Vedder Holsters Daily Digest: Correcting the Bureaucracy, Assault Gloves and California Innovation

Must be an oversight . . . Even After Being Caught, CDC Still Hasn’t Corrected Accidental Gun Death Data in Database, Causes Errors by Others – “In January 2016, Dr. John…

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Spree Shooting In Wisconsin Leaves Four Dead, Including Police Officer



A spree killing that apparently started as a domestic disturbance at a bank spread to a law firm and an apartment complex left four dead before the suspect was captured.

8:20 p.m.

Police in northern Wisconsin say an officer and three other people were killed in what apparently began as a domestic dispute in a bank.

Everest Metro Police Chief Wally Sparks said the slain officer was from his department. Sparks did not release the officer’s name. The names of the other three dead also were not released.

Sparks said a suspect was in custody.

The violence in the small town of Rothschild began shortly after noon on Wednesday, after police were summoned to what they called a “domestic situation” at Marathon Savings Bank.

They say they arrived to find two people with gunshot wounds and the suspect gone. Authorities say a second shooting happened soon after at a law firm and a third at an apartment complex.


7:10 p.m.

A witness to the shooting of a police officer in northern Wisconsin says he was hit moments after arriving at an apartment complex in pursuit of a suspect in a string of shootings.

Kelly Hanson says she looked out her apartment window in the small town of Weston about 1:15 p.m. to see a squad car approach, and a few seconds later heard a gunshot and saw the officer fall. She says other officers then drove in with an armored vehicle to retrieve him.

Authorities haven’t released information on the officer’s condition.

Hanson says she stayed in her apartment all afternoon until hearing a volley of about 10 shots. Police haven’t said what happened with the suspect, but Hanson says she was finally allowed to leave her apartment in early evening.

Police say the shootings began at a bank in nearby Rothschild around midday and included one at a law firm before the violence at the apartment complex.

More on this as it develops…


The first shooting occurred around 1:00 p.m., police say, when someone reported shots being fired at Marathon Savings Bank in Rothschild.

About 10 minutes later, police received a call for shots fired at Tlusty, Kennedy and Dirks law office in Schofield, which is less than two miles away from the bank.

A few minutes later, police were called to Aspen Street Apartments, about two miles from the law office. About a dozen gunshots were heard around 5:00 PM…

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Tuesday Evening Podcast: On New Shooters, Testing Guns and the Sounds of Silence

This evening I wax poetic on the joys of taking new shooters to the range, the beauty of time spent ’round the fire and under the stars with friends, and the…

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Fobus Holster Signs Laura Burgess Marketing (LBM) to Manage Public Relations

Fobus Holster and Mag Pouches


Bensalem, Pa. ( – First Samco, Inc. (FSI), the exclusive distributor of Fobus Holster, has signed Laura Burgess Marketing (LBM) to manage the Fobus brand in the law enforcement, military, security and civilian marketplace. The Fobus holster was developed in Israel for Israeli military and special services. Their combat proven design soon became a standard for international military and law enforcement units, as well as a primary choice for civilian carry. Fobus took the lead in developing the first injection molded polymer holsters and thus revolutionized how holsters today are developed for lightness, comfort and durability.

LBM will manage the advertising program, public relations and social media accounts. In addition, LBM will work with industry media professionals to increase editorial coverage of the Fobus Holster product line.

“We look forward to continuing to leverage our recently completed initiatives which included the launching of our new user friendly website, introduction of new innovative products and the completion of new product packaging, just to name a few… We’re excited to work with Laura Burgess and the entire LMB team, whose stellar industry reputation and decade’s long experience has been unrivaled,” commented Ira Block, President First Samco, Inc.

“Fobus has a legendary history within our industry and continues to innovate the holster market to this day,” Laura Burgess, founder and CEO of LBM added. “We at LBM are excited to be working with Fobus during this evolutionary phase of their growth.”

