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  • HOUSE GOP EYES FOOD STAMP OVERHAUL, POSSIBLE REQUIREMENTS

    12/07/2016 11:28:18 AM PST · by PROCON · 114 replies
    AP ^ | Dec. 7, 2016 | MARY CLARE JALONICK
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Republicans are laying the groundwork for a fresh effort to overhaul the food stamp program during Donald Trump's presidency, with the possibility of new work and eligibility requirements for millions of people. The GOP majority on the House Agriculture Committee released a two-year review of the program on Wednesday that stops short of making specific policy recommendations, but hints at areas where Republicans could focus: strengthening work requirements and perhaps issuing new ones, tightening some eligibility requirements or providing new incentives to encourage food stamp recipients to buy healthier foods.
  • Civil Service reform should be near the top of Trump’s agenda

    11/09/2016 5:34:04 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 31 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11-9-16 | Thomas Lifson
    The federal government requires structural reform. Because it is very expensive and time-consuming to fire anyone, bad behavior is not just tolerated but propagated. Civil Service protections originally intended to guard against a politicized bureaucracy have now become guarantors of the high-handedness and lack of accountability we saw with Lois Lerner, now retired with a six-figure pension after pleading the Fifth Amendment. Government employee unions have become a mainstay of the Democratic Party, with employee dues, harvested from taxpayers via salaries, laundered into the party’s coffers. So the Democrats will fight like hell, up to and including a filibuster, mass...
  • How to Reform the University System

    11/07/2016 6:36:58 PM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 39 replies
    Mind of Corporate Stepsister | November 7 2016 | Corporate Stepsister
    How would you reform the university system? How would you find a way to lower tuition and raise standards?
  • Donald J. Trump's Five Point Plan For Ethics Reform

    10/17/2016 9:56:26 PM PDT · by abigkahuna · 19 replies
    Donald J. Trump ^ | 10-17-2016 | Donald Trump
    First: I am going to re-institute a 5-year ban on all executive branch officials lobbying the government for 5 years after they leave government service. I am going to ask Congress to pass this ban into law so that it cannot be lifted by executive order. Second: I am going to ask Congress to institute its own 5-year ban on lobbying by former members of Congress and their staffs. Third: I am going to expand the definition of lobbyist so we close all the loopholes that former government officials use by labeling themselves consultants and advisors when we all know...
  • DONALD J. TRUMP’S FIVE-POINT PLAN FOR ETHICS REFORM

    10/17/2016 8:02:54 PM PDT · by wille777 · 12 replies
    “It’s Time To Drain The Swamp In Washington, D.C. That’s Why I’m Proposing A Package Of Ethics Reforms To Make Our Government Honest Once Again."
  • Donald Trump calls for government ethics reforms (no wonder they fear him)

    10/17/2016 6:41:19 PM PDT · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 9 replies
    CNN Politics.com ^ | October 17, 2016 | Jeremy Diamond
    Donald Trump took his outrage over what he deems a "rigged system" a step further and called for a series of ethics reforms aimed at tackling corruption in Washington, including tighter restrictions on members of Congress and White House officials taking on jobs as lobbyists. The proposals came after Trump began his speech here by accusing officials at the FBI and State Department of engaging in a "criminal conspiracy," seizing on FBI documents released Monday that revealed that at least two officials at those departments allegedly bargained over reconsidering the classification of an email on Democratic rival Hillary Clinton's private...
  • SCDOT Still Pimping Interstate 73

    10/06/2016 11:13:57 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    FITSNEWS ^ | July 21, 2016 | FITS
    AGENCY LOBBYING HARD FOR MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR BOONDOGGLE South Carolina’s corrupt transportation “leaders” still desperately want to foist Interstate 73 on dirt poor Palmetto State taxpayers … even as government’s embarrassing inability to do basic maintenance continues to be on display all over the state.How desperate are our powerful “roads czars” to get this Interstate built? Let’s recap …First, they’ve spent more than $100 million on an interchange for the highway (even though it’s not clear if it will ever be built).Next they’ve proposed spending millions more on wetlands mitigation related to the road (again, even though it’s not clear if...
  • Twenty Years After Welfare Reform, Child Poverty Is At an All-Time Low

