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Why the Middle Class Is Still Getting Snared by the ‘Wealth Tax’

8th April 2015

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The AMT is still alive and complicated. What lawmakers did was permanently tie the amount of income exempted from the AMT to inflation.

Those income levels, however, are still fairly low ($52,800 for singles this year; $82,100 for married couples filing jointly).

And the set of rules that governs what can and can’t be deducted under the AMT means it’s still hitting a fair number of people for whom it was never intended — those in the middle class and upper middle class.

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Students Surprised With Monumental Tuition Hike While Locked Out of Tuition Meeting

7th April 2015

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As the University of Virginia announced a plan to increase tuition by 11 percent—one of the highest increases in the country—the public university locked students out of the library where its board members were meeting Wednesday afternoon.

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Who’d a-Thunk It?

7th April 2015

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Among business-owners’ responses to a mandated higher minimum wage are greater efforts to economize on the use of low-skilled labor.  (HT Jan Jorgensen)  A slice:

[Seattle restauranteur Quynh-Vy] Pham says they are considering scaling down employment, possibly ending sit-down service and transitioning to a “fast-casual” concept to cut down on labor costs.

This report also features the fatuous comments of Seattle’s mayor Ed Murray – comments that are quite annoying to read.  While actual, experienced, skin-in-the-game business owners deal with the very real cost consequences of a mandated artificial hike in wage rates – and while many actual, skin-in-the-game employees who are willing to work at wages below the mandated minimum are denied by ‘their’ government the right to so work and, thus, will find themselves unemployed – prancing and preaching politicians make economically ignorant and irrelevant pronouncements as their cruel handiwork causes hardship to innocent victims.

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Top US Public Employee Union AFSCME Gave $65M in 2014, Mostly to Democrats, Progressive Groups

6th April 2015

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AFSCME is funded by roughly 1.4 million members and mandatory fees taken from 125,255 nonmembers. Critics argue AFSCME gets its revenue from taxpayers so its donations are essentially indirect support for Democratic politicians, political activist groups and bigger government.

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

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University Suggests Censoring Speech in Free Speech Tunnel to Fight ‘Social Injustice’

2nd April 2015

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A North Carolina State University administrator is encouraging student leaders to censor speech they don’t like in a tunnel dedicated to free speech on campus.

In an email sent to all student group leaders Friday evening that was obtained by Campus Reform, Eileen M. Coombes, Director of Student Involvement, encouraged students to be creative while fighting against “social injustices and other forms of hate.”

“One way to do so is through the new ‘State not Hate’ stencils now available in Student Involvement,” Coombes said in her email. “If you see hate speech or offensive language in the Free Expression Tunnel, cover that speech with the stencil, indicating that you, as a member of this community of scholars, will not stand for any form of hate at NC State.”

Those who hate truth see truth as hate.

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Feds Won’t Pursue Contempt Charges Against Lerner for Not Testifying Before House

2nd April 2015

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The department announced the decision in a letter Tuesday to House Speaker John Boehner, whose Republican-controlled chamber made the request to prosecute, after holding Lerner in contempt for refusing to testify at committee hearings.

“Once again, the Obama administration has tried to sweep IRS targeting of taxpayers for their political beliefs under the rug,” Boehner spokesman Michael Steel told FoxNews.com.

Of course not. The Crust takes care of its own.

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Thought for the Day

1st April 2015

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The Real One Percent

31st March 2015

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The U.S. government rented “85 single rooms, five office suites, five sleeping suites, and one conference room for 14 nights” at the Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort for Michelle Obama’s two-day visit to Cambodia, the Washington Free Beacon reports. The estimated cost to U.S. taxpayers for this adventure was $242,500, which seems like a lot of money to me, but I’m not used to traveling on a government budget.

 

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Thought for the Day

31st March 2015

Cavity Search

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Connecticut Issues Hypocritical Travel Boycott Against Indiana Over RFRA

30th March 2015

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Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy announced on Twitter that he would issue an executive order later today prohibiting state-subsidized travel to Indiana. In practice, this would prevent state employees from taking trips to Indiana on the taxpayer’s dime, even for official government business.

If any taxpayers in Connecticut want to thank the Governor of Indiana for blocking of a section of the government trough, I’m sure it would be appareciated.

If Connecticut is going to prohibit government-subsidized travel to RFRA states, perhaps they should respond in kind and prohibit travel to Connecticut? (A libertarian can dream, I suppose.)

