The Fourth 100 Days (Trump Briefs: Oct. 21-27/Day 275-281) Week 40

By Michael Hernandez

Saturday, October 21 (Day 275):

Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton optimistic about GOP future in California

“All it takes is a little new thinking applied with old principles—the principles of Ronald Reagan,” Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton told the State GOP delegates at their fall convention in Anaheim speaking on his optimism about the GOP future in California.  

The 40-year-old freshman senator (youngest member of the U.S. Senate) from Arkansas and former U.S. Army captain who served in Iraq and Afghanistan spoke on California’s new gas tax passed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown in April as well as the state’s vehicle registration increase and suggested these measures could backfire against the Democrat ruling political class. 

Cotton also spoke about California Senate Bill 54 dubbed the “California Values Act” (introduced by State Senate Leader Kevin de Leon) which makes California a sanctuary state by limiting whom state and local enforcement officers can hold and question on immigration violations.

Jimmy Carter:  “Media…harder on Trump than any other president”

“I think the media have been harder on Trump than any other president certainly that I’ve known about,” Carter said in an interview with the New York Times’ Maureen Dowd. “I think they feel free to claim that Trump is mentally deranged and everything else without hesitation.”

Carter, 93, even said he would be “eager” to assist Trump on a diplomatic mission to North Korea. “I told him that I was available if they ever need me,” Carter said, referencing a conversation he had with Trump national security adviser Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster on the subject.

Carter complained in 2014 that former President Barack Obama never called him for presidential advice.

Bill Gates to invest $1.7 billion in public education

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates will invest $1.7 billion to improve K-12 public education over the next five years (60 percent to public schools and about 15 percent for the development of charter schools).

Gates has already spent $3.4 billon on public education in the United States—much of it directed toward the development and implementation of the Common Core State Standards.

Gates announced his plans at the Council of Great City Schools conference last week in Cleveland.  Much of the funding is to assist networks of public schools and districts that have demonstrated innovation and use data collection to improve student performance.

“We see two Americas.  One where white students perform along the lines of the best in the world—with achievement comparable to counties like Finland and Korea.   And another America, where Black and Latino students perform comparably to the students in the lowest performing countries, such as Chile and Greece.

“Teachers need better curricula and professional development aligned with the Common Core…We will not longer invest directly in new initiatives based on teach evaluations and ratings.”

Jane Robbins, senior fellow at American Principles Project—an organization that has assisted parent activists across the nation battle against big business and industry groups that support Common Core—says Gates is interfering in a process that should be led by parents.

Oklahoma parent activist Jenni White says that parents “by and large, have abdicated their children to a system willing to sacrifice education for the almighty dollar.”

 

Sunday, Oct. 22 (Day 276):

Mitch McConnell attacks Bannon, defends his majority leader position

Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R.-KY) said former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon targeting Republican senators who did not support President Donald Trump’s agenda would “cost” the Republican Party seats in the Senate.

On this weekend’s broadcast of “Fox News Sunday,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said Republican Senate candidates did not need to take a position on whether they will vote for him as majority leader.

McConnell said. “Trying to cook up an issue like this is irrelevant, is only create divisions that make us more difficult for us to win in November. But I don’t expect any candidate in America to sort of sign up on how they may vote for the majority leader of the Senate a year and a half from now.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

Four Democrats for state governor race seek single-payer healthcare

Four Democratic candidates for California governor (Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, State Treasurer John Chiang, and former State Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin)  all agree that the state should move to a single-payer, government-run (socialized) health care system during a Sunday debate held at a forum in Anaheim sponsored by the National Union of Healthcare Workers.  Republican candidates John Cox and Assemblyman Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach) were invited but did not attend.

The Orange County Register reported that all four took “pro-union” positions and called “for statewide universal healthcare” while vowing “to fight White house-backed efforts to crackdown on those in the country illegally.” 

The Sacramento Bee reported that Villaraigosa wanted to see a plan to pay for the socialization of California medicine before backing it.   While Newsom (endorsed by the California Teachers Association this weekend) argued that “once it became law, the means to pay for it would be found.”  

