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President Trump Doubles Down On Social Security Promise – Millions Rewarded

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President Trump made a lot of campaign promises, and his record on making good on them thus far is stellar. One of those campaign promises was his word to our senior citizens that he would leave their social security as it is. That there would be no changes to the social security that many of them depend on, even so far as considering it their life or death.

It is President Trump who said over and over that voters like Social Security, and because of this, it should be left alone. It was one of the several things that really made our President stand out among his primary rivals who did not feel the same way. It threw them for a loop.

His logic, for his decision, was really on point as well.

“There’s no way a Republican is going to beat a Democrat when the Republican is saying, ‘We’re going to cut your Social Security’ and the Democrat is saying, ‘We’re going to keep it and give you more,’ ” Trump reportedly told House Speaker Paul Ryan, who wants entitlement cuts, in May.”

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Trump vowed to leave the retirement age qualification and benefits intact. So now fast forward from his promise, and looking at this year’s and next year’s “proposed” budgets.

There was a lot going on in political discussion circles about this year’s budget proposal that called for $236 billion dollars worth of reductions to Medicare, the federal health-care program that serves Americans 65 and older. With this proposal it would seem that Trump’s campaign promise to our seniors is being contradicted, however, there are a few things we need to consider before closing the book on this promise. First of all, we need to remember that the budget proposal is a non-binding document, which means it could very well fall flat on the floor.

As we saw with this year’s proposal, that is exactly what happened. Furthermore, on top of that there were several provisions that actually benefit users of Medicare in it, possibly being the equalizer or maybe even better than their benefits were previously. Next, if we were to really look at it in black and white, nothing has been enacted that is contrary to the President’s promise to our senior citizens. The promise is still in the works even now as we look at 2019’s proposed budget for our older folks.

“In his 2019 budget proposal, President Donald Trump revived a proposal from his previous budget that would cut disability programs administered by the Social Security Administration.

Under the heading “reform disability programs,” the budget blueprint counts $72 billion in spending reductions over 10 years. These would be from two similarly named but distinct programs run by the Social Security Administration — Social Security Disability Insurance (or SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (or SSI).

SSDI benefits people with physical and mental conditions that are severe enough to permanently keep them from working. It is funded by Social Security payroll taxes. Meanwhile, SSI payments are limited to low-income Americans — senior citizens, or adults or children who are disabled or blind. The payments are funded through general revenue from the treasury.

“The largest cut would come from an unspecified proposal to test new approaches to increase labor force participation of people with disabilities,” said Benjamin W. Veghte, the vice president for policy at the National Academy of Social Insurance.

As we noted last year when we looked at this promise, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney has argued that putting forth this proposal doesn’t mean that Trump would be breaking his promise, because the budget proposal doesn’t cut from the Social Security retirement program.”

“Candidate Trump was right to promise not to change Social Security retirement benefits. Why punish seniors for the Great Recession? Why base policies on fantasies about our bodies never aging, or how morbid obesity and opioid deaths reduce the Social Security-eligible population?

President Trump has delivered on his promise. This is a basic, grassroots issue that House and Senate members facing mid-term elections can and should proudly talk about.”

At the end of the day if we look at the facts, the question is answered. Has President Trump kept his promise on social security? Well, I’d say thanks to a strong economy under Trump, recipients could be seeing him keeping his promise, and making even greater ones. Take a look at this:

“Last year, Social Security beneficiaries saw an increase of 2%. After a meager raise of 0.3% in 2017, and no bump in benefits in 2015 and 2016, this was a welcome change. For 2019, the increase is expected to be 3%.

The Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA), should the estimates hold true, would be the largest Social Security increase since 2012. Based on the average benefit amount of $1404, recipients can expect an increase of $42 a month.

In addition, for those reaching full-retirement age in 2018, earning the maximum benefit of $2788 a month, the increase would be $85. As usual, we know this isn’t enough but it’s certainly better than nothing.

Currently, the COLA estimate for 2019 is based on Consumer Price Index data through April. However, the actual number in October will come based on the third quarter CPI (July-September) so it could be higher or lower.”

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Opinion: Congress Just Exposed Democrat Collusion – Dems In Major Trouble

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For far too long politics in America has been much more about right or left rather than right or wrong. If Donald Trump’s presidency accomplishes nothing else, it has exposed the sheer volume of corruption in Washington D.C. that has been allowed to fester in such a way as to make it undeniable, except perhaps to those that are content to live with their delusions. Though they make pharmaceuticals for that…but I digress.

