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President Fitzgerald: Greatest President of All Time?

By Brandon Cooper

 

It is a common occurrence to have your run of the mill Democrat shills and the bias media try to spin President Fitzgerald as some sort of massively unpopular, polarizing, and out of control President who urgently needs to be replaced. When you look at the approval rating numbers according to Gallup you see an entirely different picture.

The last approval ratings we have for the Dylan Macmillan Presidency collected in June 2018 shows that 56% of Americans approved of the job that he was doing. A pretty good rating. From the same data Kyle Fitzgerald's final approval rating as Vice President was a measly 42%. Nothing to write home about.

Since that fateful day though in Houston when a pro-Palestinian terrorist took the life of President Macmillan it's only been a story of ascendancy for Kyle Fitzgerald. His number have been the following:
 

August 2018- 65% approval rating 

October 2018- 71% approval rating

December 2018- 82% approval rating

April 2019- 81% approval rating

July 2019- 80% approval rating

The shill Democratic party which hasn't changed their deceitful ways since 2018 and 2016 will have you believe that President Fitzgerald has been this terrible, partisan leader yet he is much more popular than any Democratic politician around. None of them could explain why because they are extremely out of touch with what it is the general public wants.

The President has been real clear on the agenda he wants to enact and it's clear it's what the American public wants. The cornerstones of that agenda has been:

1. Address the threat of terrorism with real solutions, not unconstitutional resolutions with his executive order to pursue potential terrorists and his support of the ALERT act currently on the floor of both the House and Senate.

2. Corruption reform in politics in light of Democratic corruption seen rampant in the 2018 midterms by requiring the executive branch to take an ethics pledge against executive staff engaging in lobbying and supporting anti-corruption legislation introduced by fellow Texan Jack Swanner.

3. Working to protect the American worker in matters of trade in a system rigged for the rich, multinational corporations, and foreign nations with his America First trade policy. This has already been partially facilitated with executive orders to collect unpaid anti-dumping and countervailing duties owed to our nation and tariffs to protect the American steel and aluminum industries which are key to national security. More work is still needed to be done but it shows that President Fitzgerald is not a President who will let the aforementioned rigged system rip off the American worker.

4. Progress on overcoming our foreign enemies and working to bring the troops home. This has been seen already with the killing of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi which has sent ISIS into a tailspin and the President has said that we will be looking to withdraw our troops from Syria. He has also said he is working to get our troops out of Afghanistan and we will likely see results on that soon given his ability to fulfill on major promises.

President Fitzgerald has been and still is a phenomenal President and if he chooses to run for President in 2020 it will likely be a resounding victory against such an inexperienced Democratic bench. Even with a potential contested Republican Presidential primary he is still the by a large margin front runner.

Were he not to run though as it stands former House Speaker and current House minority leader from New York Kurt Faulhammer and representative from Idaho Ralph Labradoodle are announced to be running in the Republican Presidential primary.

Faulhammer is widely popular in the blue state of New York with a 78% approval rating even though he has a very proven conservative track record being the sponsor of legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare, comprehensive tax reform, defund Planned Parenthood, and build a border wall on the Southern border among many other achievements all of which are currently law. His widespread appeal has to be seen a strong contender for being the next President were President Fitzgerald were not to run in 2020.

Labradoodle has recently made a name for himself opposing fellow Republicans vocally on the floor on matters of marijuana legalization and is currently advocating for a temporary lifting of embargo on Cuba along with Speaker Knox. His approval rating is a modest 50% in recent polling for his home state of Idaho. In Gallup polling Labradoodle stands a good ten points behind Faulhammer in 2020 Presidential polling so if he is serious about becoming the next President he has some ground to make up.

It's still all too early to call and we don't know if President Fitzgerald will run for 2020 but hopefully he does and if not there is a lot of time between now and election day for the Republican candidates to shift things around. 

 

 

Edited by Kurt Faulhammer

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Speaker Knox's Executive Order

By Brandon Cooper

 

In recent months the current Speaker of the House James Knox has made many criticisms of President Fitzgerald's usage of executive orders. He says that the President has broken the Constitution and that if he were elected he would put the executive pen aside because real leadership "works with congress".

The funny thing is if you have kept real close attention to the Speakership of Mr. Knox you'll know he hasn't always done this even when the rules of the House require him to. Look at the floor transcripts of the Vice Presidential nomination. If you remember one of the big things about the nomination when it was in the House was that there was a vote to extend debate. In the transcripts of the floor debate you will find  nobody made a motion on the floor to extend debate. So working independently of Congress and the House rules Mr. Knox put to vote a non-existent motion to extend debate. It sounds quite similar to an executive order, except that the President has an authority to do what he has done with executive orders and Speaker Knox does not with his actions. From the very first docket his time has time as Speaker has been less than honorable but no Democrat will ever call him out.

