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Is this a loaded question? I feel a little squirrely about asking, but my curiosity has gotten the best of me. I have certain criteria for the posts that I want to read; these are not hard and fast. But the posts I peruse usually include at least one of the following factors: the topic […]

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DHS Has No Mandate to Protect State Elections from Cyber Attack

 

Following breaches in Arizona and Illinois, the Department of Homeland Security offered to protect states’ elections  from cyber attack.

The DHS does not have the legal authority to interfere with states’ election systems without their permission. While the federal government has the general power to protect the nation’s cyber infrastructure, it cannot intrude into areas of state sovereignty without clear constitutional mandate.

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Like many, I am disgusted at the “virtue signalling” we see on campuses, in boardrooms, etc. Instead of actually solving problems, the afflicted person focuses on an issue (racism, sexism, warmongering) and then goes bonkers and ignores all common sense in proving his or her virtuousness. Core American values like free speech or presumption of […]

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So—Madame (heavy accent on the last syllable!) Pantsuit has been exposed (mind picture—blechhh!) again! It has been revealed she continued to send classified emails AFTER she left the State Department—whiskey hotel …….! One is so classified it won’t be declassified until 2033! Why is this still grinding on? Comments, please.   Preview Open

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Negative Income Tax as a Next-Generation Anti-Poverty Program

 

twenty20_059e19ed-03d7-4835-882d-1aa8f58895e6_cash_money_taxes-e1472657190979The goal: reduce poverty, while also promoting work. One anti-poverty idea receiving much discussion over the past year is the universal basic income. Cut all households checks — varying according to household — large enough to keep them above the poverty line.

It’s not an idea economist Martin Feldstein thinks much of, as he explains in a recent note. Yes, it would lift Americans out of poverty, but at a cost of $1.5 trillion a year, or 9% of GDP. Right now the US government spends about $600 billion or 4% of GDP (Medicaid, Obamacare subsidies, housing subsidies, EITC, food stamps, cash relief) on programs to help the poor. Feldstein: “To pay for that without raising the deficit would require doubling the personal income tax. So the Universal Income Benefit is definitely a non-starter.”

Instead, Feldstein offers a different flavor of the basic income idea, one that’s more targeted and thus less expensive:

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One of the most damaging things that occurs in a modern democracy across the West are politicians who stay far beyond which they are welcome. I am an enthusiastic supporter of term limits on all politicians across the West for many reasons. One it allows new blood in, two it stops complacency or arrogance among many politicians […]

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Beginning September 1, 2016 Microsoft will no longer be supported.  After my second experience with updating from Windows 7 to Windows 10 I decide it was time we stop supporting Microsoft.  After all if Microsoft can stop supporting our XP & Windows 7 computers, we can stop supporting Microsoft.  After my wife upgraded to W […]

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Why No Trump Congress?

 

As you’ve likely heard, Senators Marco Rubio and John McCain coasted to significant victories last night in their respective primaries, in much the same way that Speaker Paul Ryan easily bested his Trumpian challenger earlier in the month. As Charles C. W. Cooke writes writes on NRO, this suggests an obvious question:

In Arizona last night, John McCain beat his primary opponent by ten points. McCain was a key member of the “Gang of Eight.” He has a reputation as a “squish.” He has been an elected official since 1982. Why weren’t these figures swept away? How, in this “climate,” could they possibly have won? Where was the “anger”; the “frustration”; the “revolt”? Back in 2010, the Tea Party became a credible movement because it actually got its candidates nominated — and elected. What, other than benefit briefly from a perfect storm, has the Trump Party done?

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It was big national news when federal regulators working for Obama went beyond the written law passed by Congress to insist on having Catholic universities and charities provide birth control coverage. Ditto for the requirement that Protestants who’d happened to incorporate cover abortifacient birth control drugs. Ditto for the requirement that public schools join the […]

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It is my contention that pampered, maleducated schmuck (and 49ers quarterback) Colin Kaepernick deserves all the mockery, derision and shame our society can heap upon him and more, not so much to oppress his free speech rights but because he (and untold numbers of other jackasses) are unspeakably rude. CK certainly has the right to […]

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An iPhone, a mirror and a momentary lapse of judgment. A 21st Century problem indeed. But who’s really responsible and does the law need to be involved? When The New York Post published the latest pics of Anthony Weiner (aka, Carlos Danger) did they violate the law? Currently 34 states have laws prohibiting so-called “revenge […]

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So, Claire has referred to me as a nihilist.  What do you think, folks — is it true? Note: this is not some shifty attack upon Claire (nor upon her cats).  I’m not even sure I disagree.  But it sounds worth a discussion.  If I am a Nihilist, let’s hope I’m better than those carpet-damaging […]

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Scales on War (and Murder)

 

Scales of WarI commend to you this interview with Major General (Retired) Robert Scales, on his new book Scales on War: The Future of America’s Military At Risk. The interview is good; Scales is perceptive, tough, and smart, and you ignore his input at your peril.

These are our nation’s warriors. Their job is one that requires them to leave the wire every day with the intention of finding, closing with, and killing the enemy. They do battle with their foes close in and at the small unit level. These engagements should be one-sided fights, with the odds weighted in favor of American infantrymen and special operators. Tragically, this is not the case.

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Once upon a time, you would have called me a “soccer mom.” I drove a minivan to carpool. I was active in the PTA. I watched Oprah. I cared the most about education. After 9/11, my label changed to “security mom.” My issues shifted from wanting affordable after school programs to stopping the country from […]

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Trying to figure out how to vote is driving me crazy. I can’t stand either candidate.  I don’t want to vote for either one. And the alternatives aren’t great. How do I maximize the expressive power of my one, lonely and (in Maine, especially) more-or-less meaningless vote?  Preview Open

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