Shelby Steele's WSJ column today is a must-read

© 2016 Jim Spence - Tomorrow is Martin Luther King Day. It is a day when millions of Americans celebrate one of our nation's greatest heroes.
Every now and then you read a column that is so profound, so chocked full of wisdom, you just feel compelled to share it. This morning as I perused the weekend version of the Wall Street Journal online, I noticed a column written by Shelby Steele. You can click on the link at the end of this column to read the article.
Steele received the National Book Critic's Circle Award in 1990 in the general nonfiction category for his book, “The Content of Our Character: A New Vision of Race in America.”
Shelby Steele is the Robert J. and Marion E. Oster Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He specializes in the study of race relations, multiculturalism, and affirmative action. He was appointed a Hoover fellow in 1994.
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Shelby Steele
Steele has written extensively on the consequences of contemporary social programs on race relations. In 2006, Steele received the Bradley Prize for his contributions to the study of race in America. In 2004, he was awarded the National Humanities Medal. In 1991, his work on the documentary, "Seven Days in Bensonhurst," was recognized with an Emmy Award and two awards for television documentary writing—the Writer's Guild Award and the San Francisco Film Festival Award.
Steele has also written extensively for major publications including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. He is a contributing editor at Harper's magazine. He has also spoken before hundreds of groups and appeared on national current affairs news programs including Nightline and 60 Minutes.
Steele holds a PhD in English from the University of Utah, an MA in sociology from Southern Illinois University, and a BA in political science from Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Shelby Steele should be an icon in the African American community. However, like Thomas Sowell, Walter Williams, and many others, far too often Steele gets ignored.
For enlightenment click this LINK, and partake of the latest profound wisdom of Shelby Steele.


Watergate Hotel or Trump Tower, burglary is still burglary

© 2016 Jim Spence - It all becomes pretty clear if you only take a little time to connect the dots. However, before we connect the 2018 dots, let’s flash back to All the President’s Men, the ultimate story of the depths of corruption at the Nixon White House more than forty years ago.
At the core of the Nixon White House corruption was the same old story. The Nixon paranoia and thirst for power corrupted almost everyone around him. In the mind of Nixon’s Attorney General John Mitchell and Richard Nixon himself, the end (GOP power) justified any means used. Flush with so much incoming campaign contribution cash, John Mitchell approved a scheme to get this…….because it will repeat itself…..eavesdrop on Lawrence O’Brien, who just happened to be the head of the Democratic Party. Burglars were hired by the Nixon re-election team with money donated to Nixon’s campaign. These burglars were caught breaking in to Mr. O’Brien’s office with electronic bugging devices in hand, at the Watergate Hotel building. The rest as they say is history.
As Nixon departed the White House, after resigning in disgrace, he lamented his hating of his perceived enemies. Nixon noted that when you hate others, you hurt yourself much more than you hurt them. If you are a corrupt GOP president this seems to be true. With Democrats, not so much.
Let’s have a peek at 2018. Is there a rational human being anywhere who cannot detect visceral hatred of Donald Trump coming from every nook and cranny of the Democratic Party and their friends in the news media and Hollywood? Just last night, actor Robert De Niro felt he had a license to go off on a profanity-laced rant attacking Trump at an awards ceremony. Who does this at an awards ceremony? The answer is simple.....Democrats.
And so with this backdrop, we have the fertile ground from which a scheme was hatched in 2016 that is woefully mindful of Watergate. The amazing thing about this particular White House scheme, which was to listen in on all digital conversations of political opponents, is that no burglars were needed. Technology being what it is these days, Obama's NSA was already recording and saving every telephone call, text message, and email in 2016. All the Obama political schemers and the DOJ needed to do, was gin up an excuse to get access to this private information that was already being captured and stored.
How to circumvent the constitution and seize this information? Not a problem. The Obama White House used an opposition research piece that was bought and paid for by the Democratic National Committee (the Steele dossier). The hit piece accused Trump of everything except child molestation. Obama officials then couched the Russian collusion accusations in this bogus dossier as information that had been obtained.....not from political cronies........but by non-partisan agents working at the CIA and FBI. All of this fiction was offered to the FISA court, a secret court set up to protect Americans from unlawful searches and seizures of such communications. It turns out if you have no integrity, a scam like this can work like legal magic. A legal warrant was obtained from the FISA court that allowed get this.......the reading of transcripts by Obama political operatives of every digital communication made by people in the Trump campaign.
Astonishingly, the chief burglar in this scheme was White House confidant Susan Rice. Rice along with others, worked directly inside the Obama White House and/or DOJ.
The only difference between Rice and company and the Watergate burglars seems to be who paid them. Instead of the Clinton’s campaign funds paying for everything, it only paid for the pack of lies in the dossier. Our own federal government, under Obama’s totalitarian control, paid for the rest, when it chose to act as if the federal government is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Democratic Party.
The bottom line is simple. The Obama team knew it only had to dupe a FISA court to successfully intercept all Trump campaign messages captured by the NSA. So it did so. The end justifies the means a la Nixon.
More amazing than the fact that so far the Democrats have gotten away with these felonies, is the fact that even with the amazingly flawed Trump at the top of the GOP ticket, and the Clintons having access to every digital communication their opponent's team made, Hillary still lost, and lost big in the Electoral College. Now that is a weak candidate.
Investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson has lamented how sad it is that few Americans seem to care that the federal government is being used to spy on citizens for political purposes. One would think that every freedom loving American would be objecting to this story. But very few Americans are actually connecting the dots, since there is no Woodward and Bernstein to spoon feed them the information.
The same kind of infinitely corrupt behavior that once shamed Richard Nixon into resigning, has instead been obfuscated and legitimized by Democrats.
My questions are troubling. Do Democrats want GOP presidents using the NSA to spy on them in the 2018 mid-terms and 2020 election? I don't. Where is the ACLU and what are they thinking about when it comes to civil liberties? This crap should transcend all partisan bickering. But it does not seem to anymore. What a pity.