Additionally he also has failed in his duty as Speaker to enforce the House rules of conduct against his own party. He pretends that he is beyond partisan behavior but he is obviously just another cog in the corrupt Democratic machine, why else would he be voted Speaker despite not spending a day in Congress prior?

He has no criticism of his party's recent corrupt past. Rather, instead of putting anti-corruption legislation on the floor he has put Unconstitutional legislation like the Joint Resolution to Condemn the Alt Right in a bid to carryout the legacy of Calvin Ward. Democrats were pushing for more than a year on this bill passing by unanimous consent or saying things like the former Speaker Kurt Faulhammer enables white supremacy by doing so. These were all bully tactics to try and pass Unconstitutional legislation but Mr. Faulhammer's statement on the floor during debate of that bill exposed to the public their radical agenda. Mr. Knox's a party shill to the highest degree putting party before Constitution on a bill that never should have been put on the floor in the first place.

He's been a Speaker who besides working independent of the House rules seems to work independent of the Senate and White House as well putting to the floor legislation that is sure to not make it beyond the House. He seems determined to make his time as Speaker one of the most inconsequential in recent history it seems. Especially when you consider one of the most productive sessions ever had in Congress under the previous Speaker Mr. Faulhammer where every bill put to the floor became law.

There has been plenty more misdoings by this Presidential hopeful, and I will get into those in future articles, but this is the most blaring example of his hypocricy on full center stage for all to see. Of all the current candidates for President he is by far the most inept and least experienced for the job when he can't even do his current job correctly.

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Fitzgerald Momentum: 10

Knox Momentum: -6

Faulhammer Momentum: 3

 

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Speaker Knox Ignores the Rules Again

By Brandon Cooper

 

I said last time I wrote that there are plenty of misdoings by Democratic Speaker and Presidential hopeful James Knox and it's time we get into another one.

Recently the Speaker put to the floor the Equality act, a bill most of my readers strongly disagree with, that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation. Initially the bill was motioned for unanimous consent but that motion was objected to by representative Ralph Labradoodle.

Mr. Labradoodle proposed an amendment to the bill that allows for a conscience clause. On the floor he referred to amendment being made as "friendly".

The Speaker, in his vast incompetence, instead of putting the amendment to vote like he is required to do by House rules simply said that the motion is accepted as friendly as moved on. Not that calling it friendly somehow changes how it's suppose to be treated at all. For all the Speaker has attacked President Fitzgerald for being someone who sidesteps Congress the Speaker has no problem doing it himself. He's said he's someone that will work with Congress were he the next President yet he doesn't even do that now in his position as Speaker. He's a hypocrite to the stars.

Mr. Labradoodle's amendment has not legitimately passed and were the bill to go into law in it's current state you'd likely see a bunch of pastors and bishops arrested for their opposition to gay marriage or homosexuality. This is somehow okay to the son of a minister. It's sickening and his contempt for the rules of the House has brought it all a step closer to being reality.

No Democrat has since my last writing condemned the Speaker for his illegal actions because this party hasn't changed one bit since Hillary, Ward, or Vanderfleet. The Speaker was someone installed to his position despite not spending a day in Congress by a party that only has it's slight majority in the House because the coffers of VanderPAC were just as plentiful for the House as they were for Booker Marshall. You can't expect them to change anytime soon and he's a great representation of all that's wrong with their party.

Mr. Knox is by far the least qualified of all the candidates running for President having not even received votes from the public in his entire career despite being at the top of Democratic leadership. He's a continuation of the same "moderate progressive" non-sense that Calvin Ward spouted in the same representative seat.

Sadly his misdoings are not limited to what I have written so far, but don't worry in due time the world will know all that this corrupt individual has done. 

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On 10/7/2018 at 6:09 PM, Kurt Faulhammer said:

Speaker Knox Ignores the Rules Again

By Brandon Cooper

 

I said last time I wrote that there are plenty of misdoings by Democratic Speaker and Presidential hopeful James Knox and it's time we get into another one.

Recently the Speaker put to the floor the Equality act, a bill most of my readers strongly disagree with, that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation. Initially the bill was motioned for unanimous consent but that motion was objected to by representative Ralph Labradoodle.

Mr. Labradoodle proposed an amendment to the bill that allows for a conscience clause. On the floor he referred to amendment being made as "friendly".

