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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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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,…


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.…


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,…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…

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