Cameron Goodnight

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  • Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and a 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful, made a claim on January 31 that he has more military experience than any recent president.
    Question
    Is Buttigieg […]

  • Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) claimed on February 4 that allowing 50-year-olds into Medicare would result in lower premiums and saving the government money.

    Booker is one of several Democrats who embraces […]

  • President Donald Trump sent out a tweet on January 27 claiming that 58,000 noncitizens voted in Texas with 95,000 noncitizens registered to vote.
    Question
    Is there evidence of voter fraud in Texas?

    In […]

    • You mean the president sent a tweet with a sweeping and unfounded accusation based on a misinterpreted piece of information? He.. he would never!

      He talks directly to the people to fight fake news, not to spread fake news. Right?

      • He tweeted this based on faulty information from Texas’s DPS data that was later corrected. The article says as much.. Read any? Or do you just reflexively respond to anything that may reflect negatively on President Trump?

        • It was claimed to be misleadingly false after a statement from Texas Secretary of State’s office on Jan 25.

          The president tweeted on Jan 27.

          If I’m wrong then I’ll admit it on here as it does happen to the best of us. I’m sure the president quickly sent a clarification tweet when he realized his mistake.

  • President Donald Trump sent out a tweet on January 2 claiming Mexico will pay for the border wall through the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

    Trump has been consistent in saying Mexico will […]

    • Too soon to tell, but I would not be surprised if the US economy benefits more than the cost of the steel barrier. Just reducing the flow would reduce the strain on local economies.

    • The USMCA is pending Congressional approval. There’s still time for an addendum tariffing Mexico’s estimate $30B in remittances. Even at 25% that’s $7.5B.

      • Don’t give up hope!

      • Sounds like a good idea, but nowadays anything like that could be easily circumvented, if the fees ended up being less than a tariff. I could see a new electronic currency come about just to get around the new taxes. “MexCoin” digital wallets.

        • I’d argue the “easily” part. Remember, all cryptocurrencies eventually tie into something real world like cash.

          • True, but some assets are pretty easily decoupled from specific currencies. If one were to buy a gold coin in the US with dollars, put it in their pocket, then sell it in Mexico for pesos, it would be hard to attach any remittance tariff to it. The same could be done with many forms of digital currency, especially with truly anonymous variants.

            • Last drawback. someone has to “mule” the gold. If it’s the original earner that means crossing back into Mexico with risks and expenses entailed if return to the US is desired. After all that’s where they made their “nut”.

            • NIce 1st-world ideas. “Decoupled” or not it still starts with cash. If these are available means, then why AREN’T they being used?

              1. Access. Why haven’t the cartels moved to gold or crypto? Now picture an uneducated illegal doing so. How will the recipients make them back into cash?

              2. Transactional expenses. Every form the funds pass through will cost. Even the tiendas and Western Union take bites.

            • NIce 1st-world ideas. “Decoupled” or not it still starts with cash. If these are available means, then why AREN’T they being used?

              1. Access. Why haven’t the cartels moved to gold or crypto? Now picture an uneducated illegal doing so. How will the recipients make them back into cash?

              2. Transactional expenses. Every form the funds pass through will cost. Even the tiendas and Western Union take bites.

            • 3. Security. Gold in your pockets or someone else’s can “vanish”, just like posts here, or be confiscated, stolen, or lost.

              4. Since 2012 the US gov’t tracks and taxes gold purchases. It’s possible to “game” the system by buying very small amounts ($500 or less) from multiple dealers (don’t ask how I know this).

              The alternatives: pay a tariff on a secure system OR take your chances and pay MORE by alternate channels. This might be an entrepeurial opportunity for some.

            • 3. Security. Gold in your pockets or someone else’s can “vanish”, just like posts here, or be confiscated, stolen, or lost.

              4. Since 2012 the US gov’t tracks and taxes gold purchases. It’s possible to “game” the system by buying very small amounts ($500 or less) from multiple dealers (don’t ask how I know this).

              The alternatives: pay a tariff on a secure system OR take your chances and pay MORE by alternate channels. This might be an entrepeurial opportunity for some.

