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  • Support Our Troops: Honoring American Heroes on 9/11 Anniversary

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    By Neil A. Carousso

    On the 16th anniversary of the tragic terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001, Adopt-A-Battalion, Inc. held its annual memorial barbecue to honor the heroes in the U.S. military who perished in the global war on terror and the brave men and women who continue to fight for freedom.

    The 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, The Pentagon and United Airlines Flight 93, perpetrated by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda, killed 2,996 innocent people and injured over 6,000 people while leaving first responders and others with illnesses resulting from the carnage at Ground Zero. Our country will never forget.

    Present at Adopt-A-Battalion’s 9/11 memorial barbecue were veterans from the Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam and Korean wars, veterans from all different services and missions, and families of our troops who are currently stationed overseas plus first responders from the New York City Policy Department and the Fire Department of New York.

    Adopt-A-Battalion volunteers gather weekly to prepare care packages with necessities to U.S. military members in Afghanistan and Kuwait.

    The Sgt. Peter F. Colleran Jr. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7763 in Massapequa Park, NY accepted a flag on behalf of the fallen soldiers from Massapequa who died fighting in the war on terror that the United States was thrust into after 9/11.

    “Unfortunately, our troops have to go in where [U.S. enemies] are or they’ll come where we are,” said VFW Post 7763 Commander William E. Colfer. “I’m very proud of the men and women who served and I am more than proud to do anything I can to help.”

    “For anything that respects our people, any of the veterans, especially from 9/11, responders who are equally as courageous, we will do whatever it takes to honor them,” First Sgt. Rick Zarembski said.

    Zarembski fought in Vietnam and now associates with the 11th New York Regiment Volunteers. The volunteers organize proper military funerals and burials for any soldier’s family in the area at no cost to the Gold Star Family.

    As we are reminded of the day that changed the country and the world forever, we stand in solidarity with the heroes – past and present – abroad and at home – who fight for freedom – some who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation.

    Adopt-A-Battalion President and Vietnam Veteran Richard Olson gave an emotional address to volunteers and military families about how the country is more united than portrayed, echoing the nation’s responsibility to respect and take care of those who protect our citizens, our freedom, our sovereignty and our way of life.

    While getting choked up, Olson said, “This is America. It is our country. And, we do love them.”

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  • Support Our Troops: On 16th Anniversary of the 9/11 Attacks, Adopt-A-Battalion Honors Our Heroes

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    By Neil A. Carousso

    We will Never Forget that Tuesday morning that changed our country and the world around us. We were thrust into a war on terrorism and sixteen years later, the brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces continue to fight for our freedom and American values.

    A haunting photo as the second World Trade Center tower explodes into flames after being hit by an airplane, New York September 11, 2001, with the Brooklyn Bridge in the foreground. (REUTERS/Sara K. Schwittek)
    A haunting photo as the second World Trade Center tower explodes into flames after being hit by an airplane, New York September 11, 2001, with the Brooklyn Bridge in the foreground. (REUTERS/Sara K. Schwittek)

    On this year’s eve of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Adopt-A-Battalion will host a memorial barbecue in memory of those who perished and to support our troops who are still fighting the global war on terrorism.

    I first came in contact with Adopt-A-Battalion when I met one of their volunteers, Janine, in early March at the Farmingdale, NY Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) at a charity event honoring U.S. veterans from all military branches and various services. Janine told me about the inspiring commitment Adopt-A-Battalion has made to current United States military members who continue to fight on our behalf.

    Adopt-A-Battalion volunteers work hard to mail necessities to U.S. military members serving in Afghanistan. (April 22, 2017)
    Adopt-A-Battalion volunteers work hard to mail necessities to U.S. military members serving in Afghanistan. (April 22, 2017)

     

    Every Saturday morning, Adopt-A-Battalion volunteers gather on Long Island to prepare care packages for our troops. I witnessed this beautiful display of American spirit, patriotism, grit, harmony and love of country first-hand in April when we reported on the organization, which was founded in 2004 after now-Col. Timothy Parker wrote home to his parents for basic necessities such as clean underwear when he was serving his first tour in Iraq.

