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“Pro-Life” GOP may fund Planned Parenthood and kill the adoption tax credit

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Adoption Tax Credit

Let me get this straight. There’s a good chance that the GOP will continue to fund Planned Parenthood as they’ve done since taking over both chambers of Congress, but they’re proposing killing off the adoption tax credit that is arguably the most pro-life thing the federal government offers. This is reason #492 why I am helping to build the truly pro-life Federalist Party instead of trying to fix a party that clearly doesn’t represent policies it claims to embrace.

I appreciate that the GOP wants to cut taxes. If anything, I think they’re not going far enough, that their proposed “reforms” are mostly shifts from one pocket to the other, and the fact that they’re not drastically cutting spending simultaneously is ludicrous. However, there are a very small number of righteous tax breaks out there and the adoption tax credit is one of them.

David French, who used the credit when adopting in 2010, has a perspective that every Republican lawmaker should read:

Adoption Tax Credit: A Pro-Life Policy Republicans Must Save

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/453410/adoption-tax-credit-pro-life-policy-republicans-saveHow much does it cost to adopt?  An Adoptive Families Magazine survey of 1,100 families who adopted children from 2012 to 2013 found that the average family spent $34,093 on independent adoptions and $39,966 if they went through an agency. My family adopted our youngest daughter in 2010, and those numbers match our experience.

There is, however, one thing that helps these families, and it helps a lot: It’s called the adoption tax credit, a $13,570 non-refundable credit that phases out for truly high-income families.

They GOP could cut $300 million (the amount on paper the credit costs in federal revenue annually) worth of budget by slashing the EPA’s wasteful spending by less than 4%. The taxes that Apple alone pays is enough to cover the credit over 40-fold. Last year, Senator James Lankford released a list of 100 examples of truly wasteful spending by the government that accounted for nearly a quarter trillion dollars; that’s over 8 centuries worth of adoption tax credits.

By no means am I suggesting that $300 million is a small amount of money even by U.S. government standards, but with all of the ludicrous things DC does with our money, surely the “pro-life” GOP could have found better things to cut.

Why would this even be a consideration? There’s one simple reason…

Most GOP representatives do not consider life to be a vote-losing issue

When I first started researching the three options (fixing the GOP, helping a preexisting third party, or starting a new party), I was given some very important information by an unnamed adviser. Abortion is not a vote-changer. A plurality considers the economy the most important factor. Some look at foreign policy. Millions will vote based specifically on the 2nd Amendment, immigration policy, or healthcare, but very few vote based upon the abortion issue.

The reason for this is pretty straightforward. While a large number of people are polarized by the issue, few are actually directly involved. Being pro-life is a plus for Republicans, but not the thing that gets them the votes. Someone could be pro-life, but if they are perceived to be hurting an economic factor that affects their voters, they’ll lose.

Does that mean that people don’t consider it to be important? No. They view the issue as one with very little movement one way or the other. Representatives don’t need to champion the pro-life movement. They simply have to claim to be pro-life and they’re a Republican. No action required.

The adoption tax credit is a pro-life credit. It’s a statement that the government is willing to help promote more adoptions, giving people with unwanted pregnancies more options than simply aborting the pre-born child. The flip-side is true as well. By continuing to fund Planned Parenthood, we’re signaling as a nation that we support abortions with taxpayer money. Don’t tell me none of the money goes towards abortions. Just don’t.

Keep in mind that there are many representatives who are truly pro-life, who will fight to defund Planned Parenthood, and who would love to protect the adoption tax credit. Unfortunately, they’re being given very little reason by their constituents to do so in the tax plan. Not enough pundits are speaking out. Too few people are calling to let them know. Most Republicans on Capitol Hill are doing anything they can to register their first win during the Trump era and most GOP voters who would normally scream about this issue are willfully ignoring it so as not to derail the first sign of progress the party might make.

Funding Planned Parenthood and killing the adoption tax credit should be hung as albatrosses around the necks of every Republican on Capitol Hill if they go through with these plans. It’s an issue of convenience to them right now. More people need to speak up and tell them they should be ashamed for even considering it.

Update: Just as I thought there were too few in conservative media calling this out, I found another…

I Cannot Support the GOP’s Tax Reform Plan As It Stands

http://theresurgent.com/i-cannot-support-the-gops-tax-reform-plan-as-it-stands/The GOP calls itself a pro-life party. But it continues to fund Planned Parenthood and now wants to kill the adoption tax credit.

I’d rather kill the tax reform plan.

This really is a hill to die on in the fight for tax reform and you should call on your member of congress to oppose this plan unless the adoption tax credit is restored.