            • Last drawback. someone has to “mule” the gold. If it’s the original earner that means crossing back into Mexico with risks and expenses entailed if return to the US is desired. After all that’s where they made their “nut”.

    • 1. Cartels don’t need to move gold, but they’ve certainly ventured into crypto. If an uneducated illegal can figure out how to use a prepaid international phone card, they could figure out how to use a similarly based crypto method if it goes mainstream at the local 7/11.

      2. A 25% tariff is more than current transactional expenses. Free market would prevail.

    • 3. Gold in your pocket could vanish, just like drugs in a mule. Enough would make it through to cover the losses.

      4. I’d make the bet that most of he remittances are $500 or less per transaction. Most illegals probably aren’t usually trucking around $10k at a time.

      • Let’s have you back that up. Place $10k in gold with a mule. Send it to either Mexico or C.A. Share the results.

        No offense, but I suspect that you do not have $10k to throw around.

        • Ed replied 7 months ago

          You could wear $10k worth of gold jewelry without looking gaudy and just hop on a plane. How hard do you think it is? This is a society of people who live their entire lives looking for a way to game they system. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

          And while we’re on the subject, I’ve got almost twice that amount in crypto that I’ve mined over the last few years on a rig in a spare bedroom. Sitting on it now, hoping it goes back up to cash out for a lot more.

    • Gold was just one of the quick examples that I used. My point was simply that charging a tariff on remittance wouldn’t provide anywhere near the projected potential income. And you might be surprised how many illegals go back and forth at will. There’s no wall stopping them, after all!

      • Back after 3 days of not being able to log in.
        Let’s be honest. Cash is easiest when dealing with 3rd world economies. Do you honestly believe that a village in Central America has the ability to deal with either bulk gold or cryptocurrency?

        Also, what #s do you have to work with? We have the real world figure of $30B. What can you present in counter-argument?
        The same goes for your unspecified “illegals going back and forth”. Which, if you are honest argues for a wall.

        • Ed replied 7 months ago

          People have been using gold for transactions a lot longer than they have used cash, even in villages in Central America. It wouldn’t take too long to adapt. Crypto might be a little more difficult, but if it ever becomes as easy as using a Visa card, it could be adopted pretty quickly.

          Honestly, I’m not sure why PayPal or Venmo isn’t being used more often for this, but I haven’t spent any effort to figure it out.

  • Democratic North Carolina state Sen. Dan Blue sent out a tweet on December 6 claiming the public trust in U.S. elections is at an all-time low following voting misconduct in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional […]

    • H.R. 1 has provisions to help increase confidence in our elections.

      The quality of an election involves more than just votes. When the majority of voters don’t vote, you know something is up.

    • I in PA, the re-districting issue was resolved by the courts in 2018. That gave us greater faith in the process—not a pre-determined result. Unlike many states, we don’t have early voting. Absentee voting is approved only with evidence voter will not be in the state on election day OR with a doctor’s declaration the voter can’t physically vote in person. Voter ID was struck down by the court when the Republicans failed to provide a single voter fraud case. Our 2018 participation was 58%.

  • Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) sent out a tweet on November 30 in which he claimed the military pay increase is the largest in nearly 10 years.
    Question
    Do military compensation records back up this claim? 

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    • The basic pay raises since 2007:
      1 January 2007: 2.2%
      1 April 2007: 0.5%
      1 January 2008: 3.5%
      1 January 2009: 3.9%
      1 January 2010: 3.4%
      1 January 2011: 1.4%
      1 January 2012: 1.6%
      1 January 2013: 1.7%
      1 January 2014: 1.0%
      1 January 2015: 1.0%
      1 January 2016: 1.3%
      1 January 2017: 2.1%
      1 January 2018: 2.4%

    • The basic pay raises since 2007:
      1 January 2007: 2.2%
      1 April 2007: 0.5%
      1 January 2008: 3.5%
      1 January 2009: 3.9%
      1 January 2010: 3.4%
      1 January 2011: 1.4%
      1 January 2012: 1.6%
      1 January 2013: 1.7%
      1 January 2014: 1.0%
      1 January 2015: 1.0%
      1 January 2016: 1.3%
      1 January 2017: 2.1%
      1 January 2018: 2.4%

  • World stocks were set for their seventh straight day of losses on Monday, as investors nervy about the possibility of a prolonged U.S. government shutdown and a worsening global economy opted for the safety of […]

    • The Koch brothers warned Trump at the end of July that he could trigger a recession, and what do you know? I bet they are fuming over what is happening!

