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Not Even Bill Kristol Is Serious About Joe Walsh Giving President Trump a Primary Challenge

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All the rage among Bulwarkians and NeverTrumpers is the idea that they will recruit someone to primary President Trump. The main candidate apparently is Joe Walsh. That would be the former congressman and talk show host, not the Real Joe Walsh

Joe Walsh, a conservative radio show host and former Republican congressman from Illinois, is expected to announce he is running for president as early as this weekend, presenting President Trump with a challenger from the right his critics hope will weaken the president in the 2020 election.

Mr. Walsh is being encouraged by William Kristol, the conservative writer and former editor of the now defunct magazine The Weekly Standard. Mr. Kristol has been a “Never Trump” Republican since Mr. Trump was elected in 2016 and has been working hard over the past year to recruit someone to run against him.

Mr. Kristol said Mr. Walsh’s comfort with the in-your-face format of conservative talk radio makes him a potentially more effective combatant against Mr. Trump than someone like William Weld, the genteel former governor of Massachusetts, whose own primary challenge to the president has gained little traction.

“He has a different appeal than Bill Weld,” Mr. Kristol said. “The fact that he was a Tea Party congressman who voted for Trump in 2016 gives him an ability to speak to Republican primary voters that ‘Never Trumpers’ like me don’t have.”

Just a few facts are in order.

Walsh ran for Congress as a moderate and a pro-abort. His challenge to Trump is not from “the right,” to the extent that Walsh’s as yet unannounced campaign is a challenge, it is straight from the GOPe types.

Other than making a career out of hating Trump, it is difficult to see what Walsh brings to the table that would attract anyone not on Pierre Omidyars’ payroll. Walsh won one of his three elections. So it isn’t like he’s a terribly successful or astute politician. If you are looking for some kind of break from Trump’s checkered personnel life, well, you won’t find Walsh banging porn stars but, according to he “watchdog group” Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW)–I’m only using them because for a while it was fashionable here to quote whatever bullsh** they were throwing at Trump and billing them as some high minded civic group instead to the leftwing suckweasels that they are:

Court records show Rep. Walsh was ordered to pay his ex-wife $2,134 a month in child support beginning in November 2005, but he made only partial payments through March 2008. Between April 2008 and December 2010, Rep. Walsh allegedly made no payments at all, leaving him with a debt of $117,437.25. The congressman failed to disclose this obligation on his personal financial disclosure forms.

Rep. Walsh’s reports of his income have been inconsistent. He told a reporter his 2009 income was between $30,000 and $40,000, and he reported about $65,000 to the IRS. On his financial disclosure forms for the first 9 months of the year, he claimed $21,000 in earned income with an additional $20,000-$60,000 in other income. On the other hand, he told his ex-wife he had no income, and in a 2011 court filing reported just $29,000 for the year.

Oddly enough, Rep. Walsh also paid $3,300 per month in rent in 2009, totaling almost $40,000 for the year, which would have left him penniless or in debt. Nevertheless, Rep. Walsh still managed to loan his election campaign $35,500 between November 2009 and August 2010.

The freshman congressman has a long history of financial problems, including tax liens, lawsuits regarding failure to pay debts, and a foreclosure on a condominium.

So you have all the bad stuff but of the most banal and uninteresting kind.

If you objected to Trump and his flirtation with birtherism…

racism, you say…

Essentially what you have is a very weak retail politician with more baggage and less support that President Trump.

Nope. Whatever the question is, Joe Walsh is not the answer. This is, at best, a publicity stunt and given who is involved, you know there has to be grifting out the wazoo. But don’t worry. Bill Kristol has cast a wide net and there are more waiting in the wings.

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A Group of Chicago Teachers Union Members Travels to Venezuela & Reports The Shocking Findings: It’s Fantastic!

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The world of politics is a constant reminder that not everyone draws the same conclusions.

So is — incidentally — green bean casserole.

That stuff is nasty.

Anyway, here’s another case in point:

Three Illinois educators and a union organizer recently crowdfunded a trip to that most desirable of vacation destinations, Venezuela.

In response to what they saw, the Chicago Teachers Union crew praised the beleaguered nation on social media.

As reported by the Chicago Tribune Monday, during their South American romp, they met government officials and teachers and visited a commune. They even got local media coverage.

Stuff they admired: the country’s literacy rates, those fabulous communes…and its socialist system.

Not everyone’s psyched about their portrayal.

From the Tribune:

[C]ritics say the group glossed over Venezuela’s ongoing political and economic crises and were excessively complimentary of President Nicolás Maduro, whose administration has been accused in recent United Nations reports of “grave” human rights violations and violence against dissenters.

