Why I Don’t Think Assad Did It.

The longer we get from the last set of chemical attacks in Syria this last weekend, the more I think about the obvious.  Bashar al-Assad didn’t do it.

Now let’s take a step back and look at the big picture.  Russian President Vladimr Putin and the Iranians are both working in conjunction with al-Assad.  There is no question about that, no doubt about that at all.

You also have the Syrian rebels who are trying to overthrow al-Assad.

Finally you have American troops on the ground fighting ISIS, or what is left over of it.

Now just last week President Trump talked about possibly removing American troops from Syria.

Then this weekend you have an alleged chemical attack, complete with video of the victims, young and old, being treated.

Now the TV “expert” logic is that al-Assad did this to test President Trump, and that we should instantly retaliate. Here is the problem with that.  If President Trump does attack the left media is going to run with it that President Trump only did the attacks to divert attention from Stormy Daniels (who I think at this point may own a part of CNN based on the coverage she is getting).  But that story makes absolutely no sense.

If al-Assad, Putin and Iran wanted free reign in the region wouldn’t it make more sense to let the Americans leave first?  President Trump already has shown once that he is not scared to strike back.

Now the rebels on the ground, who want to take out al-Assad would most certainly want the Americans to not only stay, but to get more involved in their attacks on al-Assad.  The Americans certainly have more firepower than the rebels do.  Not to mention it is likely if al-Assad has chemical weapons, that the rebels likely would as well.

Add to that the fact that the area has basically been shut off.  So who is to say the “attack” never really happened, or there would be more evidence, you would have Red Cross and other international humanitarian workers in the area who could verify it happened.  Yet I honestly can’t say I have seen a single interview with anyone who was there.

I am not a conspiracy theory guy, I just tend to look at things with common sense, and honestly it makes no sense for al-Assad to ever do this, would make even less sense for Putin to agree with it, especially the way that the Russians have been sanctioned so much in just the last couple months.  Why would he want to pick a fight at this point?

President Trump wanted to leave.  I think this attack is more likely the rebels or faked or a combination of both.  I really hope our intelligence people will give President Trump good information and validation of what really happened before he acts this time.  I am honestly afraid they are going to give him bad information and get us into yet another pointless war.  He really needs to go back and read his tweets from before, and take the info he has now, plus get verification before he does anything.  Because if you blindly attack, you can’t take those missiles back.


Comments as always are welcome.


How to Save America. The Division

There are many things wrong with this country right now and it is truly sad to see.  The solutions to a lot of the problems are simple in concept, but maybe controversial in implementation.

In this blog series I am going to touch on what I feel are the ten biggest problems in this country right now, and I am not looking at it from just one side, I am simply going to look at both the problem, and solution from a common sense prospective

1.  The Division Of Our Country.

Right now it seems like we have gone back to a point in our history that led to more American deaths than WW I, WW II, Korea, Vietnam, and the war against ISIS and Iraq.  I am talking about the US Civil War.  Over the last 10 years our country has grown so divided that there are very few left in the middle.  During the Civil War you had brother fighting brother, over both slavery and taxation.  The Union won that war and ended slavery in this country.  In the last 10 years though, thanks to politicians, the media, social media, etc, most people have allowed themselves to be put back into categories based on skin color, or country of origin.  If you fit in one of those boxes then your opinions need to fit the checklist of that category.  Right now ISIS doesn’t need to attack us, neither does Russia, North Korea or pick any other outside enemy you can think of and insert here.  We are destroying ourselves.

Why did we allow them to put us into boxes?  Last I checked we all bleed red, just some people have better tans than others.  The common factor we all had was that we were all Americans.  Why did that change?

You see it on Twitter daily, the trolls on the loose from both sides.  Attacking first, with no intention of having a civil discussion.  You see it in the news.  You have CNN, MSNBC, NBC, ABC, CBS all attacking from the left, and Fox News attacking from the right, and no one actually REPORTING the news anymore, they are all trying to drive their prospective narrative.  You look at colleges with their safe spaces, pick a gender, any gender, mentality.  You have people getting attacked just for wearing a hat, and riots breaking out just to protest speech they don’t want to hear.

People try to blame the division on President Trump, but it started well before him.  It started with President Obama, and not because he was black (or actually mixed), but because he worked so hard playing identity politics.  Because the second you disagreed with anything he said or did, you were automatically called a racist.  Which in and of itself is a racist statement.  You can’t criticize someone based on skin tone, but you can criticize their actions or inaction.  Nor are they to be protected from that criticism based on their skin tone.

How do we fix it?

