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  • Why New Hampshire Is Suing Massachusetts

    01/18/2021 4:13:11 AM PST · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 18, 2021 | Jeff Jacoby
    Freedom from income taxes is among New Hampshire's delights: The Granite State is one of just nine that don't tax ordinary income. Of course, that benefit doesn't apply to New Hampshire residents who commute to work across the Massachusetts border. Income earned inside Massachusetts by an out-of-state resident is subject to Massachusetts taxes.What about a New Hampshire resident who used to commute to Massachusetts?A no-brainer, surely. If you don't live in Massachusetts, and you no longer work in Massachusetts, then Massachusetts has no right to tax your earnings. What could be more self-evident?Until last spring, that was the law. The...
  • Is There a Solution to the Ongoing National Divide Without Actually Dividing?

    01/11/2021 5:43:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 57 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 11, 2021 | Scott Morefield
    There are some things we should ALL be able to agree on, left or right. Murder and rape are bad, love and kindness are good, and what happened last Wednesday at the U.S. Capitol should never, ever happen in a democratic society. While conservatives are more than correct to drag the media for downplaying the Black Lives Matter summer of riots, er, love, none of us should fall into the trap of in any way justifying the mob action that took place. It was dangerous, illegal, counter-productive to any intent to help Trump or the cause of election reform, and...
  • Democrats keep winning the popular vote. That worries them.

    11/14/2020 5:11:22 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 39 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | November 14, 2020 | By NICHOLAS RICCARDI
    Democrats won the popular vote in this year’s presidential election yet again, marking seven out of eight straight presidential elections that the party has reached that milestone. And, for some Democrats, that’s worrisome. What alarms many Democrats is a growing gap between their popular vote tallies and their political power. Democrats may be winning over more supporters, but as long as those votes are clustered on the coasts or in cities and suburbs, they won’t deliver the congressional victories the party needs to enact its policies. “There’s a massive structural challenge to the majority of Americans having any political power...
  • Responsibility and Tribalism

    07/17/2020 7:16:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 17, 2020 | Erick Erickson
    In February and early March, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the surgeon general, the experts on television and others were adamant that only sick people need to wear masks. It would do the public no good to have a run on masks, and if they did, first responders would be deprived of masks. The claim continued until it did not. When experts shifted their opinions, the media failed to fully explain why the information had changed, how it had changed and what was different. Instead, the press decided to shame those who would not wear...
  • 'But Gorsuch' Is Still Trump's Best Argument

    07/03/2020 11:15:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 3, 2020 | David Harsanyi
    This week, the Supreme Court struck down a Montana constitutional provision barring religious schools from benefiting from the state's tax dollars. There are similar now-unconstitutional laws on the books across the nation -- many of them borne of anti-Catholic bigotry -- that subvert religious liberty and further empower government, rather than parents, to make educational choices for their kids. In most cases, those laws are now dead. Some of us happen to believe that this development is more consequential than another tax cut or better trade policy. For us, school choice and the meaningful protection of religious liberty are non-negotiable....
  • A Different Take on Federalism Part IV

    06/01/2020 1:22:43 AM PDT · by Jacquerie
    ArticleVBlog ^ | June 1st 2020 | Rodney Dodsworth
    There’s an ages-old problem with republics: majoritarian tyranny. If the law is whatever the fifty percent plus one of the people or their reps determine, then the legislative body is little different in practice from the typical Florida Homeowners Association, and the nation should expect similar results. Thanks to the 17th Amendment, the Senate long ago abandoned its deliberative nature and adopted the passionate, popularly reflexive nature of the House. It is why party interests, rather than those of the nation, came to dominate congress. We see this regularly when Senator Schumer joins Speaker Pelosi in wild proposals that threaten...
  • Western U.S. states request $1 trillion in coronavirus aid: California governor

    05/11/2020 1:01:41 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 53 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 11, 2020 | by Sharon Bernstein
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California, Oregon, Washington and other states involved in a western states pact to coordinate coronavirus response have asked the federal government for a combined $1 trillion in aid, California Governor Gavin Newsom said on Monday.
  • A Strong Dose of Federalism Needed to Get America Back on Its Feet