Count teacher and union member Karen Moody among the nay-sayers. Here’s what she had to offer:

“I am appalled a delegation representing themselves as CTU went to Venezuela, not to support striking teachers, not to object to human rights violations, but to go on what appears to be a state-chaperoned propaganda tour.”

However, union President Jesse Sharkey assured WTTW’s Chicago Tonight that the trip wasn’t sanctioned in any way:

“Members go all kinds of places in the summer. This was neither an official trip nor something that was funded by the union. This is a group of people who are members of the CTU who decided to go to Venezuela.”

That’s all well and good, but how does he explain the union’s Twitter account retweeting the group’s updates? One blog entry was titled “Introduction to CTU Delegation to Venezuela.”

Here’s a message passed along by the union’s page, courtesy of CTU traveler Sarah Chambers — who’s also a member of the board:

“While staying in #Venezuela, we didn’t see a single homeless person. USA is the richest country in the world; yet, there are homeless people everywhere. Over 17k CPS students are homeless… This is why @CTULocal1 is fighting for fair housing #CTUAgainstVezIntervention.”

They’re fighting!

How about a fight against children prostituting themselves, and straight men working as gay hookers? That’s also happened in Venezuela, thanks to the swell system — see here.

In response to an online critic, Sarah defended her favorable review of the big V by touting her analytical mind:

“Have you visited Venezuela & spoke to 100s there? As a teacher, I teach my students to be critical thinkers, to get primary sources, listen to ppl’s stories & do research before just believing any news. I suggest you do the same.”

One GoFundMe donor saluted the CTU strike at “imperialism”:

“Proud of the CTU for their brave and visionary anti-imperialist resolution and enactment of ‘teacher-to-teacher’ solidarity between Chicago and Venezuelan teachers!”

Speaking to Fight Back! News, Sarah also bragged on Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro for his stellar job:

“Through major economic hardships, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro never closed a single public school or a single health clinic. This stands in stark contrast to our experience in Chicago, where Mayor Rahm Emanuel closed 50 public schools and several mental health clinics in a single year.”

As pointed out by The Daily Wire, the blog reporting all the glories of a nation that’s struggled to find the radical modernity of toilet paper was named the Radical Educator Collective.

It’s radical alright.

-ALEX

 

Relevant RedState links in this article: here.

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Illinois state senator: Hey, sorry for that mock Trump assassination at my fundraiser

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All Democrats have to do in 2020 is not be crazy. How’s that going? Er … not well, friends, not well at all:

A series of pictures posted online after a Friday night political fundraising event for state Senator Martin Sandoval (D-Chicago) show an event attendee pointing what appears to be a fake assault weapon at another person wearing a Mexican costume and a mask of President Donald Trump.

Donors paid a minimum of $250 to attend Sandoval’s golf outing at the Klein Creek Golf Club in west suburban Winfield. A woman who attended the event posted the photos to her Facebook page on Saturday and tagged Sandoval in them. Sandoval is pictured separately posing with the man who held the fake weapon, but it remains unclear if the Senator knew about the incident when it occurred.

The mock assassination pose drew quick, bipartisan condemnation from Governor J.B. Pritzker, the Illinois Democratic Party, and from the Illinois Republican Party alike.

Rule 1 for all political fundraisers in 2020: No weapons. Rule 2: No cosplay. We can play the “imagine if a Republican did this” game all day long, but how many GOP candidates have costume-party fundraisers like this in the first place? (We’re more into charades. Come at me, fact-checker bros.)

This time, though, the media reaction was significant enough that the candidate — who chairs an important state senate committee — issued an apology. NBC News even avoided the “what’s my party” game, although given the circumstances, they had little choice:

A Democratic state senator from Illinois, Martin Sandoval, apologized this weekend after viral photos showed an incident that happened at one of his fundraisers: a man pointed what appeared to be a fake assault weapon at another person wearing a mask of President Donald Trump.

“The incident that took place is unacceptable,” Sandoval told central Illinois CBS affiliate WCIA in an emailed statement. “I don’t condone violence toward the President or anyone else. I apologize that something like this happened at my event.”

At least this was an actual apology, if somewhat passive-voiced. “Something like this happened at my event” doesn’t tell us much about who did it and why, although Sandoval takes tacit responsibility for it. State GOP chair Tim Schneider replied that Sandoval’s apology isn’t enough:

“Dangerous imagery like this will be condemned and seen as inappropriate by people of sound mind; however, a mentally unstable individual who wants to harm President Trump might find them as an inspiration,” he wrote. “It’s inexcusable for an elected official to allow the promotion of violence in any way. If the individual pictured is a staffer or volunteer, they should be terminated immediately.”

