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November 2016

  1. Donald Trump's "Contract for the Voter"

    - OCTOBER 22, 2016 -

     

    DONALD J. TRUMP DELIVERS GROUNDBREAKING CONTRACT FOR THE AMERICAN VOTER IN GETTYSBURG

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    Presents 100-Day Plan To Make America Great Again – For Everyone

    Gettysburg, PA: Today, in historic Gettysburg, PA, Donald J. Trump presented a game-changing plan for his first 100 days in office. This revolutionary “Contract with the American Voter” will ensure that America’s economy is revitalized and citizens are protected.

    “I’m not a politician, and have never wanted to be one. But when I saw the trouble our country was in, I knew I couldn’t stand by and watch any longer. Our country has been so good to me, I love our country, I felt I had to act,” said Mr. Trump in his address.

    “Change has to come from outside this broken system. The fact that the Washington establishment has tried so hard to stop our campaign is only more proof that our campaign represents the kind of change that only arrives once in a lifetime,” he continued.

    “I am asking the American people to rise above the noise and the clutter of our broken politics, and to embrace that great faith and optimism that has always been the central ingredient in the American character. I am asking you to dream big.

    “What follows is my 100-day action plan to Make America Great Again. It is a contract between Donald J. Trump and the American voter – and begins with restoring honesty, accountability and change to Washington,” he concluded.

    DONALD J. TRUMP CONTRACT WITH THE AMERICAN VOTER

    “Therefore, on the first day of my term of office, my administration will immediately pursue the following six measures to clean up the corruption and special interest collusion in Washington, DC:

    • FIRST, propose a Constitutional Amendment to impose term limits on all members of Congress;
    • SECOND, a hiring freeze on all federal employees to reduce federal workforce through attrition (exempting military, public safety, and public health);
    • THIRD, a requirement that for every new federal regulation, two existing regulations must be eliminated;
    • FOURTH, a 5 year-ban on White House and Congressional officials becoming lobbyists after they leave government service;
    • FIFTH, a lifetime ban on White House officials lobbying on behalf of a foreign government;
    • SIXTH, a complete ban on foreign lobbyists raising money for American elections.

    On the same day, I will begin taking the following seven actions to protect American workers:

    • FIRST, I will announce my intention to renegotiate NAFTA or withdraw from the deal under Article 2205 
    • SECOND, I will announce our withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership
    • THIRD, I will direct my Secretary of the Treasury to label China a currency manipulator
    • FOURTH, I will direct the Secretary of Commerce and U.S. Trade Representative to identify all foreign trading abuses that unfairly impact American workers and direct them to use every tool under American and international law to end those abuses immediately
    • FIFTH, I will lift the restrictions on the production of $50 trillion dollars’ worth of job-producing American energy reserves, including shale, oil, natural gas and clean coal.
    • SIXTH, lift the Obama-Clinton roadblocks and allow vital energy infrastructure projects, like the Keystone Pipeline, to move forward
    • SEVENTH, cancel billions in payments to U.N. climate change programs and use the money to fix America’s water and environmental infrastructure 

    Additionally, on the first day, I will take the following five actions to restore security and the constitutional rule of law:

    • FIRST, cancel every unconstitutional executive action, memorandum and order issued by President Obama
    • SECOND, begin the process of selecting a replacement for Justice Scalia from one of the 20 judges on my list, who will uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States
    • THIRD, cancel all federal funding to Sanctuary Cities
    • FOURTH, begin removing the more than 2 million criminal illegal immigrants from the country and cancel visas to foreign countries that won’t take them back
    • FIFTH, suspend immigration from terror-prone regions where vetting cannot safely occur. All vetting of people coming into our country will be considered extreme vetting.

    Next, I will work with Congress to introduce the following broader legislative measures and fight for their passage within the first 100 days of my Administration:

    1. Middle Class Tax Relief And Simplification Act. An economic plan designed to grow the economy 4% per year and create at least 25 million new jobs through massive tax reduction and simplification, in combination with trade reform, regulatory relief, and lifting the restrictions on American energy. The largest tax reductions are for the middle class. A middle-class family with 2 children will get a 35% tax cut. The current number of brackets will be reduced from 7 to 3, and tax forms will likewise be greatly simplified. The business rate will be lowered from 35 to 15 percent, and the trillions of dollars of American corporate money overseas can now be brought back at a 10 percent rate.

    2. End The Offshoring Act Establishes tariffs to discourage companies from laying off their workers in order to relocate in other countries and ship their products back to the U.S. tax-free.

    3. American Energy & Infrastructure Act. Leverages public-private partnerships, and private investments through tax incentives, to spur $1 trillion in infrastructure investment over 10 years. It is revenue neutral.

    4. School Choice And Education Opportunity Act. Redirects education dollars to gives parents the right to send their kid to the public, private, charter, magnet, religious or home school of their choice. Ends common core, brings education supervision to local communities. It expands vocational and technical education, and make 2 and 4-year college more affordable.

