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The Case for a Flat Tax

Dec 19, 2016
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Steve Forbes

What would happen if there was just one tax rate for most Americans? Would that be fair? Could it even work? Steve Forbes, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media, explains.

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Illinois lost people in the last year


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Illinois lost population in the year ended June 30 and now is one of only two states to have fewer people than it did in the 2010 census.

Those are the latest population estimates released today by the U.S. Census Bureau, estimates that show that no state in the Northeast or Midwest is doing well, but Illinois is doing particularly badly.

The specifics:

In the 2010 census, Illinois had a reported population of 12,831,574. The Land of Lincoln slowly clawed its way up to 12,879,505 in mid-2013, but now is down to 12,801,539 after losing more than 37,500 people in the past year. The loss here is the biggest of any state.

Illinois has some cold-weather company in the downward trend, with Pennsylvania, New York and Connecticut also losing residents in the same 12-month period.

But only one other state is like Illinois, having lost population overall between 2010 and 2016. That is West Virginia, home of a disappearing coal industry that’s been hit just as hard as some aspects of Illinois’ economy.

The latest figures do not break down the shift by city, county or race. But with other census data showing that the city of Chicago’s population finally is on the rebound, especially downtown, the new data suggest that downstate areas that are depending on factory jobs are particularly getting hammered.

The new stats are not good news. Among other things, as researchers already have been suggesting, Illinois almost certainly will lose another member of Congress after the decennial census.

Overall, national growth has eased back to just 0.7 percent a year. But as before, it’s concentrated in states in the West and South.

Meanwhile, the population news is making political waves. “Illinois’ worst-in-the-nation population decline provides yet another example of the devastation caused by Governor Bruce Rauner,” the Illinois Working Together union coalition said in a statement. “The economic uncertainty created by the Rauner budget impasse has stifled job growth, pushing middle class families to look elsewhere for opportunities. Meanwhile, Rauner’s draconian cuts to social services and public universities force both clients and employees to flee the state.

“The governor needs to realize that holding the budget hostage for his extreme agenda is simply the wrong way to go.”

Update, 4 p.m. — According to Kenneth Johnson, a demographer at the University of New Hampshire, the Illinois drop and that in many northern states is a sort of return to the norm, with domestic out-migration rising again after dropping in the years of the great subprime mortgage recession.

He writes, “Many states with histories of substantial domestic migration loss that sustained smaller migration losses during the recession are now experiencing substantial domestic migration losses again. Both Massachusetts and Illinois experienced larger domestic migration losses in each of the last two years than they did earlier in the decade. Massachusetts’ domestic migration loss was nearly 26,000 last year compared to just 3,700 in 2012-2013. In Illinois, the net domestic migration loss grew to 114,000 from 68,000 in the same period. With domestic migration losses again growing, population gains are diminishing in Massachusetts and population losses are growing in Illinois, despite continuing immigration gains and slowly declining levels of natural increase in each state . . . New York’s domestic migration loss of 191,000 last year remains smaller than the 232,600 it lost during 2004-2005, but it is growing again.”

In other words, jobs are again plentiful in the West and South. So people are again voting by calling the moving vans.

Source: Will County News

Tomi Lahren UNLOADS on Megyn Kelly For Pandering To Liberals

(Angry Patriot) – Megyn Kelly is rumored to be leaving Fox News, and many conservatives are hoping she lives up to it!

On that note, online video host Tomi Lahren recently took Kelly to the woodshed over her outspoken criticism of Pamela Geller. “I’m really disappointed to see that coming from Megyn Kelly. I really did think she was better than that,” she said.

Kelly attacked Geller, who is the president of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, by saying, “There’s no question she’s a hateful person…She’s not a fan of anyone who’s Muslim from the sound of what she says.”

The facts show otherwise. Geller is not anti-Islam in any way, but she is entirely anti-radical Islam as seen by the title of one of her books, “Stop the Islamization of America.” She is concerned about jihadists as we all should be.

Kelly, on the other hand, doesn’t seem to understand the issue—or she is just pandering to liberals who cozy-up to radical Islam in some crazy, Woodstock way. Maybe she’s helping her job prospects in case she makes her way to CNN or MSNBC?

“Megyn Kelly has never shown any indication of realizing the nature of the threat; the magnitude of the threat; the ideological brutes of the threat,” Geller said.

Geller’s work centers on the protection of all points of freedom. Specifically, she fights for the rights of Christians in a world where their place is being squashed by the left. She sees a world that is diminishing Christianity while lifting up Islam on a pedestal, even its twisted radicalized version.

Trying to figure out what made Kelly attack her, Geller asked, “What makes her think that it’s hateful to stand in defense of the first amendment. What’s hateful about that?” Geller’s positions are such that any run-of-the-mill conservative would agree with her, but, clearly, Kelly is anything but conservative. She tried to convince us otherwise, but over time the truth surfaced.

