Monday, August 31, 2015

Trump's 'Tax Me' Comment Reveals He's No Free-Market Champion

IS Report: Solyndra Misrepresented Facts to Get Loan Guarantee

Federal Judge Blocks New Obama Administration Water Rule

Op-ed: Rightfully Zeroing In on the Mentally Ill

Trump Sparks London Betting Interest in U.S. Presidential Race

Ted Cruz interview with Mark Levin (Full audio 08-28-15)

Ben Carson interview with CNN's Don Lemon (Full video 08-28-15)

Bobby Jindal interview on CBS's 'Face the Nation' (Full video 08-30-15)

Scott Walker interview on NBC's 'Meet the Press' (Full video 08-30-15)

Rick Perry interview on 'America's News HQ' (Full video 08-30-15)

Chris Christie interview with Chris Wallace (Full video 08-30-15)

Bobby Jindal: ‘Immigration Without Integration Is Not Immigration; It’s Invasion’ (Full interview on ABC's 'This Week' 08-30-15)

Sunday, August 30, 2015

PLEASE SHARE: Over 200 Ex-Generals And Admirals Say Iran Deal Risks War

IRAN DEAL: Congress Must Demand The Full Negotiating Record Before Voting

The Race For Arctic Energy: Team Obama Dithers, While Russia and China Rev Things Up

INVASION OF EUROPE: Many People in Germany are Letting Merkel Know, THEY'VE HAD ENOUGH!

Ted Cruz speaks at a GOP Dinner in Tuscaloosa, AL (Full video 08-25-15)

Marco Rubio speech on U.S. Policy Toward China (Full video 08-28-15

Scott Walker speech on Foreign Policy (Full video 08-28-15

Ben Carson interview with Perry Noble (Full video 08-24-15)

John Kasich interview on the Sean Hannity Show (Full audio 08-26-15)

Rand Paul speech in Fairbanks, AK (Full video 08-25-15)

President George W. Bush Remarks on the 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina (Full video 08-28-15)

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Donald Trump, Eminent-Domain Abuser

Politics May Be Behind Military's Skewing Islamic State Intelligence

Marco Rubio op-ed: How My Presidency Would Deal With China

On Gauging the Pursuit of Happiness

Ted Cruz speaks at Jeff Duncan BBQ in SC (Full amateur video 08-24-15)

Ben Carson speaks at Seneca Family Restaurant in Seneca, SC (Full Video 08-24-15)

Carly Fiorina calls out CNN debate criteria, Clinton's extremism (Full interview with Martha MacCallum 08-28-15)

Mike Huckabee slams Hillary for comparing GOP to terrorists (Full interview with Sean Hannity 08-28-15)

Scott Walker Talks Foreign Policy & Border Security With Mark Levin (Full interview 07-27-15)

Rand Paul at Rally in Spokane, WA (Full speech 08-26-15)

Rudy Giuliani slams politicians for exploiting Virginia tragedy (Full interview on 'Fox & Friends' 08-28-15)

Friday, August 28, 2015

RIGHT SIDE PATRIOTS...LIVE

Russia Is Cheating, So Will Iran

TIC-TOC-TIC-TOC: Anchor Baby Delivered Every 93 Seconds

Federal Court Rules ILLEGALS Have Second Amendment Rights

Op-ed: Two More Names Added to the Crime Statistics List

Putin's War on Food Brings Back Painful Memories For Many

Ted Cruz interviewed with WIBC's Tony Katz (Full interview 08-24-15)

Marco Rubio on channeling American voters' anger into activism (Full interview with Sean Hannity 08-27-15)

Carly Fiorina's new fight to be included in top GOP debate (Full interview 'On the Record' 08-27-15)

Bobby Jindal (Full interview on with Martha NacCallum 08-27-15)

Rand Paul calls Donald Trump a 'fake conservative' (Full interview with Sean Hannity 08-27-15)

Chris Christie's take on gun control, immigration, Obamacare ('Fox & Friends' Focus Group 08-27-15)

Jim Gilmore: The Push for more gun laws diverts from real problem (Full interview on Fox News 08-27-15)

