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This article is typical of progs, they have an agenda, and say those who don’t have their agenda have an agenda.

Gorsuch is “biased” in the direction of corporations over employees. That’s totally incorrect. Progressives aren’t saying he’s biased – we’re saying he has a judicial ideology that consistently, statistically leads him to one set of results over another.

Yes, the judicial ideology that the Law and the Constitution mean what they say. Oh, the horror.

What [Senator Leahy (D-VT)] should have asked is this: If you just apply the law as you see it, why do right-wing ideologues all support you so strongly?

Because “right-wing” ideologues want the Law and the Constitution to be applied as written. This prog goes on to provide the perfect example.

For example, when the conversation turned to the Religious Liberty Restoration Act (RFRA), Judge Gorsuch noted how fair-minded he’s been, applying the law to a Muslim prisoner denied a halal meal. There was no discussion of the actual issues: whether RFRA applies to corporations, whether it allows businesses to discriminate against women and LGBT people on the basis of a religious belief, whether it covers harming third parties at all.

And there is it, this progs (indeed, most progs) do not want the law to be applied as it is written. Here is the law in question. It does not redefine the word person, so the definition in 1 U.S. Code § 1 is in force:

the words “person” and “whoever” include corporations, companies, associations, firms, partnerships, societies, and joint stock companies, as well as individuals

And it was then-Representative Charles E. Shumer (D-NY-9) who sponsored H.R.1308 – Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993.

Oh, the irony.

As usual from progs, Jorge Ramos offers up a steaming pile of lies about immigration:

All I want is for new immigrants to enjoy the same opportunities that I — and millions of others throughout American history — have received.

A lie. He wants illegal immigrants to have the same opportunities as those who came here legally. He admits this later:

Trump… refuses to even consider granting undocumented residents a path to citizenship.

Illegal immigrants already have a path to citizenship — the same one taken by the legal immigrants. There is absolutely no reason to give them another just because they broke the law.

Speaking of breaking the law, Ramos whines because

[Immigrants] who have committed “fraud … before a government agency” are to be deported as well — which presumably applies to any noncitizen who has ever used a fake driver’s license or made up a Social Security number in order to work.

Well, that is the law. All Trump wants to do — all the citizens want him to do — is enforce the law.

Señor Ramos, if you want to live in a country that does not enforce its laws, go back to México.

Remember the “Don’t Trust the Government” liberals of the 1960′s?

What the hell happened?

The “Don’t Trust the Government” liberals of the 1960′s have devolved into the “Cradle-to-Grave” liberals of the Twenty-First Century.

These liberals now want the central government in control of our healthcare, our retirement, and our schools. They want the government to tell us what guns we can buy, what cars we can buy, what gasoline we can buy, what light bulbs we can buy, and even what toilets we can buy. Today’s elite so-called “liberals” even move into gated communities and elect Home-Owners’ Associations to tell them what colors of paint they are allowed to use.

What happened?

Progs like to push the Minimum Wage as a way to reduce income inequality:

“It will reduce inequality. The question is how much and for whom. It’s not going to have a huge impact, but that’s because there’s no politically feasible policy that would have a big impact,” said poverty and fiscal expert Isabel Sawhill, co-director of the Center on Children and Families at the Brookings Institution.
http://money.cnn.com/2014/01/15/news/economy/income-inequality-minimum-wage/

As the above article points out, increasing the Minimum Wage would not narrow the gap between the “one-percenters” and those making the Minimum Wage:

Consider the 5-figure paycheck of a janitor versus the 8-figure salary of a CEO. Raising the minimum wage to $10.10 from $7.25, as a leading proposal in Congress would do, wouldn’t narrow that chasm.

There’s also a big gap between those making 6-figures and the bazillionaires at the very top. A higher minimum wage can’t touch that.

What a higher Minimum Wage will do is tilt the balance between labor and automation in favor of automation. If the cost of hiring a teenager to sweep the floor gets too high, the owner will just buy a Roomba. On larger scales, except for Oregon and New Jersey, you just don’t see full-service gasoline stations any more. The Minimum Wage is too high to hire grease-monkeys. There are self-checkouts now in major grocery stores. Baggers? Fuggetaboutit.

The paradox is, the higher Minimum Wage goes, the higher productivity goes. Machines replace manual labor, so the productivity per remaining worker increases. Of course, the remaining workers do not see any commensurate increase in their wages. Why should he? He’s not the one putting his money down to buy the machines. The owners are. If a plowman could plow one acre a day walking behind a mule, and his employer buys a tractor with which he can plow ten acres a day sitting down, will his employer pay him ten times as much? Of course not. He might even pay less, because the work is not as difficult.

The result of a higher Minimum Wage, then, is fewer people employed and higher productivity, with the benefits of the higher productivity going to the owners.

Who are the owners?

The one-percenters.

The Age of Obama is over. Praise God.

Now, it is time to undo some of the damage. But it is easier to destroy than to create, so it will take time to undo the destruction Obama’s socialism has wrought.

Obamacare

Obamacare destroyed a lot of the health insurance market that was available to those who wanted to buy it. It will take some time to get that back. So, those who have policies now should be allowed to keep those policies, exactly as they are now, for three years. Full subsidy this year (changing that would amount to an ex post facto law, which would be unconstitutional), half subsidy next year, and no subsidy the year after that.

