Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Puerto Rico

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Over the weekend Hillary won Puerto Rico as they held their primary, but on Tuesday she has the chance to clinch the nomination. It is possible that Hillary wins the needed delegates to become the presumptive nominee, but new details in her past could stop her from actually getting the nomination in August.

Hillary is facing a huge issue with un-favorability and things are going to get worse between now and the Democratic convention. Hillary have an ongoing criminal investigation being conducted by the FBI into her private email server, the State Departments report on her email outlined her wrongdoing. More news that will damage Hillary will come out between now and the convention. Even an indictment is possible.

Hillary is also facing some very unflattering news about her and her checkered political history with husband Bill Clinton.

The first big release is a new book from a Clinton secret service member that speaks to the character of Hillary and how she dealt with her husband’s scandals. The book won’t be released until June 28th, but is already at the top of the Amazon Best Seller List. You can pre-order it here.

If the book isn’t enough, conservative filmmaker Denesh D’Souza is coming out with his most shocking movie yet, Hillary’s America. A Documentary that looks into the history of the Democratic Party and what Hillary will do as the leader moving forward.

The film is set to release just before the GOP convention and a couple of weeks before the Democratic convention. Watch the trailer for the movie below.

Hillary may win enough delegates to get the nomination, but Bernie should hang on. If any or all of the new information on Hillary has a crippling effect on Hillary, then Bernie should be waiting in the wings. He should stay in just because he is the only one running for the nomination that isn’t under a FBI criminal investigation.

If Hillary wins on Tuesday it will make it easier to deal with the summer that is coming, but if Bernie wins California then, that will only fuel his campaign and damage Hillary even more.

The idea that Hillary could be replaced as the nominee is becoming more and more of a reality each day.

What do you think? Will Hillary be forced out or will she get the nomination no matter what? Let us know in the comments below.

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illegal aliens

As if the country’s monstrous immigration crisis weren’t dire enough, an increasing number of illegal aliens are using fake Puerto Rican birth certificates to obtain authentic U.S. passports and driver’s licenses.

Located about 1,000 miles southeast of Florida, Puerto Rico became a U.S. territory about two decades after the Caribbean island was acquired from Spain at the end of the Spanish-American war. Puerto Ricans are American citizens at birth though they don’t have the right to vote in federal elections and the island has only one non-voting representative in Congress.

In recent years a record number of Puerto Ricans have left their troubled island for the U.S. and a big chunk has settled on Florida. A few months ago a study found that the island’s ongoing economic recession has led to a mass exodus not seen in more than five decades. In 2014 alone 84,000 people left Puerto Rico for the U.S. mainland, the study found. One recent news report referred to the Puerto Rican crisis as an economic exodus that could push two-thirds of its population to live in the U.S. The island has an eye-popping $73 billion debt, a collapsing healthcare system and nearly half of its population living in poverty.

It’s fair to say that for years Uncle Sam has welcomed Puerto Ricans with open arms and that has created lots of opportunities for fraud. There has been a rise in the number of cases involving the use of false Puerto Rican birth certificates by illegal immigrants, according to a south Florida newspaper report that focuses on the specifics of a recent case. It involves an illegal alien from Colombia arrested in Florida after trying to get a U.S. passport by claiming to be an American citizen born in Puerto Rico. The 35-year-old man, Edinson Canaveral Sánchez, used a fake Puerto Rican birth certificate to get a valid Florida driver’s license more than three years ago.

The newspaper article points out that this case is the latest in a series involving the use of fake Puerto Rican birth certificates by illegal immigrants in south Florida. In the last year alone more than 12 cases have surfaced in Miami federal court, the story reveals. The defendants, all Spanish-speaking illegal aliens, have all illegally obtained Puerto Rican birth certificates to get American passports or driver’s licenses. Sánchez has been criminally charged and is scheduled to be tried this month in a Broward County federal court.

It turns out that fraud involving Puerto Rican birth certificates has been pervasive for many years, yet the U.S. government and its various agencies accept the documents blindly. The problem got so out of control that back in 2010 Puerto Rico’s government invalidated every birth certificate and issued new ones considered to be safer. One mainstream news report called it a “radical solution to what many say has been a serious and growing crisis involving Puerto Rican birth certificates, which are used to apply for everything from U.S. passports to Medicaid.”

The same report, published in April, 2010, revealed that the U.S. State Department was well aware of the problem. In fact, the agency estimated back then that a mind-boggling 40% of all U.S. passport fraud cases involved Puerto Rican birth certificates. Four years later, a separate news report confirmed that little had changed, that the fraud is still rampant. Here’s an excerpt of the story published in the summer of 2014 by a Florida-based nonprofit investigative journalism outlet: “Counterfeit, altered or stolen birth certificates coming from Puerto Rico are the Holy Grail to Florida’s undocumented. With a phony birth certificate you can live the American dream. You can also enroll in school, land a job and get a driver’s license.”

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In an incredible application of “one size fits all” bureaucratic rulemaking and doublespeak, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has signed off on disability benefits for hundreds of Puerto Ricans because they do not speak English despite the fact that they live in the predominantly Spanish-speaking territory.

This finding comes from a new audit by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) that says the SSA is misapplying rules intended to provide financial assistance to individuals who are illiterate or cannot speak English in the United States. Apparently, under the rules, Puerto Ricans may receive disability benefits because they are unable speak English well in Puerto Rico.

According to the OIG:

“We found the Agency did not make exceptions regarding the English-language grid rules for claimants who reside in Puerto Rico, even though Spanish is the predominant language spoken in the local economy…”

The audit concluded that someone applying for disability in Puerto Rico who cannot speak English “may increase his/her likelihood of receiving disability benefits.”

The exact number of Puerto Rico residents who receive disability for language reasons in the U.S. territory is not known because there is no system in place to track them.

That is not the only reason why Americans living in Puerto Rico have it easier than their brethren on the mainland. According to tax and litigation expert Robert W. Wood writing in Forbes Magazine:

“Puerto Rico is a U.S. Commonwealth. It is part of the U.S. but in some ways still independent. Its tax system is a hybrid, part of the U.S. and well, not.

If you can really move yourself and/or your business, you may be able to cut your income taxes down to almost nothing. You have to be careful, though. The interaction between the IRS and taxman in Puerto Rico is nuanced, requiring some Puerto Ricans to file with the IRS, some with the Puerto Rico Department of Finance, and some with both.”

And the incentives to move are incredible. Once you qualify, the maximum income tax rate in Puerto Rico is just 4%. In addition, after you become a resident, taxes on interest, dividends and long-term capital gains on appreciated properties are zero.

Compared to California, where the maximum federal income tax rate is 39.9% and state income tax rate is 13.3%, a move to Puerto Rico could double your disposable income by 100% or more.



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