Friday, April 12, 2019

PLATFORM FOR THE RIGHT AGAINST THE LEFT




The major message that UNIFIES the Republican party for the right causes which improve all Americans lives are a strong economy and a strong military and strong moral values and the best health for the individuals in our nation.
This means we are UNITED against the LEFT, who only want to destroy this great nation by its socialistic economic policies, its weakening of our military and moral values and its attempt to control individuals’ choice in healthcare.
Therefore, I propose a platform which all candidates running in local, state and federal levels should adhere to and defend with commonsense and facts. This unity of message is important along with the ability to get out the message so that republicans/conservatives can win elections and use these policies to help keep this nation remain strong and get even stronger.

  • The 10 basic issues that all candidates should support are:

  1. Pro Smaller Government. The best government is the one that runs efficiently and who have public servants that are good stewards of the United States taxpayers money. When the government gets bigger, individuals freedom and liberties get smaller.
  2. Pro Lowering taxes. Public servants should always aim to achieve the expenses of governing in the most efficient and least costly ways.All Americans should be able to keep more of their money since they will know how best to spend it rather than the government telling them how to spend their money.
  3. Pro economic growth. All Americans benefit from a policy that decreases regulations and creates incentives to stimulate more businesses to grow and increase employment. The emphasis should be to help small businesses which are the backbone of the American economy.
  4. Pro Peace. This can only be achieved by maintaining a Strong military and by using a strong military and strong economy as a deterrence to others hoping to achieve control in destructive ways.
  5. Pro law-enforcement and first responders. Americans are safer because of the courage of our men and women in Law-enforcement and first responders, including firefighters. Americans are also safer because of the courage of our military to help defend our values and freedoms and liberties.
  6. Pro Health of our individuals in our nation. The emphasis for healthcare should be in individual choice and free market forces and transparency which allow the individual to have control over their own healthcare and to lower costs. A government safety net would be available for those that fall through the cracks, but the emphasis is that the less Government gets involved in your healthcare choices, the healthier the individuals will be in this nation.
  7. Pro education and information. The emphasis is for the education system to teach our students How to Think rather than What to Think. Only, in this way, can we develop individuals for the future who are well-informed and can continue to keep this nation strong or make this nation even stronger.
  8. Pro Constitution. Americans benefit when there is free speech and are hurt when there is intolerance of differing viewpoints. Also, our country was founded on religious freedom and our Constitution allows individuals to practice their religion without fear of persecution. We should also protect the defenseless with our Pro Life views.
  9. Pro Environment. Cleaner air and cleaner water should always be goals to allow for a safe and healthier nation. However, this does not mean that we spend money on baseless and unscientific theories that are not proven or based on one’s feelings or political ideology. True and verifiable science is always the best method for policy decisions.
  10. Pro voting rights. The policy for voting should always be one vote for every legal qualified citizen per election. Methods to decrease voter fraud and ensure fairness to the system should be the priority.

Tony Maglione



Friday, October 13, 2017

THE EVIL OF IGNORANCE

Just about everyone understands that mass murderers and terrorists are evil,but ignorance can lead to evil. There are many examples in history where the presence of an ignorant mass led to evil. In Germany, in the 1930's, many ignorant people allowed Hitler, through his socialist NAZI party, to amass power and exterminate over 6 million Jews. In the 20th century, the Soviet Union allowed Lenin and Stalin to develop Communism and this caused over 100 million deaths. Today, in the United States, there is a socialist progressive left agenda and movement which only through ignorance will be allowed to grow. If this indeed occurs, it will be the end of the United States as we know it. Let’s review how this can happen.

1. Our public education system over the last 50 years has been one of the main contributors to “dumbing down” our population by telling students what to think rather than teaching them how to think. Our education system went from being one of the best in the world to barely being mediocre at this time, despite spending three times more money over the last 50 years. Instead of making common sense changes to our public education system to improve it; the progressive left wants to continue the current pathway and even spend more money ensuring that future adult American citizens will be furthered “dummied down”. They accomplish this by trying to make everybody go to “free” college,learn more liberal policies and become further indoctrinated with socialist and progressive left dogma.

