Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Is It "Heads On A Stick" Time For Faithless California Republican Congressmembers?

Mod: You might recall that not too long ago KFI AM Radio talk show hosts John and Ken had come up with a radical solution for the problem of sitting Republican politicians who vote to raise your taxes. Especially when those pols had run for office as opponents of doing just that very thing. What John and Ken proposed to their vast mob of angry listeners is that they should place the freshly severed heads of these faithless pols "on a stick." It was a ratings hit and brought KFI lots of listeners.

Here is how all of this was explained in a 2011 article titled "John and Ken spread fear and loathing in Capitol" that ran in the San Francisco Chronicle (link):

Niceties and nuance are nowhere to be found in John and Ken's four-hour cauldron of drive-time rage. The kings of Los Angeles talk radio have an unapologetically binary view of the world.

Taxes = bad. Illegal immigration = bad.

Anyone who disagrees with them, especially a politician within their sphere of Southern California influence, is spared no mercy. They name names, and they call names. "Whoremasters," "teacher goons, "union thugs," "bastards," "business slobs," "morons," "crafty, stinky politicians," "bozos," "rapacious prison guards" and "greasy journalists" were just a few of the names KFI's John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou used in the past week to describe those who have drawn their ire.

The worst offenders, the Republican "weenies" who have dared to even talk with Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown about a budget solution that might include an extension of temporary tax increases beyond July, are featured with their severed heads on a stick (along with phone numbers) on John and Ken's KFI website.

That's AM Talk Radio for you. You either love it or you hate it.

How is this whole "heads in a stick" shtick working now? Especially when you consider that practically every sitting California Republican Congress creature cast a vote yesterday to raise middle class taxes in California? You know they did that, right? Here is how New York Magazine describes all this rhythm (link):

As the details of the House version of the long-awaited Trump tax bill roll out, all sorts of putative “winners” and “losers” are being identified. Without question, some of the biggest losers will be the New Yorkers and Californians who would no longer be able to deduct interest on high-end mortgages, or deduct their state and local sales and income taxes.

The draft bill halves the cap on the mortgage interest deduction. Now the deduction will be limited to interest on the first $500,000 of a mortgage, as opposed to the current $1 million cap. And it entirely eliminates all but the property-tax portion of the state and local tax deduction.

So who are these unhappy Republican Congresscritters who voted yesterday to raise the taxes of their own constituents, people who this tax legislation singled out for such unkind treatment?

The roll call of shame reads as follows:

Doug LaMalfa - Yes
Tom McClintock - Yes (switched his vote at the last minute)
Paul Cook - Yes
Jeffrey Denham - Yes (R-Turlock)
David Valadao - Yes (R-Hanford)
Devin Nunes - Yes
Kevin McCarthy - Yes
Steve Knight - Yes (R-Palmdale)
Edward Royce - Yes (R-Fullerton)
Ken Calvert - Yes
Mimi Walters - Yes (R-Irvine)
Dana Rohrabacher - No (R-Costa Mesa)
Darrell Issa - No (R-Vista)
Duncan Hunter - Yes

As you can see, only 2 out of the 14 California House Republicans went against Trump on this unfair tax bill, with the rest slavishly voting yes.

Recent polls showed that only 20% of Californians said they thought this $1.5-trillion tax cut plan would have a positive effect on their lives. And getting their taxes raised while Trump's billionaire golf buddies will get to save millions? Not what I'd care to call a positive effect.

So is it "heads on a stick" time for these 12 faithless Republican Congressional tax betrayers? Those who stuck it to their very own people so that others living elsewhere can pocket millions?

I vote yes.

Here is one more article to check out.

How The GOP Tax Plan Scrooges Middle Class, Retired And Poor (Forbes link).

sierramadretattler.blogspot.com

108 comments:

  1. I just forwarded this to John & Ken. We'll see how real they are.

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  2. How about focusing your ire on the Democrats who ALWAYS raise our taxes?

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    1. Uh oh. A "what about" comment.

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    2. "We stole $2,000,000,000,000 from the US Treasury, but we gave you $600 of it! Why complain?" That's basically the argument the Republicans are making.

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    3. The loss of the estate tax will probably insure that the US will have an ersatz monarchy soon. Excessive wealth means excessive control. Eventually boycotts, work stoppages, strikes, etc will be useless. They will just wait out the strikers because they hold all of the cards. It will make the old Company Store system look like paradise.

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    4. Paul Ryan says nobody knows if the tax bill will blow up the deficit. Economists beg to differ.

      Though he never deserved the reputation, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) is known as a deficit hawk. And yet the tax cut bill he helped shepherd through Congress is projected to add at least $1.414 trillion to the federal deficit over the next decade.

      During a Wednesday morning appearance on NBC’s Today, Ryan was asked how he, as someone who is supposedly concerned about the deficit, can support a bill that will blow it up.