The Speaker, in his vast incompetence, instead of putting the amendment to vote like he is required to do by House rules simply said that the motion is accepted as friendly as moved on. Not that calling it friendly somehow changes how it's suppose to be treated at all. For all the Speaker has attacked President Fitzgerald for being someone who sidesteps Congress the Speaker has no problem doing it himself. He's said he's someone that will work with Congress were he the next President yet he doesn't even do that now in his position as Speaker. He's a hypocrite to the stars.

Mr. Labradoodle's amendment has not legitimately passed and were the bill to go into law in it's current state you'd likely see a bunch of pastors and bishops arrested for their opposition to gay marriage or homosexuality. This is somehow okay to the son of a minister. It's sickening and his contempt for the rules of the House has brought it all a step closer to being reality.

No Democrat has since my last writing condemned the Speaker for his illegal actions because this party hasn't changed one bit since Hillary, Ward, or Vanderfleet. The Speaker was someone installed to his position despite not spending a day in Congress by a party that only has it's slight majority in the House because the coffers of VanderPAC were just as plentiful for the House as they were for Booker Marshall. You can't expect them to change anytime soon and he's a great representation of all that's wrong with their party.

Mr. Knox is by far the least qualified of all the candidates running for President having not even received votes from the public in his entire career despite being at the top of Democratic leadership. He's a continuation of the same "moderate progressive" non-sense that Calvin Ward spouted in the same representative seat.

Sadly his misdoings are not limited to what I have written so far, but don't worry in due time the world will know all that this corrupt individual has done. 

 

OOC: the amendment in question was accepted as friendly (which means it did not need to go to a vote) and labradodle never objected.......he threatened to object if his amendment was not accepted. From a parliamentary viewpoint.....it was all legal. 

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Knox Momentum: -3

It may be legal parliamentarily, but it paints an interesting picture. However, it should be noted that it'll be tough for AFM to remain in Tier 2 if it's just dedicated to hit pieces on Democrats and puff pieces on Republicans.

 

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The Chinese Menace

By Brandon Cooper

 

There is at the moment one central geopolitical conflict that will define the future more than any other. One that is spans strong divides on the the ideals that are modern man views the world. One one side there is the democratic, capitalistic, and endowed with liberty United States. A continental swath of diverse peoples and locals brought together by founding values birthed in opposition to imperialism. On the other side you have China. One party rule, brutal oppression, and slavish working conditions a competitive edge brought out by destitution. A relatively homogeneous and united people that has been inward to themselves going back to ancient times. These polar opposites on the global stage find themselves staring down on the picture of the future and one has no qualms about winning by any means necessary.

China has recently been hellbent on expanding their global reach. They are currently trying to turn Africa into their China. A people to press down upon for the prosperity of their own. A continent full of cheap resources ready for exploitation. More than 10,000 Chinese firms currently are operating in Africa. We see this with Chinese raw material suppliers in Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Chinese government has no qualms about using the power of the state to ensure their imperialist control economically either. We see this with Chinese bases in Djibouti to ensure control over maritime trade for Chinese exports. We also see that with the recent investments in countries along the East African coast with their Belt and Road Initiative.

They have no qualms about working with state sponsors of terror like Pakistan either. You take the recent investments of just Pakistan and one of the East Africa Country Kenya and it reaches up to $900 million dollars. These corrupted governments quickly reach out the hand to China.

China has a global vision of the world and they want an empire.  This is an empire in which Americans have to suffer. This is by open design. Just look at their Made in China 2025 initiative. The Council on Foreign Relations has described the plan as a "real existential threat to U.S. technological leadership". They by design are violating WTO rules against technology substitution intentionally devastating strong American allies such as South Korea and Germany who's economies are largely based around their high tech sectors. They use technological espionage to work towards 2025 goal. In American intellectual property theft alone the United States Trade Representative estimates nearly $600,000,000,000 is stolen by the Chinese annually. One of our strongest historical advantages as a nation, our minds and the great products and advancements in technology is just taken from us.

In industries in focus by the Made in China 2025 initiative pose a strong threat to American national security. artificial intelligence and next-generation information technology, robotics, new-energy vehicles, biotechnology, energy and power generation, aerospace, high-tech shipping, advanced railway, new materials, and agricultural machinery, among others. We lose these advantages over them and they could overtake our countries altogether. It's already known their threat of election meddling for 2020 as announced by President Fitzgerald. This is not a threat that can be overlooked or understated.

Chinese investment in the United States and elsewhere, especially in hi-tech sectors, has skyrocketed since 2015. Often these investments evince a broader coordinated strategy. Take the example of Fujian Grand Chips, a purportedly private Chinese company that attempted to acquire German machine maker Aixtron in 2016. Shortly before it staged a public takeover of Aixtron, another Fujian-based company San’an Optoelectronics canceled a critical order from Aixtron on dubious grounds, sending its stock tumbling and presenting Fujian Grand Chips with an opportunity to swoop in. Both Fujian Grand Chip and San’an Optoelectronics shared a common investor: an important national semiconductor fund controlled by Beijing. The acquisition was stymied by an 11th-hour intervention by government officials but demonstrated how Beijing can drive investing abroad, often in a highly coordinated manner.