    09/01/2016 9:23:17 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 8 replies
    On August 22, the 20th anniversary of welfare reform being signed into law, my new paper, “Poverty After Welfare Reform,” was released. It sprawled into a 45,000-word opus that ate my summer. Due to its length, the report has benefitted from a “Piketty Effect” in that criticism has been slow to come simply because it takes too much time to get through it. But Slate Moneybox columnist Jordan Weissmann made it through, and he is not buying my claim that child hardship is lower or no higher than in 1996. Unlike many liberal commentators, Weissmann concedes that it is “basically...
  • "Moderate" Muslims? No thank you

    08/30/2016 8:53:08 AM PDT · by DanMiller · 9 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | September 30, 2016 | Dan Miller
    In an article posted on August 19th titled "Donald Trump and Islamists," I stated that I do not use the term "moderate" when referring to Muslims because it is so grossly misused as to have become meaningless. Nevertheless, one commenter stated, "It’s dangerous to perpetuate the myth of moderate Islam," which I had neither intended to do nor done. This post elaborates on the word "moderate" as it applies to Islam.The term "moderate" Muslim is often applied to those who do not want to kill for Allah, but who want other Muslims to do it for them and for Allah....
  • Why Islam Probably Can't Be Reformed

    08/09/2016 8:47:57 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    Advice Goddess Blog ^ | August 9, 2016 | Amy Alkon
    Islam is a deadly totalitarian political system masquerading as a religion. Few in the West know this and/or are willing to admit it. Being honest about this doesn't mean hating Muslims. It means understanding the religion and why it is dangerous to the rights and freedoms and way of life in the West, and why that danger probably isn't going to go away. The last Pope seems to have understood this. At Asia Times, Spengler writes:
  • For USPS, How About Efficiency Before Exploration?

    06/20/2016 5:34:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 20, 2016 | Brian McNicoll
    U.S. Postal Service executives are looking into what is known as blockchain technology, and, after a cursory examination conducted with the help of a consultant, they have decided to look further.Blockchain’s main function is to serve as a way to transfer value … or pay for things. It would support bitcoin, the new super currency that could come in handy with global wire transfers, a substantial side business for the Postal Service.But it also could be used to block identity theft, verify and sign small contracts and assist with inventory management and other business functions. A recent inspector general’s report...
  • Several Jewish groups praise Obama administration’s transgender protections (all liberals)

    05/15/2016 12:11:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Jewish Telegraphic Agency ^ | May 15, 2016 6:30am
    Amid controversy over new protections President Barack Obama has extended to transgender people, a number of Jewish groups have welcomed them. A statement Friday from the Reform movement’s Religious Action Center praised the guidance issued the same day by the Justice and Education departments requiring that schools receiving federal funds end discrimination based on sexual identification. […] The National Council for Jewish Women said the guidance “provides needed clarity and best practices for public school districts and institutions of higher learning.” Also praising the guidance was Rabbi Jack Moline, who directs Interfaith Alliance, a coalition that includes major Jewish national...
  • Florida Governor Signs Bill Requiring Actual Criminal Charges Before Seizing Property

    04/04/2016 10:56:04 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 57 replies
    Reason ^ | Apr. 1, 2016 | Scott Shackford
    Some great news in asset forfeiture reform is coming out of Florida. S.B. 1044, approved by the legislature earlier in the month, was signed into law today by Gov. Rick Scott. The big deal with this particular reform is that, in most cases, Florida police will actually have to arrest and charge a person with a crime before attempting to seize and keep their money and property under the state's asset forfeiture laws. One of the major ways asset forfeiture gets abused is that it is frequently a "civil", not criminal, process where police and prosecutors are able to take...
  • Gingrich says Mozilla ousting just the 'most open, blatant example of the new fascism'

