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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>GLOBALISM: September 24, 2019</p>\n<p>President Trump&rsquo;s third speech to the United Nations in as many years was a stirring rebuke of globalism.&nbsp; He made the compelling case for an end to the push for a borderless world.</p>\n<p> AT THE 74th United Nations General Assembly in New York on Tuesday, Trump explained how nationalism is good for everyone.&nbsp; By focusing on the people within their own countries, leaders around the globe can bring prosperity worldwide while preserving what is cherished about each nation.<br />\n &ldquo;The future does not belong to globalists &ndash; the future belongs to patriots,&rdquo; Trump explained.&nbsp; &ldquo;The future belongs to sovereign and independent nations who protect their citizens, respect their neighbors, and honor the differences that make each country special and unique.&rdquo;<br />\n He is the first American President to call out the pernicious influence of globalism: &ldquo;Globalism exerted a religious pull over past leaders, causing them to ignore their own national interests.&rdquo;&nbsp; That harmful pull by the &ldquo;religion&rdquo; of globalism has misguided past Democratic and Republican presidents alike, he could have added.<br />\n One of the harms of globalism, Trump explained, has been the support for perpetual or endless wars.&nbsp; Instead, he observed, &ldquo;The United States has never believed in permanent enemies.&rdquo;<br />\n &ldquo;Many of America&rsquo;s closest friends today were once our gravest foes.&rdquo;&nbsp; Included in the list of the &ldquo;gravest foes&rdquo; would be England, Germany and Japan, all of which are now among our closest friends.<br />\n Trump lambasted mass migration, by which illegal immigrants flood a peaceful nation and overrun it with crime, demands for entitlements, and hardships.&nbsp; &ldquo;Mass illegal migration is unfair, unsafe, and unsustainable for everyone involved,&rdquo; Trump pointed out.<br />\n &ldquo;The sending countries and the depleted countries &ndash; and they&rsquo;ve become depleted very fast &ndash; their youth is not taken care of and human capital goes to waste,&rdquo; he added.&nbsp; In the United States, &ldquo;we have taken very unprecedented action to stop the flow of illegal immigration.&rdquo;<br />\n Trump sent a strong message against migration as prior presidents of both parties should have stood for, but none did.&nbsp; &ldquo;To anyone considering crossing our border illegally, please hear these words: Do not pay the smugglers.&rdquo;<br />\n Trump&rsquo;s political foes already mischaracterize his speech as somehow being &ldquo;aggressive&rdquo; or &ldquo;red meat&rdquo; for Trump&rsquo;s base, as Politico.com put it.&nbsp; But there was nothing aggressive or politicized about Trump&rsquo;s remarks, which reflect his long-held views and what he was elected to do.<br />\n The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, profusely praised Trump at a massive rally of 50,000 people in a football stadium in Houston on Sunday.&nbsp; Modi is one of many world leaders who support Trump.<br />\n Trump&rsquo;s rejection of globalism included a warning to China about how it handles unrest in Hong Kong.&nbsp; &ldquo;How China chooses to handle the situation will say a great deal about its role in the world in the future.&rdquo;<br />\n Likewise, Trump mentioned the despair in Venezuela as an illustration &ldquo;that socialism and communism are not about justice, they are not about equality, they are not about lifting up the poor, and they are certainly not about the good of the nation. Socialism and Communism are about one thing only: power for the ruling class.&rdquo;</p>\n<p> THE LARGEST neighbor of Venezuela is Brazil, which is led by another outspoken supporter of Trump.&nbsp; Jair Bolsonaro, who addressed the UN before Trump, has previously praised Trump&rsquo;s opposition to illegal immigration and wants &ldquo;to have a great Brazil just like Trump wants to have a great America.&rdquo;<br />\n Trump found time during his speech to call out the media and liberal universities.&nbsp; &ldquo;Media and academic institutions push flat-out assaults on our histories, traditions and values,&rdquo; Trump rightly observed.<br />\n The Deep State, too, received recognition by Trump, and not in a complimentary way.&nbsp; &ldquo;A faceless bureaucracy operates in secret and weakens democratic rule,&rdquo; he declared.<br />\n Trump again exceeded expectations by being the finest advocate for the unborn to ever reside in the White House.&nbsp; He told the UN that &ldquo;Americans will also never tire of defending innocent life,&rdquo; and criticized how &ldquo;many United Nations projects have attempted to assert a global right to taxpayer-funded abortion on demand &ndash; right up until the moment of delivery.