"Government being, among other purposes, instituted to protect the persons and consciences of men from oppression, it certainly is the duty of rulers, not only to abstain from it themselves, but, according to their stations, to prevent it in others." - George Washington

Sunday, April 23, 2017
“The U.S. Postal Service has lost billions since 2007, but the move that could put it on the path towards solvency is to expand its operations into the financial sector. Oh, those aren’t my words; it’s the words of the Inspector General and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), who thinks giving the money-losing USPS the ability to hold bank accounts, is a way to save it from its financial pickle. This expansion is just a bad idea– no wonder why Citizens Against Government Waste called the proposal “ludicrous” ...”

Good god, quit throwing good money after bad! Privatize the USPS. If it makes it, great. If it fails, that's the way capitalism works -

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“While many American parents are angry about the Common Core educational standards and related student assessments in math and English, less attention is being paid to the federally driven green Common Core that is now being rolled out across the country. Under the guise of the first new K-12 science curriculum to be introduced in 15 years, the real goal seems to be to expose students to politically correct climate-change orthodoxy during their formative learning years. ...

... Relying on a climate-change curriculum and teaching materials largely sourced from federal agencies—particularly those of the current ideologically driven administration—raises a number of issues. Along with the undue authoritative weight that such government-produced documents carry in the classroom, most of the work is one-sided and presented in categorical terms, leaving no room for a balanced discussion. Moreover, too much blind trust is placed in the predictive power of long-range computer simulations, despite the weak forecasting track record of most climate models to date.

This is unfortunate because the topic of man-made global warming, properly taught, would present many teachable moments and provide an example of the scientific method in action. Precisely because the science of climate change is still just a theory, discussion would help to build student skills in critical thinking, argumentation and reasoning, which is the stated objective of the new K-12 science standards.”

We will continue to point out that American schools today are experiencing the expanded use of propaganda aimed at indoctrinating our children on an array of liberal / progressive social issues and causes. We expect soon to read that our children's heads are collapsing like a 'black-hole' -

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We bet you feel really good about the success of public-sector workers ... and YOU get to pay for 'em -

“Fraudsters stole private information from the IRS on more than 100,000 taxpayers and used it to bilk the agency of tens of millions of dollars, Commissioner John Koskinen said Tuesday — though he insisted the breach didn’t affect most Americans.

The criminals gained access to the IRS through a new system called “Get Transcript,” which allows taxpayers to go online and get years’ worth of their own tax records. Mr. Koskinen said the perpetrators used information they already knew about taxpayers to fool the system into believing it was the taxpayer logging in, and then stole the transcripts with even more information.

In thousands of instances the criminals turned around and used that same information to file fraudulent returns, stealing potentially close to $50 million from the government.

“This is not a security breach. Our basic information is secure,” Mr. Koskinen insisted in a call with reporters to discuss the theft, which had gone on for months — dating back to February — but was only caught last week.”

"...not a security breach" .... That seems about right. The IRS is incapable of seeing ANY truth about any subject that might pertain to the IRS. The IRS has to be one of, if not THE most obtuse of Federal Government Agencies -

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“You’d think that after the phrase “bridge to nowhere” became synonymous with Washington’s waste and excess, lawmakers would avoid anything reminiscent of that misbegotten spending project in Alaska. But now we have the “Bridge to Sustainable Infrastructure Act,” which is nowhere near as worthwhile as its bipartisan sponsors in the House would like Americans to think. ...

... Enter the gas tax hike bill’s authors, led by Reps. Jim Renacci (R., Ohio), Bill Pascrell (D., N.J.), Reid Ribble (R., Wis.), and Dan Lipinski (D., Ill.). Their proposal indexes gas taxes to inflation, all but guaranteeing annual tax increases. It also provides for additional and more dramatic gas tax hikes—potentially reaching as high as 42%—if Congress does nothing else to refill the Highway Trust Fund’s expected $168 billion shortfall.

But before considering any policy that would raise additional revenue, Congress should first reform where the fund’s money goes. The Highway Trust Fund now pays for a plethora of projects that have little to do with highways. According to a 2013 analysis by the Heritage Foundation, at least 20% of gas-tax revenues in recent years went toward other programs, from light rail to bike lanes to landscaping projects. Some funds even went toward establishing transportation museums.

Hence the financial problems.”

dlmReport has shared these facts with our participants many times. We're gratified that the Wall Street Journal is now sharing the same information and is exposing the insidious manner in which professional politicians and career bureaucrats take tax dollars that are to be designated specifically for highway use, but is diverted to 'crony-projects' that can not otherwise garner the necessary support to be self-sustaining -

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The next time some 'gun-control' idiot wants to engage in debate about the merits of our 2nd Amendment Rights, share this video -

“Determining actionable intelligence, assessing threats (current and emerging), implementing lines of operation to counter threats and forestalling damaging surprise (a process that includes accounting for enemy deception operations) are persistent national security challenges every presidential administration, from George Washington's to Barack Obama's, has confronted. ...