    Parker’s cohorts asked for similar packages and the Parker family began shipping goods to individual U.S. soldiers who share with their battalions.

    Adopt-A-Battalion has shipped over 40 tons of goods, directly to service men and women over 13 years. Last year, it sent 1,972 boxes to troops stationed overseas. Their goal remains to surpass 2,000 boxes in 2017.

    If you are in the Long Island, NY area, I highly recommend you set time aside, as a patriot, to attend the memorial barbecue that will take place Sunday, September 10 from 12 Noon to 6 PM at Brady Park in Massapequa Park. It is $20 per adult and $10 per child to attend, which includes a hamburger or cheeseburger, a hot dog with a salad, bag of chips and a soft drink or water plus dessert. More than your meal, the proceeds will be used to purchase more basic necessities for our troops currently serving in Afghanistan, Iraq and Kuwait.

    If you are interested in attending the 9/11 memorial barbecue or volunteering your time on a Saturday morning, reach out to Brian Parker, Con. Parker’s brother, at (516) 342-5557. You may also contact Vietnam Veteran and President of Adopt-A-Battalion Richard Olson via email at adptbattalion.org.

    All the information for the event is on the event flier and on their official website.

    As seen on “The Neil A. Carousso Show” on April 23, 2017: A team of volunteers gather weekly in Massapequa Park, NY to arrange care packages for U.S. military members serving overseas. Watch by clicking the play button on the embedded YouTube player above.

    We must Never Forget or abandon the men and women who fight to keep the United States of America the “land of the free and the home of the brave.” God Bless America!

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  • EXCLUSIVE: Congressman Pete King Will Not Vote for Tax Reform, Only Tax Cuts as President Trump Prepares to Use the Bully Pulpit

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    By Neil A. Carousso

    In a wide-ranging 25 minute-long sit-down interview with Rep. Peter T. King (R-NY) on the GOP legislative agenda, a variety of pressing national security concerns and the nationwide opioid epidemic at his congressional district office in Massapequa Park, NY, Mr. King emphasized tax cuts over President Donald J. Trump’s promised tax reform and urged Republicans to compromise with Democrats.

    “Tax reform, I think, would be another debate going on forever,” said Rep. King, adding, “I wouldn’t vote for it myself.”

    Rep. King suggested that his fellow House Republicans feel Democrats will not support any tax reform legislation. He substantiated his reasoning for favoring tax cuts this year by citing former President Ronald Reagan’s tax cuts in 1981 that preceded the Tax Reform Act of 1986 – the last comprehensive tax reform law that included a slashing of the top individual income tax bracket to 28 percent from 50 percent, a reduction in the number of tax brackets from fifteen levels to four levels of income, and expansions of the standard deduction and personal exemptions.

    Rep. King is not alone in preferring tax cuts to reform. Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R) – a friend and informal advisor to President Trump, and sometimes, a critic of the Trump Administration in appearances on Fox News Channel – wrote an op-ed in The Hill earlier this month in which he called for Republicans to get points on the board with favorable and “easy to explain” tax cuts.

    President Trump has proposed a simplification of the complex tax code that has 4 million words and takes a collective 6.1 billion hours a year for taxpayers to comply with the tax laws. Mr. Trump has called for a reduction of individual tax brackets from seven to four with the rates being 0 percent, 10 percent, 25 percent and a top-rate of 35 percent.

    The Chief Executive emphasized reducing the corporate tax rate to 15 percent; the current effective corporate tax rate is 39.6 percent, which is the highest among industrialized nations. A 15 percent corporate tax rate would be the lowest since 1937. It peaked at 52.8 percent in 1968 and 1969.

