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Economic Freedom the Biggest Loser in Ecuador’s Election

Last Sunday, economic freedom and sound governance took a hit in Ecuador. Lenín Moreno, the nation’s former vice president and socialist candidate, won by a narrow margin amid widespread charges of electoral fraud. The outcome all but secures a fourth consecutive term for outgoing President Rafael Correa’s socialist Alianza Pais party. Ecuadorian law prevented Correa from seeking another term, but constitutional changes he made while in office mean that he would be eligible to succeed Moreno in 2021. The Wall Street Journal reported that last-minute infrastructure spending announced by Correa on schools and hospitals might have been enough to put Moreno over the top. Opposition candidate Guillermo Lasso has vowed to contest the outcome of the election. According to John Fund of National Review, Lasso will “challenge the results in all of Ecuador’s 24 provinces.” Lasso’s … Read entire article »

Filed under: Economic/Financial Collapse, Government Corruption, Government Waste, Main Stream Media Bias, Political Campaigning, Politics, Problems of Big Government, Restoring America

Republicans Revive Obamacare Repeal Talks With Change to Unite Conservatives, Centrists

Before heading home to their districts for a two-week recess, Republican leaders and conservatives are proposing changes to the GOP’s health care bill they say will bring lawmakers closer to dismantling Obamacare. Reps. Gary Palmer, R-Ala., and David Schweikert, R-Ariz., members of the House Freedom Caucus, introduced an amendment to the American Health Care Act on Thursday intended to lower premiums and protect sick patients—criteria that bring together the goals of centrist and conservative Republicans. “The whole point of what we’re trying to do here is to keep our promise to the American people,” Palmer told reporters Thursday. “We want to do something that brings down premiums, that makes sure we take care of people with pre-existing conditions, and I believe we do this.” Palmer and Schweikert joined House Speaker Paul Ryan and … Read entire article »

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States File Legal Challenge Maintaining Trump EPA Must Fight Global Warming

States File Legal Challenge Maintaining Trump EPA Must Fight Global Warming

A coalition of states filed a legal challenge Wednesday against the Trump administration’s decision to roll back a slew of Obama-era climate regulations. The legal motion comes after President Donald Trump signed an executive order targeting climate change regulations ushered in by former President Barack Obama. The New York-led group of states argue Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency has a legal obligation to regulate emissions some climate scientists believe contribute to global warming. “The law is clear: The EPA … Read entire article »

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Time to Put an End to Sports Stadium Cronyism

Last week, the NFL approved the long-anticipated move of the Raiders from Oakland, California to Las Vegas, Nevada. Understandably, Raiders fans are feeling betrayed. But there’s an even larger group that’s getting the short end of the stick: taxpayers. The Raiders will be moving into a $2 billion stadium in Las Vegas that will end up costing Nevada taxpayers upward of $750 million (the team and third parties are funding the rest). If history is any indication, federal taxpayers will be left with the tab for this preferential treatment of private stadiums. One of the most lucrative ways sports franchises finance new stadiums is by taking advantage of tax-exempt municipal bonds. Although interest generated by bonds issued by private companies (such as those that own sports teams) is subject to federal taxes, the interest income that investors … Read entire article »

Filed under: Economic/Financial Collapse, Government Corruption, Government Waste, Main Stream Media Bias, Political Campaigning, Politics, Problems of Big Government, Restoring America

Despite Deceptive Headlines, Obamacare Remains as Unpopular as Ever

The Kaiser Family Foundation runs a monthly tracking poll on health care topics, including Obamacare, that provides those involved in the raging U.S. health care debate some helpful regular check-ins with public sentiment. The April edition has gotten some increased attention in light of the recent repeal attempts in the U.S. House of Representatives. CNBC recently published an assessment of some of the findings titled “Big Majority of Americans, Among Them Trump Supporters, Want the President to Try to Make Obamacare Work.” This headline gives a false impression of reality. Reasonable readers would be led to believe that Americans, even Trump supporters, want President Donald Trump to focus on repairing and improving Obamacare rather than repealing it. That’s not at all what the poll findings say. The question only gave respondents two narrow options—a false … Read entire article »

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Arizona Undertakes Sweeping Reform of Occupational Licensing Laws

This past week saw two major reforms for Arizona’s occupational licensing regime, which could kick off a lightening of the regulatory burden in the state. On March 29, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey issued an executive order requiring all state licensing boards to report on their minimum requirements for obtaining an occupational license. Should those requirements exceed national averages, the order requires that boards justify them in “specific reference to potential harm to individual Arizonans.” This was followed by an even more sweeping change on March 30, when Ducey signed SB 1437 into law. Known as the Right to Earn a Living Act, the legislation restricts Arizona’s regulatory boards from issuing regulations which “on their face or in their effect limit in the entry into a profession or trade,” unless they can be shown necessary to the health and safety of Arizonans. Taken … Read entire article »

Filed under: Economic/Financial Collapse, Government Corruption, Government Waste, Main Stream Media Bias, Political Campaigning, Politics, Problems of Big Government, Restoring America

Why is Trump So Hated? It's The Tribalism by Ted Rall

This one is in post-9/11 cadence: why do liberals hate Trump so much? … Read entire article »

Filed under: Government Corruption, Government Waste, Main Stream Media Bias, Political Campaigning, Politics, Problems of Big Government, Restoring America