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TSA Waves Convicted Murderer With Explosives Experience Through Its PreCheck Lane

30th March 2015

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Fly the friendly skies. Think of that the next time you get to the airport two hours ahead of your scheduled flight time in order to be sure to make it through the TSA chokepoint and maybe make your flight. Not that they care.

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No Copies of Clinton Emails on Server, Lawyer Says

28th March 2015

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An examination of the server that housed the personal email account that Hillary Rodham Clinton used exclusively when she was secretary of state showed that there are no copies of any emails she sent during her time in office, her lawyer told a congressional committee on Friday.

After her representatives determined which emails were government-related and which were private, a setting on the account was changed to retain only emails sent in the previous 60 days, her lawyer, David Kendall, said. He said the setting was altered after she gave the records to the government.

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

And those missing 18 minutes on the tape? Just a mistake, I swear.

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Watchdog Rips ‘Unprecedented’ Intervention By DHS Boss to Help Powerful Dems

27th March 2015

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The lead watchdog for the Homeland Security Department ripped the No. 2 official at the agency Thursday for allegedly intervening in three visa cases tied to powerful Democrats.

In at least one case, Inspector General John Roth said, the intervention by DHS Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas was “unprecedented.”

Roth testified at a House Homeland Security Committee hearing, two days after he released a 99-page detailing how Mayorkas — while he was head of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services — allegedly used his position to help politically connected projects.

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

 

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Parents Must Sign Permission Slip Before Kids Can Eat Oreos

26th March 2015

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Never trust a teacher named “Mrs Porter”.

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Stunning! Obama Administration Declassifies Document on Israel’s Nuclear Power

26th March 2015

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Obama revenge for Netanyahu’s Congress talk? 1987 report on Israel’s top secret nuclear program released in unprecedented move.

In a development that has largely been missed by mainstream media, the Pentagon early last month quietly declassified a Department of Defense top-secret document detailing Israel’s nuclear program, a highly covert topic that Israel has never formally announced to avoid a regional nuclear arms race, and which the US until now has respected by remaining silent.

Obama is sort of the anti-Marine: ‘No worse friend, no better enemy.’

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Federal Workers Owe More Than $3.5B in Unpaid Taxes

25th March 2015

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‘We don’t pay taxes. Only the little people pay taxes.’ — Leona Helmsley

The House Oversight Committee is scheduled to consider a bill Wednesday that would make someone with a “seriously delinquent tax debt” ineligible for federal employment.

That sounds like a step in the right direction.

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The $1.2 Billion Afterschool Program That Doesn’t Work

24th March 2015

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As Tom Kane recently wrote in this forum, we should be investing more in research on education if we want to see more progress in education. We want education to embrace positive findings emerging from research. This logic also implies that education should move away from negative or null findings, when evidence shows that a program or policy does not work. But the history of federal afterschool programs suggests that a program that was funded on its potential can continue to be funded based on a kind of wishful thinking in which evidence is viewed through rose-colored glasses. How much evidence or what kind of evidence is needed to offset wishful thinking is a question worth considering.

And this is the Brookings Institution, a Hive of the Crust if ever there was one.

The problem is that such ‘programs’ (i.e. taxpayer-funded playschool for intellectuals) attract and are run by people who are True Believers, whose response to ‘It doesn’t work’ is ‘That’s because we haven’t tried hard enough’. I don’t expect that to change any time soon.

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Democrats and Their Masters

24th March 2015

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The Democratic Party appears to take the sacramental view of abortion. Any act that might tend to deter an abortion is to be resisted. It’s the abortion equivalent of the positive good school of slavery. If the party as a whole doesn’t subscribe to this view, its funders certainly must.

Thus the dramatic turnaround in Democratic support for the Justice for Victims of Sex Trafficking Act of 2015. It passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee with broad bipartisan support. Yet even the bill’s Democratic supporters in committee, such as Minnesota’s own lighter-than-air Senator Amy Klobuchar (a cosponsor of the bill) and angry former comedian Senator Al Franken, turned against it.

One of the core principles of the Peter Pan Party appears to be that nothing must be allowed to impede taxpayer funding of abortions.

Committee Democrats claim that they were shocked, shocked to discover the Hyde restriction on abortion funding in the bill. They didn’t know what they were doing when they voted for it! They didn’t mean it.

Klobuchar and other committee Democrats blame their staffers for failing to inform them that the bill included the language. Beyond that Klobuchar has not strayed.

I wonder if that would have worked at Nuremberg. ‘Honestly, judge, our subordinates failed to inform us that Jews were being killed! It’s not our fault!’

