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(RepublicanWire.org) – On Sunday, Senate Democrats passed what they labeled as the Inflation Reduction Act. The bill imposes the Democrats’ climate change agenda through billions of dollars allocated to cut greenhouse gas emissions and increase renewable energy.

Former President Donald Trump lashed out at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

“Mitch McConnell got played like a fiddle with the vote today by the Senate Democrats,” Trump wrote Sunday on his Truth Social platform.

“First he gave them the fake Infrastructure Bill, then Guns, never used the Debt Ceiling for negotiating purposes (gave it away for NOTHING!), and now this,” the former president said.

“Mitch doesn’t have a clue – he is sooo bad for the Republican Party!” he said.

Democrats initially claimed the bill would reduce the federal deficit by $300 billion over the next 10 years, but when they rammed it through the Senate on Sunday, no estimate had yet been prepared for the final package.

The vote on the bill was 50-50, with Vice President Kamala Harris breaking the tie.

An analysis from The New York Times of the tactics used to steer the bill around many political landmines — including a gun safety component and money to boost microchip research and production — said “Democrats also got some help from Republicans.”

“Democrats said a threat by Mr. McConnell to block the microchip bill should Democrats proceed with the climate and tax bill backfired by motivating Mr. Manchin to pursue a compromise,” referencing Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who earlier this year blocked Senate passage of a more expansive bill.

“Any time you threaten a bill you support because you are not getting your way on something else, you are in a bad spot,” Democratic Sen. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland said. “It just looks bad. It was so crassly political.”

McConnell at one point defended collaboration with the Democrats.

“Just because you have closely divided government doesn’t mean you do nothing,” the Kentucky Republican said on Fox News last week. “Just because there is a Democrat in the White House, I don’t think means Republicans should do nothing that is good for the country in the meantime.”

After the bill’s passage, McConnell issued a statement criticizing the bill.

“Democrats have proven over and over they simply do not care about middle-class families’ priorities. They have spent 18 months proving that. They just spent hundreds of billions of dollars to prove it again,” he said on Twitter.

“But the working Americans they have failed will be writing Democrats’ report cards in three months’ time,” he said.

(RepublicanWire.org) – Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s bent the knee to Chuck Schumer and agreed to “move forward” with a nearly $1 trillion reconciliation bill, the so-called Inflation Reduction Act, that critics say is poised to beef up the IRS, decimate American manufacturing, increase the cost of energy, raise taxes on all Americans, and worsen inflation.

The bill will specifically raise $739 billion in revenue through taxation and then spend roughly half of it on the Democrats’ schemes, including one to beef up the IRS.

In a statement released late Thursday, Sinema announced that she’s decided to “move forward” with the bill despite initial hesitation because she’s won the concessions she’d sought.

“We have agreed to remove the carried interest tax provision, protect advanced manufacturing, and boost our clean energy economy in the Senate’s budget reconciliation legislation. Subject to the Parliamentarian’s review, I’ll move forward,” she said.

The carried interest tax provision would have reportedly imposed a higher capital gains tax rate on private equity and hedge fund financiers.

It’s unclear how the Inflation Reduction Act will “protect advanced manufacturing.” According to an analysis from the non-partisan Joint Committee on Taxation, 49.7 percent of the $739 in revenue raised by the bill will come directly from the manufacturing industry.

Writing for Fox Business Network on Thursday, businessman Sen. Mike Braun warned that the bill will have a “crushing effect” on American manufacturing.

As for boosting “our clean energy economy,” as Sinema put it in her statement, this will translate to higher energy costs for all Americans, according to The Heritage Foundation.

“The bill goes on for hundreds of pages and details a combination of tax credits, subsidies, and regulations for the energy choices preferred by the D.C. elite, such as wind and solar, while increasing the costs to access more reliable, more abundant energy sources like gas and oil on federal lands,” the foundation notes.

In a statement of his own, Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer celebrated Sinema’s capitulation and vowed to formally introduce the bill on Saturday.

(RepublicanWire.org) – All eyes are on Senator Krysten Sinema (AZ-D) as America awaits to hear the fate of the disastrous spending and tax bill agreed to by Senator Joe Manchin (WV-D) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.

Last week, Manchin pulled a 180 on America and decided to back Biden’s new “Inflation Reduction Bill” which many claims is a retry of the failed Build Back Better deal that Manchin and Sinema shot down in December of 2021.

The bill is set to tax nearly every income bracket despite Joe Biden’s several promises that it would only tax those making over $400,000. Manchin who previously said the bill wouldn’t increase inflation further, which is why he shot down Build Back Better in the first place, just admitted that it was a mistake to suggest that it wouldn’t and that he now believes it will have a further impact on inflation in the United States.

