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How much could peace in the Middle East cost? Around $50 billion, according to Kushner’s plan.

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How much could peace in the Middle East cost Around 50 billion according to Kushners plan

99 times out of a 100, any time there’s a new program or initiative being introduced by the United States government that has any significant price tag, I instantly balk. The only way we could afford to spend an extra dollar is if Congress cancels spending two dollars somewhere else. Even then, it would take a while to get the budget deficit turned around from its current untenable apex of a trillion dollars this year.

That one time out of a hundred must be something special, and peace in the Middle East is worth the consideration.

White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner’s peace plan has been broken down into two parts: the economic and the political sides. We won’t see the political side until the fall, and that’s IF he and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin can get buy-in on the economic front next week from several Middle Eastern nations, the EU, UN, and the IMF.

The White House released an outline for their “Peace to Prosperity” plan, a 95-page document that lays out the financial framework that will act as a starting point for Kushner’s presentation next week. Attendees will hammer out more details, and we can expect big changes. This is a populist and very western framework that includes many concepts unfamiliar in the Middle East other than in Israel, including online freedom, attracting outside technological assistance, and judicial independence.

It is intended to appeal to the people who can pressure hardline Palestinian leaders to take a look.

So far, reception has been negative from those on the Palestinian side who bothered to read it. It’s being called “ostensibly offering a carrot before the stick” since it’s being unveiled before the all-important political component is released.

Complaints notwithstanding, this is the right approach and Mnuchin is the right person to start negotiations. Unlike Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who will almost certainly present the political component when it’s released, Mnuchin has to sell the idea on its economic merits. If there’s one thing the Trump administration can demonstrably claim, it’s their prowess with getting an economy jumpstarted, as has been happening in the United States since he took office. This is why Mnuchin is the key at this stage. He’s a numbers guy who can make sense of the economic component to demonstrate why they believe it will double the GDP in the region in a decade.

But if this is a prelude to a full-blown two-state solution, it could be a non-starter either way. There aren’t many ways to split up land the size of New Jersey without putting Israel at greater risk than it already is. If the land given to the Palestinians is too small, such as giving them control of the Gaza Strip through promises of ejecting Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad, plus small areas on the West Bank, their side will object. If it’s too large, Israel will object. Finding the balance is a seemingly impossible task, which is why the $50 billion number must be made enticing enough to warrant discussions of the political angle.

It seems today that finding an agreeable peace plan is impossible, but it’s worth the effort. Hopes may be low, but there have been stranger things that have happened for Israel in the last seven decades. Maybe this is another miracle in the making.

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Why Trump’s rapid release of oil reserves just saved the economy

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Why Trumps rapid release of oil reserves just saved the economy

It wasn’t the type of news that will make many headlines. In fact, the major news networks have barely touched on it, which may actually be a good thing. Shortly after it was realized the Iranian drone attack on a Saudi oil refinery would cripple their production, the White House started getting the balls rolling to release our precious Strategic Petroleum Reserve. The President Tweeted as much today.

Despite the media’s collective yawn, this is an extremely important move to prevent the economy from facing instability. Oil still drives most financial markets around the world. When the flow of oil is considered to be at risk, investors often panic. Today’s move is designed to prevent that panic.

Don’t get me wrong. This wasn’t a hard decision nor a breakthrough in policy. Any President would likely have done the same thing. But it’s important that the White House moved very quickly on this to stifle any Monday oil jitters on Wall Street. Waiting even an extra day, as some Presidents may have done while we wait for details surrounding the attack and Saudi Arabia’s ability to rebound, could have been catastrophic.

This demonstrates a proper understanding of how the markets work. Foreign affairs, particularly as they pertain to oil, can have swift and dramatic effects on the national and world economies. It’s normally best to be patient and wait for events to unfold before acting, but when it comes to oil, quick reassurances are necessary.

Between tariffs and instability in the Middle East, the economy is always on the verge of being a roller coaster ride. It’s important for the White House to be responsive and engaged. This move should alleviate market fears just in time for Monday.