 

Monday, Oct. 23 (Day 277):

Feminists claim college students ignorant of history; see “evil” America

Feminist Camille Paglia says that public education has left the current generation of college students ignorant of history and geography and focused on viewing America as an “evil nation.”

“What has happened is these young people now getting to college have no sense of history of any kind.  No sense of history. No world geography.  No sense of the violence and the barbarities of history.  They have no sense whatever of destruction, of the great civilizations that rose and fell.  So they now are being taught to look around them to see defects in America—which is the freest country in the history of the world—and to feel that somehow America is the source of all evil in the universe.”

Paglia, is a professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, has been teaching for 46 years.  Her comments came in a discussion with American Enterprise Institute scholar Christina Hoff Sommers. 

“So young people in a typical Gender Studies class now learn that they inhabit a society with this matrix of oppression and, depending on your identity—you might be advantaged so you have unearned privilege—or you might be burdened because of your race, or maybe you have disability or your gender preference and on and on.  But underneath it all is this assumption that the ited States is a white supremacist, imperialist, capitalist, patriarchal, oppressive society,” said Sommers.

Paglia stated that students are failing to learn about major historical events while preoccupied, with “no bullying” and “gender ending things.” 

Students praise Trump’s tax plan when told its Bernie Sanders

Students at George Washington University praised President Donald Trump’s comprehensive tax reform proposal when told it belonged to Senator Bernie Sanders.  The survey was done by Campus Reform report Cabot Phillips who mentioned Trump’s proposal to eliminate the estate tax, to increase the child tax credit and to drop small business taxes to a 25 percent maximum.

 

Tuesday, Oct. 24 (Day 278):

Arizona Senator Jeff Flake not to seek re-election

Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) announced on Tuesday that he will not run for re-election in 2018.  Flake took to the floor of the U.S. Senate to explain his decision to abandon a re-election bid, blaming the tone and political values Trump brought to Washington.

A late August poll showed Flake primary challenger Dr. Kelli Ward, a former Arizona state senator, ahead of Flake by double digits. The poll showed twice as many Arizona Republicans supporting Ward than Flake.

Flake’s announcement comes just a few days after conservative radio host Laura Ingraham and Breitbart News Executive Chairman and former White House Chief Strategist Stephen K. Bannon campaigned for Ward in Phoenix.

In the wake of Flake’s announcement, his Republican opponent Kelli Ward tweeted out the following Tuesday:  “Thank you ‪@realDonaldTrump Working hard so you have a conservative from AZ to help ‪#MAGA. Arizonans excited to see you again next week!”

Breitbart News Executive Chairman and former White House Chief Strategist Stephen K. Bannon reacted to the news of Jeff Flake’s impending retirement: “Our movement will defeat you in primaries or force you to retire.”

Mark Zuckerberg gives $45 million to political causes in 2017

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has given $45 million to political cause in 2017 to “influence American politics for generations to come,” according to Vice News.  “The world’s fifth-richest man has publicly committed $45 million—most of it in the first 10 months of 2017—into groups aligned with two political caused:  ending the era of mass incarceration and fixing the affordable housing crisis in American cities” by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

“With a $60 billion-plus funding commitment, CZI would be the biggest foundation in the world, almost 30 percent larger than the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation at $43 billion.  And like the Gates Foundation, CZI is putting a significant chunk of its resources into engineering, education, and scientific research, with the goal of ‘advancing human potential and promoting equal opportunity.’”

CZI’s limited liability company status allows it not to worry about meeting tax-exempt requirements.

California’s government jobs boom at six times the rate of private sector

California’s September job growth of government jobs (12 percent) was six times as high as that off the private sector (2 percent) according to Beacon Economics and the Riverside School of Business Center for Economic Forecasting and Development.  California’s unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.1 percent (almost a point higher than the national average).

Beacon believe the numbers indicate an increase in teacher retirements, with “more teachers leaving their positions in June and those positions being filled in September.”  The latest data on teacher retirements comes from CalSTRS (the State Teacher Retirement System) which reports that in 2017 the average pension payments for teachers who had worked for 30-years was $57,139.  Teachers are guaranteed at least two percent “pension protection” payments each year, plus supplemental payments to offset 85 percent of inflation.

