Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Eventually we are going to have to deal with this thuggery and threats of violence.

Singer Jennifer Holliday Backs Out of Inauguration After Intense Backlash

'I was receiving death threats from black peopleSinger Jennifer Holliday / AP

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Singer Jennifer Holliday told ABC’s “The View” on Tuesday that she backed out of performing at President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration because she “was receiving death threats from black people.”
The broadway star stopped by “The View” and discussed her recent decision to cancel her performance set for Thursday on the eve of the inauguration.
Holliday was going to sing at the “Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration,” but she canceled two days later. The performer said she got a call on Wednesday asking her to perform and claimed her social media went crazy with negative comments by Friday morning, when she backed out.
“I live a pretty reclusive life and then one morning you wake up and everyone hates you. I was like, what could I have possibly done to have these things thrown at me,” Holliday said.
“I’m an artist and I love America,” she said. “It just didn’t dawn on me. I performed for four other presidents. I didn’t think anything of it.”
Holliday informed the Trump team in an email that she would be unable to perform due to the harassment.
“I was receiving deatht threats at this point,” Holliday said. “I was receiving death threats from black people, the N-word from black people. They were saying they were going to kill me.”
Holliday was shocked by the comments, thinking white people were “messing” with her.
“Are these white people just messing with me? I’m going, ‘Oh my God, these are black people calling me this. They were saying I should kill myself,” Holliday said.

Education Committee Dems Awash in Union Cash.

Education Committee Dems Awash in Union Cash

Dems questioning DeVos received nearly $740,000 from teachers unions

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A logo sign outside of the headquarters of the National Education Association (NEA) labor union in Washington, D.C. / AP 
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The Senate Democrats expected to grill education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos have received nearly three quarters of a million dollars from teachers unions over the course of their careers.
The two largest teachers unions in the country have donated heavily to the eleven Democrats serving on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. The National Education Association has contributed more than $376,000 to the senators on the committee, while the American Federation of Teachers has given more than $361,000, according to a Washington Free Beacon analysis of federal election records.
The two unions represent about 4.5 million teachers and education employees across the country and are among the most influential labor groups in the country. Their willingness to shower politicians with campaign contributions and outside spending, as well as supply volunteers on the ground during election campaigns, has helped to boost their profile in Democratic circles.
The NEA spent more than $35 million to help Hillary Clinton and national Democrats in 2016, making it one of the top 10 biggest spenders in the country, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.), an avowed socialist and Clinton’s sole serious challenger in the 2016 primary, has been the biggest career recipient of NEA money on the committee, raising more than $100,000 from the union’s PACs, employees, and members over the course of his career. Those donations have made NEA one of his 20 largest career contributors.
The AFT, a member of the AFL-CIO, was also a big spender in 2016, finishing among the top 40 contributors in the country, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. It shelled out $15 million in 2016 with nearly all of those donations going to Democrats. One of the largest recipients of AFT cash has been Sen. Patty Murray (D., Wash.), the ranking Democrat on the committee. She has received more than $63,000 from the union.
DeVos has been a longtime champion of charter schools and vouchers aimed at helping students in low income areas or failing schools attend private schools. Her support for education reform has attracted criticism from Senate Democrats, including some who had previously supported charter schools. Freshman Sen. Maggie Hassan (D., N.H.) attempted to increase spending on charter schools by during her tenure as governor, but said she was “very concerned” about DeVos’ support for them after meeting with the nominee. Hassan raised about $21,000 from the NEA and AFT during her Senate campaign.
DeVos comes from a family of GOP activists whose political contributions have been criticized by liberal groups. Phillip Stutts, a former Department of Education appointee who has assisted the Trump transition team’s preparation for DeVos confirmation hearing, said that the large political donations from the NEA and AFT demonstrate that they are desperate to retain influence on education policy.
“They’re a dying dinosaur. They’re trying to hold on to power, which is why their speeches are rarely about children—they’re about protecting unions,” he said.
The hearing is scheduled for 5 p.m.