      “I remember you in 2012 doing event in front of that deficit clock,” host Savannah Guthrie pointed out to him. “Are you saying that the growth you are going to get from this tax cut will will equal the amount it would cost on the deficit side, so that it’s a wash, so that you’re not adding to the deficit at all because of this?”

      https://thinkprogress.org/the-tao-of-paul-ryan-bc8b69322d2d/

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    5. Support for Donald Trump's Impeachment is Higher than His Reelection Chances

      Donald Trump is hemorrhaging support among the American people, and now more than 40 percent of Americans think it's time to start the process to impeach him, a new poll finds. The number is higher than the percentage of Americans who said they planned to vote for the current president in the 2020 election.

      The NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey, out Wednesday, carried very little good news for the president and put him on notice that close to half of Americans believe there is enough for Congress to hold impeachment hearings even before the conclusion of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. The poll found that 70 percent of Democrats, 40 percent of Independents and even seven percent of Republicans are in favor of Congress holding hearings to remove the president from office.

      http://www.newsweek.com/donald-trump-impeachment-reelection-2020-753546

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    6. If the democrates are screaming about higher taxes in California, why don't they lower California income taxes and repeal the gas tax? That would be money in all Californians pockets. No reason why the rest of the country should subsidize liberal Ca. Yes I am a Cal republican who will pay more, but it's Browns fault.

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    7. If Republicans in California are screaming about taxes, why did they just raise them?

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    8. 9:59. Pretty smooth of you to slip in a big lie. Other states do not subsidize California. California and other blue states get back less in federal taxes paid and thus subsidize red states. But you already knew that, din’t you?

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  3. Since the 'D'-bag ruined his business through bankruptcy and illegal activities since NO USA bank will loan him money anymore he now with the GOP are finding new ways to wreck the USA economy - what a joke a certified pin-head in the white house. A bad year ahead for USA in 2018.

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    1. Hopefully good for America, just bad for you.

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    2. Yes. Watching various Trump officials and family members being hauled into court is going to be amusing. Expect a popcorn shortage.

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  4. A research paper published by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago highlights the tax burdens of all 35 OECD countries as of 2014. With a tax burden of 25% — a measurement that includes income, property, and various other taxes — the U.S. is near the very bottom, well below the overall average of 34%. It ranks below all the measured countries except Korea, Chile, and Mexico.

    We should be paying more taxes. And not just spending on the military

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    1. ...and just how much is enough? If everyone relied on the govt for their monthly check and health care, who would pay for it? Why work if the govt is going to take it and give it to someone else. As the tax payers leave California (and they are) who will be left to pay pensions, welfare, and educate the illegals?

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    2. 34% is the world average, so that means you should be paying almost 10% more.

      Your personal world might be collapsing, but the real world isn’t.

      We should be paying more taxes collectively.

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  5. I used to listen to John and Ken, but not since they have denounced global warming and praised Trump. It will be interesting to see what happens. Im knocking on doors next Fall to get rid of Waters and Knight.

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    1. You're going to Compton to get rid of Maxine? Oh, to witness that sight!

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    2. Maxine Waters Connects the Dots on Trump, Deutsche Bank, and Russia
      https://www.thenation.com/article/maxine-waters-connects-the-dots-on-trump-deutsche-bank-and-russia/

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  6. The fewer Republicans in Congress, the more votes for impeachment.

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  7. The three R's that voted no are up for re-election; they must be or else they should have voted Yes.
    Congratulations Mr. President, thank you for Tax Reform and rolling back Regulations.
    Thank you for increasing spending to strengthen our Military and Law enforcement agencies across the Country.
    Thank you for putting American First.
    Leadership is back in the United States; thank you.

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    1. 1) They're all up for re-election. All 14 of them. Bad time to raise the taxes of middle class Californians.
      2) Increasing military spending while cutting taxes and pumping up the debt by a couple of trillion is a tried and true recipe for economic disaster.
      3) Putin's flagpole is so far up Trump's pudendum that you can see the Russian flag waving behind his teeth.

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    2. Some people need a math lesson. A reduction from 35% to 21% IS NOT a cut of 14%. It is a cut of 40%.
      Do the math.

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    3. Reality not bending to your will, eh?

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    4. Poor fool.. US spends more on its military budget then the next 8 nations combined. Meanwhile, the rest of the planet progresses, leaving reactionary paranoid US behind with its false Cold War mentality

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    5. 11:19 We are forced to protect many countries ie Japan because of treaties.

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    6. Another convenient canard

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  8. Oh yeah, that's what we want, more taxes!
    Lol, like 14 Republican members of Congress can make any difference in California! Good One!
    The Left Coasts Libs own the mess in California.
    Rep. Pelosi and Rep. Schumer never cared about the deficit before; why now?
    KFI RADIO, those guys are great - keep up the good work John and Ken.

