Saturday, December 23, 2017
Hell comes to Whoville. pic.twitter.com/k5O83CkE1x— Watts Up With That (@wattsupwiththat) December 20, 2017
Remember, the most hated part of ObamaCare is the Individual Mandate, which is being terminated under our just signed Tax Cut Bill.
Remember, the most hated part of ObamaCare is the Individual Mandate, which is being terminated under our just signed Tax Cut Bill.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 22, 2017
The ObamaCare individual mandate was particularly cruel: forcing working Americans w/ limited income to buy something they didn't want & couldn't afford. Another big win for the forgotten men and women of this country who are forgotten no more https://t.co/cqhBqRziPq— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) December 23, 2017
95% of Americans will pay less or, at worst, the same amount of taxes (mostly far less). The Dems only want to raise your taxes!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 22, 2017
Was hoping somebody would do this. The polls you're seeing are more about the Republican brand being poor than about the tax plan, which many haven't really studied: Watch Liberals Support the GOP Tax Plan ... After Being Told It Came From Bernie Sanders https://t.co/wkco92Sed9— Joe Concha (@JoeConchaTV) December 23, 2017
Two Scoops + Japan fish feeding got more coverage than— Kira Argounova (Strassel Republican) (@Kira_Media) December 24, 2017
- NSA’s FISC reprimand
- Incongruence of Comey’s treatment of HRC & Quattrone/Stewart
Another shocker with Ben Rhodes involved.
Some news stories report mere allegations as “fact,” but the Obama/Hezbollah treachery facts are reported as mere “allegation.” https://t.co/nssrgD7ari— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) December 22, 2017
Cable/broadcasters ignore a Obama-scandal story that has a lot more on-the-record sources than they usually can find. A deafening media silence on the Obama-Hezbollah scandal https://t.co/OECpesl7lG via @nypost— Kimberley Strassel (@KimStrassel) December 22, 2017
Most major newspapers, which have been sanctimoniously patting themselves on the back for the past year, couldn’t shoehorn into their pages a story about potential collusion between the former president and a terror-supporting state. https://t.co/THils2PA74— Nick Short 🇺🇸 (@PoliticalShort) December 22, 2017
Lots of people who spent 2017 tweeting articles about Russia collusion sourced to 2 or 3 anonymous "former admin officials" are criticizing @JoshMeyerDC story on Hezbollah - which has dozens of on-the-record and background quotes - for "thin sourcing"— Omri Ceren (@omriceren) December 23, 2017
Is that weird?
MSNBC/CNN/NYT/WashPo/Lester Holt, in full coverup mode - a deafening media silence on the Obama-Hezbollah drug dealing scandal: https://t.co/7GoyVFevgB— MARK SIMONE (@MarkSimoneNY) December 22, 2017
"What makes media blackout particularly shameful is story isn’t partisan hit job... Has two on-the-record sources - more than vast majority of so-called scoops about Russian 'collusion'" - @davidharsanyi on media silence about @JoshMeyerDC blockbuster https://t.co/palyv9QBrC— Omri Ceren (@omriceren) December 22, 2017
As James Lacy and I predicted in our book "California's War Against Donald Trump: Who Wins? Who Loses?"... https://t.co/gGL8qYgOO6— Katy Grimes (@KATYSaccitizen) December 23, 2017
Did Obama read the “Steele dossier” in the White House last August? https://t.co/wF1jqlSNKe— HotAir.com (@hotairblog) December 23, 2017
James Baker, the FBI's general counsel, communicated with Mother Jones reporter David Corn in the weeks leading up to the November 2016 election. Corn was the first to report the existence of the Trump dossier on Oct. 31. https://t.co/vIgP5qVUwt— Nick Short 🇺🇸 (@PoliticalShort) December 23, 2017
Friday, December 22, 2017
You know it’s bad for the Dems when even the mainstream media can’t give an assist. Here’s a CBS News story that did NOT cooperate with the Democrat narrative of “Armageddon” and mass misery. Nancy Pelosi hardest hit:
'HUSH, woman.' Michelle Malkin SHREDS Nancy Pelosi for claim that GOP is robbing 'poor kids' https://t.co/BQ3bsg986C— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) December 22, 2017
Attn. Nancy Pelosi! CBS News finds families who WON’T be killed by the tax bill https://t.co/56Sbu4PfdH— Deplorable George (@The_Proteus7) December 23, 2017
The United Nations Security Council just voted 15-0 in favor of additional Sanctions on North Korea.
