TEXAS CITY

Greg Alliger tried to wrangle one of his children with his left arm, while swinging a baby carrier in the other. To give himself a free hand, he draped his newly purchased Beto O’Rourke T-shirt over his arm.

Alliger, 30, of the Clear Lake area, had never tried to take children to a political rally before, so it was a learning experience for everybody.

A chance to see O’Rourke, the Democratic U.S. Representative from El Paso who is running against U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz in the November midterm elections, was worth the effort, he said.

“We’re not super involved in politics,” he said, standing next to his wife. “I just like a lot of O’Rourke’s message. I like that he doesn’t take big campaign contributions. That’s really appealing, especially to millennials like us.”

There was that part, his wife, Alyssa Alliger, agreed. And another thing.

“We really don’t like Ted Cruz,” she said.

The Alligers weren’t alone. More than 800 people from across the area went to the Charles T. Doyle Convention Center in Texas City on Wednesday to see O’Rourke speak at a town hall meeting.

It was, by most accounts, one of the largest local politically themed events in recent history. Attendees, most of them Democrats, said they were drawn to the event because of the building energy around O’Rourke’s campaign.

That energy is fueled by both a dislike of Cruz and Republicans and an earnestness people sense in the challenger, supporters said.

“I’m so excited about him” said Patty Talle, a League City resident who arrived at the event an hour early to snag seats in the front row. “He’s a people person and not a corporate person but still knows what needs to be done.”

It was at least the third visit O’Rourke has made to Galveston County since announcing his campaign in 2017. The turnout Thursday, just about two months before the start of early voting for the mid-term elections, dwarfed the earlier events that were held in Galveston restaurants.

Prominent local Democrats were in the crowd, including Galveston County Commissioner Stephen Holmes, former district court Judge Susan Criss and former state Rep. Lloyd Criss. Adrienne Bell, the Pearland Democrat running against U.S. Rep. Randy Weber in Texas’ 14th Congressional District, pumped up the crowd before O’Rourke took the stage.

Some longtime observers said the crowd reminded them of local events headlined by Michelle Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign or by former Texas Gov. Ann Richards in the early ‘90s.

To see so many Democrats out and enthusiastic in Galveston County brought a smile to Susan Criss’ face. She said it reminded her of the times when Democrats controlled local offices. Republicans have held a majority of county offices since the 2010 midterm elections.

“It makes me feel good,” Criss said. “It makes me feel real good.”

O’Rourke delivered a 30-minute stump speech before taking questions from the audience on NFL protests, gun control and health care. Among other things, he called for the end of the electoral college, a sales ban on military-style semi-automatic weapons, a living wage for teachers and jail reform, especially for prisoners with mental health needs.

He, and the crowd, avoided talking about the news of the day — the recent convictions of Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign manager and Michael Cohen, his former attorney.

One of the only mentions of Trump came in a segment about bipartisanship and a veterans mental health care bill O’Rourke sponsored and Trump signed in April. It was a sign the different parties could — and should — still work together, O’Rourke said.

“There’s not a lot, perhaps, that I agree with him on, maybe especially right now,” O’Rourke said. “But I think our M.O. has to be that we will work with anyone, anywhere to move the business of this country forward.”

Even that line, about working with a president that is deeply unpopular with Democrats, earned O’Rourke a standing ovation.

It remains to be seen whether the enthusiasm apparent Thursday night shows up at the polls. Despite outraising Cruz by large margins over the past year, most polls predict the race to be a toss-up at best.

Texas hasn’t elected a Democratic senator since Lloyd Bentsen in 1988.

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; john.ferguson@galvnews.com or on Twitter @johnwferguson.

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(89) comments

Carlos Ponce

“But I think our M.O. has to be that we will work with anyone, anywhere to move the business of this country forward.”
Examine his voting record. Robert O'Rourke may claim he will work with anyone but his voting record says otherwise. He's just another Nancy Pelosi.
https://votesmart.org/candidate/key-votes/78533/beto-orourke

Kimberly Klepcyk

This type of "go to" political response, ie "just like Nancy Pelosi' is exactly what Americans are sick to death of. And, why Beto will best Cruz in November. The youth vote will cause a seismic shift in American politics in November.