George Pataki interview on MSNBC (Full interview 08-27-17)

Thursday, August 27, 2015

2016: The Right Leader Has Never Been As Vital —Or Elusive

Planned Parenthood Unit Sues Louisiana Over Medicaid Funding

Senators Pat Roberts and Tim Scott op-ed: Obama’s Plans to Import Guantanamo Prisoners

DEADBEAT ALERT: School-Loan Reckoning: 7 Million Are in Default

Ted Cruz interview on the Michael Koolidge Show (Full Audio 08-24-15)

John Kasich interview with Hugh Hewitt (Full audio 8-26-15)

Bobby Jindal Town Hall Meeting in Pella, IA (Full video 08-24-15)

Carly Fiorina speaks & answers Q's in Littleton, NH (Full video 08-20-15)

Ted Cruz interview on the Bob McLain Show (Full Audio 08-24-15)

Ben Carson gets briefed by Pinal County Sheriff in AZ (Full Video 08-19-15)

Rick Perry says securing the border with a wall is 'not reality' (Full interview on Fox News 08-26-15)

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Why Congressmen Should Make $12 Million Per Year

Well, that's a controversial title.

I believe that congressmen - that is, representatives in the House and Senators - should have an annual salary of 12 million dollars.

This may sound absolutely crazy to fiscal conservatives - isn't the US spending enough as it is? And the politicians aren't doing anything useful, why should they get a raise? All they ever do is cuddle with Wall Street!

I completely agree with the last point. Wall Street largely controls K street. And that is why I support a 12 million annual salary for congressmen.

See, everyone knows that congress is corrupt, but no-one ever asks why. Is it really the case that Americans are just really bad at picking politicians? That, year after year, they just happen to pick the 535 most morally bankrupt individuals the nation has to offer? Maybe, but I think a more likely explanation is that the environment in Washington, DC is turning honest men corrupt. Yes, there are a few bad apples elected every two years, but the vast majority I dare to say at least start off with the intention of serving the people, and then unfortunately many lose their way.

And I believe lack of money is a big reason why this happens. In fact, it's been proven in scientific studies that increasing salaries reduces corruption. It's quite simple really: If you're highly paid, you don't need to take bribes to survive. If you offered Bill Gates $50 000 to do something that was against his moral code (like, use an iPhone), he'd laugh at you because that kind of money is just spare change to him. If you made the same offer to someone making $30 000 a year, you may very well get a different response. The more money someone has, the harder it is to buy them.

I feel that I should state in the interest of transparency that I am not nor will I ever be a fan of Donald Trump - it may seem that I am repeating the argument he has made, that since he's rich he can't be bought. While I agree that this is true in general, I'm afraid Donald Trump is the one exception from this rule - he seems to be the kind of rich guy who'll do anything for an extra buck, even though he doesn't need it. If you don't believe me, google "Vera Coking".

Think about it: If congressmen were making $12 million/year, most of them would be able to self-fund their re-election campaigns instead of relying on (Wall Street-sponsored) super-PACs and the generosity of the Koch Brothers. Because at the end of the day, politicians don't run errands for Wall Street because it's fun or because that's what they dreamed of when they were kids - they do it because they have to. It's pragmatic realpolitik, nothing else.

As an additional benefit, congressmen would get more done. Wonder why they don't read the bills before they vote on them? Well, if you had to spend half your time talking to donors and attending fundraisers (not at all unusual, especially in the House), how much time would you have for reading? Exactly.

In addition to campaign funding, the other reason politicians turn corrupt is to secure a job once they are out of politics. While there are a few people who remain in office until they retire, most will eventually have to go back in the real world and find a day job. And it really helps if you haven't made yourself an enemy of the entire corporate America while you were in Washington, DC, or you may find yourself with limited job options & earnings potential. And that's yet another reason why congress will never confront Wall Street. If congressmen made so much money that they could retire after just one or two terms, that problem disappears.

