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  • Voters’ Choice: Growth or Stagnation

    07/09/2020 1:36:15 PM PDT · by JeepersFreepers · 5 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | July 8, 2020 | Phil Gramm and Mike Solon
    Tax cuts demagogued as giveaways to the rich were creating higher wages and bonuses for workers and producing the lowest unemployment rates on record for blacks, Hispanics, single women, the disabled and those with criminal records. Wages at the bottom were growing faster than at the top. Real median weekly wages have risen six times as much in three years under Mr. Trump’s policies as they did in eight years under Mr. Obama’s policies. Labor-force participation has risen by 1.1% under Mr. Trump while it fell by an astounding 4.6% under Mr. Obama. In the first three years of the...
  • Thomas L. Friedman: Biden should not debate Trump unless ...

    07/09/2020 9:39:37 AM PDT · by SpeedyInTexas · 41 replies
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 07/09/2020 | Thomas L. Friedman
    I worry about Joe Biden debating Donald Trump. He should do it only under two conditions. Otherwise, he’s giving Trump unfair advantages.
  • Who Can the American People Trust?

    07/09/2020 8:43:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | July 9, 2020 | Armstrong Williams
    It certainly doesn't seem like we can put faith in the media or political parties, and, unfortunately, a growing number of Americans say that they no longer trust each other either. In a world that is as divided and self-righteous as ours is currently, this should come as no surprise. This level of division offers opportunities for our adversaries to cause strife around the globe that, under normal circumstances, would warrant a U.S. response that now might be impossible as a result of our national division. Furthermore, it seems to be allowing domestic militant and extremist groups to incite racial...
  • Why President Trump Picked New Hampshire

    07/09/2020 8:32:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies ^ | July 9, 2020 | Matt Mowers
    The mainstream media and Beltway pundits may not understand why Donald Trump chose New Hampshire as the home for his next campaign rally, but here in the Granite State, it makes total sense. After all, the President nearly corrected the GOP’s losing streak at the presidential level in 2016. This year, he is even better poised to put the state back in the red column. With polls in other battleground states looking unpredictable, New Hampshire’s four electoral votes could make all the difference in November. When President Trump takes the stage in Portsmouth on Saturday night, he will be in...
  • Black Lives Matter, Marx Does Not

    07/09/2020 8:09:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | July 9, 2020 | Adam Guilliette
    To paraphrase Winston Churchill, now is not the end of Black Lives Matter. This isn’t even the beginning of the end. It is, perhaps, the end of the beginning. Never before has a movement gained such sudden acclaim, attention, and affection from both the media and pop culture. In the span of just a few weeks, Black Lives Matter became a devout religion in our country. You couldn’t dare criticize or question it. To do so would result in you immediately being labeled a heretic. I mean, a racist. But eventually, the truth began to catch up with Black Lives...
  • New York Conservatives and Leftists Unite Against Gov. Cuomo

    07/09/2020 7:59:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | July 9, 2020 | Larry Provost
    Discontent in the state of New York regarding Governor Andrew Cuomo’s refusal to give up emergency executive powers has reached new heights. An unlikely coalition of conservatives and leftists has emerged, calling on the governor to return those powers to the New York State Legislature, a notion Gov. Cuomo has dismissed as “stupid.” While Republican opposition to Gov. Cuomo’s use of emergency powers is not surprising, the reaction of traditional allies is an unexpected sign of trouble for him within New York State politics. Left-leaning groups such as the League of Women Voters and NYPIRG sent a letter to Gov....
  • What Not Liking Hamilton Taught Me About Arguing on Social Media

    07/09/2020 7:41:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 50 replies ^ | July 9, 2020 | Gary Schneeberger
    <p>It was a lark, really. Rhetorical misdirection. I had no agenda other than being cheeky, and hoping someone would think I was funny. So imagine my surprise when I wound up with a blueprint for how we all can most constructively engage social media when interacting with those who hold different views than we do.</p>
  • Why Conservatives Must Vote in the 2020 Primaries and General Election

    07/09/2020 7:22:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | July 9, 2020 | Lloyd Pettegrew
    Editor's note: Jim McCoy coauthored this column.  We offer you this pleading to vote in this year’s primaries and general election. The 2016 election was a squeaker and while our president lost the total vote count, he won the electoral college, count 304-277, with seven faithless electors not voting or having their vote dismissed by the respective states. The Supreme Court ruled Monday, July 6th that all states can require Electoral College members to cast their vote for the candidate to whom they were pledged to support. This decision was unanimous.Since Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election, there have been myriad...
  • A 100% American

    07/09/2020 6:53:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | July 9, 2020 | Emmett Tyrrell
    <p>Washington -- Many Americans, after they have been in Washington, D.C., for a few years, become less fervent about their beliefs. President Donald Trump has become more fervent about the things he believes. After this past weekend and Donald's solemnly expressed indignation about the shredding of our shared values and beliefs, he is being excoriated by the media -- the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post -- for being divisive, racist and provocative.</p>
  • Little Crimes, Big Crimes

    07/09/2020 6:27:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies ^ | July 9, 2020 | Laura Hollis
    <p>One subtheme running through Sir Terry Pratchett's Discworld series of fantasy novels is the desire of some residents of the principal city, Ankh-Morpork, to overthrow the existing government and install a king. In the novel "Men at Arms," as quoted above, for example, we see characters fomenting discord between groups living in Ankh-Morpork (humans, trolls, dwarves, etc.), even going so far as to commit murder to inflame passions, rouse suspicions and resurrect old hatreds simmering just below the surface. Predictable mayhem results: widespread violence and rioting, the destruction of property and the general breakdown of order.</p>
  • Why Does ‘Flyover Country’ Vote GOP?