The United Nations Security Council just voted 15-0 in favor of additional Sanctions on North Korea. The World wants Peace, not Death!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 22, 2017
Thursday, December 21, 2017
"We've had this investigation about Russian collusion. Maybe we need an investigation about high ranking Obama officials colluding to try prevent Trump from being President. That's more serious than even Watergate."
💥💥Senator Rand Paul Drops Bomb on Obama Admin!— TrumpSoldier (@DaveNYviii) December 21, 2017
"We've had this investigation about Russian collusion. Maybe we need an investigation about high ranking Obama officials colluding to try prevent Trump from being President. That's more serious than even Watergate." pic.twitter.com/7b9azNayeO
...The last two months of California weather were among the driest autumn months on record. Unless 2018 is a miraculously wet year, California will find itself on the cusp of another existential drought.
Yet California politicians are currently obsessed with the usual race/class/gender agendas, as Sacramento broadcasts that California is a sanctuary state exempt from federal immigration laws.
Periodically, Governor Jerry Brown, in prophetic Old Testament style, offers rebukes of President Donald Trump, as Brown tours the globe as commander in chief of California.
But meanwhile, in the real (dry) world, did Brown’s state prepare for such a disaster during either its recent four-year dry spell or its near-record wet year in 2016? Hardly.
Over some 50 consecutive months of drought, California did not start work on a single major reservoir — though many had long ago been planned and designed.
Instead, given the lack of water-storage capacity, and due to environmental diversions, tens of millions of acre-feet of precious runoff water last year were simply let out to the ocean.
This year, the state may want all of that water back....
Flights over California’s coastal corridor this autumn offered a scene out of Dante’s Inferno. Fires seemed to engulf entire populated hillsides from Los Angeles and Santa Barbara to Santa Rosa....
The hillsides are overgrown with drought-stricken scrub and half-dead trees, in part due to restrictions on grazing, brush removal, and logging. They prove to be veritable kindling that fuels raging fires....
What are the lessons for the nation from these random glimpses of 21st-century California?...
Remember that voting progressively in the abstract does not automatically translate into living progressively in the concrete.
Prop. 13 targeted by proposed California ballot initiative https://t.co/0CmNVPdnLw— Thomas Del Beccaro (@tomdelbeccaro) December 20, 2017
...Prop. 13 limited property taxes to 1 percent of a property’s cash value and capped increases at 2 percent per year, allowing reassessment of a property’s value and a larger increase in its owner’s tax bill only after it changes hands or new construction is completed. The incipient measure would change that for commercial property.
“Why do they need more money?” Coupal said of state officials. “To spend it on something stupid like high-speed rail?”...
Of course, Dems are running out of other people's money. https://t.co/Jwr6kYe8OV— Mike Hodge (@MikeHodge19) December 20, 2017
Donald Trump celebrates tax reform victory: ‘A lot of fun when you win’https://t.co/WsMzHvG4Ss— The Washington Times (@WashTimes) December 20, 2017
"You're one heck of a leader," says @OrrinHatch, as one after another, Republican members of Congress lavish praise on @POTUS. "We’re making headway. This is just the beginning.” pic.twitter.com/0QLm6E9CU8— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) December 20, 2017
Pledges After GOP Tax Cuts:— Fox News Research (@FoxNewsResearch) December 20, 2017
•AT&T: Invest $1B in US; $1,000 employee bonus
•Boeing: $300M investment
•CVS: Hire 3,000 workers
•FedEx: Increase hiring
•Fifth Third Bancorp: Minimum wage to $15; $1,000 employee bonus
•Wells Fargo: Minimum wage to $15; $400M to nonprofits pic.twitter.com/5CVNaQz8b9
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Accurate Headline: Every Democrat in Congress Just Voted AGAINST Pro-Growth Middle Class Tax Cuts https://t.co/hTJTOeIwUT— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) December 20, 2017
when Obama kept re-writing Obamacare with his non-existent presidential authority to change legislation by his own whim, I don't think @Politico fretted about "chaos and confusion" over the changes https://t.co/fvNnSBDP8J— TheOne&OnlyExpert (@AceofSpadesHQ) December 20, 2017
this is some amazing spin right here https://t.co/fvNnSBDP8J— TheOne&OnlyExpert (@AceofSpadesHQ) December 20, 2017
Not a single democrat voted for tax cuts to help struggling families.— #ThePersistence (@ScottPresler) December 20, 2017
We are coming for your seats, democrats, and we will vote in overwhelming numbers.