Some may fear that having every congressman become a multimillionaire would make them detached from the reality of everyday Americans, and that they'd stop caring about the views of normal people. First of all I fail to see how that would be any different from today. Second of all, I believe the exact opposite would happen - politicians would be scared of losing their jobs since they're unlikely to ever find one that pays better or even equal, and so would have a greater incentive to listen to voters. And, when they no longer have to listen to Wall Street or Big Business, they'll have more time to listen to average Joes - which is what most of them deep down want to do, after all.

But what about a citizen legislature? That's a solution I've heard many conservatives fantasize about; politicians making average salaries and only working in DC for maybe six months a year, and spending the other six months at home, living under the laws they have themselves created and working normal jobs. That way, they won't be able to insulate themselves in the DC bubble but instead they will be forced to live among regular people and see the effect that the laws have on them.

First of all, I'll admit that this may in many ways be preferable to the current system. Really, the current system is a case of "worst of both worlds": Politicians are paid enough that they can live all year round in DC and insulate themselves from the lives of average people, but not so much that they can resist (direct and indirect) bribes from Wall Street.

The problem with having a federal citizen legislature is that first of all, in today's world it's practically unworkable. There is simply a lot more work for congressmen to do today than there was 200 years ago. Today, America is a superpower and it needs to have its legislature at hand more or less 24/7.

The other thing is that businesses would likely have even more influence than they do today - that is, the businesses that the congressmen worked for the 6 or so months that congress were out of session. Imagine a congressman who worked for an agricultural business half the year - what are the odds that he would ever support repealing the completely unjustified agricultural subsidies? He'd likely lose his job if he did.

Finally, it would be very hard to attract smart people to run for congress if the pay wasn't even remotely attractive. Idealists will always run regardless of the salary, but it really isn't a good idea to have a country run only by idealists with good intentions but no brains. If you don't believe me, ask anyone from the former USSR.

I know that some of you reading this will think, "Well, if only we elected God-fearing people with integrity, we wouldn't need to pay them millions". That's all well and good, but the truth is that no-one except for Christ himself is completely uncorruptable. We're largely a product of our environments, and the more temptations we face, the more temptations we fall for. As we all know, power corrupts, which is why we must ensure that those whom we entrust with power live in an as "un-tempting" environment as possible; the moral temptations they will face simply because they are powerful are more than enough without adding financial struggles on top. Yes, there are politicians who buck the trend, who stay true to their values even though they would have been better off personally if they had "played the game". Ron Paul is such a politician, and for that he deserves great respect. However, realistically, if we want Washington to stand up for the middle class against the plutocracy, we must allow them to earn enough that they are not financially dependent on the plutocracy.

Another criticism that I anticipate is that this will cause people to run for office, solely for the purpose of making money. I don't think this will be a big issue as most people who successfully run for (higher) office have dedicated most of their lives to politics one way or the other. Voters will be able to see through most opportunists, and as for those who are elected, how much damage can they cause? All that happens is that we end up with a few congressmen who will do a minimum amount of work and will only ever vote according to the party line, which kind of sounds like most of them today. Instead of opportunists, I believe the main effect will be that this will attract more smart people (who could work as lawyers or doctors and make multiple times what a congressman does) to politics, which I hope we can all agree would be a good thing.

How did I come up with the number $12 million? Honestly, I just picked a high number that seemed good. I wouldn't mind if the number was $20 or $30 million. As for the President and members of the cabinet, they ought to make in the hundreds of millions or billions. And no, this won't cost America any significant amount of money - do the math yourself and you'll see the cost ends up being far less than 1 % of tax revenue. This additional cost will be offset by the savings that will be made from ending corporate welfare and breaking the Wall Street-to-Washington axis of power. In fact, it may turn out to be the highest-yielding public investment since the Manhattan project which as we all know saved hundreds of thousands of American lives for the measly cost of $26 billion (inflation-adjusted).

I anticipate quite a few angry reactions to this article, and I will respond to all comments that demonstrate that the author actually read it before writing. That's it for now. Thanks for reading.

John Gustavsson

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Clinton's Emails Were Born Classified

Why is the EPA in the Mine Clean Up Business?