    07/09/2020 5:53:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    American ^ | July 9, 2020 | Chris Talgo
    It goes without saying that regional voting preferences and patterns in American presidential elections have varied over time. To date, the United States has held 58 presidential elections. As the Electoral College results of these elections shows, swaths of states have voted red and blue back-and-forth over time. For instance, once upon a time, California, Illinois, and New York were reliable Republican strongholds. Even more mind-blowing, a few decades ago, Texas was a solid Democratic state. My, how things have changed. Obviously, gradual electoral shifts should be expected. However, in the past few years, these shifts have abated. We seem...
  • Black America: Before Y'all Sign On to BLM...

    07/09/2020 5:48:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    American ^ | July 9, 2020 | Lloyd Marcus
    During the opening monologue of his show, Arsenio Hall included a running gag titled, “Things that make you say hmmm.” To my fellow blacks, here are things that should make you say “hmmm” about Black Lives Matter. BLM's mission statement says they want to destroy the nuclear family. Rejecting BLM's war on the family, black former NFL star Marcellus Wiley offered these stats. “Children from single-parent homes verses two-parent homes. Children from single-parent homes are 5 times more likely to commit suicide -- 6 times more likely to be in poverty -- 9 times more likely to drop out of...
  • The Media and 2020: Deja vu All Over Again

    07/09/2020 5:33:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    American ^ | July 9, 2020 | David Keltz
    Some things never change for the mainstream media. After being blindsided by the results of the 2016 election, the New York Times and other media outlets professed that they would make a concerted effort to be more introspective. They claimed they would try to better understand Trump’s appeal that won over the hearts and minds of so many of the 63 million people who voted for him. As Michael Barboro wrote in the Times on November 9th, 2016, the morning of Trump’s historic victory, “It’s 3:30 a.m. in the newsroom, and we’re in a state of shock. Donald J. Trump,...
  • Democrats Are Making Unforced Errors. Republicans must seize the opportunities to regain the offensive in the campaign.

    07/09/2020 5:25:47 AM PDT · by karpov · 15 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 8, 2020 | Karl Rove
    As the mainstream media all but declares the 2020 election for Joe Biden, Democrats are making mistakes. They’re saying and doing things that could cause problems—if Republicans step up their game. Consider the congressional logjam over police reform. After George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis, the nation was angry and aghast. Then Rayshard Brooks was killed in Atlanta, and the demand for change grew even stronger. Yet when the Senate moved to take up the comprehensive police reform bill introduced by Tim Scott (R., S.C.), Democrats blocked its consideration, despite the bill’s many similarities with the Democratic House’s measure. Sen. Scott...
  • Let's Talk about Black Privilege

    07/09/2020 5:22:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    American ^ | July 9, 2020 | Rich Logis
    There are approximately 250 million Americans aged 20 and over. How many don't believe that black lives matter? I want a number, backed up by evidence — not a dissertation, pontification, polemic, manifesto, or Socratic dialogue. A number. Not having to provide a fact-based number: black privilege — yes or no? Take NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace, who imagined a noose the way the narrator in Edgar Allen Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart imagined a droning beating heart. A hysterical black American creates unnecessary panic over a noose found in his garage; draws 15 FBI agents to investigate, at a total of...
  • Confederate Monuments: The Problem With Politically Correct History

    07/09/2020 5:13:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | July 9, 2020 | Larry Elder
    <p>Malcolm X, as a member of the Nation of Islam, preached anti-Semitism and called the white man a "devil." After the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Malcolm X dismissed the murder as a case of "the chickens coming home to roost."</p>
  • The Fragility of the Woke

    07/09/2020 4:52:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies ^ | July 9, 2020 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>A TikTok video that recently went viral on social media showed a recent Harvard graduate threatening to stab anyone who said "all lives matter." In her melodrama, she tried to sound intimidating with her histrionics.</p> <p>She won a huge audience as she intended. But her video also came to the attention of the company that was going to give her an internship later this summer, Deloitte, which decided it didn't want to add an intern who threatened to kill strangers who said something she didn't like.</p>
  • Racism Is Racist (And Other Liberal Bumper Stickers)

    07/09/2020 4:35:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | July 9, 2020 | Derek Hunter
    As I write this, I am sitting in a chair, writing on a laptop, enveloped in my cocoon of white privilege. I’m a monster, I know it. I have used my privilege to my advantage every chance I got, especially when I didn’t know I was supposedly doing it. Did I mention I’m a monster, perhaps history’s greatest? In spite of my horrendous behavior of not having done anything but be born, I can honestly say I don’t give a damn, and nothing I’ve written in the opening paragraph is to be taken seriously (though I am sitting in a...
  • This Is A Great Opportunity To Destroy Academia

    07/09/2020 4:20:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies ^ | July 9, 2020 | Kurt Schlichter
    <p>Never let a good crisis go to waste, which in the current crisis means we must use the fact that our universities have shown themselves to be petri dishes swimming with anti-American ideologies, combined with pre-existing trends, to lance this particular cultural boil.</p>
  • An Open Letter On Canceling Cancel Culture From The Greatest Living American Writer

    07/08/2020 6:00:22 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    The Federalist ^ | July 8, 2020 | Neal Pollack
    For those of you unfamiliar with cancel culture, it’s speech that speaks out against other speech that may be speaking speakings that other speakers find offensive. The organizers of the recent Harper’s Magazine letter against cancel culture didn’t ask me to participate in their project, despite the fact that my Uncle, T. Gore Pollack III, was that magazine’s founding editor. They neglected to include me because they’re afraid of my ideas. Also, I’ve either divorced, broken up with, or participated in a conscious friendship uncoupling with at least a dozen of the signatories. Such is the price of profligacy and...