Job losses were seen in Administrative Support and in manufacturing.     Los Angeles, the Inland Empire (San Bernardino and Riverside County), and Orange County saw job growth during September but Silicon Valley, the San Francisco Bay Area, the East Bay and San Jose saw job losses.

 

Wednesday, Oct. 25 (Day 279):

Democrats accused of violating election law with dossier payments

The Campaign Legal Center (CLC), which has taken donations from billionaire George Soros and is still partly funded by a Soros family foundation, has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Committee (FEC) for violating federal law when they “failed to accurately disclose the purpose…of payments for the dossier of research alleging connections between then-candidate Donald Trump and Russia.”

The complaint alleges:  “The DNC and Hillary for America reported dozens of payments totaling millions of dollars to the law firm Perkins Cole with the purpose described as ‘Legal Services’ or “Legal Compliance Consulting,” when in reality, those payments were earmarked for the firm Fusion GPS, with the purpose of conducting opposition research on Donald Trump.”

On Tuesday, the Washington Post confirmed that Hillary Clinton and Democrats were behind the documents then FBI Director James Comey called “salacious and unverified.”  The anti-Trump dossier was created to advance a Trump-Russian collusion narrative.

The CLC is known for playing a leading role in urging the Internal Revenue Service under Lois Learner to investigate Tea Party groups in 2010 and 2011.  They also filed an IRS complaint against Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore’s religious foundation and also hired a prominent Obama administration official as its senior ethics director.

Jerry Falwell calls for evangelicals to rise up and defeat ‘fake Republicans”

“I coined the term “Fake Republicans” said Jerry Falwell, Jr., the president of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.   “There are four or five ‘Fake Republicans’ in the Senate and many in the House.”

Fallwell praised Bannon’s efforts to “war” on the GOP establishment.  “He’s probably the only guy who could organize an effort to primary out these, I keep saying ‘Fake Republicans’ because that’s what they are.  They deceive their constituencies into believing they are something they’re not.  I think that’s the worst kind of politician.  I have more respect for the Democrats than I do for those ‘Fake Republicans,’ because at least the Democrats admit what they believe.  At least they tell their constituencies how they feel on the issues.   These moderate ‘Fake Republicans’—they play the people.  They mislead them.  They pull the wool over their eyes.  I just think that’s the worst type of deceit in politics.”

Falwell said that the Republican National Committee’s stated neutrality in primaries “is the problem.  We need somebody that’s not neutral, where a good number of the RNC donors can give their money to win these primaries.”

Falwell also praised Laura Ingraham for helping the effort too.   “She spoke here last week.  Actually, she did her radio show live from Liberty.”

“Trump is going to be the greatest president since Abraham Lincoln,” said Falwell.

Kris Kobach:   ‘Senate’s amnesty plan gives American workers raw…deal’

“The American worker would get the raw end of this deal.  (The Senate’s amnesty plan) would legalize nearly a million young illegal aliens to compete with that sector of the American workforce that suffers the most from unemployment,” Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach told Breitbart News referring to the roughly 800,000 to 3.3 million eligible illegal aliens in the United States, the majority of which are protected under the Obama created Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

The current Republican Senate plan does not include mandatory E-Verify, that screens out illegal aliens from the American workforce, nor does it end family-based chain migration, through which more than 1.5 million legal immigrants enter the U.S. every year.

 

Thursday, Oct. 26 (Day 280):

Gov. Brown:  “I will stabilize the ship of state”

“The president is working to de-legitmize the very notion of climate change,” Gov. Brown told BBC radio.  The position of California is to “go against the policies of President Trump.   I hope the rest of the world does their part in providing a forceful opposition.

“Trump has declared war on a majority of the American people under the guise of supporting his minority base and it’s very dangerous.  It’s very disruptive for America, and I’m going to do everything I can to stabilize the ship of state.

“Climate change is occurring.  Global warming is occurring.  California is beginning to burn up.  The political will is not strong enough but it’s moving in the right direction.”

The Vatican has invited Jerry Brown to deliver a keynote address on Nov. 4th at an international workshop on climate change, sponsored by the Pontifical Academy of Science.   The Vatican workshop will attempt to link up the health risks posed by air pollution with climate change driven by carbon emissions.

