Russian Hack Investigation

Former Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton seems to want to end her biggest run of her life with the biggest lie of her life. Mrs. Clinton started with an attack towards rival Donald Trump alleging that he is spreading conspiracy theories and smearing our election process (which is true) – but now she is claiming that her shady emails where leaked by Russia. She came up with this theory quickly after the emails were leaked – making the election all the more juicy. The biggest let down from this whole conspiracy is that we, the voter, have never heard any proof. Even the electoral college members wanted a briefing before they voted, and received none. So is there any truth behind the Russian Conspiracy?

Lets recap. Beginning in the Democratic Primaries, emails from the Democratic National Committee and Clinton were leaked to Wikileaks. The topics of the emails are dark, and shady ranging from racist comments to actually conspiring against Bernie Sanders to ensure Clinton’s victory. Even though the emails were legit, Hillary and the DNC cried fowl. So it seems that you can be corrupt and vindictive as long as it is in an email.

Fast forward past Clinton’s and Trump’s victory and more emails are released revealing the sinister workings of the Democratic party. And just as Trump can do anything without blame, Clinton avoided any blame for her emails because she alleged that the Russians hacked her – no mention of her private email server where anyone could probably hacked and no mention of the possibility that a DNC staffer or a Bernie supporter might have leaked the emails (Imagine that person watching the news as everyone thinks Russia leaked the emails). No, Clinton went straight to a Cold War era conspiracy – and now everyone is buying into it without any sort of evidence. No one seemed to make much noise over the claim until Hillary actually lost – then half the country, including President Obama and government agencies started investigating.

Now, imagine for a moment: half the country, the White House, and the FBI and CIA are trying to find proof – and trying to bar Trump from the White House. If this sort of power found evidence of Russian hackers, wouldn’t it benefit them and be a huge moral responsibility to notify us? What are they waiting for? Just recently, the CIA director John Brennan reported, “Earlier this week, I met separately with FBI [Director] James Comey and DNI Jim Clapper, and there is strong consensus among us on the scope, nature, and intent of Russian interference in our presidential election” Both directors and agencies refused to comment on that report. But is there a better time to come our and stop Trump than today? Today is that last chance with the Electoral College voting.

Not only did the Electoral College voter beg for a briefing on the Russian investigation, but Trump, and Wikileaks, and Russia, and half of America is begging for some sort of evidence. Wikileaks even offered to host the evidence, “Obama should submit any Putin documents to Wikileaks to be authenticated to our standards if he wants them to be seen as credible” Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said it was, “indecent of the United States to groundlessly accuse Russia of intervention in the US election campaign” Mr. Peskov continues, “They should either stop talking about that or produce some proof at last. Otherwise it all begins to look unseemly”

Yes, there seems to be some friendship between Trump and Putin – but Trump has dozens of other foreign friendships just as capable to hack into emails. And yes, there is no doubt Putin would rather have Trump in the White House than Clinton. But that has no bearing on if the claim is true. I, and any reasonable reader want to know what really happened. Maybe someone needs to hack their emails to figure what is going on in our own country. Any claim asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence – and I hope we see some evidence soon.

Now, I am posting this as my last post of the year as I take an hiatus over the holidays. So if it comes out that Russia really did hack the DNC emails – I will be the first to admit that. But keep in mind, whoever hacked the emails, Clinton and the DNC still said all those things. They really conspired against members of their own party. They still betrayed and miss presented their own voters. And Clinton still challenged our election system without revealing her proof.

be on the look out for one of two possibilities: it is proven that Russia has hacked our election, or Clinton is a liar. If the trend proves consistent – it is far more likely to be the later of the two.

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Student Loan Forgivness

The idea of forgiving all student loans is back in the news with pressure from presidential candidate Jill Stein along with special interest groups like Signon.org and Moveon.org – but is it a good idea?

There is no doubt I feel their pain. I have recently graduated college (a degree in Accounting of all things) and could not find a job. So I ended up going into huge debt for literally nothing! Maybe bragging rights – since an accounting degree is so cool.

The horrible job market is the direct cause of the jobless college grads. Companies can’t hire as many people, so they might as well hire someone more experienced with more degrees. And out of this frustration comes over 300,000 signatures for the issue and a presidential candidate. But what would happen if all student loans were forgiven?

On their website, Signon claims:

Forgiving the student loan debt of all Americans will have an immediate stimulative effect on our economy. With the stroke of the President’s pen, millions of Americans would suddenly have hundreds, or in some cases, thousands of extra dollars in their pockets each and every month with which to spend on ailing sectors of the economy. As consumer spending increases, businesses will begin to hire, jobs will be created and a new era of innovation, entrepreneurship and prosperity will be ushered in for all.

The evidence for this claim is nonexistent. Of course, the health of the economy depends on college grads getting into the work force. But arbitrarily forgiving debt is not the way to do that. For one, no debt does NOT mean there will be more jobs. There is no correlation what so ever. I want to remind the reader I would LOVE being debt free –  but anyone with a college education should realize it is not feasible.

Many people have already investigated the possibility of forgiving student debt and there is a strong consensus that it is a bad idea. Forgiving student loans would not stop future loans from being made. The president does not have the power to forgive student loans. With the loan companies stay stable if they know the government will simply forgive debt?

What is really needed, is a cool-headed response to the crisis. We need to realize, even if we are in debt, the loans clearly gave terms that were agreed to. We need to understand that forgiving debt will not create jobs. And finally, if someone like Jill Stein was in power to forgive debt, there is no way responsible congressman would allow that to happen. With all the debt in America today, no special interest group would allow this write off without their own considered.

Reasons why Student Debt write-off would NOT work:

1. No debt does NOT mean employment.

2. The president does NOT have that power

3. Student loan terms are clearly defined and are easy on your wallet

4. Forgiving student loans would destabilize the loan companies. They would not easily lend to future students there for, future students will have difficulty getting loans

5. Loan forgiveness is NOT stimulating. Simulating the economy needs spending money

6. Why college grads? Arn’t they the ones most likely to get a job?

If there is anyone who thinks this is actually a good idea after investigating the claims, obviously doesn’t have or deserve a college education.

I refer the level-headed reader to Representative Karen Bass’s page regarding the Student Loan Fairness act where a bipartisan bill is in the works to control interest rates as well as stress financial responsibility while proving a safety net to those who are struggling to pay.

https://bass.house.gov/bill/student-loan-fairness-act

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