Articles of Impact

Here is a compiled list of articles you may find interesting and even enlightening on hot button topics of the day so you can better form your own opinion with an informed perspective.  Contributors: Dave Larson, Cindy O’Lear,Jim Addington, Steve Norflus and Suzanne Zimmerman.

Jan- 2019: Here are the staff pick of eight Articles of Impact


Democrats’ ‘Green Raw Deal’ Will Deliver Only Socialism And Misery

Green New Deal – Democrats will try to flex their new-found electoral muscle in Congress by pushing for what has been described as the “largest expansion of government in decades.” It’s called the Green New Deal, and it promises to be a major economic disaster if it ever becomes American law.

Those who think the Green New Deal is just a political ploy or a Democratic Party marketing gimmick for hipster millennials are in bad need of a wakeup call. The Democrats’ plans will deliver soaring federal spending, a near doubling of U.S. taxes, declining standards of living, and even more debt on top of the already-massive $21 trillion we’ve piled up.

As The Daily Caller’s Michael Bastasch reports, “More than 40 Democratic lawmakers support the ‘Green New Deal’ as part of a broad plan to fight global warming and bring about what they see as ‘economic, social and racial justice.’ ” No doubt, more will sign on in the coming weeks.

The scary thing is the public, which knows next to nothing about the details of this plan, like it. A poll conducted by Yale’s Program on Climate Communication and George Mason University’s Center food Climate Change Communication this month shows that 92% of Democrats and 64% of Republicans backed the plan.

But calling it a Green New Deal is really misnomer. It’s really a starter package for turning our mostly free-market economy socialist. And no, that’s not hyperbole.

Green New Deal = Socialism – The GND starts with moving the energy grid to 100% renewable energy, something that will take highly efficient fossil fuels and replace them with highly inefficient “renewables” at a cost of about $5.2 trillion over 20 years. But that’s not all. Not by a long shot.

The plan also wants job guarantees for those who lose their jobs due to the Green New Deal. That will be a lot of people. No estimate on that, but its cost too could go into the trillions.

But those who push this plan also seek a guaranteed minimum income and universal health care. Although those have nothing to do with “green” anything, it merely reveals that the real goal isn’t “green” at all — it’s socialism.

It turns out some have already researched the issue and made estimates of the costs.

The Mercatus Center last July looked at socialist Sen. and Venezuela admirer Bernie Sanders’ “Medicare for All” plan, which the Democratic Party seems on its way to supporting. It would cost just under $33 trillion over a decade, in addition to what we already pay for health care. The sums involved are staggering.

An Enormous Price Tag – Meanwhile, hedge fund manager and guru Ray Dalio estimates that a guaranteed minimum income of just $12,000 a year would cost $3.8 trillion.

So let’s do the basic math. Those two programs alone would cost $7.1 trillion a year. That compares with total federal spending in 2018 of $4.2 trillion. That means at current levels spending would have to increase by 170%. So would taxes, by the way. We wonder, are (sic) all those people who think a Green New Deal is a really nifty idea understand that?

Speaking of taxes, one of the favorite ways to fund this green socialist scheme is through a national carbon tax, which Democrats have already introduced in Congress. The Congressional Budget Office estimated that a $25 per ton carbon tax would be a $1.1 trillion per year tax increase. “The carbon tax bill is a massive and continually ratcheting national energy tax,” reported the nonpartisan Americans for Tax Reform.

Not only would it be economically destabilizing and create massive inefficiencies in our economy, costing us hundreds of billions in output a year, but it also would expand the federal government’s reach into every private pocket book and every American business. We’d be Greece, without the charming ancient ruins.

That the main political force behind this fiscally insane plan is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the just-elected, extreme-far-left New York congresswoman, shows just how foolish it is. She hasn’t served a single day in Congress, and yet desperate Democrats have lined up to follow her lead. It only shows how utterly bereft of common-sense the party has become. Once the party of the middle-class and working Americans, it is now a party of academic elites, faux revolutionaries and billionaires. It’s completely out of touch with real people and the real economy.

A ‘Green Raw Deal’ – We repeat: Don’t be fooled. This has nothing whatsoever to do with the environment, and everything to do with socialism. Ocasio-Cortaz says the Green New Deal is about “social and racial justice.” No it isn’t. It’s a Green Raw Deal that will impoverish millions, destroy businesses and jobs, and end individual rights as we now know them.

Simply put, the socialism at the heart of this “new deal” amounts to centralized control of the economy and the people who work in it. For the record, countries that adopt socialist policies have a knack for suddenly finding themselves in an unexpected run of “bad luck” that lasts decades. Venezuela, Zimbabwe, North Korea, Cuba all come to mind.

Sure, we know it will go nowhere in the GOP-dominated Senate. But what about after 2020? Americans better think long and hard before taking this hard left turn. It’s a road that leads to nowhere.

FROM: December 26, 2018 – Investors Business Daily


Collectivism and the 8th Commandment   by  Pundit Linda Goutsmit

In the 18th century our Founding Fathers fought the War of Independence to escape the tyranny of the British monarchy. Our Founding Fathers envisioned a New World where citizens of the United States of America would be bound by the Constitution and live as free individuals in a government of the people, by the people, and for the people….

Read This Article HERE


Trump:  “Obamacare Deductible ‘Hurts Families Badly”

President Donald Trump Monday spoke out on Twitter against the high deductibles included on many Obamacare plans, saying that in most cases it’s not “even useable.”