    “I think to get it through, we have to get the party in a stronger position and that’s why you need tax cuts,” said Congressman King. “Tax cuts, to me, would be a lot easier to get Democrats on your side.”

    Rep. Pete King introduces President Donald Trump who gave remarks to local, state and federal law enforcement on the MS-13 gang threat to the Long Island community in Brentwood, NY on July 28, 2017. This reporter and Congressman King discuss the MS-13 gang threat on Long Island communities in detail. Screenshot: The White House/YouTube
    Rep. Pete King introduces President Donald Trump who gave remarks to local, state and federal law enforcement on the MS-13 gang threat in Brentwood, NY on July 28, 2017. This reporter and Congressman King discuss the MS-13 gang threat on Long Island communities in detail. (Screenshot: The White House/YouTube.)

    Rep. King said the priority this fall should be tax cuts for “working class middle income people who are the backbone of the country” and reducing the corporate tax rate to unleash private sector business growth, and hopefully, the hiring of American workers out of the labor force.

    The significant drop in the corporate tax rate and President Trump’s proposed repatriation of trillions of corporate dollars stored overseas to be taxed at a one-time low-rate of 10 percent would contribute to further economic growth. The U.S. markets have been banking on tax cuts, at the very least, seeing gains over optimism of tax cuts coming into fruition after Congress’ August recess.

    “I think repatriation is absolutely essential,” Rep. King said. “We should be able to get a certain amount of bipartisan cooperation.”

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average reached 22,000 for the first time at the beginning of August, although it has slipped for a variety of reasons, and $4.1 trillion in wealth was created in U.S. markets in President Trump’s first 6 months in office – absent of major legislation on taxes, infrastructure and health care. The President’s executive orders on cutting bureaucratic regulations plus Trump’s campaign promises have sustained investors’ hopes to this point.

    “Within a year or two, you’re going to see more jobs being created,” said Congressman King on President Trump’s roll back of Obama-era regulations. “I fully support what he’s doing as far as cutting back on the regulations. They got totally out of control.”

    President Trump’s successful removal of over 860 regulations in his first 7 months in office and an executive order he signed on the early days of the Administration to eliminate two regulations for every new one created by the federal government has been a contributing factor in the 2.6 percent of GDP (gross domestic product) growth in the second quarter of 2017.

    The economy grew at a sluggish 1.4 percent of GDP in Q1 and an anemic average of 1.5 percent of GDP in 8 years under former President Barack Obama who is the only U.S. president to not see 3 percent annual growth since the Great Depression.

    While 41,000 manufacturing jobs have been created in the U.S. since President Trump was sworn in on Capitol Hill on January 20, the rate of job overall growth, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, has essentially remained the same – 184,000 jobs per month this year compared to 187,000 in 2016.

    Companies such as Foxconn, Wal-Mart, Alibaba, Toyota, Ford and others have made commitments to the “blue collar billionaire” elected President to invest in the U.S. and employ American workers based on the promise of pro-business and pro-growth policies and legislation.

    President Trump begins a campaign to garner support for his proposed overhaul of the federal tax system Wednesday when he visits Missouri – a state Mr. Trump won by 19 points over Hillary Clinton in November.

    President Trump tweeted Sunday morning with a jab at Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, who stands for re-election in The Show-Me State in 2018. McCaskill said in a statement she hopes she and the President can “find common ground.”

    Congress is expected to begin pushing for tax cuts after the recess. Congress has pressing priorities such as raising the debt ceiling by the end of September to keep the government open.

    Neil A. Carousso interviews Rep. Peter T. King R-NY) at Congressman Kings district office in Massapequa Park, NY on August 24, 2017.
    Neil A. Carousso interviews Rep. Peter T. King (R-NY) at Congressman King’s district office in Massapequa Park, NY on August 24, 2017.

