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Dan Proft & Lt. Col. Allen West Discuss Future POTUS

On a special, pre-election edition of “Against The Current”, Dan Proft sat down with Lt. Col. Allen West to discuss the state of our country, and what’s at stake for the future POTUS.

On this edition of Against The Current (ATC), former Florida congressman and current President/CEO of the National Center for Policy Analysis, Col. Allen West tackles everything from Obamacare to ISIS. Col. West also talks POTUS election and predicts a change in GOP leadership in the House and Senate regardless of outcome.

Are there enough conservative back-benchers in the House and Senate to drive a reduction in the size and expense of the federal government under a President Trump? Why does Col. West loathe the use of the phrase “minority outreach”?

These and other topics with Col. Allen West on this pre-election installment of ATC.

Comptroller Munger presents voters’ a choice: No budget/no pay OR more of the same?

Why you should GOTVFT (Get Out The Vote For Trump).

Source: Will County News

A Rigged System on the Verge of Collapse

A Rigged System on the Verge of Collapse
Jason Williams Photo By Jason Williams
Written Friday, November 4, 2016
Four years ago, in a top-secret gathering in Colorado, the most powerful utility executives in the country met to hear warnings about a growing threat to their dominance over the U.S. energy markets: solar panels

The group also discussed how they could collude to influence local and state governments to help them keep U.S. citizens from getting access to rooftop solar and maintain their government-supported monopoly.

According to a presentation prepared for the group of industry moguls, if demand for residential solar installations continued to grow unchecked, it could mean the death of their businesses as they knew them. The report warned of “declining retail sales” and a “loss of customers” to outright “obsolescence” of utility companies.

Fighting the Future

Ever since, the industry and its fossil fuel supporters have been waging war against their own customers. They’re trying to stop a surge in solar energy generation that could decimate utility companies across the country and finally put an end to their monopoly over energy generation.

They started by pushing for laws that would raise prices for residential solar customers to an astronomical level that would drive the majority of would-be converts away from the idea. More recently, they have focused efforts on fee hikes for solar customers that still use the main electrical grid. These increases are targeted at people like you and me in an effort to put solar panels out of our reach.

Utility companies in Wisconsin, Georgia, Arizona, and other states have already pushed to impose harsh penalties on customers who produce some of their own power with rooftop solar panels. And now, Florida utility companies are trying to add their state to that list.

There’s a proverb that says a tiger is most dangerous when he senses his end is near. And these utility companies, like the aging tiger, are showing their teeth.

Over the past year, they’ve pumped almost $30 million into campaigns against rooftop solar panels in a desperate effort to maintain their monopoly over electricity generation — and maintain the huge paychecks for their executives.

The companies say it’s not about profits but about protecting customers who haven’t opted for solar. But really, these rooftop installations are taking away several of the main ways utilities generate profits.

First, and most obviously, there’s the power they’re not selling to people with solar panels on their roofs. But then there’s also the funding the utility companies get from taxpayers and ratepayers to build new transmission lines and power generation plants. The companies often get paid in advance for building these plants and, in the case of Duke Energy’s nuclear plants in Florida, sometimes don’t even follow through with the construction — they just pocket the money and cancel the project.

In reality, these solar users are helping not only themselves, but non-solar households as well. At times when the grid is most taxed — hot, sunny summer days — the rooftop panels are providing extra energy to the grid, reducing the need to turn on expensive emergency power plants and buy extra energy at higher rates. That’s saving non-solar customers money at the same time it’s helping keep down carbon emissions.

So it’s pretty apparent that this war against solar is really all about maintaining a monopoly and making more money for the executives at these utilities.

An Unwinnable War

But the thing is, they’re fighting a losing battle. In time (and not very much time), energy generated with solar panels is going to be cheaper than energy generated by traditional fossil fuels. And solar panels (which already dropped in cost by more than half since 2010) are going to be even cheaper and more accessible to homeowners. And that is going to lead to a huge change in the way people get their energy.

Think about the phone companies a decade ago — nobody thought landlines would ever become a thing of the past, but now, there are more cell phones on the planet than there are people. With cable Internet, I don’t even have a home phone anymore — it just made more financial sense to go mobile.

That’s exactly what’s going to happen in the electric industry over the coming years. And smart investors are already getting ready.

In fact, members of my investment service, The Wealth Advisory, are well prepared. We’ve invested in the absolute best solar companies out there. We’ve found the top companies generating electricity with solar power and selling it to companies and residents alike. And while those alone will bring us huge profits as the utility industry continues its decline, we’ve even zeroed in on an investment that literally goes up every time the utility industry takes a hit.