&rdquo;<br />\n While Trump says and does what he promised as a candidate, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has meanwhile caved into the far left of the Democratic Party.&nbsp; The same day Trump was speaking to world leaders at the UN, Pelosi opened an impeachment investigation to improperly try to weaken his authority.<br />\n The timing of Pelosi&rsquo;s unpatriotic act could not have been more inappropriate.&nbsp; She chose the same day as Trump&rsquo;s speech to the UN to try to undermine him with the politically motivated impeachment inquiry.</p>\n<p> GLOBALISM is a stepchild of communism, and neither should be the future.&nbsp; All nations should take Trump&rsquo;s words to heart about making their own countries great again, and some already are.</p>\n', created = 1574391104, expire = 1574477504, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:3f84082944531c1a6055f9f4126d24ba' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY REPORT: June 251, 2019</p>\n<p>For months, the crisis on America&rsquo;s southern border has been dominated by families with children from the so-called northern triangle of Central America (Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador). Arriving at the rate of 100,000 a month since January, Central Americans swamped the facilities, resources and ability of officials to cope with the influx.<br />\n &ldquo;Please do not make yourselves too comfortable,&rdquo; Trump tweeted last month about this influx of migrants, because &ldquo;you will be leaving soon!&rdquo;&nbsp;</p>\n<p> HE FOLLOWED up last week with another tweet, announcing that &ldquo;ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have found their way into the United States. They will be removed as fast as they come in.&rdquo;<br />\n But to the surprise of border agents, many hundreds of migrants from Africa are pouring over our border also. They do not speak Spanish, adding a new headache to our border patrol trained in that language.<br />\n No one is quite sure who is paying for the African migrants to traverse the ocean, and then typically hop a free ride to get close to our border. They hail from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the second-largest nation by area in all of Africa.<br />\n Congo has been in a never-ending civil war for decades. It is divided between Christians and Muslims, and various indigenous languages and French.<br />\n Congo has a massive a population of 81 million which is comparable to that of Germany, and more than that of Great Britain or France. The people of war-torn Congo have many reasons to flee for a more peaceful land, but why to our country that is many thousands of miles and an ocean away from them?<br />\n Maine is their destination, because its Democratic politicians have been aggressively attracting asylum seekers from Congo. Maine&rsquo;s cold climate and diet of lobster is not exactly a perfect fit for refugees from the mostly landlocked, distant country of Congo.<br />\n Yet this is the insanity that goes on as Democrats, who control Maine, want to prop up their census count and enhance their political strength. Maine once had eight congressional districts, but that has dwindled to merely two amid smaller population growth than southern states, and Democrats see illegal immigration as a way to boost their numbers.<br />\n In just one week, the number of migrants from Africa crossing the Rio Grande into Texas was more than double the total number of Africans caught crossing our entire southern border during all of last year. Border patrol agents are baffled at how or why these migrants, who are mostly from the Republic of the Congo, are flooding across our southern border with Mexico.</p>\n<p> THE &ldquo;WHY&rdquo; is easy: Like six billion other people around the globe, they seek the peace, freedom, security and prosperity of the United States. The &ldquo;how&rdquo; is less clear, because it requires secret donors to fund flying them first to a country in Central America, from where they are directed to ride or walk toward the United States and enter here illegally.<br />\n Even though some of these African migrants may have legitimate claims for asylum, they still have no right to be here. Under international law they should seek asylum in the first safe country in which they arrive, which is not the United States.<br />\n Unfortunately our open southern border has become so famous now worldwide that migrants from every far-flung continent consider coming here illegally. With liberal cities rolling out the welcome mat, why not take advantage of a free plane ride and then wade across the Rio Grande?<br />\n These newly arrived African immigrants raise the question of whether they would be eligible for the reparations being promised by Democratic presidential candidates. At least 10 percent of our African-American population are descended from immigrants who came here after the Civil War ended slavery, so the claims of these migrants would be like those of other post-slavery immigrants.