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The Orwellian Obama Presidency

24th March 2015

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Under Mr. Obama, friends are enemies, denial is wisdom, capitulation is victory.

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The World Turned Upside Down, Obama Style

24th March 2015

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As he works toward a deal blessing Iran’s nuclear program, President Obama has undertaken a full-throated assault on Israel. The Obama administration treats America’s enemies as friends and friends as enemies. It is Obama’s version of “the world turned upside down.”

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Making Density Affordable

23rd March 2015

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The Antiplanner once wrote that “the definition of a socialist is someone who doesn’t understand that subsidizing something is not the same thing as making it affordable.” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has often been called a socialist, and seems to fit the mold, proposing to make some housing “affordable” by confiscating money from others.

Specifically, de Blasio’s administration has demanded that, in order to get a permit to build a new school building, Collegiate School–a private school that traces its roots back nearly 500 years–must contribute enough money to build 55 units of “affordable housing.” Worse, those 55 units are estimated to cost at least $50 million (nearly $1 million per unit is affordable?), and if they cost more, Collegiate has to pay the difference. (If they cost less, the city pockets the difference.)

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Dems Want to Empower Boehner

23rd March 2015

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And why not? He’s been a good friend. Republicans … not so much.

House Democrats fighting for leverage in the GOP Congress are hoping they can empower an unlikely ally: Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).

‘Unlikely’? Only if you haven’t been paying attention.

By banding together in veto-sustaining majorities against conservative proposals demanded by Boehner’s right flank, Democrats hope to both sink those GOP measures and grease the skids for more moderate compromises.

Which makes you wonder why Boehner is being such a pal.

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Why the Phantom Fatwa?

22nd March 2015

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I wrote about President Obama’s March 19 statement on the Persian new year in “Our Supreme Leader is a Supreme Fool.” In the statement Obama asserted: “Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei has issued a fatwa against the development of nuclear weapons, and President Rouhani has said that Iran would never develop a nuclear weapon.”

Obama’s assertion follows closely on Secretary of State Kerry’s assertion to the same effect. I quoted Kerry’s citation of the fatwa in “Of fatuity and fatwas.”

The fatwa, however, doesn’t exist. It has never been seen. As Andrew McCarthy explains, the fatwa is a patent hoax. Andy writes (emphasis in original): “The invaluable Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) has done extensive research into compilations of Khamenei’s published fatwas…No such fatwa has ever been published.” Andy links to MEMRI’s two 2013 posts in search of the fatwa in the omitted sentence.

Democrats are the Peter Pan Party — they refuse to grow up, and think that if they believe something hard enough, it comes into existence.

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The Little “Fighter” That Couldn’t: Moral Hazard and the F-35

21st March 2015

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Among the crippling problems highlighted in the DOT&E report:

  • Software glitches disrupting enemy identification and weapon employment.
  • A redesigned fuel tank that continues to demonstrate unacceptable vulnerability to explosion from lightning or enemy fire.
  • Departures from controlled flight during high-speed maneuvering, a six-year-old problem that apparently will not be solved without sacrificing stealth or combat capability.
  • Helmet issues fundamentally degrading pilot situational awareness.
  • Engine problems so severe they’re limiting sortie rates, impeding the test schedule, and generating risky operational decisions.
  • Nightmarish maintainability issues leading to over-reliance on contractor support.

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Obama Administration Sets Record for Censoring and Denying Transparency Requests

21st March 2015

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

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How Big Contractors Mooch on Federal Subsidies

21st March 2015

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

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New York Creates Massive Cigarette Black Market, Wants Virginia to Fix It

20th March 2015

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With state cigarette taxes at $4.35 per pack and the Big Apple piling another $1.50 on top of that, New York has become a major destination for smuggled smokes. Up to 60 percent of all cigarettes sold in the state are smuggled from elsewhere (The Mackinac Center, which tracks these things, puts the number at 56.87 percent for 2012). By contrast, Virginia’s taxes per pack are only 30 cents, which makes it an excellent source for all of those smokes headed up I-95 to the Empire State. Logically enough, at least in the context of the political world, New York officials are concerned and think Virginia should do something.

Okay, let’s reduce the tax to 10 cents. Entrepreneurship ought to be rewarded.

