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Free enterprise and small government
Nov 25 2014 - Foundation for Economic Education by HOWARD BAETJER JR.
Does the lodging industry need government regulation? I don’t think so, and I’m more convinced than before after listening to a fascinating EconTalk conversation between host Russ Roberts and Nathan Blecharczyk, a founder of the lodging service Airbnb.
Nov 25 2014 - Foundation for Economic Education by HOWARD BAETJER JR.
The sharing economy helps end ethnic and economic discrimination
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Scandals
Nov 25 2014 - Investor's Business Daily
Scandal: The Benghazi annex security team that fought on the building's rooftop to save its lives and those of others begs to differ with the House Intelligence Committee claim that there was no stand–down order.
Political Miscellaneous
Nov 25 2014 - Investor's Business Daily by Thomas Sowell
Jonathan Gruber's several videotaped remarks about the gross deceptions that got ObamaCare passed in Congress should tell us a lot about the Obama administration.
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Regulation
Nov 25 2014 - The Independent Institute by JOHN C. GOODMAN
If public policy were consistent, it would impose the same standards on people away from work that it imposes at the job site. Clearly it’s not consistent. But why? Part of the answer surely is: people won’t tolerate direct restrictions on their personal freedom. If they are willing to permit them at work, it may be because the way in which they are personally affected is obscured and the cost of understanding the effects is too high.
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President Obama
Nov 26 2014 - Investor's Business Daily
Illegal Immigration: "I have the legal authority," President Obama said last weekend, to grant mass amnesty to illegals. Not so fast. A nonpartisan Hill study shows that he may have overstepped his bounds.
Nov 25 2014 - American Enterprise Institute by John Yoo, Robert Delahunty
To restore the separation of powers, Republicans’ best bet is to win the presidency in 2016.
Nov 26 2014 - Libreprensa by Dana Milbank
When Barack Obama looks in the mirror these days, he must see a terrifying visage staring back at him: that of George W. Bush.
Nov 25 2014 - The Dallas Morning News by Ross Douthat
Let me be clear, as he likes to say: I believe that President Barack Obama was entirely sincere when he ran for president as a fierce critic of the imperial executive. I believe that he was in earnest when he told supporters in 2008 that America’s “biggest problems” involved “George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all.”
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It isn’t just that he’s been dealing with an opposition party that’s swung to the right, it’s that this opposition doesn’t know its own mind, collectively or sometimes even individually, and so has trouble bargaining or legislating effectively." We Republicans know a lot more about what we want than you liberals. And what we want is right, not foolishness. bb
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Democratic Party
Nov 26 2014 - Investor's Business Daily by BETSY MCCAUGHEY
We have two major parties in the nation now: the Republican Party and the Banana Republic Party, otherwise known as Democrats. The difference between them is over the rule of law.
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Texas politics
Nov 25 2014 - American Enterprise Institute by MARK J. PERRY
The chart above shows a most amazing economic phenomenon: Since December 2007 when the Great Recession started, Texas civilian employment has increased by 12.4% and by more than 1.36 million jobs, from just over 11 million jobs in December 2007 to 12.37 million in October of this year (see blue line in chart). In contrast, civilian employment in the other 49 states without Texas is still 0.26% and more than 350,000 jobs below the December 2007 level (see red line in chart) — there were 134.9 million non–Texas jobs in October vs. 135.26 million in December 2007.
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Health care debate
Nov 26 2014 - Town Hall by WALTER E. WILLIAMS
Jonathan Gruber, MIT economist and paid architect of Obamacare, has shocked and disgusted many Americans. In 2013, he explained to a University of Pennsylvania audience: "This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure (the Congressional Budget Office) did not score the mandate as taxes. If CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies." He added that the "lack of transparency is a huge political advantage." Most insulting were his previous statements that "the American voter is too stupid to understand" and his boast of Obamacare's "exploitation of the lack of economic understanding of the American voter."
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Campaign for President
Nov 25 2014 - The Dallas Morning News by CARL P. LEUBSDORF
Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb’s decision to become the first of an expected dozen or more candidates forming presidential exploratory committees provides a good excuse to start considering 2016.