Carlos Ponce

In the March primary 10,102 Galveston County residents voted Democrat. O'Rourke got 5,505 of those votes.
Statewide O'Rourke got 641,324 out of 1,037,779 Democrat votes.
In the March Primary, 24,351 Galveston County residents voted Republican.
Ted Cruz got 20,904 of those votes.
Statewide Ted got 1,317,450 out of 1,543,674 Republican votes.
http://www.galvestonvotes.org/2018_Elections/Primaries/ElectionNightResults.pdf
https://www.politico.com/election-results/2018/texas/

Gary Scoggin

By “Ted” Cruz, I assume you are referring to Rafael Cruz.

Carlos Ponce

If you prefer. But there's no cultural appropriation by calling himself Ted Cruz. His mother was American and his father Cuban (if that's important to you). Cultural appropriation is very important to many Liberals.

Jim Forsythe

You are the only one on the GDN forum that keep's bring Cultural appropriation up. It must be important to you.

Carlos Ponce

No, Jim, just trying to communicate to Liberals in the only language they know - identity politics.

Paul Hyatt

I guess that Beto not being O'Rourke's real first name bothers you then?

Brian Tamney

Left wing loony tune that is the last thing texas needs!

Mike Meador

Beto...............no way. PERIOD.[thumbdown][thumbdown][thumbdown][thumbdown]

Susan Criss

Is this my speech teacher Mike Meador? Do you support Cruz & Trump?

Paul Hyatt

Most of us know you do not support anyone that really loves this nation and wants it to succeed....

Lisa Gray

If Ted Cruz had appeared in Texas City, would it have made front page on the GDN? What would that headline have been? Just wondering.

Lisa Blair

Perhaps something like “Cruz appears in Texas City and makes excuses for his support of the criminal co-conspirator and traitor in the White House”. Lol

Carlos Ponce

Such hateful language, Lisa Blair! [scared]
And untrue to boot![scared][scared]

Paul Hyatt

Didn't see you or others complaining about the crimes that Obama, Hillary and the like committed during the last admin....

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Laura Elder

Yes. It would have made the front page. And the turnout for the event and what happened at the event would determine the headline.

Carlos Ponce

Randy Weber appeared in Hitchcock for Good Ole Days. I guess the GCDN staff on hand missed him. His picture does appear in the "Post" however.

Lisa Gray

Carlos, we both know the true leanings of this newspaper, it is a sad commentary that there seem to be no true journalists anymore. Only those who want to influence the public with their partisan interpretation of events. Sad truth.

Paul Hyatt

I heard that.... The day would be huge when so called journalists really just reported the news and let the readers make up their mind about REAL facts....

Ray Taft

In case you have any doubt about who to vote for, Democrat O'Rourke or Republican Cruz. Read ‘Don't vote for Democrats in November election,’ by Ray Holbrook, The Daily News, July 11, 2018.

If we are to keep our freedoms, Democrats everywhere must be defeated and that means electing Republicans in November. Vote for Cruz to keep your freedoms.

Tosha Jones

Absolutely agree!!!

Mike Zeller

Beto good[thumbup], Rafael bad[thumbdown]

Carlos Ponce

Mike, you're getting personal- Rafael is my middle name![whistling]

Carlos Ponce

Mike, in light of your support of "Beto" how about changing your name to "Miguel".
Isn't that a good idea, "Jaime" Forsythe?[wink]

Mike Zeller

When I worked at the plants, all my Mexican buddies called me Miguel, never gave it a second thought.

Carlos Ponce

Miguel it is.

Ray Taft

Susan Criss’ question asking ‘Do you support Trump,’ pretty much sums up the Democrats’ position on everything. If President Trump is for it, Democrats are against it, regardless of all the good President Trump’s promise-keeping policies have done for America. All the things Washington said could not be done.

Today’s Democrats are hell-bent on rolling back anything good that has happened in America for the last two years. Vote Republican to Make Texas and America Great Again.

