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Egypt Releases American Aid Worker From Prison After Trump Strikes A Deal

21st April 2017

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Aya Hijazi, 30, a U.S. citizen and humanitarian worker, had been in prison for three years on child abuse and trafficking charges — which the U.S. dismissed as false — because she operated a nonprofit dedicated to helping kids on the street with her husband. Last week, an Egyptian court dropped all charges against her.

And where was Obama during all of this? Busy playing golf, perhaps, or perhaps bitching about racism and bitter clingers in the U.S.

“We’re very grateful that President Trump personally engaged with the issue. Working closely with the Trump administration was very important for my family at this critical time. It let us be reunited as a family. We’re so grateful.”

Not that he’ll get any credit from the Usual Suspects.

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Solar Company Gets $25 Million In Taxpayer Subsidies, Goes Bankrupt

21st April 2017

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Obama is gone, but his spirit of WASTING TAXPAYER MONEY lives on.

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Attorney General to Enforce the Law: Film at Eleven

20th April 2017

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The United States has immigration laws. They were passed by Congress. Jeff Sessions went to Nogales, Ariz., last week and stated he will enforce those laws. All the right people are apoplectic.

After eight years of ideologically selective enforcement of immigration — and other — laws by Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch, Sessions’s otherwise anodyne statement was bracing: If aliens unlawfully enter the country a second time and certain aggravating circumstances are present, they will be charged with a felony. Horrors.

The unremarkable statements of Jeff Sessions and President Trump over the last few months already have had an effect: Since December, illegal border crossings are down an estimated 72 percent, to the lowest level in nearly two decades. Combine that with tackling visa overstays, withholding certain federal funds from sanctuary cities, expanding E-verify, and addressing H-1B visa abuse, and we might just reclaim our sovereignty and the rule of law.

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NYC Mayor Encourages Cigarette Smuggling with Plan to Massively Jack Up Prices

19th April 2017

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I’m sure the Mafia appreciates the business opportunity. You’d think that politicians would have learned something from Prohibition but apparently not.

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Report: Taxpayers Subsidize Thousands of Federal Workers Conducting Union Business

19th April 2017

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One hand washes the other. Democrats, of course, the party of corruption since before the Civil War.

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US Officer Whose Crew Iran Held Hostage Allowed to Stay in Navy

19th April 2017

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The U.S. officer in charge of the crew that Iranian forces temporarily detained in January 2016 will be allowed to stay in the Navy, Foreign Policy reports.

Lt. David Nartker was previously recommended to be “separated” from the Navy because of his role in the international incident. Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps navy personnel detained Nartker and nine other sailors for nearly 24 hours after their riverine boats drifted into Iranian waters.

“His peers have looked at this, and they have decided that this doesn’t warrant separation, they want to keep him as a colleague,” Nartker’s lawyer told Foreign Policy.

If he’s smart he’ll look for another line of work. I wouldn’t want to work for this guy, nor would I want him in my crew.

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Thought for the Day: Public Education

19th April 2017

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“Conspiracy Against Rights:” Are Masked Anti-Free Speech Thugs Breaking Federal Law?

19th April 2017

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Hint: Yes.

Attorney General Sessions should ask the mayor of Berkeley and the governor of California if they intend to enforce California’s law against masked intimidators and remind them of this federal law and his powers to protect the Constitutional civil rights of citizens and to sanction officials who fail to do so.

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Ossoff Unable to Vote for Himself as GA-06 Polls Open

18th April 2017

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On CNN this morning, Jon Ossoff – the Democratic frontrunner in the special election to replace Rep. Tom Price in Georgia’s sixth congressional district — was confronted with an amusing question: How does he feel about the fact that he can’t vote for himself today? This, of course, is because Ossoff is not a resident of the district he hopes to represent in Congress after today’s election.

Oh, these petty rules are only for Republicans and other Deplorables; the Politically Correct need not bother with them.

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23 Tax Facts and Tips

17th April 2017

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Somewhat tongue-in-cheek….

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University Now Stocking Men’s Bathrooms With Free Tampons

17th April 2017

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I am not making this up.

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Thought for the Day

17th April 2017

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Prosecutors Say Aides Were Advancing Corrupt Mayor’s Labor Agenda

14th April 2017

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Two top aides to Boston Mayor Martin Walsh are accused of strong arming concert officials into hiring union labor — a move prosecutors say amounted to extortion.

Hey, it’s what Democrats do.