  • Trump’s presidency has lurched from crisis to crisis since he took office less than two years ago, but Thursday was a landmark day of chaos that appeared to test the resolve of even senior Republican backers in […]

    • Five years in, the war in Syria is costing about $4.5 billion a month (4.0 billion euros) in lost production and services alone, according to a report entitled “The Cost of Conflict for Children”. It was released by World Vision International, a Christian charity focused on children, and the consultancy this money and man power would save more American lives on the northern and southern borders and at ports on east and west cost. asked the soldiers stationed there

  • The U.S. Senate passed a criminal justice reform bill Tuesday night in an 87-12 vote, making it one of the biggest changes to the criminal justice system in some time.

    This bill, touted as the “First Step Act,” […]

    • Individual states can ‘reform’ their own criminal justice systems as they see fit. It isn’t proper, and probably unconstitutional, for Congress to delve into that matter.

      • How so?

        • TOM replied 8 months ago

          For the most part the Constitution gives states the power to govern themselves. The framers of the Constitution wanted a limited federal government with most of the power in the states.

    • THIS is what we should be talking about today. Bipartisan support for criminal justice.! Trump & Kushner got done what Congress has tried to achieve for years. Criminal Justice reform is a positive for Trump’s legacy. Every time Trump has an accomplishment, he manages to step on his good press. He could have announced the Syria withdraw next week or next year. Mattis wouldn’t announce his protest resignation until after the positive coverage. Trump needs to work on his timing.

  • Fact or Fiction
    Gov. Andrew Cuomo says Amazon’s new Queens headquarters will be treated no differently than other projects.

    According to The NY Times, Amazon agreed to split their HQ2 offices; between Long I […]

    • What a crock of horse manure! NYS will rape the taxpayers, the “corporations” won’t produce, and then prince andy will blame it on President Trump… You people are fools.

    • I’m seeing the tax breaks and incentives offered as just another stadium deal.

      The public pays. Limited (if any) tax revenues. But the government gets bragging rights.

    • Cuomo is a corrupt POS. He’s the reason we need term limits.

    • They are saying it will produce 25000 jobs. How much income tax will it bring in to the city and state? People off unemployment how much will that save. So tell amazon they have to employ at 25000 workers and if they go under that they have to pay taxes

    • Strange how there are now at least 5 Amazon Fulfillment Centers in Illinois and Amazon has employed thousands, but it has made no impact what’s so ever in our cities or state revinue and our taxes keep going higher! I’m not impressed with this company at all. There Is more to this New York/Virginia deal than meets the eye! And Mr Bezos is building a 12 million dollar home in or near DC??? Presidential hopeful maybe? I wouldn’t be surprised at all. Not my vote!!

  • President Donald Trump claimed on November 30 at the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, that the newly revised North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is the biggest trade deal ever.
    Question
    Is this […]

    • WTF is the point of this article? Just to bash Trump’s subjective nature? Cite examples other than the number of countries. Perhaps dollar amounts or number of products? Quit bashing and write something worthy. And if you are blue, write for blue, don’t infect my red space with your nonsense!

    • I normally like the fact check articles, but this one is a little flat. The President exaggerates everything. That isn’t news anymore unless you have got some other bombshell.

      As this article even states that the new NAFTA is better than the old, I’m not sure why there is any squabble over him saying its a big deal.

    • A minute and a half of my life that I will never get back again. Good night, cameron. “There is no way it can be the biggest trade deal ever if this deal doesn’t have the most trade partners ever.” Just my personal opinion, but the total amount of money involved would make a “trade” deal the biggest trade deal ever, NOT the number of countries involved, but thanks for setting me straight on that FACT???? Also, “We vote this claim as fiction.” Just WHO is WE?