    5. Repeal and Replace Obamacare Act. Fully repeals Obamacare and replaces it with Health Savings Accounts, the ability to purchase health insurance across state lines, and lets states manage Medicaid funds. Reforms will also include cutting the red tape at the FDA: there are over 4,000 drugs awaiting approval, and we especially want to speed the approval of life-saving medications.

    6. Affordable Childcare and Eldercare Act. Allows Americans to deduct childcare and elder care from their taxes, incentivizes employers to provide on-site childcare services, and creates tax-free Dependent Care Savings Accounts for both young and elderly dependents, with matching contributions for low-income families.

    7. End Illegal Immigration Act Fully-funds the construction of a wall on our southern border with the full understanding that the country Mexico will be reimbursing the United States for the full cost of such wall; establishes a 2-year mandatory minimum federal prison sentence for illegally re-entering the U.S. after a previous deportation, and a 5-year mandatory minimum for illegally re-entering for those with felony convictions, multiple misdemeanor convictions or two or more prior deportations; also reforms visa rules to enhance penalties for overstaying and to ensure open jobs are offered to American workers first.

    8. Restoring Community Safety Act. Reduces surging crime, drugs and violence by creating a Task Force On Violent Crime and increasing funding for programs that train and assist local police; increases resources for federal law enforcement agencies and federal prosecutors to dismantle criminal gangs and put violent offenders behind bars.

    9. Restoring National Security Act. Rebuilds our military by eliminating the defense sequester and expanding military investment; provides Veterans with the ability to receive public VA treatment or attend the private doctor of their choice; protects our vital infrastructure from cyber-attack; establishes new screening procedures for immigration to ensure those who are admitted to our country support our people and our values

    10. Clean up Corruption in Washington Act. Enacts new ethics reforms to Drain the Swamp and reduce the corrupting influence of special interests on our politics.

    On November 8th, Americans will be voting for this 100-day plan to restore prosperity to our economy, security to our communities, and honesty to our government.

    This is my pledge to you.

    And if we follow these steps, we will once more have a government of, by and for the people.”

    View the Contract With The American Voter here

  2. A Christian Pastor's Analysis on this U.S. Election Drama - By Dr. James Dobson

      

    NOTE:  This post is for all those whom Hillary would call "deplorable clingers".

    Please vote whatever your decision.

    Is Trump good for America?

    I mentioned Sunday that I would speak on this next week. Unfortunately, I found that I was shoehorning this topic into my planned message. To properly present what I want to speak on Sunday, I may have to leave the Donald out of it! But let me take a minute for those that wonder and give some of my thoughts.

     When I first heard that Trump (DT) was entering the race last year, I told my wife that perhaps it was a good thing for the party and America. I knew that he was not a "saint," but I thought that he would be like a bull in a china shop. He is a disrupter and I believe America could use a fresh thinker especially in the political arena. I didn't think he would get the nomination, but that he would shake up politics as usual. I was correct on the shaking up!

    Lance Wallnau likens him to a biblical Cyrus. Someone who is dynamically used of God even though not perceived by many as a God follower. God has used many people in history that I would probably not like or agree with. I'm not sure I would have liked all the disciples, or David, or Moses. Somehow, God did not seem compelled to consult with me on His choices!

    I have always admired Winston Churchill. He is seen as one of the greatest national leaders in the 20th century. Last year, I had the privilege of going through the War Museum in London. Winston is a key feature. His life is controversial. He was not always celebrated as a great leader. He was a bombastic, cigar smoking, at times crude, even misogynistic leader. It is alleged that he told off color stories to his children before bedtime! A woman once told him he was disgustingly drunk. His response was "My dear, you are disgustingly ugly, but tomorrow I shall be sober and you will still be ugly!"

    There are many websites that discuss the outlandish comments and activities of this great world leader. But, he had exactly what was needed to stop Hitler at the Channel, to rouse a nation to never give up and to partner with America to find final victory in Europe. You probably wouldn't want him as your pastor, maybe not even your father, but he was the right leader for that moment in England's history. Such a brazen man that would go up to the roof of his quarters in central London and smoke cigars as Hitler's air force bombed all around him. I'm not sure I would have voted for him.... but he was the right man!

    I think it would be awesome to have a righteous leader, one that understood the intricacies of the economy, health care, defense, immigration, with great sensitivity to religious institutions, a heart for the poor, a vision for the future. If that leader was a praying person, formidable in the word of God and loved the local church, I would rejoice! I do not think that is the choice we will have in November.

    Instead....we will look for someone who is imperfect, yet will fit the times we are living in. Particularly, that 'whoever' we vote for, will be someone who might possibly have the opportunity to appoint up to three Supreme Court justices. That could radically shape our culture in America for the next 30 years. The America of our grandchildren could be very different....and that may not be good. We cannot stand on the sidelines. A non-vote is a passive vote for a direction we may very well regret.