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‘White Privilege’ Checklist Posted at University of Minnesota

14th April 2017

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Just in case you are at all unclear on how guilty you are, honky.

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Michigan Capital Ditches Sanctuary City Status After Pushback From Local Businesses

13th April 2017

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The capital of Michigan was a self-designated “sanctuary city” for just 10 days before it rescinded the decision Wednesday under pressure from business leaders concerned the status would draw unwanted scrutiny from the federal government.

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EPA Staffer Uses Government Credit Card To Buy $15K Gym Membership

13th April 2017

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Hey, after a hard day of protecting the environment, you need to relax.

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A Short History of Congress’s Power to Tax

13th April 2017

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Executive Summary: All your money belong to us. Sometimes we let you keep some, but don’t depend on it.

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The Long Sordid Tale of the American Income Tax

13th April 2017

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And weep.

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Public University’s ‘Diversity Training’: Expecting People to Show Up on Time Is Racist

12th April 2017

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Well, I’ve always thought so.

Considering what I’ve seen of Clemson’s student body, they may be right.

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The Cost of California’s Public Pensions Is Breaking the Bank. Here’s One Reason This Problem Is So Hard to Fix

11th April 2017

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The fate of reform measures hangs on ballot language written by the state attorney general, usually a Democrat elected with strong union support.

When you’re buying votes using Other People’s Money, there is no incentive to stint.

As California becomes more and more Democrat, i.e more and more socialist, it comes closer and closer to the point where it will just collapse. See Venezuela for how this works in a place that doesn’t have so much Other People’s Money as California.

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The True Costs of New York’s ‘Free College’ Program

11th April 2017

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On Friday, New York decided to become the first state to offer four years of tuition-free public college to its residents.

Starting in the fall of 2017, any student from a family who is making less than $100,000 annually can qualify for free tuition, under certain conditions, such as a requirement to maintain a minimum grade point average and commit to living and working in New York for four years after graduation.

Like all tuition-free proposals, this policy kicks the can down the road, leaving taxpayers and future generations with the bill.

Not to mention the fact that New York state will now be even more of a magnet to low-income people than it has been because of its generous welfare benefits. So the tax burden on New York residents will grow ever larger, and middle-class people will be squeezed out to other less expensive states (welcome in Texas, guys, really). So eventually New York state will contain only very rich people, very poor people, and very stupid people — the very definition of a Democrat utopia! Win-win!

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How Obamacare Affects Congressional Families (It Doesn’t; They’re Exempt)

11th April 2017

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Well, you can imagine the conniptions on Capitol Hill when it was realized that the political class wasn’t exempt from such terrible health coverage. Faced with the howls of congressional staffers on both sides of the aisle, even the most ardent Obamacare supporters raised their hands in supplication and cried: “Please protect us from the monster we created!”

And, lo and behold, the White House heard their pleas and, in clear defiance of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act, announced in 2013 a special bailout for members of Congress and their staff. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) allowed members of Congress to get healthcare through the D.C. Small Business Exchange, normally limited to businesses with less than 50 employees (combined, there are 535 Congressmen and Senators). The requirement to go through Obamacare magically disappeared.

The Crust take care of their own.

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Fresno State Launches Investigation Into ‘Trump Must Hang’ Professor

11th April 2017

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Nobody will get fired, nobody will go to jail.

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Refers to Lindsey Graham as One of The ‘Women of the Senate’

11th April 2017

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We’ve known it all along.

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United Did a Bad Thing, But the TSA Has ‘Re-Accommodated’ Airline Passengers for Years

11th April 2017

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The latest wrinkle in the United debacle is that the airline’s CEO, Oscar Munoz, sent a letter to company employees laying most of the blame on the victim: the doctor who was dragged off his flight by Chicago aviation police. This passenger “defied” officers after being “politely asked to deplane” and became “disruptive and belligerent,” according to the letter.

How dare he! You’d think he’d paid for that seat or something.

But while United’s treatment of the passenger in the video was stunning and uniquely awful, let’s not forget that the entire airport experience is oriented toward misery—and that’s the fault of government policies that treat every passenger like a potential security threat. Paying customers aren’t people with rights and dignity, according to this model: they are nails to be hammered into place.

Which is why I don’t fly.