Well start off by turning off the so called news.  Instead of fighting a troll on Twitter, just block or ignore them and move on with your day.  Talk to real people, not just those you know, but people you meet.  You might find out though you may be in different boxes you have a lot more in common than you thought.  Finally, don’t allow yourself to be put in that box.  Your tan, or lack of,  is not going to make you more or less likely to succeed, your effort will.  Do we have to agree on everything? Of course not, but that too seems to be an issue these days, if you don’t agree with the other sides opinions you automatically get labelled.  The only label I care about, and the only label I hope you will agree with is that we are all Americans.  Because when we rally around that, we can’t be beat.  Just ask the British, the Nazis, Al Qaeda and now ISIS.

We do have to work on communicating better, and realize we are on the same team.  Otherwise the problem is only going to get worse and may to get the point that it cannot be saved.

Want a Gun Debate? Read This!

This may be controversial but I really don’t care. 17 people died yesterday, 14 of them teens. Because a fucking monster went to yet another Gun Free Zone (aka Shoot Here) and had his own personal shooting gallery. I have 4 ideas how to maybe not 100% but slow it the hell down.
1. If there are teachers in the school, who have conceal carry permits, they should be allowed to carry at school if they choose.  They do not give out CCW permits without both a class and testing, and most CCW people I know are very responsible with their weapons.  When is the last time you heard someone with a CCW permit committing a gun crime? Post a sign saying that staff may be armed and take a soft target away. The students don’t need to know who are actually carrying or not, because remember, it is CONCEALED carry.
2. See something, say something only works if you speak up. But at the same time the authorities need to do a better job of following up on leads they are given. It is beyond rare for any of these to happen without some kind of plan.
3. Therapists need to start coming up with valid reasons for giving all the drugs they do. They are taking the lazy way out. Plus if you are going to a therapist you should give up your rights during treatment, and only get it back when you are cleared by that therapist.
4. Finally video game makers and Hollywood need to drop the violence or make it a hell of a lot less realistic. Movies in the 60s-early 90s the violence was so fake you could tell no one was really dead. With CGI the way it is these days, not only can you watch them die, but see the blood flowing out of them, etc. Grand Theft Auto, COD, and all the games that glorify violence and breaking the law need to stop too. In the 80s we had Pac-Man, who’s only bad influence was getting you to over eat. 
Yes I am showing my age here, but we didn’t have random shootings when I went to school.  We were taught to respect the weapons and each other.  That respect is gone these days.  Everyone has gone to their side of the fight, and the middle is now a war zone.  Respect is no longer taught, it is if they don’t agree with you they are wrong and screw them.  The more we kill the more points we get or further we advance in a game, and the blood and gore is no longer real to them.
If all four of those things are done will it stop all the mass shootings?  Of course not, evil is evil, you can’t control it, you can only hope to contain it and the best way to do that is to beat their evil offense with a damn good defense.
I am praying for those families who lost loved ones, and those who are in the hospital fighting for their lives.  Let’s be smart, and do the common sense thing to make this super rare, and not a monthly thing.

Congress Back In Spend Mode


So yesterday the Senate announced they came up with a deal to raise spending caps.  It would include $160+ Billion in more Defense spending, and $130+ Billion more in Domestic spending.  If this goes through it would raise the yearly debt to $1.1-1.3 Trillion for 2019.  This is Obama level over spending.  This is not draining the swamp, this is raising the water level and expanding the swamp.

The whole idea between lowering taxes was to increase revenue to pay down the debt, along with spending cuts, and then Senate Leader Mitch McConnell basically bent over for Senator Chuck Schumer and gave in.  Just 3 weeks ago the Republicans finally stood strong and the Dems took the blame for the shutdown for the first time in my memory, but now McConnell basically caves and blows up the deficit in the process.

Now you may ask why the stock market graph above.  Well when it was announced yesterday that the Senate had a deal, and what the deal was the Stock Market was at 25,207, approximately 26 hours later at the time of this writing the Dow is down over 800 points and I feel it is a direct cause to this deal, and I will explain why.  To cover this additional debt, the Fed is going to have to sell more bonds, to sell more bonds, they are going to have to give a bigger return, so interest rates go up, which also drives up inflation, which makes operating costs higher, thereby profits drop, and along with it goes the stock market.

So what needs to happen?  First off the Republicans, that are supposed to be the party of being fiscally responsible, need to stand up and vote no to raising these debt ceilings on Domestic spending.  Listening to Chuck Schumer yesterday rattling off all the programs and how many billions of dollars would go into each was making my skin crawl.  The longer he went on, and listing the Senator’s programs that were getting paid for was almost Obama like is how all these programs would help people, when in reality it was just more ways to get people dependent on the government and not on themselves.