    So...is Donald Trump good for America? I honestly believe that he has been already. He has shaken the political system. Do his comments offend me? At times! Do I agree with all he says? Not at all! But could he be a "Cyrus" being raised up by God to preserve America? Nobody liked Gen. Patton, but he sure WAS an instrument of the United States for the right things.

    This I know. I will vote for the best chance for America. I will pray for our leaders as I have already. In the end - God will continue to be my source and my hope. I do believe that God has had a hand in America's history. I hope and pray that He will also have a saving hand in America's future.

    Here's Dobson complete follow-up statement on Trump's alleged conversion:

    "Only the Lord knows the condition of a person's heart. I can only tell you what I've heard. First, Trump appears to be tender to things of the Spirit. I also hear that Paula White has known Trump for years and that she personally led him to Christ.

    "Do I know that for sure? No. Do I know the details of that alleged conversion? I can't say that I do.

    "But there are many Christian leaders who are serving on a faith advisory committee for Trump in the future. I am among them. There are about 45 of us that includes Franklin Graham, Robert Jeffress, Jack Graham, Ben Carson, James Robison, Jerry Johnson, and many others whom you would probably know.

    "We've all agreed to serve. How will that play out if Trump becomes president? I don't know. It is a good start, I would think.

    "If anything, this man is a baby Christian who doesn't have a clue about how believers think, talk and act. All I can tell you is that we have only two choices, Hillary or Donald. Hillary scares me to death.

    "And, if Christians stay home because he isn't a better candidate, Hillary will run the world for perhaps eight years. The very thought of that haunts my nights and days. One thing is sure: we need to be in prayer for our nation at this time of crisis."

     

  3. A World Series Indicator?

    The Cubs win in the seventh game of the World Series last night broke the so-called "Billy Goat Curse," ended a 108 year drought for the team, and brought to mind a similar, earlier such event.

    In 2004, the Boston Red Sox broke the "Curse of the Bambino" and won a world series after 86 years of frustration.

    The heavily favored Democrats' candidate that year was John Kerry who hailed from Massachusetts, the home of the Red Sox.

    The Democrats' candidate this year is, of course, Hillary Clinton who, at one point in her carpet-bagger life, claimed to hail from Illinois and to be a Cubs fan.

    Anybody see a parallel here?

  4. RNC Chairman Reince Priebus: If Donald Trump wins Michigan then ‘it’s all over’ for Clinton

    Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus believes that if Republican nominee Donald Trump pulls off a victory in a state like Michigan, then he’ll certainly be president.

    Priebus’ comments came during an interview on ABC News’ “This Week” Sunday morning.

    Speaking of Michigan, a state that has voted in-favor of Democrats the past six presidential elections, Priebus said that right now, just two days before Election Day, the state is a “toss up,” citing internal RNC polling.

    “When you look at Michigan, where jobs have gone to Mexico and China, people are out of work and people want things to get better,” the chairman said. “I think Donald Trump is offering that vision for the state of Michigan. If we win a state like Michigan — it’s all over.”

    However, despite what Priebus said, RealClearPolitics does not show Michigan to be a close race between Trump and Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton. According to the polling site, Clinton leads Trump by an average of about five points going into Election Day.

    But Priebus is correct; if Trump can overcome that deficit in the final two days of the campaign, he’ll likely win other battleground contests — states that are much closer than Michigan — catapulting him to the White House.

    RNC Chairman Reince Priebus: If Donald Trump wins Michigan then ‘it’s all over’ for Clinton

  5. A Celebratory Evening

    We had about 65 people at our election results watching party last night, but by the time Fox finally called Pennsylvania to put Trump over the top, our number had dwindled significantly.

    But what a night, complete with a champagne toast to President Donald J. Trump!!

  6. The Trans-Pacific Partnership is dead, Schumer tells labor leaders

    By Mike DeBonisEd O'Keefe and Ana Swanson November 10 


    U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, center, is joined by international counterparts in Atlanta after an agreement was reached by 12 Trans-Pacific Partnership member countries Oct. 5, 2015. (Erik S. Lesser/European Pressphoto Agency)

    The Senate’s soon-to-be top Democrat told labor leaders Thursday that the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the trade deal at the center of President Obama’s “pivot” to strengthen ties with key Asian allies, will not be ratified by Congress.

    That remark from Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), who is expected to be the incoming Senate minority leader, came as good news to the AFL-CIO Executive Council, which met Thursday in Washington. Schumer relayed statements that Republican congressional leaders had made to him, according to an aide who confirmed the remarks.

    Obama’s signature global trade deal had been on life support for months as both Democrats and Republicans campaigned against unfair trade policies ahead of the Nov. 8 election. And Donald Trump’s triumph in the presidential race cemented its fate.

    Read the whole article at the Washington Post