Half of Americans call Mueller Investigation a “Witch Hunt” – USA Today poll

WASHINGTON – Amid signs that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election interference may be near its conclusion, a new USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll finds that trust in Mueller has eroded and half of Americans agree with President Donald Trump’s contention that he has been the victim of a “witch hunt.”

Support for the House of Representatives to seriously consider impeaching the president has dropped since last October by 10 percentage points, to 28 percent.

Real the full story here:  https://news.yahoo.com/poll-half-americans-trump-victim-131429338.html

Thank you CPR readers, for another great year!

The editors and writers at California Political Review join me in thanking you, our readers, for making this another successful year of our service to you.

In 2018, California Political Review saw record participation since creation of this on-line presence in 2011.  In 2018, we enjoyed over 1,600,000 “Page views” from readers like you, and an average 4,200 Page views per day, a new and remarkable yearly high.  Also, in total since 2011, CPR has received 7,200,000 Page views and has published over 59,000 reader comments!

CPR’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CaPoliticalReview has grown to enjoy 21,841 “likes” and over 19,000 “followers”, thus increasing readership even further.

And according to the respected “Alexa” viewership rating system, CPR is the “113,900” most visited site in America.  That may sound like a high number, but considering all the websites out there, it is a very good rating, and very handily beats, with a much bigger audience, all the other conservative news aggregation and commentary websites dedicated to California.

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Jim Lacy on Jim Acosta’s rudeness, midterm election results, and more – VIDEO on Weekend Breakfast

In this video airing on Saturday, November 10 on Australian Broadcasting Corporation, California Political Review publisher Jim Lacy comments on CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s rudeness at a recent White House press conference, the meaning of the midterm elections, and more.

 

 

Jim Lacy on Trump/Kim Summit; G-7 Trade Debate, Australian Broadcasting’s “Weekend Breakfast”

In this video, California Political Review publisher and author Jim Lacy comments on questions about Donald Trump’s highly anticipated summit with Kim Jung Un on denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and on the Trump Administration’s trade policies coming out of the recent G-7 meeting in Canada.

Trump’s and Obama’s Syrian Policies Compared – Jim Lacy on Australia’s “Weekend Breakfast”

In this video clip of an interview airing in Australia on April 15, California Political Review publisher Jim Lacy explains the policy behind President Trump’s successful strike on Syria and compares it to Obama’s failed policies.

Jim Lacy on Australian diplomat and Russian collusion claims

In this video airing January 1, 2018, Jim Lacy comments on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on reports of an Australian diplomat’s meeting in a London bar with a Trump volunteer in 2016 at which Russian hacking of Hillary Clinton’s emails was allegedly discussed.

Trump “by the numbers” is the Prosperity President

At year’s end we can expect the pundits and the mass media that hates our President to begin their assessments of Donald Trump’s first year as president.  The truth about Trump’s first year in office, however, is that he is proving to be the Prosperity President. 

Our nation has seen economic growth of 3% or more in the last two quarters of Trump’s first year.  This compares to -4.5% in the first quarter of Obama Administration.  The rate of real economic growth is the single greatest determinate of both America’s strength as a nation and the well-being of the economy.   But in Obama’s America in his first full year in office in 2009, the GDP growth rate was -2.8%.  In other words, the economy contracted 2.8%. 

Economists profess that the ideal GDP growth rate is between 2-3%.  Less than 2% will not create new jobs for the growing labor force.  More than 3% means the economy is headed toward an asset bubble.  This situation generally creates inflation and rising prices.  Sometimes higher prices will cool off demand.  More often, the bubble bursts, and the economy descends into recession.  Trump’s 3% growth rate over the last six months is absolutely perfect medicine to improve an ailing “Obama” economy.  In fact, Obama’s record on economic growth will be considerably worse than that of the much-maligned George W. Bush.  Bush 43 delivered GDP growth averaging 2.10%, with two years (2004 and 2005) above 3.0%.  But Obama hardly nudged the economy above 1%, rarely near 2%, and averaged a limp 1.5% over eight years as President.  This performance ranks Obama as the fourth worst president in history by the economics, and the only president in history to never see economic growth at 3% or more in any one quarter of his term.

In contrast, Ronald Reagan brought forth an annual real GDP growth of 3.5% .

According to Fox Business News channel’s Maria Bartiromo, since Trump’s inauguration, six billion dollars in new wealth has been added to stock market.  Companies like Boeing are now investing hundreds of millions in new manufacturing facilities.  The Dow Jones average up 25% in first year of office.  

While Trump can point to other first year achievements, such as Supreme Court justice Neil Gorsuch being confirmed along with a record number of 19 federal judges with lifetime appointments, a major tax cut bill, ISIS is removed from Iraq, huge reductions in illegal immigration, ending the ObamaCare mandate, deregulation and more, all this has occurred while according to the Media Research Center – 91% of the news coverage on Trump in September through November by the major networks was negative. 

Obama may have been personally popular but his policies were not.  Trump remains much more popular than Hillary Clinton in public opinion polls, something the media won’t give him credit for, but his policies are surely more popular than Obama’s.  Not only are they popular, they are delivering for the American people, and among the top deliverables is prosperity and economic growth.  Trump is proving himself to be the Prosperity President.