Then you have the Nancy Pelosi stunt of her 8 hour ramble in the House talking exclusively about illegals.  She says she is going to vote no on the budget deal until Speaker Paul Ryan says he will give the same DACA vote promise that Mitch McConnell in the Senate.  Only problem with that, Ryan has made that promise multiple times.  Now you have the Freedom Caucus of the House Republicans who state they aren’t going to vote for raising the spending caps, and I commend them for that, and if the Democrats aren’t going to vote for it for DACA, then it may not pass the House, so we may have another shut down, and honestly I am perfectly fine with that.

I think the government should shut down, and stayed shut down until 3 things happen:

First they have to actually have a budget, not a Continuing Resolution, not a short term spending deal, but an actual budget.  One that has spending cuts where they can be done, and I am sure there are plenty that can be cut.  You don’t need high paid accountants to come up with ways to do it.  Get some couples who sit at home and work on their actual budget.  Because we live by the motto, if we can’t afford to spend it, we don’t spend it.  Why can’t the government live the same way?  They got us into the $20 Trillion mess, and now they just want to add more to it.  Plus I already know what the narrative will be in 2020 if this does not get worked out.  “It was the tax cut that added $4 more Trillion to the debt under the Trump Administration, and if we don’t raise taxes on corporations it will only get worse in his second term.”  It is not the tax cuts, it is the out of control spending!

Second, get immigration reform done.  DACA can be reworked, but needs some tweeks. If DACA recipients are going to get a path to citizenship they, like legal immigrants, cannot take any money from federal government.  No Welfare, Medicaid, Medicare, etc.  To make up for any money they have made tax free, they will be taxed as they have 0 dependents, with no need to file a return for at least 10 years, to start covering some of the taxes they did not pay before, but also as part of the fine for being here illegally. You also appropriate all the money for the wall, end chain migration (outside of spouse and children). You end the Diversity Lottery and start doing merit based immigration.  Also if are going to allow 1.8 Million DACA recipients to stay, then you cut the yearly immigration by at least 200,000 over the next 9 years so we are staying at 1,000,000 per year on average.  You also force employers to use e-verify and pay substantial fees if you hire an illegal.  Pass Kate’s Law and finally end any funding for sanctuary cities or states.

Finally, you bring to the floor of the House and Senate a Balance Budget Amendment, and make the personal tax rates permanent.

Force the Congress to do their job.  Shut the government down in the meantime to make sure it is done.  So instead of them putting things off for a couple weeks, and then put things off for a couple more weeks, you force them to actually work and get things done!

Comments as always are welcome.

Twitter @RealDJSlash


How to Solve Criminal Illegal Problem


One thing I keep hearing is how we need to deport all the criminal illegal aliens.  Problem with that as has been proven over and over, they come back.  So how do we really fix this problem?

The answer is actually simple.  You build a high security prison or prisons, in the middle of no where.  You use military to protect it, and if you are illegal and convicted of a violent crime, you go directly to that jail and you never get out.  I know the first thing coming out of your mouth is “Don’t we already have that in Guantanamo?”  Well, yes we do.  But I would like to keep that for the terrorist, though I am sure putting MS-13 gang members there may not be a bad thing.

If they have an issue such as multiple deportations, DUI, etc, then they go to a different prison to serve your sentence, (which if they are here illegally, they should automatically get the max sentence for any crime committed here, since they started off being here illegally.

The next question you may have is “Don’t we have enough prisons?” and to that I ask “Do we have enough housing to deter criminals?”  I do not think over population is a bad thing, I actually think if you commit a crime, there should be a substantial punishment, otherwise what is the real deterrence to  commit one?

Now I already know the next question “Well how do we pay for it?” this is the easiest part of the equation.  Take the money out of aid we are sending to their country of origin.  We send billions of dollars every year in financial aid to what seems like every country in the world.  If it costs $50,000 to take care of a prisoner, that $50,000 comes out.  If these countries start seeing the money going down, maybe they may wake up and solve their own problems before the money runs out.

Right now roughly 21% of the population in Federal prisons are illegals.  Time to stop charging tax payers to keep them, time to collect from their countries of origin.  Deportation simply isn’t working, now it is time to up the punishments to try to deter it that way.  I honestly think that would slow it down, because if you know you are going to have a life sentence for just being caught once, are you really going to risk coming here to break the law?  Some may, but I do not think as many will.

Reality check is that the Constitution should not apply to anyone here illegally.  If you come here and break laws you are an enemy of the state and should be treated as such.

Is my idea harsh? You bet it is.