An elephant never forgets. 🐘#TaxCutsandJobsAct #WednesdayWisdom pic.twitter.com/Di0col5HVT
🌀🌀 Nikki Haley calls Egypt drafted resolution an insult‼️ No nation will dictate where the United States decides to locate our embassy‼️ NIKKI IS AWSOME‼️ https://t.co/Ph0K3cOou7— Laare Mazurik (@MazurikL) December 20, 2017
ICYMI --> 'The US will be taking names': Nikki Haley puts the UN on BLAST over embassy vote https://t.co/LGgx2HLcuc— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) December 20, 2017
Referencing tomorrow's UN vote criticizing the US embassy move. In the words of the President, "Let them vote against us, we'll save a lot." pic.twitter.com/eUGWD4cCBR— Nikki Haley (@nikkihaley) December 20, 2017
The First Madame President? - MUST READ & SHARE— Dr. Lynn J Anderson (@andersonDrLJA) December 20, 2017
"With one hand raise (As US Ambassador to UN) #NikkiHaley demonstrated more backbone than #Obama, #Biden, and #BenRhodes could muster in 8 years." #MAGA
We were promised people dying in the streets, but so far all I see are people getting $1000 bonus checks.— Razor (@hale_razor) December 20, 2017
JUST IN: Wells Fargo hikes its hourly pay rate to $15 & will aim for $400M in philanthropic donations next year due to the newly-passed GOP tax bill. https://t.co/GmM8bT0zjh— CNBC (@CNBC) December 20, 2017
JUST IN: Fifth Third Bancorp announces plan "to raise its minimum hourly wage for all employees to $15, and distribute a one-time bonus of $1,000 for more than 13,500 employees" following passage of tax bill. https://t.co/iv4i2MTAkO— CNBC Now (@CNBCnow) December 20, 2017
JUST IN: Comcast to give $1,000 bonuses to more than 100K "eligible frontline and non-executive employees" & invest $50 billion over the next five years in infrastructure "based on the passage of tax reform". https://t.co/jn8limUSe7— CNBC Now (@CNBCnow) December 20, 2017
(Disclosure: Comcast is parent co. of CNBC)
President Trump celebrates the passage of the GOP tax plan with Republicans at the White House https://t.co/jgP0I11guR— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) December 20, 2017
Trump: "I promised the American people a big, beautiful tax cut for Christmas."— Christina Bellantoni (@cbellantoni) December 20, 2017
Trump: We'll bring at least $4 trillion back into this country with tax reform pic.twitter.com/YoMZPxw0Ef— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) December 20, 2017
"It's always a lot of fun when you win," says Pres Trump about final passage of tax cut bill. Applauded by @lisamurkowski for provision allowing drilling in ANWR - Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.. pic.twitter.com/cL0VZvnTdA— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) December 20, 2017
“They are very, very special people” says Trump, thanking Mitch, Paul, Kevin, Kevin, and Orrin— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) December 20, 2017
.@SpeakerRyan says legislation this big could not have happened without "exquisite presidential leadership."— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) December 20, 2017
Trump: "I hate to say this, but we essentially repealed Obamacare" pic.twitter.com/9TArqqKyx0— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) December 20, 2017
I have to say, I love this guy! To the point, honest & focused on getting the job done. Thank you @realDonaldTrump for sticking w us & standing up to & defeating a swamp that has worked every day against you. Thank you for fighting & #winning for us! #sevenmoreyears #MAGA https://t.co/5obFkGc2v0— Tammy Bruce (@HeyTammyBruce) December 20, 2017
NOW TO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK! pic.twitter.com/6KD9hmsws1— GOP (@GOP) December 20, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans in Congress deliver epic overhaul of tax laws, bringing big cuts for business, smaller ones for middle class.— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) December 20, 2017
Pres Trump quick to hail final passage of tax cut bill. In written statement, says he's delivering on his promise of "a big, beautiful tax cut for Christmas." Says it will pour "rocket fuel into the engine of our economy" and America is "growing like never before."— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) December 20, 2017
