By Rachel Shapiro | firstname.lastname@example.org STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Those who spent part of their lives in the former Soviet Union remember what it was like to live under a repressive socialist regime, and on Staten Island, some of them are hoping Donald Trump becomes the next American president. Four Russian and Ukrainian men, who are longtime Staten Island residents and who have called America their home for between 23 and 27 years each, spoke with the Advance about their support for Trump and their hope that the Russian-speaking population on Staten Island and elsewhere recall their experience with socialism and reject both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, garnered 82 percent of the vote on Staten Island in the April 19 primary when Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich were still in the running. Igor Baboshkin of Emerson Hill, Dmitry Lisovetsky of Dongan Hills, Ilya Galak of Annadale and Arkadiy Fridman of New Dorp believe that among the Russian-speaking population on Staten Island, Trump has support in the 80 percent range. "And everyone says Trump is anti-immigrant," Fridman said with a laugh. He and his colleagues are all active in the Island's large Russian-speaking community — Lisovetsky through the Russian funeral home he owns, Baboshkin as publisher of Russian-language newspapers and as president of Russian Americans Council of Staten Island, Galak as a member of a civic organization and involved with Fridman in a local publication, Citizens Magazine. Fridman is also president of the Staten Island Community Center. The men fear there is a movement in American politics toward harmful socialist policies. Under such policies in the former Soviet Union "everyone became equal and poor," Fridman said. The men shared stories of having no money and no goods available to buy even if they did have the means to purchase them. In America, all four men work hard to build lives for themselves and their families, own businesses and houses, and they want to see economic growth more than anything. Galak calls himself a one-issue voter: Is it made in America? Good. When he recently needed to purchase fire alarm cable for his job as an electrical engineer for a building project, he gave his business to the one New York-based company he could find that sold the good. Most of the time, the products he buys come from China. A Democrat — the only one in the group of four, the others Republicans — he voted in the primary for Sanders because he wants to bring manufacturing jobs back to the United States. But Galak said Trump has his vote in the general election. "Without manufacturing, our country is doomed," he said. Fridman believes that the larger group of Eastern European immigrants who have become American citizens will support Trump. The men all came to America legally, waiting, in some cases, a few years before getting the proper green-lit paperwork. They have seen, in their personal experiences, little motivation for new immigrants to work hard in America. Lisovetsky said it's hard to find Russian-speaking employees for his business because they would rather collect unemployment benefits and food stamps. "We came to start working," Fridman said. "We understood that we have to become Americans." They believe Trump will do everything he can to reform the immigration system that has people waiting far too long and encourages illegal immigration by rewarding people with handouts. They also like that Trump opposed the Iraq War and other military aggressions, being slower to get American troops involved in conflict than perhaps Clinton's record would suggest she would be as president. Asked whether they truly believe socialism in Eastern Europe could come to America, they expressed their belief that a close enough version could. Having come from oppressive governments, the four men agree: more government means more corruption. That is perhaps the biggest reason they support Trump, for his support of limited government, lower taxes, private sector growth and more incentives for businesses to locate in America, instead of much-more-affordable overseas locations. With a more business-friendly climate, America could become a place where companies can afford to locate to, they argued, and create jobs. That climate won't be created under a Clinton or Sanders presidency, they believe, only a Trump administration. "Corruption exists only when [the] government has a lot of money, when we don't have private investment anymore," Fridman said. "So government taxes the middle class, then collects the tax money and invests in government projects and wastes the money. When [the] private sector invests, the private sector makes sure that we will not lose the money ... every penny counts."
By Boris Albin: May 17, 2016 Trump vs Clinton. Little Is Off Limits as Donald J. Trump goes on assault of Hillary R. Clinton. Several Clinton advisers said they were not underestimating Mr. Trump’s ability to do some damage, acknowledging that Mrs. Clinton’s unaffordability ratings were high — though not as high as Trump’s — and that many Americans had concerns about her honesty and trustworthiness, according to polls. "Trump is a real lowbrow brawler,” said one of her political strategists. “That’s not her style. She has to counteract him, and the best for her be to keep cool.”