Is my idea cruel? You know it.

But is my idea common sense? Without a doubt.

Could it work?  Why wouldn’t it?

Could it pass Congress? Can anything?

But the reality is, any crime committed by an illegal alien is one too many because they never should have been here to begin with.  This is about protecting Americans.  Americans should not be killed by illegals, terrorized by illegals, raped by illegals, injured by illegals, or have their personal property stolen by illegals.

If you are DACA eligible and you commit any violent crime, you are still going to have to pay for the crime like any other illegal and naturally lose your DACA status.

Finally, before you come at me claiming that I am a racist and I am calling all illegals criminals, remember one point simply.  The only ones who would be affected are those committing the crimes.  Also, illegals are not just from one race, or from one country as there is a melting pot of illegals, just as well as there is a melting pot of Americans.

As always, comments are welcome.

Twitter @RealDJSlash


How To Really Reform Immigration


A huge debate for the last few decades has been, how do we fix immigration in the United States.

You hear arguments from globalists that the Statue of Liberty basically says we have to take everyone.  Yet who is supposed to pay for them?

Our government has totally lost the plot when it comes to America.  They think we work for them and not them for us.  Well I have a simple solution for them.  I have the perfect plan to fix immigration in this country.  It is not racist, bigoted, Islamophobic or any other ist or phobic you can bring up.  It is simple common sense.

There are approximately 326 Million Americans in this country today, but it seems like the biggest fight is for 800,000 who aren’t.   There are approximately 11-13 million people here illegally, those who have crossed the border as well as those who overstayed visas.  So if you read that last sentence it takes the racist part out, because not all illegals are a certain race, nor of a certain country.

So here is how you fix DACA.  First off 800,000 people were brought here as children.  The original DACA was effective to those who can prove they were under 16 at the time they came to the US, and that have been here continually since June 15, 2007.  Now, let’s keep that date in mind because it is very important.

First thing, that date should be set in stone, it should not move, it should not update, and it should never change.  Otherwise if there is a possibility of renewal or update in time the borders are going to flood.

Second, anyone who is DACA eligible, MUST renew every three years, similar to how it is now.  There is no path to citizenship, by marriage or otherwise unless they go back to their country of record.  They can never take any benefits from the government, such as Social Security, Medicare, etc.  They will pay payroll tax, Social Security, Medicare in their checks.  They are NOT eligible to receive a rebate of more than the taxes they paid in, ever.  If at anytime they are not going to school (must pay out of state tuition), working or serving in the military, they cannot be renewed.  The only path for citizenship will be serving in the military for a minimum of 20 years and have an honorable retirement.

Finally if they are ever charged for any crime at all, they are deported, no questions asked, and at their expense.

There DACA is now solved.

Any others here illegally should be deported, either on their own or with the help of ICE.  If you enforce E-Verify, and hold both the employers accountable, as well as the illegal employees, there will not be any work for them.  So why stay?

Now to fix the rest of the immigration system.

First off you have to build the wall.  Not just to discourage illegal immigration, but also illegal drugs.  Will it stop all of it, no, but if it can stop a big part of it, it is worth the expense.  Studies have shown that the cost of illegals to American’s is approximately $113-134 Billion a year.  The cost of the wall, even high end is about $20 Billion, so not only would it save us around $100 Billion the first year, it would save us even more as time goes on.  Think about it.  The Democrats are complaining that the GOP Tax Cut would cost tax payers $1.5 Trillion over 10 years.  Fixing this problem would save us $1.32 Trillion over that same 10 years.  Plus if you want Mexico to pay for it, you can do it two different ways, you can charge or increase the amount for a visitor visa coming from Mexico, you can also take a percentage of any money sent to Mexico from people here.  But honestly I think the wall would eventually pay for itself in no time at all.

Now with the current job market expanding, and unemployment down to a 17 year low of 4.1%, three things can happen.

First, get able body people off welfare and put them to work, give companies incentives to go into poverty areas and rebuild, and you can train the population to be able to do the jobs.

Once that is completed then you can start a program to bring people in from other countries to fill available jobs.  These visas would be done similar to how DACA is done, you come in and can renew them every three years as long as you are employed, if you commit any crimes you too are deported at your expense. If you do it this way, it actually gives the government incentive to try to make a more business friendly environment in the country and everyone wins.

Next to the prisoners in our prison system, they need to be sent back to their country of origin and if the countries will not take them and jail them, we cut any money we are currently sending them.

Next you end chain migration, period.  If you get a green card to move here, you can bring your spouse and your children, period.  No mothers, fathers, uncles, aunts, cousins twice removed. Plus whoever thought a Visa Lottery was a good idea is an absolute idiot.