INVASION OF EUROPE: Migrant Flow Through Macedonia Resumes

TED CRUZ Outshines Bush at AFP's Defending The American Dream Summit (Full Video 08-22-15)

Marco Rubio at AFP's Defending The American Dream Summit (Full Video 08-22-15)

Bobby Jindal at AFP's Defending The American Dream Summit (Full Video 08-22-15)

Rick Perry at AFP's Defending The American Dream Summit (Full Video 08-22-15)

Jeb Bush at AFP's Defending The American Dream Summit (Full Video 08-21-15)

Chris Christie pans Donald Trump's Immigration Agenda (Full interview with Megyn Kelly 08-25-15)

Lindsey Graham: Trump's Policies are Shallow, Ignorant (Full interview with Brian Kilmeade 08-25-15)

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

RIGHT SIDE PATRIOTS...LIVE

Iran Is Serious About Nuclear EMP Warfare

What Do Politically Correct Liberals and Putin Have in Common?

Krauthammer: GOP Needs To Avoid Immigration Swamp

Op-ed: The Silent Surrender of America's Christians

Sorry, Military Is No Place For Gender-Based Social Experiments

Two TED CRUZ Radio interviews with Michael Medved and Simon Conway (Full Audio 08-19-15)

Scott Walker speaks at Politics and Eggs Event in NH (Full video 08-21-15)

Ben Carson blasts Black Lives Matter Movement (full interview with Megyn Kelly 08-24-15)

Carly Fiorina talks Terrorism, Hillary and Creating Jobs (full interview with Steve Doocy 08-24-15)

Mike Huckabee: Now not the time for Dems to talk tax hikes (full interview with Stuart Varney 08-24-15)

Chris Christie: Washington has Messed Up This Country (full interview with Martha MacCallum 08-24-15)

Jeb Bush on Immigration (Full video from visit to the U.S.-Mexico border 08-24-15)

Monday, August 24, 2015

So Much for 100 Percent Self-Funding of His Own Campaign (auto-on audio)

Driver's Licenses Available To ILLEGALS In 10 STATES and D.C.

Half of the Critical Positions are Open at some VA Hospitals

Op-ed: The Media and News NOT Reported

Betting on U.S. Elections Booms Overseas

Ted Cruz interview on CBS's 'Face The Nation' (Full video 08-23-15)

Ben Carson interview on CNN's 'State of the Union' (Full video 08-23-15)

John Kasich touts bipartisan approach, successes as governor (Full interview with Maria Bartiroma 08-23-15)

Mike Huckabee on Iran Policing its Own Nuclear Deal (Full interview on 'Fox News Sunday 08-23-15)

Carly Fiorina interview on NBC's 'Meet the Press' (Full video 05-23-15)

Scott Walker Says He's Not Seeking to Repeal 14th Amendment (Full interview on ABC's 'This Week' 08-23-15)

Rand Paul interview on NBC's 'Meet the Press' (Full video 05-21-15)

Chris Christie interview on CBS's 'Face The Nation' (Full video 08-23-15)

Lindsey Graham blasts Nuclear Deal with Iran, Donald Trump (Full interview with Tucker Carlson 08-23-15)

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Obama Appointed Judge Orders Illegal Immigrant families Quickly Released From Detention Centers

Lawsuit Against Texas for Not Issuing Birth Certificates to ILLEGALS' Children Born in U.S.A. Without Varifiable Documents

The Next Big Civil Right: Living On The Street

DEADBEAT ALERT: Grad-School Loan Binge Fans Debt Worries

Ted Cruz Speaks at his Rally for Religious Liberty-Part 2 in Iowa (Full video 08-21-15

Ted Cruz Speaks at his Rally for Religious Liberty-Part 1 in Iowa (Full video 08-21-15)

Marco Rubio speaks to Dallas County GOP, IA (Full video 08-18-15)

John Kasich Town Hall Meeting in New Hampshire (Full video 08-19-15)

Carly Fiorina speaks at the Jewish Federation of Greater Des Moines, IA (Full video 08-16-15)

Bobby Jindal speech at the Iowa State Fair (Full video 08-22-15)

Chris Christie speech at the Iowa State Fair (Full video 08-22-15)

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Iran Flaunts Its Thuggishness