Manchin, D-W.Va., said he plans to talk with Sinema, D-Ariz., on the Senate Monday about the bill. But her office says it may take a little longer for the senator to decide how she will vote.

“Sen. Sinema does not have comment as she’s reviewing the bill text and will need to see what comes out of the parliamentarian process,” a spokesperson for the senator told Fox News Digital Monday.

With a 50-50 Senate, and Republicans standing firm against the Manchin-Schumer bill, every vote will count for Schumer, D-N.Y., which means Sinema could single-handedly kill the bill from ever seeing the light of day.

That means Washington is anxiously waiting to see where she comes down on what may be the Democrats’ last and best chance to pass the social spending bill before the midterms. Adding to the drama, Sinema’s announcement may not come until later in the week, due to the nature of the parliamentarian process her spokesperson referred to.

According to a Fox News article, Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough this week will hear arguments from Republicans and Democrats over whether certain parts of the bill comport with the Byrd Rule. That process is called the Byrd Bath.

Democrats are attempting to use the Byrd Bath rule to get around the 60-vote filibuster. The Byrd rule is enforced when a Senator raises a point of order while considering a reconciliation bill or conference report. If the point of order is sustained, the offending title, provision, or amendment is deemed stricken unless its proponent can muster a 3/5 (60) Senate majority vote to waive the rule.

McDonough will rule on which provisions don’t fit that definition, making them what the rule calls “extraneous matter.” Technically, the Senate could overrule the parliamentarian, but top lawmakers haven’t indicated they plan to do so.

With a bill hundreds of pages long it could be several days before Sinema announces her final position, which could either shatter Democrats’ hopes of a significant legislative victory or power them to what could be their biggest, yet disastrous for America, win yet.

(RepublicanWire.org) – New evidence has been made public that Hunter Biden reportedly met a Russian oligarch and Putin ally who is now wanted for the murder of two corporate rivals.

Biden met Telman Ismailov on Feb. 17, 2012, at the Moscow headquarters of Ismailov’s AST Group holding company, according to the New York Post.

His father was vice president of the United States at the time of the meeting, where the shady first son prompted Ismailov to invest money in a company he ran.

Baku-born businessman was accused of paying $2 million in 2017 to have mall owner Vladimir Savkin and car scion Yury Briley murdered on the Novorizhskoye highway in Moscow.

According to the Russian investigation committee, the men had a business quarrel with Ismailov.

Ismailov, who has been granted asylum in Montenegro since February, told Radio Free Europe that the charges “were the result of political and economic persecution by the Russian Federation.”

Ismailov used to own and operate a publishing house, as well as companies providing tours and telecom.

Biden apparently spent two days with Ismailov and other members of Russia’s wealthy aristocracy, reportedly as part of talks with Biden’s investment firm Rosemont Realty.

Hunter met his father, then Vice President Joe Biden, on February 22, 2012, less than a week after meeting Ismailov and at least three other Putin-affiliated oligarchs.

Experts suggest that people like Ismailov wanted Hunter Biden to vent influence for them with his powerful father in exchange for the money needed.

“The only reason anyone—other than a crack dealer or a hooker—would want to meet Hunter Biden is to go see their father,” Jim Hanson, chairman of the Security Studies Group, told The Post. “They sold access, it was their business model. The Biden family was involved in cashing in on Joe’s political career.”

Biden apparently spent two days with Ismailov and other members of Russia’s wealthy aristocracy, reportedly as part of talks with Biden’s investment firm Rosemont Realty.

Experts suggest that people like Ismailov wanted Hunter Biden to dole out influence for them with his powerful father in exchange for the needed funds.

This is far from the first time Biden’s son has been accused of corruption.

Hunter’s firm raised $11 million over five years from his work as a lawyer and board member of Ukrainian energy company Burisma and his work with a Chinese businessman now accused of fraud.

The findings raise questions about national security and corruption as well as potential legal issues, as some question why the president’s son accepted work at power companies despite having no experience in the field.

Documents indicate Biden blew the money even faster than it came in — expenses found on his hard drive show the president’s son spent a dazzling $200,000 a month on things like luxury hotel rooms, Porsche payments, dental work and cash withdrawals from February 2017 to October 2018, according to an analysis of Hunter Biden’s abandoned hard drive by NBC news.

In a February 2017 divorce filing, attorney for Biden’s ex-wife Kathleen Buhle called the couple’s outstanding debts “shocking and overwhelming” and revealed they owed $313,000 in back taxes. According to the report, the couple had returned checks to their housekeeper and owed money to doctors and therapists.

In his memoir Beautiful Things, Hunter admits that the Burisma money financed his bad habits. He writes the extra money “turned into a major factor during my steepest slip into addiction” and “hunted me to spend recklessly, dangerously, destructively.” Humiliating. So I did.’

