California’s Newest Idea: Force Companies To Fork Over Half Their Federal Tax Savings

California is already considered to be one of the worst states for businesses. Over the years, companies big and small have abandoned the state in favor of others, like Texas. Now, they’re exploring another way to make things worse

(Fox News) Calling the Trump administration’s tax reform plan a “middle-class tax increase,” two California lawmakers introduced a bill that would force large companies to fork over half of their expected savings to the state.

Assemblymen Kevin McCarthy and Phil Ting, both Democrats, introduced Assembly Constitutional Amendment 22, which calls for a 10 percent surcharge on companies with a net earnings over $1 million. The plan could potentially raise billions for the state’s social services programs.

“It is unconscionable to force working families to pay the price for tax breaks and loopholes benefiting corporations and wealthy individuals,” Ting said in a statement, according to The San Francisco Chronicle. “This bill will help blunt the impact of the federal tax plan on everyday Californians by protecting funding for education, affordable health care and other core priorities.”

The Democrats have lost their super-majority, and this would require two-thirds to pass before heading to the governor for a signature, so, it is most likely not going to happen. However, just the notion that Democrats would give this a shot can drive companies out. If you broadcast a punch, even if you don’t throw it, people duck. If you broadcast your intention to take more money, businesses take action, which means getting away from those who would take it. Plenty of other states would welcome companies that provide jobs. California seems to think companies, and the people who own them and work at them, are ATMs.

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If All You See…

…is horrible carbon pollution snow, you might just be a Warmist

The blog of the day is Knuckledraggin My Life Away, with a post on Google’s secret speech police.

It’s snow week!

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Sorta Blogless Sunday Pinup

Patriotic Pinup KBS Ballantyne

Happy Sunday! A spectacular day in America. The Sun is shining, the birds are singing, a bit of a warm up. This pinup is by KBS Ballantyne, with a wee bit of help.

What’s happening in Ye Olde Blogosphere? The Fine 15

  1. Powerline covers a Muslim attack at St. Catherine University
  2. 90Ninety Miles From Tyranny notes the new Trump ad linking Dems to killer illegal aliens
  3. Blazing Cat Fur covers the CBC doxing business owners critical of the minimum wage hike
  4. Chicks On The Right discusses Trump trolling the pink pussy hat marchers
  5. Datechguy’s Blog covers jobless claims hitting a 45 year low
  6. Geller Report notes Obama’s ICE failing to follow procedures on terrorism
  7. Jihad Watch covers a German town banning new “refugees”
  8. Legal Insurrection notes the companies supporting America’s economy due to the tax cuts
  9. Moonbattery covers the latest U2 video going full on moonbat
  10. Pacific Pundit notes who is still getting paid during the #SchumerShutdown
  11. Patterico’s Pontifications discusses nuking the fillibuster
  12. Political Clown Parade says Dems overplayed their hand
  13. Raised On Hoecakes discusses California being the next civil war
  14. The Lid writes about cracking down on sanctuary cities
  15. And last, but not least, The People’s Cube notes how Facebook is blocking posts

As always, the full set of pinups can be seen in the Patriotic Pinup category, or over at my Gallery page. While we are on pinups, since it is that time of year, have you gotten your “Pinups for Vets” calendar yet? And don’t forget to check out what I declare to be our War on Women Rule 5 and linky luv posts and things that interest me

Don’t forget to check out all the other great material all the linked blogs have!

Anyone else have a link or hotty-fest going on? Let me know so I can add you to the list.

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Washington Post Seems Surprised Republicans Are Showing United Front

Quite frankly, so am I. Usually, they start melting like jello, as there are a lot of squishy Republicans in Congress. There are always those who want to score points with the news media. Those who want to “reach across the aisle” and give up everything to Democrats in exchange for a pittance. Of course, we’re only in day two, so, we’ll see if this lasts

House Republicans showing an unusually united front

One by one, the rank-and-file House Republicans exited their closed-door huddle Saturday morning and stuck to the same script: Their position was strong, and the Senate minority leader was to blame for the government shutdown.

