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Posted in: At what cost? Debate swirls on 'giveaways' after Amazon HQ deal See in context

Governor Cuomo stated that he had to offer subsidies to compete against states that don’t have an income tax, though that admission underscores New York's lack of tax competitiveness.

Proof that Democrats know that competitive tax rates is good for businesses and jobs and that high tax rates kill jobs.

NYC had to give Amazon tax payer funded subsidies to artificially create a red state, Florida-like tax environment in order to get Amazon to open up shop in a heavily taxed, heavily regulated, blue state.

They created Amazon's own personalized Florida tax rates in the heart of Queens. If I'm any other business in that area, I'm wondering why I can't get those same subsidies, which are basically lower tax rates...

Every other business in New York City should file a class action lawsuit demanding the same subsidies that Amazon received. It's an outrageous violation of the "equal protection" clause of the Constitution for government to turn one big business into a tax-receiving entity, while taxing the others.

Here's a bit not mentioned:

"The deal between the e-commerce giant and the city and state—an accord which deliberately circumvents the council and state Legislature—includes a clause that obligates the public to "assist the company in securing access to a helipad on the development site" or "in reasonable proximity to the development site."

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Posted in: SoftBank invests in U.S. office space-sharing WeWork See in context

From a Wall Street Journal article last month:

"Since it was founded eight years ago, WeWork Cos. has offered tenants in its locations kegs of free beer, as part of the hip vibe the fast-growing shared office startup has been selling."

Free beer at work, what could possibly go wrong?

WeWork = the emperor's new clothes. The basic business model works but not beyond a certain point because the more successful WeWork's subtenants become, the more likely they will cease to remain clients. In a slowing economy the downside leverage could get pretty interesting.

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Posted in: Trump seeks end to Florida recount as Republicans' leads shrink See in context

It would have been nice if the previous presidential election had been called at the time the popular vote was called and before the Electoral College was called.

The Constitution can be a pesky little document.

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Posted in: Trump seeks end to Florida recount as Republicans' leads shrink See in context

Have a little intellectual honesty. Democracy wins when the process is untainted and carried out to its conclusion.

Tell that to Bernie Sanders.

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Posted in: Trump seeks end to Florida recount as Republicans' leads shrink See in context

What we witnessed was a relatively normal midterm election in which the party holding the White House lost a number of seats in the House.

But recall two years ago after Trump’s unexpected victory. Then the cry was about a stolen election, Russian collusion, the need to rewrite the Constitution to banish the Electoral College, and the threat of an authoritarian coup.

“If You’re Not Scared About Fascism in the US, You Should Be,” declared a headline in the New York Times.

 I guess democracy works, at least when democrats win.

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Posted in: 'Ababis' and 'Star Wnrs': Knockoffs thrive in China e-commerce See in context

There was a time when "Made in Japan" had derogatory connotations. This image was overcome by manufacturing products which were superior in quality. Perhaps this is the route China should undertake rather than simply copying successful products.

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Posted in: Devastation as California fire death toll rises See in context

Forest fires and California have been in the forefront for decades. The governor really has one job, to protect the citizens, not build trophy infrastructure like high-speed trains to nowhere. Apparently there has been little progress in the pre-fire preparation in the Enviro state under this Governor.

The media is more concerned about Trump than hearing from Brown as to why his state keeps going up in flames. If Trump were CA’s governor the media would be roasting him on why he mismanaged his state. 

 It is long overdue to deal with these things that have been stuffed under the rug - especially when the rug catches fire.

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Posted in: Democrats dig in for Florida recount battle; Trump sends lawyers See in context

"It's not the people who vote that count, it's the people who count the votes." ~ Joe Stalin

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Posted in: Democrats dig in for Florida recount battle; Trump sends lawyers See in context

This would not be happening if republicans didn't try to suppress democratic votes.

Voter suppression? And exactly how was that done? Through demanding a picture ID? The problematic counties are controlled by DEMOCRAT officials. So how is there voter suppression?

Voter suppression is a dog whistle for "we'll keep counting until the democrat wins". I wouldn't be surprised if Broward County finds another 6000 votes for Al Gore.