Jim Forsythe

Susan question was not did Mike only support Trump, but did he also support Trump.
Susan Criss Aug 23, 2018 8:13am
Is this my speech teacher Mike Meador? Do you support Cruz & Trump?

"anything good that has happened in America for the last two years" It's nice that you include Obama in what good has happened.

Ray Taft

“Susan question was not did Mike only support Trump, but did he also support Trump.“ You nailed it Jim. It’s ALL about being anti-Trump. Lol

Jim Forsythe

It was a question. Asking someone if they support Trump, is anti-Trump?

Gary Miller

Jim! Erasing Obama is one of if not the best thing Trump has done.

Jim Forsythe

I would ask you if you support Trump, but that would be Anti-Trump.

Tosha Jones

You're exactly right! Trust the plan!!!

Paul Hyatt

Nothing Obama did except for when he left office was good....He was against everything that was good and for every thing that was evil....

Susan Criss

Hate to burst your paranoid bubble. I was asking this person specifically because I was surprised at his comment. But I have not spoken to him in years. Still I would not expect that of him.

Karen Sawyer

Such a wonderful and positive event last night! I loved the inclusiveness for everyone!

Randy Chapman

I'm sure it was very inclusive. Probably so inclusive that most of those there don't pay anything toward running this country and are probably feeding at the entitlement trough.

David Doe

OUCH!

Randy Chapman

Unicorns and rainbows are nice, but they do very little real work.

Douglas Dupuis

"That energy is fueled by both a dislike of Cruz and Republicans" -come on, don't sugarcoat it. Judging from my encounter with liberals in Galveston Saturday night I would've used the word HATE.

I was with a couple of friends when we were approached by a very friendly woman. She was with a group of friends celebrating a birthday and all were very friendly and eager to make small talk...until Beto vs. Trump came up. WOW! I feel lucky that we weren't lynched by that group! No discussion about differences in opinions. Just pure hate. One walked off in a huff only to return with more hate! She said she was a lawyer here in Galveston. I am withholding her name so as not to embarrass the little darling.

I thought liberals were all about freedom of speech. Diversity. Inclusion. You know, we're all here on this planet together, let's try to work out our differences.

I challenge any of these little snowflakes to come on this comment board and say why we got the treatment that we did. I doubt the lawyer will. She has too much lose as an upstanding and fair member of our legal community.

Mike Zeller

Douglas Dupuis, I'm sorry you got your feelings hurt, but the ruff and tumble game of politics are not for the faint of heart.

Douglas Dupuis

Nope. No hurt here. Nice try.

Lisa Gray

I can just guess to whom you are referring. Isn't it so sweet how they are all about inclusiveness until you tell them you are a conservative. Then they are like the hounds of hades! Irony is completely missed by them.

George Croix

Yeah.
Such leftist...people.....preach about 'hate' while screaming at or refusing to even engage with anyone who is not just like them.
SO, when they bark, bark back...when they bite, bite back.....
If they get in your face, get in their......

If the 'inclusive left' wants to have a spirited but at least semi-mannerly back-and-forth discussion, fine, but shouting and showing their B-hinds has gotten tiresome.....
Then, there's the 'resistance', which manage to make the above look positively tame.....[beam][beam][beam][beam][beam][beam][beam]

Paul Hyatt

What do you expect from the leftists who only know hatred towards anyone that does not agree with their perverted message!

Lisa Gray

Yes, Beto is so for the people he voted against tax breaks for Hurricane Harvey victim.
https://www.texasmonthly.com/burka-blog/four-texas-democrats-vote-against-house-bill-offering-tax-breaks-to-harvey-victims/

George Croix

I 'legally claim' to support any candidate running against the demented 'resistance' in this November election......[whistling][wink]

Gary Miller

Amen George.

Dan Freeman

I wondered what President D.J. Trump thinks of Raphael "Lying" Cruz? What about Crux on Trump. Here it is:

1. Trump retweeted an unflattering photo of Cruz's wife, Heidi, juxtaposed with his wife, Melania. This tweet still hasn't been deleted.

