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On Facebook, the liberal Lt. Governor of California - Gavin Newsom continues to post anti Trump propaganda. He never addresses issues in California but instead every single day to attacks Trump. Now this guy is running for Governor of the State of California. This is the guy who started and endorsed sanctuary cities in California as Mayor of San Francisco. So, his liberal policies as Mayor has set him up for blood on his hands with what has happened in California and sanctuary cities. This is an individual far more dangerous then Gerry Brown. He is pure liberal politician with no new policies to make California stronger, but instead will tear down the state even more.
However, if you listen to his followers they are in the same non-thinking liberal boat. They have a liberal political agenda that aligns itself with socialism and failure for the state. Yesterday on Facebook Newsom came out swinging at the tax reform plan that is being worked on in Washington DC. His comment was "NO KIDDING" to an article being run on CNBC that stated that "Economic Growth Would Not Pay for Senate Tax Cuts, Analyses Says". And of course, they quote from the CBO that has not been right on most on its analyses. And anyone in business does not rely on CNBC has a source of independent reporting and leans far to the left, so the information is one sided and not usable in any argument. But, Gavin and his minion of followers will use any left leaning blogger or main stream media to support their slam or attack on the tax reform plan and the President. It happens every single day and Gavin Newsom does it every single day. No new ideas just wham blam and slam.
So last night I commented on Gavins newest slam on Facebook. I am going to show you how they respond when you present them with facts, they come back with responses as if they are bullies out in the school yard and that is exactly what they sound like is children who have been held back many years because of their liberal thinking process. Now let me preface this by saying that I have and still am very critical of the Senate Tax Reform bill. I feel it does not go far enough on tax reform and that just by addressing tax rates - that is not tax reform. But that doesn't matter to Gavins followers, they want to spin and spin some more and they will lead you in so many directions instead of staying on trace with the topic of debate.
My Response to Gavin - "Gavin, if you are 100% sold in this spin liberal story - let’s ask Congress to cut all money going to California. All federal education aid, and all the other funds you waste. Read the other side of the equation and see the bigger picture of the cuts being made to cut the size of government costs". I also stated he was worthless and would never be the Governor of the State. And I said that because I have had it with his comments of hate every single day, so his minions responded as follows:
Jerry - Hmmm....the bill in its entirety is a mash up of so much crap it’s disgusting... the overwhelming American sentiment has sniffed this out for the con it is!
Melinda - Fine...but let's let California forgo sending the Feds any money, as well. Tit for tat. That way, California won't have to waste money on red states who can't rub two nickels together. Now, slither back to the gutter from whence you came, scum.
Alexander - Where’d you get your actuarial science degree? Math is liberal?
Kim - Umm, California gives more to the federal government than they get in return. Every single red state takes more from the federal government than their poor states pay to the federal government. Maybe we should cut tax funding to the states with legislators who vote for this trickle-down crap sandwich.
Alexander - How are things going out there in Kansas under Brownback? How’d that conservative utopia turn out?
Les - educate me what cuts will govt. do and the trump family and the rich don't benefit more than the guy who drives a truck for a living please educate us all about this abd explain why only three years for you and ten for corporations like trumps and he says won't benefit him ok educate us all
Scott - "In January 2017, the California Legislative Analyst’s Office said by several measures California is, indeed, a donor state, but just barely. It receives $0.99 in federal expenditures per dollar of taxes paid, which isbelow the national average return for states of $1.22 per dollar paid, according to its review of a 2015 New York Comptroller study." We get back .99 for every $1.00 paid. The average is 1.22 for every $1.00 paid.