<br />\n Reparations or not, entitlement programs flow to illegal immigrants like a fire hose, at tremendous taxpayer expense. There may be liberal billionaires who are funding the expenses to relocate these migrants to Maine, but once here American taxpayers are footing their immense bills.<br />\n So many of these African migrants have arrived in Portland, Maine, that it has converted its Expo Center into a shelter for them on an emergency basis. Taxpayers are already paying for police protection, interpreters, medical services, three full meals a day and sleeping accommodations.</p>\n<p> IT IS MORE than 6,000 miles from Africa to Ecuador, more than 2,000 miles from Ecuador to Texas, and more than 2,000 miles from Texas to Maine, one of the coldest states in our country for migrants coming from a nation on the equator. Is this the American dream, or a recipe for a nightmare?</p>\n<p> John and Andy Schlafly are sons of Phyllis Schlafly (1924-2016) and lead the continuing Phyllis Schlafly Eagles organizations with writing and policy work.</p>\n', created = 1574391104, expire = 1574477504, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:16ef91d74f5dd946c1fe45a6d9b25df7' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY REPORT: June 18, 2019</p>\n<p>The media attention on Middle East violence had the effect of goading President Trump to send American soldiers to the region. But he should resist this temptation to become the world&rsquo;s policeman.<br />\n The U.S. must not be drawn into another conflict in the Persian Gulf &mdash; regardless of any overhyped provocation. President Reagan stood patiently by as Iraq and Iran had an all-out war against each other from 1980 to 1988.&nbsp;</p>\n<p> THESE CONFLICTS halfway around the globe are never-ending.&nbsp; Henry Kissinger famously said about the war between Iraq and Iran, &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a pity they both can&rsquo;t lose.&rdquo;<br />\n We should protect our own soldiers by standing aside while Saudi Arabia and Iran fight each other, if they wish. We have been staying out of an ongoing conflict in Yemen, and we should continue that successful approach.<br />\n Thanks to tremendous American inventiveness, capital investment, risk-taking and a lot of hard work, the U.S. has achieved virtual energy independence. We do not need Persian Gulf oil anymore.&nbsp;<br />\n If European countries and Japan depend on oil tankers passing through the Strait of Hormuz, let those nations police that dangerous waterway. They are wealthy nations which can defend their own interests against Iran.<br />\n The pressure on Trump to support a sharp increase in the federal gas tax could be compared to the first temptation of Christ, when Satan challenged Jesus to turn stones into bread. Trump has properly resisted that first political temptation, which is a gimmick that would cause long-term harm.<br />\n Luring President Trump into a war with Iran is the second temptation. It is akin to Satan challenging Jesus to jump off a lofty temple, and rely on angels to bear him up.<br />\n In other words, a leap of faith. A leap into the unknown.<br />\n Fifty years ago, the U.S. government launched a rocket carrying three men to the moon and returned them safely to the earth. That was not a leap of faith; it was precisely calculated by natural laws which guaranteed a predetermined successful outcome.<br />\n War is not rocket science. Its consequences, political and otherwise, are not predictable.<br />\n A military maxim observes that no battle plan survives the first contact with the enemy. Every war has unpredictable consequences.<br />\n World War II, which we recently honored on the 75th anniversary of D-Day, entailed enormous losses in American lives as commemorated every Memorial Day. The invasion that General Eisenhower defined as a Great Crusade for &ldquo;the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe&rdquo; resulted in 45 years of Soviet tyranny over the oppressed peoples behind the Iron Curtain.</p>\n<p> WINSTON CHURCHILL, heralded in England for standing strong and prevailing for freedom, became a hero of the war. But then he lost his next election in a landslide.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br />\n Yes, we have grievances with the revolutionary government of Iran. As we have with many other countries in the world, from Mexico to China.<br />\n Illegal aliens are pouring over our southern border, enticed by free medical care which California just enacted for them and by drivers licenses which New York State just gave them. These problems deserve President Trump&rsquo;s undivided attention.<br />\n On November 4, 1979, Iran seized 52 American hostages and held them for 444 days until January 20, 1981. That was an act of war under international law, but the Reagan administration wisely chose not to go to war over it.