Political Anatomy 101


Give Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth" a Frozen Globe award for the greatest Crockumenatary ever made

© 2016 Jim Spence - P.T. Barnum couldn’t be more proud of "an inconvenient truth" scammer Al Gore, as record breaking cold temperatures grip much of the U.S. 
Basic logic suggests to anyone with a lick of sense that if there is an overall “warming trend,” we surely would not be seeing cold temperature records being shattered all over the nation. The temperature data itself denies any trend towards warming.
Consider what Al Gore said a few years ago. Gore’s Crock-umentary, “An Inconvenient Truth” was hardly a film predicting record cold temperatures a dozen years into the future. In fact, Gore suggested quite the contrary to his gullible viewers in 2006. He said temperatures were going to be so mild in the winters that the warmth would completely disrupt civilization. Gore never mentioned increasing snowfalls as a consequence of man-made global warming. Instead, Gore was screaming at the top of his lungs that there would soon be a complete lack of snow. He was emphatic in asserting that the lack of snow would be the evidence we needed to look for to realize that there was a huge trend towards man-made global warming.
Gore is not the only climate change/global warming hack who warned us of higher temperature trends in all seasons and less snow in the winter. The U.K. Independent quoted "scientists" who suggested that, “Snowfalls are now just a thing of the past” and “Children just aren’t going to know what snow is.”
Oh really? I am thinking children all over the U.S. remain intimately familiar with snow in early 2018.
OK, enough of the old BS predictions of Gore. Let's fast forward to earlier this week and see how this hyperbole-addicted blowhard has changed his predictions by exactly 180 degrees (no pun intended). Gore has radically altered his doomsday rhetoric to match the cold temperature data, even if what he says about cold temperature data makes no sense whatsoever. Late this week Gore, with a straight face said, "bitter cold is exactly what we should expect from the climate crisis."
Sorry folks, we do not have a climate crisis. What Al Gore has is a credibility crisis. And it is getting acute as his con gets exposed more frequently than Harvey Weinstein's ying-yang.
So here is the "new" deal according to Gore. The climate is still in crisis, except now the crisis comes to us in the form of harsh lower temperatures and tons of snow.......instead of harsh higher temperatures and no snow. Just a little modification to the predictions proving his theory.
Here is Gores’s tweet from January 4, 2018: “It’s bitter cold in parts of the US, but climate scientist Dr. Michael Mann explains that’s exactly what we should expect from the climate crisis.”
Gore linked to an article on the brutal winter weather written by the disgraced Mann.
In the Gore-touted article, Mann had the balls to connect the harsh cold temperatures and tons of snow to “climate change.”
So we have gone from hearing Gore hype the lack of snow as evidence of man-made global warming to hearing him hype the over-abundance of snow as being “exactly” what we should expect to prove his theory. So it must be, according to Gore, that no matter how bogus his predictions are they prove his theory.
The problem Gore has seems to begin with how he defines the term “exactly.” It seems that while most people think that "exactly" is a precise term, Gore wants us to believe that exactly means no snow OR tons of snow and also means extremely high temperatures or extremely low temperatures.
One thing is for sure, this crock of dung is being fed to every K-12 and college student in the world. It is one more thing they will need to un-learn in the real world.