“This is a Chuck Schumer shutdown, case closed,” Rep. Billy Long (R-Mo.), a staunch conservative on immigration issues, told reporters.

A few minutes later, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who supports the effort to reach a bipartisan plan to benefit young undocumented immigrants, blamed Schumer (D-N.Y.) for trying to force the issue into federal budget talks when the immigration deadline was six weeks away.

“This particular shutdown, by Schumer, is trying to move the timeline up, trying to cram it,” Issa said.

Obviously, this article is about House Republicans staying strong, but, so far, Senate Republicans seem to be staying strong, as well.

In other eras, this would be normal behavior — members of the same party reading from the same talking points.

This is not normal behavior for House Republicans. They have fought bitterly among themselves ever since winning the majority in 2010, perhaps never more so than in the fall of 2013. That’s when a small but influential faction of conservatives caused the last federal government shutdown, over a bid to force then-President Obama to zero out funding for the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

First, this behavior hasn’t been normal since the beginning of this century. There have been plenty of the squishes, and even leadership weenies, who cause a united front to collapse. Give it to Democrats, they stay strong and show that united front almost always.

Just because one side gets most of the blame when agencies go into partial shutdown and furlough hundreds of thousands of federal workers is no guarantee that side will pay a political price in the next set of elections. House Republicans, after all, retained their majority after they drove the unpopular 1996 shutdown and increased their majority in 2014.

Perhaps Republicans realize that, regardless of whether they get the bulk of the blame or not, the Democrats position on shutting down the federal government, such as it is, in order to give illegal aliens some sort of legal status over the needs of the American citizens will not play well come the mid-terms. You can bet this will be used in campaign ads, and you can be certain that President Trump will broadcast this loudly and often. Like him or loathe him, Trump has given the GOP a backbone with his bombastic manner. Democrats have long had that bombast, the GOP never seemed to match it. Now they do.

This is what Democrats are about

Dems vow to block latest GOP plan to end shutdown

A Senate showdown vote on a Republican plan for ending the federal shutdown is on track to occur by early Monday. Democrats say they have the votes to block it.

It will be interesting to see if more Democrats, those who could be in vulnerable positions, being Senators from states Trump won, will cross over to vote “yea”, as a few did the other day. This shutdown is all on Democrats, who put illegal aliens over American citizens.

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Bummer: Climate Change Linked To More Flowery Forests

This is almost positioned as a bad thing

(Economic Times) Scientists have revealed a surprising relationship between surging atmospheric carbon dioxide and flower blooms in remote tropical forests.

The researchers studying the rich tropical forests of Panama’s Barro Colorado Island found that climbing rates of carbon dioxide have set the stage for a multi-decade increase in overall flower production.

“Over the past several decades, we have seen temperatures warming and carbon dioxide increasing, and our study ..

Raise your hand, are you surprised that CO2, otherwise known as “plant food”, is causing this to happen?

The findings suggest that tropical forests, which have evolved over millennia to flourish in warm, equatorial conditions, may be more sensitive to subtle climatic changes than some ecologists predicted.

“Tropical forests have evolved in generally stable climates,” Pau said.

See? They’re kind of positioning this as a bad thing. Because in Warmist World, things are never supposed to change. Or, is that Never Supposed To Change? All caps? Seriously, these same people will yammer on about Darwinism and such, and, then say that nature is always supposed to be the same.

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If All You See…

…is a sea rising from Other People’s use of fossil fuels, you might just be a Warmist

The blog of the day is This ain’t Hell…., with a post on a Deplorable vet attending the SOTU.

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Today’s Story Of Doom: ‘Climate Change’ Could Make Maple Syrup Extinct Or Something

This is rather a recycled type story of doom, as the Cult of Climastrology was saying that maple syrup was doomed years ago, but, hey, like any good talking point, they’ll bring things back

Please, not the syrup. Climate change could extinguish sugar maple growth
Molasses on pancakes of the future? Not on my watch

The recent and distinctly Canadian cold snaps we’ve been saddled with of late may have you more focused on your layering game than global warming concerns (and do continue to swaddle in style). But with 15,000 scientists signing their names to a global warning against global warming, allow it still to steadily beep on your radar and tend to your carbon footprint accordingly.