    04/07/2014 11:16:41 AM PDT · by CutePuppy · 50 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | April 7, 2014 | Joe Saunders
    Newt Gingrich laid it out perfectly on Sunday. The forced ouster of Mozilla co-founder and CEO Brendan Eich this week was a sign of the "new fascism" of liberalism that's sweeping American life. "People need to realize, if you're a young faculty member, in a lot of places if you're a young member of a news department and you have the wrong views – meaning conservative – you have no career," Gingrich said on "This Week with George Stephanopoulos." "This is just the most open and blatant example of the new fascism, which says, 'if you don't agree with us...
  • Healthcare Reform to Make America Great Again

    03/02/2016 3:55:38 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 118 replies
    TRUMP ^ | 3-2-2016 | Donald J. Trump
    Since March of 2010, the American people have had to suffer under the incredible economic burden of the Affordable Care Act—Obamacare. This legislation, passed by totally partisan votes in the House and Senate and signed into law by the most divisive and partisan President in American history, has tragically but predictably resulted in runaway costs, websites that don’t work, greater rationing of care, higher premiums, less competition and fewer choices. Obamacare has raised the economic uncertainty of every single person residing in this country. As it appears Obamacare is certain to collapse of its own weight, the damage done by...
  • Property taxes are immoral (semi vanity), really just a good video that NEEDS to be watched.

    02/24/2016 7:17:42 PM PST · by JSDude1 · 26 replies
    Youtube ^ | October 2, 2013 | Rep. Rick Saccone (Pennsylvania)
    Rep. Rick Saccone stands on the House floor to urge for support of an amendment to a property tax bill that contains the language of HB 76, the Property Tax Independence Act.
  • Whatever Reform Brings, USPS Still Has to Fund Benefits

    02/20/2016 6:50:38 AM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 20, 2016 | Brian McNicoll
    It's far too early to say what will or won't make it to the final draft of Sen. Tom Carper's legislation to reform the U.S. Postal Service. But it is a safe bet the Postal Service's huge and growing deficit in funding for employee pensions and medical benefits will be addressed. Ask any casual observer of the Postal Service's increasingly dire fiscal situation, and they will say the "prefunding requirements" are a big part of the problem. This may be true, but removing this obligation would not come close to addressing the Postal Service's need for reform and cannot be...
  • US Jewish philanthropist bought winning Powerball ticket for employee

    01/14/2016 3:56:13 PM PST · by Nachum · 36 replies
    jpost.com ^ | 1/14/16 | staff
    One of the three winners of the record-breaking Powerball lottery jackpot in the United States became wealthy overnight thanks to the generosity of her boss, one of the American Jewish community’s leading philanthropists. Shlomo Rechnitz, a health care magnate who owns 80 assisted living facilities throughout California, purchased nearly 18,000 lottery tickets for all of his employees, one of which happened to contain the winning numbers. The unprecedented $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot will be divided among three winning tickets purchased in Tennessee, California and Florida. Each ticket is worth $528.8 million, lottery officials said in California, one of 44 states...
  • New Reform curriculum: Alienating Jews from Israel

    01/10/2016 10:54:37 AM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    inn ^ | 1/10/16 | Hillel Fendel
    This is Part One of a two-part series. A new curriculum for Reform Hebrew schools in the United States, already being used by more than 10 such schools, is threatening to alienate young Jews further from Israel than they already are. Produced by Reform Rabbi Laurie Zimmerman, the new Kindergarten-12th grade course of study is entitled "Reframing Israel." Assuming that the default approach to Israel among Jews is positive and sympathetic, the title does not bode well for supporters of Israel. And in fact, the stated goal of the new curriculum is “teaching Jewish kids to think critically about the...
  • Clash of Civilizations: Islamic vs. Judeo-Christian