2.  The mainstream media is another major contributor to the ignorance in our country. Most people will accept the headlines and never really delve into the actual facts of the information from the press. This propaganda from the mainstream media has been relentless for several generations and it has caused many people to be brainwashed into accepting many false narratives. Recent examples are Black Lives Matter and Antifa. The falsehoods that are propagated by the press include cops shooting blacks disproportionately and what constitutes fascism and anti-fascism. Both groups are based on lies which, as they grow, create further division and hate within our nation and thus makes it less likely to help the very minorities they represent.

3. The left political class is another major contributor to the ignorance and “dumbing down” of our country. A big government can only exist when its people are followers and not individual thinkers. The goal of this political class is to obtain power and control and this can only be done non violently by “dumming down” the people. In this way, people exist only for the “welfare of the state” or federal government. The resultant ignorance of the people will then lead to an acceptance of a big government socialist platform where people exist for the benefit of the state, causing the United States to become another tyrannical government like many others in the past. This is a victory for the teachings of Rousseau, Hegel, Marx and Engels where people exist for the welfare of the government (“state”).

4.  Because of the propaganda press and our poor educational system and the left political class, many ignorant Americans actually believe that government should be in control of your health such as Obamacare. They believe this despite incredible evidence as to its failures,cost and lack of actually improving individuals' health.The belief that big government can solve problems and improve people’s lives is a false one and has been proven to be dangerous and deadly historically.

5. For socialism to succeed in this country, there is a need to ignore the presence of God, the validity of our Constitution and to become a less virtuous nation.Socialism inevitably leads to a loss of liberty and freedom We are a nation that is By the People and For the People and therefore we should never be subservient to government or exist for the “welfare of the state”. Only when Americans become less ignorant of these facts, can we help prevent more evil in our nation and in the world. This is why many of us that understand history and the consequences of a socialist or progressive movement will always fight to educate all Americans. This is the only way ignorance can be thwarted and the United States can once again be a free and virtuous nation under God now and forever.

Friday, September 22, 2017

WHAT WE HOPE CONGRESS DOES WITH DACA


President Trump recently gave a six-month extension to the DACA program which will hopefully convince Congress to pass legislation. The DACA program was an executive order by President Obama in 2012 which, by President Obama's own words, was unconstitutional (something the executive branch was not allowed to do) and therefore will not stand up to the current legal challenges by many states and will eventually be rescinded.

We hope that Congress will do the right thing, understanding that the overwhelming majority of Americans DOES NOT want to deport these 800,000 undocumented youth.

Now who/what is DACA?  They are individuals who are under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012,who entered the United States before turning 16, and have continually lived in this country since June 15, 2007. These individuals must also have a high school diploma or GED certification,honorably discharged from the military or still be in school. They cannot have a criminal record. The DACA order does not give legal status. The current average age of these youths today is over 20 years of age.

  Americans should hope and pray Congress does the following:
1. Give  permanent legal status for these 800,000 individuals by giving them a "yellow or purple" card which allows them to stay in the United States indefinitely without fear of deportation. This permanent legal status allows these individuals to only obtain benefits such as Social Security, disability, Medicaid, Medicare, food stamps, and welfare 10 years after obtaining a permit for legal status. Also, they are never able to vote unless they become citizens. If they have illegally registered to vote or have voted, the first offense could be a four year federal prison term and the second offense would be deportation.
2.  Continue the same standard as the DACA program for deportation. That is, they cannot have a criminal record and they must have a high school diploma or GED, honorably discharged from the military or still be in school.
3.  Allow these individuals a possible pathway to citizenship by one of the following methods.
They can do at least four years of military service and cannot be dishonorably discharged.
 They can do at least 10 years of public service such as being on the police force or working as a fireman or fire woman or other public services such as those determined by the Department of  Defense. These services can be working for 10 years in the FBI or CIA or other positions that involve danger and possible loss of life.
 After the completion of these years of public service, they can then apply for citizenship the same as a legal immigrant.
4.  After this legislation is passed, there can be no more permanent legal status for any other children of illegals in this country indefinitely unless legislated by Congress.State and local authorities cannot override federal law on this issue.
5.   This legislation will go into affect  only when a Wall at the southern border has been fully funded  and approved by the Department of Homeland Security.
6.   This legislation is accompanied by a more comprehensive piece of immigration legislation which deals with legal immigration and parameters (entry requirements) similar to those set by Senator Cotton.