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Senate Democrats Vote to Pay Cash Benefits to Illegal Immigrants

20th March 2015

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The Treasury Department Inspector General for Tax Administration has repeatedly warned that illegal immigrants are collecting billion of dollars in refundable tax credits to which they are not legally entitled. This outrageous situation can be corrected rather easily, by requiring tax filers to supply a valid Social Security number in order to claim the Additional Child Tax Credit. Today in the Senate Budget Committee, Jeff Sessions proposed an amendment that would do exactly that, thereby saving American taxpayers billions of dollars that are flowing improperly to illegal aliens.

Incredibly, the ten Democrats on the committee voted in lockstep to keep the illegal money flowing. It is hard to believe, but you can see it for yourself….

No surprises here. Their eventual goal is to give these criminals ‘a path to citizenship’,and when they become voters they’ll remember the Party that gave them Free Stuff.

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Union Lobbyist Who Worked One Day as a Teacher Suing Illinois for $30,000 Pension

20th March 2015

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Piccioli is a retired lobbyist for the Illinois Federation of Teachers and never worked in a classroom, but he took advantage of a loophole in Illinois pension law to score his teaching pension.

In 2007, he worked one day as a substitute teacher at a Springfield school. Under Illinois pension law, that one day in the classroom allowed him to qualify for a pension that would pay him for all of his years of work as a member of the union.

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White House Gets Rid of FOIA Regs, Raising Transparency Questions

18th March 2015

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Transparency? This White House?

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The Obama Administration’s Attack on the Constitution: Part 2, Environmental Protection Agency

17th March 2015

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The Environmental Protection Agency has long been in the forefront of Obama administration lawlessness. Don’t forget: before Hillary Clinton’s secret email server came to light, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson was conducting government business off the books as “Richard Windsor,” which, she explained when caught, was the name of her dog.

The EPA’s current usurpation, an effort to remake America’s power supply system, is much more serious. The EPA has proposed a far-reaching regulation of power plants that would drive many of them out of business in the name of global warming. The EPA’s proposed regulation constitutes a statutory framework that Congress perhaps could have enacted, but didn’t. It represents the most extreme case, so far, of an administrative agency run amok.

The EPA is a major reason why Richard Nixon will rot in Hell for all eternity.

 

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The F-35 Can’t Use Its Bombs, Either

16th March 2015

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The news about the F-35’s inadequacies keeps rolling in. A month ago, we learned that software problems meant that the F-35 wouldn’t be able to fire its gun for the first few years it is in service. Now, it turns out it won’t be able to use a bomb critically useful for close air support (CAS) missions until 2022.

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Why Has the U.S. Congress Done So Little About UNRWA?

16th March 2015

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Perhaps because the U.S. Congress is incapable of doing anything constructive? That’s just a guess, you understand.

American defenders of Israel generally see the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) as one of the worst UN agencies, an organization that harbors terrorists, teaches militant conflict with Israel and anti-Semitism in its schools, and perpetuates the Palestinian refugee issue as a source of tension. Yet the paradox is that the United States has consistently been the largest single-state donor to UNRWA.

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This Kid Was Expelled and Charged for Bringing Pot to School, Even Though He Didn’t

16th March 2015

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Administrators at a middle school in central Virginia suspended a sixth-grader last September for one-year after discovering a marijuana leaf and a lighter in his backpack. The sheriff’s department became involved as well and filed drug possession charges against the 11-year-old boy.

Months later, prosecutors had to drop the charge. Why? The leaf had thrice been tested for marijuana and come back negative.

The boy, unnamed in this excellent story in The Roanoke Times, returned to school this week. But officials have been loathe to admit that any mistakes were made—they now maintain that since “lookalike” drugs are also prohibited, the boy may still have violated district policy.

Well, of course, first they have to demonstrate that it’s a ‘drug’. Don’t see any hint that they even tried to do that.

Homeschooling is looking better and better. Just sayin’.

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The Other Cause of Immigrant Idleness

16th March 2015

Bryan Caplan with some more inconvenient truth.

The global poor migrate to the First World, kiss the soil, then permanently go on welfare. Idle immigrants: Nothing short of outright criminality does more to tarnish the image of immigration. It smacks of ingratitude and parasitism. And while the prevalence of immigrant idleness is overstated, it is a very real problem, especially in Europe.

As a cosmopolitan libertarian, my first reaction is point fingers at the welfare state. If the problem is government subsidies for indefinite idleness, the solution is to curtail not immigration, but redistribution. When the law allows it, plenty of natives permanently go on welfare, too. Rhetorically sliding from the generic evils of the welfare state to the selective evils of immigrants is effective demagoguery, but fuzzy logic.

Yet on reflection, my first reaction misses a major part of the story. Countries with ample redistribution also tend to have strict labor market regulations. Despite their feel-good popularity, labor market regulations have a big negative side effect: unemployment.