    12/20/2015 10:11:59 AM PST · by DanMiller · 17 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | December 20, 2015 | Dan Miller
    Judeo-Christian civilization has nothing in common with, and nothing to gain from, Islamic civilization as it now exists. They have been clashing for centuries. Now, Islamic civilization appears to be winning in much of the European Union and, to a lesser degree, in America. Can anything be done to slow and then to halt the spread of fundamentalist Islam? Ayan Hirsi Ali hopes there is and that Muslims will do it. I also hope they will, but am quite dubious that it will happen in the foreseeable future. We need to take other steps promptly.Preliminary disclosureAs I wrote here in 2012, I am...
  • The Muslim Reform Movement Plays Fantasy Islam: Personal version that has nothing to do with Islam.

    12/10/2015 8:34:27 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 12/10/2015 | Dr. Stephen M. Kirby
    Fantasy Islam: A game in which an audience of non-Muslims wish with all their hearts that Islam was a "Religion of Peace," and a Muslim strives to fulfill that wish by presenting a personal version of Islam that has little foundation in Islamic Doctrine. In December 2015, a small group of "Muslim reformers" met in Washington DC to discuss the reform of Islam.  They stated they were "Muslims who live in the 21st century" who were "in a battle for the soul of Islam."  They proclaimed that they stood for "a respectful, merciful and inclusive interpretation of Islam."  They...
  • House Criminal Justice Reform Bill Will Help Extricate Us From Alice's Wonderland

    12/02/2015 10:21:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 2, 2015 | Bob Barr
    Were one to watch the iconic segment from the 1976 Schoolhouse Rock! television program about a bill becoming a law, the process might seem like a meticulous, but noble, undertaking; a simple idea from citizens is passed along to their elected official and, after much debate and several votes, finally transformed into public policy. Anyone even vaguely familiar with how things operate in our nation's capital, however, knows that the process is far more complex and time-consuming than any fictional depiction. Many have compared the process to watching sausage being made; an analogy that is unfair to sausage makers, who...
  • Walker yet to sign GAB overhaul bill (WI)

    12/01/2015 7:32:01 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 4 replies
    Wisconsiin Watchdog ^ | 12-1-15 | M. D. Kittle
    Part 294 of 292 in the series Wisconsin's Secret War MADISON, Wis. — More than two weeks after the Assembly finalized passage of a bill that would dismantle the state’s rogue political speech regulator, Gov. Scott Walker has yet to sign the legislation into law. And it’s not clear when he will do so. “I don’t have an update beyond what I have previously provided, which is that he will review this legislation and supports overall reform of the Government Accountability Board to provide a replacement that is fair, transparent, and accountable to Wisconsinites,” Walker press secretary Laurel Patrick told...
  • Amnesty? Refugees? What's the difference? Democrats Will Grow Their Base...

    11/19/2015 11:54:26 AM PST · by mononymous · 6 replies
    Mononymous1/Wordpress ^ | 11/19/2015 | Mononymous1
    Suffering, perhaps temporarily, the setback of an injunction against executive amnesty; the administration is moving full speed ahead with its plans for refugees. Who knows what the actual intake will be before this is all done but missing from the equation is the untold number that will also arrive, subsequently, as derivative beneficiaries of those granted status (see here: http://www.uscis.gov/i-730). Unlike the folks entering across the southern border, refugees, once they’ve been admitted into the country and have stayed for a year, automatically qualify to adjust status to become permanent residents. From this point on, they are on a glide...
  • I’m still waiting to hear Carly Fiorina's three page tax plan

    11/11/2015 9:05:19 AM PST · by JOHN W K · 22 replies
    11-11-2015 | johnwk
    Both the Republican Party Leadership and the Democrat Party Leadership have one thing in common when it comes to tax reform. They both want to keep alive the socialist and failed experiment of allowing Congress to lay and collect taxes calculated from profits, gains, salaries, wages, tips, and other lawfully earned incomes. Of course, I'm sure a thinking person such as Carly Fiorina knows that our Congress critters love this particular tax because it not only allows our Washington Establishment to engage in all sorts of nefarious and corruptible schemes to fatten the fortunes of friends and donors, but also...
  • Union of Reform Judaism Approves Resolution for Transgender Rights