One has to wonder about the mental acuity of the people who’d do this in the first place, especially at a fundraiser for a politician. Who thought this was a good idea? Especially this week? Sandoval should identify the people behind this incident, if for no other reason than to make sure they don’t contribute more of their deep thoughts to any other candidate in this cycle.

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Chicago Had So Much Gun Violence Over the Weekend That One Hospital Stopped Admitting Gun Shot Victims

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As Red State‘s Mike Ford wrote yesterday, in addition to the horrific mass shootings in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH Saturday and Sunday, Chicago also experienced a mass shooting incident – on top of the other gun violence that plagued city streets over the weekend.

To quickly recap, via NBC 5 Chicago:

Seven people were wounded in a shooting Sunday as they gathered in Douglas Park on the West Side.

At about 1:20 a.m. Sunday, a group was standing in the park in the 2900 block of West Roosevelt Road when someone opened fire from a black Camaro, Chicago police said.

All totaled, 7 people were killed and at least 48 were injured by gun violence in the city of Chicago from Friday night to Sunday:

Chicago’s most violent weekend this year began Friday evening when a 5-year-old boy was shot in the leg while sitting in a car as adults around him argued.

[…]

By Monday morning, 55 people had been shot across the city, seven of them fatally. The victims ranged from 5 to 56 years old, and the shootings stretched from Rogers Park on the North Side to West Pullman on the Far South Side. Nearly all the gun violence happened on the West and South sides.

Watch a short WGN News report on the incidents below:

The week prior, two mothers who worked to rid their communities of gun violence were shot and killed:

Two women involved with a group called Mothers Against Senseless Killings were shot dead Friday on a South Side Chicago block where moms gather to help curb gun violence. Police say they don’t believe the two young mothers were the intended targets.

The deaths of Chantel Grant, 25, and Andrea Stoudemire, 35, in the Englewood neighborhood served as a grim reminder of the kind of violence that led them to participate in neighborhood activities organized by Mothers Against Senseless Killings. The anti-violence group launched five years ago following the shooting death of another young mother at the same corner.

As it turns out, the gang violence was so bad in Chicago over the weekend that one local hospital had to temporarily stop admitting victims:

Chicago’s Mount Sinai Hospital temporarily stopped accepting patients Sunday morning because they were at capacity following a series of shootings, a hospital official said.

The hospital went “on bypass” in the early morning, said Roberta Rakove, Senior VP for External Affairs.

Hospitals use the term “on bypass” when they stop accepting ambulance runs and those ambulances are diverted to other trauma centers. Mount Sinai Hospital is one of five trauma centers in Chicago, according to Rakove.

Chicago had 561 gun murders in 2018, which was down about 100 from the year before. In all, the city had 2,948 shooting victims in 2018.

There are two reasons why people point out Chicago’s gun troubles in the aftermath of mass shootings, and it’s not to minimize what happened to victims of those shootings, or to play “whataboutism” games. It’s:

1) To show Democrats and the national media that even with the strong gun control measures a city like Chicago has in place, violent offenders are still illegally obtaining firearms at alarming rates – with no end in sight.

2) To point out to those same people that if they are serious about tackling gun violence, then they will not just virtue signal about it only when they believe there is a political angle they can take advantage of.

The lives of all victims of gun crime matter, not just the ones liberal politicians and their media enablers believe they can exploit for political gain.

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— Based in North Carolina, Sister Toldjah is a former liberal and a 15+ year veteran of blogging with an emphasis on media bias, social issues, and the culture wars. Read her Red State archives here. Connect with her on Twitter. –

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Mainstream Media Figures Shamefully Dog Pile Onto Dana Loesch in Wake of Mass Shootings

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Anytime a shooting that the media wants to pay attention to occurs — Chicago and Dayton are quickly being forgotten about — many people on the left immediately log onto Twitter and head straight for Dana Loesch.

Dana Loesch is arguably the most famous gun rights advocate in America. As such, everyone from your average keyboard warrior to mainstream media figures will begin attacking Loesch for no better reason than being a woman who people can recognize in relation to guns.

Naturally, after the El Paso shooting occurred, Loesch became the focal point of a lot of people’s hatred and anger.

So on, and so on, and so on. By now, this “blood on your hands” line from the left is uttered about as much as the word “white supremacist” is when they talk about President Donald Trump. “Gun lady evil” could be a meme right up there with “orange man bad.”

The problem is that it’s not just your typical blue checkmark and internet rando that comes after Loesch. The mainstream media seem to love putting the blame on people like Loesch too. After El Paso, the mainstream media decided to jump on Dana Loesch by trying out this brand new strategy that we’ve never seen before; taking something she had said completely out of context.

It started when CNN’s Joan Walsh decided to make a snide comment about Loesch’s connection with beet juice.