We live in an age of transportation security theater, and the party responsible for much of the flying-related misery is the Transportation Security Administration. Created in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, this federal agency is solely responsible for screening passengers for contraband and dangerous items as they enter airport terminals. In practice, this means subjecting people to intrusive pat-downs and body scans while rifling through their personal items. There is no boundary too private for the TSA to cross. That this incredibly inconvenient, dehumanizing system routinely fails to prevent illicit items from actually entering the airport is almost beside the point, since the TSA provides little actual security. Indeed, the dirty secret of airport safety is that the materials necessary to construct an explosive can be found inside the terminal, beyond the security checkpoint.

Nobody ever accused government employees of being intelligent. Otherwise, they’d have gotten a real job.

United is not the TSA. And many airlines have better customer service track records than United. But it’s no accident that flying has become one of the most stressful and uncomfortable recurring experiences for millions of Americans. It’s the result of policy choices, enacted by government agents, and propelled by overwhelming safety paranoia. Until and unless some basic level of sanity prevails, customers should expect further “re-accommodations” at the hands of overzealous police officers and security officials, no matter which airline they fly.

Don’t hold your breath….

 

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Ex-Obama Officials Admit Admin Lied About Chemical Weapons Knowledge; Nets Ignore

11th April 2017

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The New York Times broke a story Sunday revealing that the former administration “knew” Syria’s president Bashir-al-Assad had more chemical weapons hidden, despite John Kerry, President Obama, and Susan Rice telling the American people that they had destroyed all of Assad’s chemical weapons. Yet the networks have ignored these reports, not giving any airtime since the first story broke.

And yet Trump is the Great Liar.

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Democrats Lose Argument, Try to Burn Books

10th April 2017

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Well, to be fair, the Democrats don’t want to burn books that point out how unscientific the global warming scare is. They want to recycle them.

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The World’s Dumbest Immigration Program

10th April 2017

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As part of Ted Kennedy’s not very successful efforts to import more Irishmen to vote for Kennedys, America has had since the 1990s a diversity visa lottery that lets in 50,000 lucky winners per year from obscure countries that don’t send all that many immigrants through other channels. It establishes beachheads for, say, Nepalese who can then launch the chain migration process.

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23 Ways Big Government Is Hurting the Poor

5th April 2017

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Advocates for big government often equate expanding government with concern for the poor. But reality speaks to the contrary: Expanding government often has very harmful effects on the poor.

This reality is precisely what is addressed in a forthcoming special report from The Heritage Foundation, “Big Government Policies That Hurt the Poor and How to Address Them.”

Rather than looking at welfare policy—a usual focus of analysts when discussing policies that impact the poor—the report focuses on economic policy, including regulation.

The authors identify 23 policies and provide concrete solutions that would allow those struggling financially to have more opportunities and a higher standard of living. As indicated in the report, these policies are just the tip of the iceberg.

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The Other Side of Legalized Theft

5th April 2017

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Civil forfeiture lets the government confiscate property allegedly linked to crime without bringing charges against the owner. Since law enforcement agencies receive most or all of the proceeds from the forfeitures they initiate, they have a strong financial incentive to loot first and ask questions never, which explains why those sheriffs were not eager to enlighten the president about the downside of such legalized theft.

A new report from the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) highlights the potential for abuse. Between fiscal years 2007 and 2016, the OIG found, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) took $4.2 billion in cash, more than 80 percent of it through administrative forfeitures, meaning there was no judicial oversight because the owners did not challenge the seizures in court.

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IRS Seized $17 Million From Innocent Business Owners Using Asset Forfeiture

4th April 2017

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We’re from the government, and we’re here to help … ourselves.

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First US City Set to See Complete Obamacare Collapse

4th April 2017

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Knoxville, Tenn., could be the first city in the U.S. where Obamacare completely collapses, leaving tens of thousands of people without the option to buy a subsidized insurance policy.

Humana, the city’s only remaining insurance provider on its Obamacare exchange, announced it is exiting the market in 2018. If that happens, Knoxville citizens will be in a rough spot. Unless another insurance provider fills Humana’s place, some 40,000 people in the Knoxville area will likely be left without the option to purchase an Obamacare-subsidized insurance policy, CNN reports.

Knoxville is illustrative of one of the main problems with Obamacare: It doesn’t promote market-based competition. Insurers pull out of marketplaces where it is not cost-efficient for them to provide services, and, as a result, consumers are left with fewer options at higher prices.