“The DEDUCTIBLE which comes with ObamaCare is so high that it is practically not even useable!,” Trump tweeted. “Hurts families badly. We have a chance, working with the Democrats, to deliver great HealthCare! A confirming Supreme Court Decision will lead to GREAT HealthCare results for Americans!”

His comments came after a federal judge in Texas struck down the Affordable Care Act on Friday, and after Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill appeared on Fox News’ “Fox and Friends” to say the Texas ruling marks an opportunity for Congress to act.

His comments came after a federal judge in Texas struck down the Affordable Care Act on Friday, and after Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill appeared on Fox News’ “Fox and Friends” to say the Texas ruling marks an opportunity for Congress to act.

Hill was included in a coalition of 20 GOP state attorneys general who argued that when Congress reduced the law’s individual mandate by reducing it to $0 while passing the 2017 tax cut bill, it had removed the legality of the mandate that all Americans either become insured or pay a tax penalty.

The case will be appealed, said Hill, and it will take many years to get to the Supreme Court, so “nothing is happening” with regard to the high deductibles involved in many Obamacare plans.

“In the interim, it provides Congress with a real opportunity recognizing that Obamacare is on life support to pull together and make a determination of the things that we need to do to provide sufficient healthcare for all Americans including pre-existing conditions,” he said, after show host Steve Doocy complained his own daughter has deductibles on her own Obamacare plan that are too difficult to meet.

Once the mandate tax was removed, “there’s no longer a constitutional basis for Obamacare. It’s quite simple. It’s one of the most simple aspects that I have seen in our legal status,” said Hill.

By Sandy Fitzgerald – 12/17/18 from Newsmax.com


Obamacare on its way out? Great talking points – Scroll down after update for the bulleted items in much related article!

President Donald Trump Monday spoke out on Twitter against the high deductibles included on many Obamacare plans, saying that in most cases it’s not “even useable.”

“The DEDUCTIBLE which comes with ObamaCare is so high that it is practically not even useable!,” Trump tweeted.

Read Newsmax: Trump: Obamacare Deductible ‘Hurts Families Badly’ | Newsmax.com


6 Reasons to Still Hate Obamacare

Remember Obamacare?

The fight is far from over on the future of the Obama-era health insurance overhaul. Republicans are making a last-ditch effort this year to turn the program and the money over to the state. This isn’t full Obamacare repeal, but it would make a world of sense. States would be free to experiment and find ways to reduce costs and provide better services.

Read Newsmax: 6 Reasons to Still Hate Obamacare | Newsmax.com


Former US Navy Seal Speaks Out on Behalf of All Those Who Have Defended Our Country: Identity Politics Leads to Hatred and Division, an ‘Us’ Vs ‘Them’ Mentality

NEW YORKNov. 01, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Former US Navy SEAL, Ephraim Mattos, has responded to comments made this week by Don Lemon on CNN’s Cuomo Prime Time.

“We have to stop demonizing people and realize the biggest terror threat in this country is white men, most of them radicalized to the right, and we have to start doing something about them.” — Don Lemon on CNN (October 29, 2018)

Here is Mattos’ response:

After surviving three wars, a gunshot wound, a near fatal drowning, a failed parachute, Taliban ambushes, ISIS snipers, mortars, mine-fields, suicide bombers and laying down my life for the cause of freedom while fighting shoulder-to-shoulder with my brother Arabs, Asians, Blacks, Hispanics, Christians, Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, Animists, and Atheists, I have now returned home to the USA where a CNN host has labeled me as a radicalized right wing terrorist simply because of my gender and the color of my skin…….more on New York Business Journal CLICK HERE


Gun Control Issue To Come Front and Center in January + Two Perspectives to Pay Attention to:

And Conservatives Have This Point: America will forever be safe from foreign invasion with home-grown firepower!

A blogger added up the deer license sales in just a handful of states and arrived at a striking conclusion:

There were over 600,000 hunters this season in the state of Wisconsin.

Allow me to restate that number: 600,000!

Over the last several months, Wisconsin’s hunters became the eighth largest army in the world. (That’s more men under arms than in Iran. More than France and Germany combined.)

These men, deployed to the woods of a single American state, Wisconsin, to hunt with firearms, and NO ONE WAS KILLED.

That number pales in comparison to the 750,000 who hunted the woods of Pennsylvania and Michigan ‘s 700,000 hunters, ALL OF WHOM HAVE RETURNED HOME SAFELY.

Toss in a quarter million hunters in West Virginia and it literally establishes the fact that the hunters of those four states alone would comprise the largest army in the world.

And then add in the total number of hunters in the other 46 states.

It’s millions more. The point? America will forever be safe from foreign invasion with that kind of home-grown firepower!

Hunting… it’s not just a way to fill the freezer. It’s a matter of national security. That’s why all enemies, foreign and domestic, want to see us disarmed. Food for thought, when next we consider gun control, whether you agree with it or not.

Overall it’s true, so if we disregard some assumptions that hunters don’t possess the same skills as soldiers, the question would still remain…What army of 2 million would want to face 30 million, 40 million, or 50 million armed citizens???

For the sake of our freedom, don’t ever allow gun control or confiscation of guns.


GM Layoffs: A Tragedy Caused By Embracing Government Subsidies, Not Markets

GM: General Motors’ decision to close four U.S. plants and lay off 14,700 workers, 15% of its domestic workforce, is an economic tragedy. And it might have been avoided if GM had listened to the market, rather than the Obama administration…..

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