Walsh was called out for trying to attack Loesch in the midst of the tragedy by confusing beet juice with blood, and Walsh responded with more insults. Loesch simply responded that she has nothing on her hands.

Another blue checkmark told Loesch to look more closely, insinuating Loesch really was to blame for what happened. When Loesch called out the fact that they were directing hate toward her that could inevitably lead to violence from those angered by Loesch’s supposed part in the shootings, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough decided to take a swipe at Loesch by making himself and his wife Mika Brzezinski sound like a victim of her rhetoric.

Scarborough is purposefully misrepresenting Loesch’s “your time is running out” quote by not even acknowledging what Loesch was talking about, or the context with which she said it. Loesch called him out on this.

Then Brzezinski joined in the fray, making it sound as if Loesch was the one who picked the fight in the first place.

Brzezinski had a flute to play, however, and kept going after Loesch while trying to pretend like it was Loesch on the attack. The MSNBC co-host kept telling Loesch to leave her alone while continuously tweeting insults at her. Brzezinski even went so far as to claim she picked the fight with Scarborough.

There’s plenty more to choose from. Visit Loesch’s page. She posts and retweets the hate thrown at her in Breitbartian fashion.

Loesch has been dealing with this nonsense for ages. The “blood on your hands” line has been repeated so much to her, especially lately, that it’s taken on the same feel as a zombified sounding cult chant. She’s obviously not to blame for the shooting, but she’s a lightning rod for people looking for someone to take their anger out on.

The problem is that the media leads this charge against her and for a solid reason. Loesch has proven them wrong time after time and is one of the few people who will actually walk into their territory to actually fight for gun rights in the face of a hostile crowd. If they truly want to push their agenda, one of the first steps is bringing down Loesch.

Of course, that’s easier said than done, especially when it’s done by people who are trying to self-victimize while on the attack like Scarborough and Brzezinski.

But whether they succeed or not — heavy emphasis on “not” — what they are doing is directing an inordinate amount of hate toward a woman who has only ever promoted the idea of gun safety and education while fiercely defending law-abiding gun owners right to have a firearm. Loesch has already had to move before due to the threats that have come her way, and here the mainstream media is making the problem worse.

But what else is new for them?

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If Anyone Is Spreading White Supremacy, It’s the Media, Not Trump

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President Donald J. Trump speaks to members of the press on the South Lawn of the White House Monday, May 20, 2019, prior to boarding Marine One to begin his trip to Pennsylvania. (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)

I knew the moment that I heard about the El Paso shooter’s manifesto on Saturday that this would shooting would become about President Donald Trump’s supposed racism. In fact, at the time of this writing, #WhiteSupremacistInChief is trending on Twitter.

But despite continuous claims and talking points circling around Trump’s hatred of minorities, no one can ever point to something that Trump said that was actually racist. When they do mention something that he said, they can never quote him verbatim, just one or two words.

“He called immigrants animals,” they tell me along with other famous claims like calling immigrants “rapists” and “criminals.”

Did Trump say those things? Yes, but the context is so out of sync with the stories that are pushed about him. Let’s take the “animals” comment for instance. This line popped up during a moment when Trump was speaking about the gang MS-13. That gang originates in central America and runs a national crime syndicate that includes drugs and sex trafficking. Their motto is “rape, control, kill.”

To call them “animals” is actually putting it lightly.

Yet, everyone from the New York Times to the Washington Post was swearing up and down that they had caught Trump red-handed with racism. Instead of agreeing with Trump that MS-13 was a horrific presence in America that needed to be dealt with, they went after Trump for “racism.” To be clear, the media was running defense for MS-13 — the gang who had just brutally murdered a man in an unspeakable fashion — in order to own Trump.

That line still persists among the left from the politicians to the media. Robert “Beto” O’Rourke mentioned the “animals” line during his press tour on the El Paso shooting, where he’s decided to use the horrific deaths of innocents as a way to boost approval points by attacking Trump.

Even when it came to the “rapists” and “criminals” line that you see consistently quoted by leftists politicians and media, Trump was clearly referring to the illegal immigrants trying to sneak across the border who commit these crimes. Here’s the full context:

When do we beat Mexico at the border? They’re laughing at us, at our stupidity. And now they are beating us economically. They are not our friend, believe me. But they’re killing us economically.

The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems.

Thank you. It’s true, and these are the best and the finest. When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.

But I speak to border guards and they tell us what we’re getting. And it only makes common sense. It only makes common sense. They’re sending us not the right people.

Trump’s words were, at best, inartful in not making sure it’s understood more that not every person trying to come across the border is a horrible person. He even makes mention that he assumes there are some good people in that crowd. However, he’s not wrong. Some heinous things happen at the border and they bring it here. Brandon Darby of Breitbart was on the ground covering what happens at the border, and to Trump’s credit, rape is very common.