Christian, husband, father. EIC, NOQ Report. Co-Founder, the Federalist Party. Just a normal guy who will no longer sit around while the country heads in the wrong direction.

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I still have reasonable doubts about Neil Gorsuch

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I still have reasonable doubts about Neil Gorsuch Kurt Schlichters Thanksgiving Piece

Regarding Kurt Schlichter’s Thanksgiving post

While I am thankful that Hillary Clinton did not win the oval office, and that Donald Trump so far is advancing a Conservative agenda, I do have a red flag to put up: Justice Neil Gorsuch.  He is likely to uphold the progressives agenda for amnesty which is in line with the progressive goal of creating a block of voters that will be cultishly loyal to the Democratic Party and their Marxist agenda.  They don’t want them to assimilate into their culture.  They want them to impose their culture on us because that is one way of making Marxist socialism stronger in America.

The next thing that we need to watch Justice Gorsuch on is how he questions and eventually decides the case of Colorado baker Jack Phillips and his religious freedom.  Does he have the right to refuse certain services and certain people, or must he bow to the pagan culture of the day that only wants to hear ‘if it feels good, do it’?  For sure it does not want to hear how they are putting themselves and our culture on a path of self-destruction over their carnal desires.

Depending on how Gorsuch rules on such matters, I am not going to be thankful for him just yet.  Justice John Roberts screwed us over on Obamacare (not once but twice) and by the way, it was a Republican Judge that allowed Planned Parenthood and others in the pre-born baby murder business to rack up over 59 million kills to date, and that that is nearing 60 million as of this post.  Another Republican-appointed judge, thanks the borking of Justice Robert Bork, not only decriminalized sodomy but made homosexual marriage the law of the land.

We shall find out if voting for the Republican (no matter how hard or soft they are) is always justified and the patriotic thing to do.  Or, if we as advocates for liberty and freedom can finally truly expose Duverger’s law for the political scam that is was and always will be, and be a stronger voice crying out in the wilderness that can truly present a third and better way, just as the Republicans did when the WHIGS were only full of talk when it came to ending slavery in America.

Seven Things Conservatives Should Be Thankful For

https://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2017/11/23/seven-things-conservatives-should-be-thankful-for-n2412522No. 3: Be Thankful For Neil Gorsuch.

We are going to take back the judiciary. That’s huge and it’s already happening. When the Never Trumpers try to mock our delight in having President Trump at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue by saying “But Gorsuch!”, our reply must be, “Damn right, but Gorsuch!”

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So much to be thankful for…

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So much to be thankful for

I think many Americans don’t understand how truly good we have it here. I’ve travelled a good bit of the world. Some of it was nearly as good of it as our country. Much of it was far, far worse. Nowhere have I ever been does every person, regardless of sex or race, have the opportunity to make their lives better like we do here. We have things some are unhappy about. Some of those things are legitimate, some are just whining about bad decisions they’ve made. One of the greatest things about America is we can keep trying to do better. In other countries “doing better” means finding enough food for your family next week because this week it didn’t happen.

As many of you know, a year and a half ago I was broke, homeless, and living in my truck. All that has changed thanks to regular Americans willing to give me a chance. I now have a great job (two of them, in fact, one of which you’re reading now) and a great place to live. I’m most thankful for my two boys, Andrew and Tommy. I’m spending today with Tommy and later taking him to a movie with a friend and her daughter, AFTER I manage to cook this turkey better than I cooked the cinnamon rolls this morning (epic fail).

Here is what some other great Americans were thankful for today (by their Twitter handles):

I am thankful for 1, waking up this morning 2 my beautiful wife that takes care of me and the rest of my family, 3 that I live in this Country that even with our flaws is the greatest country on earth.

– @rogerthatone


I’m thankful that through all the challenging obstacles and painful scars, God has blessed me with wonderful children. To spend Thanksgiving with my boys is a blessing more valuable than anything else I can imagine. If it were my last day on earth, I’m fulfilled.

– @PoliticallyRYT


Yes I am thankful that I was born exactly 56 years ago this very day on Thanksgiving. I am also thankful that I am the son of a war hero that earned a Silver Star during the Korean War. Most of all I am thankful that my family is one of the 25% of intact black families headed by a working father.

– @WarriorRN61 (Happy birthday to my friend and fellow Army Medical Department Veteran, Jeff Clark)


I am thankful for the support and contributions so many give my @MisfitsPolitics project, the opportunity to share various voices through the site, and being blessed to be a part of so many wonderful groups here where I have made real and lasting friendships. Twitter may be awful sometimes, but there are many smart, funny, & kind people here I have the pleasure to learn from and know. ❤️

– @JHolmsted


I am extremely thankful for Laura, the girl I met this year and the love of my life, out first holidays together.