Gov. Jerry Brown

Trump:  “Uranium deal to Russia, biggest story…media doesn’t follow”

“Uranium deal to Russia, with Clinton help and Obama Administration knowledge, is the biggest story that Fake Media doesn’t want to follow!” President Trump tweeted.

The tweet comes in the aftermath of a report published by The Hill that the FBI had gathered substantial evidence of bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering before the Obama administration approved a deal in 2010 giving Moscow control of large amount of American uranium.

The Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is now seeking permission to interview an FBI informant who helped agents uncover the scheme but was threatened by Justice officials when he tried to reveal some information in a lawsuit last year.

The Hill reported that the FBI had evidence as early as 2009 that Russian operatives used bribes, kickbacks and other dirty tactics to expand Moscow’s “atomic energy footprint in the U.S.”

The deal in question involved the 2010 approval of a partial sale of Canadian mining company Uranium One to Russia’s Rosatom nuclear company.  The U.S. was involved because the sale gave the Russians control of part (20 percent) of the uranium supply in the U.S.

Figures tied to the transaction gave donations to Bill Clinton (he received $500,000 for a June 2010 speech) and his family foundation.  Vadim Mikerin, a Russian nuclear industry official was sentenced in 2015 to 48 months in prison in connection with money laundering allegations. 

“No one has produced a shred of evidence that Hillary Clinton every took action as Secretary of State in order to support the interests of donors to the Clinton Foundation,” a spokesman said during the 2015 Clinton election campaign.  “To suggest the State Department, under then—Secretary Clinton, exerted undue influence in the U.S. government’s review of the sale of Uranium One is utterly baseless.”

Meanwhile, Clinton Cash, the 2015 Peter Schweizer book was sold out on Amazon paperback version in the category “Political Corruption & Misconduct” after fresh revelations about the Uranium One scandal.

Schweizer, who is also the president of the Government Accountability Institute, broke the scandal as part of his broader investigation into the Clinton Foundation and how it had been used as a vehicle by foreign governments to influence Hillary Clinton when she served as secretary of state.

Schweizer reported in Clinton Cash how nine foreign investors in the deal gave $145 million to Hillary and Bill Clinton’s personal charity, the Clinton Foundation. Also around that time, Bill Clinton was paid $500,000 for a speech in Moscow, raising serious questions about possible “pay-to-play.” 

IRS admits to ‘wrongfully’ targeting Tea Party and conservative groups

The Internal Revenue Service has admitted in federal court to “wrongfully” targeting Tea Party and conservative groups during the Obama Administration and has issued an apology to American Center for Law and Justice clients.

In addition, the IRS is consenting to a court order that would prohibit it from ever engaging in this form of unconstitutional discrimination in the future. In a proposed Consent Order filed with the Court yesterday, the IRS has apologized to 36 Tea Party and other conservative organizations from 20 states that applied for 501(c)(3) and (c)(4) tax-exempt status with the IRS between 2009 and 2012 during the tax-exempt determinations process.

As set forth in the proposed Order:

The IRS admits that its treatment of Plaintiffs during the tax-exempt determinations process, including screening their applications based on their names or policy positions, subjecting those applications to heightened scrutiny and inordinate delays, and demanding of some Plaintiffs’ information that was unnecessary to the agency’s determination of their tax-exempt status, was wrong. For such treatment, the IRS expresses its sincere apology.

The IRS, under the Obama Administration, constructed a special group to review “all applications associated with the Tea Party.” The group was apparently designed to snare targeted organizations’ tax exemption applications to limit their impact during the 2012 elections.

Many conservative organizations were placed on “Be-on-the-Lookout” (BOLO) lists if their names or policy positions gave the appearance they were affiliated with the Tea Party. The IRS even colluded with Obama’s FBI and DOJ in an attempt to “piece together” false criminal charges against the Tea Party groups it was wrongfully targeting.