<br />\n As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump strongly condemned the nuclear deal with Iran that John Kerry negotiated and Barack Obama implemented without the advice and consent of the U.S. Senate. As president, Trump has continued to criticize the deal, officially known as the JCPOA, and has refused to certify Iran&rsquo;s compliance with it.<br />\n Trump justifiably complains about how the Obama administration allowed $1.7 billion dollars in actual cash to be flown to Iran on a cargo plane, supposedly to settle a debt that had been pending since the Shah was overthrown in 1979. But that money is gone now, and there&rsquo;s nothing Trump can do to get it back.<br />\n Running for president in 2015 and 2016, Donald Trump excoriated previous Republican presidents for intervening in the Middle East. He has called the decision to invade Iraq &ldquo;the single worst decision ever made.&rdquo;<br />\n Some Republicans were unsettled by Trump&rsquo;s scathing remarks about George Bush and John McCain, but most came around to support the man who promised to &ldquo;drain the swamp&rdquo; in Washington. Now the swamp, also known as the Deep State, is making a determined effort to tempt Trump into fighting a new world war against Iran.<br />\n For his final temptation, Satan took Jesus to the mountaintop and promised the whole world if Jesus would bow down and worship him.&nbsp;</p>\n<p> PRESIDENT TRUMP should heed Jesus&rsquo; terse response:&nbsp; &ldquo;Get thee behind me, Satan!&rdquo;</p>\n<p> &nbsp;</p>\n', created = 1574391104, expire = 1574477504, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:ab4942a377797353b7a8f2bc9e23739a' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY REPORT: June 11, 2019</p>\n<p>Polling data from Iowa, where the first presidential nomination ballots will be cast next February, show a Democratic Party wishing that some of their candidates would drop out of the race. There has not even been a single presidential debate, yet CNN reports that grassroots Democrats already want fewer contestants.<br />\n Nearly 80% of the likely Democratic caucus voters in Iowa indicated their displeasure, in a poll by the Des Moines Register and CNN, at the large number of choices among candidates. But perhaps the real dismay is at who some of those candidates are.</p>\n<p> BILL DE BLASIO, mayor of New York City, is one of the two-dozen candidates for the Democratic nomination for president. He scored a perfect &ldquo;0&rdquo; percent support for president in this poll of likely Democratic caucus voters.<br />\n De Blasio&rsquo;s supporters for president, if he had any, might say that Iowa is a long way from his liberal base in New York City. But even in New York State, where Democrats vastly outnumber Republicans, de Blasio&rsquo;s 29% approval rating is lower than that of Republican President Donald Trump.<br />\n It&rsquo;s a mystery why the ultra-liberal de Blasio is running for president despite having such low approval ratings in his heavily Democratic home state. Billionaire Mike Bloomberg, a more popular mayor of New York City who could have broken all spending records to finance a run for president, decided against it for himself.<br />\n More than 75% of the candidates &mdash; 19 out of 24 &mdash; for the Democratic nomination have 2% or less support among likely Iowa caucus voters, which makes their bids exceedingly implausible. History shows that only candidates who fare well in Iowa, by placing in the top three or nearly so, have a viable chance to win the nomination.<br />\n Undeterred, 19 contenders gathered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Sunday to pitch their candidacy to Iowa Democrats. Joe Biden, the frontrunner who has seen his lead dwindle amid his flip-flop on abortion and other missteps, skipped the event perhaps to avoid unfavorable comparisons with his younger, more energetic rivals.<br />\n Most of the Democratic candidates have angered the liberal base by avoiding the absurd demands for impeachment of Trump. Among the leading candidates, only Senator Elizabeth Warren has called for the impeachment of Trump, which may have boosted her poll numbers with the Leftist voters who want, more than anything else, to remove Trump from office.</p>\n<p> BUT SOME Iowa Democrats are just fine with Republican President Trump, who returns to Council Bluffs where he held a 10,000-attendee rally before the midterm elections last year. Trump supporters then filled the entire Mid-America Center, which holds 8,000, and thousands more stood in the aisles and in the parking lot outside where they could watch on a huge television screen.<br />\n Many even camped out overnight beforehand just to have the chance to see Trump in action. And he did not disappoint as he galvanized the massive crowd with his speech.<br />\n &ldquo;The Democrats have become too extreme, and they&rsquo;ve become, frankly, too dangerous to govern,&rdquo; he declared. &ldquo;They&rsquo;ve gone wacko.