Report: 300,000 Small Business Jobs Lost Due to Obamacare

Report: 300,000 Small Business Jobs Lost Due to Obamacare

Over 10,000 small business establishments shut down due to health careAP 

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Obamacare has cost roughly 300,000 small business jobs due to higher health care costs, according to a new report.
The American Action Forum, a center-right policy institute, released findings Wednesday that rising premiums and regulations under the Affordable Care Act have had “dire” consequences for the labor market.
The report found the law has cost $19 billion in lost wages per year and forced 10,000 small businesses establishments to close their doors. The study covered employers with 20 to 99 employees.
“Research from the American Action Forum (AAF) finds regulations from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are driving up health care premiums and are costing small business employees at least $19 billion in lost wages annually,” the report said. “These figures varied by state, but in 2015 the ACA cost year-round workers $2,095, $2,134, and $2,260 in Ohio, New York, and North Dakota, respectively.”
“Premium increases, a prospect regulators predicted when issuing the first ACA regulations, also significantly diminished the number of business establishments and jobs nationwide,” the report said. “Across the country, small businesses (20-99 workers) lost 295,030 jobs, 10,130 business establishments, and $4.7 billion in total wage earnings. Florida lost 17,950 jobs; Ohio lost 19,000; Pennsylvania lost 15,680; and Texas lost 28,010 jobs due to higher sensitivity to rising health care premiums and the ACA.”
Ben Gitis and Sam Batkins, the authors of the report, used data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics for their findings.
The report used different data sets for small businesses with less than 50 employees, which were exempt from the law’s employer mandate. However, this group also suffered job losses and lower wages after Obamacare went into effect. The paper compared data from up to six years before the law was passed to show a clearer picture of Obamacare’s impact on small business.
Before Obamacare became law, workers still saw an increase in their average weekly pay when health insurance premiums went up.
“After the ACA became law, however, a one percent increase in total premiums was associated with a 0.012 percent decrease in average weekly pay,” the report said.
The numbers add up to roughly $3.9 billion in lost wages for small businesses with between 20 and 49 workers, which account for 20 million workers in the United States. The average worker for those businesses has lost $1,202 in annual pay.
Aside from wage losses and job cuts, Obamacare has cost the economy $51 billion and added 172 million hours of paperwork through regulations, the American Action Forum said.
“To put that in perspective, it would take more than 86,200 employees working full-time (2,000 hours annually) to complete a year of new ACA paperwork, roughly the population of Miami Beach, Fla.,” the report said.
The incoming Donald Trump administration has vowed to repeal and replace Obamacare, and congressional Republicans have already begun the process to repeal the health care law through the budget reconciliation process.
“There are many reasons policymakers have called for significant amendments to the ACA,” the American Action Forum said. “Higher premiums are typically cited as a top concern. However, these higher premiums have broader consequences for the labor market. As AAF’s research has shown, ACA regulations have contributed to at least $19 billion in lost wages, 10,000 fewer establishments, and nearly 300,000 lost jobs.

To he a socialist is to deny reality. Sanders is a tool.

Sanders Lectures Navy SEAL Veteran: VA Isn’t Bad

Interrupts interior secretary nominee Zinke to defend agency that contributed to death of veterans

Bernie Sanders
Bernie Sanders / AP
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Democratic primary runner-up Sen. Bernie Sanders denied that the Department of Veterans Affairs provided bad healthcare during a Navy SEAL’s confirmation hearing.
Sen. Sanders (I., Vt.) questioned President-elect Donald Trump’s interior secretary nominee Ryan Zinke about his views on the state of Native American healthcare and well being on Tuesday. Zinke, a Navy commander and the first Navy SEAL to serve in the House of Representatives, agreed that the federal government should respect Native American sovereignty and work to ensure that treaties and existing law is followed before moving on to Sanders’ question about the poor healthcare outcomes in Native American-controlled land.
“As bad as the VA is,” Zinke began.
Sanders interrupted Zinke, a U.S. Navy commander who served on SEAL Team 6, the famed anti-terrorism unit that killed Osama bin Laden in 2011, to dispute that the VA had any problems.
“Some of us don’t accept that,” Sanders said.
Zinke continued outlining his plan to address Native American issues before addressing issues regarding the handling of federal public lands—his chief responsibility if he is confirmed as the secretary of the interior.
The VA has been embroiled in scandal since it was revealed that the agency had covered up lengthy delays in treatment that led to the deaths of veterans awaiting care at a Phoenix hospital. The whistleblower reports about Arizona’ fake wait list led to additional exposés about inefficiencies and budgetary issues that have contributed to the deaths of American veterans. It was revealed in November that a VA hospital had infected or exposed 600 veterans to Hepatitis B and C, as well as HIV—the disease that leads to AIDs—due to poor dental care.
This is not the first time that Sanders has defended the VA in spite of reports of the agency failing veterans. As the chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs, the socialist senator attempted to explain away the deaths of patients as a Koch brothers conspiracy in May 2014.
“There is, right now, as we speak, a concerted effort to undermine the VA,” Sanders said.
VA Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned his post in the wake of the scandal. An inspector general report found that the same Phoenix hospital had contributed to the death of at least one other patient even after the resignation.
While Sanders defended the department on the campaign trail President-elect Donald Trump blasted the agency for mistreating American servicemen. He pledged to clean up the department, promising, “No more long drives. No more waiting backlogs. No more excessive red tape. Just the care and support they earned with their service to our country.”
The exchange between Sanders and Zinke can be viewed here.