– @MadFiest


The beauty of adoption. My oldest daughter is adopted. We’ve had the blessing of her being in our life for 11 yrs. She’s 27 now. She’s a beautiful woman and I’m so proud of her. And now we have an amazing grandson from her.

– @tduncan1972


Friends, family, my health, a sound mind and a steady hand (work).

– @KB020911


I’m very grateful to have lived in, loved, and served our messy, difficult, and at times infuriating country. It is still the best hope on Earth for the freedom of all mankind.

– @four4thefire


And from some of my fellow writer’s a team NOQReport, who are some of my favorite great Americans:

Thankful for my wife, daughter and soon-to-be-born baby.

– @FrankelJeremy


Thankful for my family and our wonderful life.

– @terresamonroe


I’m thankful for the many ways my Heavenly Father has blessed my life: my family, my husband, my job, my country.

– @PaintingPastor


Happy Thanksgiving to all from the entire team at NOQReport!!

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Homeless vet Johnny Bobbit Jr to send additional donations to other charities

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Homeless vet who helped woman 20 GoFundMe Kate McClure Johnny Bobbit Jr

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The page was taken down for a short time, but public outcry had them put the page back up. They now intend to donate the excess money to others, thus “paying forward the pay it forward.” Here’s the update from the GoFundMe page:

Okay, well that didn’t last very long. We just called Johnny explaining that many people are requesting the donations be left open. He is more than happy with the amount that has been raised so far, and didn’t want to seem like he is taking advantage. For the short time that we took it down, though, it is obvious that people still want to donate to this cause. He said that he has more than a few ideas of where this money can go, which he will explain more in detail tonight. You guys continue to amaze us.

Then, they posted this:

Hey guys, just to clear it up real fast. I’ve seen some things about mark or I deciding where this “extra” money will go. That couldn’t be further from the truth. The second we told Johnny about this, his first thought was to pay forward the pay it forward. He is fully aware of the world wide interest in this over the last few days. It will be his decision and his decision only on what organizations and or private parties he decides to help!! I promised myself I wouldn’t let the very few negative comments or accusations get to me but I couldn’t let THIS one sit. So that being said… I hope everyone had or is having a wonderful thanksgiving and you’re going to hear what Johnny has in mind very shortly!!

Ps. To the thousands of people who took the time to write something nice directed towards Johnny.. believe me, he is seeing all of it and you have no idea how far your kind words are going!!

Original Story

In a feel-good story just in time for Thanksgiving, an act of kindness has turned into a chance for rebuilding.

Kate McClure needed help when her car ran out of gas. That help came from an unexpected source. Homeless U.S. Marine veteran Johnny Bobbit Jr, disheveled and cold in Philadelphia, approached her as she walked to the nearest gas station. He told her to get back in her car and lock the doors. Then he spent his last $20 to buy her gas and get her on her way.

How a homeless man’s selfless act changed his life

https://nypost.com/2017/11/22/how-a-homeless-mans-selfless-act-changed-his-life/“He came back and I was almost in shock,” McClure told The Post.

Bobbit asked for nothing in return — but McClure and her boyfriend stopped by his spot several times in recent weeks, repaying him for the gas money and dropping off clothes.

“We went to Target and got him a big backpack filled with stuff, and he opened the granola bars and offered us one,” she said. “We are like, ‘We just got this for you.’ He’s extremely generous.”

As is growing more common in the age of crowdfunding, McClure and her boyfriend, Mark D’Amico, set up a GoFundMe page with an ambitious goal of $10,000. In less than two weeks, it’s at a quarter of a million dollars. Now that it’s really hitting the news hard, donations are coming in every few minutes.

“This is nuts,” McClure said.

Bobbit has been homeless for a year and a half. He was in a homeless shelter but moved under a bridge when he was robbed there.

With plenty of money for him to get off the streets, acquire transportation, and push forward, he has asked McClure to stop accepting donations:

Johnny asked me to please stop accepting donations today. He is beyond humbled by the amount of support and love he has received over the last few days! He asked, instead of donating to his campaign, to maybe take a second to search for another worthy cause that, for whatever reason, hasn’t gotten the attention his has. Later tonight, we will take some time to post a video with Johnny! He can’t wait to thank all of you and wishes he could individually if possible. Mark and I couldn’t begin to express how grateful we are that you guys made this little fantasy a reality!!

There may still be decent people in the world after all.

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