Yet, the media didn’t focus on this. They just focused on keywords within Trump’s dialogue about the border.

A pattern is already starting to develop here. Trump says things, the media picks out a singular word or phrase, then proceeds to paint him as a new Hitler by throwing away all context. Be it about the border or Baltimore, Trump has to be seen as a white supremacist, even if he is correct about the state of something and acknowledging it would help people in the middle of it.

The sick part is that with this in mind, it’s clearly not Trump pushing white supremacy. It’s the media.

The media is consistently generating narratives that shouldn’t even exist and only divide people to extremes. It shouldn’t be a radical thing to acknowledge that the border crisis is out of control or that Baltimore is living in rats and filth. It shouldn’t be controversial to say shut down travel from countries that are known hotbeds of terrorism as we witness death and rape in Europe skyrocket as they welcome people from those countries in.

The media narrative, however, is that Trump is a racist white supremacist and all of his supporters are white supremacists as well. Their modus operandi is to completely ignore or deny that any problems exist until they become politically expedient, like the photo of the dead child and father that finally got the left to admit that there was a border crisis. They don’t want to talk about the shooting that just happened in Democrat-controlled Chicago or talk about the Dayton shooter who was a socialist Antifa supporter. They don’t want to accurately tell you what’s happening about any given issue that involves someone of a race other than white.

Trump brings up a legitimate problem, he’s called a racist, the media denies any problems exist while people see the problem first hand, and people find themselves becoming bitter and angry. Those with issues to begin with become vindictive and we get shootings like Christchurch and El Paso.

I want to be very clear that I’m not making excuses for these shooters who are pure scum and deserve to die forgotten by the world they were trying to grab the attention of. Nor am I pardoning racism, which is one of the lowest forms of hatred.

That said, the media keeps greasing the wheels for white supremacists to have all the attention and platform they want. Meanwhile, Trump is actually looking issues surrounding minority groups in the face and moving to act. As Greg Gutfeld tweeted the other day, if he is a racist, he sucks at it, given his penchant for helping minorities in trouble.

In fact, would a white supremacist condemn white supremacy like Trump did today?

The media, however, is continuously giving airtime to the subject white supremacists and creating them out of thin air whenever the opportunity arises, like with the Baltimore controversy. They’ve even put white supremacists like Richard Spencer on-air for commentary. That’s not Fox News doing that, that’s CNN.

If the media was honest and gave every Trump phrase in context with news stories that don’t hide the truth, the issue of white supremacy wouldn’t be the mammoth that it is, but a narrative must thrive and as such, the infection grows. White supremacy has the claws it does because the media keeps sharpening them, then blames Trump as he actually tries to solve the problem.

Pathetic.

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As Mortgage-Interest Deduction Vanishes, Housing Market Offers a Shrug

PLAINFIELD, Ill. — The mortgage-interest deduction, a beloved tax break bound tightly to the American dream of homeownership, once seemed politically invincible. Then it nearly vanished in middle-class neighborhoods across the country, and it appears that hardly anyone noticed.

In places like Plainfield, a southwestern outpost in the area known locally as Chicagoland, the housing market is humming. The people selling and buying homes do not seem to care much that President Trump’s signature tax overhaul effectively, although indirectly, vaporized a longtime source of government support for homeowners and housing prices.

The 2017 law nearly doubled the standard deduction — to $24,000 for a couple filing jointly — on federal income taxes, giving millions of households an incentive to stop claiming itemized deductions.

As a result, far fewer families — and, in particular, far fewer middle-class families — are claiming the itemized deduction for mortgage interest. In 2018, about one in five taxpayers claimed the deduction, Internal Revenue Service statistics show. This year, that number fell to less than one in 10. For families earning less than $100,000, the decline was even more stark.

The benefit, as it remains, is largely for high earners, and more limited than it once was: The 2017 law capped the maximum value of new mortgage debt eligible for the deduction at $750,000, down from $1 million. There has been no audible public outcry, prompting some people in Washington to propose scrapping the tax break entirely.

If the deduction’s decline should be causing a stir anywhere, it is in towns like Plainfield, where the typical family earns about $100,000 a year and the typical home sells for around $300,000. But housing professionals, home buyers and sellers — and detailed statistics about the housing market — show no signs that the drop in the use of the tax break is weighing on prices or activity.

“From the perspective of selling and trying to buy, I don’t see any evidence of that,” said Paul Forsythe, who teaches physical education and coaches football at a high school.

