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Statement on House Override Vote

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IOP Statement on House Override Vote

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On July 6, the Illinois House of Representatives voted to override Governor Bruce Rauner’s veto of the controversial budget package that includes a permanent 32% income tax rate increase. Illinois Opportunity Project President Matthew Besler released the following statement:

“Today, the Illinois House voted to override the Governor’s veto of a budget that inflicts massive tax hikes on Illinois’ families and businesses, yet makes no reforms to state government. The overwhelming majority of Illinoisans oppose this measure. Governor Rauner was elected to enact the reforms that would get the state’s crumbling economy growing. Rather than negotiating a responsible budget that addresses the major drivers of state spending, Democrats rammed through a proposal that works in direct opposition to the wishes of the Illinois electorate. They did so, with the help of 16 Surrender Republicans, 11 of whom voted to override the Governor’s veto: State Representatives Steve Andersson, Terri Bryant, Michael Fortner, Norine Hammond, David Harris, Chad Hays, Sara Wojcicki Jimenez, Bill Mitchell, Reggie Phillips, and Mike Unes; and State Senator Dale Righter.”


“As State Representative Jeanne Ives noted, “This budget is a disaster for Illinois.” It imposes a 32% income tax increase on families who struggle to make ends meet. It raises the corporate tax rate 35% in a state that is bleeding jobs and businesses. Proponents of the bill scold, “We had to do something.” They proceeded to do something that will take an additional $1125 per year from the average family. They did something that will make Illinois even more hostile to businesses. But, they did nothing to improve state government or to improve life for Illinoisans.”


“At the Illinois Opportunity Project, we remain staunchly opposed to any measures that require more from Illinois families, yet ask nothing more of state government or state legislators. And we are more committed than ever to empowering citizens to hold state legislators accountable for their actions. Join us in challenging those in Springfield who put political power ahead of the people they serve. Their budget shamefully requires the people of this state to pour more of their money into a failed government.”

Source: Will County News

Trump News July 7, 2017

President Donald J. Trump delivers his Weekly Address to the Nation.


All times EST.

4:35 AM: President Trump attends the G-20 Summit Leaders Retreat

6:30 AM: President Trump participates in the G-20 Summit Leaders Official Photograph

7:15 AM: President Trump participates in an expanded meeting with President Peña Nieto of Mexico

7:50 AM: President Trump participates in the G-20 Summit Leaders Working Lunch

9:30 AM: President Trump participates in the G-20 Summit Leaders Working Session II

9:45 AM: President Trump participates in an expanded meeting with President Vladimir Putin of Russia

12:25 PM: President Trump attends the G-20 Summit Reception

1:00 PM: President Trump attends the G-20 Summit Concert

2:15 PM: President Trump attends the G-20 Summit Social Dinner


President Donald J. Trump speaks to the people of Poland | July 6, 2017 (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)


FACT: According to the most recent data, 1,066,360 families in Texas paid $247.5 million in penalties to the IRS for the right not to purchase health insurance.


President Trump delivered remarks to the people of Poland saying, “I declare today for the world to hear that the West will never, ever be broken. Our values will prevail. Our people will thrive. And our civilization will triumph. So, together, let us all fight like the Poles – for family, for freedom, for country, and for God.

Polish Ambassador to the United States Piotr Wilczek on the Unbreakable Polish-American Bond, “On Thursday, as an active member of NATO and the European Union, Poland hosts President Trump on his second international trip. This visit will demonstrate the unbreakable bonds between Poland and the U.S. and address the challenges facing our neighborhood and the broader Euro-Atlantic community.”

President Trump met in Hamburg, Germany with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany to coordinate on key policy areas ahead of the G20 Summit.

Vice President Pence delivered remarks at the Kennedy Space Center where he reaffirmed the Trump Administration’s commitment to lead in space exploration and discovery.

The Congressional Budget Office is using a starting point from 2016 to predict the impact of repealing and replacing Obamacare that has already been proven inaccurate. The CBO has consistently failed to accurately predict how legislation will impact health insurance coverage.

Myth vs. Reality: Democrats are claiming the healthcare bill currently being considered by the Senate will “cut” Medicaid. However, under this bill Medicaid would increase from $393 billion this year to $464 billion in 2027—and that’s adjusting for inflation. Clearly, not a “cut.”


Source: Will County News

Trump, Putin broker Syria ceasefire

Trump, Putin broker Syria ceasefire


Trump and Putin shake hands at G20

President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin met at the G20 summit and brokered a ceasefire for southwestern portions of Syria.