The Wussification Of America

Chinese Covert Agents Operating Secretly in the U.S. are Harassing Expatriates

Billionaires crowd out the Bundlers in White House Race

Ted Cruz Speech at the Iowa State Fair (Full video 08-21-15)

John Kasich Speaks at the New Hampshire Education Summit 2015 (Full interview 08-19-15)

Carly Fiorina speaks at the New Hampshire Education Summit 2015 (Full interview 08-19-15)

Scott Walker speaks at the New Hampshire Education Summit 2015 (Full interview 08-19-15)

Bobby Jindal speaks at the New Hampshire Education Summit 2015 (Full interview 08-19-15)

Chris Christie speaks at The New Hampshire Education Summit 2015 (Full interview 08-19-15)

Jeb Bush speaks at The New Hampshire Education Summit 2015 (Full interview 08-19-15)

Ted Cruz on Birthright Citizenship (Full interview 'On the Record 08-21-15)

Rick Santorum: I have solid policies behind the rhetoric (Full interview with Martha MacCullum 08-21-15)

Friday, August 21, 2015

Conservative Economics: Towards A New Framework

Are Donald Trump's Views Like The Weather In New England? (auto-on audio)

Worrying That The Ayatollah Might Stop Trusting America

Will Democrats Dump Clinton?

Op-ed: Nothing to See Here Folks

The Bombs Beneath Us: Unexploded Ordnance Linger Long After Wars Are Over

Ted Cruz interview with Hugh Hewitt (Full Audio 08-15-15)

Marco Rubio Economic Policy Address at the Detroit Economic Club (Full video 08-20-15)

Rick Santorum Outlines Immigration Policy at the National Press Club (Full video 08-20-15)

Scott Walker speaks at Basque Fry in Nevada (Full Amateur Video 08-15-15)

Bobby Jindal: We can't afford the government we have today (Full interview with Bill Hemmer 08-20-15)

Mike Huckabee: People Upset at Term 'Anchor Baby,' But Not Planned Parenthood Videos (Full interview on 'The Kelly File' 08-20-15)

Marco Rubio on the Clash of Politics over Illegal Immigration (Full interview with Bill O'Reilly 08-20-15)

Rick Perry responds to rumors he's leaving Presidential Race (Full interview on 'Fox & Friends' 08-19-15)

Lindsey Graham: Iran nuke deal like 'letting inmates run the jail' (Full interview 'On the Record' 08-20-15)

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Obama's DO-IT-YOURSELF Kit for Iran: Self-Inspections

Obama Lawyers Intervene to Protect PLO Funds in Terrorism Cases

Raising The U.S. Flag To Shut Out Cuba's Democrats

Your TV Will Soon Know All About You

Ted Cruz says Hillary Clinton faces 'legal jeopardy' (Full interview with Sean Hannity 07-19-20)

Marco Rubio speaks at the Iowa State Fair (Full video 08-18-15)

Scott Walker on His Health Care Plan (Full video 08-18-15)

John Kasich speaks at the Iowa State Fair (Full video 08-18-15)

Carly Fiorina lays out her plan for border security (Full interview with Martha MacCullum 07-19-20)

Mike Huckabee stands behind Netanyahu in Iran nuke deal fight (Full interview with Martha MacCullum 07-19-20)

Jim Gilmore: Special prosecutor needed to investigate Clinton (Full interview on Fox News 07-19-20)

Rick Perry speaks at the Iowa State Fair (Full video 08-19-15)

Chris Christie Town Hall Meeting in New Hampshire (Full video 08-19-15)

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

MEXIFORNIA: Lack of Local Law Enforcement Cooperation Forces ICE To Stage Elaborate Immigration Raids

ISIS using Mustard Gas against the Kurds; Would this be an Obama Red Line?

Pilots are Spotting More Drones, Prompting Worries About Collisions

What Are The Odds You'll Be Involved in a Catastrophe?