    11/05/2015 9:55:35 AM PST · by Read Write Repeat · 16 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Nov 05, 2015 | Mike Schneider
    AP - The largest movement of Judaism in the U.S. passed the most far-reaching resolution in support of transgender rights of any major religious organization, saying Thursday that it's a continuation of a tradition of inclusion in the Reform Jewish movement.
  • Affecting truth by “reforming” religion

    10/28/2015 5:42:53 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/28/15 | A. Dru Kristenev
    To reform a religion is to change it and what we seek in Christianity today is to restore our understanding of truth, not to re-form it Is there such a thing as a “reform” religion? Given some thought, a number of questions crop up regarding what is actually a reform religion, particularly when applied to the mosques, synagogues and churches that claim to practice their faith under the auspices of newness. Starting with this: If one believes in the religion, yet thinks it must be reformed (changed, re-“formed”) in order to be applicable to their lives, then is not the...
  • A Win for the first Amendment

    10/21/2015 8:29:08 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    Watchdog.org ^ | Erik Telford
    “This bill is about people being terrorized in their own home.” Those were the words of Wisconsin State Rep. state Rep. Joe Sanfelippo, (R-New Berlin) last night at the state legislature debated a bill that would limit the power, scope, and length of the state’s “John Doe” procedure. I’m sure by now you’ve seen the exciting news – as our Wisconsin bureau chief, Matt Kittle,emailed me in the wee hours of this morning to let me know that the bill passed both houses and is headed to Gov. Scott Walker’s desk. I wanted to take a moment to thank you...
  • Fireworks coming on GAB and campaign finance reform debate

    10/21/2015 12:25:53 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 4 replies
    Wisconsin Watchdog ^ | 10-21-15 | M. D. Kittle
    Part 267 of 265 in the series Wisconsin's Secret War MADISON, Wis. — Get ready for more fireworks Wednesday as the Assembly takes up two bills aimed at reforming Wisconsin’s troubled campaign finance law and overhauling its even more troubled political speech regulator. Under a Republican proposal, the state Government Accountability Board would be split into two commissions, an elections entity and an ethics operation. The six election commission members would be partisan, evenly appointed by both parties and the governor, and the directors of the commissions would be appointed to four-year terms, subject to reappointment. Created in 2007 with...
  • Time to Knock the Supremes Down a Peg or Three

    10/11/2015 12:59:02 AM PDT · by Monorprise · 43 replies
    crisismagazine.com ^ | OCTOBER 2, 2015 | AUSTIN RUSE
    Besides doing something about certain lawless decisions made by our black-robed masters, something must also be done about how we came to such a place where they can cast their gaze across the fruited plain and whatever catches their fancy becomes the law of the land, indeed higher than the Constitution. Roe was bad enough, a joke of a decision made out of whole cloth after Justice Blackmun consulted with phony history and the opinion of his young daughter. But Obergefell is much worse, coming as it does after twenty years of everyday Americans making their views abundantly and overwhelmingly...
  • Governor Jindal’s Bold Reform Plan Slashes Revenue to DC, Abolishes the Corporate Income Tax

    10/09/2015 12:56:52 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 9, 2015 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Give him credit. Most elected officials are content to tinker at the edges, but Governor Jindal of Louisiana actually wants to solve problems. Look what he’s done, for instance, on fiscal policy. He sought to abolish his state’s personal income tax, a step that would have dramatically boosted the states competitiveness. That effort stalled, but he actually has been successful in curtailing state spending. He’s amassed one of the best records for frugality of all governors seeking the GOP presidential nomination. And he’s now joined the list of presidential candidates seeking to rewrite the internal revenue code. Since we’ve already reviewed...
  • Sources: Bill would overhaul controversial GAB (WI)