It seems Senator Charles Grassley, Chairman of the Judiciary Committee is also sick to death of the lies and shenanigans it seems. He sent a searing letter to the attorneys representing Christine Blasey Ford, who made 11th-hour accusations that Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her more than 35 years ago. In the letter, he reiterated his already twice-stated request for Ford’s attorneys to turn over the “therapy notes, polygraph materials, and communications with The Washington Post that Dr. Ford has relied upon as evidence.”

The evidence includes notes from Ford’s therapy sessions and detailed charts from the polygraph exam she arranged to take in August prior to going public with her accusations.

Grassley began his letter with a simple civics lesson noting that the Senate is specifically charged by the Constitution to advise the President, be it President Trump or another president future or past, on his nominees for the Supreme Court. As such, Grassley charged that the Committee had a “constitutional obligation to investigate and evaluate independently the President’s nominees.” He also clarified the Senate’s “obligation is unrelated to anything the FBI does … We have to make our own assessment.”

Grassley has extended deadlines and written multiple letters requesting this information be provided to the Committee so they could be properly evaluated as part of the Senate’s vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination. Every single request has been ignored and rebuffed. The latest excuse in an ever-growing list that grows longer by the hour has Ford’s attorneys stating to Grassley that the information in question would now only be turned over to the FBI as part of a full investigation into Ford’s accusations.

Grassley unequivocally let them know that is not how this works, stating – “The U.S. Senate doesn’t control the FBI. If you have an objection to how the FBI conducts its investigations, take it up with Director [Christopher] Wray. But don’t raise that objection as a reason not to respond to this committee’s demand for relevant evidence.”

As the Daily Wire notes –

“Grassley then set the record straight about the attorneys using their objections to the FBI investigation as an excuse to deny the Judiciary Committee access to the information they were demanding. He wrote, “The FBI’s investigative decisions aren’t our concern. Even if the FBI never interviews Dr. Ford, or interviews her ten times, this Committee has a constitutional obligation to investigate Dr. Ford’s allegations, and that’s what we’ve been doing since we became aware of her allegations.”

Grassley pointed out that the attorneys had “claimed repeatedly that the evidence I have requested supports Dr. Ford’s allegations against Judge Kavanaugh. She even provided some of this evidence to national news. Indeed, if the evidence supported your client’s allegations, you surely would produce it as quickly as you could.”

Then Grassley really got to the nitty-gritty: “But you have repeatedly refused to produce this evidence to the Senate. In doing so, you are preventing the Senate from considering the evidence most crucial to Dr. Ford’s allegations. I don’t know what other inference we should draw from your refusal but that the withheld evidence does not support Dr. Ford’s allegations in quite the way you have claimed.”

Grassley’s concluding paragraph indicated he thought there might have been some interesting communication going on between Ford or her attorneys and some of the alleged witnesses she named to the alleged sexual assault by Kavanaugh –

“In addition to the evidence I requested in my October 2 letter, in light of recently uncovered information, please turn over records and descriptions of direct or indirect communications between Dr. Ford or her representatives and any of the following: (1) U.S. Senators or their staffs, particularly the offices of Senators Feinstein and Hirono, other than your communications with me and my staff in preparation for the September 27 hearing; (2) the alleged witnesses identified by Dr. Ford (Leland Keyser, Mark Judge, and Patrick “P.J.” Smyth); and (3) Debbie Ramirez, Julie Swetnick, or their representatives.”

There has been some significant speculation with regards to exactly what Grassley has uncovered and when the American people will find out. If it is collusion as the letter appears to suggest, then it could potentially spell more bad news for Democrats with less than a month away from the 2018 midterm elections.

Ford’s allies did their level best to demonize Grassley and his committee of “11 old white men” for browbeating an alleged sexual assault victim.  Ford’s team of attorneys — Debra S. Katz, Lisa J. Banks, Joseph E. Abboud, and Michael R. Bromwich — have been highly critical and very vocal in their criticisms of the handling of their client’s allegations. They have questioned just why the Judiciary Committee did not allow more witnesses last week and then blasted the FBI for choosing to not interview Ford herself as a part of its new five-day investigation into the accusations of sexual assault and rape from her and another woman, Deborah Ramirez.

With allegations so suspect that Ford’s former school Leland Kyser told the FBI she was pressured by Ford’s best friend, Monica McLean, to “clarify” her original statement. McLean just happens to have spent 24 years working for the Department of Justice, including as an FBI special agent. During her time in the FBI, McLean also served as a spokesperson for the FBI’s New York field office, according to a 2009 CNN report.  She also just happens to be a former spokesperson to Preet Bharara, a far left-wing former US attorney fired by President Trump last year.