This collateral damage is clearest for regulations that explicitly push up wages: If the law requires a 10% raise, employers can reduce the damage to their bottom line by employing fewer workers. But unless wages are perfectly flexible, any “pro-worker” regulation risks this disemployment effect. If the law makes employers give workers free health insurance, and workers bitterly resent offsetting pay cuts, hiring fewer workers is employers’ best remaining defense.

The moral: When you see an idle immigrant, you shouldn’t jump to the conclusion that he’s a lazy parasite. There’s another possibility: Labor regulations have priced him out of a job. He’s on welfare not because he doesn’t want to work, but because he’d rather go on welfare than starve.

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How to Build a $400 Billion F-35 That Doesn’t Fly

16th March 2015

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The Pentagon’s embattled F-35 Joint Strike Fighter continues to be plagued with so many problems that it can’t even pass the most basic requirements needed to fly in combat, despite soaring roughly $170 billion over budget. 

As the most expensive weapons program in the Pentagon’s history, the $400 billion and counting F-35 is supposed to be unlike any other fighter jet—with high-tech computer capabilities that can identify a combatant plane at warp speed. However, major design flaws and test failures have placed the program under serious scrutiny for years—with auditors constantly questioning whether the jet will ever actually get off the ground, no matter how much money is thrown at it.

Give it to Apple. The result will be expensive, but it will work, and work well, and look elegant while doing it.

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We Live in an Age of Irrational Parenting

15th March 2015

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If you fancy yourself a normalish, reasonably rational parent, you probably read, with equal parts horror and fascination, about the recent travails of a Maryland couple that tried to allow their children to walk the one mile from a local park to their home in Silver Spring. They were charged by child protective services with “unsubstantiated” child neglect —  itself a near-oxymoronic and self-canceling term —  which means their case will be held on file for five years. There are many things wrong with this action, not least what it says about the excesses of parenting culture (more on this in a bit), but among the most egregious is that it runs completely contrary to the trends in child safety that have emerged in the past couple of decades. Bluntly put: It’s hard to think of a safer time and a better place than the United States of 2015 to raise children — but we act as though the opposite were true.

Not to mention an age of irrational govnerment employee behavior.

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Obama, First Lady Fly to Los Angeles on Same Day but Take Separate Flights

15th March 2015

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Which wouldn’t matter if they flew commercial but of course they don’t.

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama flew to Los Angeles on Thursday for TV appearances but took separate flights, collectively costing taxpayers at least $1 million.

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Biofuel Boondoggle Fleeces American Drivers

12th March 2015

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What may be most baffling of all is the simple fact that this is not a green policy. At first glance you might believe it to be, with renewable right there in the title and the prefix “bio-” so often appended to descriptions of this corn-based fuel, but studies have shown the kinds of fuel being produced by the RFS are anything but green.

This is a policy mess that dates back to the Bush Administration, though it is one the current President was more than happy to continue in order to enhance his green credentials. It’s clear that it has failed, by any metric. Bills to repeal and reform the RFS are working their way through Congress at the moment; we’ll be watching their progress in the hopes that we can find a way to end this biofuel boondoggle.

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Vilsack: Dietary Guidelines Are About Health, Not Environment

12th March 2015

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Let us celebrate that rare bird, a bureaucrat with a clue.

A panel of nutrition experts generated controversy last month when it pressed the federal government to consider the environment when issuing new dietary guidelines later this year. Generally speaking, that would mean asking Americans to eat less meat and more plant-based foods.

Ever since then, the question has been whether the agencies developing the recommendations – the Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services – would take up the suggestion and weigh the impact of food on air and water quality, among other issues.

“I read the actual law,” Mr. Vilsack said. “And what I read …was that our job ultimately is to formulate dietary and nutrition guidelines. And I emphasize dietary and nutrition because that’s what the law says. I think it’s my responsibility to follow the law.”

Unlike his boss….

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The OU Debacle and the Case for Private Institutions

12th March 2015

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Yesterday the president of the University of Oklahoma (OU) expelled two students who had been caught on camera leading a bus full of their fraternity brothers in disgustingly racist song. Despite agreement from all corners that their behavior was worthy of condemnation, legal experts and First Amendment advocates quickly pointed out that, well, um, kicking students out of a public college for something they said almost definitely violates the Constitution.