For more information, visit Fobus Holster at

About Fobus Holster:

Fobus Holster was founded in 1978 and is Israel’s leading holster maker. Fobus was the first holster company to introduce injection molded polymer holsters and was developed for the Israeli Military and Special Security services. Fobus holsters and mag pouches are made of high density polymers which are exceptionally comfortable, lightweight and extremely durable. Fobus offers a variety of over 160 different passive and active retention holsters, in both left and right handed versions, fitting hundreds of different firearms and revolvers, with all possible carry options. All Fobus holsters and mag pouches are virtually maintenance free and carry a Lifetime Warranty.

About Laura Burgess Marketing:

Laura Burgess Marketing provides public relations and marketing communications to companies within the law enforcement, tactical, military, shooting sports and outdoor markets. Laura Burgess, an industry veteran, and staff have over 36 years of combined experience in PR, marketing, social media and content development. Laura Burgess Marketing’s current client list includes: Revision Military, MasterPiece Arms, Morphix Technologies, American Gunsmithing Institute, IWI US, Fobus Holster, National Tactical Officers Association, Eagle Imports, Adaptive Tactical, Bergara Rifles, Kalashnikov USA, CAA, Hartman Ltd., Parabon NanoLabs, Copper Basin™, DNA Labs International, BNTI Arms, Chromatra, LLC, DoubleStar Corp., Flopak, Lyman Products, Ritter & Stark, Shell Shock Technologies and Vertx. Laura Burgess Marketing is headquartered in New Bern, North Carolina, with satellite offices in Maryland, North Carolina and Utah.


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Virginia Gun Store Aims High With Ladies-Only Concealed Carry Class



Women in Virginia Beach, Virginia are lining up to take Superior Pawn and Gun’s ladies only concealed carry class. In this class, a NRA instructor utilizes gun safety and target practice to educate and empower women.

The classes have become so popular that they book months in advance. By the end of March the store will have certified 1,000 women through their ladies-only classes.

“[There’s] an environment where there’s only women, no judgment, something that’s fun and relatable,” Samantha O’Donald, a manager at Superior, told WTKR. “We had no idea it was going to be as big as it turned out to be.”

More women in the local area are wanting to protect themselves and are looking at concealed carry permits (CCP) as a means of doing so.

“(I want to) take away the fear of even handling [guns] and I want to learn how to protect myself obviously,” said Christine Dennis-Galdo, a class attendee.

In 2016 alone, 7,454 people applied for CCPs in the Virginia Beach Court Circuit, a record for the area.

According to Andrew Goddard, Legislative Director for the Virginia Center for Public Safety, even though more people are owning firearms, they aren’t as safe as they think they are.

“You would expect that if more people were carrying themselves and more people were protecting themselves from danger that there would be more justifiable homicides. That’s not been noted,” he said. “People from gun-owning families are more likely to be killed or injured with guns than people with families where there are no guns.”

Of course, gun advocates, like O’Donald, disagree.

“I think education is the most important thing and when you have people who are well-trained it keeps bad things from happening with firearms,” said O’Donald.

Watch WTKR’s coverage of the story here:



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Ever Wonder Why U.S. Marines Cannot Live Without Their “Woobie?”


In the United States Marine Corps, we are referred to as “The Few, The Proud!” U.S. Marines are also known for their intestinal fortitude, toughness and all-around hard-charging attitudes. So why the hell do we all refer to our favorite piece of military issued gear as our “Woobie?!”

From my understanding, the poncho liner or “woobie” was developed during the Vietnam war. U.S. soldiers and Marines needed something to keep them dry on damp nights in the jungles of Vietnam. They also needed a solution for a bit of warmth during the cool nights in the jungle. The military poncho, as we know it today, along with the poncho liner were developed to address this need.

The woobie is constructed from 2 pieces of quilted nylon with a polyester filling. It has tie-down cords on all 4 corners so that it can be attached to the grommets on a poncho. There are various pattern choices available for the poncho liner. I own multiple versions consisting of the olive drab, ERDL and Woodland patterns. But in recent times, the MARPAT, MultiCam and other color options have been introduced into the market.

Of course… I NOW need to get my hands on a MARPAT woobie. 😉

I have spent countless chilly nights cuddled up with my woobie while on active duty. My poncho liner travelled the world with me and was that one bit of comfort that my fellow Marines and I had access to. Even on soggy nights, the woobie would work its almost magical ability to keep me warm and dry with its water resistant construction.