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To investing with integrity (and foresight),

Jason Williams
Wealth Daily

Source: Will County News

The Establishment Cesspool of Dishonesty and Corruption

Bigger than Hillary Clinton: The Establishment Cesspool of Dishonesty and Corruption

Bigger than Hillary Clinton: The Establishment Cesspool of Dishonesty and Corruption

If you are as surprised as I am at the depth of dishonesty and corruption that has been revealed in this campaign, then you will understand why I am writing this particular column the weekend before the election.

Americans are faced with a crisis of dishonesty and corruption vastly bigger and deeper than Secretary Hillary Clinton. Defeating her is necessary if we hope to clean up our dishonest and corrupt capitol city, but in many ways Hillary is merely the most prominent face in an entire network of dishonest people.

I have been actively involved in politics and government since August of 1958.

In all those years, nothing prepared me for the avalanche of blatant corruption and dishonesty that has been exposed and detailed during this campaign.

The dishonesty infects the news media, the Justice Department, the IRS, the Veterans Administration, the State Department, and the White House, among others.

From lying about Benghazi, to lying about the Affordable Care Act, lying about the payments to Iran, lying about corruption, incompetence, dishonesty and failure at the Veterans Administration–the pervasive willingness to lie infects our government.

Secretary Clinton’s dishonesty has been breathtaking in its brazen contempt for the American people. She has mastered the art of memorizing lies and then repeating them with such arrogance and assertiveness that she almost convinces you, even when you know everything she is saying is false.

Now with the various Wikileaks, court-ordered disclosures and hard work by a small number of reporters (especially at Fox News and the Wall Street Journal) we have learned that Hillary’s mendacity is merely the most public in a network of corruption and dishonesty so pervasive it can only be described as a cesspool that threatens the entire American system.

One of the greatest dangers to our entire system of self-government under the laws has been the growth in foreign influence seeking to buy control of American policies and actions.

Our Founding Fathers were vividly aware of the danger of foreign money and influence-seeking to control our politics and our government. In fact, they wrote a prohibition against foreign influence buying into the Constitution.

Article I, Section 9 says, “No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.”

“Emolument” is a fancy word for payment.

Congress has implemented this ban through the Foreign Gifts and Decorations Act, which specifically prohibits spouses of public officials from receiving payments linked to foreign governments. Thus, during the eight years Hillary was in the Senate and the four years she was Secretary of State, every foreign government payment to President Bill Clinton or to the Clinton Foundation was expressly prohibited by the Constitution and by federal law.

Why were the Founding Fathers 229 years ago worried that people like the Clintons would introduce foreign corruption?

First, they had lived through the corruption of the British government, and rebelled against it. As Gordon Wood has described authoritatively, the Americans embraced the Whig critique of and hostility to corruption. Their passion for limited government was in part driven by the depth of their hostility toward government corruption.

Decades before Lord Acton warned that “power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely,” the Founding Fathers were designing a constitution to enforce the law and limit dishonesty and corruption.

Second, many of the Founding Fathers had read Roman and Greek history. They had a profound sense of the degree to which corruption destroyed liberty and the rule of law leading to dictatorship and tyranny.

If you read Colleen McCullough’s magnificent novels about the fall of the Roman Republic and the rise of Caesar you will see sobering parallels.

Volume one is called The First Man in Rome. Already, in that first book (set around 100 B.C.), foreign rulers had learned that the Roman Senate had grown corrupt and could be bribed. The cancer of dishonesty was growing throughout the Roman power structure.

McCullough would have understood the Clintons and the cesspool of corruption they live in and preside over.

Donald Trump says he will drain the swamp.

We all need to understand how big a job and how great a struggle that will be.

President John Adams warned:

We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.

We are now testing the capacity of America to survive immoral, dishonest corrupt leaders and a network of corruption that is pervasive and frighteningly powerful.

If, in John Dean’s words, The Watergate cover-up was a “cancer on the Presidency,” then the scale and influence of today’s dishonesty and corruption is a cancer threatening the very survival of the rule of law and the American system of self government.

Lincoln, seeking to prevail in a crisis of the Republic, went to Gettysburg and rallied the American people with these words:

It is for us the living…to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

Now it is our turn to rededicate ourselves to the same cause–to reject the pervasive dishonesty and corruption that threatens our system and our institutions, and to return once again to a government of the people, by the people, and for the people.

That is how important next Tuesday is.

Your Friend,

Source: Will County News