Money-grubbing California Democrats have their eyes on a new tax cash cow: text messages. According to a report by the San Jose Mercury News, regulators of the Golden State are planning to charge cell phone users a tax for text messaging… to collect taxpayer money to pay for cell phones for low-income residents. So, taxing texts to pay for more texts… The amount has not yet been disclosed but will – if passed – be levied as a flat surcharge along with all the others at the bottom of paying customers’ cell phone bills. If you thought that only a “tax per text” could be worse than another $44.5 MILLION getting shelled out for California’s latest redistribution of wealth endeavors, just wait: It could be retroactive for FIVE YEARS bringing that initial bill to $220 MILLION. Maybe a better approach would be to charge low-income residents to do anything by seeking jobs using their free phones?
Here’s more from The Daily Wire…
In California’s never-ending quest to tax everything, there are new reports that the liberal state may soon levy a tax on text messages.
California state regulators are working on a plan to charge cell phone users a fee for text messaging, all in the name of collecting taxpayer money to pay for programs to make phone service cheaper to low-income residents, the San Jose Mercury News reported.
No one yet knows how much cell phone users would be charged, but the News says the fee would “likely would be billed as a flat surcharge per customer — one of those irksome fees at the bottom of your wireless bill — not a fee per text.”
And cell phone users might have to retroactively pay the fee for the last five years.
Business groups, including the Bay Area Council, California Chamber of Commerce and Silicon Valley Leadership Group and others opposing the idea, calculated the new charges for wireless consumers could total about $44.5 million a year.
Democratic House and Senate Minority leaders Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) may just be getting ahead of themselves in the continuing resolution funding fight. Incredulously, they’re attempting to issue edicts from a position of weakness to President Trump over his border wall funding demands. They demand POTUS drop his long-held ultimatum (and campaign promise) to avoid a government shutdown. At the same time, their refusal to compromise on open borders for secure borders is glaring in its “America last” approach to governance. The upshot of this shortsighted strategy is that the 2020 White House war will almost surely be fought on the field of immigration, and the American people are squarely in the “more security” camp. Good luck, Nancy. Let us know how that turns out.
Here’s more from PJ Media…
WASHINGTON — Ahead of President Trump’s Oval Office sit-down Tuesday with Chuck and Nancy, the Democratic leaders in the House and Senate said Trump should be willing to take his demand for border wall funding off the table.
The continuing resolution, used as a stopgap measure to keep the government open, expires just before Christmas. The House and Senate have reached agreement on everything except border wall funding.
The House included $5 billion for border security in its funding bill, while the Senate version includes $1.6 billion. Trump wants $25 billion; Congress has not yet approved any money to begin work on any of the wall prototypes Trump was shown in California earlier this year. Construction projects announced by the administration have consisted of renovations and improvements to existing fence lines.
“Arizona, together with our Military and Border Patrol, is bracing for a massive surge at a NON-WALLED area. WE WILL NOT LET THEM THROUGH. Big danger. Nancy and Chuck must approve Boarder [sic] Security and the Wall!” Trump tweeted Thursday.
In closed-door congressional testimony Friday, former FBI director James Comey confirmed that the Steele dossier – used in an FISA court to obtain permission to spy on the 2016 Trump campaign – was never verified. Other highlights include his repeated claims of a lack of knowledge related to the most basic questions concerning Hillary’s email investigation, which he oversaw. According to a report by The Daily Wire, “Not only was the dossier…not verified when it was used in the Carter request, Comey admitted, it was still unverified when he was fired six months later.” Despite Comey’s claims of integrity and honor, he has now admitted a minimum of incompetence or perhaps even the existence of a smoking gun on the FISA warrant. This is precisely why the FBI is no longer trusted by the American people.
Here’s more from The Daily Wire…
James Comey, the former FBI director fired by President Trump after he botched the handling of the Hillary Clinton investigation, testified in a closed-door meeting Friday in front of congressional leaders, and some of his responses, including his repeated claims of lack of knowledge or recall, have caused a stir. Perhaps most notable of his comments is his admission that FBI officials had not verified the information in the notorious Democrat-funded Steele dossier when they used it to obtain a FISA warrant for a Trump associate.
On Friday, Comey acknowledged under oath that the FBI used an uncorroborated document funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the DNC as “evidence” in officials’ request for a FISA warrant to surveil Trump adviser Carter Page, a key step in the Russia collusion “witch hunt,” as Trump calls it. Not only was the dossier, produced by ex-British intelligence agent Christopher Steele, not verified when it was used in the Carter request, Comey admitted, it was still unverified when he was fired six months later.