What to do with pre-existing conditions? Pre-existing conditions should be paid for by the policy in force when the condition was diagnosed. If I am changing auto insurance policies Monday, and have an accident Sunday, the policy in effect Sunday pays for it, not the one in effect Monday when I get the repairs done. Health insurance should work the same way.

Should those under twenty-five years of age be allowed on their parents’ insurance? That’s between you and your insurance company. As long as there is no fraud, the government should not interfere in private contracts.

Minimum Wage

The Minimum Wage had a horrible impact on Black employment.  After taking control of the House and Senate in 2007, the demonrats jacked up the Minimum Wage.  The new rate went into effect July 25th, 2007.  Black employment dropped in August. Coincidence?  I don’t think so.

Again, the government should not interfere in private contracts, including employment contracts.

One interesting argument for a higher Minimum Wage is that it results in increases productivity.  There is some merit to this argument, but it is so because it tilts the trade-off between labor and automation in favor of automation.  This is actually a Good Thing — if you are not one of those who become unemployed because your labor is no longer worth the new rate.  And it does take some time for that automation to come online.

The Supreme Court

As we have seen with Chief Supreme Roberts (“It’s not a tax, so we can rule on it; but it is a tax, so it’s constitutional.”), the Supremes can be a real crap-shoot.  Congress needs to start impeaching Supremes who make such absolutely outlandish rulings.  When a law explicitly says one thing, even specifying the section of code it refers to, and the Supremes rule that it means something else in an entirely different section of the code than the one specified, those Supremes need to be impeached.

No, we cannot blame Obama for Roberts, but we can blame him for a couple of the Supremes that signed onto those rulings.

Foreign Policy

Obama was the joke of the world, and he dragged this nation down with him.  We need to reaffirm our commitment to Israel, and move our embassy to Israel’s capital, Jerusalem.  We need to commit our nation’s military to destroying radical Islam, including Iran and Libya, not appeasing it.

The Obama Administration completely screwed the pooch in Ukraine and Crimea.  By supporting a pro-European coup, we gave Putin the excuse to take the Crimea and the heavily Russian eastern part of the country.  I do not think there is any way to fix the damage they caused there.  Crimea’s being part of Ukraine never made sense anyway, and removing the ethnically Russian eastern parts of Ukraine will leave us with a more Euro-friendly Ukraine anyway, so maybe it’s better to just leave that as it is.

Illegal Immigration

First, they put Blacks out of work by jacking up the Minimum Wage, then they put more out of work by importing illegal workers who are hired for less.  Anyone hiring illegal immigrants should go to jail.  Require E-Verify.  If you hire an illegal immigrant without using E-Verify, you go to jail for the length of time of that person’s employment.  Hire two illegally for two years, you go to jail for four.  “Remittances” to people in foreign countries will be subject to the top Gift Tax rate — 40%. Use the proceeds to build a wall.  That is how Mexico will pay for it.

Illegal immigrants will be deported, and their assets seized.  “Dreamers” can stay and become citizens, but their parents must be deported.  Those who choose to leave with their deported parents will retain the right to return and become citizens.

Merry Christmas

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And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.”

Rep. McDermott wants to change the Constitution to make Health Care a right:

GUEST: AFTER THE CLINTONS TRY TO THEIR HEALTH CARE PLAN BACK IN THE EARLY 1990′S AND FAILED, MANY OF US THOUGHT LET’S GO BACK TO THE BASE AND LET’S GO WITH A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT THAT WOULD MAKE HEALTH CARE A RIGHT. I THINK IT IS A RIGHT AND THE DEMOCRACY. EVERYBODY SHOULD EXPECT GOOD HEALTH CARE. AND PEOPLE SAID, WE DO NOT WANT TO PUT IN THE CONSTITUTION BECAUSE THERE WILL BE LAWSUITS AND THEY HAD SOME OPPOSITION. I THINK IT IS A RIGHT. AND UNLESS WE ARE WILLING TO PASS A LAW THAT SAYS THAT A DOCTOR IN A HOSPITAL CAN LET SOMEBODY DIED AND NOT CARE OR HAVE ANY RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEM , THEN AS THEY HAVE RESPONSIBILITY, THE DOCTOR AND THE HOSPITAL DOES NOT HAVE ANY CHOICE. IT IS A RIGHT TO HAVE YOUR HEALTH CARE TAKING CARE OF. BUT WE WOULD NOT PUT IT IN THE CONSTITUTION AND IN MY VIEW, IT SHOULD BE A CONSTITUTION. WE COULD BE MORE RATIONAL ABOUT HOW WE PUT A SYSTEM TOGETHER THAT WORKS TO COVER EVERYBODY. I KNOW THERE ARE PEOPLE. THE FACT IS, IT IS A RIGHT.

I do not think anyone believes that health care is not a right. What progs do not understand is that a RIGHT is something that someone else (especially the government) cannot take away from you or prevent you from having. A right is not something that someone else (especially the government) must provide for you. We have the right to keep and bear arms. That does not mean the government, or gun makers, must give everyone firearms.