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Not very useful. bbm
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Taxes
Nov 25 2014 - Investor's Business Daily by Lewis K. Uhler And Peter J. Ferrara
Voters affirmed that rapid economic growth and job creation remain the nation's top priorities. The new Congress should adopt personal and corporate tax reform that will launch maximum, sustained economic growth.
IRS issues
Nov 25 2014 - Town Hall by Rachel Alexander
Years of massive corruption by the man known for stirring up race relations and making them worse are finally being exposed. While flying around the country first class, dressed in lavish suits, and most recently stirring the pot in Ferguson, Mo., Al Sharpton has avoided paying millions in taxes – that would have landed the rest of us in prison. The situation is so egregious that even the left–wing New York Times finally wrote a long article last week exposing Sharpton’s tax evasion as well as graft and crime going all the way back to his teenage years.
Sales Tax
Nov 25 2014 - The Independent Institute by William F. Shughart II
U.S. internet commerce has grown dramatically over the past decade, from about $93 billion in 2003 to some $322 billion in 2013.
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Educational ineptitude
Nov 26 2014 - National Review Online by Chester E. Finn Jr.
Advanced students suffer from the “disparate impact” of witch hunts by the Office for Civil Rights.
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Solar power
Nov 25 2014 - Investor's Business Daily
Junk Science: Google is literally and figuratively pulling the plug on its investment in renewable energy because the technology doesn't work. Will its flop persuade the feds to stop dumping billions down this rat hole?
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Cybersecurity
Nov 26 2014 - Hoover Institution. by Bing West
The Director of the National Security Agency said he expects a major cyberattack against the U.S. in the next decade. “It’s only a matter of the ‘when,’ not the ‘if,’” Admiral Michael Rogers said, “that we are going to see something dramatic.”1
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Iran's nuclear programs
Nov 25 2014 - Front Page Magazine by Caroline Glick
The Obama administration will never abandon its courtship of Iran. On the eve of the extended deadline in the US–led six–party talks with Iran regarding Teheran’s illicit nuclear weapons program, the one thing that is absolutely clear is that courting Iran is the centerpiece of US President Barack Obama’s Middle East policy. Come what may in Geneva, this will not change.
Nov 26 2014 - Town Hall by Caroline Glick
The Obama administration will never abandon its courtship of Iran.
Nov 26 2014 - American Enterprise Institute by Danielle Pletka
Here’s a modest peek into The Meaning of it All:
Despite heroic efforts to capitulate to Iran in the 11th hour, Tehran wasn’t having any of it. Reportedly, the main sticking points were the sanctions (Tehran: Lift them all now.); the duration of restrictions on the Iranian nuclear program (Tehran: 10 minutes is good.); and the scope of Iran’s enrichment program (Tens of thousands of centrifuges!).

Nov 25 2014 - Investor's Business Daily
Iran: Another failure in the ill–advised Vienna talks confirms that the world's most notorious terror state is stringing along the free world on its way to nuclear arms. Let's trash these negotiations and toughen sanctions instead.
Nov 26 2014 - American Enterprise Institute by J. Matthew McInnis
It was no surprise on Monday when the P5+1 countries and Iran agreed to another extension of the talks over Tehran’s nuclear program. Iran has been serious about finding a deal to escape sanctions, but the regime has also been clear that a meaningful reversal of its nuclear capabilities — as opposed to simply constraining the program — is a redline. To put it simply, this is why the negotiations are stuck. The question now for the US is what Washington can gain from talking for seven more months?
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News / Violence / Violence-Extremist Muslims
The Present Global Culture War
Nov 26 2014 - American Enterprise Institute by Cinnamon Stillwell
President Obama’s infamous proclamation that ISIS (the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) is “not Islamic” was received sympathetically within the ranks of Middle East studies. While many scholars of Islam and the Middle East have condemned ISIS’s heinous actions, a stubborn refusal to acknowledge their theological underpinnings lingers. Those who do concede ISIS’s Islamic supremacism are branded “Islamphobes.” Others attribute ISIS’s rampage of mass murder, beheadings, rape, slavery, and strict Sharia law in pursuit of a caliphate to Western–inspired “grievances” or “root causes.”