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U.S. poverty falls to lowest level since 2007 and media’s response is downright comical

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US poverty falls to lowest level since 2007 and medias response is downright comical

Did you hear that the poverty level fell below where it was prior to the economic collapse twelve years ago? Probably not, because legacy media doesn’t want you to hear about that. They don’t want you to realize the economy is in better shape than it’s been in decades. They don’t want you to look at your paycheck and bank account and realize you’re doing better now than you’ve done in a long time, perhaps ever.

They don’t want you to know this because if you realize you’re doing better, you’re more likely to acknowledge much of this is due to President Trump’s first term in the White House. If you reach the conclusion that your personal prosperity and the prosperity of those around you is better than it was before, you will be more inclined to vote for President Trump and other Republicans in the 2020 election. The media and their cronies in the Democratic Party can’t have that, so they bury stories like these.

But even when they report it, they do so in a way that is so biased, so hilariously tilted, one might read a story about how poverty is now low and come out of it thinking the economy is tanking as we speak. That’s how radically unhinged the reports have been, taking reality and attempting to morph it into their own version that paints a much grimmer picture.

This article from NPR starts off basically saying things are bad even though they’re good. It’s pure doublethink as part of their (attempted) Orwellian control over the collective consciousness of this nation.

U.S. Census Bureau Reports Poverty Rate Down, But Millions Still Poor

The U.S. poverty rate declined slightly last year, but finally fell below the 2007 level, right before the Great Recession pushed millions of Americans out of work and into financial distress.

The improving economy was a key factor in the decline. The U.S. Census Bureau noted in its annual report on income and poverty that there were 2.3 million more full-time, year-round workers last year and that median earnings for all such workers rose by more than three percent.

Amid these positive signs, the bureau reported separately that the number of people in the U.S. who did not have health insurance rose from 25.6 million people in 2017 to 27.5 million in 2018. That included 4.3 million children. Health advocacy groups called the increase extremely troubling and blamed declines in Medicaid coverage, especially for Hispanic children and children under the age of six.

Even when reporting great news for Americans, mainstream media does everything in its power to convince people it’s all just awful. “You’re not really prospering,” they’ll tell you. They torture the numbers until they say what they want them to say.

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California, the birthplace of the gig economy, passes bill to kill it

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California the birthplace of the gig economy passes bill to kill it

There was a dream that sparked the formation of companies like Uber, Lyft, GrubHub, and other early adopters of the “gig economy.” The dream was simple and elegant: Connect consumers with people willing to serve. Apps were created. Lifestyles were adjusted. The convergence of digital and mobile technologies had given birth to a way of doing business that hadn’t been possible before.

Today, California legislature moved to taint the basic premise of the gig economy by taking the “gig” out of the mix. They moved to force companies like Uber to accept those taking advantage of their service from the provider end as employees.

Bill to limit gig economy now heads to Gov. Newsom’s desk

California lawmakers have sent the governor a bill that would give new wage and benefit protections to workers at so-called gig economy companies such as Uber and Lyft.

The 56-15 Assembly vote Wednesday marked a victory for labor unions and a defeat for tech companies that vehemently oppose the proposal.

Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom has already said he supports it.

This flies in the face of why and how the gig economy was built in the first place. It treats gig workers as victims, as if they were forced to embrace the lifestyle and somehow need protections like indentured servants. And while many of these workers are celebrating the move, many will very likely find out the repercussions were not what they were promised by Democratic lawmakers.

There is no way companies like Lyft and GrubHub can continue to do business the way they’re currently doing it, nor at the costs they currently offer, thanks to this asinine legislation. It will force artificial raises in “wages” that were agreed upon by the workers in the first place. This will drive up prices to consumers, which will limit their usage. As fewer people call for an Uber, drivers will find their win was a great big loser for them.

But it’s a win-win for labor unions. It’s a win-win for Democrats. It’s a win-win for everyone other than anyone who uses the services or is employed by them.

In other words, the vast majority of Californians will lose as a result of this labor union victory.

This flies in the face of what the gig economy means to America. By inserting more government control, there will be repercussions felt by the companies, their users, and the workers who were supposed to benefit from this move.

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