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59 Percent of Baltimore Residents Say Their Government Is Corrupt

24th March 2017

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The city is run by Democrats. Of course it’s corrupt.

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The Gorsuch hearings were a pathetic charade

23rd March 2017

Seth Lipsky (in the New York Post) doesn’t hold back.

What a charade. The Senate confirmation hearing for President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee is liable to drive Americans nuts. There ought to be a way to suspend the senators’ pay for every hour one of them talks.

Or wheezes. I mean, I’m pushing 71 and it takes me an hour to answer the phone. But I’ve got nothing on Sen. Patrick Leahy. In Vermont they’ve got a horse-drawn plow that talks faster than he does.

 

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Feds Indict Philly DA Seth Williams on Charges of Corruption, Stealing from His Mother

22nd March 2017

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Federal prosecutors have indicted Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, a Democrat first elected in 2009, on 23 counts related to allegations of official corruption and fraud. Williams is accused of accepting gifts and bribes in exchange for favors of a professional nature, as well as for stealing more than $20,000 from his mother, who was in a nursing home. According to The Inquirer, Williams rejected a plea deal earlier this week, and is scheduled to surrender to authorities today.

Oh, look … a corrupt Democrat politician who is also a Person of Color. What are the odds?

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Report: Trump Walking Out on UN’s Human Rights Council

20th March 2017

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President Donald Trump’s administration is walking out of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) — whose membership includes many states notorious for routinely violating human rights.

Long overdue. Cue hand-wringing and vapors from the Usual Suspects.

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Tillerson: ‘I Spend My Time Working on This Airplane,’ Defends Not Bringing Press Corps

18th March 2017

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The U.S. diplomatic press corps was deeply angered when the Department of State announced it did not intend on bringing any members of the press corps aboard the secretary’s aircraft. “The State Department Correspondents’ Association is disappointed that Secretary Tillerson chose to travel this week to North Asia without a full contingent of the diplomatic press corps or even a pool reporter,” the group said in a statement.

Tillerson defended his action, saying, “There’s this long tradition that the Secretary spends time on the plane with the press. I don’t know that I’ll do a lot of that. I’m just not … that’s not the way I tend to work. That’s not the way I tend to spend my time. I spend my time working on this airplane.”

The squealing sound you hear is the pigs being kicked away from the trough.

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TSA Gave My MacBook Pro to Another passenger at LAX, and Now It’s Gone

17th March 2017

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Don’t you feel safer?

Don’t you wish these fine people could run your health care system, too?

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University of Maryland Creates Position to Protect Illegals

17th March 2017

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The University of Maryland (UMD) is so concerned about President Donald Trump’s resolve to enforce immigration laws that it is creating a special position to protect illegal immigrants from those laws, Campus Reform reports.

The same taxpayer-funded university that is currently at work on creating a Muslim prayer room in every major building will soon hire an “undocumented student coordinator.” The successful applicant will satisfy student demands last semester for “full-time Undocumented Student Coordinator to advocate for, advise, represent, and protect undocumented and DACAented students,” according to UMD’s Camus newspaper, The Diamondback.

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The Full List of Agencies Trump Wants to Cut

16th March 2017

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And a mouth-watering list it is, too.

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It’s Not Fake News: Predators Are Taking Advantage of Target’s Fitting Room Policy

16th March 2017

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Until recently, bathrooms were one of the remaining places in society where men were not permitted to be with women and vice versa. Because of that clear barrier, even the sight of a man pushing open the door to a women’s restroom would raise eyebrows—and deter any would-be assailant with half a brain.

But all that is changing, as rules designed to protect privacy between the sexes are upended. Shortly after Target made its big announcement, a man recorded himself walking into his local Target and asserting his new right to use the women’s restroom. He did not state that he identifies as a woman; he simply said he wanted to make sure he had the right to use the women’s restroom. In the video, a manager assures him that he does, and when asked what the store will do if any women are upset, the manager says he will “take care of it.”

Apparently it was not long before Target’s lawyers got wind of the viral video; it was taken down almost immediately.

But the video was not an isolated incident. The following month, The New York Times ran the headline “Men Are Posting Videos of Themselves Testing Target’s New Bathroom Policy.” The piece reported, “Multiple videos have popped up on YouTube showing men confronting store managers about the policy and asking what would stop them from entering the women’s bathroom inside the store. In the videos, the managers can be seen (or heard, since some of the video is poorly shot) patiently saying that nothing would stop the men from using the women’s room.” Nothing.