Mr. Forsythe and his wife, Kylie, are selling their four-bedroom, two-bath home on a quarter-acre lot in one of Plainfield’s older developments, which dates to 1997. They are moving with their two daughters to a nearby suburb, closer to the schools where they work. They have owned homes through the ups and downs of the local housing market, which boomed in the early 2000s and crashed in the midst of the financial crisis.

“Right now,” said Ms. Forsythe, a fourth-grade teacher, “people are excited that the market is finally good again.”

Such reactions challenge a longstanding American political consensus. For decades, the mortgage-interest deduction has been alternately hailed as a linchpin of support for homeownership (by the real estate industry) and reviled as a symbol of tax policy gone awry (by economists). What pretty much everyone agreed on, though, was that it was politically untouchable.

Nearly 30 million tax filers wrote off a collective $273 billion in mortgage interest in 2018. Repealing the deduction, the conventional wisdom presumed, would effectively mean raising taxes on millions of middle-class families spread across every congressional district. And if anyone were tempted to try, an army of real estate brokers, home builders and developers — and their lobbyists — were ready to rush to the deduction’s defense.

Now, critics of the deduction feel emboldened.

“The rejoinder was always, ‘Oh, but you’d never be able to get rid of the mortgage-interest deduction,’ but I certainly wouldn’t say never now,” said William G. Gale, an economist at the Brookings Institution and a former adviser to President George H.W. Bush. “It used to be that this was a middle-class birthright or something like that, but it’s kind of hard to argue that when only 8 percent of households are taking the deduction.”

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Kylie and Paul Forsythe outside the Plainfield home they are selling. “People are excited that the market is finally good again,” Ms. Forsythe said. CreditAlyssa Schukar for The New York Times

Mr. Gale, like most economists on the left and the right, has long argued that the mortgage-interest deduction violated every rule of good policymaking. It was regressive, benefiting wealthy families — who are more likely to own homes, and to have bigger mortgages — more than poorer ones. It distorted the housing market, encouraging Americans to buy the biggest home possible to take maximum advantage of the deduction. Studies repeatedly found that the deduction actually reduced ownership rates by helping to inflate home prices, making homes less affordable to first-time buyers.

But the real estate industry said that scrapping the deduction could undermine the value of what is, for most American families, their most important asset. In the debate over the tax law in 2017, the industry warned that the legislation could cause house prices to fall 10 percent or more in some parts of the country.

Price growth has cooled in many markets, including New York and Seattle, but not nearly as much as the most alarming estimates suggested, and not in a pattern that suggests the loss of the deduction was a primary factor. Places where a large share of middle-class taxpayers took the mortgage-interest deduction, for example, have not seen any meaningful difference in price increases from less-affected areas, according to a New York Times analysis of data from the real estate site Zillow.

Skylar Olsen, an economist at Zillow, said that the slowdown in the housing market probably had little to do with the tax law. Home prices have risen much faster than wages in recent years, creating an affordability crisis in many cities that probably made slower growth in prices inevitable.

“Housing markets were burning so hot at an unsustainable pace and they had to come down,” Ms. Olsen said.

The tax law may have had another impact: It capped deductions for state and local taxes at $10,000, which had a particularly large effect in coastal cities and other places where property taxes and real estate values are both high. Those places did see a slowdown in the growth of home prices after the law took effect, although it is not clear whether the two were linked.

The national real estate industry argues that the two tax changes have together played a role in weakening the housing market.

“Clearly the housing market is underperforming in relation to economic fundamentals of job growth, wage growth and mortgage rates,” said Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of Realtors.

Economists like Mr. Yun and Ms. Olsen will probably debate the law’s impact for years. It is possible, and even likely, that sophisticated analyses will eventually conclude that limiting the mortgage-interest deduction did lead to somewhat slower price growth.

But for most home buyers and sellers, those subtle effects will be washed away by forces that have a much bigger impact: changes to mortgage rates, construction costs and supply and demand trends that vary from city to city and from neighborhood to neighborhood.

The tax law also rolled back the mortgage-interest deduction in a way that minimized the chance that taxpayers would notice its absence. Congress did not take away the tax break; it just changed the law in a way that meant fewer people would benefit from it — and buried the change in a much broader overhaul to the tax code.

But while Washington think tanks plot the deduction’s demise, the real estate industry is still hoping to restore it in some form. Mr. Yun of the National Association for Realtors said that as the housing market weakened, pressure would mount for Congress to restore some of the tax advantages that homeownership has historically enjoyed, although not necessarily in the same form.

For now, though, real estate agents and developers do not see the erosion of the mortgage deduction playing much of a role.

Plainfield’s housing market has been shaped by abrupt changes over the past 30 years. In 1990, a tornado leveled parts of town, killing more than two dozen people and forcing a huge rebuilding effort. At the turn of the millennium, the town had fewer than 10,000 residents. It has since quadrupled, with more growth on the way.