Mark Penn, the chief strategist for Mrs. Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, and the Harvard University Center for American Political Studies have conducted polling that indicates attacks against Mrs. Clinton over her private email server, the deaths in Benghazi and other issues would weaken her in a matchup against Mr. Trump. “The poll shows he could bring her vote down with sharp attacks, but that does not bring his vote up,” Mr. Penn wrote in an email. Some of her supporters said they were concerned about a wreck Trump could do. They described him as a true street fighter and worried that she's not be as gutsy and nimble enough to deliver a knockout punch. For Clinton, the coming battle is huge examination. Some said that "she has decades of experience and qualifications" (oh, please!), but it may not be "the merit" that wins her the "presidency" — it may be how she handles the humiliations inflicted by Mr. Trump. After decades of enjoying what she once called “the politics of personal destruction,” Hillary Clinton might be winning the White House only if she survives in more sordid scandalous accusations, calculated and performed with surgical precision.
“Just getting nasty with Hillary won’t work,” Mr. Trump said in telephone interview to NYT. “You really have to get people to look hard at her character, and to get women to ask themselves if Hillary is truly sincere and authentic. Because she has been really ugly in trying to destroy Bill’s mistresses, and she is pandering to women so obviously when she is only interested in getting power.” Also he noted that women did not like seeing Mrs. Clinton insulted or bullied by men. He said he wanted to be more strategic, by calling into question Mrs. Clinton’s judgment in her reaction to Mr. Clinton’s affairs — people close to the couple have said she was involved in efforts to discredit the women — and in her response to crises like Benghazi. Mr. Trump will try to hold her accountable for serious security lapses at the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and for the death of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens there. And he must prove, that Mrs. Clinton is fundamentally corrupt to the core, by invoking everything from her inglorious past: from cattle futures trades in the late 1970s to the federal investigation into her email practices as secretary of state. Good luck, Donald! May The Force be with you! And now, supporting statistics. Democrat frontrunner Hillary Clinton has a slim 4-point lead over GOP presumptive nominee Donald Trump. Clinton has 41 percent support against 37 percent for Donald Trump, within the poll’s margin of error. Reuters reports that the race has narrowed since last week, driven primarily by a drop in Clinton’s favorability among voters. Only 45 percent of registered voters have a favorable opinion of Clinton, down slightly from last week. Trump’s favorable numbers have also dipped, however. Just 41 percent of the electorate have a favorable opinion of the real estate developer. Trump’s drop in favorability alongside Clinton’s has prevented the GOP nominee from moving above the Democrat in the tracking poll. Trump does, however, have a significant lead among Independents in the poll. He is the choice of 42 percent of Independents, far more than the 19 percent who prefer Clinton. 38 percent of Independents are undecided between the two frontrunners. Factoring in the poll’s margin of error, “neither” could be the top choice of Independent voters. Hillary now has a substantial lead over Bernie Sanders in the Democrat primary, according to the poll. She leads the socialist Senator 56-41 among Democrats. That said, in a general election match-up against Trump, she has the backing of just 75 percent of Democrats. Just over 1-in-10 Democrats support Trump while another 14 percent are undecided. Trump, arguably, has more work to do than Clinton, though, on solidifying his support among Republicans. In a match-up against Clinton, Trump has the support of 69 percent of Republicans, 6 points lower than Clinton’s support among Democrats. Just 8 percent of Republicans would support Clinton, but almost a quarter of Republicans are still undecided. Not bad, actually. By Boris Albin.
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Protesters gather outside the Anaheim Convention Center with an effigy of Donald Trump prior to a rally for the Republican presidential candidate on May 25, 2016, in Anaheim, California.