Kyser originally stated through her attorney regarding the accusations levied against Kavanaugh – “Ms. Keyser does not know Mr.Kavanaugh and she has no recollection of ever being at a party or gathering where he was present, with, or without, Dr. Ford.”

According to the Wall Street Journal

“A person close to the former classmates said it was her understanding that mutual friends of Dr. Ford and Ms. Keyser, including Ms. McLean, had contacted Ms. Keyser after her initial statement to warn her that her statement was being used by Republicans to rebut the allegation against Judge Kavanaugh. The friends told Ms. Keyser that if she had intended to say she didn’t remember the party—not that it had never happened—that she should clarify her statement, the person said…”

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DEVELOPING: Christine Ford Nailed Over Major Polygraph Slip Up – Why Is She Hiding This?!

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Now that Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testified we can safely say we have more questions about her story than we did before she testified.

One particular question that’s very odd is when she was asked about the polygraph test and she actually said she doesn’t think she paid for it. What? How can you not know if you paid for something or you didn’t? Only in Liberal Land can someone forget if they paid for something so important when they are testifying in front of the U.S. Senate and the world.

Here is more on this controversy via Breitbart:

“Christine Blasey Ford, the California psychology professor who leveled allegations of teenage sexual misconduct against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, said she does not know who paid for a polygraph examination regarding the incident while testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday.

UPDATE — 1:44 PM: Ford’s counsel, Debra Katz, after a break in the hearing, says: “Let me put an end to this mystery – her lawyers have paid for her polygraph. As is routine.”

Blasey Ford told prosecutor Rachel Mitchell Thursday afternoon that she did “not yet” know who paid for the polygraph exam she underwent on August 7, one week after her allegations against Kavanaugh reached Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA).

Ford testified Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, leveling her accusations against President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court Justice nominee. The Republican members all ceded their time for questions to Mitchell, a veteran sex crimes prosecutor.

In this exchange, Mitchell asked whether Ford recalled who had paid for the polygraph exam:

MITCHELL: Did you pay for the polygraph yourself?

FORD: I don’t think so.

MITCHELL: Do you know who paid for the polygraph?

FORD: Not yet, no.

Mitchell also asked why Jerry Hanafin, the polygraph administrator, did not conduct the examination in his Virginia office, rather at a hotel next to Baltimore–Washington International Airport. “I had left my grandmother’s funeral at that point at Fort Lincoln Cemetery that day and I was on a tight scheduled to get to make a plane to Manchester, New Hampshire,” Ford told Mitchell. “He was willing to come to me, which was appreciated.”

Mitchell followed up, “So you were administered a polygraph on the day that you attended your grand mother’s funeral ?”

“Correct, or it might have been the next day,” Ford replied.

In a hot mic moment, Ford then turned to one of her attorneys, Debra Katz, and said, “I don’t remember the exact day.”

Asked if she had ever been advised on how to take a polygraph or offered any “tips” regarding an examination, Ford said she had not. She said that while she was “scared” to take the test, she believed it would accurately gauge whether her responses were truthful.

“I didn’t expect it to be as long as it was going to be,” she added. “It was a little bit stressful.”

Why is it that when Liberals testify against conservatives the mainstream media never call them out on what they say? And why is it that everytime a Conservative man seems to have an issue with some women in his past that woman always turns out to be a far left wing liberal? Why don’t conservative women ever seem to come out and accuse anyone? Maybe they do, but when Paula Jones and Juanita Broaderick came out and accused Bill Clinton instead of investigating the only thing that happened is that Hillary Clinton referred to them as “Bimbo Eruptions.”

Dr. Ford made a fool out of herself in today’s testimony. She came across as someone who didn’t know what had happened and who when asked about that night actually had to read a notepad in order to remember. That doesn’t sound normal when you have been traumatized so severely that you claim to not be able to go into small spaces, although you do fry in airplanes and you do go scuba diving which is terrifying for anyone who suffers from claustrophobia as Ford claims she does.

The left-wing media is as I write this already conspiring with the Democrat Party as to how to spin this so this woman looks somewhat credible. But the truth of the matter is the damage has already been done and the American people already saw first hand what kind of Democrat Party orchestrated farce this whole thing is.

Perhaps the saddest part about all this is how, even if confirmed, Kavanaugh’s reputation has already been tarnished to a level no innocent individual should have to endure. Let’s hope and pray that all this fake narrative from the left is uncovered and those who conspired and lied go to prison. If not then we can safely say America has lost its greatness and all we are is just another banana republic like so many others in the world.

Please pray for Judge Kavanaugh, His family, President Trump, and the United States of America!

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