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After White House Reporter Screamed at Sarah Huckabee, WATCH All Hell Break Loose

Tea Party Tribune - Thu, 06/29/2017 - 6:15am

During Tuesday’s White House press briefing, Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders addressed Project Veritas’ undercover video showing a CNN producer claiming that they use excessive Russia coverage to boost their ratings.

Sanders suggested that the video, released late Monday evening, mighty only be the tip of CNN’s “fake news” iceberg.

She specifically criticized CNN CEO Jeff Zucker for advising his employees to ramp up Russia coverage because it helps their ratings, despite feelings held by many employees that the narrative was “mostly bulls**t.

“There’s a video circulating now, whether it’s accurate or not I don’t know, but I would encourage everyone in this room, and, frankly, everyone across the country, to take a look at it,” she said. “I think if it is accurate it’s a disgrace to all of media, to all of journalism.”[SIC]

If the media can’t be trusted to report the news then that’s a dangerous place for America,” Sanders concluded.

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Advertising Tax Would Jeopardize 20 Million American Jobs

Center for Freedom and Prosperity (CF&P) - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 7:29pm

Originally published by Investor’s Business Daily on June 26, 2017.

Republicans have struggled to put together a tax reform plan with enough support to pass Congress. The major hang-up is their self-imposed need to find revenue offsets to “pay for” the pro-growth rate cuts and reforms. However, that challenge shouldn’t mean that every bad idea to raise money, like an advertising tax, should now be on the table.

Talks of a federal ad tax had been dead since the 1950s until former Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., gave the idea new life in his 2014 tax reform proposal. Camp wanted to convert advertising from being a fully deductible business expense — as it has been for over a century — to just half deductible, with the rest being amortized over the course of a decade.

While Camp’s proposal went nowhere, current Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady recently acknowledged that there “may be a need” to look at some of the revenue raisers in the old plan to complete his 2017 tax reform proposal.

Let’s hope that the advertising tax is not one of the ones being looked at. There’s no good reason to treat advertising costs differently than other business expenses. To do so would be to make the tax code more complicated, instead of less. Even more importantly, it would have drastic negative consequences for the economy.

In 2014, IHS Global conducted a study on advertising’s impact on the American economy, and the results were astounding. IHS found that in just that year alone, the country’s $297 billion in advertising spending generated $5.5 trillion in sales, or 16% of the nation’s total economic activity. It also helped create 20 million jobs, which in 2014 amounted to 14% of total U.S. employment.

Clearly, ad spending is a significant driver of economic growth, providing tremendous return on investment for the American economy (approximately $19 worth of sales activity for every $1 spent on advertising). The labor force participation rate is still sitting at the lowest level it’s been at since the Carter presidency, while higher-paying job sectors continue to struggle. Republicans should be careful not to make these concerning numbers plummet even more out of desperation to score a political “win.”

The dangers of the advertising tax cannot be overstated. In fact, it already has a history of wreaking havoc on the economy.

In the 1980s, Florida briefly imposed one, and it led to the immediate loss of 50,000 jobs and $2.5 billion in personal income. Even worse is the fact that the tax’s administrative costs ended up exceeding the tax revenue. The Florida ad tax was wildly unpopular — so much so that the legislature was forced to repeal it after just 6 months. The New York Times reported that then-Gov. Robert Martinez “suffered political embarrassment in his first year in office by having to shift from ardent support of the tax to advocating its repeal.”

Similarly, a study from the University of Oxford found that Austria’s advertising tax had a noticeable impact on the price of goods. In the case of consumer necessities like food and education, this mandate often led to costs shifting upward. This is to be expected — the less information consumers are exposed to about competing products, the easier it is for market leaders to maintain artificially higher market share.

On the campaign trail, President Donald Trump promised to simplify the tax code for American families and businesses, creating more jobs and economic mobility by leaving more money in the hands of the people who’ve earned it. The advertising tax would undoubtedly fail on these fronts; it will do nothing but worsen the sorry state of the economy.

Kevin Brady and the rest of the Ways and Means Committee should take note of the facts of the matter at hand and learn from history so that the ad tax can be put to bed once and for all.

Siri Plans to Stop Taking Orders and Start Giving Them

Tea Party Tribune - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 2:33pm

Apple CEO Tim Cook has announced the company is going to focus on developing self–driving car “systems” instead of the car itself. In an interview with Bloomberg Television he explained this qualifies as an “MOA” effort as in “The Mother Of All AI projects.”

The decision to concentrate on software, rather than both hardware and software is a new one for Apple. Normally the company designs the hardware along with the operating software and then ships the entire package off to China for manufacturing and intellectual property theft.