Historic federal tax reform on its way to President Donald Trump's desk. https://t.co/3XnS5PzXia— Watchdog.org (@Watchdogorg) December 20, 2017
.@SpeakerRyan presiding, announces House vote 224-201 final passage on revote of tax cut bill. Now bill to be enrolled and delivered to the WH for presidential signature - but not today. pic.twitter.com/zTKY9FoetB— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) December 20, 2017
Tax bill clears House on revote, now headed to president’s desk amid claims by the left that GOP will soon rue the vote. I doubt it, as most Americans will see lower federal income taxes next year & beyond. Not to mention likely growth effects in economy.— Brit Hume (@brithume) December 20, 2017
Schumer: Republicans ‘Will Rue the Day’ They Passed the Tax Bill— 🎙Wayne Dupree (@WayneDupreeShow) December 20, 2017
In every superhero story, there is always a villain that comes up with a statement like this. Ladies and gentlemen, I present #ChuckSchumer 👈 #TheJoker #WaynesTake #RealTalk
The measure was ultimately included in the GOP's tax overhaul, which passed along party lines this week in the Republican-led House and Senate.
I’ve never seen such hysteria - over letting companies and people keep more of their earnings. https://t.co/G0wiMRjONF— Michael Der Manouel (@LincolnFresno) December 20, 2017
Join the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association in the fight to repeal the gas and car tax! Download, print and sign the official petition to get the repeal on the November 2018 ballot: https://t.co/EOGQbDBKeV— Reject the Gas Tax (@RejectTheGasTax) December 19, 2017
BREAKING: Senate passes 1st major rewrite of US tax code in 31 years, Final re-vote in House tomorrow morning
Great news → The Senate just passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. After years of work, we are going to enact the most sweeping, pro-growth overhaul of our tax code in a generation. https://t.co/4lmiJ9KhZn pic.twitter.com/wjtBPh9Iys— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) December 20, 2017
Senate passes middle class tax cuts and #TaxReform, 51-48. This also restructures corporate taxes to grow the economy since wages didn't improve under Obama. Republicans pushing for 4% economic growth. Critics had erroneously said 3% was "impossible." #TaxCutsandJobsAct 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/1tqWDMibhp— Ali 👑 (@ali) December 20, 2017
Today Congress gave Americans a historic gift for Christmas: the biggest tax cut for the working class in a generation. Major promise fulfilled to middle-class families who want to keep more hard-earned money.— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) December 20, 2017
51-48: Senate passes GOP tax reform bill on party line vote at 12:44am ET early Wednesday morning. Not voting: McCain. pic.twitter.com/Gc18olUldd— Craig Caplan (@CraigCaplan) December 20, 2017
BREAKING: Senate passes 1st major rewrite of US tax code in 31 years, setting stage for final House vote on Wednesday.— The Associated Press (@AP) December 20, 2017
Great news! The Senate just passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. This bill is a Christmas present for hardworking families from Charleston to Greenwood, and from Charlotte to Portland. For the first time in a generation, tax reform is finally here. https://t.co/ZWZRnPZ8rl pic.twitter.com/pGt0Krig3E— Tim Scott (@SenatorTimScott) December 20, 2017
THE REAL REASON YOUR TAXES IN CALIFORNIA GO UP: CalPERS is about to BURY Californians deeper in debt
THE REAL REASON YOUR TAXES IN CALIFORNIA GO UP: CalPERS is about to BURY Californians deeper in debt. Already underwater by over 30%, now gambling on reaching unreasonable investment returns to placate public labor unions and local government officials https://t.co/83UEn557ZR— Travis Allen (@JoinTravisAllen) December 18, 2017
The College Board’s new European history framework minimizes or ignores religion, free enterprise, the brutality of the Soviet Union, European intellectual history, and Great Britain.