It’s a meeting and outcome the establishment in both major American political parties hoped to avoid. The elites love war and toppling regimes, and part of the whole #NeverTrump narrative of fake news accounts hinting and outright accusing Trump of being in bed with or a stooge for Putin was to prevent anything that would lead to cessation of hostilities in Syria.

It seems Trump employed “the art of the deal” and sat down across the table from Putin and said, “Let’s cut the crap and get this done.”

Recall that Trump ran on the platform calling for non-intervention in Syria. But he has not operated that way under influence from the globalists and banksters he surrounded himself with.

He even bombed Syria in April based on the false pretense that Syria used sarin gas on rebels.  That Syria was not responsible for a gas attack was proven by an MIT explosives expert, famed journalist Seymour Hersh, and former UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter. But Ivanka fretted about dying babies, so Trump unleashed the bombs to much glee from the Republican establishment and mainstream media – even fake news CNN.

The toppling of Syrian President Bashar Assad was on the agenda of the American war machine, Saudi Arabia and Israel. So the CIA and Pentagon began arming al-Qaida and al-Nusra terrorists – thereby creating ISIS — to do their dirty work.

Had the fake news Putin-Trump narrative not been front and center since November, this ceasefire likely would have happened months ago, saving the lives of thousands of innocent men, women and children caught in the crossfire.

Here’s how the AP fleshed the story out:

The United States and Russia have reached agreement on a cease-fire in southwest Syria, three U.S. officials said Friday as President Donald Trump held his first meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The deal marks a new level of involvement for the Trump administration in trying to resolve Syria’s civil war. Although details about the agreement and how it will be implemented weren’t immediately available, the cease-fire is set to take effect Sunday at noon Damascus time, said the officials, who weren’t authorized to discuss the cease-fire publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Jordan and Israel also are part of the agreement, one of the officials said. The two U.S. allies both share a border with the southern part of Syria and have been concerned about violence from Syria’s civil war spilling over the border.

The deal is separate from an agreement that Russia, Turkey and Iran struck earlier this year to try to establish “de-escalation zones” in Syria where violence would be reduced. The U.S., wary of Iran’s involvement, was not a part of that deal. Follow-up talks this week in Astana, Kazakhstan, failed to reach agreement on how to finalize a cease-fire in those zones.

Previous cease-fires in Syria have collapsed or failed to reduce violence for long, and it was unclear whether this deal would be any better.

Earlier in the week, Syria’s military had said it was halting combat operations in the south of Syria for four days, in advance of a new round of Russian-sponsored talks in Astana. That move covered southern provinces of Daraa, Quneitra and Sweida. Syria’s government briefly extended that unilateral cease-fire, which is now set to expire Saturday — a day before the U.S. and Russian deal would take effect.

The new agreement to be announced Friday will be open-ended, with no set end date, one U.S. official said, describing it as part of broader U.S. discussions with Russia on trying to lower violence in the war-ravaged country. Officials said the U.S. and Russia were still working out the details as Trump and Putin concluded their more than two-hour meeting on Friday.

Update: In the last 12 years, terrorist attacks in Europe have killed 459 civilians. The U.S. killed at least 472 civilians in Syria, just in the last month. And that’s just U.S. attacks. Russian, Syrian, and ISIS attacks have claimed many more. –BL

Source: Will County News

Trump News July 9, 2017

“Trump’s Defining Speech”

– Editorial Board, The Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board praised President Trump’s historic speech in Warsaw, noting it “offered the core of what could become a governing philosophy,” and is a “determined and affirmative defense of the Western tradition.” The speech “contained affirmation of ideas and principles and related them to the current political moment,” but it’s “most provocative argument was about our way of life,” the Journal wrote, noting the speech was both a warning to the West and a call to action.
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At Fox News, former Bush and Reagan official Robert Charles writes that in Warsaw, “President Trump gave the most powerful speech of his presidency” in an “echo of Reagan’s ‘tear down this wall’ speech.” The Daily Caller wrote on the Polish crowd’s enthusiastic reception of the President by chanting “Donald Trump.”


Domestically, The Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard cites the Trump administration’s efforts to bolster “its campaign to deport criminal illegal immigrants by getting countries to stop blocking the transfers and take them back.” Because of the effort, “countries that refuse to take back illegals has been cut in half,” representing a “big win for Trump,” Bedard writes.


On the healthcare front, in the Omaha World-Herald, Bob Hallstrom, the National Federation of Independent Business’ Nebraska state director, writes that “repeal of Obamacare should not be a partisan issue,” outlining the soaring costs and reduced coverage Nebraskans face under the law. And The Washington Free Beacon reports that “Obamacare’s risk-adjustment program is forcing smaller health insurers and some of the remaining co-ops to pay higher charges,” rewarding some big insurers in the process.