Chinese Province Admits It Fabricated Economic Data For Three Years. Lies from the Chinese? who would believe that!

Chinese Province Admits It Fabricated Economic Data For Three Years



The autocrats spew the same old same old central planning nonsense and exhibit fear.

Isn't it odd that these people who have been making economic policy for decades want us to believe their economic mindset hasn't brought us here. 



Lagarde Urges Wealth Redistribution To Fight Populism



Fraud and embezzlement gets the progressive media treatment calling it mismanagement.

Santa Rosa’s CMedia center dissolves after financial meltdown and troubling audit


The members of Santa Rosa’s community media center voted Saturday to dissolve the publicly funded nonprofit group after accusations of financial mismanagement led the City Council late last year to cancel the service contract that was its main source of income.
The decision confirmed an earlier vote by the CMedia board to wind down the insolvent media organization, which since 1997 has received public money to broadcast public meetings and provide media tools and training to the public. 
“It’s very sad,” said Elaine Holtz, who produced more than 275 episodes of her televised talk show “Women’s Spaces” at the Mendocino Avenue media center. “We lost a treasure.”
The move capped a tumultuous year for a nonprofit that struggled for relevance and new revenue in an age where digital technologies have made it easier than ever to shoot, edit and share videos. 
In the end, only 68 people were members of the center, and just 16 turned up to vote on the dissolution at the final membership meeting Jan. 14. 
Though under pressure for years, the latest trouble came to light when the organization fired its executive director, Daedalus Howell, and its assistant director, Desiree Poindexter, in October, after the discovery of an unauthorized $23,000 cash advance on the CMedia credit card, which Howell said he did to make payroll, including his own $85,000 annual salary. 
A subsequent city audit found the nonprofit had over three years used $329,000 in public money meant for the purchase of equipment and instead spent it on salaries. 
The audit also questioned the propriety of Howell’s regular use of his CMedia credit card at area restaurants, wine bars and coffee shops. 
The Petaluma novelist and conceptual artist charged more than $10,000 in expenses on the credit card over his three-year tenure.
Board Chairman Jim Helmer blamed the demise on a combination of “very vague explanations” from staff, “cryptic” audits that board members didn’t fully understand, and a lack of oversight from the city. 
But Helmer laid most of the blame at the feet of Howell and Poindexter, who he said benefited from “the misuse of funds” because they allowed their own salaries to continue to be paid until the organization’s accounts were drained “nearly down to zero.”
“I believe a form of fraud was perpetrated,” Helmer said. 
Neither Howell, who once likened CMedia board meetings to “a Monty Python sketch,” nor Poindexter returned calls and emails seeking comment. 
Last year, as the organization unraveled, Howell laid off Poindexter and resigned himself, then both were terminated by the board after the discovery of the cash advance on the organization’s credit card.
In November, Howell in an interview defended his use of the CMedia credit card, saying his expenses were legitimate business to expand and cultivate relationships for the nonprofit. 
“In my opinion, I did everything as appropriately as I could,” he said at the time.
While Helmer said Howell and Poindexter made the board aware of the need to raise additional money, the directors never explained the extent to which funds restricted for use on equipment were being tapped, Helmer said. 
“What they didn’t say is ‘We can’t make payroll and so we’re robbing Peter to pay Paul,’” Helmer said. The City Council in early December canceled the remainder of the group’s three-year contract, which represented 98 percent of its revenue. The city hired some of CMedia’s employees to ensure the meetings of the City Council and other public bodies continue to be recorded and broadcast. 