2. Trump threatened to "spill the beans" on Heidi Cruz: “Lyin' Ted Cruz just used a picture of Melania from a G.Q. shoot in his ad. Be careful, Lyin' Ted, or I will spill the beans on your wife!”

3. Trump suggested that Cruz's father may have been involved in the Kennedy assassination: "His father was with Lee Harvey Oswald prior to Oswald being, you know, shot," Trump said during a telephone interview. "I mean the whole thing is ridiculous. What is this? Right? Prior to his being shot. And nobody even brings it up. I mean, they don't even talk about that — that was reported. And nobody talks about it."

4. Cruz said Trump "slandered" his wife. And that he's not a "servile puppy dog."
Part of the reason Trump revived the Rafael Cruz-Kennedy-assassination conspiracy theory after the convention is that Cruz had just snubbed him in a big way. "I am not in the habit of supporting people who attack my wife and attack my father," Cruz said. "That pledge was not a blanket commitment that if you go and slander my wife that I am going to come like a servile puppy dog for maligning my wife and maligning my father."

5. Cruz called Trump a "sniveling coward."

6. Cruz said Trump is a "pathological liar," "utterly amoral" and a "serial philanderer."
And: "Donald is a bully. Bullies don't come from strength; they come from weakness."

7. Trump breathed life into the Cruz "birther" conspiracy. Trump suggested strongly early in the primary season that Cruz might not be eligible to serve as president, given his birth in Canada to an American citizen.

8. Trump said he wouldn't even accept Cruz's endorsement. "If he gives it, I will not accept it," Trump said after the GOP convention. "I don't want his endorsement," he added. "Just, Ted, stay home, relax, enjoy yourself."

9. Trump attacked Cruz's faith: How can Ted Cruz be an Evangelical Christian when he lies so much and is so dishonest? "To the best of my knowledge, not too many evangelicals come out of Cuba, okay?" Trump added in December 2015 while appealing to heavily evangelical Iowa. "Just remember that, okay? Just remember."

Carlos Ponce

All that should give Ted Cruz "street cred" among Liberals, Dan Freeman.

Jim Forsythe

Street Cred is the main reason to vote for someone running for the Senate? You really used that term?
Street Cred
A term mainly used by whites to make them sound more black. Typically used to sound more thuggish, like they are from the streets when really they are most likely from a middle-class suburb family and have maybe smoked pot. Most likely the worst they have done is they got caught with a fake ID. Caution: people who claim to have 'street cred' probably have not spent any time on the street other than doing shopping downtown.
Also, people who try to pretend like they know how to live on the streets to sound cool obviously have not lived on the streets and probably have some issues.
"Ya, I got street cred. I once knew a black guy who went to jail."
"Living on the streets is dope, yo. I know, because I have street cred."

Carlos Ponce

Jim, you have zero street cred. [wink]
And I specified LIBERAL "street cred" meaning credibility among Liberals.

Jim Forsythe

'I'm glade I do not have "street cred", as in some groups you have to do illegal things to earn it. Other groups it means credibility among young fashionable urban individuals. I have no desire to be part of either group.

Paul Hyatt

You sound like most of the white liberals who apologize for being white.... What a shame!

George Croix

Having learned in the 7th Grade that the Executive Branch is separate branch of government from the Legislative Branch, Congress, which includes the Senate, I personally don't give a porcine rat's rear what President Trump thinks of the Senators. Nobody has to like anybody they work with to do the job they were hired/elected to do....at least not in the adult ranks...
I only care about forestalling the Europeanization of America as long as possible, and that requires as few 'progressives' as possible, and right now, especially the way the left has 'resisted' for 2 years like folks in a third world banana republic do I'll cheerfully continue to vote AGAINST every 'progressive' running for anything down to and including dog catcher. I do not have to like who I vote for, I simply have to dislike more the one I vote against, rather than be complicit in 'fundamentally changing the greatest nation the world has ever known"....
Easy call......

Ma Gill

Amen!