Finally, you end anchor baby status.  I would like the Supreme Court to state the obvious.  The Constitution of the United States only applies to citizens of the United States.  I do not believe our founding fathers wrote that document to cover the world, actually just the opposite.

If someone in Congress is truly there to represent the American People this is the only option that makes sense.  If they aren’t there to represent the American People they need to step down, or we need to remove them at the ballot box.  This is not a Republican vs Democrat thing because you have members of both parties who would be just happy if we had open borders and everyone can vote.  That is not what the Constitution was written for.

As always comments are welcome.

Twitter @RealDJSlash


Common Sense Infrastructure Plan


Our roads are in disarray, our airports are in bad shape, and now it is time to fix it.

President Trump is talking about a $1 TRILLION Infrastructure plan and I really have some ideas on how to make this work out good for everyone involved.  Let’s look at these projects one by one.

We will start off with the easiest one.  Airports.

Right now 93% of airports are government owned.  That is part one of the problem.  Why not sell them to private owners?  They can charge the airlines rent for space, which I am sure the government is hopefully already doing, and they can also control the space inside.  Let the new owners be responsible for upgrades to both the airport as well as the airstrips.  At the same time they can also take over for the TSA and Air Traffic Controllers.  If you have a business running the airport, their reputation is more on the line than the current joke of the government running it.  I have lost track of how many reports I have seen where TSA has about a 5% success rate finding weapons and such in tests.  There are approximately 376 major airports in the US, that is an airport with regular commercial traffic.  Mind you, they vary in size, but let’s say the government could sell them to a private company for an average of say $100 Million.  Mind you airports like Newark, JFK, Reagan, etc. could probably go in the $500 Million – $1 Billion range.  So we will average them to $100 Million for a low ball number, that would be an additional $37.6 Billion to the government and would save the government billions a year just in operating expenses. Pretty simple.

Next step, Schools:

This is one of the tricky ones, hard to put this in a private option, but I have an idea, that should apply not only to this one, but the rest on the list.  When this or any government funded job is bid for there needs to be two conditions:  First, they need to know up front there will be no additional money outside the bid, so they have to keep it within budget.  If they go over budget, they do it out of their own pocket, but if they can complete the job correctly under budget, they can keep the money and be put at the front of the line for similar jobs.  Secondly, they have to finish the jobs early or on time.  You can give them a small bonus for finishing early and put on the top of the list for future jobs, but they will get a fine if they are late and be moved to the bottom of the list for future jobs.

Next step, Bridges:

Fact is the countries bridges are in pretty bad shape. As of 2016 10% of the nation’s bridges were structurally deficient and needed repair.  And of the 250 most trafficked bridges in need of repair 85% were built before 1970.  So how do we do this without the government eating the entire cost.  First off the rules from schools apply, and you can do it 2 ways.  You can use a toll system, but there has to be limitations on what can be charged and for how long.  You can let companies build them for “free”, but with a written budget.  They can charge a toll on that bridge until they have received double their investment, then the toll is over.   Interstate/Highway bridges could be done the same way as schools, to keep tolls off the interstate.

Next step, Roads:

Here are my issue with toll roads, I have driven the New Jersey Turnpike, which is a toll road if you are not familiar with it.  It covers a good portion of New Jersey.  The road is in miserable shape, yet the tolls just go up.  So I am going to say this, for the interstate, use the schools rule.  For anyone wanting to do a road as a toll road, they have two options.  They can have the same deal as bridges, where they can make double their investment, or they can make triple their investment, but be 100% liable to keep the roads in good shape for a specific amount of time.  For companies who are wanting to set up a new location, they can deduct 120% of the expense to build a road to their new factory/store from their taxes.  Yes it may be a big tax break, but would you rather save the money up front and have that new business up and running, creating jobs, which in turn will create more taxes from the employees?  Or the government build the road, or worse, the company decide not to build a plant?

Finally, inner cities:

There are a lot of people in inner cities that are suffering from years of being held down and put into the poverty trap by the government, well it is time to release the trap and get them back to work.  For any business that sets up in and near inner cities, that business can be run with half the federal tax for a term of 5 years, but instead of 5 years in a row and they can move on, they will get that in year 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9.  If they do projects to improve the general area, they too get the 120% discount.

If you do all these things, you can get $1-2 Trillion worth of infrastructure done for about $150-300 Billion, put a few million people to work, and increase tax revenue to the government, so it is a win-win for everyone.   Plus by regulating the length of time for tolls, it would not hurt the people in the area that much.


As always, comments are welcome.

Twitter @RealDJSlash