    Watch this reporter’s comprehensive interview with Congressman King on the embedded player above or below about Congress’ legislative priorities and whether the Republican Party will keep their promises, including “repeal and replace” of Obama’s signature Affordable Health Care Act of 2010, which Rep. King said will be “pushed to the side for a while.”

    Further, the Chairman of the House Homeland Security Sub-Committee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence slams Democrats’ divisive rhetoric over the construction of the border wall on the U.S.-Mexico border that was supported by both parties in 2006. Rep. King emphasizes progress under the Trump Administration in tackling the heinous MS-13 gang that is responsible for double-digit murders this year on Long Island and discusses citizens’ roles in the nationwide opioid epidemic.

    FULL TRANSCRIPT: NEIL A. CAROUSSO’S INTERVIEW WITH REP. PETE KING (R-NY)

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  • Russia Collusion Witch Hunt is What Putin Wants, Bill Browder Testifies

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    By Neil A. Carousso

    Bill Browder, a notorious Putin-critic (more about his background below), testified Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee about Russian foreign agents working in the U.S. and Russia’s attempt to repeal the Magnitsky Act. Browder said in his prepared opening statement ahead of his testimony that he will be speaking about “the enablers who conducted this campaign in violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, by not disclosing their roles as agents for foreign interests.”

    Browder discussed his testimony on Fox News’ “The Story with Martha MacCallum” Wednesday evening. Watch the interview below.

    Catherine Herridge’s detailed reporting on the matter is on the Fox News website. Herridge is an accomplished, award-winning and well-respected journalist and the Chief Intelligence Correspondent at Fox News Channel.

    President Donald J. Trump
    cited her report in two tweets Thursday morning, because the mainstream media have ignored the story (along with the DNC staffer who was arrested before trying to flee the country on bank fraud charges and possible corruption).

    Carousso’s Comments: Analysis of Russia’s Election Interference

    The media and the public is missing the fact that Russia is getting what they want: Not President Trump in office, but utter U.S. political chaos.

    Russia doesn’t necessarily care who is the president. They want Americans beating each other up in public spouts, riots and disgusting displays of political disagreement and anarchy. They want chaos in our political system, and that’s what Browder has testified to under oath.

    The Senate Judiciary Committee hearing today proves Russia has been manipulating everyone to believe they wanted Mr. Trump elected, but in reality, it is part of their larger machinations to inflict political turmoil in the U.S. and countries around the world.

    Did Russia meddle in our elections? Yes, they’ve been doing so for over 40 years and other countries have attempted to interfere in our elections as well. And news flash: Our former-President Barack Obama used taxpayer money to fund the opposition campaign to oust Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is supposed to be a strong U.S. ally and is again because of his personal relationship with President Trump and his pro-Israel foreign policy. We are long overdue to upgrade our cyber-security systems and counter warfare. We still use floppy disks at the highest intelligence levels of government. That’s pathetic.

    Testimony Thursday also revealed that Fusion GPS – the group that published the discredited, phony dossier in January alleging salacious activity by Mr. Trump – was paid by Russia to create the fake report that was first published by Buzzfeed, which is partially owned by NBC News. Fusion GPS helped advocate for corrupt Russian and Venezuelan officials while hiding its foreign work from federal authorities. The sketchy group has a connection to Democrats. It has been proven that Fusion GPS has published false reports multiple times. The left-wing party attempted to block this revealing testimony.

    “This is yet the latest piece of evidence that vindicates what the President has said that this is a witch hunt and a hoax and it’s a shame that the President and the country have had to go through this charade continually, and hopefully, this will help us move forward in that process,” said Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee-Sanders at the end of The White House Press Briefing Thursday afternoon.

    The January fake news story actually claimed “Trump has deep ties to Russia,” but evidently the Russia’s intention to forge this dossier was to cause havoc in Mr. Trump’s transition and our political system. Further, it was leaked by a top intelligence official to all media outlets, which sat on the story because none could confirm the fictitious details.