The car he sold you did not break down, it is just resting.

© 2016 Jim Spence - Thirty-one years ago the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held a hearing. The politicians wanted a few scientists to address the impact of so-called ozone depletion, the greenhouse effect, and global warming. It turned out to be a great opportunity for Democrats to start an effort to turn the nation and the world against fossil fuel. To boot, they figured to secure hundreds of billions of dollars in taxpayer dollars for global warming research in the decades to come. James Hansen, who was supposedly a leading climate modeler with NASA's Goddard Institute of Space Studies at the time, emptied his gun at the hearing when he made remarkably apocalyptic predictions.
Let’s see how Hansen’s forecasts turned out.
This weekend Niagara Falls pretty much froze solid. Sharks that apparently froze to death in the extraordinarily chilly waters in the Northern Atlantic last week were washing up on the Massachusetts shores. The northern polar ice cap has been expanding for three consecutive years. The southern pole ice cap has expanded to such an enormous size over the last decade that researchers are wondering if it has ever been larger. All of these grim realities of a trend towards colder global temperatures since 1997 are completely contradicting the dire predictions made by the anti-fossil fuel “scientists” thirty-one years ago.
In 1986, James Hansen was very specific about his model. He predicted that “global temperatures should be nearly 2 degrees higher in 20 years." Hansen went farther. He also predicted an acceleration of the trend with an increase of, “an additional 3 or 4 degrees sometime between 2010 and 2020.
Though this is the most under-reported fact on this era, Hansen and so many of his colleagues have not just been wrong, they have been spectacularly wrong. According to the NOAA calculator, the average temperature trend has been falling at -0.06 F degree per decade since Hansen predicted temperatures would rise much more sharply. Hansen’s scientific prediction that the Earth would be the warmest it has been in the last 100,000 years should actually be the subject of ridicule based on the how emphatic he was thirty-one years ago. Thanks to the bogus news media, Hansen gets a pass.
One must recall that even the faux scientists slurping up taxpayer dollars in exchange for forecasting global warming began to realize they needed a new line of bull quite some time ago. To mask all of their absurd forecasts never materializing, Democrats in the global warming crowd actually coined new words to help themselves to more research dollars. The phrase they coined to replace “global warming” was “climate change.”
Climate change is a wonderfully useful term, particularly for those interested in deception. Because it is so vague, it can be bent to fit any trend that shows up in the real data. The trouble with predicting ”Global Warming” was obviously more tricky than previously thought thirty-one years ago because……..the data needed to show that the globe was actually…um…warming.
The term “Climate Change” is infinitely more flexible. With Climate Change, every outside of “normal” weather event can be blamed on the use of fossil fuel. The trend of the data does not matter. And of course, all those old pesky apocalyptic predictions about crop failures, seas rising, and the end of civilization, well, the “scientists” cashing grant checks are now telling all of us to just forget about those warnings and heed their latest warnings, more important warnings.
So, what has the discredited global warming alarmist James Hansen done lately in the way of forecasting new dire warnings that require billions more in research dollars? Well, it seems that Hansen has now published a paper that suggests global warming will get this………. trigger an “ice age” in the near future. No, I am not making this up.
Thirty-one years later, after tons of temperature data has been collected that shows Hansen is a boob, now he says we need to forget about temperature measures as a way of proving temperatures have changed or will change. Instead he says, pay attention to, “Global Energy Imbalance.” He says this vague and strangely indefinable concept is a more meaningful measure of planetary status. Hansen sounds like a used car salesman explaining that the car he sold you did not break down, it is just resting.
What are we taxpayers to make of all this? It is important to understand that Global Warming/Climate Change was always a Democratic Party political agenda dressed up as science. Real scientists would have never conspired to squelch debate like the parasites angling for research grant dollars have done in this particular space. So, after a cascading avalanche of bad predictions have exposed the folly of their claims, the only way for people like James Hansen and thousands of others to get more and more research dollars, is to embrace a line of bull that is infinitely more flexible and unscientific. Yet somehow those exposing this amazing scam are called “deniers.”
As 2018 begins, we are now to believe that because of global warming, we are facing an “ice age.”
You have to hand it to these con artists. No matter what happens to global temperatures, the climate explainers provide a ridiculous explanation that blames all bad weather on the sin of using fossil fuel. Never before has there been such an infinitely adaptable ruse that, with a straight face, is still referred to as, “science.” If we have a bout of warm weather this confirms their already discredited predictions. If we have colder temperature data trends they are routinely dismissed.
It does not matter to any Democrat that Al Gore predicted that the polar ice cap would be GONE by 2014. We have to save the planet from incinerating or freezing, or whatever.