When the finished product returns to the US, Apple does its best to control the sales of all related products.

I’ve been with Apple longer than I’ve been with my wife. This is a fitting comparison since buying Apple is the hardware equivalent of matrimony. And even more fitting personally, since I’ve had excellent luck with refurbs, regardless of whether it’s Apple computers or wives.

Apple, like my wife, is a closed system that takes a dim view of playing the field. Cupertino prefers customers make all software purchases through the App Store. The same goes for hardware and the Apple Store.

Android, on the other hand, is a wild and wooly open system with many hardware manufacturers, many software producers and little if any standardization. Apple’s closed system is designed with control in mind.

Think of Hillary Clinton running a Best Buy.

Under Apple there is much more look–and–feel uniformity across the product spectrum, which comes with a price. Usually higher.

So, I would have had mixed feelings about owning an iCar.

I wouldn’t have liked being limited to buying gas at Apple stations. Sure the free operating software updates are nice, but that’s balanced with the thought of being lectured on the size of my carbon footprint by an Apple “Genius.”

Cook, at the time, hadn’t ruled out electric vehicles. He rhapsodized, “It’s a marvelous experience not to stop at the filling station or the gas station.” This only proves the chauffer maintains the car without Cook’s help.

Gassing up takes about five minutes. Charging up takes hours. Electricity may start cheap, but at the rate Apple changes the design of its propriety connectors, the cost of new adapters to plug into the power outlet will no doubt balance out the iFuel cost.

I think for the foreseeable future I’ll keep my manual car. If I want to drive with a woman that argues about routes and how fast I drive, I’ll just invite the wife.

CORRECTION: I was wrong last week. That column concerned NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s decree allowing NFL players scoring touchdowns to make fools of themselves — while the blockers that made it possible are ignored.

That may have been attractive for ballerina ball fans accustomed to method acting from their players, but football should be a serious game.

If I wanted to watch bad dancing and mini–charades I’d attend a GOP townhall meeting when Obamacare repeal was on the agenda. When I watch the NFL, I’m hoping professional football players will act professional.

You may recall my temporary burst of optimism when Cameron DaSilva of Fox Sports reminded us next season the NFL will also institute a snap clock. It starts when an official signals touchdown and teams will have 40 seconds to get set and begin the conversion.

DaSilva reported there were 32 touchdowns that weren’t followed by a booth review, penalty or injury. Even without the Original Tap–Dancing Kid performing his routine, teams were taking an average of 45 seconds to snap the ball. Adding choreography would only make the situation worse.

My optimism crashed when I mistakenly calculated those 32 TDs were thinly spread over the 119 games in the season’s last seven weeks and playoffs. At that rate only one quarter of a TD per game would be influenced by the snap clock.

But I was wrong!

It wasn’t the last seven weeks, plus the playoff games. His survey was only for the seven playoff games.

I should have known something was off. Reviewing 119 games, even with fast–forward or NFL Red Zone is a significant investment in a research project for a reporter facing multiple deadlines. That kind of time commitment spent watching streaming video is more characteristic of the government; say the US Patent and Trademark Office.

While only seven games cuts the sample size and increases the margin of error, the results will do in a pinch. (If you know someone in the USPTO who is not under investigation by the Inspector General, maybe you could ask them to examine the other 112 games.) For me, 4.5 touchdowns per game, unsullied by freestyle ego–mania, is much better than what I feared.

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FBI agent indicted in Oregon refuge standoff shooting

Tea Party Tribune - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 2:01pm

Accused of lying about firing at Robert “LaVoy” Finicum in 2016

PORTLAND, Ore.— An FBI agent has been indicted on accusations that he lied about firing at a rancher in 2016 when officers arrested leaders of an armed occupation of a federal wildlife refuge in rural Oregon.

Sources familiar with the case say the agent will face allegations of making a false statement with intent to obstruct justice, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported Tuesday.

The indictment stems from more than a yearlong investigation by the U.S. Justice Department inspector general. The agent will be identified when summoned to appear Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Portland.

Authorities moved in on Ammon Bundy and other leaders as they were driving in two vehicles from the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge to a meeting on Jan. 26, 2016.

The Deschutes County sheriff said that as Robert “LaVoy” Finicum left his truck, an FBI agent shot twice at Finicum, though none of the hostage team members said they discharged their firearms. The county sheriff’s office was tasked with investigating the Finicum shooting.

The FBI agent’s bullets didn’t hit Finicum, 54, an Arizona rancher who was the spokesman for the takeover near Burns in Harney County.


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