    Reportedly, former FBI Director James Comey brought the dossier to then-President-elect Trump’s attention in an intelligence briefing at Trump Tower. Obama’s Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, NSA Director Admiral Michael Rogers were among the intelligence officials with Comey in the meeting in which Mr. Trump was made aware of the bogus allegations disseminated and funded by the Kremlin.

    Did Russia change votes or elect Trump? No, all intelligence officials definitively confirm that President Trump was elected by the American people – by the forgotten men and women of this country on his message and policies and a rejection of the corrupt Clinton-Obama establishment.

    There’s evidence of voter fraud that mostly benefits Democratic candidates like Hillary Clinton, who also had her primary rigged by the DNC and special interest donors, but there’s no evidence of collusion by the Trump campaign.

    The witch hunt against the outsider, politically inexperienced candidate and his small novice team is what Russia bet on by making the appearance of impropriety, but in reality, this was all a calculated scheme to take advantage of our vulnerabilities enabled by Secretary Clinton and former-President Obama in the Uranium One deal that sold 20 percent of U.S. uranium (used to make nuclear bombs) and kicked-back $145 million to the Clinton Foundation, the failed Russian reset and other Obama Administration foreign policy disasters to cause pandemonium in the United States.

    And, what did Obama mean when he told outgoing Russian president Dmitry Medvedev in March 2012 in Seoul, South Korea that Vladimir Putin should give him more “space” and that “[a]ter my election, I have more flexibility?” That incident was caught on a hot microphone. Watch below.

    Who Is Bill Browder:

    Browder, who is the CEO of Hermitage Capital Management, was previously a hedge fund manager in Russia and one of the country’s most successful foreign investors. Since working on reducing corporate corruption in Russia, his entry into the country was revoked.

    Bill Browder/Twitter.
    Bill Browder/Twitter.

    In 2015, he spearheaded the Magnitsky Act — a sanctions package on Russia that was imposed for the first time in 35 years. The sanctions were created to punish Russian officials involved in the death of Browder’s accountant, Sergey Magnitsky, who was jailed in 2008 and died under mysterious circumstances a year later. Browder has been outspoken about Putin’s killings and menacing orders, including that of his friend and accountant.

    Magnitsky uncovered a $230 million corruption scheme involving Russian officials just before he was arrested.

    Browder also is familiar with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, who recently came into the spotlight when it was revealed she met with Donald Trump Jr. last year during the U.S. election, reportedly to offer damaging information on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Browder told NPR Veselnitskaya was part of the campaign to repeal the Magnitsky Act.

    h/t Fox News Channel

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  • Big League Jobs: Apple and Wal-Mart Become the Latest U.S. Manufacturers to Commit to Trump’s “Buy American and Hire American” Mandate

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    By Neil A. Carousso

    Apple, Inc. and Wal-Mart Stores made major jobs announcements including billions in investments in U.S. manufacturing that President Donald J. Trump touted at The White House Wednesday evening.

    LCD maker and Apple-supplier Foxconn announced the building of a new large, state-of-the-art U.S. manufacturing plant in Southeast Wisconsin on Wednesday that is expected to be completed by 2020. This is a nod to President Trump’s​ promised pro-jobs and pro-growth economic agenda that he is pressuring Congress to pass this year.

    Foxconn Founder & Chairman Terry GFoxconn Founder & Chairman Terry Gau wrote an open letter to then-President-elect Donald Trump in December about his intention of getting Apple to build iPhones in the United States. (Terry Gau)
    Foxconn Founder & Chairman Terry GFoxconn Founder & Chairman Terry Gau wrote an open letter to then-President-elect Donald Trump in December about his intention of getting Apple to build iPhones in the United States. (Terry Gau)

     
    The facility will employ 3,000 Americans “at a minimum” with the potential of 13,000 new jobs. Taiwanese tycoon and Foxconn Founder and Chairman Terry Gau is making an initial investment of $10 billion in American manufacturing.