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Another Solar Company Goes Bankrupt

15th March 2017

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And you and I pay the bill. Aren’t you proud?

Sungevity was one of seven residential solar power companies, which Congress announced in September it would formally investigate for wrongfully receiving billions in tax credits from the government. The federal government likely handed out roughly $25 billion in cash grants and tax credits to these companies.

I guess that’s why they call it ‘green energy’.

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H-1B Visas Keep Down U.S. Tech Wages, Study Shows

15th March 2017

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And, as Steve Sailer says:

But let’s not get carried away with this wild hypothesis that the reason billionaire bosses like H-1B visas is because it means less money in the pockets of American workers and more money in the pockets of the billionaires. After all, what do billionaires know about money? They’re not economists, are they?

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Chicago Residents Beg for More Police as Sexual Assaults Rise in City

14th March 2017

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Well, electing Democrats will do that for you.

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How Mickey Mouse Evades the Public Domain

10th March 2017

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For Disney, Mickey Mouse is not just a huge money maker, but the company’s most coveted piece of intellectual property. Mickey is Disney, and Disney is Mickey: the two are simply one and the same, and nothing is more important to Disney than his well-being. (“I love Mickey Mouse more than any woman I have ever known,” Walt Disney once famously said).

For this reason, Disney has done everything in its power to make sure it retains the copyright on Mickey — even if that means changing federal statutes. Every time Mickey’s copyright is about to expire, Disney spends millions lobbying Congress for extensions, and trading campaign contributions for legislative support. With crushing legal force, they’ve squelched anyone who attempts to disagree with them.

The only way to create a monopoly that lasts is through government.

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Nonprofits Helping Illegal Immigrants Took $291 Million From Taxpayers

10th March 2017

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Taxpayers funded eight nonprofits that serve, protect or advocate for illegal immigrants with more than $291 million between 2012 to 2016, according to an analysis of federal spending data and tax documents by the Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group.

The eight groups — including at least one that endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in 2016 — provide a variety of support to illegal aliens, ranging from legal and social services to political advocacy.

Ninety-four percent of the public funds — or, nearly $274 million — came from the federal government, according to data obtained from USAspending.gov and 990 tax forms.

The $291 million total in public funding, however, is almost certainly an underestimate, since the respective 990s of each implicated nonprofit for all five years were not always available. Additionally, those groups only represent a small sample of publicly-funded pro-illegal immigrant nonprofits.

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Philly Soda Tax Layoffs Begin; Press Doesn’t Challenge City Expecting Beverage Industry Subsidy

6th March 2017

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What everyone knew would happen as a result of Philadelphia’s 1.5 cents-per-ounce soda tax began materializing on Wednesday, as Pepsi announced that it would lay off roughly 20 percent of its workforce there over the next several months. Coverage at both Philly.com and Associated Press allowed the city to engage in fantasy by claiming without meaningful challenge, or even clarification, that Pepsi in particular, but clearly other beverage makers by implication, should be using profits earned elsewhere to subsidize their Philly operations.

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Trump’s Newly Confirmed Interior Secretary Rode a Horse to His First Day of Work

2nd March 2017

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… and the horse you rode in on.

This seems a  bit much.

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Deployed US Navy Has a Pregnancy Problem, and It’s Getting Worse

2nd March 2017

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As was — ahem — predicted once they started putting women on ships.

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Illegal Immigrant Speaks Out at Press Conference About Being Illegal, Then Is Promptly Detained by ICE

1st March 2017

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And about time, too.

New Sheriff in Town, ayuh.

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Rep. Maxine Waters Is Boycotting Trump’s Speech

28th February 2017

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Good news for Trump.

California Rep. Maxine Waters will boycott President Trump’s address to Congress because she does not believe that she can control herself during the Republican’s speech, she said Tuesday.

She never could.

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How Woodrow Wilson Planted the Seeds of the Administrative State

27th February 2017

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Woodrow Wilson started us on the road to Hell is SO many ways….

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At The FEC, Some Speakers Are More Equal Than Others

25th February 2017

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Nowhere has the Orwellian maxim that “some [people] are more equal than others” been more evident recently than at the Federal Election Commission (FEC). At the end of Animal Farm (spoiler alert), the animals find that, having successfully thrown off their human oppressors, their new animal rulers are just as oppressive as the humans, but in the name of animal equality.

In the name of democracy and equal speech, campaign finance “reformers” demand broad power for the FEC to regulate the political speech of average citizens, organizations, and corporations, requiring disclosure, repeated filings, and compliance with complicated regulations (that not even the FEC understands), while asserting freedom and anonymity rights for their own political speech. This hypocrisy has been demonstrated numerous times in recent months.

