Durbin’s Kremlinomics

There never has been a free lunch, but tell that to Durbin POSTED: AUGUST 25, 2016  /   BY ERIC PETERS   Leave it to the government – to a Democrat – to fail Economics 101. Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois – picture him standing atop Lenin’s mausoleum – thinks that prices can be “controlled” by forbidding a seller to charge more than “x” for his product or service. That it’s up to politicians and bureaucrats to decide when a price is “too high” – and to interpose themselves between the seller and the buyer, dictating terms to both. What ends up happening, of course,…

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Rights Don’t Come from Governments

Thursday, August 25, 2016 With every new mass shooting, it seems that everyone on social media is some combination of a gun expert, Islam expert, terror expert, security expert, etc. That’s all well and good, and I am all for people having conversations about these kinds of things. I’m admittedly no expert in any of these areas, and I’m not writing this to try to present any answers or solutions. But this topic, and others like gay marriage, seem to always show that many people profoundly misunderstand what rights are. Rights and Law Aren’t Synonymous The Constitution and Bill of Rights…

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Americans Don’t Trust Fed Healthcare

Americans know the feds should stay out of healthcare. Here’s proof. Posted by Convention of States Project on August 16, 2016 Private entities are better than the federal government at providing cheaper, higher quality goods and services. That’s a fact, and it applies to healthcare just as much as food and clothing. Unfortunately, the feds have yet to grasp this simple concept. If it were up to them, Washington, D.C., would provide every good and service because federal officials know what their subjects reallyneed. But the American people aren’t so easily fooled. A new poll from the American Action Forum found…

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Affirmative Action Fraud

Prof: Affirmative Action in College Admissions Unnecessary and Divisive Says SCOTUS upholding the practice is “wrong.” Trey Sanchez  8.17.2016 Professor emeritus of political science at Southern Connecticut State University Kul B. Rai, Ph.D., believes enforcing racial preferences through affirmative action for college admissions is completely unnecessary, utterly divisive, and harmful to all students. In his op-ed for RepublicanAmerican, Rai states that the Supreme Court was wrong for ruling in favor of the practice during a 2008 lawsuit filed by a white enrollee at the University of Texas at Austin who was passed over for black and Hispanic students with lower credentials just to meet…

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Greens Want You to Have Fewer Babies

Make Babies, and Don’t Let the Greens Guilt Trip You about It Steven Horwitz Saturday, August 20, 2016 Several years back, the economist Bryan Caplan wrote a wonderful book called Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids. Caplan argued that most parents underestimated the benefits of larger families and were engaging in costly parenting strategies that yielded few real benefits. Thus, he said, if you love kids, you should have lots of them. From NPR this week comes a story that might well be called “anti-Caplan” in every dimension. It is a profile of bioethicist Travis Rieder and others like him…

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Obamacare Sinking Fast

Obamacare Is the Welfare State’s Requiem Jeffrey A. Tucker  August 19, 2016 In the hymn for the dead for the Catholic Mass, the text of “Dies Irae” starts, “The day of wrath, that day will dissolve the world in ashes.” For Obamacare, this is that day, and it could portend a future in which the mighty ambitions of the welfare-state shrivel and die. The crowning achievement became a crown of thorns.Think of how Obamacare was supposed to be the domestic apotheosis of the whole of the Obama presidency. It was passed at the end of term one, and – just to…

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Does Black Success Matter?

Thomas Sowell Aug 16, 2016 We keep hearing that “black lives matter,” but they seem to matter only when that helps politicians to get votes, or when that slogan helps demagogues demonize the police. The other 99 percent of black lives destroyed by people who are not police do not seem to attract nearly as much attention in the media. What about black success? Does that matter? Apparently not so much. We have heard a lot about black students failing to meet academic standards. So you might think that it would be front-page news when some whole ghetto schools not…

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Iran Ransom–Short Note

The federal government loves word games. The Obama administration has stated repeatedly that the $400 million cash payment to Iran was not (definitely not!) a ransom. And yet, according to State Department spokesman John Kirby himself, the United States would not have released that money if Iran did not release its American detainees. “In basic English you are saying you wouldn’t give [Iran] the 400 million in cash until the prisoners were released, correct?” asked a reporter at Thursday’s State Department briefing. “That’s correct,” Kirby responded. The attitude of federal officials is one of utter, complete disregard for the will…