The Consent Order specifically award Plaintiffs the following:

  • A declaration by the Court that it is wrong to apply the United States tax code to any tax-exempt applicant or entity based solely on such entity’s name, any lawful positions it espouses on any issues, or its associations or perceived associations with a particular political movement, position or viewpoint;
  • A declaration by the Court that any action or inaction taken by the IRS must be applied evenhandedly and not based solely on a tax-exempt applicant or entity’s name, political viewpoint, or associations or perceived associations with a particular political movement, position or viewpoint; and;
  • A declaration by the Court that discrimination on the basis of political viewpoint in administering the United States tax code violates fundamental First Amendment rights. Disparate treatment of taxpayers based solely on the taxpayers’ names, any lawful positions the taxpayers espouse on any issues, or the taxpayers’ associations or perceived associations with a particular political movement, position or viewpoint is unlawful.

In the Order, the IRS has also agreed that (unless expressly required by law) certain actions against the Plaintiffs– i.e. the sharing, dissemination, or other use of information unnecessarily obtained by the IRS during the determinations process (such as donor names, the names of volunteers, political affiliations of an organization’s officers, etc) – would be unlawful. In addition, the IRS promises not to take any retaliatory action against ACLJ clients for exposing the targeting scheme.

Friday, Oct. 27 (Day 281):

Washington Free Beacon identifies GOP megadonor behind Trump dossier

Paul Singer, is the Republican that helped fund the anti-Trump Fusion GPS dossier according to the Washington Free Beacon, the conservative publication that set in motion the research that led to a dossier that includes unverified claims regarding President Trump and Russia. The Wall Street billionaire has also bankrolled other anti-populist causes to support his globalist endeavors according to Breitbart News:

  1. Amnesty

Singer has a long history of supporting amnesty for illegals and mass third-world immigration. Not only was he a key backer of the Republican establishment senators sponsoring the 2013 “Gang of Eight” amnesty bill, he joined with George Soros and the Ford Foundation to fund the National Immigration Forum open-borders non-profit. That group even tried to create an evangelical Christian front to push amnesty.

  1. Same-Sex Marriage

Homosexual marriage went from a radical idea in all but the most leftist of circles to the nationwide law of the land in the space of 15 years. Few Republicans can claim as much responsibility for this social change as pro-gay marriage billionaire Paul Singer. He, for example, personally intervened to pressure the New York State legislature to approve the new definition of marriage. His links to the leftist agenda, however, did not end with same-sex marriage. The so-called Human Rights Campaign, to which Singer continues to cut checks, led boycotts of the entire state of North Carolina when the elected representatives of that state saw fit to pass a law maintaining the separation of bathrooms on sex.

  1. Marco Rubio

The billionaire Singer was an essential factor in Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) being able to stay in the 2016 presidential campaign as long as he did. The two appear to have bonded over the 2013 amnesty push and Rubio and Singer remained loyal to each other thereafter. This week, Rubio denied any role in the dossier’s creation, telling CNN, “As far as whether it was my campaign, it wasn’t and I’ll tell you why: I was running for president. I was trying to win. If I had anything against Donald Trump that was relevant and credible and politically damaging, I would’ve used it. I didn’t have it.”

  1. Paul Ryan

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI), who has overseen the first 10 legislative months under a Republican president and GOP majorities in both houses. He even floated the idea of a new amnesty without any immigration concessions from the left in order to pass a budget. But he has found a consistent friend in Paul Singer.  According to Open Secrets, Singer has consistently given Ryan the maximum personal donation. In addition, through his Elliot Management firm, Singer has been one of the top donors to Ryan’s associated super PACs.

  1. Common Core

Last but not least, Singer, in an alliance with Common Core Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, was one of the major funders pushing what would represent the largest nationalization of the American K-12 education since the foundation of the Department of Education.

 

Michael Hernandez, Co-Founder of the Citizens Journal—Ventura County’s online news service, founder of History Makers International—a community nonprofit serving youth and families in West Ventura County, is a former Southern California daily newspaper journalist and religion and news editor. He has worked 23 years as a middle school teacher.  Mr. Hernandez can be contacted by email: hernandez.mike@aol.com

 Mr. Hernandez is dedicating himself to advance the 13 spheres –as a “City Upon A Hill”; developing an interactive California citizens news platform as an alternative to mainstream media; while building local school-community partnerships.


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