This man is taking a knee in the painting, but it is not to protest his country. pic.twitter.com/WN2RqinRga— Jon McNaughton (@McNaughtonArt) September 26, 2017
So. Damn. GOOD: Guy Benson DECIMATES Leftist rhetoric around the GOP Tax Bill with Leftist source (ha!) https://t.co/Lg4j5HMLDv— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) December 20, 2017
Instead of cutting taxes for corporations or those at the top, we should be investing in our country’s crumbling infrastructure, or in giving middle-class families a real tax cut — or in the future of our country by making public colleges tuition free.— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) December 19, 2017
She voted against the @marcorubio @SenMikeLee amendment that did just that and nothing else.— The Reagan Battalion (@ReaganBattalion) December 19, 2017
A tax cut for the middle class.
She could’ve voted for it, and would have still been able to vote against the Tax Reform bill.
But she put politics over the middle class. https://t.co/zL7ezXHwEI
We're here today to discuss matters of vital importance to us all: America's security, prosperity, and standing in the world. I want to talk about where we've been, where we are now, and, finally, our strategy for where we are going in the years ahead.
Over the past 11 months, I have travelled tens of thousands of miles to visit 13 countries. I have met with more than 100 world leaders. I have carried America's message to a grand hall in Saudi Arabia, a great square in Warsaw, to the General Assembly of the United Nations, and to the seat of democracy on the Korean Peninsula. Everywhere I travelled, it was my highest privilege and greatest honour to represent the American people.
Throughout our history, the American people have always been the true source of American greatness. Our people have promoted our culture and promoted our values. Americans have fought and sacrificed on the battlefields all over the world. We have liberated captive nations, transformed former enemies into the best of friends, and lifted entire regions of the planet from poverty to prosperity.
Because of our people, America has been among the greatest forces for peace and justice in the history of the world. The American people are generous. You are determined, you are brave, you are strong, and you are wise.
When the American people speak, all of us should listen. And just over one year ago, you spoke loud and you spoke clear. On November 8, 2016, you voted to make America great again. You embraced new leadership and very new strategies, and also a glorious new hope. That is why we are here today.
But to seize the opportunities of the future, we must first understand the failures of the past. For many years, our citizens watched as Washington politicians presided over one disappointment after another. Too many of our leaders - so many who forgot whose voices they were to respect and whose interests they were supposed to defend - our leaders in Washington negotiated disastrous trade deals that brought massive profits to many foreign nations, but sent thousands of American factories, and millions of American jobs, to those other countries.
Our leaders engaged in nation-building abroad, while they failed to build up and replenish our nation at home. They undercut and shortchanged our men and women in uniform with inadequate resources, unstable funding, and unclear missions. They failed to insist that our often very wealthy allies pay their fair share for defence, putting a massive and unfair burden on the US taxpayer and our great US military.
They neglected a nuclear menace in North Korea; made a disastrous, weak, and incomprehensibly bad deal with Iran; and allowed terrorists such as ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) to gain control of vast parts of territory all across the Middle East.
They put American energy under lock and key. They imposed punishing regulations and crippling taxes. They surrendered our sovereignty to foreign bureaucrats in faraway and distant capitals.
And over the profound objections of the American people, our politicians left our borders wide open. Millions of immigrants entered illegally. Millions more were admitted into our country without the proper vetting needed to protect our security and our economy. Leaders in Washington imposed on the country an immigration policy that Americans never voted for, never asked for, and never approved - a policy where the wrong people are allowed into our country and the right people are rejected. American citizens, as usual, have been left to bear the cost and to pick up the tab.
On top of everything else, our leaders drifted from American principles. They lost sight of America's destiny. And they lost their belief in American greatness. As a result, our citizens lost something as well. The people lost confidence in their government and, eventually, even lost confidence in their future.
But last year, all of that began to change. The American people rejected the failures of the past. You rediscovered your voice and reclaimed ownership of this nation and its destiny.
On January 20th, 2017, I stood on the steps of the Capitol to herald the day the people became the rulers of their nation again. Thank you. Now, less than one year later, I am proud to report that the entire world has heard the news and has already seen the signs. America is coming back, and America is coming back strong.
Upon my inauguration, I announced that the United States would return to a simple principle: The first duty of our government is to serve its citizens, many of whom have been forgotten. But they are not forgotten any more. With every decision and every action, we are now putting America first.
We are rebuilding our nation, our confidence, and our standing in the world. We have moved swiftly to confront our challenges, and we have confronted them head-on.
