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Taxpayers Subsidize (Almost) Everything


Federal Subsidies Now Pervade Almost Everything Local governments are now dependent on federal subsidies for even the smallest of programs and functions. Chris Edwards February 07, 2019 Can’t anyone do anything in this country without federal subsidies? A friend emailed me a local news story from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania: “Firefighter recruitment ads on hold due…


Congressional Term Limits


State Legislature’s Article V Caucus Newsletter by Stuart MacPhail  February, 2019 Need Seen for Congressional Term Limits – This past month a web site called 71 Republic.com carried a piece entitled Congressional Term Limits Are a Necessity.  The article builds on the statement that “With 14% congressional approval ratings but reelection rates often over 90%, it is clear that…


“Free” isn’t Free


Panera’s Utopian “Pay What You Can Afford” Experiment Meets a Predictable End Panera Cares’ failure presents a teachable moment during one of the West’s pivotal turning points. Ben Johnson February 14, 2019 Panera has announced that it will close the last of its charitable stores, which allowed people to pay whatever they wished for a…


Developments Toward Fiscal Restraint


State Legislatures Article V Caucus Newsletter by Stuart MacPhail February, 2019 Congressionally-introduced BBA proposals are already back for the 116th Congress.  Mississippi  US Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith has introduced SJ Res 3.  Alabama Congressman Bradley Byrne has introduced HJ Res 6, and Ohio Congressman Steve Chabot has introduced HJ Res 22.  In Congress, these proposed BBA…


U.S. in Precarious Place


In our opinion: Bring back the deficit hawks Deseret News editorial board Scott Applewhite, AP January 2, 2019 The United States’ national debt is fast approaching $22 trillion, and the federal deficit may pass $1 trillion in 2019. As it stands, the U.S. government may find itself in dire economic trouble when the next economic downturn rolls…


Taxing the Rich Myth


The Roaring 20s Revealed the Folly of “Tax the Rich” Schemes A steeply progressive tax code, where the rich pay significantly more and the poor and middle class pay significantly less, doesn’t achieve its intended goal of raising more revenue for the purpose of financing egalitarian prosperity. Joe Coco February 06, 2019 One of the…


Saturday Quotes


“Posterity!  You will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it.  If you do not, I shall repent in heaven that I ever took half the pains to preserve it.” A concluding thought in a letter from John Adams to Abigail…


Delivering Government Healthcare by a Canadian Doctor


First World governments are no better at delivering healthcare than a third world government. In other words, medical bureaucracies are the same world-wide and take a long time to deliver poor service.


Bernie’s Climate Forgotten in SOTU


Bernie Sanders Responds to SOTU: Trump Forgot to Mention Climate Change “How can a president of the United States give a State of the Union speech and not mention—not one word—about climate change?” Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., asks. Tim Pearce  / February 06, 2019 Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders accused President Donald Trump of omitting one…


Argentina’s History is Not Very Good.


The history of Argentina going from riches and liberty to a total loss of freedom resulting in total poverty and a totalitarian government. This what America will look like under the DC politicians idea of socialism.


The Left’s Moral Rot!


The Moral Rot of the Left’s Abortion Agenda Thomas Jipping  February 06, 2019 In a November 1789 letter to French scientist Jean-Baptiste Leroy, Benjamin Franklin expressed hope that the new U.S. Constitution would endure, but acknowledged that “nothing is certain except death and taxes.” The taxes part isn’t really true today. More than 40 percent…


Arguing with a Leftist!


Is the government more competent than the free market? You decide. Unfortunately, settling the problem with the left is very difficult.


School Choice


Learn About Educational Freedom During School Choice Week    by Brandon Osgood | Jan 23, 2019 [The new year marked the National School Choice Week from Jan. 20 to 26; Editor] We know that education is one of the most direct routes to success. But for too many of America’s children, their prospects are determined by their family’s income or ZIP code. Families…


Sorry Dem’s, Denmark Not Socialist


Economists in Denmark to America: Yeah, We’re Not Socialist After reaching an economic breaking point in the 1970s, successive governments introduced a mixture of reforms—including reduced benefits, partial privatization of pensions, and lower regulation—that have restored its economic fortunes. Ben Johnson January 18, 2019 Democratic socialists have presented Denmark as the elusive nation where socialism…


California Mess!


Voters sow their own future. California has only turned out leftist voters and they have set the states course to destruction.


Time to Improve Air Travel


Privatizing Airport Security Would Make Americans Safer and Richer Overall, this reform has the potential to save taxpayers money, increase their travel safety, and decrease their headaches at the airport. David Inserra  January 25, 2019 The flu season isn’t the only thing keeping some Transportation Security Administration agents out of work. As the partial government…

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