Why are Venezuelans starving?

© 2016 Jim Spence - It is a strange sort of a thing. America is pretty much the wealthiest country on the planet and yet fewer and fewer adults seem to understand why. We are now on at least our third generation of poorly educated Americans.
According to my favorite college professor Walter Williams, America is getting more uninformed every year. He cites a 2011 investigation by WSB-TV in Atlanta. The investigation found that, "More than 700 Georgia teachers had repeatedly failed at least one portion of simple certification tests they were required to pass before receiving a teaching certificate. It gets worse. Nearly 60 teachers had failed the test more than 10 times, and one teacher had actually failed the test 18 times. There were 297 teachers on the Atlanta school system's payroll who had failed the state certification test five times or more." And yet these people are paid taxpayer dollars to “teach” kids. It is the blind leading the blind.
Atlanta’s public education system is not an isolated situation. School teachers spend four years in colleges of education all over America learning so many things that are just not so. Accordingly, they do not understand wealth creation and they have no idea how America has achieved such high living standards.
Everyone loves to eat the economic fruit from America’s magnificent orchards, without any emphasis on understanding how economic trees produce such wonderful fruit. Wealth creation is not rocket science. Several thousand years ago human beings separated themselves from the rest of the animal kingdom thanks to superior intellect. It was our brain power that made us wealthy, not having more “stuff.”
Marxism, which is essentially a jealous theology, prefers to try to appeal to the simpletons. Socialists blame people who have more “stuff,” and assume they got their “things” by exploiting others, rather than by producing. To those who are inclined towards envy and jealousy instead of productive capabilities, the simplistic solutions of wealth confiscation and wealth re-distribution that socialism offers have great appeal. The only thing the ambitious Marxist politician need do, once he or she has convinced the masses that everyone’s “stuff” should be equal, is to get them to support policies that confiscate and re-distribute “stuff.” Democrats love this romantic goal. They use catchy names like“income equality” to describe state sponsored theft. It is as if they want us to believe that income is created by some sort of spontaneous combustion and that all fair minded people need do to solve economic problems, is spread the stuff around that already exists…….more “equally.”
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Jonah Goldberg wrote a column recently that pointed to the fallacy of this view using the woeful example of Venezuela in 2017. Venezuela has more of a very valuable “thing” than any other nation on earth. The country is sitting on the largest proven oil reserves in the world. So the question that is begging to be asked is this: Why would a nation with hundreds of billions of dollars (if not trillions) worth of oil, have a population that is suffering from starvation and lawlessly violent anarchy?
Venezuelans are starving because the Marxists in charge there ignore the basic facts about wealth creation. Real wealth is not merely proven oil reserves. Wealth creation requires the intellectual capability to bring oil to market as well as a legal system that protects the efforts of the producers who do so. In socialist Venezuela, nobody knows or cares how to produce……especially the Marxists in charge there. Since Marxists have a mental block and think stuff re-distribution is the key, there is precious little stuff left for Hugo Chavez’s successor Nicolas Maduro to re-distribute. The country is bankrupt.
The pattern in Venezuelan is all too familiar in human history despite the fact that these patterns are almost never taught to Americans in our public education system. Like the Democrats in America’s decaying urban centers, Venezuelan Marxists are so obsessed with crushing business incentives they have run all of the productive people who know how to convert oil into cash out of the country. So while Venezuela still sits on huge pools of valuable stuff, the country has no ability to create wealth and the people starve.
The points here are simple. When anti-business types are in charge and do not encourage productive intellect, or productive activities, useful raw materials like oil or iron deposits become worthless.
Productive human beings have been combining the use of raw material, labor, and capital to raise living standards for all of recorded history. However, for at least three generations America has been populating the U.S. education system with teachers who do not understand these fundamental historical truths. If this trend in our education system continues, eventually it will lead to a catastrophic decline in U.S. living standards.
The tax reforms signed into law last week actually encourage wealth creation, innovation, and higher living standards for all. But don’t expect school teachers to extol the virtues of these policies. Most public “educators” are uneducated. They have no clue why Venezuelans are starving. They have been conned into thinking re-distribution and income equality are the keys to living standards instead of encouraging productive intellect.