We are once again investing in our defence - almost $700bn, a record, this coming year. We are demanding extraordinary strength, which will hopefully lead to long and extraordinary peace. We are giving our courageous military men and women the support they need and so dearly deserve.
We have withdrawn the United States from job-killing deals such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the very expensive and unfair Paris Climate Accord. And on our trip to Asia last month, I announced that we will no longer tolerate trading abuse.
We have established strict new vetting procedures to keep terrorists out of the United States, and our vetting is getting tougher each month.
To counter Iran and block its path to a nuclear weapon, I sanctioned the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps for its support of terrorism, and I declined to certify the Iran Deal to Congress.
Following my trip to the Middle East, the Gulf states and other Muslim-majority nations joined together to fight radical Islamist ideology and terrorist financing. We have dealt ISIS one devastating defeat after another. The coalition to defeat ISIS has now recaptured almost 100 percent of the land once held by these terrorists in Iraq and Syria. Great job. Great job. Really good. Thank you. Thank you. We have a great military. We're now chasing them wherever they flee, and we will not let them into the United States.
In Afghanistan, our troops are no longer undermined by artificial timelines, and we no longer tell our enemies of our plans. We are beginning to see results on the battlefield. And we have made clear to Pakistan that while we desire continued partnership, we must see decisive action against terrorist groups operating on their territory. And we make massive payments every year to Pakistan. They have to help.
Our efforts to strengthen the NATO Alliance set the stage for significant increases in member contributions, with tens of billions of dollars more pouring in because I would not allow member states to be delinquent in the payment while we guarantee their safety and are willing to fight wars for them. We have made clear that countries that are immensely wealthy should reimburse the United States for the cost of defending them. This is a major departure from the past, but a fair and necessary one - necessary for our country, necessary for our taxpayer, necessary for our own thought process.
Our campaign of maximum pressure on the North Korean regime has resulted in the toughest-ever sanctions. We have united our allies in an unprecedented effort to isolate North Korea. However, there is much more work to do. America and its allies will take all necessary steps to achieve a denuclearisation and ensure that this regime cannot threaten the world. Thank you. This situation should have been taken care of long before I got into office, when it was much easier to handle. But it will be taken care of. We have no choice.
At home, we are keeping our promises and liberating the American economy. We have created more than two million jobs since the election. Unemployment is at a 17-year low. The stock market is at an all-time high and, just a little while ago, hit yet another all-time high - the 85th time since my election.
We have cut 22 regulations for every one new regulation, the most in the history of our country. We have unlocked America's vast energy resources.
As the world watches - and the world is indeed watching - we are days away from passing historic tax cuts for American families and businesses. It will be the biggest tax cut and tax reform in the history of our country. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
And we are seeing the response we fully expected. Economic growth has topped three percent for two quarters in a row. GDP growth, which is way ahead of schedule under my administration, will be one of America's truly greatest weapons.
Optimism has surged. Confidence has returned. With this new confidence, we are also bringing back clarity to our thinking. We are reasserting these fundamental truths:
A nation without borders is not a nation.
A nation that does not protect prosperity at home cannot protect its interests abroad.
A nation that is not prepared to win a war is a nation not capable of preventing a war.
A nation that is not proud of its history cannot be confident in its future.
And a nation that is not certain of its values cannot summon the will to defend them.
Today, grounded in these truths, we are presenting to the world our new national security strategy. Based on my direction, this document has been in development for over a year. It has the endorsement of my entire Cabinet.
Our new strategy is based on a principled realism, guided by our vital national interests, and rooted in our timeless values.
This strategy recognises that, whether we like it or not, we are engaged in a new era of competition. We accept that vigorous military, economic, and political contests are now playing out all around the world.
We face rogue regimes that threaten the United States and our allies. We face terrorist organisations, transnational criminal networks, and others who spread violence and evil around the globe.
We also face rival powers, Russia and China, that seek to challenge American influence, values, and wealth. We will attempt to build a great partnership with those and other countries, but in a manner that always protects our national interest.
As an example, yesterday I received a call from President Putin of Russia thanking our country for the intelligence that our CIA was able to provide them concerning a major terrorist attack planned in St Petersburg, where many people, perhaps in the thousands, could have been killed. They were able to apprehend these terrorists before the event, with no loss of life. And that's a great thing, and the way it's supposed to work. That is the way it's supposed to work.
