight months as worldwide oil production reaches its own highs. Americans refuse to cut back on production because they are supporting job creation, which is a good enough reason for most. Saudis are not cutting production because they could care less what happens to America or the rest of the world. This phenomenon, in part, leads to a surplus in the American market which is contributing to the creation of a massive ripple effect on the underlying oil commodity market. Part of the money making ability of companies in the oil and gas Industry is directly correlated with the price of their particular type of oil. [more...]

Media's Confusing Messages

"U.S. Retail Drops the Most Since 2012" ... "Holiday Sales Rise the Most Since 2011" ... huh? A bit confusing wouldn’t you say? But those were the headlines that greeted me with my morning coffee. I assumed that the decline imbedded in the first headline was due to a decrease in gasoline sales. While sales volume is probably the same, it was just the price that dropped by 40%.  I was correct, but I was also a bit surprised to learn that miscellaneous store retailers, electronics, appliances, clothing, sporting goods, books, music and department stores all went negative. [more...]

Bush was 100% Right After 9/11

Fourteen years after 9/11, it is tragically clear that President Bush was right about the threat we faced and Democrats are suicidally wrong. The 9/11 attacks were indeed a salvo in the war Islamists have declared on us but even now, all these years later, Democrats still want to regard such attacks as acts of individual criminality, and deal with them through the legal justice system, affording American rights to those who want to destroy American rights.  Why, you may ask yourself, is the Boston Marathon bomber going to be tried in a criminal court of law, where he will be able to make propaganda for his cause underwritten by his victims? Because Democrats want it that way. It shows we're superior to everybody else. [more...]

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Obama's Stubborn Denial of the Terror Threat Endangers Americans

The Islamic terror attack on the magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris was carried out by Muslim criminals who were apparently trained in Yemen. Meanwhile, national security officials are warning of an imminent threat to Europe and the United States from jihadi soldiers who are returning from the wars in Syria and Iraq.

According to the head of the FBI and other first responders, there is no way to stop their re-entry because, after all, they have American passports. Nor is there any way to stop them in Syria and Iraq since President Obama has surrendered both countries to our enemies.

The Democratic mayor of New York - ground zero for the Islamic war - has even stopped the surveillance of jihadi mosques, the breeding grounds for domestic "lone wolves." And with our southern border shredded by Mr. Obama and the Democrats, it’s not going to be difficult even for foreign jihadis to reach their infidel targets. Of course, the president doesn’t like the word "terror" to begin with, let alone "Islamic terror." Thanks to him, the Islamic war against the United States is officially referred to as an "overseas contingency operation," while domestic Islamic mayhem is filed under the category "workplace violence." [more...]

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

America's Best Climate Prediction Expert Finally Gets Noticed

Climate change has been a volatile issue for years, even amongst leading scientists and researchers from other disciplines. In his new book, Dark Winter: How the Sun is Causing a 30-Year Cold Spell, scientist John L. Casey, a former White House national space policy advisor, NASA headquarters consultant and space shuttle engineer, tells the truth about ominous changes taking place in the climate and the sun. 

In Orlando, Florida, John L. Casey is the lone climate researcher who, for almost eight years, has been putting the U.S. government's best scientists and science agencies to shame, when it comes to accurately making major climate predictions. This is especially true when compared to Al Gore-style global warming politicians, government funded university Ph.D. climate scientists and the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (UN-IPCC).

The UN-IPCC is the UN's climate research arm that historians may someday remember best for unreliable climate models and associated wildly exaggerated, and erroneous temperature and sea level rise predictions. The "climategate" scandal at the UN will likewise be prominent for the disclosure that its supposed "best climate scientists" falsified or manipulated climate data to fit the politically motivated manmade global warming storyline. [more...]

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

1-13-15 Excellent Guests for Your Show

1. Dr. Gerard Lameiro: Will America Face a Cyber War in 2015?
2. Lowell Ponte: Dismantling JPMorgan Chase Won't Prevent Financial Meltdown
3. Joe Messina: What is Hate Speech?
4. Bill Tatro: Raising Taxes on Gas
5. Wayne Allyn Root: Why is Obama Unable to Call Terrorist Attacks Islamic Terrorism?
6. Joseph Klein: Jihadists' Sword Proves Mightier Than Freedom's Pen
7. John LeBoutillier: This Week on Political Insiders

Will America Face a Cyber War in 2015?