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Herbert Hoover’s Radio Malware Turns 90

24th February 2017

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On February 23, 1927, Babe Ruth had still to hit 60 home runs in a season. Yet President Calvin Coolidge would that day sign a bill that would establish how radio spectrum—the “economic oxygen” of the emerging information age—would still be governed 90 years later. Markets would be pre-empted, no ownership of the “ether” would be permitted. Public administrators would dole out privileges to deploy wireless networks according to the “public interest.”

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Dallas Is About to Go Broke

23rd February 2017

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Dallas is one of the Democrat-dominated blue metro pustules on the otherwise bright red butt of Texas.

Dallas could be the next major American city to follow Detroit into the throes of bankruptcy, warns Eric Boehm. Dallas Mayor Michael S. Rawlings said in November that he believes the city is “walking into the fan blades,” in large part because of unsustainable pension promises made to the city’s police officers and firefighters. The fund that is supposed to pay for retired cops and firemen is more than $5 billion in the red, and estimated to be out of money within 20 years.

Pournelle’s Law: The function of government is to hire and pay government workers.

Unfortunately, socialism means that eventually you run out of other people’s money.

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Washington State College Informs Students ‘American Grammar Is Racist’

23rd February 2017

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Hey, you learn something new every day. Isn’t that what college is all about?

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These Senators Opposed Vouchers Backer Betsy DeVos But Send Their Kids to Fancypants Private School

21st February 2017

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At least seven of the 46 Senate Democrats who voted against Betsy DeVos, President Donald Trump’s newly-minted education secretary, currently send or once sent their own children or grandchildren to expensive private schools.

Crap government schools for thee but not for me.

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Nearly a Dozen Passengers Walked Through Unattended TSA Checkpoint at JFK, Police Say

21st February 2017

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TSA — all the efficiency of the Post Office, and none of the charm.

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Iowa GOP Passes Bill Opponents Say Will Gut Public Unions

16th February 2017

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Headed in the right direction. Government employee unions are Democrat bastions and breeding grounds for the administrative state.

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Student Government Demands Free Tuition For Black Students

16th February 2017

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Of course it does.

Meredith Mcglone, a UWM spokesperson, stated that black students constitute 15% of the student body at the school. This figure is slightly higher than the 12.3% of black people in the U.S. Ms. Mcglone also noted that, in the last decade, the percentage of black students at UWM increased from 11% to 15%.

Explicit racism. They’re not even embarrassed about it any more.

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DOJ Won’t Prosecute FBI Exec Who Made Subordinates Create False Records

16th February 2017

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Because, you know, reasons.

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Richard Cordray Plays Politics

16th February 2017

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Richard Cordray, head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), is on the hot seat. In January, a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request revealed that Director Cordray used a private device for government communications with CFPB employees, while failing to create appropriate records of messages with the agency—a clear violation of government policy.

If not the law.

According to Ronald Rubin, a former CFPB enforcement attorney, Republican applicants were regularly ruled out of agency jobs. “As screening techniques improved, Republicans were more easily identified and rejected,” Rubin says, culminating in a culture of “political discrimination.” He elaborates on the CFPB’s early plans: “The enlarged new agency would be staffed with Democrats, top to bottom. There would not be a Republican director nominee for at least five years, and if one was ever confirmed, entrenched left-wing managers could undermine ‘attempts to weaken consumer protection.’”

My, what a surprise. Aren’t you surprised? I’m sure surprised.

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Lawmakers Are Using Congressional Review Act to Dismantle Obama Regulations

16th February 2017

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Three resolutions disapproving of Obama-era regulations have been adopted by both the House and Senate since Trump’s inauguration and 24 more have been introduced in the House, according to James Gattuso, a senior research fellow who studies regulatory policy at The Heritage Foundation.

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Trump Offers National Security Advisor Job to Former Navy SEAL, Mattis Ally

16th February 2017

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Despite the delay, Harward is expected to take the job sometime Wednesday, according to a report by Foreign Policy. He is also expected to bring in his own team, full of experienced national security professionals. Such a move would present a major shake-up in the beleaguered national security council, which continues to deal with the fallout from former national security adviser Mike Flynn’s resignation Monday.

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California Schools Cut Meat, Cheese From Lunches to Fight Global Warming

16th February 2017

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FOE gave kids a lunch menu designed to eliminate foods it says are “unsustainable for our planet.” The new menu features far less meat and more plant-based food. Any meat or cheese the school did use came from “pastured, organic dairy cows.” The student’s lunch menu went from beef hot dogs and pepperoni pizza to vegan stir fry tofu and vegan tostadas. The new FOE-approved menu served meat and cheese-less frequently and reduced the portion sizes.