... You can bet your life the next president will confront these challenges, as well. In fact, you do bet your life. Sept. 11's damaging surprise demonstrated America has violent enemies. Because intelligence gathering and analysis are imprecise arts, assessing a threat and organizing resources to counter it are imperfect endeavors.

Betting your life is a good reason to demand more from media than "knowing what we know now" gotcha questions regarding past national security decisions.

The worst gotchas are framed to elicit a simplistic answer that reinforces or advances a political narrative. To do this, the talking head must either drastically simplify the past (a relatively benign act) or erase the inconvenient past (a deceitful act).”

Freedom of the press was a cornerstone for our Nation's Founders --- they believed a free press was necessary in order for people to remain free. Unfortunately, our Founders didn't imagine a free press, that is so free with the truth and so hard to engage in honesty. Truly, mainstream media in America today is the fifth column -

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“Some of you are probably done with ABC News over the George Stephanopoulos embarrassment.

Of course, you wouldn't be wrong to boycott ABC News. You might be a fool not to.

If you have any pretension to intellectual honesty, you either boycott ABC News over this Stephanopoulos mess, or you take a pair of hairy donkey ears and pin them to your temples.

It's possible that you wish to keep on watching the ethically challenged ABC News but you'd really like to skip the hassle of searching for authentic hairy donkey ears.”

While it's not supposed to be this way, everyone has a bias. The secret to an honest dialog lies with disclosing your bias. For the record, I don't like Hillary Clinton, and it reflects in my comments and those news items we share. I don't like professional politicians or career bureaucrats, and it reflects in my comments and the news items we share. But hey, I am not a journalist, and I admit and disclose my bias -

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“Last week, President Obama held a summit on poverty at Georgetown University. There, he explained that unrest in major American cities could be traced not to lack of values, but to simple lack of cash -- and that lack of cash, he suggested, could be attributed to simple lack of luck. "The top 25 hedge fund managers made more than all of the kindergarten teachers in the country," Obama stated. "You pretty much have more than you'll ever be able to use or anyone in your family will ever be able to use. There's a fairness issue involved here." He added that we should confiscate wealth from those people and redistribute it to "early childhood education" -- one of the greatest government boondoggles of all time -- because that's "where the question of compassion and 'I'm my brother's keeper' comes into play. And if we can't ask from society's lottery winners to just make that modest investment, then really this conversation [on poverty] is just for show."

This is evil masquerading as generosity.”

When confronted about his half-brother, George, who exists on $1/day, Obama was reported to have said, "Hey, I'm not my brother's keeper.' But, good ole Obama has no problem expecting all of us to be his brother's keeper -

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“Oregon is about to embark on a first-in-the-nation program that aims to charge car owners not for the fuel they use, but for the miles they drive.

The program is meant to help the state raise more revenue to pay for road and bridge projects at a time when money generated from gasoline taxes are declining across the country, in part, because of greater fuel efficiency and the increasing popularity of fuel-efficient, hybrid and electric cars.

Starting July 1, up to 5,000 volunteers in Oregon can sign up to drive with devices that collect data on how much they have driven and where. The volunteers will agree to pay 1.5 cents for each mile traveled on public roads within Oregon, instead of the tax now added when filling up at the pump.”

Having engaged against the madness of Vehicle Miles Traveled taxes (VMT), it seems nothing keeps bad ideas from progressing. The cost of the equipment necessary to track your vehicle's every move, is about $1000 (supporters suggest that cost would drop IF everyone HAD to buy the equipment). The cost to administer the collection and audit of taxes derived from the total miles driven is between 20% and 30% of the tax dollar collected compared to the current, less than 1%, administrative cost overhead of the gas/fuel tax, AND (this is a killer in the business community) with the data associated with every mile and stop experienced by a vehicle, hackers will be able to review where and when various business activities are being engaged. Further, VMT experiments in Minnesota, even when folks were being paid to participate, found VMT-drivers cheating the system through disabling the equipment, resulting in less revenues being collected --- IF MANDATORY, whatta think? Will APPs be developed or other electronic devices created to beat the system? The best course of action entails raising the gas and fuel tax - continue enjoying the administrative cost overhang of less than 1%, and index the gas and fuel taxes to fuel economy gains. But this solutions is way too simple for our professional politicians and career bureaucrats -

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“A constitutional amendment that would allow Puerto Rico to default on its general-obligation debt lacks support, a top-ranking commonwealth lawmaker said.

Puerto Rico’s constitution gives those bonds the first claim on the general fund by requiring that they be paid before other money is spent. Three members of the House of Representatives filed legislation two weeks ago to change that provision so that the junk-rated island could default.