Standing against radical Islam does not mean you are Islamophobic or anti-Islamic. “When is the left…and even someone like Megyn Kelly, going to realize that the labels don’t work?” Lahren asked.

Kelly has been in a downward spiral since taking on Trump last year. While she attempted to be fair and balanced, per Fox News’s theme, she has clearly leaned heavily to the left. Her guests on the issue of Islam are always those who defend radicals, which is far from a balanced, genuine conversation on the issue.

Bad thinking, Megyn. The newly elected president and people like Tomi Lahren are making it cool again to be conservative! You’re officially on the outside where you belong. Maybe you can get a job working with your buddy Howard Stern.


Source: Will County News

Painting of Cops as Pigs Hung Proudly in US Capitol

A piece of art depicting police officers as pigs with guns terrorizing a black neighborhood is currently displayed proudly inside our nation’s Capitol.

Image Credit: Independent Journal Review

The untitled artwork, which supposedly symbolizes the unrest that followed the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, was selected as part of the annual Congressional Art Competition. It currently hangs in a tunnel between the U.S. Capitol building and Longworth House Office Building.

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The St. Louis American describes what’s seen in the painting:

His winning work is an acrylic painting featuring a downtown street scene with the Gateway Arch displayed in the background and three police officers with animal heads, two with guns in hand, and a large group of marchers moving toward the police.


The lead marcher carries a sign that says the word “history.” Pulphus’ painting includes several signs, one of which says “Racism Kills,” and another “Stop Killing.” On the right you can see a man being crucified wearing a graduation cap holding the scales of justice in his hands.

The painting is an interpretation of the months of unrest that took place in the region in response to the fatal shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown Jr. by then-Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson on August 9, 2014.

The painting was selected on behalf of Rep. Lacy Clay (D-MO). While it’s unclear whether Clay personally selected “Untitled #1” as the winner, he offered heavy praise for the controversial painting in a press release:

In his remarks to the overflow crowd of young artists, parents and teachers who gathered at Webster University’s new downtown St. Louis campus in the historic Arcade Building, Congressman Clay said, “Tonight, we are celebrating our sixteenth year of recognizing outstanding young artistic talent. As you can see from the artwork on display here, the level of talent is truly impressive. Your work is inspiring, and I encourage all of you to continue to develop your creative abilities.”

Image Credit: Independent Journal Review

The artist, David Pulphus, was previously scheduled to travel to Washington, D.C. to unveil his painting, which “portrays a colorful landscape of symbolic characters representing social injustice, the tragic events in Ferguson, Missouri and the lingering elements of inequality in modern American society,” according to Rep. Clay’s press release.

Clay also reportedly called the piece of art the “most creative expression that I’ve witnessed over the last 16 years” during remarks on the House floor.

WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 24: Rep. William Lacy Clay (D-MO) (C) welcomes Tracy Martin, father of Trayvon Martin, and Georgetown University Professor Michael Dyson (L) before the first hearing of the Congressional Caucus on Black Men and Boys in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill July 24, 2013 in Washington, DC. Image Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Multiple calls made to Clay’s Washington, D.C., office on Thursday were unanswered.

Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA), a former law enforcement officer, told Independent Journal Review in a statement that he was disappointed to see the painting in the hallway of our nation’s Capitol:

“It is disheartening to see this depiction of law enforcement hanging in the hallway of our nation’s Capitol where officers work everyday to protect our safety and freedoms. Unfortunately, many people of influence have taken part in promoting offensive and inaccurate caricatures of the very people who do the most to protect our families. While I understand in some neighborhoods trust between police and communities has all but deteriorated, we must work on rebuilding these relationships and focus on our shared goals of peace and civility.”

A senior Republican congressional aide also blasted the artwork in a scathing statement provided to IJR:

“That a sitting member of Congress thought it was a good idea to honor the depiction of police officers as pigs — in the U.S. Capitol of all places — is reprehensible. I feel incredibly sad that the officers working nearby have to see this on the wall. These officers protect this congressman, his staff, and his office every day, never knowing if it may be their last. Meanwhile, he’s encouraging teenagers in his district to treat police officers as animals. It’s disgusting, and he should be ashamed. This hate masquerading as art needs to be taken down now.”

The aide first noticed the painting after witnessing two officers huddled around it. They looked at it and then walked back to where they came from.

“It’s just sad,” the aide told IJR.

The aide said that just about 25 yards away from the painting, Capitol Hill police officers are hard at work screening people through metal detectors. There, they stand ready to put themselves in harm’s way to protect everyone inside the U.S. Capitol, including the Democratic lawmaker who honored the painting with a spot on the wall.

Source: Will County News