For all of the good that the anti-establishment insurgent candidates, Ted Cruz and Donald Trump, have done to change the conversation and turn the country in a different direction rather than the status quo political talking points normally associated with Presidential elections, one thing that hasn’t been discussed nearly enough is the tax code. It’s abysmal. It’s outrageous. Even worse, it’s only going to get worse under Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders.
When I needed to see what the most important conservative news of the day was, I would go to Drudge Report. Matt Drudge and his team have done a tremendous job of bringing the right stories to the forefront in a media world that is rife with left-wing publications and journalists. All of that changed with this election. Donald Trump enamored Drudge somehow and, whether for ideological or nefarious reasons, the the site is now a haven for everything pro-Trump, anti-Cruz.
I’ll keep this short. Donald Trump is crying about losing delegates and being cheated by the RNC, the “Establishment,” and Ted Cruz. His fans are up in arms over it. The reality is that they should be questioning their candidate’s ability to adapt to the role of President of the United States based upon the complete and utter incompetence that he’s demonstrating in this campaign.
There’s a narrative out there that John Kasich has one or more of a few possible ailments or character flaws. Is he too egotistical? Is he delusional? Is he political schizophrenic? Does he simply like running for President? Is he using Common Core math?
Popular radio host Mark Levin has switched his stance and is now #NeverTrump. He joins other true conservative pundits like Erick Erickson, Ben Shapiro, and Glenn Beck as they call for Republicans to see the existential threat to the country that Donald Trump represents.
For a mega-rich billionaire like Donald Trump, most Americans would expect that his income tax bill is probably yuuuuge. A few million? Tens of millions? HUNDREDS of millions? In reality, it’s very likely that Donald Trump actually MAKES money from federal income tax deferments based upon an obscure loophole in the 6500 page tax code.
The Republican Establishment is facing the type of defeat that they haven’t tasted since 1980. None of their guys has a chance at the nomination, so they’re seeking an alternative, a “white knight” who can swoop in through convention chicanery and save them from “too conservative” Ted Cruz and unhinged Donald Trump.
In The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, the albatross was considered a sign of good tidings. It followed the ship in the story until the mariner shot it with a crossbow. Metaphorically, it was placed on his neck as a reminder of his sin that turned good tidings into bad ones. “Instead of the cross, the Albatross about my neck was hung.”
“Heckler’s veto.” That’s not how it’s normally described, but if you think about it, that’s pretty much what it is. Many who fight against religious liberty will go through their course as hecklers to those of us who believe in the truth of the Bible or those who hold other beliefs.
Unlike the majority of rock-ribbed conservatives out there, I’m not one who despises Paul Ryan. He’s not my favorite and he’s definitely part of the “Establishment” despite protestations and labeling from others who are conveniently within the Establishment, but I believe his heart is in the right place for the role he’s in. Then again, it could just be that he’s much better than John Boehner.