    10/08/2015 8:37:37 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 3 replies
    Wisconsiin Watchdog ^ | 10-7-15 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wisconsin — Despite word that some members were getting weak-kneed about sweeping reform, GOP Assembly leadership is rolling out an overhaul of the state Government Accountability Board — a bill aimed at decentralizing a rogue agency its critics charge is run by left-leaning bureaucrats. Sources tell Wisconsin Watchdog the proposed bill, to be laid out Wednesday afternoon, will replace the existing accountability board with two separate and distinct commissions — ethics and elections. The GAB’s six presiding retired judges will be replaced. Under the proposal, the Legislature would appoint four citizen members of the Elections commission, two from each...
  • Driven to Kill Why drivers in China intentionally kill the pedestrians they hit.

    I n April a BMW racing through a fruit market in Foshan in China’s Guangdong province knocked down a 2-year-old girl and rolled over her head. As the girl’s grandmother shouted, “Stop! You’ve hit a child!” the BMW’s driver paused, then switched into reverse and backed up over the girl. The woman at the wheel drove forward once more, crushing the girl for a third time. When she finally got out from the BMW, the unlicensed driver immediately offered the horrified family a deal: “Don’t say that I was driving the car,” she said. “Say it was my husband. We...
  • TAX REFORM THAT WILL MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN

    09/29/2015 10:23:03 AM PDT · by WilliamofCarmichael · 18 replies
    TRUMP MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN ^ | 9/28/2015 | Donald J. Trump
    This is a HTML LIST version of full text of TAX REFORM THAT WILL MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN [Full text of Trump's Tax plan]. Personally I find it easier to get information when the entire document is in a kind of outline format. Hover underlined words for definitions.
  • Mexico and our "immigration reform."

    08/14/2015 12:22:21 PM PDT · by WilliamofCarmichael · 9 replies
    Free Republic ^ | August 14, 2015 | williamofcarmichael
    Some may find this interesting and germane to today's immigration issues.. it's from various sources and covers IMO important events in the efforts for "immigration reform" from Mexico's perspective.
  • Ban Carson's tax reform: keep the socialist income tax

    08/11/2015 10:46:09 AM PDT · by JOHN W K · 23 replies
    8/11/15 | johnwk
     Well, I see Ben Carson, just like a number of our establishment Republican candidates, is supporting a continuance of the socialist experiment of laying and collecting a federal tax calculated from profits, gains, salaries and other lawfully earned incomes ___ and he even has invoked God in support of his proposed damnation! In addition to circumventing our Constitution’s command requiring all direct taxes to be apportioned among the States, Carson’s tax reform keeps a patently evil power in our federal government’s hands that has been used over and over by our federal government for nefarious purposes, and has proven to...
  • The True Cost of Immigration

    07/17/2015 6:37:48 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/17/15 | Arnold Ahlert
    Our unsustainable predicament Democrats, along with a number of equally feckless Republicans, are extolling the virtues of “comprehensive immigration reform.” Such jargon obscures their real agenda, which is the abandonment of the rule of law in favor of a political expediency that benefits the ruling class and its campaign contributors. A ruling class and campaign contributors who seek to “fundamentally transform the United States of America” into a nation where progressive power is permanent, and cheap labor is plentiful. Hence, while those virtues are put front and center before the public, the vices associated with illegal immigration are relegated to...
  • Speaker Boehner blames President Obama for immigration inaction: "He's really poisoned the well"

    07/13/2015 6:42:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/13/2015 | Mike Lillis
    Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) is putting the blame for Congress's failure to move immigration reform squarely on the shoulders of President Obama. The House Speaker said he's been pushing immigration reform since he took the gavel four years ago, but the president has "poisoned the well" with his executive actions on the issue. "He's stirred up the American people in such a way that it would almost be impossible to do immigration reform, given the environment that we're dealing with," Boehner said on CBS's "Face the Nation" program, which aired Sunday morning. "I want to do immigration reform and the...
  • Will Donald Trump steal the thunder on tax reform and expose establishment candidates?