CMedia officials have filed a complaint with the Santa Rosa Police Department alleging misuse of public funds, Helmer said. Sgt. Marcus Sprague confirmed a crime report had been made involving CMedia but said he could not discuss the nature of the complaint or any resulting investigation. 
Helmer said Howell filed a claim for unemployment benefits after his termination, but that claim was denied because CMedia filed documentation backing up Howell’s firing, Helmer said. 
Poindexter has filed a demand for unpaid wages, which has yet to be resolved, he said. 
Eric McHenry, the city’s chief information officer, said the city is partnering with the Sonoma County Library to establish a video lab in the four Santa Rosa library branches.
It also is exploring a move of the public meeting broadcast functions CMedia performed to City Hall and relocating a recording studio to the Bennett Valley Senior Center.

"That the reaction of the Utopian Progressive Left is based upon anger, resentment, hatred, intolerance, and pique..."

January 18, 2017
Trump Gores a Sacred Cow, and Liberals Lament

By Daniel L. Mallock

The great Broom of Time recently swept away another failed ideology and political movement.
On the 20th of January, the dustbin of history will slam shut on the Utopian American Progressive Left. Followers, leaders, and philosophers of this dangerous and failed global movement will not go quietly, however; ideas die hard, and ideologies, movements, and political theories do not simply disappear overnight.

Inauguration Day 2016 will mark perhaps the greatest political and cultural shift in American history as the Utopians of the Progressive Left kick and scream, wail and whine as they shuffle off into forced retirement and irrelevance. Perhaps not since Lincoln's trip to Washington in early 1861 to begin his first term has so much vitriol, so many official and unofficial attempts to derail and delegitimize the president-elect, been seen.

Many have commented on the astounding and disturbing reaction of those now out of political power in the United States. The gross irony of Mrs. Clinton's admonishments during the election that Mr. Trump must promise to accept the election results (her victory was assured, remember?) in light of her supporters' post-election unwillingness to do the same is lost on the majority of them.
That the reaction of the Utopian Progressive Left is based upon anger, resentment, hatred, intolerance, and pique rather than logic is not important to them; it is a point that remains always unaddressed. Every political "dirty trick" that seems obviously a sham is accepted at face value, and bitter attacks built upon these false accusations immediately begin. The dizzying speed of the reactions, the overwhelmingly standardized nature of the talking points and commonly invoked yet faulty arguments, suggests a uniformity of thought more typical of an ideological movement or cult than of reasoned, cogent advocacy for a political candidate within a democratic open society.
This appears to be the essential complaint of the Utopian Progressive Left in the aftermath of the defeat of their champion, the shoe-in "first female president": If the Russians hadn't hacked the chairman of the campaign's email account and exposed what appears to be massive legal, ethical, and moral breaches, then our candidate would have won!

Whichever five-year-old boy in Russia, Italy, Sweden, the United States, Canada, or North Korea may have sent that phishing email to Mr. Podesta by which he himself then exposed his account to public scrutiny via WikiLeaks – which then blew the election discussion wide open to matters of great import not previously known – should not be so viciously berated, but rather applauded for his service to the country. For those on the left, the "hack" is critically important, but the revelations exposed are not worthy of discussion. Consider: how difficult can it really be to "hack" an email account that has "password" for a password?

We Americans once were obsessed with the truth, honesty, etc. We say these things to our children – tell the truth! Be honest! Do the right thing! Then, in this case, when we get the truth, one large segment of the voting public attacks the messenger and ignores the truth revealed. This is upside-down thinking. That the "hack" was unethical and criminal is agreed upon by all, but
its importance in comparison to the information consequently made public is entirely overblown.
The reaction of the Utopian Progressive Left is so extreme, excessive, intolerant, and often cruel because this election is not about the fall of the Democratic candidate for president. Rather, it is about the collapse of an ideology at least 50 years in the making.

