Possible Hurricane Debris Removal Corruption; Weinstein and more – Helena’s News Roundup.

Are people gaining unearned profits from debris removal? Read below.

Are people gaining unearned profits from debris removal? Read below.

Carr: Harvey Weinstein the Dems’ inconvenient truth

Excellent Read! “Imagine if Harvey Weinstein were a Republican fat cat perv, and he’d been touching everything but the third rail like this for decades – do you think the alt-left media would be giving all of his political pals the same good leaving alone they’re giving the Democrats? No, every Republican running for every office anywhere in the country would be hounded incessantly to denounce Weinstein and his one-mogul “War on Women.”It’s 6 days now since news about Weinstein’s unspeakable behavior broke, and I still don’t see statements from a lot of his more unsavory, shall we say, Democrat recipients.Obama was finally shamed into saying something last night about how “disgusted” he was. If he mentioned giving any of Harvey’s dirty money back, I must have missed it.”

Dems Want To ‘Save’ ObamaCare By Closing All The Exits

Must Read! “Trump may have found an ingenious way to inject more choice and competition into the ins market, and offer affordable coverage to millions, with the stroke of his pen. No wonder the left is freaking out. Trump is expected to sign an executive order as early as Thurs that would make it easier to join “association health plans.”These plans let small businesses and individuals band together to buy large-group coverage, and like plans offered by multistate businesses, these association health plans would be exempt from state regulations, as well as from ObamaCare’s burdensome mandates. They could also be sold across state lines. Association health plans aren’t a new concept. In theory, lifting some of these regulations would allow greater access to low-cost alternatives to overpriced, over-regulated ObamaCare plans.”

Winning: Supreme Court Tosses Case Against Trump’s ‘Travel Ban’

Great! “The Supreme Court dismissed a case against Trump’s executive order restricting travel and immigration from several terror-prone states on Tues. The reason: the president issued a new version of the order last month that replaces the older version that had been the subject of litigation in the Fourth Circuit, rendering the case moot. Though many lower federal courts in liberal circuits ruled against the executive order, the Trump administration was set for victory in June, when the Supreme Court lifted an injunction against the enforcement of the so-called “travel ban,” leaving the case to be argued in the fall. The president went even further, issuing an executive order that includes two non-Muslim countries – N Korea and Venezuela – That fact would make any claim of religious discrimination less likely to prevail.”


Why Washington’s Spending Addiction Is a Threat to Tax Reform

Why we have a swamp!!”I’m not sure what left the bigger impression on me after my visit with The Heritage Foundation—the awesome bigness of the federal government’s fiscal challenges or the mindsets of those we elected to deal with them.The problem is enormous. The federal government spends $4 trillion per year. It takes in $3.3 trillion in taxes and fees and thus runs a deficit of about $650 billion. The national debt is $20 trillion-$15 trillion in publicly held debt and $5 trillion the government owes itself for its various trust funds, such as Social Security. Worse, 2/3rds of the budget—mostly Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security—grows on autopilot, and increases in these three programs will account for 85% of the increase in federal spending over the next 10 years.”


Poll: 70% support Trump’s immigration policies, want Americans hired first

The key findings: ” 71% call on companies to offer jobs to Americans before foreign workers. 82% of voters support a law that would strengthen sentencing penalties for illegals who had previously been deported and strengthens laws against illegal immigrants who commit crimes. 76% want more ICE officers. 75% support Trump’s focus on jailing MS-13 members,73% believe immigrants must be able to support themselves financially. By a 2-to-1 margin, voters support limiting the number of immigrants who are seeking to live here just because their relatives do, so-called “chain migration.” 59 % said new immigrants should be required to speak English. 64% back legislation that would create a point system based on factors such as English speaking ability, education levels and job skills to rank applicants for the 140,000 employment-based green cards granted annually.”


Rick Kriseman wrongly suggests city didn’t dip into reserves before Irma

St. Pete Mayor Kriseman and former Mayor Baker offered conflicting stories about the city’s budget at their first mayoral forum since the Aug primary election. According to Baker, Kriseman tapped into emergency reserves this year in order to balance the city’s budget, despite record revenues. Kriseman defended himself by implying that the reach for reserves had not yet happened: “We’ve been investing in reserves every year. If we go and have to dip into reserves for this year it will be because of Hurricane Irma and the losses that have been sustained by the city in overtime.”Baker didn’t let Kriseman have the last word.” Mr. Kriseman must be able to read the future, because he went into the emergency reserves before Irma ever hit,” Baker said. “I don’t know how he did that.”Many in the audience erupted into laughter and clapped for Baker. ”


Debris Hauler’s Success Built on ‘Paper Shuffling’ and Political Connections
Glad to see Bondi investigate! “The Deerfield Beach-based company has made billions of dollars by persuading states to sign lucrative “disaster recovery” deals that allow it unequaled access to local officials in a crisis. Along the way, the company has forged strong relationships with politicians, including former governors Bush of Fl and Barbour of MS. AshBritt is one of 3 haulers subpoenaed by Attorney General Bondi. Bondi wants answers to questions about the slow progress and pricing practices of AshBritt, Ceres Enviro Services and DRC Emergerncy Services. So do residents, public officials and the beleaguered business communities in many South Fl counties, particularly hard-hit Collier Co, which took a direct hit as the storm roared ashore. State Rep. Rommel (R-Naples) says his constituents are at their wit’s end with AshBritt’s bait-and-switch tactics.”


Some Say GOP Tax Plan Would Raise Taxes. Here’s What They’re Missing.