 If the Democrats care about these individuals, they will allow the funding and building of the wall at the southern border in order to help keep illegal immigration at a minimum. Hopefully, the Democrats will prove their concern for these DACA individuals more than they care about getting votes from future illegal immigrants coming into this country.
There is a possible pathway to citizenship for these individuals and I believe that all parties should allow these individuals to remain legally in this country since they are here in this country by someone else's illegal actions. They should be rewarded with a pathway to citizenship if they do public service as described previously.
The conditions for remaining in this country are fair and I hope that Congress will approach this issue with a mature and compassionate attitude and not approach this issue by making unreasonable demands further dividing this country. Hopefully, they can think more about helping these individuals and future generations of Americans than their own self interests or their party's self interest.
Let's all pray that Congress can do the right thing this time.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

TAX REFORM IS EASY AS LONG AS CONGRESS CAN DO ITS JOB

 For many of us, passing a tax reform bill is much easier than Congress pretends it to be. Many in Congress want you to believe that it is very complex. They do this because it benefits the people in power such as lobbyists, lawyers,accountants,big corporations, Big Government and themselves. They have a better chance of controlling your money. This is your country and we are a nation governed by its people, so let's make the laws work for us.
Many people voted for Donald Trump in order to receive simplified tax reform. He has an excellent tax plan and I will summarize it with a few changes and recommendations that I believe will make it more likely to pass in Congress.

 With respect to individual taxes :

1.  Simplify tax brackets down to three brackets.  12% for singles with incomes over $37,500 and married joint filings with incomes over $75,000.  25% for those singles with incomes over $37,500 up to $112,500 and married joint filings would be between $75,000 and $225,000.  33% for those singles with income is over $112,500 and married joint filings over $225,000. I agree with these three brackets proposed by president Trump but would change the percentages to 11%, 22%, and 35% in order to help the middle class more and make it more acceptable for the Senate Democrats, of which at least 8 of their votes are needed for passage of the bill.
2. Increase the standard deduction as per President Trump's plan which essentially doubles the deduction for singles ($12,600) and married couples ($24,000).This also helps the middle class who may not have as many itemized deductions.
3.  Eliminate all deductions except for those on retirement savings, charitable contributions, and mortgage interest on only one home at a time. This way those who can afford more than one home at a time will not receive a mortgage interest deduction on additional homes. President Trump's plan caps charitable deduction at $200,000. I believe that charitable deductions can continue over $200,000 at up to 10%  of income over $2 million. In this way, the rich have an incentive to continue donating to charity. Continue retirement savings as before.
5. Allow child and elder care deductions similar to the one outlined in President Trump's plan with $2000 a year for each child under age 13 and $5000 a year for each dependent elder. Singles earning over $250,000 and married couples over $500,000 do not qualify for these deductions.
4. Eliminate the estate tax. It hurts small businesses and should not be taxed since the money has already been taxed at least once and sometimes more.
5.  Eliminate the alternative minimum tax and state and local deductions.
6.  Continue the Social Security and Medicare taxes.
 This will allow about 80% of the 160 million individual tax filers to file with a simple form and they will no longer need to use an accountant. There will be some individuals who have an individual corporation or business and may also need to file a corporate tax form, but they too benefit from a simplified individual tax form. The overall work of the IRS will be cut significantly and we can then greatly decrease the size of the IRS.