Imagine coming of age in a world in which the prevailing institutions of culture and government speak a similar political and ideological language ("the narrative") that is singular, slanted, biased, rigid, self-deceiving, and pervasive. If the Utopian Progressive Left narrative is trumpeted in the media by fellow traveler "journalists" and in the halls of early education and the universities by teachers and professors; trotted out in film, music, and the general popular entertainment culture by most "artists";


and supported and espoused in the rhetoric of political leaders at the highest levels and in the policies of the government (until now) itself, the imprint of this pervasive worldview becomes impossible to avoid. It became for many the default viewpoint and one not to be challenged. For decades, this has been extraordinarily effective with millions and millions of converts and true believers.
How could the response from the followers of this self-congratulatory and insular viewpoint to the destroyer of it be anything other than the disturbing reaction that we now see? For those who live in the world of Progressive Utopian globalism, a world of self-delusion, false narratives, and fantasies, these are the darkest of times, rife with existential angst.

One of the first seemingly introspective responses from the leadership of the Democratic Party after the election was that Democrats had failed to "own the narrative" and were unsuccessful in communicating their "vision." This suggests a failure of marketing rather than a flawed message. But the key point is missed: if the narrative is a message of a failed political ideology, the narrative and the ideology must fall. This is how our system is supposed to self-correct.

Ours is not a direct democracy. The president is not elected by a direct vote of the people. The Electoral College stands between the people and the president because most of the Founders feared the masses and wanted an institution in place as a balance against their numbers. Our "checks and balances" system includes this check against the people themselves. Essentially, it is the first and final check to protect us – from ourselves.

Daniel L. Mallock is a historian, an analyst, and an author. His book Agony and Eloquence: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and a World of Revolution was published in February 2016. 

Watch: Trump education nominee gives Bernie Sanders an economics lesson during confirmation hearing

Watch: Trump education nominee gives Bernie Sanders an economics lesson during confirmation hearing


Republican billionaire donor Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to become the next education secretary, offered self-avowed socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) an economics lesson during her Senate confirmation hearing.
DeVos has been a longtime proponent of school choice and education voucher programs, having herself attended a Christian high school and Christian college in her home state of Michigan. DeVos’ critics, however, point to her lack of experience in public education as a potential downfall.
During Tuesday night’s hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, Sanders highlighted another area that he and other DeVos critics have made a top political issue in recent years: “free” college tuition. Asked if she would be willing to work with Sanders to help make “free” tuition possible, DeVos made it very clear that’s just a fantasy.
“Senator, I think that’s a really interesting idea and it’s really great to consider and think about, but I think we also have to consider the fact that there’s nothing in life that’s truly free,” DeVos said. “Somebody’s going to pay for it.”

Throughout the Democratic presidential primary, Sanders vowed to make college “tuition-free” so that every family in American can afford higher education. Further, he promised to make the wealthiest Americans foot the bill through substantially higher taxes.

Contrary to Frau Merkel the EU is a protectionist scheme with totalitarian inclinations

Brexit: Boris Johnson warns against 'punishment beatings'

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Boris Johnson has warned EU leaders not to give the UK "punishment beatings" for Brexit "in the manner of some World War Two movie".
The foreign secretary said penalising "escape" was "not in the interests of our friends and our partners".
PM Theresa May set out her Brexit strategy, including leaving the EU single market, in a speech on Tuesday.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker promised to work for "good results" from Brexit talks.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has announced it will give its verdict next Tuesday on the government's legal battle over whether MPs must be consulted before Brexit is triggered.
And HSBC announced it was preparing to move 1,000 staff from London to Paris when the UK leaves the EU.
At Prime Minister's Questions, Mrs May clashed with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, telling him she had a "plan" and he did not "have a clue".
Mr Corbyn accused her of "threatening to turn Britain into an offshore tax haven".
With just over two months to go before the UK government is due to get Brexit talks under way, Mr Johnson was asked on a trip to India about comments by an aide to French President Francois Hollande, who said the UK should not expect a better trading relationship with the EU after leaving it.
He replied: "If Monsieur Hollande wants to administer punishment beatings to anybody who chooses to escape, rather in the manner of some World War Two movie, then I don't think that is the way forward.
"I think, actually, it's not in the interests of our friends and our partners."

'Hyped up'

Downing Street later said Mr Johnson "was not in any way suggesting anyone was a Nazi".
The spokeswoman said the remarks were "all being hyped up" and that the foreign secretary had used a "theatrical comparison", adding: "There is not a government policy of not talking about the War."
But a Labour spokesman said: "The foreign secretary has a habit of making wild and inappropriate comments. Talking about World War Two in that context is another one of those and not something that's going to improve the climate for negotiations."


