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BY MARK W. HENDRICKSON On January 27, the Commerce Department reported that the U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of only 1.9 percent for the fourth quarter and that the overall rate of growth for 2016 was a feeble 1.6 percent. During the eight years of Barack Obama’s presidency,...
SCOTT ERICKSON, THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION If restricting local law enforcement from cooperating with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainer requests is supposed to make communities safer, as some immigration advocates and law enforcement officials suggest, I’d like to hear them reconcile their beliefs with the actions of Texas’ Travis County...
LLOYD MARCUS, THE UNHYPHENATED AMERICAN Upon receiving this slick campaign video in my email titled, “How To Resist The Trump Agenda”, I thought it was a joke. http://bit.ly/2kXsvzY After realizing the video was for real, I thought, “What the!” Folks, I've been a black tea party guy from its beginning. I...
BY BOB BARR In the months following the 9-11 terror attacks, as America’s intelligence agencies struggled to explain how they missed connecting the dots leading to the attacks, there began a major push both inside and outside government to ensure such a lapse never occurred again. The focal point of...
BY SELWYN DUKE It’s no surprise the Democrats plan to fight against the nomination of President Trump’s Supreme Court pick, 10th Circuit Court of Appeals judge Neil Gorsuch. There are no confirmation battles like Supreme Court confirmation battles because, as we always hear, such a decision can “shape the country...
CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE The federal government provides an array of subsidies to increase the consumption of biofuels such as corn ethanol. The subsidies include tax breaks, grants, loans, and loan guarantees. The government also imposes a mandate to blend biofuels into gasoline and diesel fuels. A new study at DownsizingGovernment.org...
LLOYD MARCUS, THE UNHYPHENATED AMERICAN I've heard that making sausage is a pretty messy, ugly and unpleasant process to witness. Well so is implementing real change in Washington DC. I've said it before and I'll say it again. I believe God gave us Trump because I do not believe a...
BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~Absurd, impractical sustainability precepts are actually a prescription for government control~ As President Trump downgrades the relevance of Obama era climate change and anti-fossil fuel policies, many environmentalists are directing attention to “sustainable development.” Like “dangerous manmade climate change,” sustainability reflects poor understanding of basic energy, economic, resource extraction...
BY MARK W. HENDRICKSON President Barack Obama’s executive actions during the two and a half months of his lame duck, post-election time in office provide the perfect exclamation point to his entire presidency. His antipathy for private property has never been clearer. Look at these two actions: On December 20, President...
LLOYD MARCUS, THE UNHYPHENATED AMERICAN Quoting Yogi Berra, “It's like deja-vu, all over again.” Now that the Republicans are back in power the Left (democrats, Hollywood and mainstream media) have dusted off all their old rude crude tactics in an attempt to brand America a hellhole of discontentment, pain, suffering...
BY SELWYN DUKE The irrational left, which means virtually all the left, is apoplectic over President Trump’s executive order halting immigration from terrorist-spawning countries. Its minions are complaining that the move is “un-American,” which in their world apparently involves playing Russian roulette with American lives. The New York Times just...
BY CHRISTOPHER MACHOLD During the confirmation hearings for Representative Tom Price’s appointment as Health and Human Services Secretary, Bernie Sanders took aim at Price’s claim that America is fundamentally compassionate. “No, we are not a compassionate society … In terms of our relationship with poor and working people, our record...
HARRY G. HUTCHISON, ACLJ On President Trump’s first day in office, the ACLJ has already achieved a significant victory as the President adopts a key ACLJ recommendation aimed at bringing down pro-abortion ObamaCare. As one of his first acts, President Trump issued an Executive order directing the Secretary of Health and...
BY SELWYN DUKE In a recent viral Facebook post, a conservative woman found it necessary to point out that she wasn’t a “disgrace to women” for not supporting the Women’s March on Washington. Of course not. Saying otherwise is a bit like having called a soldier a disgrace to soldiers...
BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~Collusive lawsuits helped control more US lands. Congress must repeal and replace the ESA.~ President Obama’s parting edicts betrayed Israel and commuted prison sentences for terrorist Oscar Lopez Rivera and traitor Bradley/Chelsea Manning. Another abused the Antiquities Act yet again, by banning economic use on an additional 1.7...
~The President-Elect upends a news media that’s still in denial about its vanished world~ Scot Faulkner President-Elect Donald Trump’s first news conference since the November election vividly displayed how he has turned the media world upside down. His unprecedented campaign and transition points to an administration committed to solidifying a media...
BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~Federal air quality rules must be based on science – not used to stifle energy and industry~ It’s called the Clean Air Act, but it was never intended to ensure pure, pristine air. Congress wanted America to have safe, healthy air, and regulations based on solid scientific and...
~This obsolete vestige of the New Deal should be dissolved~ By Eric Steinmann President-Elect Donald Trump is looking for bold actions to “drain the swamp” in Washington, DC and free America’s economy, so that it can once again become the global leader and innovator. A great place to start would be...
THEY WERE BELIEVERS WITH STEVE FARRELL George Washington, 1778 On 15 October 1778, General George Washington, Commander In Chief of the Continental Army, responds by letter to General Andrew Lewis concerning the disappointments he (Lewis), and fellow General, Lachlan McIntosh, had been dealt. The Commander In Chief's inspired counsel: Ours is a...
LIBERTY LETTERS WITH STEVE FARRELL In the Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787, George Mason of Virginia, suggested: the necessity of preventing the danger of perpetual revenue which must of necessity subvert the liberty of any Country. If it be objected to on the principle of Mr. Rutledge’s motion that...