 With respect to corporate taxes :

1.  Decrease the corporate tax from 35% to 15%.
2.  Allow a one time repatriation tax of 10% for businesses with income earned abroad. This would help keep companies in the United States and get many corporations to bring back money to the United States. Many of these corporations will come back because of the lower corporate tax rate.
3.  Allow US based manufacturers to deduct all expenses for new plants and equipment. This incentivizes companies to invest more.
4.  Illuminate loopholes that allow corporations to avoid taxes by setting up offshore businesses.
5.   Obtain revenue with an import tax which is graduated as follows:
       0% for items under $5,000.
       10% for items between $5000 and $10,000.
       15% for items between $10,000 and 20,000.
       20% for items over $20,000.
         This is similar to a luxury tax except that it is on imports only. If Congress does not want to have any change in the import taxes, then the corporate tax will need to be 20% to be more likely revenue neutral.

 With respect to capital gains tax :
1. Decrease the capital gains taxes from 20% to 15%, which allows Americans to either reinvest or spend more; thus,stimulating business and improving the economy.

By passing  a simplified Tax Bill,  the American people can have a tax code that is under 1000 pages rather than the current 75,000 pages.  Really Congress ?? no more excuses, giving us tax reform. It's is as easy as  1-2-3  tax brackets .

Sunday, August 20, 2017

THE REAL TRUTH OF RACISM AND BIGOTRY IN OUR COUNTRY

After what happened in Charlottesville Virginia, it is time to have an honest and truthful discussion about racism and bigotry in our country. Undoubtedly, the acts of an individual 20-year-old neo-Nazi was reprehensible, hateful and destructive. Our prayers go out to those affected by the death of that young girl as well as those injured in Charlottesville.
Now let's review some of the historical facts regarding the KKK, Nazism, and white supremacy.

1.  KKK -  The roots of the KKK began in the 1860s after the Civil War. The overwhelming number of members in the KKK were Democrats up until about 1990. During the height of the KKK, (in the 1920s), there were between five and 8 million members. Of the 4000 lynchings of blacks by the KKK, they were almost all done by Democrats.  David Duke was a member of the KKK and a Democrat until about 1990. He was unsuccessful in his runs for political office so he switched parties in an attempt to create more notoriety for himself and for an attempt to win governorship. He was unsuccessful and has been denounced by the leaders in the Republican Party, this includes President Trump. There are currently about 5000 members of the KKK nationally. Therefore, the members of the KKK in this country over our history is about 1000 times greater for Democrats than it is for Republicans.

2. NAZISM (Neo-nazis) and WHITE SUPREMACISTS-The roots are from Hitler's National Socialist German Worker's Party. This party is a "socialist" party which is a party from the Left. It involves big government which claims to know what's good for you and not only obnoxiously assuming they know what's best for you, they are also white supremacists.  The Nazi party had many sympathizers throughout the world. They included the Muslims from the previous Ottoman Empire and Margaret Sanger,who is revered by the Left and Hillary Clinton. Margaret Sanger is a known socialist and white supremacist who stated that Negroes were inferior and needed to be eliminated as too were the disabled. She opened up the first birth control clinic in the United States and is responsible for Planned Parenthood. Her motives for abortion were mainly to keep the population of blacks at a minimum because of her white supremacy views and views on eugenics.  She was, to say the least, a bigot, white supremacist and a racist. Also, she succeeded with abortion to control the black population because blacks disproportionately have a greater percentage of abortions; therefore, their population in the United States by percentage has not significantly increased in 100 years.

3. ANTIFA (an abbreviation for anti-fascism)- Their roots are from an anti-fascist movement in Europe during the 1930s. They identify themselves as an anti-racist and anti-capitalist group which essentially makes them to be pro-socialist/pro-communist. They also claim to be anarchists and wish to disrupt the American way of life by using violence. The interesting thing to note is that their actions are actually much more in line with Fascism by their need to control other peoples free speech and rights. The views of this group are in line with those that created the most violence and death in our world's history. The socialists and communists in the 20th century accounted for over 170 million deaths.