Cyber threats, cyber hacks, cyber attacks, all keep showing up in the news.  This week hackers who claim they were associated with ISIS or the Islamic State and that referred to themselves as the "Cyber Caliphate" grabbed control over various U.S. military Twitter and YouTube accounts.  They posted phone numbers that were supposed to belong to military officers and they released so-called plans for military conflicts with China and North Korea.  They threatened U.S. military personnel with the statement: "American soldiers, we are coming, watch your back."  Was this just a cyber prank, or was this a sign of more damaging cyber attacks to come in 2015? [more...]

Dismantling JPMorgan Chase Won't Prevent Financial Meltdown

Would America's economy be safer if today's "too big to fail" banks like JPMorgan and Chase were broken up into smaller companies? To halt the collapse of these banks during the 2008-2009 financial crisis, taxpayers and the Federal Reserve bailed out, the biggest U.S. and foreign banks by arranging an astonishing $16.115 trillion in loans – more than the entire annual Gross Domestic Product of the United States. CNN/Money reports JPMorgan Chase – which today is America's biggest bank by assets – received $25 billion from the U.S. Treasury's Capital Purchase Program, and $391 billion in “total transactional amounts” from various sources facilitated by the Federal Reserve, as bailouts. [more...]

What is Hate Speech?

I posted the statement on social media: "It's already happening in Canada - pastors being arrested for preaching against homosexuality." A follower named Chris responded after I asked people to define "hate speech." I got the usual low IQ responses: "anything that comes out of your mouth," "anything a Republican says," "anything a conservative says," and so on. But at least Chris took an honest stab at it... well, as honest as a left-leaning progressive can: "Hate speech is anything that incites violence... also, specifically it's hate speech when you do things like compare gays to pedophiles and people who have sex with animals. ...if they weren't producing hate speech, there would be no problems." [more...]

Raising Taxes on Gas

The GOP wants to raise taxes on gasoline and my conservative columnist colleagues are all aghast.  "Bad character, bad politics and bad policy" one proclaims.  "A wet blanket proposal," another chides. Really gentlemen?  Are you actually surprised? The tipoff should have come when in the lame duck Congress the President’s budget was approved by both Democrats and Republicans on the premise of never shutting down the government again.  Citibank was allowed to insert, verbatim, their position on the derivative market and our taxpayer responsibility in case they lose, not if they win. [more...]

Why is Obama Unable to Call Terrorist Attacks Islamic Terrorism?

As radical Islamic Jihad threatens our countries, our children and our free speech, there is a new Neville Chamberlain. His name is Barack Hussein Obama. The problem is in the words Obama says and doesn’t say. The words he uses to praise Islam and the words he refuses to say to denounce radical Islam are dangerous to America. Ask any general. The key to fighting a war is to know your enemy. In the history of warfare, no one has ever been afraid to say the enemy’s name out loud. Until now. Until Obama. [more...]

Jihadists' Sword Proves Mightier Than Freedom's Pen

The jihadists are succeeding in their campaign to squelch freedom of expression in the West. Many mainstream media outlets have been too afraid to display the offensive images that were said to have triggered the deadly jihadist attack on the headquarters of the French satirical publication Charlie Hebdo in Paris on January 7, 2015. Some media have called into question the judgment of the Charlie Hebdo editors in publishing their offensive cartoons in the first place. Others have worried more about the further rise of anti-immigrant sentiment in Europe than the dangers posed by the rising tide of homegrown jihadism. [more...]

This Week on Political Insiders

On this week's POLITICAL INSIDERS, we discussed the President's decision not to attend the anti-terror rally in Paris, what our international strategy should be, and the 2016 Presidential race. Watch our shows here: Sunday Part 1, Part 2, Part 3. Part 4. [more...]