    04/27/2020 11:54:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 27, 2020 | Ross Marchand
    After a month of sheltering in place, hundreds of millions of Americans will soon emerge from the new “normal.” Georgia, Colorado, and Alaska (among other states) are giving their residents some freedom to return to their old lives, with many “non-essential” businesses resuming operations. Plenty of public health advocates are concerned and have raised legitimate questions about the timing of such policies. But, done right, a cautious re-opening of America can lay the groundwork for renewed prosperity and lead to better health outcomes than continued, blanket stay-at-home orders. And a robust system of American federalism allows states to emulate best...
  • Hell freezes over in coronavirus pandemic: Washington media embraces federalism

    04/15/2020 7:40:06 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 9 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | April 15, 2020 | John Kass
    If there is one benefit from the pandemic, it is that the establishment news media — which is overwhelmingly liberal and loathes President Trump and his 60 million voters — has finally done something counterintuitive. They consulted an old document long forgotten: the Constitution... now embrace federalism. Members of the Washington Democratic Media Complex have insisted that Trump was a dictator. Yet when the coronavirus hit, weren’t these TV show ponies whimpering that he wasn’t enough of a dictator? Trump rolled clips of cable news pundits dismissing the threat early on. Some networks cut away with great shrieking and pearl...
  • Americans Need To Start Pushing Back Against Draconian Lockdowns

    04/13/2020 9:51:53 AM PDT · by Bruiser 10 · 86 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 13 April 20 | Molly McCann
    On April 11, The Washington Post ran an article about plans being made to reopen the economy. The article complains that state governors (rather than the White House) are leading the planning, which has resulted in a “mind-boggling level of disorganization,” according to a Centers for Disease Control director. The incessant bleating of prominent health leaders over the lack of federal control in this crisis only underscores how little they understand or respect this country’s Constitution and the freedoms it seeks to protect. Although the White House certainly has emergency authority to mandate all number of efforts to respond to...
  • A Different Take on Federalism Part I

    04/13/2020 2:57:41 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 4 replies
    ArticleVBlog ^ | April 13th 2020 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Subtitle: The Insidious 17th Amendment. The 17th Amendment did to federalism what the 13th Amendment did to slavery. Both are long-gone vestiges of our framing era. Tenth Amendment? States’ rights? Poof, and not only long-gone but neither slavery nor federalism can possibly return without repeal of their respective amendments. Conservatives would do well to consider the 13th – 15th Amendments. Beginning with freeing slaves, then prohibiting state violations of privileges or immunities, securing due process, equal protection and entitling blacks to vote, the post-civil war amendments fundamentally altered society and the federal/state government relationship. Unlike the pre-civil war Constitution, the...
  • Rhode Island sending cops, National Guard to find New Yorkers seeking coronavirus refuge

    03/28/2020 4:58:41 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 71 replies
    The New York Post ^ | March 28, 2020 | By Vincent Barone
    Any New Yorkers in there? Rhode Island plans to send the National Guard out to knock door-to-door in an attempt to hunt down anyone who has arrived in the tiny state from New York City during the coronavirus pandemic. State police, meanwhile, have begun pulling over cars with New York state plates. Gov. Gina Raimondo said anyone traveling there from New York will be ordered to undergo a 14-day quarantine and could face fines or even jail time if they’re found to not comply. “Right now we have a pinpointed risk,” Raimondo said at a news conference Friday. “That risk...
  • Molly Jong-Fast: So the states are basically governing themselves because our president doesn’t know how to president at all?