Trump Earthquake Causes Democrat Tsunami
By Dr. Robert Owens It is not often that we get to witness a true phenomenon. The Reagan Revolution was exciting but it was not a phenomenon. It was a carefully planned, long fought, and hard won battle between the Conservative wing and the Progressive wing of the Republican Party. The Reagan Revolution began with The Speech by Ronaldos Maximus in support of Barry Goldwater delivered on a television program, Rendezvous with Destiny. It blossomed during his two successful terms as Governor of California, and sputtered a little in 1976 when he lost the nomination for President to Gerald Ford in the last contested convention in American History. Then after four years of hard grass roots work Reagan’s followers, this author included in their ranks, captured the party from precinct captain to national chairman. The next eight years led to many successes, compromises, and a failure culminating in the party being handed over as a prize to George the First and the rest is History. The Bush dynasty ran the brand into the ground. Enter The Donald. Now here is a phenomenon. The last time a non-politician came from nowhere to capture the nomination of one of the major parties was in 1940 when the so-called Miracle in Philadelphia brought about the surprise nomination of a life-long Democrat who mirrored FDR’s positions on most important issues. He came in as a dark horse and through clever manipulation and behind the scenes machinations whisked the nomination out of the hands of the three top contenders: Senator Robert Taft of Ohio (the son of President William H. Taft), Senator Arthur Vandenberg of Michigan, and Manhattan District Attorney Thomas Dewey. Of course this was back in the day when there really were smoke filled backrooms and party bosses and long before primaries and State caucuses. Here we are a life-time later and the ideological descendants of the Wilkie wonks after turning the Party of Reagan into Democrat Lite were planning on foisting another Bush on their unwilling base. Trump trumped them all. He knocked off one establishment straw man after another as well as the closest thing we will see to Reagan to stand unchallenged for the nomination. No grass roots organization, no army of K-Street consultants, hardly any advertising, just Trump. His triumph over everyone else who should have won is a true political phenomenon. Now comes the general election at least once the Democrats stop the charade of Hillary losing her way to the nomination and hold their coronation of the Queen of Hearts. Even relying on the yellow-dog Democrats, the dead Democrats who continue to vote, and the undocumented Democrats Hillary is going to face an uphill battle. When you consider she may be ethically challenged, personally cold, under threat of indictment, and bringing Slick Willy along her campaign strategy consists of convincing people that her opponent is worse. You can see she may not be the certainty the liberal media make her out to be. Just look at her record. Everything she has accomplished has been because she said “I do” to Bubba. While he was playing hound dog and doing some government jobs on the side she was busy covering up his serial abuse of women and smoothing out the wrinkles from his frequent bimbo eruptions. Then after they left the White House, looting it on the way out the door, she ran for the Senate in a state where the Democrats own the vote. She spends a term and a half accomplishing nothing and is appointed as Secretary of State. The judgement of her tenure as America’s leading diplomat has yet to be adjudicated. She is a poor campaigner at best. And she’s bringing Bill back to the scene of his crimes. This is not the recipe for the Clinton Crime Family to recapture the capitol. If that isn’t enough we do have Hillary’s top scandals as reported in World Net Daily(this is an abbreviated version): Read Full Story
White House Watch: Trump 42%, Clinton 37%
Trump Trumps Never-Trump
The Perpetually Re-elected Progressive Elite, the Corporations Once Known as the Mainstream media, and their pet poodle pundits make fun of Trump by calling him a “Reality TV Star.” They just don’t get it. Half the country wishes they were reality TV Stars. They say he is brash, uncouth, and disrespectful to the army of political hacks he has been and will confront. They just don’t get it. People want someone who will stand up for the Country Party in the face of the Government Party that has controlled both major parties for so long. The list of disconnects between the imperial rulers in Chicago-on-the-Potomac and the great unwashed out here in fly-over country is massive. It is easily more than enough to define a complete breakdown in the social contract of a limited government. A social contract forged in the Declaration of Independence and enshrined in the Constitution which defines the legitimacy of the current regime. The Progressive megaphones tell us this is the strongest economy in American History and that President Obama is the greatest chief executive of modern times. They even fantasize about the “Obama Boom.” Working people laugh when you try to sell them this obvious propaganda. The government tells us that we have reached full employment. Anyone who reads should know that over ninety-three million able bodied Americans no longer work and only a little over 150 million are working. Yet the government tells us there is 5% unemployment when the numbers say it is closer to 40%. Our leaders tell us there is no inflation no matter how many trillions of fiat dollars they print, and all of us who shop for our own food, buy our own clothes, or pay utility bills know otherwise. They tell us we won the war in Iraq. We may have won it by the time King George II left but since Prince Obama got his hands on it ISIS tells us we haven’t. Our leaders say we have won in Afghanistan. Everyone in the world knows that the minute we leave the Taliban roll right back into Kabul and the sock puppets we have been supporting all these years as the leaders of a democratic Afghanistan will be flying to Switzerland in 747s filled with American taxpayer’s cash. We are told Obamacare is a great success. Anyone who had insurance before it started knows that if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor has to be tempered by increased fees, increased deductibles, increased co-payments, and decreased covered services. Read Full Story