EU leaders have begun to deliver their verdicts on Mrs May's speech, in which she also warned against trying to "punish" the UK for Brexit and hinted she could walk away from talks if not happy, stating that "no deal for Britain is better than a bad deal for Britain".
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said: "The be-all and end-all is that Europe does not let itself be divided, and we will ensure that with very intensive contacts.'' EU governments would consult their business sectors, she added, and she was "not worried that we will not stick together". 
Mr Juncker said he would work to ensure Brexit talks are carried out "according to the rules and they yield good results".
He added: "I welcome the clarifications given by Mrs May, but I said to her last night that a speech will not launch the negotiations."

What the newspapers say about May's speech



In its headline, the Times sums up the prime minister's message to the EU as "Give us a fair deal or you'll be crushed".
Meanwhile, the Brexit-supporting Daily Mail draws parallels with Margaret Thatcher, saying Mrs May exhibited the "steel of the new Iron Lady".
The Guardian, which opposed Brexit in the referendum, found the speech a "doubly depressing event" - a reality check for those who want to keep the UK in the single market while being riddled with its own streak of "global fantasy".
The Financial Times praises the prime minister's "bold vision" but warns that the road ahead will be perilous.
The Sun's front page is mocked up as a Biblical tablet of stone bearing the single-word headline "Brexodus".

Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament's lead Brexit negotiator, said: "You can say, 'I want to leave the European Union, I want to leave the judicial courts, I want to leave the customs union.'
"But you cannot at the same time then say, 'Oh, and that little piece that interests me, and that is something that I like.' No way."
However, European Council President Donald Tusk was more conciliatory, tweeting: "We took note of Prime Minister May's warm, balanced words on European integration. Much closer to narrative of Churchill than President-elect Trump."
Downing Street said European leaders spoken to by Mrs May in a series of phone calls had welcomed the "clarity" of her plans.
In her speech, the prime minister suggested the UK could cut its corporate tax rates to compete with the EU if denied access to the single market.
And she promised that Parliament would get to vote on the final Brexit deal.
Asked what would happen if MPs and peers rejected it, Brexit Secretary David Davis told Today: "They won't vote it down. This negotiation will succeed. It will succeed."

Analysis - By Laura Kuenssberg, BBC political editor
Since the referendum Theresa May and her ministers have simply refused to be so explicit. 
For months, some ministers have privately whispered about complex solutions that might keep elements of membership - the choices not being binary, mechanisms that might give a sort of membership with a different name. 
Well, no more. The simple and clear message from Theresa May's speech is that we are out. 

The government says it will invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, getting formal Brexit talks with the EU under way, by the end of March, with discussions set to last up to two years after that.
At Prime Minister's Questions, Mr Corbyn urged Mrs May to "stop her threat of a bargain basement Brexit, a low-paid tax haven on the shores of Europe".
He added: "It won't necessarily damage the EU but it would certainly damage this country."
Mrs May told MPs: "What I set out yesterday was a plan for a global Britain, bringing prosperity to this country and jobs to people and spreading economic growth across this country."

European press reaction to Brexit speech



A "catalogue of demands with some threats thrown in" is German news magazine Der Spiegel's description of Theresa May's Brexit speech. It says that her desire to leave the single market while retaining access to trade with Europe shows that her government is "not just nasty but also blind to reality".
Germany's Die Welt also mocks her with the headline "Little Britain" and accuses her of leading the country into "isolation".
In Italy, La Repubblica's front page reads "Brexit: London raises its wall 'away from the EU and the single market'". 
France's Liberation remarks that Mrs May's comment that no deal is better than a bad one suggests that she is threatening to turn Britain into a tax haven. "If this is not blackmail, it looks a lot like it," it says. 

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said: "Ripping us out of the single market was not something proposed to the British people. This is a theft of democracy."
UKIP leader Paul Nuttall said: "It's clear that Britain is going global, as a result of that momentous [EU referendum] vote on 23 June."
But Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon claimed leaving the single market would be "economically catastrophic". 
She hinted at a second independence referendum, saying Scotland - which voted against Brexit - should have "the ability to choose between that and a different future".