While in the field… If things were to go awry, my woobie was one of the few things that I could count on to make things SUCK, just a little bit less.

Right before I left active duty, I had to return all of the gear that I was issued by the Marine Corps. The only thing that I was certain about coming home with me was my wobbie. Luckily, I had a buddy in Supply and I conveniently returned my gear while he was on duty. He inspected my poncho liner, rendered it as unserviceable; and it casually made it’s way into the trunk of my car. 🙂

At the moment, I just looked at it as a keepsake… But as I maintained my preparedness and outdoor lifestyle, my woobie continued to be part of my standard kit, whenever I was in the field.

When Marines test out a piece of gear, in countless scenarios… And it always comes out a favorite… It’s no longer just a piece of military issued gear; It literally becomes a part of us!

The nostalgia has a lot to do with our feelings for our woobies. But if it didn’t function the way that it did, at times where we really needed it… It would remain in our footlockers as just another memento.

We get issued a lot of cool gear to play with as active duty Marines. There is much of it that I still use to this day. Luckily, military surplus is easy to come by. With the convenience of various websites offering up military surplus at great deals, I was able to gather the gear that stood out to me in the Marines.

But when I put up that other equipment, against the versatility and comfort of the woobie… The woobie is in a league of it’s own. I agree that there is other more pertinent gear than a poncho liner. However, if you have the possibility of including it in your ruck… I certainly wouldn’t think twice.

Ever Wonder Why U.S. Marines Cannot Live Without Their "Woobie?"

I want to go over a few reasons why I feel that anyone focussed on preparedness and enjoying the outdoors, should add one of these magical blankets to their kit.

So let’s get started…

7 Reasons U.S. Marines Cannot Live Without Their “Woobie”

1. It Is Easy To Carry:

The woobie is extremely lightweight due to the materials that it is constructed from. It can be stuffed into a pack or you can roll it up like a sleeping mat and wrap your poncho around it. It can then be affixed to the top or bottom of your ruck. You can also attach it to your external molle webbing, which like the previous suggestion, alleviates the need to take up valuable interior space. The dimensions of the poncho liner are usually 62 x 82 inches. This gives you a lot of coverage without incurring much additional weight.

Ever Wonder Why U.S. Marines Cannot Live Without Their "Woobie?"

It doesn’t roll up to a super tight profile (12”x5”x5”) but the fact that it is so light makes it viable for any size backpack. The fact that the woobie is a bit, fluffy, is what makes it incredibly comfortable as well as its ability to protect you from the elements.

2. Used As A Sleeping Bag:

One of the intended uses for the woobie is as a lightweight, fair weather, sleeping bag. Keep in mind that It is better suited for use in temperatures above 40 °F. The ties or strings, at the corners of the poncho liner allow it to be tied to the grommets on the poncho. Surprisingly, it provides ample warmth while adding protection from the weather.

Ever Wonder Why U.S. Marines Cannot Live Without Their "Woobie?"

Attaching a poncho/poncho liner roll to the outside of your ruck, makes it a viable choice when humping (fast-paced hiking) for long distances. It adds much less bulk to your pack profile than a standard sleeping bag. The fact that you can get so many versatile applications from your woobie and poncho make it a considerable choice above other sleeping bag options in fair weather situations.

3. Used As A Pillow:

While out in the field… Working on whatever the mission of the day may be, it’s nice to have a bit of comfort when it’s time to relax. In an emergency scenario, things are going to be extremely challenging. Rest and conserving calories are certain focal points. Something as simple as a pillow can aid you in some much needed R&R.

Ever Wonder Why U.S. Marines Cannot Live Without Their "Woobie?"

I own various pillows that are designed for field use. Some work great and others are just a rectangular version of an uncomfortable beach ball! But when I roll up my woobie, mimicking the shape of a rolled up sleeping pad, the comfort provided by my woobie far supersedes anything my other pillows could provide.

Since my woobie is already slated to come with me wherever I go, there is no need to add excess gear to fill the void of a comfortable pillow.