4. BLACK LIVES MATTER-Their roots are based on a false narrative that white cops are  excessively killing blacks. This is not factually correct when you look at national data since 1980 and compare those involved in violent crimes such as homicides and shootings. The data shows that actually Whites and Hispanics are killed more by cops if you factor in the percentage of those committing the violent crimes. The term black lives matter implies that black lives matter more than other lives which, in and of itself, is a black supremacist viewpoint similar to white supremacy on the other side.  Also, many of the black lives matter leaders are anti-Israel and anti-Semitic which is ironic for an organization that pretends to be against bigotry and racism.

There are many more examples of hypocrisy, especially from the Left.  Now, if we were to follow the Left's viewpoint on the reason for the protest in Charlottesville, which is to remove all Confederate monuments, even by force if necessary, then we should remove all the examples of racism and bigotry.  Since the majority of those that were slave-owners, KKK members, sympathetic to white supremacy and nazism in the past were Democrats, it is only logical that we remove the Democratic Party from our culture.

 All of these movements are dominated more by those who practice hate, division and violence then by those who practice love,unity and peace. We can all come together as a nation if we can all denounce these movements that are destructive and learn from real history and not from "Fake" history.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

22 MILLION MORE UNINSURED AMERICANS ONCE OBAMACARE IS REPEALED IS FAKE NEWS- LET ME EXPLAIN!

 I am getting sick and tired of the false narrative that over 22 million Americans will lose their insurance if Obamacare is repealed. I will explain how the numbers don't add up by using a simple arithmetic method called subtraction.  Before I get to the numbers, let me emphasize that being insured for your health does not mean that you are getting better or even adequate healthcare. If the deductibles are too high, many Americans will be unwilling to use their healthcare insurance because of the out of pocket costs. So the numbers of Americans insured is not the goal, rather better healthcare at an affordable price for all Americans should be the goal.

Note that the numbers of Americans that are insured varies according to the source. When researching the data from sources such as the CMS, Census Bureau, and Kaiser family foundation,(wherever I could), I used the worst-case scenario for those uninsured. For example, the number of Americans in 2017 on employer health care plans varied from 159 million to 178 million. For discussion, I used the 159 million number which would result in more uninsured. Even when you take the worst possible case scenario, the number of additional uninsured Americans is less than 13 million.

 So now let's go to the numbers. At the beginning of 2017,the US population was approximately 325 million Americans. There are approximately 50 million Americans on Medicare and over 70 million Americans on Medicaid.  There are also 159 million Americans on employer healthcare plans and 10 million Americans who are VA enrollees.

  If you take 325 million and subtract 159 million and then subtract 70 million and then subtract 50 million and finally subtract 10 million, that will leave 36 million who need to get their insurance from the individual healthcare market. When you consider that 28 million Americans have decided not to purchase Obamacare even though there is an individual mandate to do so; that leaves 8 million Americans who could lose their insurance once Obamacare is repealed.

 If you look at Medicaid Expansion, there were less than 5 million Americans from 31 states plus D.C. who became insured from Medicaid Expansion because they were between 100 and 133% the federal poverty line (actually 138% the way government does numbers). In a replacement Bill, these 5 million Americans would be grandfathered in and protected. But, if states choose not to protect them, that would add 5 million to those 8 million on the individual market leaving a total of 13 million more uninsured Americans in the worst-case scenario. This number is almost half the number of the mainstream media and the CBO projections,which is at 22 to 24 million more Americans uninsured with Obamacare repeal. Note, these projections also do not estimate how many Americans are now losing Obamacare because there is no healthcare insurer in their states/counties. Also, if you use the best-case scenario and consider overlap coverage in a few million, the 13 million number would be substantially less.

 Now let's see how the 13 million number of more uninsured Americans, which is the worst-case scenario, is also highly exaggerated. Of the 8 million potential more Americans uninsured in the individual market, 2 million of those are on their parents plan and under the age of 26. This provision will remain in the replacement plan. Another 2 million did not require subsidies and they will be able to afford their healthcare. This now leaves only 4 million Americans in the individual plans that are vulnerable to losing their insurance.

 Of the 5 million Americans who are on Medicaid, because of Medicaid expansion, 4 million of them are single adults without children who are capable of working. Therefore, 4 million could be added to the employer health care plans if they choose to work. Again simple subtraction leaves only 1 million (5 million minus 4 million) Medicaid recipients vulnerable and that is if a replacement Bill does not provide any subsidies which is not the case.