According to a report, Hunter Biden hired Hollywood attorney Kevin Morris to help him pay a $2 million tax bill — more than double what was previously reported — while under investigation for tax fraud by a Delaware Grand Jury.

Hunter Biden’s tax investigation began when his father was still serving as vice president during the Obama administration.

But investigations were opened in 2018 into possible tax fraud, money laundering and lobbying law violations after it emerged that heBiden may have used political clout to influence business deals.

In October 2020, the New York Post revealed the existence of the now infamous Hunter Biden laptop — a damaged MacBook Pro that took the president’s son to a repair shop in Wilmington, Delaware, but was never recovered.

Since then, more than 20,000 emails have been recovered from the laptop’s hard drive, which was obtained by DailyMail.com, which are believed to provide extensive evidence of Hunter Biden’s shady business dealings.

Former Justice Department official Chuck Rosenberg told NBC that paying what he owes could be seen as an admission of guilt by Biden. Rosenberg said not paying taxes for years, rather than one or two, helps establish intent.

Biden denies any criminal wrongdoing and told CBS News that he is “fully cooperating” with the Delaware investigation.

“And I’m absolutely sure, 100 percent sure,” he said, “that I will be acquitted of any wrongdoing at the end of the investigation.”

A September 2020 Senate report revealed that Hunter Biden brought in $6 million over nine months from his Chinese business dealings, including a $5 million payment from a Chinese energy company with ties to the Communist Party and $1 million for work with an associate later was jailed for bribery.

(RepublicanWire) – Democrats only like spending other people’s money. When it comes to spending their own money to help those in need, Democrats are not so generous. The Left claims they believe in helping the poor by creating massive tax-and-spend social entitlement programs. In reality, there is no nobility in spending other people’s money. Liberals want everyone to pay their “fair share” as long as it isn’t coming from their own wallets.

This hypocrisy is exposed by taking a look at the tax returns of Democrats. Tax returns reveal what someone truly values by seeing how they spend their money. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris recently released their 2021 tax returns, which shows they gave less to charity than the average taxpayer for their level of earnings.

Americans who are much poorer than Biden and Harris were more generous with their money. This shows how much Biden and Harris actually care about helping Americans in need, especially following the devastating economic impact of pandemic lockdowns.

Both couples are in high-income brackets. Joe and Jill Biden reported $610,702 in 2021 income, but only gave $17,394 to charity. This accounts for a whopping 2.8% of their income to charity. Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff reported $1,655,563in 2021 income, but only gave $22,100 to charity. This shockingly low amount is a mere 1.3% of their income.

According to 2016 data from the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center, the average charitable deduction is higher for those in the same tax brackets as Biden and Harris.

The average donation for those earning between $500,000 and $2 million is 3.1% of adjusted gross income. Filers earning between $100,000 and $500,000 donate 2.9%. Both Biden and Harris fall short of what most Americans are doing to help others in need.

On average, taxpayers making between $500,000 and $2,000,000 gave 3.1% of their income to charity, which would equal $51,322 on an income of $1,655,563.

Those earning under $50,000 who itemized charitable deductions handed out 8.4% of their AGI.

Biden’s charitable giving went to 10 different charities in 2021, with the largest gift — $5,000 — donated to the Beau Biden Foundation.

The $17,394 given to charity marks a decrease from 2020, when Biden was running for president. During that year, the Bidens gave $30,704 to charitable causes, which amounted to about 5% of their income.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News Digital.

“With this release, the President has shared a total of 24 years of tax returns with the American public, once again demonstrating his commitment to being transparent with the American people about the finances of the commander in chief,” the White House said in a statement Friday.

(RepublicanWire.org) – President Joe Biden has been a long-time critic of his predecessor’s tax cuts. However, even Biden can’t always ignore reality. As he announced his budget plan on Monday, he was forced to put his pride aside and finally admit that Trump’s taxation policy actually worked.

On March 28, Biden outlined his new budget proposals, which call for a massive $5.8 trillion in government spending. He blasted former President Donald Trump’s 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, but as he was discussing the plans, he claimed it had led to tax cuts and mostly helped the rich. Biden has made this claim before, and attracted a lot of criticism for it – even the notoriously liberal Washington Post awarded him four Pinocchios for his “clearly false” remarks about the tax cuts – but this time the numbers he went on to cite made clear that Trump got it right.

In 2017, before Trump’s cuts took effect, the federal government collected $3.3 trillion in taxes. By 2021, with the cuts still in place, that had risen to over $4 trillion despite the slowdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic; for 2022, it’s expected to be a record-breaking $4.5 trillion. As President Reagan showed in the 1980s, cutting taxes in the right places stimulates economic growth and increases tax revenue. Unfortunately, it isn’t increasing it enough to pay for Biden’s spending plans, but that’s hardly Trump’s fault.