Technology transfer agreements and restrictive market practices in China present a similar problem. Foreign companies often enter agreements to transfer valuable intellectual property to Chinese partner in exchange for market access. These agreements can be exploitative and highlight the asymmetries in market access between China and the rest of the world. Speaking about Chinese takeovers of German firms, Germany's Economic Minister Sigmar Gabriel said Germany should not sacrifice “its companies on the altar of free markets” while China denies German firms equal access to invest in the Chinese market.

 The President has been a consistent advocate in the face of Chinese aggression. He's called on Congress to pass House Minority Leader Kurt Faulhammer's Fair Trade with China Enforcement Act which currently has six co-signs with two from blue dog democrats. It's a bill that will address the aggression of Made in China 2025 head on to protect both our economy and our national security. With the bill having passed in the Senate and seemingly having enough bipartisan support what is stopping it from passing?

One individual, Speaker Knox. It is known that I believe he's the weakest of all candidates to announce for President. Among the Democrats Beau Bennett was always the best candidate from the start and still is right now. He is someone that voted for the Fair Trade with China Enforcement Act in the Senate. Nobody knows why the Speaker hasn't brought the bill to the floor given the importance of the matter, but he sure hasn't addressed the matter publicly of Chinese economic aggression.
In a potential 2020 Presidential match up between someone consistent on China like Fitzgerald and someone who helps the Chinese in his inaction as Knox it's easy to see in who's favor the election meddling will be going. Just as we saw with the 2018 midterms from the Wolfe report the Democrats are no stranger to less than legitimate means to wins an election. It's explains their ability to narrowly take the House with their corrupt means. That by any means necessary out of touch mentality they have to replace a President who they describe as a dictator despite his 75% approval rating will overlook the Chinese all the way to the White House if they can help it. Should we really be surprised at the inaction of Speaker Knox?

The voters can be the judge of that soon enough.

 

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Interview with Illinois Representative A.T. Money

 

Cooper: Thank you Mr. Money for joining me for this interview.

Money: Thanks for having me, Brandon.

Cooper: You are someone relatively new to capitol hill and unfamiliar to most who follow politics. Could you give us a brief description of the background that has brought you to DC?

Money: Sure. My real name is Anthony Thomas Money, but when I was younger everyone joked that it stood for About That Money. I've spent most of my life building successful businesses in Northwestern Illinois. I honestly didn't care much for politics. Then I started mentoring younger people who wanted to get started in business. And I realized, the government really gets in the way. We think we have a very pro-business government in America, but the reality is we don't. We think we're very entrepreneur friendly in the United States, but we're really not. That's how I got into politics, because I'm worried we are not creating an environment where our young people can succeed and build a future for themselves.

Cooper: You are a Republican, how did that choice come about?

Money: Three main reasons. First, the Republican Party was the most pro-business party. Not everything the GOP does is pro-business, but they tend to be the party that's on the side of making it easier to do business in America. Second, the Republican party is better on national security, which means a lot to me and to the people of my district. Third, I am a Christian, and the Republican party is more respectful of my religious beliefs, and those of millions of other Americans of faith.

Cooper: Can we expect to be seeing any original legislation being introduced by yourself this session?

Money: I'm working on a bill that will make it easier for entrepreneurs to raise money to start their business. This is a big obstacle and it's where a lot of people get shut out of the opportunity to start their own business. I want to make it easier for people to get funding from their friends and family, and I want to create tax benefits for people who take the plunge and invest in new small businesses.

Cooper: Let's get into some of the major happenings going on in the country. What do you think of the recently signed T-TIP free trade agreement between the US and the EU?

Money: I'm a big fan. Barriers to trade are barriers to growth, and economic growth is one of the most important goals of good government. I am happy that, for example, this means that businesses in the United States can get easier access to investors from Europe. I'm confident that President Fitzgerald negotiated a good deal for the United States.

Cooper: There are currently two bills being voted on in the House. The Protection of Labor Act that will do away with right to work and the Bump Stock Regulation Act that bans bump stocks altogether. What do you think of these bills and how will you vote on them?

Money: I will vote against both of them. In 2020, the primary function of labor unions is to donate money to the DNC. Union bosses do not look after the interests of their workers, they only work to promote and pass the agenda of the elites who run the Democrat Party. When you force people to pay union dues, you force them to support the Democratic Party. That's unconscionable, people should not be forced to support a partisan cause. I also have promised my constituents that I will vote against any new gun laws. We should do a better job of enforcing existing gun laws, not further restrict the inalienable constitutional right of gun owners.