Paula Flinn

Since most of you were not there, I will tell you some of the things about the evening and some things Beto said.
Beto spike for about an hour and then took questions, with no notes or Teleprompter. Beto has such charisma, the feeling was electric! It was a very exciting night as people responded by cheering, chanting, clapping, and standing up often to express their support.
Beto is trying to make the Democratic Party more inclusive than it already is, inviting Independents and Republicans to consider him. He spoke about universal healthcare, including taking care of our veterans. He spoke about the NFL players who stand or take a knee during the National anthem . He told how the Democratic Party stood for helping people, while the Republican Party stood for corporations, and how the SC made a mistake saying money is free speech and corporations are people. Beto doesn’t take PAC money.
Beto spoke about the bill in the House that passed 435-0, which proved both sides can work together. He would like to see more of that. He told about growing up in El Paso and living among immigrants. He told about his wife and family and his teachers and schools. He talked about people earning a living wage at a time where prices on consumer products, insurance, and medicine have risen, but wages for many middle class and poor workers have not risen as much.
Beto even thanked the two or more doctors who left their seats in the convention center to quickly respond to a medical emergency in the lobby. People helping people!
It was an extraordinary night—free of narcissism, fear, bragging, scandal, and lying. The place was rocking! You should have been there!

Carlos Ponce

Vote for him but don't be surprised when he loses, Paula. His voting record is there for the world to see and it's apparent that he votes according to will of his masters - the DNC.
"Beto spoke about the bill in the House that passed 435-0, which proved both sides can work together." WHERE? It's not on his voting record:
https://votesmart.org/candidate/key-votes/78533/beto-orourke/?p=&p=1
July 30, 2014 the House of Representatives passed H.R. 4810 420-5, known as the Veterans Access to Care Act of 2014.
Oct. 26, 2017 HR 1698 Iran Ballistic Missiles and International Sanctions Enforcement Act Bill Passed 423 - 2.
Oct. 24, 2017 HR 2142 International Narcotics Trafficking Emergency Response by Detecting Incoming Contraband with Technology Act Bill Passed 412 - 3.
Oct. 24, 2017 HR 3898 Otto Warmbier North Korea Nuclear Sanctions Act Bill Passed 415 - 2.
Did Paula Flynn misunderstand or did O'Rourke LIE?
A web search shows NO bill has ever passed 435-0.
And O'Rourke isn't the only politician to thank a doctor:
"President Trump stopped his rally for a moment so someone could attend to an audience member. It's unclear what exactly happened, but Trump called for a doctor to help the rally-goer.
'Those are the people we love. Those are great people. And the doctors! Thank you, doctor. Great job. Amazing what people we have,'Trump said after the brief pause."
https://www.cnn.com/politics/live-news/trump-rally-04-28-18/index.html
PEOPLE HELPING PEOPLE, PAULA!
Paula doesn't care when Trump asks for a doctor to help and thanks the doctor. No need to wonder why. But when O'Rourke does it - [love][love][love][love][love][love][love][love][love][love][love][love][love][love][love][love]

Paula Flinn

H.R. 918 passed the House 435-0, Nov, 2017. The Senate has not passed it yet. It sent it to its own Veteran’s Affairs.

Paula Flinn

It has passed, my friend corrected me. It was signed by Trump in April, 2018. The bi-partisan bill, now law, is mentioned in the newspaper article.

Carlos Ponce

H. R. 918 is the Veteran Urgent Access to Mental Healthcare Act:
"The SPEAKER pro tempore. The question is on the motion offered by the
gentleman from Florida (Mr. Bilirakis) that the House suspend the rules
and pass the bill, H.R. 918, as amended.
The question was taken; and (two-thirds being in the affirmative) the
rules were suspended and the bill, as amended, was passed."
https://www.congress.gov/congressional-record/2017/11/07/house-section/article/H8550-1
The official record shows it passed by a two-thirds majority on voice vote November 7, 2017, not 435-0. Not all of the 435 House members were present that day - only 423.
On a roll call vote taken on November 7, 2017, HR 3441 (Save Local Business Act) the vote was 242 - 181. A total of 423 votes indicating not all members were present on November 7, 2017. O'Rourke voted "Nay" on this one. Even if the vote on H.R. 918 was unanimous it would only be 423 - 0.
Note: The Speaker Pro Tempore for November 7, 2017 was Congressman Randy Weber of Texas.