Economically, it was another strong jobs month. Reuters reports Wall Street extended gains on Friday, “powered by robust jobs data and a rebound in technology stocks.” More people are looking for work, the wire service said, “a sign of confidence in the labor market.”

Source: Will County News

Tax Cuts Now can increase federal revenue

Tax Cuts Now

Originally published at Fox News.

Tax Cuts Now

To pass a tax cut bill this year, Congressional Republicans should start outlining and explaining their plan for deep tax cuts now. Their survival in the 2018 elections will depend on it.

Republicans must ensure that they create a level of economic growth that stands in stark contrast to the weak Democratic economy of the past years (which has been the slowest economy in modern times). But if voters only hear about planned prosperity, the GOP message will fall flat.

Only substantial tax cuts will trigger the rapid job growth needed for Republican success in 2018. But time is running out and to pass tax cuts this year, action is needed now.


Consider what we have learned from the first six months of the effort to repeal Obamacare – an issue Republicans have been virtually unanimous on for seven years, and we still have no real replacement plan capable of passing the House and the Senate.

Republicans, in theory, have been discussing and thinking about this for seven years, yet their communications strategy has been so ineffective, confusing, and disorganized, that the Republican House version of the bill is now less popular than Obamacare – which is actively imploding.

So, the obvious lesson from the first six months of the President Trump-Congressional Republican system is that everything takes longer, is harder to legislate, and is even more difficult to communicate than anyone expected on January 20 at the Inaugural.

Despite this tough lesson, the senior leadership continues to talk and plan as though things will be dramatically easier for the Republican tax bill.

There is talk of describing a tax bill in September, holding hearings in October, and passing it in November.

That legislative schedule is a recipe for disaster. It leaves no room for error and assumes every Republican will blindly get on board. The odds are overwhelming that such a tax bill would not pass until the Spring of 2018, at the earliest, which is too late to impact economic growth and job creation before the mid-term elections.

Worse, it seems as though Republicans are inclined to take a complicated approach that has a lot of moving parts. This will result in various groups getting hit with tax increases, complicated deductions, and other so-called reforms.

This also sets the stage for a significant amount of opposition – including a tremendous effort by K Street lobbyists to ensure the protection of their clients.

The current Republican communications system has failed to explain and sell the repeal of Obamacare. Does anyone think they will have better luck explaining and selling a complicated tax bill?

If Republicans really want a tax cut bill signed into law in 2017, (the highest priority for those who wish to survive their next elections) they need to completely rethink the current schedule and the proposed complexity.

Here is an alternative, month-by-month, strategy that would have the greatest likelihood of succeeding.

By the end of July, Republicans should be able to easily describe the basics of a simple, but large tax cut bill. For example, it could include:

  • a 20 percent corporate tax rate;
  • a modest but real middle-class tax cut;
  • and a consistent system for businesses to regularly repatriate foreign earnings from overseas.

Combined, these policies should have a substantial job creation and economic growth impact, and I detail each of them in my new # 1 New York Times best seller, Understanding Trump.

Additionally, as I wrote last month, tax cuts should be paid for through spending reforms and with increased government revenue from assets and economic growth.

That’s right, tax cuts can increase federal revenue. The Joint Committee on Taxation and the Congressional Budget Office claimed in 1997 that cuts in the Republican-drafted Taxpayer Relief Act would add $27.9 billion to the deficit by 2000. However, we passed the law and brought in $346 billion in revenue – creating a $290 billion surplus by 2000.

So, if Republicans craft a simple, explainable, consensus tax bill – without throwing in controversial policies – they can set the stage for effective communications.

To kick off the public campaign, Republicans should then proclaim August “Job Creation and Economic Growth Month.” They should coordinate with their delegations and hold town hall meetings about job creation and economic growth in their districts. The best way to build support for the Republican agenda is to organize grassroots efforts at home. Republicans should petition support from every group that would win with this bill.

The President, Vice President, and every cabinet member should also give at least three speeches in favor of the 2017 Job Creation and Economic Growth Act to maintain the national focus.

By September, Republicans should hold parallel hearings in the House and Senate. The first week of October should be spent moving the tax cut bill through the House. Then they should spend the next three weeks getting it passed in the Senate.

Finally, in November, the House and Senate should conference the bill and pass it by mid-month in time for a Thanksgiving week signing ceremony.

Any strategy that includes a longer timeline and a more complex bill will almost assuredly doom a 2017 tax cut. That will make the 2018 election very tough for the GOP.

Your Friend,
Newt Gingrich July 8, 2017

Source: Will County News