Cooper: Lastly, US Intelligence agencies have found that the Chinese are planning to interfere in the 2020 elections. They have also threatened to increase regulations on US businesses in their country in retaliation to the President's tariffs on steel and aluminium. How should China be handled and what measures should be taken to ensure American safety in your opinion?

Money: In my view, China is the number one competitor t the United States and they have all but declared a new Cold War on us. The United States needs to be extremely vigilant on Chinese aggression in the air, on the seas, and in cyberspace. I think we can be trading partners with China even as we also engage in security competition, but the Chinese need to be engaging in trade in good faith. People think we're dependent on China, but it's a two way street. China needs access to American markets and American goods: if a limited trade conflict gets China behaving as a good member of the international community, then to me it's worth the cost.

Cooper: Any final words Mr. Money for the America First Media readers?

Money: There are big problems with America that we need to fix: we need o make our economy more friendly to business and job growth, we need to enhance our security to combat new threats. But we should always remain optimistic about this country. Many times, America's doom has been predicted. Those prophecies have always been wrong. But they're not automatically wrong: they're wrong because Americans have always banded together to overcome our problems. It's our duty whether we're a voter of a Congressman, to keep America's win streak going.

Cooper: Thank you for your time Mr. Money.

Money: Thank you Brandon.

Edited by Kurt Faulhammer

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Interview with Florida Representative Norman Bradley

 

Cooper: Thank you Mr. Bradley for doing this interview the readers at America First Media are eager to pick your mind on things

Bradley: Thank you for having me Brandon, I', eager to give your readers answers!

Cooper: You are a newcomer to capitol hill. Most people have not heard of who you are. Could you give me a brief description of your background and how it brought you to Congress?

Bradley: So when I graduated high school in Tennessee, I decided I needed directions in life. I wasn't a straight A student by any means, so I enlisted in the Navy, became a Hospital Corpsman, served in combat with Marines and used the G.I. Bill to attend college in Florida. I decided I wanted to continue helping folks, so I decided to go get my law degree, and studied constitutional law. I became a clerk for the District Court, and while there I decided, gee, I can help people on a better level if I ran for congress. I decided to run, and won, and I couldn't be happier.

Cooper And you ran as a Republican. Can you tell me what brought about that choice?

Bradley: Absolutely! As a Constitutional lawyer, I became versed in what the Constitution means and stands for. I feel that the Republican Party is the party that will stand and defend the ideals the Constitution guarantees all Americans. I just feel as if the Democratic party has many new and interesting interpretations of the Constitution that I don't agree with.

Cooper: Can we be expecting some original legislation from you this session?

Bradley: Absolutely! I'm drafting some legislation now that would repeal the Jones Act. Expect to see that introduced within the next couple of weeks.

Cooper: Let's talk about some stuff happening recently in the news. First, the President has signed the T-TIP free trade agreement between the US and the EU. Was this good or bad to you and why?

Bradley: It was absolutely good. All European tariffs on American goods are gone. Tariffs help no one and hurt everybody. What the President has done has evened the playing field with us and Europe, and we're expected to see some GDP growth out of it, Europe as well. Through expert negotiation, both sides win, and it's a fair deal.

Cooper: The President has announced troop withdrawals from Syria after the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. He has also announced troop withdrawals from Afghanistan in substitution to a new private contractor force in the region. Is withdrawing troops from Syria and Afghanistan the right thing to do at the moment?

Bradley: Absolutely! The mission to defeat ISIS has been completed in terms of objectives. What happens in Syria next is up to the people of Syria, lets bring the troops home. In terms of Afghanistan, it's been nearly 20 years. There's only so much the United States can do. Afghanistan has to be willing to help itself, and it's about time our government has realized it.

Cooper: US intelligence agencies have stated that the Chinese intend on interfering in the 2020 elections. They also have threatened new regulations on US firms in China in response to the President's tariffs on steel and aluminium. How should China be handled in your opinion

Bradley: We need to stand firm with China. Every step needs to be taken to ensure that our elections remain free from foreign interference, no matter the country. On the tariffs, I'm no supporter of tariffs. As I stated earlier, they help no one and hurt everyone, but if this is what we need to do to bring China to the negotiating table, then so be it. As long as it's not a permanent solution. We should definitely meet with the Chinese and see if we can't get a similar outcome to T-TIP.

Cooper: Lastly on the House floor there are currently two votes going on. One on the Protection of Labor Act and another on the Bump Stock Regulation Act. You voted against both bills. Can you explain why you did so?