 Now that I've shown you how the "13 million number of more uninsured Americans" is down to 5 million (4 million in individual plans and 1 million in Medicaid expansion),this number also may not be realistic. A replacement plan will offer more affordable and cheaper catastrophic plans, so most likely within 2 to 3 years, many of the 28 million Americans who chose not to buy insurance may do so because it will now be more affordable.

In the end, not only is the number of  "22 million more Americans uninsured with repeal of Obamacare" a complete fabrication, it is likely that within five or six years, more Americans will be insured. We need only to add and subtract the numbers correctly and honestly to see the Real News.





Sunday, June 4, 2017

CLIMATE CHANGE 101: WHAT EVERYONE NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT THE CLIMATE CHANGE MOVEMENT


There has been much discussion, and frankly, a completely false narrative in our country and throughout the world about climate change. I will present certain facts so that you may be better able to understand and discuss climate change with those that think they know everything.

  1. The earth has existed for billions of years and in that time the climate has changed from warmer periods to colder periods to warmer periods and back to colder periods, etc. These periods have lasted for hundreds of years and over the lifespan of the earth the temperature swings have been by as much as 10°.                   
  2. Today, the earth is actually cooler than over 90% of the earth's lifespan. That is, the temperatures today are colder than most of the time that the earth has existed. 
  3. Over the course of the last 500 million years, there are many periods before the industrial revolution and the existence of fossil fuels where there has been the same amount or more of CO2 in the atmosphere. Therefore, one cannot blame the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere on fossil fuels alone. 
  4. Also over these millions of years, there are times,where there have been high concentrations of CO2 in the atmosphere similar to today, where the temperature did not rise. This significantly debunks, or at least puts into doubt a direct correlation between CO2 emissions or concentrations in the atmosphere to a rise in temperature.
  5. Note, that the occurrence of less than 1° change (like the < 1% change predicted by the Paris climate pact over the next 80 years) has never resulted in history in significant ice melting, water rising, or as Governor Brown from California suggested the emergence of insects that will destroy this planet. Therefore, the reasoning that we need to stop the use of fossil fuels in order to stop the increase in carbon dioxide is flawed. Consequently, CO2 in the atmosphere or CO2 emissions causing an increase in temperature and then causing the ice melting and the world ending is false at every level.   
  6. This leads us to ask why is the progressive left promoting climate change? The answer is obvious. It is not about climate change. If the left really cared about children and grandchildren, they would also be against abortion, which kills potential children and grandchildren. What they really want is a transfer and redistribution of money from the rich and successful to the less rich and unsuccessful. This is a redistribution of wealth from rich nations like the United States. This causes the United States to become weaker thus more likely allowing the possibility of a one world order domination by a few hypocritical bureaucrats abroad.  
  7. Therefore, this is about power and control. It is not about helping the future of our earth. Some progressive liberals believe falsely that they will feel good by doing something and throwing money at climate change and this will help the earth live longer. But they are mistaken. The earth will end in billions of years from now most likely by chemical forces from the sun resulting in the earth truly changing its climate so that the earth will cease to exist. Less likely causes could be asteroids or the earth destroying itself with multiple use of mass weapons of destruction such as nuclear weapons or other weapons of mass destruction yet to be invented.
  8. The reason for this climate change movement is not scientific, but based on a religious belief that man has control over earth's nature. They use this belief to obtain monies to say they will counteract it even though it cannot be counteracted. Again, the real reason is about obtaining power and control. For them, this hopefully results in a one world government with central planning which helps very few at the expense of many.
  9. The sad conclusion of this is that earth went from believing in false gods early in its history to believing in a true God. Now there are those that want us to go back to believing in false gods.These false gods are the liberal progressives who use the deceptive narrative of climate change to obtain power and control. If that ever occurs, freedom and liberty will be forever gone and a very small percentage of people will benefit while the remainder of mankind will be oppressed and repressed by power and control just as it did for most of mankind's history on earth.