In fact, whatever your plans this weekend, it may prove fruitful to recycle a bit more aggressively, lower the heat (see layering above), or take public transport instead of the family sedan. You may also want to make time for a Sunday brunch that involves some breakfast comestible you can put maple syrup on — because all these global warming concerns might well spell extinction for a symbolic pillar of our national identity: sugar maples.

New research suggests that the end is nigh for the only vegetation on the planet that has the near mythical ability to produce maple syrup. Science says the singular species will struggle to weather the warmer, dryer climes we’re almost certainly headed for (yes, I’m using puns and alliteration so you focus — this is urgent). A study that sought to examine air pollution, which does us no real favours, as a catalyst to infuse forest soils with fertile traces of nitrogen has found that it just won’t be (as they’d hoped) enough to buttress maple growth.  (snip)

If industry and economy don’t have you girding up your loins to fight the good fight against global warming, there’s wellness to consider. Some evidence supports the stuff’s impressive albeit lesser explored health properties. Aside from being chock full of phenols (long recognized as antiseptics and antioxidants), maple syrup is also nutrient rich in calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc and B6. One study showed that phenols in maple syrup even bolstered the benefits of antibiotics to help us fight off treatment-resistant superbugs. Still, even if we could fight off superbugs without maple syrup, why would we want to!?

One has to wonder just how maple trees survived previous Holocene warm periods. Heck, how about when it was warmer prior to the last glacial age? Doesn’t matter, science doesn’t matter to the Cult, it’s all about trying to scare people.

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The Syria Conflict Is Now Trump’s War Or Something

Remember the good old days of Obama’s first term when everything negative was Blamed on George Bush? Heck, even the failure of Obama’s $787 billion Stimulus was blamed on Bush. Now, though, the NY Times Editorial Board decided to spin the wheel of blame and lands on

Syria Is Now Mr. Trump’s War

As a candidate, Donald Trump warned against foreign wars, not least in Syria. A year into his presidency, he is adding Syria to a list of open-ended conflicts that already includes Afghanistan and Iraq.

We know President Trump’s plan not because he asked Congress for authorization and funding for a continuing troop presence in Syria. We know because Secretary of State Rex Tillerson explained it in a speech on Wednesday at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. “The United States will maintain a military presence in Syria focused on ensuring ISIS cannot re-emerge,” he said. “Our military mission in Syria will remain conditions-based.” In other words, without any end date or public benchmarks for success.

As of last month, there were about 2,000 American troops in Syria — up from 500 a year ago — a mix of engineering units and Special Operations units that fight and train with local militias in the battle against the Islamic State. Now that we know they will be there indefinitely, who can say the number won’t go higher and the mission won’t creep more?

So, since Obama kept Afghanistan going, and surged troops, does that make it his war as long as it goes on? Regardless, we can certainly play the blame game, putting a lot on Obama for his red lines pronouncement and failure to follow through, his wishy washyness on ISIS early on, blowing off the Arab Spring, his Secretary of State (Hillary Clinton) calling Asad a “reformer”, his squishiness toward Iran and Russia, and so many other things.

Syria is a complex problem. But this plan seems poorly conceived, too dependent on military action and fueled by wishful thinking.

The United States initiated military action in Syria to confront ISIS, which overran huge areas of Syria and Iraq in 2014. Military operations under President Barack Obama and the Trump administration liberated more than 98 percent of the territory previously controlled by the Islamic State and freed over 7.5 million people from brutal rule.

You don’t defeat groups like Al Qaeda and ISIS through words. You kill them. Period. Even Obama understood that. He wanted no one in detention. He wanted terrorists dead. And good for him on this. He may have been quiet on this, but, the actions he authorized speak loudly. Again, good for him.

Anyhow, the NYTEB goes on and on, proclaiming the way Trump is going on about this won’t work, just like Obama’s method didn’t work when it came to Syria (yes, they wrote that Obama failed). What they do not offer is a better idea. We call that “complaining.”