After a long day in the field… Lay under the stars while using your woobie as a pillow and I challenge you to stay awake!  😉

4. Used In Shelter Building:

I prefer to have my woobie attached to me when I am inside my field-expedient shelter. But in a pinch, my poncho liner can be affixed as part of my shelter. Because of the poncho liner’s construction, it can protect me from damp weather and windy conditions; especially when coupled with my poncho.

Ever Wonder Why U.S. Marines Cannot Live Without Their "Woobie?"

The fact that the woobie has a couple of ties (strings) attached on all 4 corners, make it easier to work with when using it as an interior shelter wall. This adds extra flexibility by saving you time and effort when conditions and lighting are far from ideal.

When rain is not an issue, the poncho liner makes a great tarp or fly which can shield you from the sun. Not to mention debris and critters falling from trees.

5. Used As A Field Expedient Stretcher:

We all know that anything can happen while we are in the field. When we add in a SHTF scenario, that uncertainty compounds. When we are operating deep in the bush, calling 911 for a medical emergency may not be an option. Even if you do have access to first responders, it may take them quite a while to find and get to your location. In the meantime, you may need to move an injured person to safety, getting them out of further harms way.

Ever Wonder Why U.S. Marines Cannot Live Without Their "Woobie?"

A poncho liner can easily be fashioned into a stretcher. It’s just a matter of finding a couple of poles and folding your woobie around those 2 poles. Due to the poncho liner’s nylon and polyester materials, it can handle some serious weight.

Just like any other emergency scenario… The more skills that we possess, the more options that we have at our disposal. A stretcher is quite simple to make but you need to get some practice in now! Having your woobie with you will provide comfort, having your woobie and skills can save your loved-one’s life!

6. Can Provide Concealment:

After all, this is a military issued piece of gear… Designed for military use. Due to the woobie’s various OD and camouflage patterns, it can be integrated into the environment to provide concealment when needed. You can wrap it around you and wear it like a garment or it can be used to cover exposed areas that need not be exposed.

Ever Wonder Why U.S. Marines Cannot Live Without Their "Woobie?"

This concealment option pairs well with another previously mentioned purpose; using a woobie for shelter. If you do not want to easily be noticed while at your basecamp, adding camouflage is certainly a valid option to achieve that goal.

Using your poncho liner to conceal your gear, from overhead views, is also a task that the poncho liner can handle. Think about it… It’s a large camouflaged blanket. If you are in need of concealment, you are only limited by your imagination if you have access to a woobie.

7. It’s A Family Favorite:

I’m married and have 3 dogs and one cat. My wife knows how prized my wobbie is to me. After countless times of catching her and our pets cuddled up with my woobie… Let’s just say that we currently have 4 poncho liners in our home. My initial woobie remains in my go bag while the other 3 have become “family possessions.”

Ever Wonder Why U.S. Marines Cannot Live Without Their "Woobie?"

It truly amazes me how my pets gravitate towards the woobie. We have thick quilts, goose down comforters and a plethora of the comfy pet beds that belong to them… But if my wife happens to leave a woobie on the couch… You can bet that our furry friends will claim it in a heartbeat!

On road trips, the woobie lines the back of my Jeep where the pets hangout while we head to our destination. The poncho liner not only protects my jeep from my dogs but also enable my dogs to remain comfortable. This adds peace of mind to my road trip which vastly increases the chances for a positive experience.

Bottom Line:

If you have yet to use a poncho liner, especially as active-duty Infantryman, this article may sound a bit exaggerated to you. But for those of us with plenty of woobie experience… We would probably agree that I’m still understating the power of this practically magical blanket.

If you want to add a multi-purpose piece of gear, that will give you years of comfort and use, pick up a poncho liner and see what the coveted “Wobbie Society” has been bragging about all these years.

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Off Road Checklist: Don’t Get Stuck Bugging Out

Written by Pat Henry on The Prepper Journal.

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If you find yourself in a survival situation and realize it’s time to get your family on the road to safety, most of us are going to hope we can rely on our vehicle. All things being equal, a properly maintained vehicle of just about any configuration and size is going to be better than humping out-of-town under the power of your two feet. You can carry more stuff, further, faster and a vehicle affords you a little more protection.

