1. James Hirsen: The Tarnishing of the Hollywood Brand
2. Joel Gilbert: Iran's Nuclear Agenda, ISIS, and the Challenge to Trump
3. Crista Huff: The Fiduciary Rule is the Obamacare of the Investment Industry
4. Dr. Gerard Lameiro: Why Does the Left Oppose Democracy?
5. Michelle Seiler-Tucker: Business First Says Major Tech Companies
6. Lowell Ponte: The IRS Builds its Own Wall
The Tarnishing of the Hollywood Brand
By James Hirsen
Hollywood is its own brand. And although the name itself used to be synonymous with inspiration, innovation, talent, quality, and creativity in all things entertainment, the brand of one of the country’s most unique industries appears to be on a distinctly downward trajectory. Multiple factors are responsible for the degradation of an impeccably crafted decades-long image, and these factors may even lead to its ultimate demise. But of all of the things that have had a minor or major impact, nothing has been more deleterious to the brand than the angry appearance and hateful words of Hollywood’s celebrities, who like it or not are the “face” of Hollywood’s products. [more...]
Iran's Nuclear Agenda, ISIS, and the Challenge to Trump
Joel Gilbert, an expert on Iran and Islamism, says, "The West's failure to understand Iranian goals and the Islamist agenda, and their obsession with eliminating Israel, is the greatest danger now facing the West." Gilbert also discusses ISIS and their role in the Middle East and their war against Western interests. A graduate of the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, Gilbert has produced two features films on Middle East politics: Atomic Jihad (2010) and Farewell Israel (2007). He was an advisor to the Cruz for President campaign in 2016.
The Fiduciary Rule is the Obamacare of the Investment Industry
By Crista Huff
President Trump signed a memorandum on February 3, 2017 which directs the Department of Labor to undertake a new “economic and legal analysis” of a pending piece of Dodd-Frank legislation - the new Department of Labor Fiduciary Rule - which was to be implemented in April. The memorandum seeks to determine whether investors and the financial industry have been and will be harmed by the directive, in the areas of access to financial advice, access to investment products, job loss within the financial industry, changes in investment costs and increased litigation. Many news outlets misreported that the President issued an executive order that halted implementation of the Fiduciary rule, but that was not the case. “To the extent that the new analysis reveals problems, the Labor secretary is directed to ‘publish for notice and comment a [new] proposed rule rescinding or revising the rule.’” [more...]
Why Does the Left Oppose Democracy?
Ever since Trump won the presidential election, we see the Left opposing democracy. The Left is not just against America’s Constitution, our Bill of Rights, and our Electoral College system of electing a president, they seem to be against true democracy as well. Indeed, the Left has moved over the years from being liberal, to being progressive, to being socialist, and now it appears they are moving to being totalitarian and anti-democratic. [more...]
Business First Says Major Tech Companies
Big news over the weekend came from states, organizations, and public and private companies speaking out against President Trump’s immigration restrictions. Moreover, the long-awaited Super Bowl commercials took their 30-second to 1-minute ad space to fuel the controversy. It seems that the heavyweights are trying to warn the country that this action could hurt our economy. On Sunday, major U.S. tech companies such as Alphabet (Google), Apple, Facebook, and nearly 100 others, argued in a letter to the President that banning visitors would hurt their businesses. [more...]
The IRS Builds its Own Wall
By Lowell Ponte
Is the wall only to keep illegals out, or is it also to keep the rich in? The Internal Revenue Service, which many hope Mr. Trump will rein in, on January 25 asserted its power to revoke the passports of those the IRS says owe taxes. In our latest book, Money, Morality & The Machine, Craig R. Smith and I warned of this. This new Progressive rule declares that citizens who owe taxes would not be permitted to leave the United States. These citizens would be required to pay the demanded tax and penalties to exit, or live out their lives without leaving the United States under a kind of nationwide house arrest. [more...]