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

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Susan Rice Ordered Spy Agencies to Produce ‘Detailed Spreadsheets’ Involving Trump

4th April 2017

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Former President Barack Obama’s national security adviser Susan Rice ordered U.S. spy agencies to produce “detailed spreadsheets” of legal phone calls involving Donald Trump and his aides when he was running for president, according to former U.S. Attorney Joseph diGenova.

“What was produced by the intelligence community at the request of Ms. Rice were detailed spreadsheets of intercepted phone calls with unmasked Trump associates in perfectly legal conversations with individuals,” diGenova told The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group Monday.

Oops.

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Idaho’s $4.3 Million Solar Road Generates Enough Power to Run ONE Microwave

3rd April 2017

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The Solar FREAKIN’ Roadways project generated an average of 0.62 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity per day since it began publicly posting power data in late March. To put that in perspective, the average microwave or blow drier consumes about 1 kWh per day.

On March 29th, the solar road panels generated 0.26 kWh, or less electricity than a single plasma television consumes. On March 31st, the panels generated 1.06 kWh, enough to barely power a single microwave. The panels have been under-performing their expectations due to design flaws, but even if they had worked perfectly they’d have only powered a single water fountain and the lights in a nearby restroom.

Solar FREAKIN’ Roadways has been in development for 6.5 years and received a total of $4.3 million in funding to generate 90 cents worth of electricity.

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UNMASKED: Susan Rice Requested Intelligence On Trump Associates

3rd April 2017

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Susan Rice, the national security advisor for President Obama, made dozens of requests seeking to unmask the identities of Donald Trump associates identified in raw intelligence reports.

Rice’s involvement in the request to unmask the Trump officials was discovered by White House lawyers last month, Bloomberg View’s Eli Lake reported on Monday.

Michael Cernovich, the pro-Trump publisher of Cernovich Media, first identified Rice in a report on Sunday night.

According to Lake’s sources, Rice’s requests to unmask Trump advisers was discovered by Ezra Cohen-Watnick, the National Security Council’s senior director for intelligence.

Nothing to see here, move along, move along.

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Thought for the Day

3rd April 2017

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Head of US Military Kit-Testing Slams F-35, Says It’s Scarcely Fit to Fly

3rd April 2017

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Another reminder that the F-35 is a flying piece of shit.

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The $100 Million U.S. Government Fish Farm Nobody Wants

2nd April 2017

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If someone offered you a chance to invest millions of dollars in a business nobody wants, would you take it?

If you’re the U.S. government, the answer is a resounding yes. Since 2007, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration—despite major political, social, and environmental headwinds—has poured almost $100 million (PDF) into aquaculture, also known by the more pedestrian moniker of fish farming.

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Three Elected Pennsylvania Officials Faced Corruption Charges In Just One Year

1st April 2017

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Democrats, of course. The Party of Corruption since Republicans took their slaves away.

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Baltimore Mayor Supported $15 Minimum Wage Until She Learned What It Would Do to City’s Economy

1st April 2017

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During the 2016 campaign, Catherine Pugh was one of dozens of Democratic politicians calling for the implementation of a $15 per hour minimum wage.

Since being elected mayor of Baltimore in November, though, Pugh has changed her mind about the merits of forcing employers to pay such a high hourly rate. Last week, Pugh announced she would veto a $15 minimum wage bill passed by city council, citing concerns about how it would hurt the city’s economy, nonprofits and charities working in the city, and the city government’s bottom line.

After doing “some research,” Pugh said at a press conference on March 24, “it is not appropriate at this time that I will sign this bill, so I am vetoing this bill.”

The surprise here is that a Democrat actually ‘did some research’ and acted on the basis of it.

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Doesn’t Anybody Know How to Play This Game?

31st March 2017

Michael  Barone blows the whistle.

“Dare I suggest,” writes the economist and blogger Tyler Cowen, “that the quality of governance in this country has taken a downward turn of late?” Or as Casey Stengel, while managing the New York Mets on their way to a 40-120 season in 1962, reportedly asked, “Can’t anybody here play this game?”

In successive weeks, both Democrats and Republicans have shown a downward trend in the quality of governance and raised questions about whether anybody in Washington can play this game.

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California Wants to Make Itself Even Less Competitive

31st March 2017

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And we’re just the people to let them.

Economists sometimes talk about a fictional $1 million tax on, say, beagles to illustrate the perverse effects of a poorly designed tax code. In theory, the tax could bring in $20 billion, given there are about 20,000 registered members of the breed. But in reality, the tax would yield little, because few people would claim to own such dogs, suddenly “discovering” that their beagles were really something else, maybe mixed breeds or schmeagles.