CAN WE SAVE AMERICA
By Arkadiy Fridman Citizens Magazine, President
"Most economic fallacies derive from the tendency to assume that there is a fixed pie, which one party can gain only at the expense of another." Milton Friedman
"We have a system that increasingly taxes work and subsidizes non-work." Milton Friedman
"The world runs on individuals pursuing their self interests. The great achievements of civilization have not come from government bureaus. Einstein didn’t construct his theory under order from a bureaucrat. Henry Ford didn’t revolutionize the automobile industry that way." Milton Friedman
The economic prosperity of a country and its citizens’ standard of living are very dependent on industrial and high tech power. America, Germany, Japan and South Korea all have basically sound economies and a high standard of living because they have advanced industries with companies that include Boeing, IBM, Apple, Ford, General Motors, Chrysler, Mercedes Benz, BMW, Krupp's, Sony, Toyota, Toshiba, Honda, Samsung, LG, and many more. These nations have excellent banking and insurance systems as well as stable political systems. They all compete with one another, but face serious competition from China, India and Brazil which have populations that provide cheap labor. Given these realities, what must America do to remain the greatest country in the world? Read Full Story
“For far too long, dozens of thousands of the Russian-American senior citizens of New York have been shut out of the voting process unfairly because of the language barrier,” pontificated State Sen. Carl Kruger when he introduced the legislation. Passed by the New York state Senate 48 to14 on May 28, the bill, known as S. 552 - An act to amend the election law in relation to providing Russian-language voting materials” passed the state Assembly with only 23 members dissenting out of 132 votes cast. Read Full Story
Made in New York by New Yorkers
By Ilya Galak, Michael Califra and Alan Galak Staten Island, NY
“Not only the wealth, but the independence and security of a country, appear to be materially connected with the prosperity of manufacturers. Every nation, with a view to those great objects, ought to endeavor to possess within itself all the essentials of national supply. These comprise the means of subsistence, habitation, clothing, and defense” – Alexander Hamilton
The biggest and most immediate threat to the health of our national and local economy is the sick state of the middle class.
This nation is the wealthiest the world has ever known. It became an industrial power, then a superpower because of its ability to manufacture things. Yet we have let that base of our prosperity slowly erode as the investor class, in search of ever higher profits, abandoned American workers in favor of cheap labor overseas. Read Full Story
The Real Free Lunch
Milton Friedman (July 31, 1912 – Novem-ber 16, 2006) was an American economist, statistician, and a recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics. He is best known among scholars for his theoretical and empirical research, especially consumption analysis, monetary history and theory, and for his demonstration of the complexity of stabilization policy He was an economic advisor to U.S. President Ronald Reagan. Over time, many governments practiced his restatement of a political philosophy that extolled the virtues of a free market economic system with little intervention by government. Born in Brooklyn, NY. «Columbus did not seek a new route to the Indies in response to a majority directive». « If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a short-age of sand. The greatest advances of civilization, whether in architecture or painting, in science and literature, in industry or agriculture, have never come from centralized government». From the speech given at the opening of the Cato Head-quarters in Wash-ington, D.C., May 6, 1993. I am delighted to be here on the occasion of the opening of the Cato Headquarters. It is a beautiful building and a real tribute to the intellec-tual influence of Ed Crane and his associates.I have sometimes been associated with the apho-rism «There's no such thing as a free lunch», which I did not invent. I wish more attention were paid to one that I did in-vent, and that I think is particularly appropri-ate in this city, «Nobody spends somebody else's money as carefully as he spends his own». But all aphorisms are half-truths. One of our favorite fam-ily pursuits on long drives is to try to find the oppo-site of aphorisms. For ex-ample, «History never re-peats itself», but «There's nothing new under the sun». Or «look before you leap», but «He who hesitates is lost». The op-posite of «There's no such thing as a free lunch» is clearly «The best things in life are free».And in the real eco-nomic world, there is a free lunch, an extraordi-nary free lunch, and that free lunch is free markets and private property. Why is it that on one side of an arbitrary line there was East Germany and on the other side there was West Germany with such a different level of prosperity? It was be-cause West Germany had a system of largely free, private markets – a free lunch. At the moment, we in the United States have available to us, if we will take it, some-thing that is about as close to a free lunch as you can have. Af-ter the fall of commu-nism, everybody in the world agreed that socialism was a fail-ure. Everybody in the world, more or less, agreed that capital-ism was a success. The funny thing is that every capitalist country in the world apparently concluded that therefore what the West needed was more socialism. That's obviously absurd… Free Lunches in the Budget Let me give a few examples. The Rural Electrification Administration.