However, one of the very real risks we face when we are trying to make our escape is that the way will be blocked with too many other cars. In evacuation situations, such as hurricanes, we see news reports of traffic backed up for miles and hear stories of people sleeping in their cars, running out of gas and getting into fights. This is certainly a possibility, but if you are prepared to bug out and act quickly ahead of the crowd, you could largely avoid this fate. In a dangerous survival situation, you want to be on the road, hopefully to your destination safely before anyone else even knows what is happening.

But there are no guarantees in life and so as preppers, we have backup plans. We have our bags ready to go, caches planned along our multiple routes and with some luck we will make it to our bug out retreats even if we must walk there. Vehicles can break down or become stuck and if this happens and we are not prepared, you could find yourself leaving the family bug out mobile parked, when you could have kept going with some simple supplies.

Those alternate routes could lead you through areas that aren’t paved over obstacles that could put a halt to your forward progress, but with this off road checklist, you could be able to unstuck yourself and keep going.

Off Road Checklist – Getting your vehicle out of a bad situation

If you are attempting a mud pit like this, I hope your vehicle is up to the challenge.

This list isn’t for the type of off roading enthusiast pictured galloping through the mud hole above, but for the prepper looking for a little insurance should you find your self on back-roads without the advantage of AAA. Now I know that not everyone is going to see a need for some of these items, but if you plan on going off the paved roads, some of these items could help you.

Jack and tire iron to change your tire – I’m going to start with some of the more obvious choices, but you should never get in your vehicle and set off on a road trip, certainly one that holds the fate of your family without the ability to change a flat tire. Off road terrain is rougher than asphalt and your average commuter tires have weaker side walls than off road tires. These tools and a spare will get you back on the road in a short time, but you must make sure you have them, AND know how to use them.

Spare Tire, Full Size – And since we are talking about tires… a full-size spare is going to allow you to go faster and will put up with more abuse, like those high-speed J turns you will be doing to get away from the zombies or the mutant biker gangs.


Tire repair kit But what if someone shoots a hole in one of your tires as you execute that flawless J turn, keeping your family safe? Or as you are careening through the industrial park a hunk of metal punctures your back spare that you just put on before the evasive maneuvers? A tire repair kit may be able to get you back on the road.

Fix A Flat – To inflate that tire. Either that or a good air compressor you can connect to your battery to get aired up and going again.

Basic Tool Kit

Just an assortment of items you can use for minor or major repairs if you have to.

  • Screwdrivers
  • Pliers
  • Hammer
  • Wrenches (standard and metric)
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Sockets (standard and Metric)
  • Prybar
  • Electrical tape
  • Allen wrenches
  • Hacksaw
  • Spare Fuses

Getting Un-Stuck

MaxTrax – Makes getting out of snow, sand and mud easy even without 4WD

So that was the basic items, but if you are traveling across really rugged terrain, and assuming you have a 4-wheel drive vehicle, the following items can be used by you, hopefully with another buddy in another vehicle to get unstuck.

  • MaxTrax – These lightweight traction pads can get you out of snow, sand and mud easily. Just wedge them under the tire that is slipping and slowly roll out. There are cheaper knock-offs but I have read varying reviews on their durability. They stack nicely too.
  • Tow strap – If you are stuck in mud or sand, sometimes you will need some assistance getting un stuck. If your buddy has a trailer hitch, you can connect up and use the tow strap to pull your vehicle out and get back on the road.
  • More Power Pull – Don’t want to mount a winch to the family car? No problem, bring the winch along with you. The Wyeth 3-ton Ratchet puller works just like a winch in terms of physics, but you supply the power. You can attach to a tree and ratchet yourself out of that sticky situation. A winch is a nicer option, but that requires a more permanent commitment to your vehicles aesthetics.
  • Shackle or two – You can use these for connection points if you have them on your vehicle’s frame or to connect to straps.

A short-cut through a rain washed dirt road could stop your progress.

