Should the President be leery of the intelligence community?
11/27/2017 10:02:47 PM

By Printus LeBlanc Since President Trump took office, there have been multiple reports of friction between the President and the Intelligence Community (IC). This is disconcerting because the President needs the community especially in the tough times we are currently facing, North Korea, Iran, and terrorism. If the people of the IC would take a minute and put themselves in the shoes of the President, they might see why there is friction and that the friction can be fixed. Most Presidents have either served in the military or were elected officials before becoming the President,...

Jeff Sessions fighting gun crimes when Obama refused
11/27/2017 10:01:52 PM

By Natalia Castro Republicans and Democrats alike can agree that safety must be a priority for the American people, but while Republicans believe in gun ownership, Democrats favor abolition of the 2nd Amendment. None the less, the two sides have come together on one element of the gun freedom debate- violent felons should not be permitted to carry weapons. To ensure the safety of the American people, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made getting illegally acquired guns off the streets a priority of his agenda. Making the only question- why hasn’t this always been a...

Why America may go to hell!
11/27/2017 10:00:30 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman I hope you will speak up loudly and do whatever else is necessary to stop Congress’ hugely unjust Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that rewards billionaires at the expense of poor babies and corporations at the expense of vulnerable children. Millions of America’s children today are suffering from hunger, homelessness and hopelessness. Nearly 13.2 million children are poor – almost one in five. About 70 percent of them are children of color who will be a majority of our children by 2020. More than 1.2 million are homeless. About 14.8 million children...

A $1 trillion deficit in 2018? Not far off
11/16/2017 3:39:01 AM

By Robert Romano In Fiscal Year 2017, the budget deficit swelled to $666 billion and it could be getting even bigger when you consider the current number of bills being considered by Congress. Getting to a $1 trillion deficit for Fiscal Year 2018 might not be too far-fetched. For example, there’s a year-end omnibus budget coming up in December. If Congress does not stick to its usual spending caps, that could increase the deficit by more than $100 billion, sources in the House of Representatives worry. Texas ($61 billion), Florida ($27 billion) and Puerto Rico ($5 billion)...

What is the Diversity Visa Lottery Program?
11/16/2017 3:38:25 AM

On Tuesday, a radical Islamist launched a terrorist attack against pedestrians and cyclists, blocks from the World Trade Center in New York. The terrorist adopted the tactics of other attackers in Europe by using a vehicle as a weapon, in this case, a rented Home Depot truck. Shortly after the suspect was subdued by police, his identity and how he came to be in the U.S. became known. The man that killed eight and injured more than a dozen was an invited guest. Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov entered the U.S. legally through what is known as the Diversity Visa Lottery Program in 2010. The...

The GOP finally releases a tax plan
11/16/2017 3:38:04 AM

By Printus LeBlanc Yesterday, Republicans in the House released their long-awaited tax reform and cuts package. The House GOP and the President have been talking about tax cuts for months, and even made them cornerstones of their campaigns. Business leaders want tax cuts to spur economic growth. Well, something is here. It’s early in the process, but at least we have something to start from. The House GOP released talking points for the tax bill stating, “The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is a bold, pro-growth bill that will overhaul our nation’s tax code for the first time...

The real immigration battle is going to be over chain migration
11/16/2017 3:37:07 AM

By Printus LeBlanc Following the New York City terrorist attack last week, many people were shocked to find out the attacker was an invited guest to the U.S., via the visa lottery program. The visa lottery program is the shiny object in the media right now, but the real danger is the chain migration that eventually brings an immigrant’s entire family to the U.S. Current U.S. immigration policy is based on family reunification. This includes immediate relatives of U.S. citizens, a separate category from the families of legal permanent residents. Immediate relatives include spouses,...

Beyond The Rhetoric The Obama years—Scandal and corruption, final
11/16/2017 3:35:46 AM

By Harry C. Alford The Obama Administration was taking form.  Our new Attorney General Eric Holder was instantly mired in scandal with the Fast and Furious debacle.  Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State seemed rather tame but that was just the quiet before the storm.  One afternoon Minyon Moore from the Dewey Square Group (one of the Podesta companies) brought me two complimentary tickets to the kickoff of the new Clinton Global Initiative.  The tickets were priced at $1200 each so Kay and I were impressed with the gift.  So off we went to New York City to rub...

This fall was a major trip for me
11/16/2017 3:35:25 AM

Dr. James L. Snyder This past week the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage said to me rather casually, “I guess you know today is November?” She’s always joking with me and I assumed this was one of her jokes. “You can’t fool me,” I said quite sarcastically, “I know it’s October.” With that, she led me to the refrigerator where she had a calendar and pointed to me that today was the first day of November. It was hard for me to believe it; I thought she had made that calendar up herself. After thinking for a few moments, I...

Don’t turn the omnibus into an amnesty bill
11/8/2017 10:01:57 PM

By Printus LeBlanc Republican leadership can’t help but be its own worst enemy. The Republican Party has everything going its way. The coup attempt by the Democrats has been exposed as a fraud. The economy is improving in leaps and bounds, and the GOP is looking to pick up several Senate seats in the midterm elections. Enter “leadership.” When the House passed the omnibus bill on September 14, it addressed many of the immigration points the President ran on. The same immigration points the President won the election on. Division M of the bill is titled...