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Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk, is confused. No wonder! The Supreme Court confused the entire country with their recent marriage ruling. As I wrote one year ago in Marriage v. Marriage, the institution we call marriage is two different things. The government now defines marriage as a legal relationship of two individuals regardless of their […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Red Ink Alert: So Donald Trump Wants to Slash Taxes and Leave Medicare Alone?

 
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Even with dynamic scoring, Donald Trump’s tax plan is likely to lose a ton of money. (And, yes, I am dismissing out of hand Trump’s 6% growth claim. Please.) But Trump isn’t counting entirely on faster economic growth to make the numbers work. As he pointed out in the WSJ yesterday:

Finally, this plan will not add to our deficits or to the national debt. With disciplined budget management and elimination of waste, fraud and abuse, this plan will allow the nation to balance the budget, boost the economy to record levels, clear the backlog of workers sitting at home and begin the process of reducing the debt

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This week I’m basking in my victories in both of my Fantasy Football leagues, Ricochet’s and the in-laws league I inadvertently started a week ago. So far though, I think I’ve just lucked out with lineup changes due to suspensions and injuries. It’s been fun to have Alex Smith as quarterback (week 2 notwithstanding), I’ve never cared […]

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. James, Rob, and Peter: I want to discuss the “Establishment” with you.

 

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I took a short vacation with my wife to Portland, OR, this past weekend, and on the flight back I was soothed by the latest Ricochet podcast featuring Rick Wilson. For what it’s worth, I am petrified of flying because I find it to be like playing craps with your life – eventually you will roll “snake eyes.” Anyway, during the podcast, I was struck by many of replies to the things Rick was saying by you guys, and it struck me: I want to discuss with you gentlemen why the average American who makes up the Republican Party base is so outraged, and why guys like Rick Wilson do not and never will understand it.

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Back during the Cold War there was a phrase of “fellow traveler” used to describe someone who was so leftist that they identified with Communists but were not members of the Communist Party USA. Practically all their policy preferences on foreign policy issues coincided with those of the USSR (of which the CPUSA was a […]

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In the new book, Unlikeable: The Problem with Hillary, Edward Klein claims that Bill Clinton once pushed Hillary to hire Steven Spielberg to help make her more appealing. The book is intended as a hit-piece on the Clintons, which doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not accurate. It is intended to portray Hillary as callous, unsympathetic, and […]

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This could be even bigger for NASA than the whole “Muslim outreach” thing! More

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Cecile Richards took to the stand yesterday to defend the federal funding of Planned Parenthood, during which time she conceded that her organization has never given a single mammogram, nor does it have the equipment for doing so. She stressed that her staffers do give breast exams, which we’re guessing involves groping while making “wobba-wobba” […]

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Songquan Deng / Shutterstock.comYears ago, I asked my father why a ratty old sofa was still in the house. He replied simply: “It’s there because it’s there.” The words had a strange finality about them. Almost metaphysical in their profundity. What we were talking about was a sofa purchased years ago, used and abused by the family, and then unceremonious shunted into an obscure room when the newer model arrived. As I recall. on delivery day there had been talk of carting away the ratty old sofa. The haulers had offered to take it, for a price. My father balked and so it has remained. A dusty old sofa living out its days, slowly crumbling into the parquet.

The philosophy of furnishing a suburban home is important. It reveals something about the human psyche. When we spend a lot of time and effort bringing something into our lives, we become reluctant to dispense with it. When that particular something is a big and bulky item, requiring great effort to remove, lethargy places its death grip upon it. Think of how many things in your life where you can say that “It’s there because it’s there.”

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I am not a cat owner; however, I keep finding cat poop in the rock beds in my yard. I’ve never been able to catch him in the act, so I don’t know which cat it is. Any good suggestions for how I can persuade it to take his surreptitious feline fecal jihad elsewhere? I’m […]

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On Monday, Vladimir Putin met briefly with Barack Obama at the United Nations because he was hungry and wanted to eat the president’s lunch, drink his milk shake, and then gobble up other nations for dessert. More

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King-World-News-Paul-Craig-Roberts-Putins-Ultimate-Move-To-Crush-The-EU-And-NATO1-1728x800_c-840x420I don’t mean to ruin anyone’s morale, but I’m going to, anyway. I understand that some of you may be thinking, “Why not let Putin fight ISIS? Better him than us, wouldn’t you say? Especially since all we seem to be able to do is make more of them. Right?”

Well, sure, if that’s what he were doing. But it’s not.

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Smarter than she soundsLong story very short: the president will almost always beat the speaker. To win the presidency, the Right needs not barn-burners but fire discipline. To understand the Boehner fiasco — and for conservatives, it has been a fiasco of our own making — we need to understand a bit of history. We need some perspective, and it would help to start with the first modern speaker, Tip O’Neill.

Tip O’Neill reinvented the House of Representatives. Previous Speakers, like Sam Rayburn, had been effective because they were able to put together large bipartisan coalitions to pass bills. But O’Neill put a partisan stamp on the House: he weakened the committee chairs and did his best to pass bills on party lines. O’Neill’s revolution wasn’t widely understood at the time, however, because O’Neill usually lost legislative battles to President Reagan. Why? Because when the president and speaker fight, the president nearly always wins. The president speaks with one voice, while the speaker frequently gets drowned out by the loudest and dumbest members of his caucus. National Review was right to note that Tip O’Neill shut down the government, but Stiles forgot to mention that O’Neill mostly lost those battles to Reagan.

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In the mist of all the swirl around Planned Parenthood over the last few weeks it is should be clear that those dedicated to defending the left’s primary sacrament have a ready list of responses regardless of facts or gore put in front of them. The five hours of meetings on Capitol Hill yesterday should […]

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From the NYT:

Pope Francis met secretly in Washington last week with Kim Davis, the county clerk in Kentucky who defied a court order to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, her lawyer said in a telephone interview Tuesday night. Francis gave her rosaries and told her to “stay strong,” the lawyer said. Ms. Davis and her husband, Joe, were sneaked into the Vatican Embassy by car on Thursday afternoon, according to Ms. Davis’s lawyer, Mathew D. Staver. The couple met for about 15 minutes with the pope, who was accompanied by security, aides and photographers. Mr. Staver said he expected to receive photographs of the meeting from the Vatican soon.

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Just about everything the Holy father thinks, says, or does is reported by some news outfit. So here’s a handy guide direct from the Vatican on reliable sources for verifying what you see on cable or read on the net. The horses mouth, so to speak: More

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This political season has been a confusing one for the media and elites of both parties. In truth, the last few years have been confusing, especially the last three-odd congressional elections.

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Whether the Democrat majority is 60 votes, 56 votes or 44 votes, Sen. Mitch McConnell has proven himself to be an excellent Minority Leader. He has worked mightily to prevent Obama from implementing his agenda through legislation after the initial spurt during 2009-10 when ObamaCare and “economic stimulus” were pushed through. Sure, Obama has achieved […]

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This past weekend I had a long, and contentious conversation with my younger sister about the peculiar way in which Obamacare was “Duly-Passed” (as, at the time, was her Pavlovian regurgitated retort, to me, so long ago.) I’ve been pondering over the moment when she compromised her integrity, right before my very eyes. I had just gotten to […]

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