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Jonah Goldberg has a worthwhile take in https://gfile.thedispatch.com/p/new-deals-old-arguments/comments Pointing out that the Democrats are going to repackage their Green New Deal, or something like it, as a Coronavirus recovery plan, he suggests a better analogy is the Marshall Plan. What kind of streamlining and governmental reform can be used as a force multiplier with government […]

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Another round of reports on Catholic priests abusing children has come up. As a Reformed Calvinist in good standing I’m somewhat detached from this, but I still find the whole mess despicable. This post is not about that, really, though it’s related. What I’d like to know from the Catholics on our site is a […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. A Summary of the GOP Tax Reform Bill

 

On Friday, Republicans released the final version of their tax bill. It combines parts of both the House and Senate versions. Here are the details.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Corporate Tax Reform Is a Good Idea. Let’s Do It in the Growthiest Way Possible.

 

I hope the current Washington political turmoil doesn’t torpedo tax reform. It would be an important element — though not the only one — in boosting the US economy’s growth potential by raising productivity. As a new Capital Economics report notes, US business investment as a share of GDP has been trending lower since the late 1990s. And that may be feeding into chronically weak productivity gains since the Great Recession.

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David French of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America discuss President Trump’s executive orders that scrutinize the amount of land designated as national monuments and Obama-era restrictions on offshore drilling. They also groan as it looks like the update health care bill is also struggling to find the votes to pass. And they take aim at the ACLU for suing a Catholic hospital for refusing surgery for a transgender patient.

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Ian Tuttle of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are cautiously optimistic as an amendment to the GOP health care bill gives more power to the states and brings more conservatives on board. They also discuss President Trump’s willingness to renegotiate NAFTA, and Ian explains why he’s concerned about Trump’s approach. And they dive into the effort by Democrats in California to bar businesses from future state contracts if they help to build a border wall.

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Perhaps you’ve read one of Tony Robbins books like Awaken the Giant Within, Unleash the Power Within, Giant Steps small changes to make a Big Difference, or Unlimited Power. If you have, then I’m sorry. And if you’re not familiar with Tony Robbins he is a celebrity self-empowerment motivational speaker and life coach. He’s a […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Drain the Real Swamp: Academia

 

Suppose for the past half century or so you’ve been forced to pay the Acme Swamp Company to engorge all lakes, caverns, rivers, streams, and puddles with effluents, along with enough reptiles to put Jurassic Park to shame. Then, after you’ve discovered that the Acme Company has also supplied Wile E. Coyote with Roadrunner-catching equipment since the Truman Administration, you decide to “drain the swamp.” And then—surprise! surprise! —you’re devastated to learn that the swamp you tried to drain simply filled up again from tributaries that cannot be shut off. And you’ve been paying for those tributaries, too, for a long, long time. In fact, you’ve discovered that these streams are not only exorbitantly pricey, but frequently destructive, parasitic, and virtually impregnable. Question is, what can you do?

The “swamp” in question of course is Washington DC, but also includes much of the bureaucracy, judiciary, and cultural command posts of the country, such as the media and entertainment industries. The tributaries comprise America’s educational system, long dominated by the radical left and protected by tenure and union power. It is this ideological effluent center that has done so much to poison the discourse of American politics, smearing every institution that contributed to the country’s greatness, and radiating hatred of all things most citizens hold dear—family, patriotism, free enterprise, free speech, freedom of religion, the Bill of Rights generally, and of course America’s founding documents, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

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I had a great meeting with my friend, an up-and-coming politician in my Blue City (please do not name it). The ideas I advanced are positive – “Price-Matching” all permits/regulations/bureaucratic hurdles. If an applicant can show things are easier in another jurisdiction in the state, they can point it out, and get the equivalent treatment. […]

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SELL FREEDOM. Any American citizen over the age of 18 shall have the right to freely contract with any other party for any product or service for which they reach mutually agreement. In so doing, however, both parties must explicitly waive all regulatory or legal relief or recourse save for whatever is specified in their contract. […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Fixing Our Primaries’ Hot Mess

 
The designer of the US Presidential Primary System is being transported to the Home for Retired Masochists

If a camel is a horse designed by a committee, our system of primaries and caucuses are a method of selecting candidates designed by a bipolar orangutan with a masochistic streak.