But while we seek such opportunities of cooperation, we will stand up for ourselves, and we will stand up for our country like we have never stood up before. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
We know that American success is not a foregone conclusion. It must be earned and it must be won. Our rivals are tough, they're tenacious, and committed to the long term. But so are we.
To succeed, we must integrate every dimension of our national strength, and we must compete with every instrument of our national power.
Under the Trump administration, America is gaining wealth, leading to enhanced power -- faster than anyone thought - with $6 trillion more in the stock market alone since the election -- $6 trillion.
With the strategy I am announcing today, we are declaring that America is in the game and America is going to win. Thank you.
Our strategy advances four vital national interests. First, we must protect the American people, the homeland, and our great American way of life. This strategy recognises that we cannot secure our nation if we do not secure our borders. So for the first time ever, American strategy now includes a serious plan to defend our homeland. It calls for the construction of a wall on our southern border; ending chain migration and the horrible visa and lottery programs; closing loopholes that undermine enforcement; and strongly supporting our Border Patrol agents, ICE officers, and Homeland Security personnel.
In addition, our strategy calls for us to confront, discredit, and defeat radical Islamic terrorism and ideology and to prevent it from spreading into the United States. And we will develop new ways to counter those who use new domains, such as cyber and social media, to attack our nation or threaten our society.
The second pillar of our strategy is to promote American prosperity. For the first time, American strategy recognizes that economic security is national security. Economic vitality, growth, and prosperity at home is absolutely necessary for American power and influence abroad. Any nation that trades away its prosperity for security will end up losing both.
That is why this national security strategy emphasises, more than any before, the critical steps we must take to ensure the prosperity of our nation for a long, long time to come.
It calls for cutting taxes and rolling back unnecessary regulations. It calls for trade based on the principles of fairness and reciprocity. It calls for firm action against unfair trade practices and intellectual property theft. And it calls for new steps to protect our national security industrial and innovation base.
The strategy proposes a complete rebuilding of American infrastructure - our roads, bridges, airports, waterways, and communications infrastructure. And it embraces a future of American energy dominance and self-sufficiency.
The third pillar of our strategy is to preserve peace through strength. We recognise that weakness is the surest path to conflict, and unrivalled power is the most certain means of defence. For this reason, our strategy breaks from the damaging defence sequester. We're going to get rid of that.
It calls for a total modernisation of our military, and reversing previous decisions to shrink our armed forces - even as threats to national security grew. It calls for streamlining acquisition, eliminating bloated bureaucracy, and massively building up our military, which has the fundamental side benefit of creating millions and millions of jobs.
This strategy includes plans to counter modern threats, such as cyber and electromagnetic attacks. It recognises space as a competitive domain and calls for multi-layered missile defence. This strategy outlines important steps to address new forms of conflict such as economic and political aggression.
And our strategy emphasises strengthening alliances to cope with these threats. It recognises that our strength is magnified by allies who share principles - and our principles - and shoulder their fair share of responsibility for our common security.
Fourth and finally, our strategy is to advance American influence in the world, but this begins with building up our wealth and power at home.
America will lead again. We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but we will champion the values without apology. We want strong alliances and partnerships based on cooperation and reciprocity. We will make new partnerships with those who share our goals, and make common interests into a common cause. We will not allow inflexible ideology to become an obsolete and obstacle to peace.
We will pursue the vision we have carried around the world over this past year - a vision of strong, sovereign, and independent nations that respect their citizens and respect their neighbours; nations that thrive in commerce and cooperation, rooted in their histories and branching out toward their destinies.
That is the future we wish for this world, and that is the future we seek in America.
With this strategy, we are calling for a great reawakening of America, a resurgence of confidence, and a rebirth of patriotism, prosperity, and pride.
And we are returning to the wisdom of our founders. In America, the people govern, the people rule, and the people are sovereign. What we have built here in America is precious and unique. In all of history, never before has freedom reigned, the rule of law prevailed, and the people thrived as we have here for nearly 250 years.
We must love and defend it. We must guard it with vigilance and spirit, and, if necessary, like so many before us, with our very lives. And we declare that our will is renewed, our future is regained, and our dreams are restored.
