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Ivanka close to securing paid family leave with help from Daddy and GOP

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Ivanka close to securing paid family leave with help from Daddy and GOP

Yesterday, the Treasury Department reported that the national debt reached a new milestone, topping $22 trillion. The national debt has been rising at a faster pace ever since Trump and the GOP passed their failed tax-cut plan while increasing spending on a bucket list of Barack Obama’s priorities and the military.

Even though the administration blames Democrats for an exploding deficit that candidate Trump once promised to eliminate by the end of his second term, you’d think that a true “conservative” like Trump — that’s sarcasm, folks — would look for ways to shrink the size of government, and as a result, shrink the deficit.

You’d think that, but you’d be wrong. We need look no further than Trump’s State of the Union speech to know that the “King of Debt” loves him some big government.

One of the many let’s spend money we don’t have for things we don’t need agenda items Trump laid out in his SOTU was Ivanka’s Hillary-inspired paid family medical leave.

“I’m also proud to be the first president to include in my budget a plan for nationwide paid family leave so that every parent has a chance to bond with their newborn child.”

Daddy and daughter Trump have been busy working on this key piece of her socialist feminist agenda ever since she was first appointed to be daddy’s “eyes and ears.”

In May 2017, Donald Trump and Ivanka — the woman he once said he’d be having sex with if she wasn’t his daughter — recognized Women’s Health Week by promising to spend more money to expand women’s healthcare and to create a paid family leave plan financed by unemployment insurance.

In February 2018, “conservative” Sens. Mike Lee and Marco Rubio teamed up with Ivanka to create a “budget-neutral” family leave plan. Their proposal would allow participants to “borrow” some of their future benefits from the already-bankrupt Social Security Administration — currently $122 trillion in debt and growing. The plan also received support from Rep. Mark Meadows of the House Freedom Caucus.

In August 2018, Rubio officially unveiled his family leave shell game that would allow families to be paid to take several weeks off work after the birth or adoption of a child in exchange for those future Social Security benefits.

Facing renewed opposition to paid family leave from so-called conservative groups that will still support Trump in 2020 because #notDemocrat, and with the recent introduction of a bill guaranteeing universal paid family leave from Kirsten Gillibrand — a Democrat candidate for president — Ivanka will be meeting with GOP senators to secure their support for a “bipartisan” way to advance her pet project. In an official release announcing the meetings, she said:

“It’s encouraging to see members on both sides of the aisle putting forward paid family leave proposals. We finally have bipartisan agreement on the importance of paid leave for working parents. Now we are seeking to build consensus around policy that can garner enough votes to be passed into law.”

Something tells me she won’t have any problem getting those votes.

Originally posted on StridentConservative.com.

 


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Most Americans must pull their heads out of the sand on the national debt

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Most Americans must pull their heads out of the sand on the national debt

How do you stop any conversation at a cocktail party in America? Bring up the national debt. Boredom will overcome everyone listening as the complacency associated with a very simple topic that has been rendered falsely complicated sets in. Everyone will go glassy-eyed. People will nod in agreement while simultaneously not listening to anything you’re saying.

That’s the state of the national debt in the collective consciousness of Americans. Ask if it’s a problem and everyone will agree. Ask if it needs an immediate solution and most everyone will agree. Ask how they’ve voted to fix the problem or how they’ve demanded their leaders address the issue, and suddenly the drinks in their hands become much more interesting than they were moments before.

The problem with the debt isn’t that people don’t know about it. It’s that they just don’t care. Every American alive today who has paid even a little attention to the news in their lives has heard about the crippling effects of the national debt ever since the first real warning bells were sounded. Those bells rang out following the passage of the New Deal when expected GDP growth didn’t match expenditure growth. The result was the debt breaching the 40% mark of GBP. It was the end of the world for many economists who saw no way out.

At the time the national debt was 40% of GDP at $34 billion. Today, it’s 106% of GDP at nearly $23 trillion.

This is a problem that has no face, no tangible effects on the population, and no easy solutions. Entitlement reform is grossly unpopular, yet absolutely necessary to even start the process of fixing our debt issue. But entitlement reform would mean politicians would lose elections, most likely Republicans. Most of them have no intention of taking on something that’s desperately necessary yet immensely unpopular.

The Manhattan Institute’s Brian Riedl took to PragerU to discuss the omnipresent problem that nobody likes to think about. We need to start thinking about it immediately. Otherwise, the problem will “solve” itself.

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Moderate vs progressive: Democrats on both sides tell the other they can’t beat Trump

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Moderate vs progressive Democrats on both sides tell the other they cant beat Trump

Moderate Democrats are busy in the media delivering a message to progressives. Meanwhile, progressives are sending a message to moderates in the same manner. You can occasionally see both types of messages from different authors on the same left-wing publications from one day to the next. The funny part is, they’re both trying to deliver the same message.

Your candidate can’t win.