&rdquo;<br />\n The impeachment talk proves Trump&rsquo;s point, and even House Speaker Nancy Pelosi does not want to go there. She fears, and she should, a backlash by voters in the next election if the House Democrats do something so unfair to the president.<br />\n In his speech to Iowans last October, Trump promised to loosen regulations against adding ethanol to gasoline, and he has delivered on this promise just like all his others. He has approved year-round sales of gasoline having higher levels of ethanol than currently allowed, which boosts corn farmers.<br />\n In what may become a pattern in many regions of the country where Trump continues to have immense popularity, even a Democratic congresswoman sought to meet and welcome Trump&rsquo;s visit to her district in Southwest Iowa. Congresswoman Cindy Axne (D-IA) announced that she wanted to be with Trump for his visit on Tuesday, which included Trump&rsquo;s tour of an ethanol plant.<br />\n Energy is a winning issue for Trump, as American oil production has increased and prices have generally fallen. Despite the tensions with Iran, crude oil prices have fallen by more than 20% since April, which should yield lower gasoline prices for family vacationers this summer.<br />\n The CNN poll of Iowans had more bad news for Democrats. A majority of likely caucus voters in that party insist that a candidate must support abortion, think climate change is the greatest threat to humanity, and ban assault-style weapons despite the Second Amendment.</p>\n<p> ALL OF THESE positions are on the losing side in a general presidential election, as Trump&rsquo;s victory over Hillary Clinton demonstrated last time. Perhaps that is why a solid majority of Americans, in another recent poll by CNN, expect Trump to win re-election.</p>\n', created = 1574391104, expire = 1574477504, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:f4870b5929f337a3b386fd0ae9b6072e' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY REPORT: June 4, 2019</p>\n<p>President Donald Trump&rsquo;s visit to royal England is captivating the British as much as Americans, as Queen Elizabeth extends official state honors to him and his family. This is only the third time during her 67-year reign that Queen Elizabeth has welcomed an American president with such honors.<br />\n More than 150 participated in the royal feast with the Queen and the American president on Monday night. Despite all the overheated rhetoric against Trump, very few dignitaries declined to attend this fete epitomizing the Anglo-American tradition.</p>\n<p> DINNER GUESTS were seated precisely 18 inches from each other, and the royal family was adorned with their finest jewelry. Princess Diana&rsquo;s son Harry, caught in an awkward spot between his anti-Trump American wife Meghan and the British tradition of cordiality, participated earlier that day.<br />\n The underlying politics marks a turning point for Great Britain, which is in the throes of division about its future. A majority want independence, as reflected by their vote in 2016 for Britain to exit Europe (&ldquo;Brexit&rdquo;), while a vocal minority want to be citizens of Europe. &nbsp;<br />\n This conflict is on display as one of Britain&rsquo;s most famous entertainers of the last half-century, the Monty Python comedian John Cleese, criticized the loss in English identity. He tweeted last week that &ldquo;some years ago I opined that London was not really an English city any more.&rdquo;<br />\n Cleese continued, &ldquo;Since then, virtually all my friends from abroad have confirmed my observation. So there must be some truth in it.&rdquo;<br />\n For that, the internet erupted among those who demand political correctness, falsely accusing Cleese of being racist. But Cleese stood his ground, observing that &ldquo;it&rsquo;s legitimate to prefer one culture to another.&rdquo;<br />\n Cleese is an icon of British humor, perhaps best known for his Monty Python skit &ldquo;The Ministry of Silly Walks.&rdquo; In it he portrays a government worker in charge of approving grants to develop silly walks, and Cleese&rsquo;s own hilarious way of walking to his job caused fans to urge him to reprise his silly walk throughout his career.<br />\n But his criticism of the wrong turn taken by London is not silly at all, and is proven by many statistics. For example, last year the murder rate in London increased to its highest level this decade, often by gruesome stabbings and including at least one shocking murder by machete.<br />\n Cleese, though not known to be generally conservative, explained what London has become. &ldquo;I suspect I should apologise for my affection for the Englishness of my upbringing, but in some ways I found it calmer, more polite, more humorous, less tabloid, and less money-oriented than the one that is replacing it.