Every American has a role to play in this grand national effort. And today, I invite every citizen to take their part in our vital mission. Together, our task is to strengthen our families, to build up our communities, to serve our citizens, and to celebrate American greatness as a shining example to the world.
As long as we are proud - and very proud - of who we are, how we got here, and what we are fighting for to preserve, we will not fail.
If we do all of this, if we rediscover our resolve and commit ourselves to compete and win again, then together we will leave our children and our grandchildren a nation that is stronger, better, freer, prouder, and, yes, an America that is greater than ever before.
God bless you. Thank you very much. Thank you.
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
I probably won't be the favorite speaker at @TPUSA given that I'm sharing the stage with @benshapiro @DennisPrager @DineshDSouza @TomiLahren @DonaldJTrumpJr @charliekirk11 @greggutfeld @PeteHegseth @ScottWalker. But I will definitely have the best shirt. pic.twitter.com/i9pJJrtrom— Alex Epstein (@AlexEpstein) December 19, 2017
A common argument against the Paris agreement has been that the “pledges” to cut emissions are only that: promises, targets, hopes. There is no way to enforce them, or even to verify them in many cases.
Another common argument, highlighted in Trump’s speech but made since long before, is that even if the pledges were met the deal would be useless. According to this view, China, India et al are not even putting up with the charade of trying to reduce emissions. Their emission targets are what you’d expect if their economies and energy systems continued their historical experience; in other words, their “target” is equivalent to doing nothing. Most hilariously, Pakistan’s INDC simply stated its emissions would peak at some point.
(Proponents of the agreement have usually countered this argument by putting their hands on their ears and ceaselessly screaming “I HEAR NOTHING”)...
...Democrats say some technical elements of the House bill violate Senate rules. In order to comply with those rules, the Senate will have to remove those elements from the bill. That will make it necessary for the House to vote again Wednesday on the final final-version of the bill....
...Several provisions in the House-passed overhaul appear to violate the procedural rules of the Senate, according to Democrats, and the Senate will need to vote on whether to waive the rules and keep those provisions in the bill, which takes 60 votes. Republicans will most likely lose those votes, striking the contested provisions from the bill and changing the language of the legislation. After the bill gets a final stamp of approval in the Senate, the bill will return to the house for a revote, likely Wednesday morning.
One possible violation involves the use of 529 savings accounts for home-schooling. Another possible violation exempts colleges from a new endowment tax if they have fewer than 500 students paying tuition. Another objection appears technical in nature, as the bill repeals a section by its number, instead of the title of the section.
So it looks like the drama won’t end tonight. The White House was reportedly planning for a signing ceremony tomorrow. It’s not clear if that will now be postponed because of the House re-vote.
A provision in the GOP #taxbill gives parents a lot more control over their children’s education and the anti-freedom crowd is up in arms@SenTedCruz told @NateMaddenCRTV the TRUTH why the Left doesn’t want to let you decide how to educate your kids— CRTV (@CRTV) December 19, 2017
Glad to see my amendment expanding 529 college savings plans to K-12 education is included in tax reform bill. I urge all my colleagues to vote tonight to ensure ALL children have this opportunity. The fed govt should not discriminate against families who choose to homeschool.— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) December 19, 2017
BREAKING NEWS→ the House just passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, cutting taxes for middle-income families across America. pic.twitter.com/9PUipuPsm2— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) December 19, 2017
TAX REFORM PASSES THE HOUSE ✂️✂️✂️🦅🇺🇸🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/Ahkvq0rLDu— Doug Andres (@DougAndres) December 19, 2017
WATCH: Speaker Paul Ryan gaveled the passage of the GOP tax overhaul to thunderous applause from Republicans in the chamber. https://t.co/dMUunQwGaf— Roll Call (@rollcall) December 19, 2017
Tax cut bill now goes to the Senate for what Republicans expect will be final passage.— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) December 19, 2017
Bravo for @SpeakerRyan ! He uses an oversize gavel to signal an oversize victory - passing #GOPTaxCuts with only 12 House Republicans breaking ranks to oppose the bill. This should be a turning point for the party, and the administration.— Michael Medved (@MedvedSHOW) December 19, 2017
It appears the only changed vote since November on the tax bill is McClintock going from no to yes— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) December 19, 2017