By Andy Puzder • The Morning Call
Anyone listening to President Donald Trump and to Democratic presidential hopefuls hears an almost Dickensian tale of two very different Americas.
The president takes “the best of times” view and spoke during his State of the Union address about “an unprecedented economic boom” in which “our economy is thriving like never before.”
Democratic presidential hopefuls take the “the worst of times” view and speak of an America that works only for the rich, while working-class paychecks fail even to keep up with the cost of living and people are struggling to get by.
Is either side right?
The American public appears to increasingly share Trump’s sunny view. A Gallup poll released on Monday, under the headline “Americans’ Confidence in Their Finances Keeps Growing,” found that more than two-thirds — 69 percent — of Americans expect to be better off in the coming year. That’s “only two percentage points below the all-time high of 71%” recorded 20 years ago. The poll was based on telephone interviews with 1,017 adults conducted between Jan. 2 and Jan. 10. Continue reading
The president’s responsibilities in the national security arena may be his most important. It certainly has the current occupant of the White House thinking an executive order declaring an emergency on the U.S. border with Mexico to secure funding for the proposed wall might well be in order.
The Trump Administration is also considering action that would allow Chinese and other foreign flagged shippers to deliver liquified natural gas to Puerto Rico and Massachusetts, citing the same rationale: that it is in the interests of U.S. national security to allow this to happen.
In only one instance is this even possibly correct. The finding a national security emergency exists gives the executive branch considerable latitude in the actions it can take and, say more than expert in the issue, there’s a straight forward argument to be made in that regard for the border wall. Thousands of undocumented immigrants pour into our country over the border and embed themselves in the underground of American society. From their hiding places, they add to the problems associated with violent crime, the importation, and sale of illegal and counterfeit drugs, human trafficking, kidnapping, gang activity and other things damaging to the fabric of the nation. Continue reading
Senator Barrasso’s and Representative Jason Smith’s “Fairness for Every Driver Act” is a great idea whose time has come. It is time to drain the swamp and end taxpayer provided payouts for those with high priced lobbyists!
This week Congressman Jason Smith (R-MO-08) and Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) introduced the Fairness for Every Driver Act to save billions of taxpayer dollars by eliminating the tax credit for high-end electric vehicles.
Frontiers of Freedom President, George Landrith made the following statement in support of the Fairness for Every Driver Act:
Who are the big winners when taxpayers are forced to pay up to $7,500 to buyers of expensive electrical cars? The answer is simple: billionaire Elon Musk, and big corporations like Tesla and GM. Elon Musk is the fellow who recently was smacked down by the feds for violating securities fraud laws and fined millions of dollars. I am not all sure why Elon deserves the big bonanza funded by hardworking American taxpayers!
The big losers of this cash payout program are average, everyday Americans who work hard and play by the rules and don’t have high priced lobbyists scamming the system for them. So if you’re working hard to make ends meet, or saving for your children’s future or simply wish you had a little more money at the end of the month, you should be outraged that Congress has been forcing you to help rich guys buy fancy, expensive electric sports cars.
The electric vehicle tax credit is a bad deal for a very simple reason. When someone buys a $70,000 to $140,000 Tesla, there is no good reason to ask lower income workers to help pay for it. If you want a fancy electric car, please feel free to buy one! But don’t ask the rest of us to help you pay for it! Even if the car were less expensive, why should the rest of America be forced to help them buy it using a corrupt federal tax code to effectively rob the rest of us?
I am not against electric cars. I am not against expensive electric cars. I believe if you want one and can afford one, you have every right to buy one. But what you don’t have the right to do is to get your congressman or senator to reach into my pocket and take my money to help you pay for it. Yet that is exactly what Congress has been doing. Shame on Congress!
Additionally, under current law, users of alternative fuel vehicles do not contribute funds to improving the roads and bridges all drivers use. This law would rectify this injustice as well. Everyone who uses the public roadways should help pay for their construction and maintenance. It makes no sense to give rich car buyers a pass on helping to pay for the roadways that they also use.
This is why I am excited about the work that Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) and Representative Jason Smith (R-MO) are doing with their proposed Fairness for Every Driver Act. This is a big win for working-class Americans and for anyone who believes in fair play and equality before the law.
We call upon Members of Congress to support the Fairness for Every Driver Act. We will be watching how Congress votes and we will make sure that good votes are rewarded and that bad votes are publicized.
By Adam Mill • The Federalist
Recently, Jesse Kelly wrote a worthy article forecasting the United States’ decline and eventual suffocation in the quicksand of socialism. He correctly notes that as government gets bigger, freedom must get smaller.
Kelly clearly fears a socialist America will follow the failures of Greece, Venezuela, and every other country that has followed a welfare state model to its logical conclusion. While he is absolutely right that economic failure and socialism are inexorably related, he is not correct that the United States is on an unstoppable path to this oblivion.
Take cheer, Kelly: we have reason to be optimistic as a result of President Trump’s brief but dazzling experiment with cutting taxes and regulation. While government is growing, it’s not growing fast enough to crowd-out all freedom. One byproduct of the Trump boom is that economic growth is actually outpacing growth in government spending. The government’s share of gross domestic product has fallen to Continue reading
By David Harsanyi • The Federalist
It’s odd, isn’t it, that so many of the folks who warn us about the authoritarianism of the GOP also happen to support an array of policies that coerce Americans to do things they don’t want to?
Take, for example, the four reliably liberal Supreme Court justices, all of whom believe it’s OK to compel Americans to pay dues to political organizations they disagree with, to coerce them to say things they abhor, and to compel them to create things that undermine their principles.