Bradley: First, with the Protection of Labor Act, it is a gross violation of the rights of states to make their own labor laws. Why should the state of Florida be subject to the shame labor laws that the state of Maine or California have? It's just not right, and I feel when it comes to business, the states should be free to make law and not be subject to the federal government. As far as the Bump Stock Ban, there just quite simply is no need for it. I also value personal liberties, and our Second Amendment rights. I feel as if this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to gun regulation, and I'd just rather nip it in the bud right now before we have my friends on the other side of the aisle introducing California style gun regulations. The people of Florida do not support that, and I certainly do not, and that is why I voted against the Bump Stock Ban.

Cooper: Any final words for the readers of America First Media Mr. Bradley?

Bradley: Certainly, I want your readers to know how important this year's election is going to be. We stand at a crossroads, one where America can continue being a free place and one where you can look at the Constitution and thank God that there are people out there that will fight to ensure that it remains relevant. The other option is one where these rights guaranteed by the Constitution are misconstrued or reinterpreted, and our personal liberties end up being a thing of the past. I want your readers to go out and do research on the candidates that will ensure our nation remains the greatest, and go out and vote for that candidate. America needs you now more than ever.

Cooper: Thank you for your time Mr. Bradley.

Bradley: Thank you Brandon, it's been a pleasure.

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Fitzgerald Momentum: 5

Money Momentum: 8

Bradley Momentum: 6

Knox Momentum: -1

 

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Bradley: $1 million

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Policy in Focus: FAMILY Act

By Brandon Cooper

 

The Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act or FAMILY Act is a piece of legislation that is sponsored by Speaker Knox. It is also co-signed by the likes of Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and the former RINO at large of the House Ralph Labradoodle among others. The FAMILY Act would provide 12 weeks of paid time off to care for an infant, recover from a major illness, or care for a severely ill relative. For those 12 weeks, the federal government would provide benefits equal to two-thirds of regular earnings, with a minimum monthly benefit of $580 and a maximum monthly benefit of $4,000. To cover the cost of this paid leave program, the FAMILY Act would establish a family leave trust fund that would receive revenue from a new tax. Specifically, the FAMILY Act would finance the fund by imposing a 0.4 percent payroll tax split evenly between workers and employers.

The cost of a paid family leave program depends primarily on how many workers actually take paid time off and for how long. According to the American Action Forum it would cost anywhere between $159.6 billion to $997.4 billion a year to provide 12 weeks of paid family leave nationwide. Additionally the funding mechanism of the bill would only generate around $30.6 billion in revenue. That's 19.2% of the lower bound estimate and just 3.1% of the upper bound estimate. Put another way, at a 16% take-up rate workers would only receive an average leave of only 2.3 weeks, much shorter than promised. Even with their lower bound estimate over the course of ten years the deficit increase would be some $1.3 trillion dollars and it could be potentially much greater.

The FAMILY Act would essentially be a new entitlement program and like our current entitlement programs implementing it for the entire United States would be extremely costly. This family leave policy is a major plank of Speaker Knox's economic plan for America but would be broadly fiscally irresponsible if actually signed into law. Hopefully it doesn't see the light of day in the Senate. 

 

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Interview with President Kyle Fitzgerald

Cooper: President Fitzgerald, last time we spoke you were still the Vice President. Since then you have taken the highest office in the land due to the untimely assassination of President Macmillan. Pressure and expectations to succeed are obviously high, do you think you have done a good job stepping into such an important position?

Fitzgerald: Brandon, it's nice to see you again. It's up to the American people to look at the results and decide whether or not I've done a good job. Our economy is growing at 3.2% per quarter and we're the number one crude oil producer in the world. We defeated ISIS and our troops are coming home from Syria and Afghanistan. We've negotiated an incredible trade deal with the EU that will grow our GDP by more than 5%. These are things that a few years ago people didn't think were possible, but we did it.

Cooper: Much has been made of your spat with China. Ever since your announcement of their plans to interfere in the 2020 elections according to US intelligence agencies you have been heavy handed with them. What do you believe is at stake and do you believe this approach will ultimately bring about good results?

Fitzgerald: Not just US intelligence agencies, Brandon. Our allies have corroborated those reports. Brandon, I think the future of our country is at stake. Over the years, China has become bolder and bolder in their exploitation of our country. First it was currency manipulation, then it was IP theft, then they started sending spies over here posing as students, and now they're trying to interfere in our elections. For years we've just been asleep at the wheel, and it has done nothing but embolden China. The soft diplomacy of the past 30 years never worked. China didn't respect it. They've been waging economic warfare against us the whole time. It's time for us to try something new, and strength is the only way we're going to get anything positive from these people.