Now the problem with this last statement is that liberals in California use this argument all the time. But they fail to look at the entire picture of all the other contracts with the Federal Government that they don't count in this number being sited. They will also use the argument that California is the 6th in the world economy. However, the liberals fail to look at the entire picture of the economy. California cost of living is high that Californians are living from paycheck to paycheck. poverty is at 20% and continues to grow, Taxes of the state are the highest in the nation, gasoline taxes are very high, California state government on Courts, spending transparency, healthcare was given an "F". California is 45th in all states in Government management, 10th from the bottom of all states in education in grades K - 12th grade, and the list goes on, over 9,000 businesses have moved out of California and the middle income is moving out also because they just can't afford living in California. And California's debt is out of control. So instead of looking at the entire picture of the state of the state, they always just take one report and use that as their argument. If you show them all the other facts liberals will attack you and tell you to leave the state. That is how they react to data. They only want to look at the data that supports their argument, instead of getting real and look at the entire problem in California.
Lauri - More federal dollars go to poor red states. Just a fact. Look it up. If you spent a bit of time doing fact checks, your responses would hold more weight.
Kim - Michael Lodge Trump is the most corrupt President ever and he is just getting started. Seriously, anyone stupid enough to vote for a notorious Russian owned conman pushing the same failed trickle-down schemes that destroyed the economy under Bush already prove that they are gullible and have the memory of a gnat.
Alexander - Given your incessant spelling errors, I can easily believe your claims about the state of Californian education.
Now this is where they start to attack me personally. They attack what I do for a living, statements I have made, even my eyebrows. They can't argue their points, so they start attacking the individual instead of the subject matter.
Alexander - I’m sorry you don’t understand the field in which you work. It’s really pretty frightening.
Alexander - Based on what level of tax knowledge you’ve demonstrated here, I wouldn’t listen to your podcast if you paid me.
Alexander - Your typing is the least of your issues. You went from attacking actuaries, to trashing liberals, to ignoring the failures of the Kansas experiment, to trying to disguise the GOP plans as tax reform, to trashing California.
You’ve failed to stay on topic.
You’ve failed to make a consistent argument.
You’ve failed to provide any evidence to support your counterclaims.
You’ve failed to demonstrate even a basic understanding of basic macroeconomics.
One can only hope someone from the SC legislature sees this thread and works to cancel their contract with you ASAP.
Now, no one is talking about Kansas, we are talking about California. So, they try to attack by using a state we are not even talking about. Their argument pattern is so bad that attacks seem to be their only way they think they can win. The topic was tax reform and California, who the hell cares about Kansas.
Matthew - If California were to secede from the US they’d be just fine. The rest of the country on the other hand...well enjoy paying that 2000% markup on all the products that come from there. And let’s laugh when all those mooching red states find themselves in economic turmoil.
What? This makes no sense. I pointed out to these people that if California left the United States they would probably lose billions in Federal Contracts to California, the United State Congress would be short of about 30 democrats in the US Congress and the GOP would always be in control. And they would not be able to afford to pay for their own military that would cost them billions. But they don't care, they still want to talk about succeeding from the United States.
Robin - Oh yes he will! Love blue California. Red trolls not so much..
Les - Are those eyebrows glued on?
Dino - California would do Very Very well without you
Giny - Looks like a troll here.
Kim - Michael Lodge The two largest economic collapses of the last century happened on the GOP’s watch and the GOP runs the poorest states in the US.
Asking Republicans how to run a decent economy is like asking Trump how to run casinos.
Speaking of casinos, when Trump’s Italian American mob ran casinos went broke is when Trump turned to his Russian sugar daddy, Putin, and his mob buddies for funding as no US bank or legitimate investor would give him money any more.
Heck, not if the illegitimate investors of the Italian American mob wanted much to do with him anymore.
In steps Putin and his Oligarch Mob buddies with money to launder and Trump happy to do it for them.
Only problem is he also borrowed hundreds of millions, if not more, from them in the process.
Now he owes them and he can’t pay them back. So he pays back Putin the only way he knows how, by giving him whatever he wants.
Have you ever asked yourself why Trump has so many Russians laundering money in his properties? It’s because they own his butt.
At this point, it would be best if you stop seeing Trump as a politician and see him for what he really is, a newly promoted Mafia Capo whose trying desperately to please his mob boss, Lootin’ Putin, and failing miserably.