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Looting, ransacking, heists, thefts, and giveaways

© 2016 Jim Spence -  Kristi and I own a couple of small businesses. We also own shares of more than a dozen publicly traded companies. And through exchange traded funds, we own shares of thousands of other public companies.
The processes are the same for all of our private and publicly owned businesses. Each business provides products and services to customers. These businesses make payrolls, collect and forward gross receipts taxes to states, make profit sharing contributions to employee retirement accounts, help pay for health insurance, pay other overhead (rent, utilities etc.). These businesses all comply with a myriad of costly rules and regulations. And if all goes well, most of these companies will have profits at the end of the year and write more checks to the state and federal government to cover the taxes on those profits. If there are NO profits, as shareholders the losses are OUR LOSSES. Because losses hurt financially, NOBODY is willing to share OUR losses……we simply lose OUR money.
You have to laugh at the words Democrats and their buddies in the media have been using to describe the new tax reform law. Let’s see, it has been called: looting, ransacking, a heist, a theft, and a giveaway.
Now mind you, I don’t have the largest vocabulary in the world, but I do know the meaning of these terms. However for those of you who need to brush up on your language skills, I pulled up the definitions for these words just to make sure I was getting it right. The terms “heist” and “theft” are synonyms. They mean stealing. The term “ransacking” is stealing too, but it also involves doing physical damage to property while stealing goods. The term “looting” is stealing goods, typically during a riot or a war. To receive a “giveaway” is to receive something of value for free without paying for it.
It is important to recognize in the paragraph above regarding our business holdings, that we pay taxes on, “OUR" profits.”
Consider the language Democrats use to describe the adjustment in policy on OUR profits, assuming we are fortunate enough to have any. Democrats say that because this new tax reform law will require us to send a reduced percentage of OUR profits to the government, WE ARE ENGAGED IN THEFT.
Yes, we are receiving giveaways. We are looting. We are ransacking. We are heisting. Yep, people that millions of Democrats vote for, accuse us of stealing and damaging others property, because government passed a law that says government will be TAKING A LITTLE LESS of our income.
It would seem that Democrats and the media want people to ignore the fundamental nature of both profit and loss. They want voters to believe that private citizens and corporations don’t own their private income, they are just responsible for covering all losses.
Theft and stealing are simple concepts to understand. First the thief needs to identify something that belongs to someone else that he or she wants. And then the thief figures out a way to take it away. Of course, stealing is immoral. And this is the essential point. According to Democrats, none of whom voted for this new law, requiring a little less in taxes from taxpayers, is not a change in economic is "stealing." Stealing is immoral and so is anyone who votes for tax relief according to Democrats.
Sorry folks. Kristi and I are not thieves. Neither are millions of other risk takers. Private property, private income, and private operating losses exist. In the world of Democrats, everything belongs to government and it is to be distributed only as government sees fit. In the Democrat’s world, since government owns all income streams, if a certain group, let’s call them taxpayers, gets some tax burden relief……….this is a heist, this a theft, this is ransacking, this is looting. These taxpayers are receiving a giveaway, because none of those profits in question, only the losses, belong to the taxpayers.
What has just been described is Marxism. Not only is it Marxism, it is totalitarian Marxism. Sadly, and thanks to our failed public education system, the entertainment industry, and a Democrat-dominated news media, voters are being told that honest taxpayers are stealing. What they are not willing to admit is that you can’t steal from yourself.
My hero Walter Williams suggests that if any entity is a thief it is government, not taxpayers. I’m with him. We all recognize liars and cheats when we see them, and they have been hurling false accusations around pretty freely lately.