&rdquo;</p>\n<p> THE ANTI-TRUMP mayor of London who skipped the gala for Trump at Buckingham Palace, Sadiq Khan, predictably criticized Cleese&rsquo;s comments. &ldquo;Londoners know that our diversity is our greatest strength. We are proudly the English capital, a European city and a global hub.&rdquo;<br />\n But the London Mayor Khan went further in his personal attacks on Trump on the eve of his visit at the invitation of the Queen. Khan&rsquo;s harsh rhetoric seemed contrary to the British tradition of genteel hospitality.<br />\n Mayor Khan published a strident newspaper article two days before Trump arrived, under the headline &ldquo;It&rsquo;s un-British to roll out the red carpet for Donald Trump.&rdquo; Khan even insisted that Trump somehow &ldquo;flies in the face of the ideals America was founded upon.&rdquo;<br />\n Not content with those attacks on our American President, London Mayor Khan next did a video in which he insisted that Trump&rsquo;s policies would somehow make women second-class citizens. Khan apparently supports legalized abortion, and asserted that Trump would cause women to have back-alley abortions.<br />\n Confronted with these potshots by the unleashed London mayor, Trump returned the favor by tweeting against Khan as Trump arrived in England. Trump compared Khan to the disastrous mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, and a greater insult is difficult to imagine.<br />\n Trump invites Britain to complete its exit from Europe without cutting any deals with the mainland, and instead look for future trade agreements with its longest ally, the United States. Trump-supporting Boris Johnson, who is the presumptive replacement of Theresa May as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, agrees with Trump that a &ldquo;no deal Brexit&rdquo; is the best approach.<br />\n &ldquo;We will leave the [European Union] on 31 October, deal or no deal,&rdquo; Johnson has declared. &ldquo;The way to get a good deal is to prepare for a no deal.&rdquo;<br />\n Europe&rsquo;s loss can be America&rsquo;s gain. A Great Britain under the conservative, Trump-like leadership of Boris Johnson can help revive that country and enable them to afford more of their share for military defense.</p>\n<p> TRUMP PROPERLY embraces English culture rather than apologizing for it. So should British royalty and all of England.<br />\n &nbsp;</p>\n', created = 1574391104, expire = 1574477504, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:b65b70ad58de1c7b9df900325b2d58ed' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY REPORT: May 28, 2019</p>\n<p>Trailing in the polls, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) tries to boost her presidential candidacy by proposing an unprecedented new tax.&nbsp; Dubbed the Ultra-Millionaire Tax, Warren would force wealthy households to hand over 2% of their net worth above $50 million, plus an extra 1% on their assets above $1 billion &mdash; and not just once, but annually.</p>\n<p> CONSIDER HOW Warren&rsquo;s UMT would affect a billionaire whose wealth consists of buildings like Trump Tower, the president&rsquo;s 58-story landmark. The government would confiscate initially two floors per year, and would eventually own most of the building, which is what socialists want.<br />\n You might think that a wealth tax should be spent on developing infrastructure or paying down the national debt, but that is not what Warren has in mind. Her idea is to spend the extra money on undesirable programs of no lasting value, such as universal child care in government daycare centers even though most parents prefer to care for their own children at home.&nbsp;<br />\n Like other proposals to soak the rich with higher taxes, revenue from a wealth tax would fall far short of projections, as the rich inevitably find ways to conceal their property and shelter their income. Tax hikes result in lower economic growth, which reduces tax receipts for the government, and could actually decrease tax revenue as economist Arthur Laffer famously showed Ronald Reagan in the 1980s.<br />\n A wealth tax might begin with the super-rich, but it surely won&rsquo;t stay there. The same sort of trickery was used to slip through the federal income tax, which ultimately soaked the middle class more than the rich.&nbsp;<br />\n Opponents of the income tax in 1913 argued that the initially small tax, once it was allowed, would increase to become a massive burden on workers. They were ridiculed for predicting what did occur, as the marginal income tax rates for average Americans rose far above what most expected.<br />\n What began in 1913 as a modest 1% income tax, on people making less than today&rsquo;s equivalent of a half-million dollars a year, inevitably increased through withholding to become a massive burden on working Americans. Is that a mistake anyone wants to repeat by allowing a federal tax on property?<br />\n The Framers of our Constitution included safeguards against abusive taxation by the newly created United States government. George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Benjamin Franklin, James Madison and the other Framers supported a strong federal government, but they limited its taxing power.