British lawmakers released 250 pages of documents this week revealing just how insidious Facebook’s motives are in the war of private data and control of users. Despite its claims to the contrary, it was proved this week that Facebook does in fact sell users’ data, leading to nefarious use by political data companies, and that data is clearly being used to manipulate elections. So much for the “free and secure” Internet. Look soon for Congress to step in with deep regulations.
Here’s more from Fox News…
Facebook is the villain and finally people know it.
About 250 pages of highly confidential documents and company emails that shed light on Facebook’s attitude towards its customers, were released by a British lawmaker this week. But before we dive into that, let’s take a step back and remember Facebook’s first big public scandal.
Last March, the New York Times, along with the Guardian and the Observer in London, uncovered documents proving that the political data firm Cambridge Analytica had improperly acquired data from Facebook. Aleksandr Kogan, a data scientist, had developed an app and given the user data information to Cambridge Analytica. Facebook allowed this app to not only collect data from the app users, but also their friends, resulting in Cambridge Analytica acquiring data from millions of different Facebook users.
The Trump campaign employed Cambridge Analytica in 2016 and it therefore has been painted as some dark ops firm that stole Americans’ privacy for the benefit of the highest paying conservative candidate, who then used it to steal victory from Hillary Clinton through manipulation, fraud, hacking and mystery.
Hillary’s North American tour still isn’t getting any love from Canadians with rock-bottom ticket prices all over the place, and another punch to the gut comes from Judge Royce Lambeth in his opinion on the Servergate scandal. In his scathing opinion this week, Lamberth argued: “At worst, career employees in the State and Justice Departments colluded to scuttle public scrutiny of Clinton, skirt FOIA and hoodwink this court.” Lamberth indicted both the State Department and DOJ very specifically for collusion. And yet she’s still walking free?
Here’s more from Hot Air…
Yes, Virginia, there actually is a corruption scandal in Hillary Clinton’s e-mail choices — or at least that’s what Judge Royce Lamberth thinks. In allowing a lawsuit by Judicial Watch to continue, Lamberth blasted Clinton, the State Department, and the Department of Justice for having “colluded” to stymie the Freedom of Information Act and oversight by Congress and the courts. By hiding her emails on a secret and private server and allowing State to slough off demands to see her communications, the group committed “one of the gravest modern offenses to government transparency.”
In a scathing opinion issued Thursday, U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth said that despite FBI, inspector general and congressional investigations into Clinton’s use of a private account for all her email traffic during her four years as secretary of state, the conservative group Judicial Watch should be permitted to demand documents and additional testimony about the practice.
Lamberth, who has clashed with Clinton and her aides in cases dating back to her husband’s administration, was unsparing in his assessment of the former secretary’s actions.
In an incredibly obtuse but completely unsurprising move, Tom Perez (formerly Obama’s Secretary of Labor) lamented that the Democratic message “isn’t getting through” to voters in part because of information they’re getting from “the pulpit on Sunday.” The Democrats continue moving to the hard left in tone-deaf fashion in which they’re clearly unable to see the forest for the trees. The reason Trump won in 2016 was his ability to appeal to the populists…of both parties by addressing their concerns, not pontificating to them about what their concerns ought to be. If Dems continue on the present course, 2020 will be like electoral “deja vu all over again.”
Here’s more from The Daily Wire…
Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez says his party’s message doesn’t get through in the Midwest because voters there are often influenced by what they hear from “the pulpit on Sunday.”
During a event in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday titled “The Court In Crisis: What’s Next For Progressives After Kavanaugh” summit, Perez said he’s talked with party leaders about why Democrats’ message fails to connect with some voters.
“I’ve learned this from the outreach we’ve done at the DNC. Why aren’t we penetrating, I asked. And I had someone in northwestern Wisconsin tell me, ‘You know what, for most of the people I know, their principal sources of information are Fox News, their NRA newsletter, and the pulpit on Sunday.’ And it should come as a surprise to no one that our message doesn’t penetrate,” Perez said.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s “investigation” is the gift that keeps on giving this season…to Donald Trump. Bereft of anything even approaching the possibility of collusion with Russia, Mueller & Friend continue to harangue Trump’s former colleagues in hopes of a forced error that might qualify as worthy of condemnation. As one columnist pointed out recently, perhaps the worst Trump and company are guilty of is “sleaze,” but unfortunately for the left, “sleaze” isn’t illegal. So, this week, Mueller has dropped his report on Michael Flynn, which once again demonstrates that there’s not a lot of “there there,” and that this investigation continues to burn taxpayer dollars with nothing to show for it. At the end of the day, Trump may be the only winner, and ahead of the 2020 race, voters may punish Democrats for fanning the flames.