And see the GOP for what it is, a party so devoid of ideas and leadership that they allowed a Putin owned mob aligned pu**y grabbing pedophilia apologist run their sad party.
Seriously, you supported the worst President ever. Your terrible spelling and horrible grasp on the economy is the least of your problems
Ok, I am going to have to tell you. This is how the liberals make their arguments. Instead of talking about tax reform and California they go way out on tangents. They even brought the Mafia into the conversation.
Kim - Michael Lodge Why does every single Red state take more from the federal government than they give?
Why did the GOP supply siders only have complete control of the government two times in the last century and they happen to be the two times when we saw the largest economic collapse in that century?
Why did you vote for a Putin owned conman?
Kim - Michael Lodge If you knew how mobbed up Trump was and how useless the GOP are for running a first world economy, you wouldn’t look like an illiterate sucker.
Sheldon - Oh, Michael Lodge, with your divine wisdom, oh, pray tell us how this will benefit anybody but the very wealthy? How is it, when we have tried this scheme before, it lead to one of the worst downturns in economic history shy of the Depression, resulting in a near global collapse in 2008? Pray tell us how your mighty mentality is greater than the CBO, whose own predictions say it will raise the deficit by $1.7 trillion. Do you own a golf course or private jet? Looking at a $5 million dollar capital gains inheritance? How about that unearned income? Well, you're in luck! There is a deduction for you! Oh, no, you don't?! Well, don't fret, you may get a $700 tax break! Of course, being able to deduct your tax costs, your mortgage interest, personal exemption claim, and taxes on education loans, so you may be liable for much more than the pittance of a benefit you'll get back. Oh, tell us, Michael, how this works!
Scotty - Dude, Californi makes enough to go it alone. For every dollar they send to the federal government, they only get back about 80cents. So PLEASE cut us off, just remember it is a two way street.
When liberals try to argue a point they always run to a blogger that supports their point of view. This accomplishes nothing because a blogger has his own political agenda he is trying to push. Just like I am doing in this blog. Bloggers are not sources to use to prove your point. There is so much data not associated with bloggers, social media and main stream media. But instead of thinking independently and looking at the whole picture of the story they only go to their supportive sources that tie into the liberal political agenda which makes any argument they try worthless.
So what I have learned by all these remarks is that those that follow Gavin Newsom are following the same play book of anti-Trump, anti GOP, anti-everything. if you present them with real data they then start to attack or go off on tangents not even associated with the topic being debated. Am I worried about this, just a little because if you look at the entire state of California you will see that liberalism is only in pockets while the rest of the state is central in their views. The problem is that is that Los Angeles and San Francisco have the voice of liberal thought. But if you look at other parts of California they think in a totally different way - but they don't get involved - and that is the issue.
If you look at the next elections for Governor I think California is going to be shocked as to what will happen. Californians do not want sanctuary cities - a recent study done by Berkeley showed that 74% of California don't approve of sanctuary cities , they don't want to pay more in gas taxes, and they are tired that so much taxes are being taken out of their paychecks. They are tired of the cost of living going up so that they can't even afford to purchase a home. Middle Class individuals have started to leave California because they just can't afford to live in the state anymore. But liberals will always come back with the argument that California is the 6th world economy, however the people that live in California can't afford it.
Gavin Newsom has a lot of liberal baggage, especially when it comes to sanctuary cities as being a mayor of San Francisco and now a liberal state legislator that approved a sanctuary state based on a liberal political agenda and not what Californians want. Right now, there is a repeal of both the California Gas Tax and the Sanctuary state bills. To get involved go to: GET INVOLVED
Lesson learned - you can't let liberals get away with making statements that spin their political agenda. You must attack back in a way that is based on data. The more data that you throw at them the more they don't know what to do, because most of the time they have no idea what they are talking about, it is just spin with no thought process. Californians must take back their state and get involved in their communities to be able to change California.