  • Chain (Grade 70) – Can handle a load up to 6,000 lbs. For serious hauling chores.
  • Receiver Hitch with D-Ring – Even if you don’t have a bug out trailer you are dragging along, that factory trailer hitch of yours can be used as a recovery point. Slide this in before you hit the trail and you will be ready to pull or be pulled.
  • Snatch block – Doubles the capacity of your winch.
  • Shovel – Because sometimes you will need to dig yourself out. Also works for burying number #2.
  • Axe – You might need to chop some branches to get an unobstructed connection for your winch cable or a downed tree could be blocking your path on that old logging road. Bonus would be a chainsaw, but not everyone would do that.
  • Gloves – With just about any work like this gloves protect your hands and give you a better grip for safety. Buy 12 pair..

What did I forget? I already know that some of you will have a long list of items and that’s what I would like you to share with the group. What’s in your off road checklist?

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The Debt Ceiling Deadline Has Passed, And Now The Biggest Test Of Donald Trump’s Presidency Begins…


Trump First Weekly Address - Public DomainOn Wednesday, the temporary suspension of the debt ceiling ended, and so now the federal government is not going to be able to go into any more debt until the debt ceiling is raised.  For the moment, the Trump administration can implement “emergency measures” to stay under the debt limit, but it won’t be too long before we get to a major crisis point because the federal government is quickly running out of cash.  Already, the U.S. Treasury has less cash on hand than Apple or Google, and that cash balance is going to keep on dropping until the debt ceiling is finally lifted.

You may remember that the debt ceiling became a major issue a couple of times during the Obama years.  Last time around, Barack Obama and the Republicans in Congress agreed to a horrendous deal which suspended the debt ceiling until several months after the 2016 election

Since President Barack Obama signed the “Bipartisan Budget Act” on Nov. 2, 2015 there had been no legal limit on the amount of money the federal government could borrow until now. That law included a section entitled “Temporary Extension of Public Debt Limit.” It said that the law imposing a limit on the federal debt “shall not apply for the period beginning on the date of the enactment of this Act and ending on March 15, 2017.”

During the 16 and a half months between the signing of that deal and today, the U.S. national debt rose by a whopping $1,414,397,000,000.

But now the U.S. national debt will not be allowed to rise by another penny until the debt ceiling is raised or suspended once again.

The Trump administration is pushing hard to get the debt ceiling raised, and this is a complete reversal from how Donald Trump felt about the debt ceiling back in 2013.  The following comes from the L.A. Times

Trump sided with hard-liners in 2013, publicly opposing an increase. “I cannot believe the Republicans are extending the debt ceiling — I am a Republican & I am embarrassed!” he tweeted then.

Trump was actually right about the debt ceiling in 2013, and he is wrong now.

We simply cannot afford to keep adding trillions of dollars to the national debt.  What we are doing to future generations of Americans is beyond criminal, because we are literally destroying their future just so that we can enjoy an inflated standard of living that we do not deserve today.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has already begun to implement “extraordinary measures” to keep us under the debt ceiling.  The first step that was taken was the suspension of the sale of SLGS securities

“Today,” Mnuchin wrote, “Treasury is announcing that it will suspend the sale of State and Local Government Series (SLGS) securities. SLGS are special-purpose Treasury securities issued to states and municipalities to assist them in conforming to certain tax rules. These securities count against the debt limit. The suspension of SLGS sales will commence on March 15, 2017, and continue until the debt limit is either raised or suspended. As in the past, it is likely Treasury will utilize additional extraordinary measures.”

The federal government will be able to keep going for a little while by implementing such “extraordinary measures”, but the Treasury cash balance is going to continue to dwindle and at some point a major squeeze is going to happen.

As things get tighter and tighter, the Trump administration will become increasingly desperate to get the debt ceiling raised.  As I wrote about yesterday, the key for Trump is going to be finding 218 votes in the House of Representatives that will be willing to go along with him.

You would think that since Republicans control the House that this should be easy, but the truth is that there are a lot of conservative Republicans that are not inclined to agree to a debt ceiling increase without substantial accompanying budget cuts.

