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Showing posts with label The Week Dot Com. Show all posts
Showing posts with label The Week Dot Com. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Mnuchin Reminds Of Trump Administration Incompetence

Did He Say "Line-Item Veto?"

While sitting with Fox News's Chris Wallace this past Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin offered up an alarming statement. The Treasury Secretary said Congress could give President Donald Trump "line-item veto" power.
Line-item veto
  1. the power of a president, governor, or other elected executive to reject individual provisions of a bill.
We as a nation should have the expectation members of the President's cabinet have some degree of knowledge regarding the "unconstitutional" line-item veto. Apparently that isn't the case. Mnuchin's latest international embarrassment speaks volumes about high level federal ineptitude/incompetence, or he speaks as a prelude to how many on the Right via the US Constitution (as adjudicated by the SCOTUS).

The Wallace interview in brief (1:26 minutes)

We will comment no further, since there is little point in occupying more of your reading time when Mnuchin's comments were so stark and indicative of a failing adminisrtation, .  

You can, however, read more at The Week dot com. linked here.


Saturday, April 13, 2013

The Week.....Advancing Five Conservative Change

The following is a rare screed on matters of critical importance to US conservatism. Tom Rogan encapsulates a set of considerations and suggested changes American conservatives must undertake to preserve their existence in a changing world.

Unfortunately, Mr. Rogan's piece from The Week Dot Com will fall well shy of earshot, and closed conservative cognition.

It's high time that we conservatives accepted and embraced difficult realities
Maybe we should cut defense spending, after all...
Maybe we should cut defense spending, after all...

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The British SAS has a motto: Who Dares Wins. 
This is a motto American conservatives need to internalize. And here's how they can put it into action.


As part of a major debt deal centered on reforming entitlements, we should support the elimination of state and local tax deductions. 

If we're to achieve a grand bargain, more revenue will have to be on the table. This isn't a statement of conservative treason; it's an uncomfortable but unassailable demand of political reality. 
The Democrats control the White House and the Senate. And compromising on tax revenue doesn't have to be a bad thing. 
Florida has no state income tax. Conversely, in New York, there's a pretty hefty state income tax. But because a Floridian has far less state taxes with which to offset his federal tax bill, he is at a disadvantage to the New Yorker. In effect, the Floridian is subsidizing the New Yorker's tax bill. This is deeply unfair. Just as state residency does not define national identity, neither should it shape the responsibilities of citizenship. By removing these deductions, conservatives would achieve two key objectives. First, in producing around $580 billion over 10 years, conservatives would increase pressure on the president to make major entitlement reforms. Second, we'd draw a clearer contrast between high and low tax states.