    07/12/2015 6:56:10 PM PDT · by JOHN W K · 28 replies
    7/12/15 | johnwk
    Now that Donald Trump has the American People’s attention, will he support tax reform which will end the nefarious and slavish socialist experiment allowing Congress to lay and collect taxes calculated from profits, gains salaries and other lawfully earned incomes? Will he work for real tax reform and move us to a federal tax system which taxes consumption as our founders intended? Carly Fiorina was correct when she said about our current system “The complexity and lack of transparency only benefits the powerful and connected while crushing small businesses and innovation. The result is crony capitalism–because only big businesses can...
  • Republicans make final push for prevailing wage reform this week (WI)

    07/07/2015 8:18:14 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 5 replies
    Wisconsin Watchdog ^ | 7-7-15 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wisconsin — State Rep. Rob Hutton led the Assembly effort this session to kill Wisconsin’s prevailing wage law, the wage inflator that has cost taxpayers untold billions over the past 8o-plus years. But the Brookfield Republican, perhaps seeing the writing on the wall — or the lack of votes in the Senate for full repeal — is getting behind a compromise amendment he says would go a long way to reforming prevailing wage. On Monday, Hutton announced he is co-authoring a proposal by state Sen. Frank Lasee, R-De Pere, that would repeal prevailing wage for all local units of...
  • How Many Federal Laws Are There Again?

    06/06/2015 6:30:56 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 6, 2015 | Matt Vespa
    It should come to no one’s surprise that we have way too many federal laws. It’s to the point where–on average–we break at least three of them every day without ever knowing it. Conservatives may complain about out tax code–and they should–but our criminal code is also out of control. At the recent conference on justice reform hosted by FreedomWorks in June, our criminal code was subject to a prolonged discussion regarding how outrageous it has become There are at least 5,000 federal criminal laws, with 10,000-300,000 regulations that can be enforced criminally. In fact, our entire criminal code has...
  • LePage says he wants Maine income tax gone by 2020

    06/01/2015 7:09:52 AM PDT · by Cowman · 5 replies
    Bangor Daily News ^ | March 12 | By Scott Thistle
    AUBURN, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage pitched his plan to reform Maine’s tax system and realign the state’s spending priorities in a “town hall” forum at Edward Little High School on Wednesday. LePage announced he intends to put a statewide ballot measure before voters in 2016 that would ask them to amend the Maine Constitution to eliminate the state’s income tax for good. He told Eileen Heidrich of Turner that that way he would be sure his goal to end the state’s income tax completely could not be undone by politicians in Augusta. “We are working on the language; we’ve...
  • A Bill That Actually Reforms Medicare

    04/13/2015 5:13:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/13/2015 | by RYAN ELLIS
    Tomorrow, the Senate will consider H.R. 2, a Medicare-reform bill that has already acquired a classic Beltway acronym, MACRA. Conservatives should give their full support: According to a report released last week, MACRA not only would pay for itself but would result in large net savings to the Medicare program over time, reducing unfunded liabilities and preventing massive new debt. To oversimplify it, MACRA does two things to Medicare. First, it replaces a 21 percent planned payment cut to doctors — known as the “sustainable growth rate” or SGR — with a more durable payment system. (This is the devastating...
  • Why Islam Needs a Reformation

    03/25/2015 2:33:05 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 53 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 20 , 2015 | Ayaan Hirsi Ali
    To defeat the extremists for good, Muslims must reject those aspects of their tradition that prompt some believers to resort to oppression and holy war
  • 16 ideas from Marc Andreessen for a more dynamic US economy

    03/22/2015 7:48:16 AM PDT · by hripka · 10 replies
    American Enterprise Institute ^ | 2/23/2015 | James Pethokoukis
    In a classic Marc Andreessen “tweetstorm,” the venture capitalist offers 16 “somewhat-less obvious ideas for how to expand the # of “unicorn” great tech startups over time.” (I have added a few links and a chart.) Taken together, I think, Andreessen’s ideas point toward a more dynamic, competitively intense economy which (a) generates both more entrepreneurs and more creative and innovative workers with deep expertise, (b) provides easy and open access to ideas for entrepreneurs and low barriers to starting and growing their firms, (c) offers a safety net that encourages work and mobility and risk taking. In short, just...
  • Have any ‘Reformicons’ Worked in Government?