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Gustavo Arellano threatened me

There is a controversy on social media going on regarding the new ownership of the LA Weekly newspaper.   But Gustavo Arellano, a former writer for the OC Weekly and Voice of Orange County, threatened me from participating in the debate on social media by tweeting to me after I made a comment:

“But with you popping in, don’t get @RScottMoxley interested!”

R. Scott Moxley describes himself as a person whose “award-winning investigative journalism has touched nerves for two decades.”  Moxley’s pieces include exposes, sometimes targeting conservatives, like me.  So, what Arellano was conveying to me in his tweet, now deleted, and blocked from his account, is that if I had anything more to say about the LA Weekly newspaper ownership issue, that I could draw a retaliatory negative story from his friend Moxley at the OC Weekly.

Journalism is great when it “touches nerves” and exposes hidden truths.  But journalists are quite shameful individuals when they threaten to use their contacts to suppress public participation in debate.  Yet it is very clear that Gustavo Arellano intended to bully me into silence, and for this he deserves to be outed for the bully he is, and he owes me, and his profession, and even R. Scott Moxley, an apology.

Here is Arellano’s tweet threatening me:

GustavoArellano (@GustavoArellano)

12/3/17, 10:13 AM

@JamesVLacy1 @LAWeekly @OCWeekly Yeah, no. But with you popping in, don’t get @RScottMoxley interested!

Gustavo Arellano

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Las Vegas shooting tragedy, Second Amendment rights explained, Jim Lacy on Australia’s “Weekend Breakfast”

In this video broadcast Sunday morning, October 8 on Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s “Weekend Breakfast,” California Political Review Publisher Jim Lacy discusses the Las Vegas shooting tragedy, explains Second Amendment rights, and defends the Trump Administration’s response to the Puerto Rican hurricane.

Trump Tax Plan Terrific Boost for California Small Businesses

The much anticipated Federal tax reform framework developed by the Trump Administration and Congressional leaders has been released this week, and it not only lives up to the President’s campaign promises to lower taxes, but will be particularly welcome relief for California’s small businesses.  An outline of the tax reform proposal appears below.

Small businesses in California create jobs at a faster rate than big businesses according to the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California.  Sole proprietorships make up 3.1 million of California’s 4 million business entities according the the state legislature, yet their job creating abilities have been hampered by both Obama-era policies that impose high marginal income tax rates of 39.6% and job killing regulations, and also state policies that keep raising taxes, set the highest marginal state tax rate at 13.3% and place further regulatory impediments to business growth.  The combined current Federal and state top marginal tax rate of 52.9% of income is simply killing off California’s potential for business expansion and better job growth among the state’s many small businesses.

But that is about to change with federal tax reform if the Trump plan can be embraced by members of California’s Congressional delegation and passed into law.  While the over-all Trump tax plan is geared to middle class tax relief and simplifying the enormous tax code, an important provision will give California’s many small businesses some needed breathing room.  Under the Trump plan, the top marginal tax rate for small family-owned businesses, sole proprietorships and so-called small business “S Corporations,” will be reduced and capped at 25%!  This tax reform will allow many of California’s small businesses immediate tax relief, helping profitability, and help businesses to plan and grow and create new jobs with the understanding that their firms won’t be pushed into a more expensive tax bracket for all the effort.  The result should be a greater participation in an improving economy by middle class business owners and more and better job opportunities across the state.

There are a lot of good ideas in the new Trump tax plan, but in my view among the provisions that are the best are those that help and offer hope for California’s small businesses, who are otherwise under siege in a state considered the “worst for business” by CEO magazine now ten years running.

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE UNIFIED TAX REFORM FRAMEWORK

Lowers Rates for Individuals and Families

The framework shrinks the current seven tax brackets into three – 12%, 25% and 35% – with the potential for an additional top rate for the highest-income taxpayers to ensure that the wealthy do not contribute a lower share of taxes paid than they do today.

Doubles the Standard Deduction and Enhances the Child Tax Credit

The framework roughly doubles the standard deduction so that typical middle-class families will keep more of their paycheck. It also significantly increases the Child Tax Credit.

Eliminates Loopholes for the Wealthy, Protects Bedrock Provisions for Middle Class

To provide simplicity and fairness the framework eliminates many itemized deductions that are primarily used by the wealthy, but retains tax incentives for home mortgage interest and charitable contributions, as well as tax incentives for work, higher education, and retirement security.

Repeals the Death Tax and Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT)

The framework repeals the unfair Death Tax and substantially simplifies the tax code by repealing the existing individual AMT, which requires taxpayers to do their taxes twice.

Creates a New Lower Tax Rate and Structure for Small Businesses

The framework limits the maximum tax rate for small and family-owned businesses to 25% – significantly lower than the top rate that these businesses pay today.

To Create Jobs and Promote Competitiveness, Lowers the Corporate Tax Rate

So that America can compete on level playing field, the framework reduces the corporate tax rate to 20% – below the 22.5% average of the industrialized world.

To Boost the Economy, Allows “Expensing” of Capital Investments

The framework allows, for at least five years, businesses to immediately write off (or “expense”) the cost of new investments, giving a much-needed lift to the economy.

Moves to an American Model for Competitiveness

The framework ends the perverse incentive to offshore jobs and keep foreign profits overseas. It levels the playing field for American companies and workers.

Brings Profits Back Home

The framework brings home profits by imposing a one-time, low tax rate on wealth that has already accumulated overseas so there is no tax incentive to keeping the money offshore.