Somewhere along the line, New Hampshire’s claim on being the first primary of the season become sacrosanct. Why? You could stick 28 New Hampshires into Texas and still have enough space to cram in a couple of Delawares. The Hawkeye Cauci? Corn, and cows, and sideways coin flips? That’s enough to knock candidates out of the race? It’s ludicrous.

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With more Obamacare co-ops closing their doors the death spiral is upon us (don’t look for the MSM to report this). After personally losing my Dr. of over 15 years (who no longer takes individual policies) my deductible is now so high I pay for EVERYTHING out of pocket by negotiating cash prices, including prescriptions. My […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Notes from the “Justice Reform” Bandwagon

 

shutterstock_245621518Yesterday, Mona Charen posted some skeptical thoughts on justice reform. I’ve been working on this subject for a few months now, so I thought I might offer some responses to her queries. The short of it is: she’s right that there are reasons to be cautious about reform, but there really are problems that need addressing. Furthermore, some reasonable answers have already been offered to many of her questions.

First of all, I should commend Mona for correctly debunking the oft-cited but highly misleading “two thirds of inmates are non-violent drug offenders” claim. As she reports, that is only true of Federal prisons, which represent a very small minority of America’s inmate population. The make-up of state prisons is quite different, and a majority of inmates have been convicted for violent crimes. So no, it isn’t the case that most of our nation’s inmates are basically harmless people who maybe used (or sold) a few drugs. The majority are there because they’ve hurt people, and it would be quite foolish just to release them en masse.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. What Can Republicans Get Done?

 

shutterstock_100254761The folks at Reason have a list of ten suggested reforms the 114th should pass. Though the it has few surprises — most of Reason’s hobby-horses make an appearance — the list struck me as (comparatively) modest and (almost) realistic. It focuses more on reforming existing institutions and programs in ways that at least conceivably could get past senate Democrats and President Obama’s veto pen, than on sweeping changes that would be awesome, but would never happen.

Definitely read the whole thing — each is given just a few paragraphs’ outline, including a brief summary of recent efforts to pass similar legislation — but the list is:

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. ‘Bob, He’s Gonna Kill Me’

 

As America oscillates through the recent civic upheaval in its concepts of policing, it has been hard to miss that the conversation is very uninformed. While it is imperative that the citizens of a democracy set the rules by which the laws are enforced, it is equally imperative that they understand the repercussions.

Just as football fans would ignore the opinions of TV talking heads who’ve never stepped foot in a stadium (never mind never actually played the game), citizens should be extremely wary of politicians and yaktivists who condemn police tactics without understanding their underlying principles.

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Pro-Choice Republicans and the Art of War

 

Frontal assaults rarely succeed in war, and they are even less likely to be successful in politics and policy. Defense is easier than offense, and troops rarely have the stomach for the kind of sustained attack (and all the casualties) required to have a chance of victory against an entrenched enemy. Hard-won campaigns can often end up as losses.

Republicans did not campaign on a coherent platform, nor do they have the fortitude or unity for a frontal assault. We should not castigate them for it! In the history of the welfare state, full-frontal assaults on entrenched bureaucracies have, with almost no exceptions, always failed.

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Freezing Time, Moving Forward… — Barkha Herman

 

The left wants to freeze time.

The world population needs to be limited to an arbitrary number of some recent year. The air needs to be as clean as the most famous environmentalist’s memory renders. Trade needs to be at the level of the trendiest primitive society du jour. Food needs to be prepared the way someone remembers it.

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