Here’s more from Breitbart…
Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s memo on former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn left members of the so-called “resistance” disappointed that the retired three star Army general would likely not face any jail time, and no collusion was detailed.
Leading up to its release, resisters were giddy over the idea the man who led a “Lock her up!” chant on the campaign trail would find himself behind bars. Mueller’s memo instead praised him for his substantial cooperation and “exemplary” service in uniform, leaving some angry.
Many Democrats took to Twitter to convey their unfulfilled desire for vengeance against Flynn, who was once appointed by former President Barack Obama to lead the Defense Intelligence Agency.
Are Christmas wishes across the United States about to come true? The Daily Wire’s Joseph Curl thinks so. From the plummeting ticket prices for their speaking tour to the end of the media lovefest with the Clintons to 2020, it looks like Team Clinton may be in for a big disappointment in the new year. Curl predicts the long media love affair with Bill and Hill may finally be coming to an ignoble end. Couple that with the fact that the Clinton Foundation is all but dead and that as many as two dozen Democrats may be vying for president in 2020 portends the final demise of Hillary’s political prospects. Merry Christmas!
Here’s more from The Daily Wire…
Yes, people, the day is coming, and it’s coming fast: We’re almost done for good with Bill and Hillary Clinton.
How can we be sure, you ask? Here’s how: Tickets to see them live and hear them blab about their lives are selling for the cost of a Big Mac meal at McDonald’s.
Not enough proof? Well, there’s this, too: New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd is finally sick of them.
The former first couple opened a 13-city speaking tour late last month with a premiere event in Toronto (why they think anyone in Canada wants to hear them whine about Hillary’s crushing defeat in the 2016 presidential election is anybody’s guess). They pulled just 3,000 people to an arena that seats 19,000.
Then they took their road show, “An Evening With the Clintons,” to Montreal, but they fared little better (and not for lack of trying: In a case of classic Clinton pandering, each said that Canada was superior to America).
Tickets for the Bill and Hillary Clinton road show across the U.S. and Canada are unsurprisingly NOT in high demand with ticket prices plummeting to as low as $7. While those may be nosebleed seats – some are still priced at $1,062 – it’s worth comparing with how the tour tickets to hear former first lady Michelle Obama priced at $300-$2,500 are selling. The conclusion is clear that Hillary isn’t in much demand anymore. That ought to put a damper on any 2020 thoughts of grandeur.
Here’s more from Breitbart…
Ticket prices to see former President Bill Clinton and Hillary speak have gone as low as $7 in some locations– and the seats are still empty.
Former President Bill Clinton and failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton have been touring the U.S. and Canada for months, with dates stretching into mid-2019. Unfortunately for the Clintons, people seem to be quickly losing interest in entertaining their nostalgia and opinions on the current state of the nation.
Tickets currently range from $7 to $1,062, depending on the seating quality. Scalpers are trying to get as much as $500 for a ticket, but considering the ticket sales even at a discount, it may be a risky wager to find someone desperate enough to pay who is simultaneously unaware of how cheap the tickets are going for.
Conservative author Jerome Corsi has filed a “criminal and ethics complaint” against Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team, arguing that Mueller and his team are attempting to bully him into giving “false testimony” against President Trump. Specifically, Corsi reveals they’ve asked him to confirm that he acted as a liaison between Roger Stone and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and the 2016 Trump campaign as part of a conspiracy to release hacked Democratic National Committee emails. In the 78-page document, Corsi charges that Mueller is acting as part of a “slow-motion coup against the president.” In other words, more statement of the obvious.
Here’s more from Fox News…
Conservative author Jerome Corsi on Monday filed a “criminal and ethics complaint” against Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team, accusing investigators of trying to bully him into giving “false testimony” against President Trump.
The complaint, which Corsi had threatened for days, is the latest escalation between Mueller’s team and its investigation targets.
The 78-page document, asserting the existence of a “slow-motion coup against the president,” was filed to a range of top law enforcement officials including Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz, D.C.’s U.S. Attorney Jessie Liu and the Bar Disciplinary Counsel.
“Dr. Corsi has been criminally threatened and coerced to tell a lie and call it the truth,” the complaint states.
Corsi, who wrote the anti-President Obama book “The Obama Nation” and is connected with political operative Roger Stone, has claimed for the past week that he was being improperly pressured by Mueller’s team to strike a plea deal which he now says he won’t sign.