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    1. Kick out all 14 California Republican members of Congress won't make a difference? Do tell. John and Ken need to put their heads on sticks.

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    2. 10:13 Perhaps we should kick out the Democratic members of Congress and out of Cal state govt. Then we will see some positive changes.

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    3. Whatever you say, Adolf.

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  9. Yes, I noticed the Mod made a change in the above photo.

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  10. 10:13am. Cease your Tomfoolery.
    Read text before you reply.
    Besides California is left leaning; "so, what difference would it make?".

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    1. So you think the GOP maintaining its majority in Congress isn't important, Tom?

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  11. 9:34am. Maxine is known for her bad hair weave.

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  12. 9:59am. I too, agree with you.

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    1. I second that motion...CA should stop handing out all the freebies and focus on necessities. No need for a choo choo, build a water pipe.

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    2. Sorry, but it’s a lie for 9:59 to say that other states subsidize California. Blue states tend to subsidize red states.

      I agree with 10:46 about the train. Complete boondoggle that subsidizes big business. It would probably be cheaper to use the bullet train money to give travelers Southwest vouchers.

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  13. 10:30am. You just keep on believing what ever lie is fed to you. California owes more than the Country of France owes.
    No more "free stuff".

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    1. Nothing shocking there- CA has a larger economy than all of France.

      No more alt facts

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    2. 10:58. 10:30 here. Give us a citation to support the claim that California receives more federal tax dollars than it pays.

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    3. One hour and 16 minutes later .... nothing.

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  14. Maybe he was taking about the republican Waters as the other one he named was a R.

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  15. 10:46am. A shining example of a confused Lib.
    California is on the left Coast; yes it has 14 Republican members in Sacramento.
    Washington D.C. is on the other left Coast, located on the Eastern side of the Country; that is where you can find the majority of GOP's, for a few more months, anyway.

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  16. 10:51 am. It's a black thing, you wouldn't understand.

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  17. Polls: Hillary Clinton 61% unfavorable.

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    1. What does Hillary have to do with Traitor Trump? You make no sense.

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    2. Another traitor to the people of this country.

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    3. They both suck. Unfortunately one of them is President.

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    4. So if she were president, you would agree that she should resign immediately with a 61% unfavorable rating, correct? Thanks for illustrating that for us.

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    5. It isn't the polls that will remove Trump from power.

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  18. Brst part about the mod’s new photo- that’s George Bush’s head on the stake at left!

    Was controversial at the time when it appeared in an early episode of GoT.

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  19. The Republican Party read the Bill before it's passing.
    The Dems don't like reading much, they just follow the two old leads of their party.
    The Tax Reform bill can go through readjustments as needed in the future.
    It will be interesting to see if any Dems decide to join in.

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    1. Maybe they’ll make changes after the Grand Old Putin party loses control of Congress in 2018 and your dear leader’s orange minion is busy negotiating the terms of his Russian asylum request.

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  20. "Sock it to ya", the Healthcare forced Mandate is out.
    The Dems should have read the Bill.

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    1. No Dems voted for it. Stealing granny's healthcare is all on the Putin Party.

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  21. Granny never asked to be a charity case.

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    1. That's why Granny paid for her govt benefits all throughout her working life. It was taken from her paychecks. That her money is now being confiscated so Donald Trump Jr has some extra money to pay for his lawyers is basically theft.

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  22. Do the math.
    ObamaCare has been around for 5-6 years?
    Granny's money should still be there, unless she had to make a choice between paying the highest taxes in the Country vs her healthcare.
    If you are working, you should help out your grandma when she needs anything; unless you plan on the government being her provider.
    I believe that's called North Korea.
    Socialist not welcome here.

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    1. You make no sense whatsoever. Are you ok?

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    2. Oxy is strong in that one.

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    3. Your illegal invasions of the Middle East cost more that the affordable care act.

      We keep having to remind you

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  23. ANOTHER MASSIVE DEMOCRAT SCANDAL: Mass. State Senator Arrested! 113 Federal Counts!

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    1. A Massachusetts state senator? Wow. Huge. Sort of.

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    2. Any news from Iceland?

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    3. and you're surprised?

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    4. About what? Iceland?

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  24. You should be a part of a contest for one of the greatest blogs on the net.
    I am going to recommend this web site!

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  25. Take care of one another.
    Merry Christmas.
    With getting a break on taxes; you can give back to those that may need your help, charitable giving.

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    1. So correct...and with a little research, find a charity where most of the money goes to the needy, not the bureaucracy.

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    2. You must be from out of state.

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    3. Based on some of the comments here, make that a different planet.

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    4. I think it's called Tennessee.

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    5. by paying taxes we are taking care of one another.