    03/16/2020 12:32:25 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 90 replies
    Twitter ^ | March 16, 2020 | Molly Jong-Fast
    Molly Jong-Fast @MollyJongFast So the states are basically governing themselves because our president doesn’t know how to president at all?
  • House committee approves bill to make Washington, D.C. the 51st state

    02/12/2020 6:55:38 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 58 replies
    CBS News ^ | February 11, 2020 | BY GRACE SEGERS
    A key House committee approved a bill to make the nation's capital the 51st state, sending it to the House floor for full approval. This is the first time since 1993 that a bill to make Washington, D.C., a state has been considered and approved in a committee. The House Oversight Committee passed the bill over the objections of the Republican minority, which introduced amendments to impose restrictions on abortion and gun control on the proposed state. The bill has 220 co-sponsors, giving it the momentum to pass the majority-Democratic House. "For such a historic achievement for the District of...
  • 'Faithless elector': Supreme Court will hear case that could change how presidents are chosen

    01/17/2020 12:57:48 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 97 replies
    NBC News ^ | January 17, 2020 | by Pete Williams
    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court agreed Friday to take up an issue that could change a key element of the system America uses to elect its president, with a decision likely in the spring just as the campaign heats up. The answer to the question could be a decisive one: Are the electors who cast the actual Electoral College ballots for president and vice president required to follow the results of the popular vote in their states? Or are they free to vote as they wish? A decision that they are free agents could give a single elector, or a...
  • Trump warns Newsom: If California homeless crisis persists, feds 'will get involved'/

    12/26/2019 3:39:15 AM PST · by carriage_hill · 128 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/25/2019 | Yael Halon | Fox News
    President Trump issued a warning to California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday, threatening federal intervention if Newsom is unable to solve his state's homeless crisis. "Governor Gavin N has done a really bad job on taking care of the homeless population in California. If he can’t fix the problem, the Federal Govt. will get involved!" Trump tweeted. The Golden State has led the nation in the number of homeless people with an estimated total of over 129,972 in January 2018, according to a Department of Housing and Urban Development [HUD] report. Just over 68 percent of the homeless population in...
  • Shouldn't all of the states be taken off of welfare?

    11/03/2019 12:52:26 PM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 14 replies
    There's an interesting headline out there today, which can serve as a good educational moment. Due to the ravages of the fires out in California, the White House is threatening to cut off federal funding. Now first off, The notion of this phrase "federal funding" (the article also uses the phrase "state funding") is offensive because it's dishonest. It's welfare, that's what it is. I'm not interested in P.C. comfort terms. As I wrote in May of 2017, when the progressives were starting off building their nanny-state empire, they had a very specific list of welfare queens - 48 of...
  • Stop Believing The Big Lie That Washington Can Solve All Our Problems

    08/21/2019 6:22:10 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    The Federalist ^ | August 21, 2019 | Alex Castellanos
    There is an exceptional amount of lying in Washington these days, and our media and politicians are entranced by it. Lies must achieve extraordinary bulk and quality to impress the sport’s most ardent practitioners: Only a particularly nasty outbreak of mendacity could draw Washington’s attention to a subject it knows with such intimacy and depth. Most Americans are unsurprised. Long ago, they learned lies are the oxygen of the political world. They know the phrase “political deception” is a redundancy, like “false pretense,” “free gift,” or “foreign imports.” Most electoral lies, they’ve found, are dandruff on the body politic, pedestrian...
  • Down and Out? Try Federalism

    05/08/2019 8:31:05 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | May 7, 2019 | Kevin D. Williamson
    Trump got you down? Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez giving you the willies? Try federalism — now with 70 percent less authoritarianism. To the uninitiated, conservatives sometimes sound — to put it plainly — bonkers. Your lefty friends are going on and on about free health care and making Jeff Bezos pay off their student loans, and conservatives are talking about . . . the 17th Amendment. Conservatives do hate the 17th Amendment. That’s the one that instituted the direct election of senators, which basically turned the upper house into a puffed-up House of Representatives with a bit less accountability. Conservatives of a...
  • The Intellectual Dishonesty of the Campaign Against the Electoral College

    04/11/2019 2:03:07 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    A full-blown war is raging against the Electoral College. But as activist groups become more desperate to overturn our way of electing presidents before voters go the polls in November 2020, their arguments become more absurd and hyperbolic. CNN recently ran a preposterous segment suggesting that James Madison called the Electoral College “evil,” a shameful distortion and an absurdity given that the man known as the Father of the Constitution had a direct hand in creating the institution. Others have made more serious but ultimately absurd indictments of the Electoral College. Among the biggest stretches made by critics of the...