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When Teddy Roosevelt Banned Muslims from the US

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. A hundred years ago, Muslims were furious over an immigration bill whose origins lay with advocacy by a headstrong and loudmouthed Republican in the White House. The anti-immigration bill offended the Ottoman Empire, the rotting Caliphate of Islam soon to be defeated at the hands of America and the West, by banning the entry of “all polygamists, or persons who admit their belief in the practice of polygamy.” This, as was pointed out at the time, would prohibit the entry of…

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Talking to Gun Control Advocates

How to Talk About Gun Rights With Gun Control Advocates Beverly Hallberg / @bevhallberg / August 17, 2016   TGuns are a tricky topic. Very rarely do you find voters ambivalent about gun violence, gun safety, etc. Someone is either strongly pro-gun rights or pro-gun control, which makes a civil conversation difficult to start or maintain. But the solution isn’t to avoid the topic. As I mentioned in my last column, you may be the only conservative who tries to challenge a liberal’s worldview. No pressure. It may sound like a heavy weight to bear, but not if you’re prepared. So, let’s talk guns.…

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Al Gore Wrong–Again

The Facts Show Louisiana’s Floods Not Caused by Man-Made Climate Change Nicolas Loris / @NiconomistLoris / August 17, 2016 Is man-made global warming to blame for the heavy rainfall and flooding in Louisiana? Former Vice President Al Gore sure thinks so. And The New York Times ran a story with the title “Flooding in the South Looks a Lot Like Climate Change.” But the climate research suggests otherwise. Speaking in Houston to train more grassroots activists on global warming, Gore said: “These kinds of record downpours—that’s one of the manifestations of the climate crisis.” The Times article led with: “Climate change is never going to announce itself…

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The Equal Are Repressed, the Unequal Have Freedom

Equality or Inequality by Mike Kapic August 17, 2016 Everyone one is different. I think you would agree that we live in a world where everyone’s skills, talents, education, motivation, work ethic, their wants and desires, are all different. We do not share equal attributes therefore we’re unequal. So let me ask: If that’s true, do we really live in a country where big corporations or rich business people, who are also unequal, take unfair advantage of other people? Is greed a part of the equation or is it really that each person is following in their own best interest?…

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Globalization of US–Short Note

The push for the United States to “globalize” is coming from all sides. Politico reported yesterday that President Obama and his staff are launching a campaign in America’s heartland to promote the Trans-Pacific Partnership — an international trade deal opposed by both Republicans and Democrats for the permanent harm it could wreak on the average American worker. At the same time, the Daily Caller drew attention to a leaked memo from a George Soros-backed organization that described the “opportunity” the refugee crisis presents to promote a relaxation of international immigration laws. The push towards globalization is dangerous for a number of reasons, but perhaps…

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Fed Anti-Transparent–Short Note

State Department spokesman Mark Toner’s recent gaff at a press conference highlights what many Americans already believe about their federal government: transparency is a joke. Toner broke out in laughter for several seconds after calling the press conference an “exercise in transparency and democracy.” “Is that what this is?” Associated Press reporter Matthew Lee responded, voicing the opinion of the American people. “I thought it was an exercise in spin and obfuscation.” Toner’s actions provide yet another example of the attitude our federal officials take towards the people they “serve.” According to them, We the People are not the “source…

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Protectionism is ALL Around Us

Daniel Gold Wednesday, August 17, 2016 In political speak, a protectionist is someone who is against free trade. They want to protect American businesses, and indirectly American workers, from cheap labor offered abroad. The underlying argument is that American workers require protection from competition.The underlying argument is that American workers require, or benefit from, protection from competition. This same argument is used to restrict many other liberties. Crusaders against immigration lament that low wage earning immigrants steal jobs from, and drive down the wages of American born workers. Opponents of Uber and AirBnB claim that hotel owners, and taxi drivers,…

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Economic Growth…or Enslavement?