“The university president wrote that the students are being expelled for ‘your leadership role in leading a racist and exclusionary chant which has created a hostile educational environment for others,'” wrote the law professor Eugene Volokh on his blog at The Washington Post. “But there is no First Amendment exception for racist speech, or exclusionary speech, or…for speech by university students that has created a hostile educational environment for others.”

As my colleague Robby Soave put it, “You can’t expel students at a public university for their words. It’s that simple.”

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Democrats Threaten to Block Their Own Bill After Finding Abortion Language

12th March 2015

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Senate Democrats are fuming over abortion language inserted into a bipartisan human trafficking bill that they failed to notice before voting to move the bill to the floor.

Democrats are now threatening to block the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, which cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 2 by a unanimous vote and is now being debated before the full Senate.

I guess they had to pass it to find out what was in it.

Really, you can’t make this stuff up….

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5 Things to Know About the New Food Guidelines

11th March 2015

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The sixth: This could all change without notice. ‘A scientific consensus’ is like that — not to mention ‘a government program’.

Left unanswered is the question What business is this of the Federal Government? (Not to mention What would the Founders have thought?)

1 Americans are eating poorly.

This is the standard intro to anything the government does. Without a crisis, there is no need for the government to act, so one must be manufactured if not already at hand.

2 Consider the environment.

What does this have to do with nutrition? you ask. I’ll tell you: Nothing. But it’s part of the Crustian Narrative, of which our government is the humble servant, so it has to be enshrined in every government-sponsored activity, even if that requires a 1-ton mallet, so get used to the idea.

3 Ditch the cholesterol limits.

To quote Rosanne Rosanadana: ‘Never mind!’ The inescapable conclusion to be drawn from the fact that your primary care physician has been preaching these limits to you for decades only to be revealed as wrong is that he doesn’t know that much more about the subject than you do.

4 Coffee and alcohol? Those can be okay.

To quote Rosanne Rosanadana: ‘Never mind!’ The distinguishing characteristic of the government Memory Hole is that, not only do they change their minds, but, one changed, it’s as if the new policy were always the government policy, your lying eyes to the contrary notwithstanding.

5 Beef. It’s not necessarily what’s for dinner.

Don’t like this one? Wait around — the available evidence suggests that in another twenty or thirty years the government ‘experts’ will decide that it’s actually the best thing ever for you (all those cavemen couldn’t be wrong, could they?).

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Health-Care Deductibles Climbing Out of Reach

11th March 2015

Read it.

Thank you, Barack Hussein Obama (Um, um, um).

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6.5 Million Social Security Numbers Linked to Those 112 or Older (and Likely Dead)

11th March 2015

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More than 4,000 people availed of the government’s employment-verification system using Social Security numbers belonging to people over the age of 112. Trouble is fewer than 40 people are known to have reached that age. That’s one of the revelations from a review by the watchdog for the Social Security Administration.

Don’t you just love that term ‘watchdog’? You will notice that this alleged ‘watchdog’ is never identified in the article. After all, why do that? It’s a watchdog. We all know what watchdogs do! We’re NPR, a Voice of the Crust! You can trust us!

The review also said there were approximately 6.5 million Social Security numbers linked to people 112 years of age or older. The reason, the review said: “SSA did not have controls in place to annotate death information on the … records of numberholders who exceeded maximum reasonable life expectancies and were likely deceased.”

You would think that the Social Security Administration would have basic checks in place to make sure that their money (i.e. your money) is going to real people who qualify for it. But you would be wrong.

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Lindsey Graham Has Never Sent an Email

9th March 2015

Watch it. Feel free to laugh.

Primarily, that’s because Lindsey Graham doesn’t have anything to say that anybody else wants to read. So it’s not really his fault.

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Infoporn: Proof That the FDA Isn’t Protecting Americans’ Health

8th March 2015

Read it.

Of course, this comes as no surprise to people who have no difficulty remembering that the government approach to any activity leads to the Post Office more often than not.

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Some Owners of Private Colleges Turn a Tidy Profit by Going Nonprofit

7th March 2015

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The shift means more restrictions on moneymaking ventures and loss of ownership. But nonprofit schools — defined as providing a public benefit — do not have to pay taxes, are eligible for certain state grants and can receive more money from the federal student loan program.

It’s all about government money — what it gives, and what it takes.

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Menendez: I Am Not Going Anywhere

7th March 2015

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Of course not. He’s a Democrat government official, which means he won’t lose his job and he won’t go to jail.

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ACLU: Cancellation of Redskins Trademark Was Unconstitutional

6th March 2015

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Which just goes to show that the ACLU isn’t totally useless.

 

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