Must Read! “The GOP’s framework would lower rates and consolidate tax brackets for individuals. The 3 new income tax brackets (down from 7) are 12, 25, and 35%…an additional 4th top rate may be added.-The framework would almost double the standard deduction. It would do so by collapsing the additional standard deduction and personal exemptions into the one larger deduction available to everyone. For married joint filers the deduction would be $24,000, and for single filers it would be $12,000. This means taxes would become much easier for many people because they won’t need to itemize or check frivolous boxes.The framework would repeal the personal exemption for dependents, “significantly increase” the Child Tax Credit, and increase the income limits at which the credit currently begins to phase out.”


Trump Requests Border Wall Funding, Fewer Green Cards And More Deportations

Good! “The White House sent a list of immigration priorities to Congressional leaders Sun that infuriated Democrats, but will “put the needs of American workers first” by expediting deportations, funding a border wall and implementing a merit-based immigration system. …The requests sent to Congress also call for targeting sanctuary cities by eliminating Justice Dept and DHS grants from jurisdictions that fail to coop with federal immigration officials, allowing state and local governments to pass immigration laws to support federal efforts, classifying visa overstays as a misdemeanor,hiring 10,000 Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers, expanding ICE’s ability to detain illegal immigrants and requiring usage of an e-verify system to ensure illegal immigrants can’t be employed.”


Hillary Tells of Screaming Into Pillow, Election Night Shock in Irish TV Interview.

Bizarre!! “In a tv interview broadcast on Ireland’s ‘’Late Late Show’’, Hillary opened up on the unfolding of events on election night 2016. Promoting her campaign memoir, ‘What Happened’, Clinton described the night and its aftermath as ‘’painful’’ and ‘’so terrible’’.‘’I would have to go lie down because it was so excruciating’’, she joked ..“I was in a state of shock. I had not prepared a concession speech,”-explaining that whilst expecting a close result, her campaign remained confident of victory up until early election night returns began to suggest otherwise…Whilst discussing the inauguration of Trump, asked if she wanted to scream, Clinton told RTÉ, “Oh, I did. But that was a common occurrence in those days. You know, scream into the pillow when I saw what was happening.”


Attorney General issues new directive on religious freedoms

Great! “Sessions issued a sweeping directive to agencies Fri to do as much as possible to accommodate those who say their religious freedoms are being violated. The guidance.. effectively lifts a burden from religious objectors to prove that their beliefs about marriage or other topics are sincerely held. Under the new policy, a claim of a violation of religious freedom would be enough to override many anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people, women and others. The guidelines are so sweeping that experts on religious liberty are calling them a legal powder-keg that could prompt wide-ranging lawsuits against the government.”This is putting the world on notice: You better take these claims seriously,” said Wilson, a law professor. “This is a signal to the rest of these agencies to rethink the protections they have put in place on sex orientation and gender identity.”


Leaked Docs Lay Out EPA’s Plans For Repealing Obama’s Signature Global Warming Rule

Great! “The Trump administration will argue repealing the centerpiece of the Obama administration’s global warming agenda will lift a $33 billion regulatory burden off the US power sector… the EPA will propose repealing the Clean Power Plan (CPP), and solicit comment for what should replace it…A coalition of states, businesses and unions sued to have the regulation struck down shortly after it was proposed in 2015. EPA will argue the CPP is not only illegal, but would cost $33 billion to comply with. EPA used a different calculation for the “social cost of carbon” metric to generate a new cost-benefit analysis..“The Obama administration pushed the bounds of their authority so far that the Supreme Court issued a stay – the first in history – to prevent the CPP from taking effect,”EPA spokeswoman Liz Bowman told Bloomberg.”


Florida Suffers $2.5 Billion in Agriculture Losses from Hurricane Irma

Wow!! “Fl’s agriculture industry suffered $2.5 billion in damages from Hurricane Irma, which ripped through the State last month.Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam said Wed the storm caused massive damage to some of the state’s most precious agricultural commodities like citrus and other crops important to the state.The Fl Dept of Agriculture estimates losses for each segment of agriculture in Fl, accounting for crop losses as well as ancillary losses, which include debris cleanup, damaged infrastructure and animals’ long-term welfare affected by the monster storm..The number, though large, is just a starting point — Putnam said he expects the damage dollar amount to only increase as state officials take a closer look at just how much damage the storm caused after all.”


Good News: Trump Just Privatized A Piece Of ObamaCare

Great! “What happened after Trump decided to save taxpayer money by slashing ObamaCare’s open enrollment advertising budget? Private groups jumped in to fill the gap. It should serve as an example of how to cut countless other government programs. In Aug, the administration announced that it was sharply cutting the promotional budget for ObamaCare as well as money spent on “navigators” paid to help people enroll which starts on Nov 1. Both cuts were more than justified.The Obama administration nearly doubled ObamaCare promotional spending in 2016 to more than $100 million, only to see overall enrollment decline by 400,000 and the # of new enrollees drop by 42%. This year, HHS is slashing the advertising budget to $10 million.The navigator program was an even bigger waste of money. ”


Civil servants charge Trump is sidelining workers with expertise on climate change and environment

How to get rid of disloyal civil servants! “Interior Dept manager Joel Clement figured his new bosses in the Trump administration might disapprove of his climate-change-focused work protecting Alaskan villages from rising seas. But the reassignment slip Clement received in June stunned him. He was not only removed from his post as director of policy analysis, he was deposited into a new job auditing fossil fuel company leases. 50 such slips went out to the dept’s most experienced and highly paid managers. It seemed to them that they were getting moved for the sake of getting moved – often to jobs unrelated to their skills. Wed, Clement joined those who have quit in frustration. Secretary Zinke may have shed some light on his thinking last week when he told a petroleum group that he believes nearly a third of his workforce is disloyal to the Trump agenda.”