Cooper: I'm sure you've seen the Chinese have recently strengthened ties with North Korea. How have you ensured the security of our allies in the region in light of China aiding this rogue state?

Fitzgerald: Secretary of State Walter Reed has been busy communicating with our regional partners, especially Japan and South Korea. Our relationship with these countries is as strong as ever. We just signed a deal to sell $600 million in missile defense to South Korea.

Cooper: Sounds like good stuff Mr. President. Let's move onto some stuff on the domestic front. What do you make of the current bills being debated and voted on in Congress? Anything standout to you?

Fitzgerald: I love the Election Integrity Act sponsored by Congressman Grant. Back home in Texas, and you probably remember this Brandon, I fought as both a state senator and as the Lieutenant Governor to get voter ID laws passed in our state. We ended up passing some of the toughest voter ID laws in the country. With the knowledge that China is attempting to interfere in the upcoming election, we need this on a national scale now more than ever. This bill is very similar to the law in Texas. People will be required to show voter ID at the polling place before voting. We're going to be just like the rest of the world - and just like seemingly ever other government agency - and check everyone's photo ID to ensure they are who they claim to be.

Cooper: Is there anything in Congress that you would not sign were it to come to your desk?

Fitzgerald: I would veto the bill that passed the House that would force states like our home state of Texas to change their labor laws. I think that is an oppressive and unnecessary intrusion into state rights, and I think it would end up killing a lot of jobs.

Cooper: Moving onto the 2020 elections, Gallup polling has you beating Mr. Knox but losing to Mr. Bennett. What do you make of your two potential opponents in the general election?

Fitzgerald: It's still really early. We haven't ever reached Super Tuesday yet. I'll start thinking more about that when the Democrats crown a nominee. For now, I'm concerned that neither of them seem to have much of an agenda beyond repealing things that I've done that have grown the economy, created jobs, and made us safer.

Cooper: I wanna ask you Mr. President about another race happening in 2020 that has had a lot of controversy. That being the Virginia senate race. Republican candidate Jared Taylor comes with him a long history of racist statements. Is this a candidate you support?

Fitzgerald: I don't know much about Jared Taylor, but some of the things I've heard lately aren't good. A couple of his statements in particular don't align with my views at all, and I condemn them. I won't repeat them and give them more exposure than they've already received. So right now, Jared Taylor is not a candidate I support.

Cooper: Do you have any final words you want to get across to the readers of America First Media Mr. President?

Fitzgerald: Brandon, I'm really proud of you for starting this media outlet. It's grown really fast. It shows what a big audience there is for this kind of reporting. I wish you and your followers all the best.

Cooper: Thank you Mr. President. I wish you the best with your continued leadership of the country.

Fitzgerald: Thank you, Brandon.

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In Defense of President Fitzgerald's Chinese Influence Review Executive Order

By Brandon Cooper

Right from the get go the spin on this executive order has been hard and heavy. The soft on China left and the liberal controlled media like BMN and APR can't even be bothered to discuss any part of the executive order beyond the barring of new student visas to Chinese students. No objectivity, just outrage. They act as though the purpose of the American University system is to educate the Chinese, it's not.

We are way too liberal is how we just hand these student visas out. These large swath of students are a great avenue for the Chinese to spy upon us. Chinese nationals have already been arrested for doing just that. I think the level of naivete on the part of the academic sector about this creates its own issues. They’re exploiting the very open research and development environment that we have, which we all revere. But they’re taking advantage of it.

Big business is in love with these excessive student visas for the same reason they love illegal immigration, they can pay lower wages to them. For all the defending of workers by the left they have no problem depressing American wages with foreigners. In fact they're outraged if you want to limit this depressing force on wages.

The soft of China left, in their quest to paint the democratically elected President with a 74% approval rating as a dictator, fall for the propaganda of the Chinese government which is in itself a dictatorship as we've seen with DNC Chairman Alexander. Their rage blinds them to reality and distorts all that they see.

Speaker Knox wants to cry about how this measure is such a detriment to the economy, yet he himself has overlooked the much more substantial detriment on the economy that Chinese IP theft has had which the Fair Trade with China Enforcement Act would look to fix. He refuses to bring the bill to debate despite it passing in the Senate by over 60 votes. He isn't concerned and has no plan to stop Chinese economic aggression against our country.

I mentioned though that the rest of the executive order has been ignored by the soft on China left and the liberal controlled so let's take a look at that. Part C of the order requires greater compliance by Chinese foreign nationals in cooperation with the Chinese government to register through the Foreign Agents Registration Act. This is long overdue as we've allowed for the Chinese government to have direct ties in American universities across the country especially in the form of Confucius Institutes. The highly controversial program has been a vehicle for Chinese propaganda and allows for Chinese government agents to covertly subvert our university system under the guise of these programs. Many schools have already kicked Confucius Institutes out of their universities and hopefully more follow suit.