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Posted in: Expert: Acosta video distributed by White House was doctored See in context

As libs focus their short attention spans on Acosta's press credentials, 85 year old Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fell today and was hospitalized with 3 fractured ribs. I hope for a quick recovery followed by retirement. Trump could be making another SCOTUS selection.

Democrats meet Amy Barrett, the next Supreme Court Justice.

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Posted in: Democrats seek hearings on Trump’s ouster of Sessions See in context

Sessions should have advised the President before accepting the position that he would recuse. Not being able to lead the Department during such a tempestuous time was a huge factor – not only for the President but the nation. We still don't know everything the Clinton/Obama team were up to in creating the Russian hoax. But, there is plenty of evidence to indicate they used government agencies to sabotage a political opponent. That alone deserves a full investigation.

Sessions should have resigned as soon as he determined could not do the job. Waiting two years was inappropriate, and unnecessarily delayed the country in obtaining justice.

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Posted in: Democrats take House control; Republicans expand Senate majority See in context

Pelosi as speaker and Maxine Waters as chair of the house financial committee will be gifts to the GOP for 2020.

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Posted in: Tight races across the U.S. as more polls close in battle for Congress See in context

Trump was elected to revive American prosperity and is now presiding over an economic boom. The first two years have been so good that his predecessor has lately been barnstorming the country trying to persuade voters that we’re still living in the Obama era. That is the sincerest form of political flattery.

 The Trump era has clearly exceeded voter expectations.

I would think if the democrats wanted any hope of taking the Presidency in 2020, the last thing they would want is taking control of the House for the next two years. Because they will spend that time wrecking the economy and making life difficult again, and almost guaranteeing no chance of them winning in 2020.

 On the other hand, if they don't take control of the House, Trump will continue doing an outstanding job, which also guarantees them no chance of winning the Presidency in 2020.

 This is not a good time to be a democrat.

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Posted in: Ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen switches to Democratic Party See in context

Cohen pleaded guilty in August to eight federal charges, including tax evasion, bank fraud and campaign finance violations.

He'll make a fine democrat.

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Posted in: Japanese tycoon going on SpaceX rocket says he trusts Musk See in context

This doesn't change the fact that Musk smoked a blunt, not a bong.

So what? Being a bit literal aren't you?

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Posted in: Japanese tycoon going on SpaceX rocket says he trusts Musk See in context

Elon smoked a blunt with Rogan, not a bong. Elon also commented that he hadn't smoke in a very long time.

A Charlie Sheen like stunt that cost his shareholders $20/sh.

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Posted in: Japanese tycoon going on SpaceX rocket says he trusts Musk See in context

As for Elon Musk, I hope he keeps inventing and inspiring cutting edge technology that makes the world a better place.

Elon needs to put down the bong.

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Posted in: ANA’s Paris branch manager assaults passenger after consuming 6 glasses of wine See in context

One important point - maybe the carriers are responsible for serving 6 glasses of wine. 4 of anything is enough on a flight.

I'm sure some folks would react violently to being cut-off after 4 drinks too.

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Posted in: Kavanaugh to hear first arguments as Supreme Court justice See in context

People must not comprehend the fact that --- the Judge nominated by Obama , the Judge the democrats claim the Republicans denied -- voted in agreement on issues 93% of the time with Judge Kavanaugh while they sat on the same court of appeals.  

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/sep/5/kavanaugh-garland-voted-together-93-pct-time/

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Posted in: Kavanaugh to hear first arguments as Supreme Court justice See in context

Democrats will now have to achieve their goals the old-fashioned way—by winning elections.

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Posted in: Taylor Swift gets political; endorses Democrats in midterms See in context

This is demonstrably false. Swift is endorsing the democrat this is running against the incumbent republican. Cursory research goes a long when in preventing the publication of falsehoods.

https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/10/08/taylor-swifts-complicated-political-awakening-embracing-pro-kavanugh-democrat-while-denouncing-trump-ally/

"Taylor Swift’s complicated political awakening: Embracing pro-Kavanaugh Democrat while denouncing Trump ally"

"And perhaps most challenging though less noticed: Her Democratic choice for U.S. Senate, Phil Bredesen, said last week he would have voted to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, despite his being accused of sexual assault."