That proposal pushed the price of commonwealth bonds close to record lows on speculation that Puerto Rico won’t pay all of its $73 billion of obligations.”

Be scared, be very scared. Note the idea of implementing a Value Added Tax (VAT) to help dig out from the debt resulting from decades of liberal and progressive rule in Puerto Rico .... Puerto Rico's economy has benefitted for years because of large subsidies and preferred tax treatment they enjoy as a loyal vassal of the US Government. As usual, running out of other people's money means having to become even more creative in absconding with taxpayer money, and a VAT is just the ticket to run it up everyone's ass -

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“George Stephanopoulos appears to have made a mistake. It was a mistake he made three times having given $25,000 per year for three years to one or another of that Gordian Knot of elements that make up the Clinton's foundation.

· Stephanopoulos reportedly makes about $7 million a year so $75,000 won't make him miss a meal, but it's real money.

· Why should we care about that? I'm not sure. The Clinton collection of foundations make it unclear to me (with my multiple degrees in accounting and law) whether they are even tax deductible but, as President Barack Obama has said, people who make as much as George make enough and shouldn't be able to take a full tax deduction.

· I don't care about that, either. I don't make enough.

· The only reason I think this is important is because since he left the Clinton White House he has held himself out to be a journalist.

· And he's not.”

A quick tutorial about journalists, or dare we suggest, those that masquerade as journalists -

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“My first job in journalism was as a copyboy at the NBC News Bureau in Washington, D.C. In my early 20s, I asked Bill Corrigan, the newsroom manager, "What must I do to get on the air?" He replied, "Get a college degree and a minimum of five years writing experience with a newspaper or wire service."

In those days every reporter at NBC News and the other two networks came from print because television was relatively new and as network news president Reuven Frank noted in his book "Out of Thin Air," we were making it up as we went along. …

… The rules of the road to journalistic success have changed dramatically, as has the definition of journalist. Today, one can self-identify as a journalist without any background or experience. Which brings me to George Stephanopoulos, the ABC News anchor and co-host of "Good Morning America." …

… George Stephanopoulos had no journalism background when he joined ABC News. He has a degree in theology, which might be appropriate given the media's self-worship and sense of its own importance. ...”

Mainstream media, corrupt on so many levels, yet too many Americans go about their day totally oblivious to the obvious or the implications playing out on the world's stage -

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“Let’s imagine that Rush Limbaugh gives up his radio job and is hired by Fox News as a political commentator. …

… Anything big and political goes to Limbaugh. And a presidential election is looming, so Rush is going to be pretty busy deciding all sorts of things, like what gets covered and what doesn’t and how stories are played on TV.

And when liberals complain, as they surely would, Limbaugh defends himself, saying: “I’m not a radio talk show host anymore. That’s what I used to be. Now, I’m a serious journalist who is no longer a partisan.”

After they stop laughing, it comes out that Mr. Non Partisan Honest Journalist gave $75,000 to a foundation run by the conservative Koch brothers – a contribution to help further good causes, of course.”

What? What's wrong with this idea? Oh --- this is tongue in cheek relative to George Stephanopoulos...Sorry, we got excited for a moment there -

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“Pamela Geller — the woman whose group, the American Freedom Defense Initiative, organized the Muhammad cartoon drawing contest in Garland, Texas — may be the most hated person in America right now. She is certainly the left’s chief villain. And, sad to say, though few conservatives hate her, more than a few have condemned her.

The question is why?

Here are three reasons.

Reason One: The left Hates Those Who Confront Evil - The first and most important reason is a rule of life that I wrote about in a recent column explaining the left’s hatred for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu:

Those who don’t fight evil hate those who do.

This is a defining characteristic of the American left. That is why the left loathed President Ronald Reagan for labeling the Soviet Union an “evil empire:” He judged and confronted Communism, the greatest evil in the world after World War II. ...”

Under the regime of Obama and the governance of the Democrats, America's moral compass has been put aside allowing the world to devolve. Thank you, liberals. Thank you, progressives. Thank you, Democrats -

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“ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos, already under fire for his contributions to Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton’s charitable foundation, served as a moderator and awards judge for an arm of the organization for years without disclosing those roles to viewers. ...

A former campaign aide and White House adviser to President Bill Clinton, Stephanopoulos has apologized repeatedly since last week for contributing $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation between 2012 and 2014. He has acknowledged that the contributions created an apparent conflict of interest, given that he will be ABC’s chief political correspondent during a campaign in which Hillary Clinton is a leading candidate.

But Stephanopoulos has not to date disclosed lending his name to panels organized by CGI, which convenes world leaders for conferences.”

THIS is how Democrats provide and support transparency. Who, in their right mind, truly believe they can trust anything that is generated by mainstream media?

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