Not that they asked the kids. God forbid.

The district and FOE claimed the lunch program was healthier than before, but only on the basis that food from plants is typically healthier than meat. The study justifies its health claims by stating average poultry consumption fell. FOE did not undertake an actual study into whether or not the lunches improved student health.

And if anyone tracks what food kinds dump in the trash, they’ll find that (like Michelle Obama’s food choices) they aren’t eating this crap but going out for McDonald’s.

The reason more and more people are homeschooling their kids is, among others, this tendency for government bureaucrats to use school kids as lab rats in pursuit of the proglodyte agenda.

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Iran Is Terrified Trump Will Release Secret Nuclear Side Deals

16th February 2017

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Alaeddin Boroujerdi, the head of Iran’s parliamentary Commission on Foreign Policy and National Security, claimed that any attempt by Trump to publish documents relating to Iran’s nuclear program from the International Atomic Energy Agency would represent a violation.

“If Trump wants to publish confidential documents exchanged between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency, it will in fact constitute a violation of the agency’s obligations, because the agency has been committed not to make Iran’s confidential nuclear information and documents available to any country, including the US,” said Boroujerdi, as reported by Iran’s Fars News Monday.

Yeah, that would be a violation … of something.

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Ted Cruz Introduces One-Line Bill To Abolish Warren’s Consumer Agency

15th February 2017

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The bill is two short sections, the first of which states the title of the legislation. The second and final section of the proposed bill says “The Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010 … is repealed, and the provisions of law amended or repealed by that Act are restored or revised as if the Act had not been enacted.”

That’s really all it takes. ‘Obamacare [insert citation] is hereby repealed.’ ‘The Death Tax [insert citation] is hereby repealed.’ ‘The law establishing the Education Department [insert citation] is hereby repealed.’

Go, Ted. Cut to the chase.

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Humana to Drop Out of Obamacare Completely in 2018

15th February 2017

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But if you like your plan, you can keep your plan! Oh, wait….

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TSA Agents Caught Smuggling 20 Tons of Cocaine From Puerto Rico

14th February 2017

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The TSA — all the charm and efficiency of the Post Office without actually having to deliver anything.

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Govt Spends 3 Million Dollars to Find Out If [sic] People Can Smell Asparagus in Pee

14th February 2017

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Just in case you were wondering. I know I was.

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ICE Deports Hundreds of Criminal Illegal Aliens

13th February 2017

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(‘Criminal illegal aliens’ is a redundancy.)

Only 20 million to go….

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Trump Just Made the Biggest Sale of Drilling Rights on Federal Land in 4 Years

10th February 2017

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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) made its largest lease sale in four years, marking the start of President Donald Trump’s plans to expand drilling on federal lands.

BLM sold drilling rights on 278 parcels of public land for $129.3 million. Bids ranged from $2 per acre to $16,500 per acre. The land sold was mostly located in Wyoming — about half of which is directly controlled by the federal government.

Well, it’s not really Trump; nor is it clear that he had any hand in it. It does suggest, of course, that the Bureau of Land Management is prepared to lick the hand that feeds it.

I really dislike this trend to ascribe everything that the government is doing, whether good or bad (depending on the viewpoint) to Trump. Unless he issues an executive order or gets on the phone to tell somebody what to do, the most that can be said is that the bureaucracy is taking their tone from the top, which is customary in any organization. More interesting, I think, is where bureaucrats continue in Normal Democrat Mode even after the change of administration. Of course, the DemLegHump Media aren’t really interested in drawing any attention to such things.

Rolling back federal restrictions on public lands would create 2.7 million jobs and add $663 billion to the economy each year for the next 30 years, according to a 2016 study by Louisiana State University and the free-market Institute for Energy Research.

Opening these lands and waters could boost wages by $5.1 trillion, generating $3.9 trillion in new federal tax revenue over the next 37 years according to the research. Increased energy development could create 2.7 million new jobs.

Such prognostications tend to be self-serving, especially when issued by ‘think tanks’ with a political agenda. Unfortunately, what passes for journalism today has a time horizon of about 48 hours, so there’s very little chance of somebody keeping track of these predictions, especially over the course of ’37 years’, which is why making such predictions is merely hot air.