During the housing craze of the mid-2000s, developers leveled corn fields and sod farms to make way for cul-de-sacs. When the crisis hit, activity in many of the new subdivisions froze, said Ellen Williams, a real estate agent with Coldwell Banker in Plainfield who has sold homes in the area for nearly two decades. Only in the past few years has construction restarted in earnest.

Ellen Williams, a local real estate agent, said buyers and sellers in the Plainfield area appeared to be more concerned about state taxes than the mortgage-interest deduction.CreditAlyssa Schukar for The New York Times

Ms. Williams helped the Forsythes buy their home several years ago, when the housing crash still weighed on the market and the couple was underwater on a townhouse that had become too small for their growing family. They rent the townhouse out now, which means that they still itemize their deductions, including for mortgage interest. They said the deduction was not a factor in the sale of their home this summer or in their purchase of a new one.

Ms. Williams said that has been the case across the market. “I don’t know that it’s been a huge enough change yet,” she said. “People worry about Illinois taxes more.”

In the Forsythes’ ZIP code, housing prices are up 2 percent from the last year, according to data from the online real estate brokerage Redfin. Homes are selling quickly, Ms. Williams said, as she gave a quick tour of a recently listed four-bedroom house backing up to a pond in a nearby community. The hardwood floors were well kept, the kitchen hardware dated to the mid-1990s and the home was listed for $267,000.

“There’s not a lot available in this subdivision,” Ms. Williams said, “so I anticipate it selling quickly.”

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Rush Limbaugh Backs Trump and Speaks Hard Truths About Democrat Run Cities

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The circus that has formed around President Donald Trump’s comments about Democrat-run cities has reached peak capacity. The backlash against Trump saying people like Rep. Elija Cummings have failed their district and the major cities that they contain has been overzealous and taken out of context in order to desperately grasp at something to help bring Trump down.

While Democrats lie about Trump being a racist for calling out the failures of Democrats to keep their big cities vibrant and clean, others are embracing the truth of what Trump said. This includes radio show host Rush Limbaugh. According to the Daily Wire, Limbaugh made it clear that Trump was right, and said it despite the social faux pas:

“What he’s saying here is the absolute truth, but it’s not supposed to be said about any place where the Democrats are in charge,” Limbaugh said Monday on “Fox & Friends.”

“Wherever you find this decadent decay, you’re going to find Democrats having run the operation for decades,” he said. “The Democrats get to claim they are compassionate and that they care, but they never do anything that actually improves the quality of the lives of their constituents. Their constituents are as unhappy today as they were 50 years ago,” Limbaugh said.

Rush is correct, and the truth of Trump’s words are very evident. Baltimore is a trash-filled city with a horrific rat problem that even Baltimore’s leaders admitted to two years ago in a PBS documentary.

To Rush’s point about Democrat-controlled cities that experience rampant crime or decay, you need only look at Detroit which went from being a vibrant city and industrial hub to a scene out of Fallout. How about Chicago which experiences murder rates so high that you can find daily updates as to how many people were killed or injured. San Francisco, a gorgeous city, has become a literal toilet with a drug problem.

It’s tragic that these once-great cities have been reduced to trash heaps thanks to the abuse and mismanagement of Democrat politicians, but for some reason, we can’t acknowledge these cities have taken a turn for the worse because it’s not a good look on the people who ran it.

Instead, their number one defense is to call Trump a racist for even mentioning it, despite the fact that the places he denounced include New Hampshire, which is predominantly white.

Still, these things do need to be called out and the politicians who brought it about more than a little inconvenienced with bad press. They should lose their jobs and investigate for corruption.

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For Its Anti-Discrimination Commission, Illinois Gets a Man Who Allegedly Celebrates Death to Jews

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Guess what kind of guy is the best person for an anti-discrimination committee.

Give up?

It’s a dude who likes it when Jews are annihilated.

So it goes, purportedly, in Champaign, Illinois.

Mayor Deb Feinen recently decided to replace a member of the city’s Human Relations Commission for the expressed purpose of “diversity” and to address the “[underrepresentation] of the Muslim-American community.”

Therefore, she appointed Egyptian immigrant and prominent local Muslim figure Ahmed Taha.

That sounds fine.

There turns out to be a problem, though: He’s supposedly ain’t much for the Children of Israel.

Ahmed’s been substantially involved with the Islamic Circle of North America, a proxy — according to the Investigative Project on Terrorism — for South Asia’s Jamaat-e-Islami, considered to be a violent extremist movement.

Need more? Presto:

In 2013, Ahmed reportedly posted a photo of an Egyptian teenager who’d been murdered with the caption, “O Muslim, O servant of God. There is a Jew behind me, come kill him.”