The proposed budget that Trump released this week is getting a lot of criticism from the left for cuts to social programs, but the truth is that it actually doesn’t reduce the deficit at all

President Trump’s “skinny” budget blueprint for 2018 features a proposed $54 billion increase in defense spending and an equal number of spending cuts from the smallest part of the federal budget.

That means his changes won’t add to next year’s projected $487 billion deficit. But they won’t reduce it, either.

And remember, that “$487 billion” figure is just for show.  During the Obama years the U.S. national debt increased by an average of well over a trillion dollars a year, and that is almost certainly going to continue for years to come as long as the debt ceiling is raised.

Republicans are supposed to be the party of fiscal responsibility.

So now is their big test.

If they raise the debt ceiling and continue adding more than a trillion dollars a year to the national debt, they will lose all credibility with conservative voters on fiscal issues.

But if they try to force the federal government to start living within its means that is going to severely harm the economy in the short-term.

Donald Trump is going to have to try to figure out a way to navigate this crisis.  He has already promised that he will not touch Social Security and Medicare, and those are the two biggest drivers of our budget deficits.  In fact, it is being projected that entitlement spending and interest on the debt will eat up every single penny that the federal government takes in within 20 years.

So if Trump won’t touch the big entitlement programs, where will he possibly find enough cuts to satisfy the fiscal conservatives in Congress?

Without them, Trump does not have enough votes to raise the debt ceiling.

In addition, many of the conservatives in Congress absolutely hate the new Republican health care plan, and they hope to use this debt ceiling crisis as leverage to change the bill.

If Trump can’t work out something with conservatives, perhaps he could turn to the Democrats.  But most Democrats are extremely resistant to work with him on anything after all that has been said and done, and so for Trump to get a deal with them he would have to make extreme concessions.

This represents the biggest political test for the Trump presidency so far, and if we get down the road a couple of months and nothing gets done, this debt ceiling crisis could spark the kind of financial crisis that I describe in my novel entitled “The Beginning Of The End“.

Barack Obama pushed things right to the brink a couple of times, but he was savvy enough politically to never let things go over the edge.

Now it is Trump’s turn, and somehow he has got to find a way to get the debt ceiling raised without making extremely deep compromises that would gut the rest of his agenda.

And he had better get to work on this quickly, because time is running out and the clock is ticking…

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Minnesota Deer Hunters Association (MDHA) Awards Bergara B14 the 2017 Gun of the Year

Purchases of the limited edition Bergara B14 Timber rifles will go to support habitat projects on public land and youth shooting camps.  

Minnesota Deer Hunter B14 Timber Rifle
Minnesota Deer Hunter B14 Timber Rifle

Lawrenceville, Ga. ( – Bergara Rifles, a division of BPI Outdoors, has received the honor of being named the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association’s (MDHA) 2017 Gun of the Year. To give back to Minnesota, Bergara has created 60 limited edition B14 Timber rifles in .270, with each gun engraved with the MDHA logo, Gun of the Year verbiage and the gun number. Profits from the purchase of these rifles will go to support habitat projects on public land and youth shooting camps.

The Bergara was chosen for 2017 due to its beautifully crafted wood stock and its top of the line accuracy.

“Bergara is extremely pleased to receive this honor from the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association,” Ben Fleming, VP of Sales and Marketing for Bergara Rifles said. “Our hunting heritage is part of the very DNA that makes up every Bergara rifle. This limited edition series of the B14 Timber demonstrates MDHA’s and Bergara’s commitment to preserving our hunting traditions, as well as building the next generation of sport hunters.”

MDHA is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization that continuously strives to build Minnesota’s hunting and conservation legacy. Nearly 20,000 members in chapters across this great state support its mission and organization. In addition to a strong membership base, MDHA, with its partners, has made over $33.4 million in habitat projects happen on public lands in Minnesota, sends nearly 900 youth annually to a weeklong Forkhorn camp (educating them in hunting, shooting and the outdoors) and advocates for hunter interests at the capitol.

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About Bergara Rifles:

Bergara Rifles, headquartered in Lawrenceville, Georgia, combines the world-class rifle barrels manufactured in Bergara, Spain with U.S. high-tech design and functionality in high demand by hunters, target shooters and professionals for the American market.

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