As the news begins easing back to normal you can see the media beginning to attack the president again. Not on the government’s performance in Houston and Florida, but on everything else. By Monday they will be back to the summer performance we shared yesterday — 91% negative coverage on him. Those numbers tell you all you need to know!
How About This?
The President is having dinner tonight in the White House with Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi. Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan are not invited.
He is clearly sending a message to the Republicans – you guys have majorities but can’t get anything done, so I am going around you. This could divide the Republican party even more and set them up for a truly disastrous mid term election in 2018.
Last night he had dinner with three Republicans and three Democrats. The three Dems are from states he won big and are up for reelection next year. They hold three seats that Republicans thought they could win. If the President raises their status that could be a goner too.
Keep a close watch here, the fallout is coming.
Will It Work And Result In A Tax Cut?
The focus is all for the President’s hope to pass a tax cut bill. He will try and find a solution with Schumer, but they are so far apart in philosophies we don’t see how it could be anything the President really wants.
The other thing he hopes is this new openness can improve his public perception and approval.
The polls once widely divergent have come together. Today both the Economist and Rasmussen agree. The President is at 42% approval and 55% disapproval.
Congress? According to the Economist has a 10% approval. Worse for Republicans when asked who they would vote for in congress today the Democrats win 40-31.
Here’s the WSJ on taxes today with a focus on estate taxes (Republican’s want none) and the Democratic response.
“Democrats Come Out Swinging on Repeal of the Estate Tax. Democrats and Republicans often don’t see eye-to-eye on the nation’s tax code, but they have perhaps the most fundamental disagreement over the estate tax. So any proposal to drastically alter the estate tax stands to obliterate the already-slim chances of a bipartisan overhaul effort, and the issue has become the first major disagreement Democrats and the White House have had on tax reform since Congress returned from recess. A large majority of the Senate Democratic caucus — 45 of the 48 members — is opposed to any tax cut for the wealthy. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said yesterday that this is how his colleagues would categorize President Donald Trump’s call in recent days to repeal the tax: a duty on the transfer of wealth as it passes to heirs after death.”
One big issue, we mentioned a while back is the Republican desire to cut deductions for state and local taxes. The WSJ mentions that today too:
“One potential negotiating point to watch for, is if Republicans look to do away with the estate tax but keep the federal deduction for state and local taxes, which lets individuals subtract their home-state levies from their federal taxable income. It’s a big tax break skewed toward Democratic-controlled, high-tax blue states. “Because [Mr. Schumer] is from New York, he has many constituents who would like to keep that deduction,” he said. “So he might be willing to keep the estate tax in exchange.”
This is a big dividing issue. States with no or low income tax rates pay a higher rate because states with high rates get to deduct that from their federal return. Think of the impact on areas like California and New York if that deduction goes away. Wow!
We don’t think this has a chance, but every time Democrats talk fairness, this never comes up. Why is that? Why should Florida or Texas citizens pay higher rates because California wants to spend more?
Did You See?
Did you see that the federal government said no charges will be brought against the six police officers in Baltimore in the Freddie Gray case?
That ends the case. The city of Baltimore lost three decisions and had one hung jury. They decided to stop any additional charges.
Now think back to the rhetoric when this occurred. The Mayor and how she inflamed the crowd. The prosecutor and the damning comments on the officers.
Where do these six go now to get their reputations back? Oh yea don’t forget the backing down that has gone on in Baltimore by the police, and the soaring murder rate. Who owns that? Hello MSM, can we have a non biased report now?
The NYT is reporting that the administration wants to cut refugee quotas to 50,000. Big debate inside and if approved you will hear a lot about it.
One day after Bernie pushed a single payer system for healthcare Democrats considering a 2020 run for president jumped on board. Among them were Sens. Kamala Harris of California, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Cory A. Booker of New Jersey.
They all see the merits, as do we, but we see the price tag they don’t. I say again let them run with this.
Remember in 2011 Bernie’s home state of Vermont passed a single payer system. They abandoned it in 2014 citing taxes.
Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez
How dare you call General Kelly a “disgrace to the uniform”. Then you added that Kelly “has no honor and should be drummed out of the White House along with the white supremacists and those enabling the President’s actions by ‘just following orders.’”
Congressman, you who never wore a uniform have no business insulting a hero and one who lost a son in battle. He and his son fought so you could come here, and you may disagree on a policy, but you have no right to use those words. NONE.
Congressman you are a disgrace and owe General Kelly an apology.