    03/09/2015 8:42:41 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    PJ Media ^ | March 9, 2015 | J. Christian Adams
    If you think you haven’t heard of “reformicons” or “reform conservatives,” don’t sell yourself short. You are already familiar with this latest movement within the Republican Party, albeit under different branding. This piece, entitled “The Good Right” (as compared with … ?), sums up the Reformicon agenda this way: Yuval Levin, one of reform conservatism’s brightest thinkers, told Sam Tanenhaus that “a shrinking or scaling-back of government” was not his aim. He sought “an entire reimagining of it.” He argues that “a true Burkean conservatism would recast the federal government as the facilitator and supporter of local institutions who are...
  • Obama threatens to veto GOP education reform bill

    02/25/2015 6:37:14 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | February 25, 2015 | Brian Hughes
    President Obama would veto the House Republican plan to overhaul the controversial No Child Left Behind law, his administration said Wednesday. The GOP plan, known as the Student Success Act, “represents a significant step backwards in the efforts to help all of the nation's children and their families prepare for their futures,” said the Office of Management and Budget in a statement of administration policy. The bill “abdicates the historic federal role in elementary and secondary education of ensuring the educational progress of all of America's students, including students from low-income families, students with disabilities, English learners and students of...
  • 5 Provocative Proposals From the ‘Reformicons’

    02/04/2015 3:35:28 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 8 replies
    WSJ ^ | Bob Davis
    Reform conservatives – or reformicons, as they are sometimes known—like to think they are thinking outside the box. Some of their proposals seem archly conservative, like cutting the minimum wage, and some seem fairly left wing, like cutting corporate subsidies, as related in a WSJ story today. Their ideas are mainly marked by energy and youth and are getting a hearing among those considering presidential runs. Here are five provocative proposals: Help low-wage workers by slashing the minimum wage. While President Obama and the organized labor push to increase the minimum wage to at least $10.10 an hour from $7.25...
  • Senator Cruz on tax reform: Abolish the IRS

    01/18/2015 5:23:37 PM PST · by JOHN W K · 50 replies
    1/18/2015 | johnwk
     SEE: Cruz: Abolish the IRS January 13th , 2015 ”Republican Sen. Ted Cruz said Monday that Republicans should take advantage of their control of Congress to abolish the Internal Revenue Service. “We need to pass fundamental tax reform making our tax code simpler, flatter, fairer,” he said Monday at Heritage Action’s 2015 conservative policy summit. ”And I’ll tell you, the single most important tax reform, we should abolish the IRS.” What is discouraging is, the above article goes on to say that Senator Ted Cruz ”… acknowledged it’s not really possible to abolish the IRS or adopt a flat tax...
  • Sen. John Thune to push Chamber of Commerce’s tax reform

    01/16/2015 12:06:51 PM PST · by JOHN W K · 14 replies
    1/16/15 | johnwk
    SEE: GOP targets budget process for tax reform 1/13/15 ”The quiet push, led by South Dakota Sen. John Thune, seeks to use the potent tool known as budget reconciliation to give both the GOP and President Barack Obama the sweeping victory on tax policy that business groups want, which could include a significant cut in corporate tax rates as well as provide funding for a long-term transportation bill.” This is what happens when Republican voters elect Washington Establishment candidates to office. They use their power to manipulate a corruptible system of taxation to meet the Chamber of Commerce’s demands rather...