(RepublicanWire.org) – Lunden Roberts, 30, joins a growing list of former business partners and associates who have been subpoenaed to give evidence in the Department of Justice’s secretive three-year probe into Hunter’s murky financial affairs.

As well as having a three-year-old daughter with the President’s son, whom he refuses to publicly acknowledge, Roberts spent more than a year working in a junior position at his investment firm, Rosemont Seneca.

She also chased Hunter through the courts for 10 months after he claimed in 2019 that he was too poor to pay child support despite living in a $12,000-per-month Hollywood rental and driving a Porsche.

Roberts gave evidence at a federal courthouse in Joe Biden’s home state of Delaware for several hours on Tuesday morning. Details of grand jury testimony remain secret and the single mom declined to speak about the case with a DailyMail.com reporter as she left.

Scandal-plagued Hunter claimed in his 2021 memoir that he had ‘no recollection’ of Roberts, nor the ‘encounter’ that led to the birth of their daughter, Navy Joan, in 2018.

And he has never mentioned the little girl’s name in public despite paying her mom a reported $2.5 million settlement after a court-ordered DNA test proved he was the dad.

DailyMail.com revealed last year that Hunter, 52, not only had an affair with Roberts, he once hired her to work at Rosemont Seneca, his Washington, D. C.-based investment firm that now finds itself in the crosshairs of the federal inquiry.

Rosemont Seneca was one of a handful of companies listed in a May 2019 grand jury subpoena that ordered JP Morgan Chase to hand over records of transactions between Hunter’s various ventures and the Bank of China for the previous five years.

It also asked for similar ‘records, documents and accounts’ related to James Biden, the President’s brother, and Hunter’s former business partners Eric Schwerin and Devon Archer, both founding partners at Rosemont Seneca.

Archer’s attorney, Matthew Schwartz, confirmed that his client had ‘cooperated completely’ with the DOJ after the subpoena was leaked online last month by conservative research group Marco Polo.

The document offered the first real clues as to the specifics of Delaware U. S. Attorney David Weiss’s probe, which was launched in late 2018 but controversially kept under wraps until weeks after the 2020 Presidential election, supposedly to avoid becoming a campaign issue.

CNN has reported that the investigation is focused on Hunter’s business dealings in China while Politico claims it relates to whether he paid taxes on all of his income.

‘I learned yesterday for the first time that the U. S. Attorney’s Office in Delaware advised my legal counsel, also yesterday, that they are investigating my tax affairs,’ Hunter announced in December 2020.

‘I take this matter very seriously but I am confident that a professional and objective review of these matters will demonstrate that I handled my affairs legally and appropriately, including with the benefit of professional tax advisors.’

Roberts was not named in the 2019 subpoena and her involvement remained a secret until she was compelled to attend the J. Caleb Boggs Federal Building in downtown Wilmington.

Billionaire Elon Musk unloaded on Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) in a series of tweets on Tuesday after Warren suggested without evidence that Musk does not pay taxes because of a “rigged tax code.”

“Let’s change the rigged tax code so The Person of the Year will actually pay taxes and stop freeloading off everyone else,” Warren tweeted along with a news article on how Musk was named Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year.”

Musk responded with a torrent of tweets, the first of which was an op-ed published on Fox News that featured the title: “Elizabeth Warren is a fraud — Her lies about being Native American disqualify her from presidency, Senate.”

“Stop projecting!” Musk declared in the tweet.

“You remind me of when I was a kid and my friend’s angry Mom would just randomly yell at everyone for no reason,” Musk said. “Please don’t call the manager on me, Senator Karen 🙏.”

A few hours later, Musk continued, adding: “And if you opened your eyes for 2 seconds, you would realize I will pay more taxes than any American in history this year.”

Warren’s tweet follows Musk’s harsh criticism of the Biden administration’s “Build Back Better Act.” The $1.75 trillion legislation — which the House of Representatives has already approved — would expand various social programs, including universal preschool, childcare subsidies, and climate change initiatives.

“I would say can this bill, don’t pass it. That’s my recommendation,” argued Musk during The Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council Summit. “If this bill happens or doesn’t happen, we don’t think about it at all really. Honestly it might be better if the bill doesn’t pass.”

Musk continued his remarks by sharing an analysis from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School explaining that the national debt would increase by over 24% if the bill’s provisions are made permanent. “There is a lot of accounting trickery in this bill that isn’t being disclosed to the public,” he added, noting that the $1.75 trillion price tag is deceptively low due to the arbitrary expiration of several programs.

Musk slammed advocates of big government in recent remarks that he gave, saying, “It does not make sense to take the job of capital allocation away from people who have demonstrated great skill in capital allocation, and give it to an entity that has demonstrated very poor skill in capital allocation, which is the government.”

“Government is simply the biggest corporation, with the monopoly on violence,” he added.