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Obligatory Government Shutdown Post

There’s obviously a lot of he said/she said as to what occurred that caused the shutdown. Republicans blame Democrats

(Fox News) Republican leaders blamed their Democratic counterparts after the Senate failed to pass a spending bill by midnight Friday to avert a government shutdown.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the GOP needed 60 votes to pass a measure that would have kept the government running until mid-February, but not enough Democrats went along with the plan. The tally was 50-49, with five Democrats voting in favor of the measure and five Republicans voting against it.

“Most of the stuff we agree on. One reason we ended up here, the shoehorning of illegal immigration into this debate,” McConnell said after the vote failed, adding that the Senate would resume talks later Saturday to prevent a prolonged shutdown.

At the center of the soured negotiations was the Obama-era DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program, which has protected some young immigrants from deportation.

After the Senate adjourned for the evening, McConnell underscored that the shutdown was “avoidable,” while calling the Democrats’ decision to filibuster “irresponsible.”

And that’s it in a nutshell. Democrats were taking a hardline stance in putting people who came to the United States illegally over American citizens. They were demanding amnesty for them, and, they would want amnesty for the parents who committed the “sin” of bringing them. As someone noted in a reply to the Disney World CEO, if security caught parents and their kids who snuck into Disney, would they let them stay and get everything, all the rides, food, accommodations, for free? Or kick them all out?

A CNN poll had this to say

Overall, about half of Americans say they would blame either Trump (21%) or his Republican counterparts in Congress (26%) should Congress fail to fund the government by the midnight Friday deadline. About a third, 31%, say they would hold the Democrats in Congress responsible, and another 10% say they’d blame all three groups. Among Republicans, 62% would blame the Democrats in Congress, while 43% of Democrats would blame Republicans on Capitol Hill and 29% would blame Trump.

Still, 56% overall say approving a budget agreement to avoid a shutdown is more important than continuing the DACA program, while just 34% choose DACA over a shutdown. Democrats break narrowly in favor of DACA — 49% say it’s more important vs. 42% who say avoiding a shutdown is the priority — while majorities of both Republicans (75%) and independents (57%) say avoiding a shutdown is more important.

If this isn’t resolved quickly, Democrats should expect different language than they’ve seen in the past, what with Trump in office. He won’t sit around and take the blame, and he will be quick to make sure to blame Democrats. Many in the GOP will follow suit, rather than being meek like in the past.

Anyhow, remember the Barrycades Obama put up during his shutdown? What say we put some around Planned Parenthood? And, hey, how about the General Assembly building in Sacramento, California? If any elected Democrats want to fly home, let them pay for the ticket themselves.

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Global Warming Is Totally Part Of Southern Freezing Or Something

The Cult of Climastrology just keeps trying

Deep freeze in the deep South | Why global warming is part of the conversation

This year started off cold. Very cold. And for the past couple of days, metro Atlanta and North Georgia have been covered in snow and ice with temperatures in the teens.

This winter has been an average of 13 degrees colder than last winter. Last season we only saw a trace of snow at the Atlanta airport where we keep the official records. According to our 11Alive StormTrackers, Atlanta has picked up 4.6” of snow so far this season.

Even though we had an early snow in December, the month averaged 1.5 degrees above average. So far in January, we are 7.6 degrees below average.

At times during this snow storm, Atlanta was colder than Anchorage, Alaska. These are extreme temperatures for the South. When we posted that information on the 11Alive Facebook page, many comments were about global warming.

Here we go

But it’s those extreme temperatures that point to the reality of climate change. That’s the better term according to the director of the atmospheric science program at the University of Georgia Dr. Marshall Shepherd.

He said “climate change is a better term because it illustrates all of the changes that are happening, perhaps more intense hurricanes, even greater heat waves, more intense rain storms that lead to flooding. Those are all symptomatic of climate change, global warming is just one aspect of climate change in the same way that running a fever is one aspect of the flu, and that’s how we have to try to convey this.”

There’s a reason I call it Hotcoldwetdry and them the Cult of Climastrology.

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