Not a single Democrat in Congress voted to help America get more competitive.

© 2016 Jim Spence -  Polls, polls, polls. Let’s see, the wisest tax policy to pass Congress in sixteen years is supposedly UNPOPULAR, according to the latest  "polls." Not a single Democrat in Congress voted to help America get more competitive.
The same people who were designing polls that told us in no uncertain terms that Hillary Clinton had an 88% chance of winning the presidency thirteen months ago and Trump had virtually none, tell us tax reform is not wanted by the majority of Americans.
Here is the sad fact. The media and many of the pollsters working for the media hate Trump more than they want America to be competitive. Democrats, with ever-dependable assists from their friends who actually do these polls are now commissioning polls that cleverly ask people if they are tired of the term “fake news.” This is pretty rich since most news media outlets are despised simply because they report fake news. Bogus polls are media damage control operations. Media operators must think if the public hears that "polls" say they are tired of the “term” fake news often enough, people will reverse their opinion of the media. Smear merchants that engineer robot driven Twitter campaigns and draw reporter's attention to the......."Public's reactions on Twitter," are quite desperate to stem the tide of distrust directed at their buddies in the media.
Know this. Most polls are not designed to get a better sense of what the public thinks. Instead, the questions asked by pollsters are designed to SHAPE what the public thinks. I never read polls anymore. The evidence is clear. You cannot trust polls for obvious reasons.
Sadly, all of America is under a constant avalanche of media manipulation. And the horrific lie being told today will be that the benefits of corporate tax reform will only help the “rich.” This the oldest bad economic policy scam in the book. Democrats play this con on America all day and every day. It goes like this. "If you want to keep what you earn, what belongs to you, you are greedy. However, if Democrats want to take something that someone else worked for.....for themselves, or to give to their “constituents” in exchange for their votes.........Democrats are deemed, "compassionate."
Democrats continue to pretend that the best way to run a society is for the worker drones to tender all their resources to Democrats to distribute as the elite Democrats see fit. Anyone who objects to the con is greedy.
Of course what Democrats never tell anyone, is they cannot force business people to engage in enterprises that are beneficial to society. When big government gets so greedy it steals too much of the fruit of people's labors, the people doing those labors adapt. In the real world, a world Democrats rarely visit before proposing economic policies, paycheck-writing business people constantly adapt their behavior to confiscatory scams foisted on them by Democrats. The result of Democrat economic policy is almost always fewer jobs and the lowering of living standards. If you are not sure of this ask a Venezuelan worker. Or read this story.
In the global markets most nation's want their businesses to be hyper-competitive on the tax front. However, Democrats, because they want to control all of the fruits of everyone’s labors, never concede the simple fact that businesses can go to friendlier tax environments in jurisdictions outside the U.S. to get more competitive. The tax reform bill that will pass today addresses the realities of a heavy tax on domestic businesses that has caused America to not be a very competitive place to operate. Shamelessly, Democrats insist on clinging to a stubborn narrative that says any level of taxation in the U.S. that is lowered to match those levels of confiscation oversees, is a mean-spirited “giveaway” to nasty “corporations.” The people who make payroll are cast as evil by Democrats. It is as if Democrats think letting companies keep what they earn is a "giveaway." This is language perversion.
Not a single Democrat in Congress voted to help America get more competitive. They simply do not care about competitiveness. They care about being able to,"Take something that someone else worked for.....for themselves, or to give to their “constituents” in exchange for their votes."
This tax reform law will serve as a beckoning call to job creators to bring their wage-paying operations back here, so Americans can have those jobs. That Democrats lie about this fundamental truth is the greatest economic scandal of our lifetimes.
So here we are. Questions that are intentionally deceitful lay the foundation for fake poll results that suggest that the tax reform law is UNPOPULAR. Fake polls, fake news, and worst of all fake Democrats. If Democrats have their way, there will be coal in everyone's stocking. But wait, I thought Democrats hated coal?