Texas recovery … more fake news from CNN … the average tax hit … tax cut misinformation … another hit job on Arpaio … comment on the SPLC … Kasich’s plan to save ObamaCare

Here are my observations on items in the news.

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A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS, so states the English idiom. When I saw the accompanying picture on the cover of the latest edition of The Week magazine, I was reminded of the repeated claims by the left that Texans are racist and are doing everything they can to prevent minorities from voting. This scene was repeated thousands of times in Houston and surrounds.

MORE FAKE NEWS FROM CNN – This time it was coupled with real news of President Trump’s announcement that he will be donating $1 million of his own fortune to recovery efforts in Texas. CNN White House Producer Kevin Liptak had to remind us that former President Obama made personal donations for victims of the Boston bombings and the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting. But he failed to mention that they were in the amount of just $2,000 each. As I have previously mentioned, it is fake news when you intentionally leave out an important fact.

THE NEW YORK POST reminded its readers why President Trump won the election last November in a piece revealing that U.S. households paid more, on average, in personal taxes (federal, state and local income taxes) than for food and clothing combined last year. “The message taxpayers were getting from Hillary Clinton and the Democrats was: We don’t care about any of that,” explaining their vote for Trump.

“The average household’s 2016 tax bite was $10,489, a whopping 41 percent more than just three years earlier,” the Post reports, “Yet Americans shelled out just $7,203 for food and $1,803 for clothing on average, a total of just $9,006.

“That’s a little misleading,” said Rush Limbaugh, “because Americans don’t spend on taxes. They don’t have the option of spending money on taxes. You never see the money that goes to taxes. It is withheld.”

 YOU CAN EXPECT TAX CUTS to be in the news in the weeks ahead as Congress returns from recess. Readers of The Washington Post, however, will have to scour the pages for it. The Post put news of the revised GDP of 3 percent on page A-18. Ditto on CNN, where Brooke Baldwin quickly broke away from her interview with noted business writer and economist Stephen Moore when he began comparing the improvement over the Obama years.

Over on CNBC after the president’s tax reform speech in Missouri, there was the usual gaggle of reporters who have no knowledge of what will be in the package, but that doesn’t stop them from commenting. ‘It’s just a complete lie that it’s going to have a trickle-down effect and massively create jobs. There’s no evidence to suggest it happens,” claimed Brian Klaas. Not to be outdone, CNBC contributor Ron Insana states, “(There will be) more tax cuts to wealthy individuals, to corporations, but not to middle class individuals.”

THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC is still not finished with its “pound of flesh” agenda on former Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Nearly two full pages were devoted to more piling on of the pardoned sheriff in the paper’s Sunday edition. How sad.

ARPAIO DESERVED A PARDON wrote Cheryl Chumley in Washington Times.com, “because his prosecution was a ‘political hit job’ from the outset.” The Obama Justice Department filed charges against Arpaio just two weeks before he was up for re-election, and the judge in his case – a Clinton appointee – refused his request for a jury trial. “A trial by his peers likely would have seen him cleared of all charges,” Chumley believes.

MORE ON THE SPLC’S STASHING MONEY OFFSHORE – “I am stunned to learn of transfers of millions to offshore bank accounts,” said Amy Sterling Casil, CEO of Pacific Human Capital, a California-based nonprofit consulting firm. “It is a huge red flag and would have been completely unacceptable to any wealthy, responsible, experienced board member, who was committed to a charitable mission who I ever worked with.”

George Clooney and his wife recently donated $1 million to the Southern Poverty Law Center, following the lead of Apple’s Tim Cook, but I would advise you to look deeply into this organization before contributing.

OHIO GOVERNOR JOHN KASICH (R-OH), the man I once supported for president, has teamed with fellow governor John Hickenlooper (D-CO) to come up with a plan to “stabilize” ObamaCare insurance markets.

Kasich, who once said he did not support ObamaCare, never has, and believed it should be repealed, and Hickenlooper, have concocted a plan “that would not only not repeal ObamaCare, but further entrench the law, by given tens of billions and more likely hundreds of billions of new taxpayer funds to wealthy insurance companies,” according to Christopher Jacobs, CEO of Juniper Research Group, writing in The Federalist. Click here if you are interested in reading the entire article.

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