Posted by John5319 on August 16, 2016  BEWARE: Dems at Work The founder of a small business called Godfather’s Pizza, the entrepreneur Herman Cain, speaks boldly about the impact of what economic growth is, and the deception of a purpose.  Does the GOPe know the difference between a Marxist collective and a “land of opportunity”? Read  Cane’s comments:      As I watched reporters last week comparing the Trump economic plan to the Hillary economic plan, which were both offered last week from the same venue on different days, I realized the reporters had no clue they were comparing apples to oranges.     First, Trump’s proposals for tax…

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Why Capitalism Works

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Fed Employment at 2,804,000

In 2015, the Government Employed Over 277,000 Regulators Matthew Andrews / James Gattuso / @Jamesgattuso / August 12, 2016 / From 1960 to 2015, the amount of taxpayer money allocated to federal regulators increased by more than 1,800 percent, from $3.06 billion to $57.05 billion. (Photo: iStock Photos) Matthew Andrews Matthew Andrews is a member of the Young Leaders Program at The Heritage Foundation. James Gattuso@Jamesgattuso James Gattuso handles regulatory and telecommunications issues for The Heritage Foundation as a Senior Research Fellow in its Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies. Read his research Want to work in a field that…

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2016 Platforms Include Conventions

Parties Include Amending Conventions An excerpt from the August ASL newsletter: Article V Caucus  [editor’s note: this article posits that both major political parties are interested in amending conventions covering different subjects. We’ve heard candidate Clinton call for a convention. This reinforces the idea that a majority of Americans of all stripes believe the federal government it too big and out of control. The COS Project should be talking to legislators and grassroots of all parties, but in their native tongue.] Party Platforms Call for Constitutional Amendments – The just concluded Republican National Convention adopted a 66-page platform as one of…

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How a Duopolistic Congress Really Works

Author: Unknown Once upon a time the government had a vast scrap yard in the middle of a desert. It sat idle for decades. One day, Congress said, “Someone may steal from it at night.” So they created a night watchman position and hired a person for the job. Then Congress said, “How does this watchman do his job without instruction?” So they created a planning department and hired two people, one person to write the instructions, and one person to do time studies. Then Congress said, “How will we know the night watchman is doing his tasks correctly?” So…

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How the Rise of the Commoner Enriched the World

David S. D’Amato, August 15, 2016 No review could do justice to a project of such well-executed ambition. In Bourgeois Equality: How Ideas, Not Capital or Institutions, Enriched the World, Deirdre McCloskey has given us what is likely the most comprehensive explanation of the “Great Enrichment,” a testament to the awesome power of ideas. And libertarians will exult in McCloskey’s account, because ours are the ideas she credits with the transformation—the most important, she argues, “since the invention of agriculture.” McCloskey’s latest book (and the series of which it is part) is a response to her wonder at the fact that…

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Lost Traditional Values Hurts America

America’s Abandonment of Traditional Values Has Hurt the Black Community Walter E. Williams / August 11, 2016 The abandonment of traditional values has negatively affected the nation as a whole, but blacks have borne the greater burden. (Photo: iStock Photos) Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University. One of the unavoidable consequences of youth is the tendency to think behavior we see today has always been. I’d like to dispute that vision, at least as it pertains to black people. I graduated from Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin High School in 1954. Franklin’s predominantly black students were…

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Where Has Supply-Side Gone?

What happened to the GOP’s pro-market ‘supply-siders’ and free trade? By James Pethokoukis, August 10, 2016 One of the strangers aspects of this strange election season has been prominent Republican “supply-sider” types giving a thumbs up to Trump-onomics. Let me explain just how weird this is. See, Republican policymakers and pundits typically use the phrase “supply side”in a narrower or niche sense than most economists. GOP “supply-side economics” largely focuses on the importance of reducing marginal tax rates as the key policy to boost output and living standards. Reaganomics, the Laffer Curve, all of that. Since the Reagan era, supply-side economics has been the…

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Overturning Citizens United: How?

A constitutional amendment overturning Citizens United: Really? How? by Peter J. Wallison August 9, 2016 AEI: Politics and Public Opinion One jarring note in Hillary Clinton’s acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention was her statement that she would press for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission. This 2009 Supreme Court case held that corporations had the same rights as individuals to make statements for or against the election of a candidate for public office. Particularly difficult to understand was her linking Citizens United to the fact that our economy is not functioning well for many…

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