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  26. no more California sanctuary cities
    no more gov brown California gas tax
    no more sierra madre franchise taxes
    no more sierra madre uut taxes
    no more library taxes
    no more library
    no more city pensions
    no more free city employees Cadillac health care insurance
    the city of sierra madre must live with in its means,
    its the city leader ship - the city council who misapproiates monies

    its no different than Obama overspending 16 Trillion dollars of our money
    go trump , drain the swamp, including sierra madre city management

    the trump scandal is over, where is the special council to put the Clintons and Obama in jail

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    1. No more Sierra Madre. Of course, you still will have to pay taxes. You'll just have to go to Los Angeles to do it.

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    2. NO MORE PUSD!! yipee

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    3. Crack attack at 1:51. Call the paramedics.

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  27. Explosive FBI Text Messages Show Agent Planning to Change Outcome of 2016 Election

    it was Obama - the Clintons and federal agents who violated the law to illegally try to get Hillary elected. put them all in gitmo

    the democratic party is dead

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    1. Why not? After all, she did get more votes than Hairweave McFatass.

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    2. Bitter, party of 1, your table is ready!

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    3. Remember 2:12, Mueller is a Republican. They're not all dirtbag sellouts like you.

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    4. In Cabinet meeting, Pence praises Trump once every 12 seconds for three minutes straight
      https://dailyviralcontents.com/in-cabinet-meeting-pence-praises-trump-once-every-12-seconds-for-three-minutes-straight/

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  28. 1.33
    get city spending under control
    the tax savings will help all residents

    I agree with post 1.36

    its all good

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  29. if the city council, the city manager cant get overspending under control, move to another swamp, I have lived her for sum 44 years, I have priority

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  30. 1.39 you cant afford to buy my real estate

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    1. Why are you assuming I'd want a landfill?

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  31. Now that we know the who so now it's time to follow the money and you'll find those votes. http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-12-19/full-list-every-gop-senator-who-stands-be-personally-enriched-tax-bill

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  32. 10:08, 11:07, etc.

    Why is it that so-called leftist states are so much more productive than the red whine states?

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  33. Poll: Just 36% of Americans indicate they would vote for Trump in 2020
    https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/first-read/poll-just-36-americans-indicate-they-would-vote-trump-2020-n831266

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    1. Trump's election the first time has forever damaged my confidence in polls.

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    2. The polls were actually right. Hillary won the popular vote, and that is what the polls measured.

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    3. There’s no proof the Russians didn’t hack the vote in key states.

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  34. Congressman Issa on why he voted NO on the Trump tax grab:

    Rep. Darrell Issa said Friday he will break ranks again with the Republican Party and vote “no” on the final tax reform bill because it doesn’t help California.

    “While the bill agreed to in conference today makes some improvements, unfortunately, the changes do not go far enough to guarantee tax relief for constituents in my district,” Issa said in a statement. “Californians need tax relief now more than ever.”

    The final version of the bill caps deductions for state, local and property taxes as $10,000, well below what many Californians pay. Issa has sought to retain full deductibility.

    He voted against the first version of the bill, saying at the time, “I didn’t come to Washington to raise taxes on my constituents and I do not plan to start today.”

    https://timesofsandiego.com/politics/2017/12/15/issa-says-final-republican-tax-bill-doesnt-help-california-vows-no-vote/

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    1. Makes it sound like Issa almost has a conscience.

      The only reason he voted no is to try to save his skin in 2018.

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    2. Voting against the Trump California Tax Hike is one of the few good things Issa has ever done. I'm sure the Trumpers will get the smear campaign going very quickly.

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  35. 2:14pm. I agree, Hillary never should have run for the Presidency. She took the election from Bernie.
    Lied and cheated about everything just to gain a title.
    She would have been the biggest mistake this country would have had in Washington D.C.

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    1. The only problem here is Hillary got more votes than Bernie, and she got more votes than Trump. I know the whole democracy thing is anathema to you on the political extremes, but she was the peoples' choice.

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  36. I am just happy that after thirty one years we finally have tax relief. A Re-Do.

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    1. Yeah, but you don't. Poor fool.

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  37. John and Ken exist for the standard idiot to have some brain stimulation listening to their mindless chatter. Try NPR.

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  38. Trump Putin Russia 🇷🇺 promised and than lies and lies until he goes to hell. God bless America and protect Americans from republicans and conservatives and evangelicos and Trump Putin Russia 🇷🇺 Amen 🙏 Amen 🙏 Amen 🙏

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  39. I think the mod is losing his mind outright. He calls these Republicans out for deviating from their normal stance against tax increases of any sort, but never once (in recent years) focuses on the endless antics by the democrats to increase your taxes, particularly in dem (and tax heavy) California. John needs to kindly be reminded of the #1 mantra of the democrat party. . . "Tax & Spend".

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