<br />\n The Framers gave us a Constitution that prevents Congress from directly taxing property, such as real estate. The Constitution allows such taxation only if it is apportioned based on population, which means it cannot be based solely on wealth.</p>\n<p> THANKS TO the genius of our Founding Fathers, the United States grew in wealth and prosperity faster than any country in the history of the world. For more than two centuries, the U.S. Supreme Court has invalidated attempts to tax people based on their wealth, and the Sixteenth Amendment had to be ratified before Congress could tax personal income without apportionment.<br />\n In the 2012 Obamacare case, NFIB v. Sebelius, Chief Justice John Roberts and the entire liberal wing of the Supreme Court reaffirmed the Constitution&rsquo;s limitation on direct taxation of property. The Supreme Court has &ldquo;continued to consider taxes on personal property to be direct taxes&rdquo; which must be apportioned by population, Roberts wrote for the Court.<br />\n The Obamacare ruling confirmed that the Constitution remains a bulwark against the fundamental tenet of socialism, which is to redistribute wealth from the rich to the poor. Even the famous French economist Thomas Piketty, who endorsed Warren&rsquo;s tax plan, admitted: &ldquo;I realize that this is unconstitutional, but constitutions have been changed throughout history.&rdquo;<br />\n A President Warren may not be able to change the written Constitution, so she has another plan to get her socialist tax implemented if she is elected. Along with other Democratic presidential candidates, Warren has endorsed a plan to pack the Supreme Court with progressive justices who share her political views.<br />\n The Democrats&rsquo; plan to expand the Supreme Court would be the same kind of politicized court-packing that Franklin Delano Roosevelt unsuccessfully sought in 1937. It would end adherence to the Constitution as written by our Founders and would deprive Americans of the constitutional protection against direct taxation by the federal government.<br />\n Warren had no difficulty in finding some law professors, including her former colleague Laurence Tribe, to pretend that her socialist scheme is constitutional. But many of those same law professors also wrongly insist that there is a constitutional right to abortion, yet no constitutional right to carry a gun for self-defense.</p>\n<p> WARREN IS pandering to the left-wing of the Democratic Party with her daffy tax proposal. It is socialism in disguise, and voters should not be fooled.</p>\n<p> John and Andy Schlafly are sons of Phyllis Schlafly (1924-2016) and lead the continuing Phyllis Schlafly Eagles organizations with writing and policy work.</p>\n', created = 1574391104, expire = 1574477504, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:7eac5ebc57abdeb8e37794b6eb621eb2' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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John and Andy Schlafly

09/27/2019 - 6:52pm
GLOBALISM: September 24, 2019 President Trump’s third speech to the United Nations in as many years was a stirring rebuke of globalism.  He made the compelling case for an end to the push for a borderless world. AT THE 74th United Nations General Assembly in New York on Tuesday, Trump explained how nationalism is good for everyone.  By focusing on the people within their own...
06/25/2019 - 4:31pm
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06/18/2019 - 4:14pm
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06/13/2019 - 9:52pm
PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY REPORT: June 11, 2019 Polling data from Iowa, where the first presidential nomination ballots will be cast next February, show a Democratic Party wishing that some of their candidates would drop out of the race. There has not even been a single presidential debate, yet CNN reports that grassroots Democrats already want fewer...
06/04/2019 - 4:44pm
PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY REPORT: June 4, 2019 President Donald Trump’s visit to royal England is captivating the British as much as Americans, as Queen Elizabeth extends official state honors to him and his family. This is only the third time during her 67-year reign that Queen Elizabeth has welcomed an American president with such honors. More...
05/28/2019 - 5:57pm
PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY REPORT: May 28, 2019 Trailing in the polls, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) tries to boost her presidential candidacy by proposing an unprecedented new tax.  Dubbed the Ultra-Millionaire Tax, Warren would force wealthy households to hand over 2% of their net worth above $50 million, plus an extra 1% on their assets above $1...
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