    “If I didn’t get elected, [Gau] definitely would not be spending $10 billion,” said President Trump, which was met with Gau’s affirmation and a pat on the Chief Executive’s arm.

    Wisconsin went red for Mr. Trump in November – the first time a Republican presidential candidate won the Badger State since Ronald Reagan won his re-election in 1984.

    Twitter/Ivanka Trump
    President Donald Trump shakes hands with Foxconn Chairman Terry Gau. Behind them, from left to right, Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI), Vice President Mike Pence, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) applaud the jobs announcement in the East Room of The White House. (Twitter/Ivanka Trump)

    Among those in attendance, President Trump and Gau were joined by Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Senior Advisor Jared Kushner, Assistant to the President Reed Cordish, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in the East Room of The White House. Speaker Ryan and Gov. Walker both represent Wisconsin. Priebus is the former chairman of the Republican Party of Wisconsin.

    Cook announced in April that the iPhone maker is planning to create a $1 billion investment fund in U.S. companies that perform advanced manufacturing with details to follow this summer.

    Wal-Mart proposed 10 policy actions on Wednesday to boost U.S. manufacturing that the retailer said could help recapture $300 billion of the $650 billion worth of consumer goods that are currently imported. Its plan will create an estimated 1.5 million new jobs in the United States.

    Wal-Mart Stores
    Wal-Mart Stores

    Wal-Mart cited several barriers to its manufacturing growth in the country, including complex bureaucratic regulations that create high compliance costs and legal risks and the need for tax reform that President Trump has been promised through his agenda and Congress once said would come before the August recess. The world’s largest retailer also said poor trade deals prevent its growth in the nation.

    The Chief Executive has railed against one-sided trade deals with countries like Mexico, Canada and China, and international deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA); Mr. Trump has made progress since January.

    President Trump speaks at a "Make America Great Again Rally" in Youngstown, OH on Tuesday, July 25, 2017. (AP Photo)
    President Trump speaks at a “Make America Great Again Rally” in Youngstown, OH on Tuesday, July 25, 2017. (AP Photo)

    President Trump withdrew from the TPP shortly after his inauguration. The President is in the midst of negotiations of NAFTA and announced at Tuesday night’s “Make America Great Again Rally” in Youngstown, OH that he will scrap the deal if he cannot improve the agreement with America’s neighbors in favor of U.S. workers.

    Since President Trump took office 6 months ago, over one million jobs have been created, including 41,000 manufacturing jobs. Further, $4.1 trillion of wealth has been created in the U.S. under Trump with investments in American markets at all-time highs.

    President Trump hits a home run with blue collar jobs. Earlier this month The White House held its "Made in America" week showcasing U.S. goods like this Marucci bat from Baton Rouge, LA. Vice President Mike Pence laughs behind the Commander-In-Chief. (July 17, 2017, The White House, AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    President Trump hits a home run with blue collar jobs! Earlier this month The White House held its “Made in America” week showcasing U.S. goods like this Marucci bat from Baton Rouge, LA. Vice President Mike Pence laughs behind the Commander-In-Chief. (July 17, 2017, The White House, AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Over 20 American companies have committed to increase its manufacturing in the U.S., build plants and bring jobs back to middle America.

    Food stamp enrollment is at lowest point since former-President Barack Obama took office.

    Under Obama, 13 million additional people enrolled in food stamps, the labor participation rate was at a 40 year low and the economy grew at an anemic average of less than 1.5 percent of GDP – the slowest economic recovery since the 1940s after the Great Depression. Obama was the first president to not see economic growth of at least 3 percent despite his $800 billion stimulus that instead contributed to the most debt tacked on than all 43 presidents before Obama combined.

    Time to make America prosperous again.

    Watch Wednesday’s White House Jobs Announcement:

     

    Featured Image of President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump taking to the stage at a Youngstown, OH rally Tuesday evening courtesy of Carolyn Kaster of the Associated Press.

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