For some, myself included, the prospects of a court run by people who ignore the Constitution was the best argument for Donald Trump in 2016. The question was, “What’s scarier, a Trump presidency or a progressive Supreme Court?” I imagine the answer is becoming a bit clearer for many conservatives.
In three cases this term — the rulings Continue reading
By Newt Gingrich • Fox News
The left-wing media and the elites never seem to tire of being wrong.
Remember in May when President Trump said his policies would spur the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) to grow at a rate of 3 percent or higher? The so-called experts insisted that it was unrealistic, highly unlikely, and probably impossible.
Some of these experts suggested 3 percent growth could only happen if our immigrant population doubled over a decade or the nation went to a six-day work week. They said even if unemployment fell to zero, we still wouldn’t get close.
Imagine their surprise then when the Commerce Department announced on Friday that the GDP has grown at 3 percent – for the second quarter in a row. Continue reading
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by Crystal Wright • Morning Consult
Just when you thought the disastrous Obamacare literally couldn’t get any sicker or more costly to Americans, think again. However, this time it isn’t the law’s namesake President Obama and his Democrat cronies harming our country’s health care system while ballooning the federal budget, it’s Republicans.
Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) and Rep. Mark Walker (R-N.C.) introduced a bill — the Taxpayers Before Insurers Act which requires funds paid in by private insurance companies collected under the auspices of the “reinsurance program” mandated under the Affordable Care Act to go the U.S Treasury instead of being used to reduce consumer medical costs. And many Republicans in Congress say it’s a great idea. Continue reading
By Evan Harris • ABC News
President Obama’s expressed hope today in his weekly address “that we can avoid the political posturing and ideological brinksmanship that has bogged down this (Supreme Court nomination) process, and Congress, in the past” runs against another historical first for the 44th president: his unique role in history as the first US President to have ever voted to filibuster a Supreme Court nominee.
So while there is little indication Republicans intend to filibuster President Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Sonia Sotomayor, the GOP will likely invoke the President’s unique history whenever he calls their tactics into question.
In January 2006, then-Sen. Obama joined 24 colleagues in a futile effort led by Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., to filibuster the Supreme Court nomination of now-Justice Samuel Alito. Continue reading
By Matt Lewis • The Daily Caller
By now, you’ve heard the Supreme Court voted 6-3 in King v. Burwell to uphold the subsidies at the heart of ObamaCare. And you probably know that Chief Justice John Roberts is being compared to David Souter — who was nominated by the first President Bush. (This really doesn’t help Jeb, does it?)
As I write at The Week,
The irony here isn’t that a Republican-appointed Supreme Court chief justice has twice preserved the landmark legislation of Barack Obama. The irony — and heartache, for conservatives — is that on both occasions, Roberts has had to employ judicial gymnastics to rationalize his decision. In the King v. Burwell decision, Roberts chose to ignore the letter of the law — no matter how specious or unintentional the letter may have been — and instead, divine the law’s intent. Continue reading
Frontiers of Freedom released by the following statement by its President, George Landrith regarding Copyright Office Modernization:
Intellectual Property Rights are an increasingly important part of the U.S. economy and account for an ever larger portion of our economic growth and output. For example, copyright industries account for more than $1 trillion of the nation’s GDP which is about one dollar out of every 14 in the economy, and they provide 5.5 million American jobs. Those numbers are only likely to increase in the future.
But the Copyright Office is housed in the Library of Congress and competes with other Library priorities, often to its detriment. One consequence is outdated IT systems which adds unnecessary complexity to the market at the expense of rights-holders and consumers. With tremendous growth in copyright industries expected and its increasingly important role in our modern economy, it is critical that we modernize the Copyright Office, thereby ensuring that an important part of our economy and a clear engine for future economic growth will remain strong. Continue reading
They overcook the evidence of 2014 to support their shaky predictions of global warming.
by Rupert Darwall • National Review Online
The year 2014 had scarcely expired before being declared the warmest year on record. First off was the Japan Meteorological Agency. The year 2014 surpassed 1998 to set a new record by all of five one hundredths of one degree Centigrade, according to the agency’s preliminary numbers. Then Britain’s Met Office announced that 2014 was the warmest year in the 355 years of the Central England Temperature series.
Each year, global-warming adherents anticipate an El Niño (a strong warming phase in the Pacific) as the physical manifestation of global warming’s Second Coming to herald the end of the barren years of flat-lining global temperatures. The Center for American Progress’s Joe Romm called the 2014 record doubly impressive. As Romm noted, “We’re still waiting for the start of El Niño” but got a temperature record nonetheless. Continue reading
As the world knows, there has been an outbreak of Ebola virus centered in the area of West Africa. This infection has caused worldwide concern and a major epidemic is anticipated. This is thought to be the largest outbreak of Ebola virus in the history of the world. Already up to 10,000 lives have been lost. This infection is capable of passing from person to person through direct contact and through various body fluids.
It was on September 30, 2014 that the first Ebola infection that was diagnosed in the United States was reported. That particular patient, a Mr. Thomas Eric Duncan (diagnosed in Dallas, Texas on September 30, 2014). Unfortunately Mr. Duncan could not be saved and died at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. There have been other confirmed patients who returned to the United States from West Africa and were treated at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. They were treated and released virus free. There have been over 5,000 Ebola false alarms following the death of Mr. Duncan. Many patients will report symptoms such as fever and end up in emergency rooms throughout the United States.
In this report, I will summarize what is known about the current Ebola outbreak. Continue reading