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Department of Defense
Nov 25 2014 - Investor's Business Daily
Leadership: Departure of the defense secretary who said he'd learn on the job provides a scapegoat for a commander in chief who's presided over a hollowing out of the military and a Chamberlain–esque foreign policy.
Secretary of Defense
Nov 25 2014 - Front Page Magazine by Robert Spencer
Chuck Hagel is out at the Department of Defense, and one administration official explained that it was because “the next couple of years will demand a different kind of focus” – apparently one that doesn’t shed such a bright light upon the smoking ruin that is Barack Obama’s foreign policy.
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Rape
Nov 26 2014 - Times Standard by RICHARD COHEN
Where are the men?
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Mexican issues
Nov 26 2014 - Investor's Business Daily
Immigration: Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto hailed President Obama's amnesty, richly suggesting he'd done us a favor by letting millions come here. But those amnesty beneficiaries fled his nation's failure. He should be red–faced with shame.
Stopping illegals
Nov 26 2014 - Town Hall by Terry Jeffrey
Take a look at an American family's budget and you can tell what that family values.
Many of the nation's most solid and self–sufficient citizens spend a large share of the earnings the government allows them to keep paying down their own mortgages, maintaining their own households and sending their own children to school.
Immigration legislation
Nov 26 2014 - Hoover Institution. by Richard A. Epstein
On Thursday November 20, President Obama delivered a controversial address to the nation on the contentious subject of immigration. In it, he outlined his plan to grant amnesty to some 3.5 million illegal immigrants in the United States. Recent polling data suggests that the President is sailing in choppy waters. The opposition stems in part from concern about the abuse of presidential prerogatives and in part from the unpopularity of his pro–immigration policies. Democrats have remained relatively silent on the matter. Republicans, meanwhile, have decried his unilateral executive action, which bypasses Congress, and are now considering the political and legal options to either block or slow down the President’s initiative.
Nov 25 2014 - Town Hall by Cal Thomas
President Obama sought to justify his misreading of the Constitution by unilaterally granting legal protection to 5 million illegal immigrants. In this, he reminded me of what Richard Nixon told David Frost in a 1977 interview. The exchange is worth recalling:
Illegal immigration
Nov 25 2014 - Investor's Business Daily by TERRY JONES
Everyone knows President Obama's unilateral move to grant amnesty to 5 million illegal immigrants will be costly, but just how big will the price tag be?
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Medicaid
Nov 25 2014 - The Independent Institute by John R. Graham
According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), spending on Medicaid, the jointly funded state–federal welfare program that provides health benefits to low–income people, increased 6.7 percent in 2013 to $449.5 billion. And it will keep growing at a fast rate.
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Poverty rates
Nov 26 2014 - youtube by John Stossel
VIDEO: Rep. Paul Ryan (R–WI) joins John to talk about the disincentives of the welfare state and gives suggestions on improving the situation. http://www.LibertyPen.com

Income Inequality
Nov 25 2014 - Investor's Business Daily by MICHAEL BARONE
Last spring, you may remember, the French economist Thomas Piketty was all the rage in certain enlightened circles. His book "Capital" shot up to the No. 1 spot on bestseller lists, and many economists praised his statistics showing increased income and wealth inequality.
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Welfare Reform
Nov 25 2014 - The Independent Institute by Abigail R. Hall
When the new Congress begins work after the holidays, we’ll see if all those promises to end wasteful spending were hot air or really meant something.
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Lifestyle / Race Relations
Black issues
Nov 25 2014 - Front Page Magazine by Matthew Vadum
Grand jurors in Ferguson, Mo., refused to indict local police officer Darren Wilson yesterday, heroically resisting pressure from President Obama on down to lynch an innocent police officer who fought off a violent attacker.
Nov 26 2014 - Investor's Business Daily
Leadership: In ways possible for no one else, a black president and a black attorney general could have quelled the latest violence in Ferguson, Mo. Instead, they invited mayhem.
Nov 26 2014 - Town Hall by Michelle Malkin
In his 967–word statement to the nation about the Ferguson grand jury decision on Tuesday night, President Obama devoted precisely one sentence to the risks and sacrifices police officers make to keep the peace.
Race relations
Nov 26 2014 - Times Union, Albany NY
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