That idea is useful when discussing what’s benignly referred to as the “estate tax.” Critics refer to it by the ominous-sounding “death tax,” given that it imposes a 40 percent hit on accumulated wealth after its owner heads to that great estate in the sky. It’s really the “Tax on Your Dead Neighbor’s Family,” given it’s all about grabbing others’ inheritance.

The first thing Democrats think is “I can spend your money better than you can” and the second thing is “How can I use the power of government to rob you?” After a while of this, people start moving to Texas.

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Trump Administration Is Quietly Doing Good Things

30th March 2017

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Pretty much everyone on the right has praised President Trump’s appointments, and what we have seen of his spending proposals looks good, too. Here in Minnesota, we are seeing a good example of the difference between the Trump administration and the Hillary administration we avoided. The subject is light rail transit.

Briefly, the powers that be have been trying to jam light rail transit down our throats for years. The cost is in the billions, and the trains hardly carry any riders, operating at huge losses. The latest proposed line is called Southwest Light Rail Transit (SWLRT). If it comes into being, it will only be because of nearly a billion dollars in federal funding, without which the project would be a non-starter. Which would be a good thing, since fixed rail transit is an obsolete technology that does nothing to relieve the Twin Cities’ highway congestion problems.

Just about everyone had given up, and was resigned to the idea that the SWLRT project would go forward. My organization, however, has continued to fight it, and it looks now as though our efforts may be successful.

A billion here, a billion there, pretty soon you’re saving the taxpayers real money.

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ICE Report Dumps Cold Water on a Favorite Defense of Sanctuary Cities

30th March 2017

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Sanctuary city proponents often say their policies limiting cooperation with federal immigration authorities don’t endanger public safety. As ICE’s latest weekly declined detainer report shows, however, many county and city law enforcement agencies regularly release criminal aliens who have been convicted of violent crimes, including domestic battery and sexual assault.

The report, which covers February 4-10, tallied 47 declined detainer requests from two dozen jurisdictions across the country.

New York City accounted for 12 of those rejections, far more than any other jurisdiction. Among those illegal aliens released by New York jails were several who had been charged or convicted of violent crimes.

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School Suspends 5-Year-Old Girl for Holding Stick That Looked Like Gun

30th March 2017

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Hoke County Schools in North Carolina are safe once again now that administrators have disciplined a public menace: 5-year-old Caitlin Miller, who was holding a stick and pretending it was a gun.

Don’t send your kid to a government school. Just don’t.

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TX Governor Pushes Legislation That Could Put Sanctuary City SHERIFFS Behind Bars

30th March 2017

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Ah, yes. Travis County, here we come.

Time to squeeze the blue pustules on the rosy red bottom of Texas.

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Former Obama Official Discloses Rush to Get Intelligence on Trump Team

30th March 2017

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A former top Obama administration official has acknowledged efforts by her colleagues to gather intelligence on Trump team ties to Russia before Donald Trump took office and to conceal the sources of that intelligence from the incoming administration.

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

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A Comedy of the Welfare State

29th March 2017

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I’m not sure that Fozia Dualeh of the Twin Cities suburb Fridley is an immigrant or refugee, but I think it’s a pretty good bet. She has been charged with bilking taxpayers out of fraudulently procured welfare benefits in the amount of $118,000 over a one-and-one-half year period.

That is an impressive accomplishment, but Ms. Dualeh seems to have had the invaluable assistance of her husband, Abdikhadar Y. Ismail. For reasons that will become apparent, Ismail was found hiding under the covers in the course of a search of the family’s premises by law enforcement.

‘I want to come to America. I want to see a country where the poor people are fat.’

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On Diversity of Top Staff, Senate Republicans Outpace Democrats

29th March 2017

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Senate Democrats apparently could take some tips from Senate Republicans in hiring more racially diverse senior staff.

Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., noting that Republicans have an edge on Democrat colleagues in this department, said he wants to encourage his colleagues to find and bring on board qualified minority applicants.

“We have one of the most diverse staff[s] in the Senate, and that means you get more information with different perspectives than my other colleagues, which has been very helpful,” Scott told The Daily Signal in an interview.

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Turns Out Congressional Republicans Don’t Really Want to Cut Spending

29th March 2017

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Congressional Republicans are first of all politicians, and politicians don’t get re-elected by cutting out buying votes with taxpayers’ money. They’re just less honest about it than Democrats.

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