George Croix

Them going by that, summarized, he spoke about the same stuff and repeated the same platitudes and jabbed in a bit of class envy and some identity politics that Democrats have used for 50 plus years, but didn't deliver the goods.
Doing the same thing over and over while promising and hoping for a different outcome.....
Maybe it'll work this time......

Paula Flinn

Yes, and it is infinitely better to stress Democratic principles that we believe in, than to meet and try to cut Medicaid, Medicare, and privatize Social Security to try to balance Trump’s budget in order to offset the tax break to the rich and to corporations. The debt, now, is staggering, especially for a Republican Administration, which is supposed to be fiscally responsible. Cutting entitlements will not get votes with the middle class, the farmers, or the elderly. All the corruption in the Republican Congress and the Trump Administration is staggering.

What has Ted Cruz done for you lately? He has followed the GOP line approving the decimation of the environment by rolling back the regulations on clean air and water, leading directly to pollution of our air, rivers, lakes, and oceans. This will lead to unhealthy conditions, disease, more medical bills, and all of this is a direct result of Big Oil donations to Republican Congressmen. So land set aside for National Monuments is divided so that drilling and fracking (causing earthquakes) can happen. Fracking in OK has caused so many earthquakes it has substantially lowered property values—all for Big Oil and those rich Republican donations to Congress. Actually, I don’t recognize a traditional Republican Party anymore. It is Trump’s Party now. What is good for the Trumps is good for the country and Trump’s Party, even Don Jr.’s $32,000 business trip to India, plus all the other Trump family’s expenses. We already know how much it cost for Melania to stay in NYC, and for Trump’s trips to Mar a Lago and his other golfing sites every weekend. The Republicans are not good stewards of our tax money. It is not Ronald Reagan’s Party anymore, and not a peep from Ted Cruz or any other fiscal conservative.

The Dems are not for “open borders” or “taking your guns away.” Those two concepts are myths started by the Republican Party, now the Trump Party, to promote fear.

Carlos Ponce

Paula, Ted Cruz voted to give me a tax reduction. O'Rourke voted against giving me a tax reduction.
I'm not among the monetary rich, just rely on my TRS retirement. The TRS retirement annuity is an example of an alternative to Social Security retirement that is being proposed. As my BBVA Compass banker told me I'm getting more from my TRS than others with just Social Security.
Look at the economy and you will find prosperity under Trump. The class warfare you spout is straight out of the Communist Party playbook.

Steve Fouga

Carlos, you are lucky if you got enough of a reduction to make a difference to your spending habits and financial security. Most people did not. It was a small effect for most middle- and lower-class wage earners. In fact, the effect was so small and the unpopularity of the upper-class and corporate reductions is so pronounced that Republicans seeking office have decided not to campaign on the tax cut.

Admit it, the Republican tax bill was a bad idea and a bust, from the standpoint of a typical wage-earner and voter.

Carlos Ponce

Steve, I'm happy with what I got. If O'Rourke had his way, I would not get as much, maybe even far less since he favors carbon taxes.

Steve Fouga

Fair enough. I can't disagree that O'Rourke, and Democrats in general, favor taxing more than Republicans do.

Tosha Jones

What he says and what he does are entirely two different things! We saw this with Obama! I'm originally from NM and I was raised around immigrants from Mexico too. Some of the best people I've ever known but the wall needs to be built!! They need to come over here the right way... not whatever way they want to! I can't imagine the horrible living conditions these people are coming from, but they need to do it the right way!!! I don't care if you agree or not but right is right! The Democratic party hasn't done anything positive for this nation in years! Obama screwed us in so many ways and whether you like him or not, Trump is trying to make things right again. If you don't like him, that's "ok" but don't buy into the the media craze. Do your research and read what's REALLY going on. They're are SO many positives to this presidency. Just wait... you'll see!

Paula Flinn

Then Congress should make legal entry easier, rather than harder. Trump is looking for new workers at Mar-a-Lago all the time. The fields of food and orchards need to be harvested also.