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Posted in: Taylor Swift gets political; endorses Democrats in midterms See in context

Suspiciously absent from the article is the fact that the democrat Senator that Swift endorsed broke from the party and voted to confirm Kavanaugh.

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Posted in: High flying: Canada to let airline passengers pack cannabis See in context

Smoking onboard airplanes also remains illegal.

I doubt airlines could carry enough snacks onboard.

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Posted in: Women's groups aim to use Kavanaugh rage to boost voter turnout See in context

I believe Ford's allegations and think Kavanaugh has proven himself to be ill-suited for the court because of his demonstrated dishonesty, partisanship, and temperament.

 I too question his temperament, he had no business crying out while being stretched on the rack, but he was certainly more poised than his inquisitors, who don't make themselves look any better by turning on the FBI itself when it doesn't find what they wanted. Protesting because you did not get your way is a tantrum.

If a vote for a democratic majority in the Senate is a vote for the tactics of Sen. Feinstein, or for the boorish behavior of Sens. Blumenthal, Booker and Harris, then that vote may not materialize at all.

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Posted in: Senate confirms Kavanaugh for Supreme Court by vote of 50-48 See in context

Sorry, Schumer, but men and women of sense will forever remember this as the culmination of scorched-earth politics practiced by the left, but overcome by the grace, dignity, and sound political judgment of Senator Susan Collins.

 The Republican base is now more unified and energized than they have been in a very long time.

Its a shame what this process became.

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Posted in: Kavanaugh on track for U.S. Supreme Court See in context

All this talk about women from the left and it turns out to be a Republican woman who is the hero coming out of this mess. This debacle has revealed Susan Collins to be a stateswoman of weight and merit. Schumer, Feinstein, Booker and Harris are exposed as malicious, petty and deceitful.

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Posted in: Kavanaugh on track for U.S. Supreme Court See in context

The Left will go all out. Google, Facebook, Twitter, and all the major mainstream media will fight Trump as if it were their very lives at stake. 

Zuckerberg Faces Anger Over Facebook Executive’s Kavanaugh Support:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/zuckerberg-seeks-to-quell-employee-anger-over-facebook-executives-appearance-at-kavanaugh-hearing-1538687361

Polarization, what the left does best.

Vote out every single Republican, without exception. If the guy is running for dog catcher, vote him out. It's time to rid Washington of this GOP slime fest.

Advocating discrimination between documented and undocumented canines?

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Posted in: Republicans aim to confirm Kavanaugh this weekend after FBI report See in context

Speaking of judicial temperament, recall Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s rhetorical assault on Donald Trump in July 2016. “I can’t imagine what the country would be—with Donald Trump as our President,” the Justice averred, adding that the possibility brought to mind her late husband’s advice: “Now it’s time for us to move to New Zealand.”

How does that rate on partiality?

It is highly likely Trump will have a third SCOTUS pick for RBG’s replacement. No doubt part of the dem’s scorched earth tactic with Kavanaugh is to make future conservative SCOTUS nominations so horrific to consider that no one will accept.

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Posted in: Republicans aim to confirm Kavanaugh this weekend after FBI report See in context

Senators may be reviewing the FBI report, but voters have been reviewing the deceit, depravity and hate that it takes to destroy good people that democrats seem to be so at ease with. They lost this round by losing moderates with atrocious antics, slanderous presumption and legal deception.

Poll numbers in the last week are quite clear as the lagging GOP gap for midterms has been halved--with undecideds clearly shifting to the right.

https://www.npr.org/2018/10/03/654015874/poll-amid-kavanaugh-confirmation-battle-democratic-enthusiasm-edge-evaporates

Major backfire.

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Posted in: Trump helped parents shield millions from taxes: New York Times See in context

Then you must love the ultra wealthy Hollywood and Silicon Valley job creating liberals.

Except, conservatives need not apply. Google, FB, et al. have proven that.

Democrats are still filled with bitter rage that the Clinton Crime Family lost in 2016.

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