How’s that for “Human Relations”?

Enjoy another tidbit, courtesy of The Daily Wire:

In March 2014, Taha shared a conspiracy theory by a far-right website claiming that the president of Egypt, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, was secretly Jewish. “Is that true?” Taha asked, “If yes, this is a castastroph [sic].” In October that year, he then posted a video supposedly exposing Joe Biden as a “Zionist” and revealing the “Rothschild Zionism Secret Regime in America.”

So what’s the purpose of Champaign’s Human Relations Commission?

Here’s the official mission statement:

The Human Relations Commission is responsible for the promotion of equal rights and opportunities in the City.  It is responsible for the enforcement of the City’s Human Rights Ordinance and serves as the hearing board for complaints of violation of the Ordinance that cannot be conciliated by staff.  The Commission also advises the City Council on human rights and equal opportunity issues.

Bold choice.

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Confederate Railroad Cancellation a “Teachable Moment”?

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In this July 29, 2018, photo, Illinois Democratic governor candidate J.B. Pritzker talks with supporters in Geneva, Ill. New Illinois campaign reports show that Pritzker has pumped $146.5 million of his own money into his bid to unseat Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford)

 

The Du Quoin State Fair is set to begin August 23rd in Du Quoin, Illinois. It’s an 11-day event complete with “rides, food, grandstand shows, free entertainment, harness races, motorsports, half-mile track, twilight parade, horse shows, livestock, cooking competitions, karaoke contest, home show events, and so much more….”

The Fair also features musical acts including, up until several days ago, the band “Confederate Railroad.”  The country rock band was founded in 1987 in Marietta, GA, and has been associated with such notables as George Jones, Charlie Daniels, and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Now, however, the band has been disinvited from the Fair.  Per Yahoo:

Country rock band Confederate Railroad confirmed that it was dropped from the lineup at the Du Quoin State Fair in Illinois because of its name.
The group’s founder and frontman Danny Shirley wrote in a statement on the band’s website on Tuesday that the Illinois Department of Agriculture’s decision was “very disappointing as we have played this fair before and enjoyed it very much.”

Following the cancellation, the Illinois Department of Agriculture released a statement:

“While every artist has a right to expression, we believe this decision is in the best interest of serving all the people of our state.”

Initially, though, the Department declined to confirm it was due to the band’s name. Then things got really interesting. As reported by CBS affiliate KFVS12, Illinois State Representative Terri Bryant detailed her efforts to investigate the cancellation on Facebook:

I have been trying to sort truth from fiction in the issue of entertainment decisions at our two State Fairs. I know…

Posted by Bryant for Illinois on Monday, July 8, 2019

 

In the post, Bryant describes her meeting with “two high-ranking members of [Illinois Governor J.B.] Pritzker’s Exec. Staff.” Per Bryant:

I was informed in no uncertain terms, that the decision to cancel CR was made by the Pritzker administration, including the two people sitting with me at the table.

….

They refused my insistence that Confederate Railroad be permitted to perform. Their reasoning was that they have a hard fast rule not to permit any use of the Confederate flag in any way. When I asked what their policy was pertaining to a sitting President being depicted in the way President Trump is depicted on Snoop Dogg’s album cover, they said, they had no such policy.

In fact, I was told by one of the Governor’s staffers that I should use this case as a “teachable moment” for the people of Southern Illinois. I am serious…that is what the staffer said.
In short, the Pritzker administration canceled Confederate Railroad because the Confederate flag offends many people.

They refused to cancel Snoop Dogg even though it offends many people. I believe in very limited government censorship. I believe even less in double standards.

If you’re like me, this sentence made you do a double-take: “I was told by one of the Governor’s staffers that I should use this case as a “teachable moment” for the people of Southern Illinois.”  I wrote about the divide between Illinois’ power centers and downstate last fall. Since that time, Pritzker was elected Governor and has signed into law a series of measures that can fairly be described as progressive (and not in line with the sensibilities of many downstate residents), including a significant gas tax hike (doubled) and broad abortion protections, among others. There have been increasing rumblings, in fact, of a separation between red and blue Illinois:

There’s a civil war of sorts under way in Illinois – pitting Chicago against much of the rest of the state.  This dispute is one of politics and policy and it has even led to a resolution being filed by a group of Republicans that would split Illinois into two separate states.

While this prospect may not be reaching critical mass anytime soon, my guess is referring to this decision — which one might reasonably debate — as a “teachable moment” for “the people of Southern Illinois” isn’t likely to help in that regard. All it does is further serve to highlight the attitudinal divide.

Condescension really isn’t a pretty look. Neither is viewpoint discrimination.

 


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