Contra Bandit

Wow. Are you seriously implying all immigrants can do is work fields and do menial labor? Sounds like someone is looking for a new slavery class. Having problems finding good housekeepers in West U? Democrats have always been of the mindset to keep people down and in chains. Paula proves that with her ignorant and hurtful comments about immigrants. Just so you know, not all immigrants are brown, or even from Mexico. You’re the reason nobody likes white people and the privilege myth exsists.

Love, a brown educated immigrant who came in the right way. I’m voting for Cruz. Peace.

Ma Gill

If O'Rourke really wanted to help people, he would have voted in favor of tax breaks for Harvey victims.

Jim Forsythe

If you want the increases in your tax, OK. After a short time, the following will happen.
The combination of the temporary nature of the tax cuts and the permanent switch to the Chained CPI is expected to have the eventual effect of higher taxes on the middle class as compared to current tax law.

Social Security stopping is a good thing?

Carlos Ponce

"higher taxes" - depends on who's in office, who is in control of Congress.

Jim Forsythe

""higher taxes" - depends on who's in office, who is in control of Congress". No, they are the one that OK the permanent switch to the Chained CPI , which will increase taxes. As of now , the whole tax reduction will slowly disappear until 2025 , when it will be a larger increase. This combined with Chained CPI , will make us pay more taxes.
If they were going to make it permanent, they would already have done so.

Carlos Ponce

Nothing is permanent. You want higher taxes vote D. If you want lower taxes vote R.

Paula Flinn

While you are distracted, Congress is preparing to cut Medicare and privatize Social Security. They have already cut Medicaid. Perhaps they’ll do it again.

Carlos Ponce

" cut Medicare and privatize Social Security"
"The House Republican budget, titled “A Brighter American Future,” would remake Medicare by giving seniors the option of enrolling in private plans that compete with traditional Medicare, a system of competition designed to keep costs down but dismissed by critics as an effort to privatize the program. Along with other changes, the budget proposes to squeeze $537 billion out of Medicare over the next decade.
The budget would transform Medicaid, the federal-state health-care program for the poor, by limiting per capita payments or allowing states to turn it into a block-grant program."
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/business/wp/2018/06/19/house-gop-plan-would-cut-medicare-social-security-to-balance-budget/?utm_term=.a369080319a2
Sounds like they are making it more efficient.

Paula Flinn

Sounds like stealing to me--efficient or not.

Paula Flinn

Carlos, Does Ted Cruz support Alex Jones and InfoWars?

Carlos Ponce

I'll ask him.

Carlos Ponce

RE: "Carlos, Does Ted Cruz support Alex Jones and InfoWars?"
From Ted Cruz:
"Am no fan of Jones - among other things he has a habit of repeatedly slandering my Dad by falsely and absurdly accusing him of killing JFK."

Gary Miller

Jim. It would be OK to point out that tax cuts increase our income. People having higher income pay higher taxes. I hope someday to pay the maximum taxes but it'll take several more tax cuts to get me there.

Brian Tamney

Would love to be able to get all the money I've put into social security back and invest it privately. Sure I would come out ahead.

George Croix

Yep.
Scare tactics still work.
The hallmark of the left for, oh... better than a half century, at least....
Even works better than identity politics.....
Hallmark Jr. .......[whistling]

Carlos Ponce

Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump
I will be doing a major rally for Senator Ted Cruz in October. I’m picking the biggest stadium in Texas we can find. As you know, Ted has my complete and total Endorsement. His opponent is a disaster for Texas - weak on Second Amendment, Crime, Borders, Military, and Vets!
10:09 AM - 31 Aug 2018


Steve Fouga

If I hadn't already decided to vote for Beto, this would be the deciding factor.
[beam]

George Croix

Well, if he wins, maybe he’ll be first to keep the same hollow left wing promises of a half century and stop screwing over people who work for a living by taking from them and giving to those who won’t
It would be a lefty first.

Jarvis Buckley

Lisa B. , such hatred for the millions of fine folks that support our great President.

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