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The Swiss Debt Solution


[The following collection of articles is from the Article V Caucus Newsletter relating to our debt and the Swiss Debt Brake] by Stuart MacPhail  August, 2019 Under the heading “Switzerland’s budget surplus shows power of constitutional restraints on federal spending” on July 10 the Convention of States Project (CoSP) extoled the virtues of the so-called “Swiss Debt Brake” as…


Electoral College Attacked


The Left’s Attacks on the Electoral College Are All About Political Power By Jarrett Stepman,  July 26, 2019 It seems that there isn’t a prominent progressive left in America who hasn’t come out in favor of abolishing the Electoral College. The latest is Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who called for an end to our 200-plus-year-old…


Burying America Under Debt


Former Dem Leader Harry Reid: ‘The deficit is going to bury us’ –  by Stuart MacPhail  August, 2019 On April 23, 2019, C-Span conducted an interview with former US Senate Majority Leader (2007-2015) Harry Reid (D-Nevada) and former US House Speaker (2011-2015) John Boehner (R-Ohio), with moderator Chuck Todd. In that interview Reid said “I believe…and this may sound unusual coming from a…


“Let the Matter Stand”


Deep-Six Stare Decisis by Rodney Dodsworth July 8, 2019 Subtitle: We’ve Always Done it This Way. Long ago in another life, my first boss told me the quickest way to get fired was to defend an existing procedure with, “we’ve always done it this way.” By that standard, dozens of Scotus judges over the past hundred…


Delegates Discuss Presidential Election


The Constitutional Convention discusses presidential selection  by Tara Ross July 8, 2019 During this month in 1787, delegates to the Constitutional Convention debate an important question: How should a President be elected? You’d be surprised by the great variety of crazy ideas they had. For starters, it wasn’t a foregone conclusion that we’d have only one…


Candidates Will Bankrupt Health Care


Democratic Candidates Push “Medicare For All” at AARP Forum By Robert B. Charles   July 17, 2019 Democratic presidential candidates seem convinced a leftward rush is the ticket to success in 2020.  That is how they aim to beat President Trump, who produced the best economy in 50 years, has strong national security credentials, a moral compass…


Social Security’s Last 16 Years


The Deafening Silence on Social Security’s Looming Insolvency Social Security will become insolvent in just 16 years. Who says so? The people who run the Social Security Administration. James R. Harrigan Antony Davies July 3, 2019 As the 2020 presidential campaign heats up, it’s disturbing that members of both parties seem unwilling to talk about…


Squad Terror


by Rodney Dodsworth July 22, 2019 Subtitle: Whose Morality? When I was a teenager I remember what passed for wisdom from the older college kids: “Hey man, everyone knows you can’t legislate morality.” I wasn’t comfortable with that and eventually learned why. Law reflects the morality of the lawgiver. It can’t be any other way. A…


A Dose of Anti-Federalism Needed


WSJ July 6, 2019 The Founders Who Opposed the Constitution The Anti-Federalists gave us the Bill of Rights. Judge Andrew Oldham says they can also give us insight on the modern administrative state. By Jason Willick | 1936 words Austin, Texas What does the Constitution protect? “If you talk to somebody on the street,”he might…


States Electors Accountable


Faithless Electors Who Break Their Promise Rightly Can Be Punished Hans von Spakovsky and Greg Walsh / June 27, 2019 Long before discussions of impeachment became commonplace, a means of denying President-elect Donald Trump the White House was floated and circulated among liberal groups. They formed a national alliance shortly after the 2016 election designed to manipulate the Electoral College by…


Hope in American Nationalism


WSJ July 20, 2019 America’s Nationalist Awakening      Why has such an old idea suddenly become new again? Because progressive government has failed to keep its promises and broken the people’s trust. By Christopher DeMuth | 1659 words No one saw it coming—that the next big thing of the 21st century would be the nation-state,…


Federal and State Unbalance


Federalism Is a Tug of War and States Need to Pull REP. KEN IVORY/MAY 14, 2019 Did you have a nickname growing up? I did. And I hated it! I detested this nickname so much that I hesitate even sharing it with you. However, if you’ll promise that it will stay just among us as…


I, Pencil


My Family Tree as Told to Leonard E. Read by Leonard Read, December 1958 I, Pencil I am a lead pencil—the ordinary wooden pencil familiar to all boys and girls and adults who can read and write. Writing is both my vocation and my avocation; that’s all I do. You may wonder why I should…


An Arbitrary Supreme Court


by Rodney Dodsworth July 1, 2019 Just as Rome never had a king after deposing the last Tarquin, yet breathed her last under unlimited Emperors, America will never have an unlimited, absolute monarch. Instead, it has an oligarchic, arbitrary Supreme Court. While it is Constitutionally limited to the judicial power, as a practical matter Scotus…


America


WSJ July 6, 2019 The Why, How and What of America Readings to appreciate the making of our nation and its continuing miracle. By Peggy Noonan | 1232 words I’m not really big on purple mountain majesties. I’d love America if it were a hole in the ground though yes, it’s beautiful. I don’t love…


Congressional Term Limits!


“Congress has a 14% approval rating. 60% of American’s say they would fire every single one. Congress is less popular than traffic jambs, root canal, or hemorrhoids.”

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