Additionally part D orders the Secretary of State to compile an unclassified report on Chinese Government and Communist Party political influence operations with respect to the United States. We already know of their efforts to interfere in the 2020 elections which is corroborated by our allies and we will soon see where else their influence is in our country. Looking into the billions that the Chinese government directly invests in the United States would be a good start.

From the very beginning of our recent issues with China the soft on China left has only ever taken issue with the President. The initial issuance of tariffs were only done so as economic sanctions for their efforts to interfere in our elections, but even that was too much for the soft on China left. How dare we punish those that look to harm our country. When the retaliatory tariffs came the President merely stood up for the country in his response. Those that are illiterate on economic issues will always parrot out like non-player characters in a video game that tariffs will only hurt Americans, even though it likely won't effect most Americans. It shows their ignorance to the history of economic nationalism in China that has allowed them to be in the position they are now. They are living proof that tariffs do work, just you have so many politicians in Washington who are afraid to stick up for the United States. It's a really pity, but at least our President isn't one of them. 

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2 hours ago, Kurt Faulhammer said:

In Defense of President Fitzgerald's Chinese Influence Review Executive Order

By Brandon Cooper

Right from the get go the spin on this executive order has been hard and heavy. The soft on China left and the liberal controlled media like BMN and APR can't even be bothered to discuss any part of the executive order beyond the barring of new student visas to Chinese students. No objectivity, just outrage. They act as though the purpose of the American University system is to educate the Chinese, it's not.

We are way too liberal is how we just hand these student visas out. These large swath of students are a great avenue for the Chinese to spy upon us. Chinese nationals have already been arrested for doing just that. I think the level of naivete on the part of the academic sector about this creates its own issues. They’re exploiting the very open research and development environment that we have, which we all revere. But they’re taking advantage of it.

Big business is in love with these excessive student visas for the same reason they love illegal immigration, they can pay lower wages to them. For all the defending of workers by the left they have no problem depressing American wages with foreigners. In fact they're outraged if you want to limit this depressing force on wages.

The soft of China left, in their quest to paint the democratically elected President with a 74% approval rating as a dictator, fall for the propaganda of the Chinese government which is in itself a dictatorship as we've seen with DNC Chairman Alexander. Their rage blinds them to reality and distorts all that they see.

Speaker Knox wants to cry about how this measure is such a detriment to the economy, yet he himself has overlooked the much more substantial detriment on the economy that Chinese IP theft has had which the Fair Trade with China Enforcement Act would look to fix. He refuses to bring the bill to debate despite it passing in the Senate by over 60 votes. He isn't concerned and has no plan to stop Chinese economic aggression against our country.

I mentioned though that the rest of the executive order has been ignored by the soft on China left and the liberal controlled so let's take a look at that. Part C of the order requires greater compliance by Chinese foreign nationals in cooperation with the Chinese government to register through the Foreign Agents Registration Act. This is long overdue as we've allowed for the Chinese government to have direct ties in American universities across the country especially in the form of Confucius Institutes. The highly controversial program has been a vehicle for Chinese propaganda and allows for Chinese government agents to covertly subvert our university system under the guise of these programs. Many schools have already kicked Confucius Institutes out of their universities and hopefully more follow suit.

Additionally part D orders the Secretary of State to compile an unclassified report on Chinese Government and Communist Party political influence operations with respect to the United States. We already know of their efforts to interfere in the 2020 elections which is corroborated by our allies and we will soon see where else their influence is in our country. Looking into the billions that the Chinese government directly invests in the United States would be a good start.

From the very beginning of our recent issues with China the soft on China left has only ever taken issue with the President. The initial issuance of tariffs were only done so as economic sanctions for their efforts to interfere in our elections, but even that was too much for the soft on China left. How dare we punish those that look to harm our country. When the retaliatory tariffs came the President merely stood up for the country in his response. Those that are illiterate on economic issues will always parrot out like non-player characters in a video game that tariffs will only hurt Americans, even though it likely won't effect most Americans. It shows their ignorance to the history of economic nationalism in China that has allowed them to be in the position they are now. They are living proof that tariffs do work, just you have so many politicians in Washington who are afraid to stick up for the United States. It's a really pity, but at least our President isn't one of them. 

 

2 hours ago, Kurt Faulhammer said:

Those that are illiterate on economic issues will always parrot out like non-player characters in a video game that tariffs will only hurt Americans, even though it likely won't effect most Americans.

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MOMENTUM

Fitz +9

Knox -5

 

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