Moderates are pointing to polls. They’re pointing to logic. They believe Trump is polarizing enough that if the Democrats put up a “moderate” candidate like Joe Biden (though his moderate reputation doesn’t seem to match his radical views lately), they give themselves the best chance of winning the general election by appealing to the middle.

Progressives are pointing to recent history. They say they fell for that sales pitch in 2016 when Hillary Clinton was forced onto them and look how that turned out. Fool me once, they say…

Both have valid points. Biden is currently polling higher than anyone else against Trump, but polls are for suckers (see 2016) and are essentially meaningless at this early stage (see 2015 frontrunners Scott Walker and Jeb Bush). On the flip side, progressives believe their champions have more passion to inspire the middle and possibly even some Republicans who aren’t happy with Trump.

A lot of this internal strife has been prompted by the rise of Senator Elizabeth Warren. Mired in laughable obscurity in the polls following her Native American DNA test debacle and extending through most polls until the last month, the radical progressive has been throwing out socialist policy proposals like candy to the masses. And it’s working. She has now overtaken Senator Bernie Sanders in many polls to be slightly ahead of three of the five current favorites.

A former Clinton pollster is taking Warren seriously and believes she can’t beat the President:

The rise of Elizabeth Warren spells bad news for the Democratic Party

To be victorious in 2020, the Democratic Party must focus on pushing moderate economic policies that do not involve radical wealth taxes, on fixing the health care system without adopting extreme “Medicare for All” policies, and on compromises on immigration. To be sure, I believe in the Democratic primary process and that competing ideas and challenging the status quo is what we should do in a democracy. However, looking ahead to 2020, if the main goal of the party is to beat Trump, we must advocate for center of left policies that result in steady progress for the country, while still appealing to crucial moderates and independents.

The echoes from the other wing of the party are trying to paint Biden as worse than a moderate. They’re not even sure he’s really a Democrats, at least not one by today’s standards.

Beware Joe Biden’s “national unity” campaign: Win or lose, it’s a bad idea

Biden is willing to perform a little pseudo-wokeness on command — and to ditch supposedly cherished and considered principles to make the millennial snowflakes shut up — but he doesn’t pretend any of that matters. Liberals and progressives will have to make their peace with Biden (or not) if he becomes the nominee, which is par for the course in Democratic politics. But any talk about “pushing Biden to the left” or insisting on a progressive platform at next year’s convention is idiotic. That’s all dust in the wind in the general election, when his only pitch will be that he’s a normal adult who can beat Donald Trump.

These are both very different tunes than the ones being whistled during the 2016 Democratic nomination race. While Sanders’s fans were still very passionate, they weren’t really bashing Clinton. It was hard to remain “woke” and still attack the first major female contender for the White House for the sake of an old white guy. The two sides were generally nice to each other, especially compared to what we’ve seen in the press lately. They left the bickering to the Republicans, whether it was Chris Christie hitting Marco Rubio, Marco Rubio hitting Ted Cruz, Ted Cruz hitting John Kasich, or Donald Trump hitting everyone.

Again, look how that turned out. Democrats saw the bickering. They saw that in the end, it worked. Never-Trumpers notwithstanding, the GOP put the bickering aside when the dust settled and rallied behind the MAGA call.

Democrats are hoping for same thing for themselves, which is why the daggers are out now. They’re going to attack each other. Their fans are going to attack each other. Media personalities are going to attack each other. And whoever comes out of it with the nomination will call them all together for a group hug before taking on the President.

Maybe they’re both right. Maybe the progressives are right that a moderate can’t inspire enough people. Maybe the moderates are right that the progressives won’t get the middle. Either way, Trump looks poised to win.

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Steve Hilton: Democrats ‘are totally corrupted by foreign government lobbying and cash’

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Steve Hilton Democrats are totally corrupted by foreign government lobbying and cash

Anyone American who’s been awake at any point over the last three years has heard of the Russia scandal. Following President Trump’s comments last week signaling a willingness to accept information from foreign governments, the Democrats were apoplectic. But as Steve Hilton noted on Fox News last night, the real scandal actually surrounds them.

Hilton called this segment, “The people versus Democrat hypocrites.” He cited known examples of foreign lobbyists from Mexico, Saudi Arabia, China, and even Russia paying the very Democrats who are beside themselves stirring up the media to attack the President’s comments. But in the battle of his words versus their actions, the hypocrisy is thick. Watching Democrats make accusations about foreign powers influencing him would be like watching Bill Cosby complain about how the President treats women.

It’s imperative for every patriotic American, whether Republican, Democrat, or Independent, to see through the lies being told by the swamp and disseminated through the mainstream media. Their hypocrisy is thick on multiple levels, which is why we encourage our readers to help us spread the truth by donating to our cause.

There truly is corruption in DC by foreign powers, but it’s not happening at the White House despite what the “news” outlets report. Foreign influence runs through Capitol Hill and the Democrats are their favorite targets.

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