TED CRUZ speaks at Basque Fry at the Corley Ranch in Gardnerville, NV (Full video 08-15-15)

CARLY FIORINA speaks at Basque Fry at the Corley Ranch in Gardnerville, NV (Full video 08-15-15)

BEN CARSON speaks at Basque Fry at the Corley Ranch in Gardnerville, NV (Full video 08-15-15)

Rick Perry on immigration reform: 'This is not rocket science' (Full interview 08-18-15)

Scott Walker on Repealing and Replacing ObamaCare (Full interview on Fox News 08-18-15)

George Pataki: I will get things done across party lines (Full interview with Martha MacCallum 08-17-15)

Donald Trump interview with Bill O'Reilly (Full video 08-18-15)

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

RIGHT SIDE PATRIOTS...LIVE

RADICAL ISLAM: ISIS Organizing Small Armies Inside America

WSJ: Trump Made Millions From Multilevel Marketing Firm

Investigative Report: Emails, Servers, Leaks, and Cover-Ups... Part 2 of 2

Europe’s Ayatollah Gold Rush

This Secret Study Should Make You Feel Warm And Fuzzy About Your Next Flight

Ted Cruz Speech at The Lincoln Day Dinner in Crawford County, AR (Full Amateur video 08-12-15)

Ben Carson Speech at the Iowa State Fair (Full video 08-16-15)

Carly Fiorina Speech at the Iowa State Fair (Full video 08-17-15)

Scott Walker Speech at the Iowa State Fair (Full video 08-17-15)

John Kasich shares his Foreign Policy (Full interview with Bill O'Reilly 08-17-15)

Lindsey Graham Speech at the Iowa State Fair (Full video 08-17-15)

George Pataki Speech at the Iowa State Fair (Full video 08-17-15)

Chris Christie on Immigration, Clinton, Foreign Policy (Full interview on 'Fox & Friends' 08-17-15)

Monday, August 17, 2015

Donald Trump Says He Would 'Police' US-Iran Deal, Not Rip It Up (Includes video 08-16-15)

Retiring Gen. Raymond T. Odierno op-ed: This Is No Time to Cut The U.S. Army

Investigative Report: Emails, Servers, Leaks, and Cover-Ups...Part 1

Team Obama Invoke Threat to Dollar in Pitching Iran Deal

Krauthammer: The 2016 Presidential Candidates' Racing Form - Third Edition

TED CRUZ: Thousands attend his Rally in Tulsa, OK (Full video 08-13-15)

Ben Carson rides post-debate bump into Iowa (Full interview with Chris Wallace 08-16-15)

Carly Fiorina: 'Planned Parenthood Has Preyed on Poor Communities of Color' (Full interview on 'Sunday Morning Futures' 08-16-15)

John Kasich on CNN's 'State of the Union' (Full interview 08-16-15)

Mike Huckabee on CNN's 'State of the Union' (Full interview 08-16-15)

Bobby Jindal makes his case for the the GOP Nomination (Full interview on 'Sunday Morning Futures' 08-16-15)

Lindsey Graham interview on CBS's 'Face the Nation' (Full video 08-16-15)

Carly Fiorina: Not Clear to Me Donald Trump is a Republican (Full interview on ABC's 'This Week' 08-16-15)

Ben Carson on 2016 Presidential Race (Full interview on ABC's 'This Week' 08-16-15)

John Kasich interview on CBS's 'Face the Nation' (Full video 08-16-15)

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Congress Can Rewrite The Iran Deal

Team Obama Warns States About Ending Medicaid Funds for Planned Parenthood

Iran Deal Critic Alan Dershowitz's Debate Challenge

American Hostage Kayla Mueller was Repeatedly Raped by ISIS Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

TED CRUZ at the AFP's Road to Reform (Full video 08-14-15)

Marco Rubio Speech on Foreign Policy (Full Video from the Foreign Policy Initiative 08-14-15)

Scott Walker speaks in Rock Hill, SC (Full video 08-10-15)

Carly Fiorina: From political outsider and underdog to target (Full interview 'On the Record '08-14-15)

Rick Santorum Speech at the Iowa State Fair (Full video 08-15-15)

Bobby Jindal speaks in Marion, IA (Full video 08-10-15)

George Pataki on 'Fox & Friends' (Full interview 08-15-15)

Donald Trump at the Iowa State Fair (Full video 08-15-15)