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No Child Left Behind

10th February 2017

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Some time ago, around the time hat Congress passed No Child Left Behind, a reporter asked me what I thought its effect would be. I said I didn’t think it would have any.

Judging from the NAEP long-term trend scores for 17-year olds, I was right. They have hardly changed in more than 40 years. Naturally that’s what you would want to look at, rather than the scores for 4th graders or 8th graders. If they go up while graduates stagnate, it doesn’t matter. Only an idiot could get excited over that kind of sterile improvement – but since nearly everyone involved with this question is an idiot, they go on and on about it.

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What Do We Know About the Judicial Contempt Power?

9th February 2017

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Through an examination of thousands of opinions (especially of district courts), docket sheets, briefs, and other filings, plus archival research and interviews, this Article provides the first general assessment of how federal courts handle the federal government’s disobedience. It makes four conclusions. First, the federal judiciary is willing to issue contempt findings against agencies and officials. Second, while several federal judges believe they can (and have tried to) attach sanctions to these findings, the higher courts have exhibited a virtually complete unwillingness to allow sanctions, at times swooping down at the eleventh hour to rescue an agency from incurring a budget-straining fine or its top official from being thrown in jail. Third, the higher courts, even as they unfailingly thwart sanctions in all but a few minor instances, have bent over backward to avoid making pronouncements that sanctions are categorically unavailable, deliberately keeping the sanctions issue in a state of low salience and at least nominal legal uncertainty. Fourth, even though contempt findings are practically devoid of sanctions, they have a shaming effect that gives them substantial if imperfect deterrent power.

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Record 5,411 Americans Renounced Their U.S. Citizenship in 2016

9th February 2017

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For the fourth year in a row, a record number of Americans and green-card holders renounced their U.S. citizenship or legal permanent residency in 2016, according to Treasury Department data slated for publication Thursday.

Taxes, and penalties for citizens abroad not paying taxes, are a key reason for the record levels of expatriations, according to Mitchel. The 2010 Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, a statute intended to fight tax evasion by Americans with accounts abroad — Mitchel explained to The Daily Caller — has caused many American living outside the U.S. to escape the IRS’ grasp by leaving the system entirely.

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Elizabeth Warren Gets Mitch-Slapped

8th February 2017

Read it. And by all means watch the videos.

The Democrats in Congress are bound and determined to cement their position at the foremost hate-group in the country. The reaction to Warren’s comeuppance is on the order of ‘Mommy! Johnny hit me BACK!’

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The Racist Roots of Minimum Wage Laws

8th February 2017

Walter Williams, a Real Economist, points the finger.

Our nation’s first minimum wage law, the Davis-Bacon Act of 1931, had racist motivation.

During its legislative debate, its congressional supporters made such statements as, “That contractor has cheap colored labor that he transports, and he puts them in cabins, and it is labor of that sort that is in competition with white labor throughout the country.”

During hearings, American Federation of Labor President William Green complained, “Colored labor is being sought to demoralize wage rates.”

Today’s stated intentions behind the support of minimum wages are nothing like yesteryear’s. However, intentions are irrelevant. In the name of decency, we must examine the effects.

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Gravy Train Flows Wide and Deep at Elizabeth Warren’s Consumer Agency

7th February 2017

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Pay is flowing so generously at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) that bureaucrats receive more than most members of Congress.

The Senate majority and minority leaders are paid $193,000 annually. Two hundred and one CFPB employees outdo Sens. Mitch McConnell and Charles Schumer in pay.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan of Wisconsin receives $223,000 per year, but that’s less than what 54 CFPB employees are paid.

Another 170 CFPB employees earn more than the secretaries of defense and state, the attorney general and the director of national intelligence. All cabinet salaries are capped at $199,700, but not at the bureau. Thirty-nine CFPB employees earn more than the $230,000 paid to Vice President Mike Pence.

My, what a surprise. Aren’t you surprised? I’m sure surprised.

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Gen. Lee Statue Stripped From Virginia City

7th February 2017

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Down the Memory Hole….

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Why Do We Have a Department of Education? Jimmy Carter’s Debt to a Teachers Union.

7th February 2017

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Money talks.

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Criminal Obama Commuted Ends Up Back In Prison

7th February 2017

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Can he pick ’em, or can he pick ’em?

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House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs Committee Members Compromised by Rogue IT Staff

7th February 2017

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Three brothers who managed office information technology for members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and other lawmakers were abruptly relieved of their duties on suspicion that they accessed congressional computers without permission.

Brothers Abid, Imran, and Jamal Awan were barred from computer networks at the House of Representatives Thursday, The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group has learned.

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