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Milton Friedman (July 31, 1912 – November 16, 2006) was an American economist, statistician, and a recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics. He is best known among scholars for his theoretical and empirical re-search, especially consumption analysis, monetary history and theory, and for his demonstration of the complexity of stabilization policy He was an economic advisor to U.S. President Ronald Reagan. Over time, many governments practiced his restatement of a political philosophy that extolled the virtues of a free market economic system with little intervention by government. Born in Brooklyn, NY.
Milton Friedman PBS Free to Choose 1980 Vol 1 of 10 Power of the Market
By Milton Friedman I am favor of cutting taxes under any circumstances and for any excuse, for any reason, whenever it's possible Governments never learn. Only people learn a decent education. As children, we were able to walk to school; in fact, we could walk in the streets without fear almost everywhere. In the depth of the Depression, when the number of truly disadvantaged people in great trouble was larger than it is today, there was nothing like the current concern over personal safety, and there were few panhandlers littering the streets. What you had on the street were people trying to sell apples. There was a sense o self-reliance that, if it hasn't disappeared, is much less prevalent.In 1938 you could even find an apartment to rent in New York City. After we got married and moved to New York, we looked in the apartments-available column in the newspaper, chose half a dozen we wanted to look at, did so, and rented one. People used to give up their apartments in the spring, go away for the summer, and come back Only government can take perfectly good paper, cover it with perfectly good ink and make the combination worthless The government solution to a problem is usually as bad as the problem www.citizensmagazine.com № 4 April 2010 in the autumn to find new apartments. It was called the moving season. In New York today, the best way to find an apartment is probably to keep track of the obituary columns. What's produced that difference? Why is New York housing a disaster today? Why does South Bronx look like parts of Bosnia that have been bombed? Not because of private market, obviously, but be-cause of rent control. Government Causes Social Problems Despite the current rhetoric, our real problems are not economic. I am inclined to say that our real problems are not economic despite the best efforts of government to make them so. I want to cite one figure. In 1946 government assumed responsibility for producing full employment with the Full Employment Act. In the years since then, unemployment has aver-aged 5.7 percent. In the years from 1900 to 1929 when government made no pretense of being responsible for employment, unemployment averaged 4.6 percent. So, our un-employment problem too is largely government created. Nonetheless, the economic problems are not the real ones. Our major problems are social – deteriorating education, lawlessness and crime, homelessness, the collapse of family values, the crisis in medical care, teenage pregnancies. Every one of these problems has been either produced or exacerbated by the well-intentioned efforts of government. It's easy to document two things: that we've been transferring resources from the private market to the government market and that the private market works and the government market doesn't. It's far harder to under-stand why supposedly intelligent, well-intentioned people have produced these results. One rea-son, as we all know, that is certainly part of the answer is the power of special interests. But I believe that a more fundamental answer has to do with the difference between the self-interest of individuals when they are engaged in the private market and the self-interest of individuals when they are engaged in the political market. If you're engaged in a venture in the private market and it begins to fail, the only way you can keep it going is to dig into your own pocket. So you have a strong incentive to shut it down. On the other hand, if you start exactly the same enterprise in the government sector, with exactly the same prospects for failure, and it beings to fail, you have a much better alternative. You can say that your project or program should really have been undertaken on a bigger scale; and you don't have to dig into your own pocket, you have a much deeper pocket into which to dig, that of the tax-payer. In perfectly good conscience you can try to persuade, and typically succeed in persuading, not the taxpayer, but the congressman, that yours is really a good project and that all it needs is a little more money. And so, to coin another aphorism, if a private venture fails, it's closed down. If a government venture fails, it's expanded. Institutional Changes We sometimes think the solution to our problems is to elect the right people to Congress. I believe that's false, that if a random sample of people in this room were to replace the 435 people in the House and the 100 people in the Senate, the results would be much the same. With few exceptions, the people in Congress are de-cent people who want to do good. They're not deliberately engaging in activities that they know will do harm. They are simply immersed in an environment in which all the pressures are in one direction, to spend more money. Recent studies demonstrate that most of the pressure for more spending comes from the government itself. It's a self-generating monstrosity. In my opinion, the only way we can change it is by changing the incentives under which the people in government operate. If you want people to act differently, you have to make it in their own self-interest to do so. As Armen Alcan always says, there's one thing you can count on everybody in the world to do, and that's to put his self-interest above yours. I have no magic formula for changing the self-interest of bureaucrats and members of Congress. Constitutional amendments to limit taxes and spending, to rule out monetary manipulation, and to inhibit market distortions would be fine, but we're not going to get them. The only vi-able thing on the national horizon is the term-limits movement…
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