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Why Americans Feel Less Free Today Than 10 Years Ago

Americans are increasingly dissatisfied with the amount of freedom in their lives. When Gallup asked them in 2006, 91 percent of Americans said they were satisfied with the amount of freedom they have. That compares to just 75 percent who say they are today. This drop parallels an alarming decrease by the United States’ ranking in the Index of Economic Freedom—an annual global study that compares countries’ entrepreneurial environments (See chart). Americans also feel less free compared to those in other countries. Gallup reports that in 2006, the U.S. ranked 11th out of 118 countries when asked, “In this country, are you satisfied with your freedom to choose what to do with your life?” By 2016, the U.S. had fallen to 71st (among 139 countries) in Gallup’s poll. Other countries that were near the top … 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

Defense Department Delays Costly Transgender Policy, for Now

Defense Secretary James Mattis has granted the request of top military brass to postpone the Obama-era policy of admitting openly transgender individuals to the armed services until Jan. 1, but a delay is only the first step to blocking the policy, opponents said. That’s because LGBT activists and the RAND Corp. have been scripting implementation plans from day one, and they are still there, said Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness, a conservative pro-defense group. “Everyone should realize that we have a lot of work to do,” Donnelly told The Daily Signal, referring to opposing the agenda set by activists for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans. “Forget six months: We have only four months, at best, to turn this around. Time to start the engines,” she added. A RAND Corp. study determined that … Read entire article »

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We Hear You: Bernie Sanders, Religious Freedom, and Fake News

We Hear You: Bernie Sanders, Religious Freedom, and Fake News

Editor’s note: What could be more appropriate this Fourth of July weekend than to round up some audience comments on basic American freedoms such as freedom of  religion, speech, and the press? Happy Independence Day.—Ken McIntyre Dear Daily Signal: There is a disconnect in the statement Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., put on his Senate website after questioning  Trump administration nominee Russell Vought about Christian doctrine during his confirmation hearing, the subject of Daniel Davis’ commentary (“Bernie Shows … 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

Obamaphone Fraud as High as 65%

Obamaphone Fraud as High as 65%

A massive portion of Obamaphone recipients are receiving the benefit after lying on their applications, according to a new 90-page report from the Government Accountability Office. An undercover sting operation showed ineligible applications were approved 63 percent of the time, and a review found that 36 to 65 percent of beneficiaries in various categories had lied in easily detectable ways but were approved anyway. The GAO reports that after basic eligibility checks were instituted, the cellphones-for-the-poor program shrunk by a third, from $2.2 billion … Read entire article »

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Energy Department Looks at Green Impact on Power Grid

Energy Secretary Rick Perry said the upcoming Department of Energy study on power grid’s reliability is needed to address the facts after the Obama administration placed a premium on politics—but green energy is reportedly ready to push back. The study, set to be released in the coming weeks, will look at the effect of green energy subsidies on the electrical grid. “We need to know we have a reliable electric grid from a national security standpoint and an economic standpoint,” Perry told The Daily Signal Friday. The American Wind Energy Association launched a campaign against the study immediately after Perry announced it in April, according to a leaked memo obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation. The association stated it was concerned the study would favor “baseload sources such as coal and nuclear.” The … 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 Move to Make Silencers More Easily Available

Two Republican senators have introduced legislation that would make suppressors for firearms—or silencers, as they’re more commonly known—more easily available to the American public. The bill would eliminate federal taxes on, and regulations of, suppressors. “By properly classifying suppressors as a firearm accessory, our bill would allow sportsmen to have better access to hearing protection and preserve the hearing of sportsmen, gun owners, and those who live near shooting ranges,” Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, said in a press release. Crapo introduced the bill, called the Silencers Helping Us Save Hearing Act, on Thursday with Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah. Many Americans know about silencers only from what they see in the movies—a stealthy gun accessory that helps criminals more easily kill by suppressing the sound of the gunshot. But “silencers,” Second Amendment advocates say, is … Read entire article »

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

Some Cities Want to Help With Immigration Enforcement, Not Be Sanctuaries

The House passed two closely watched immigration bills this week, one of which seeks to impose penalties on localities that refuse to assist federal officials in enforcing immigration laws. Such localities are better known today as “sanctuary cities.” While sanctuary cities are a serious problem, not all localities are opposed to helping enforce federal law. The truth is actually quite the opposite. More jurisdictions across the country, like Maryland’s Anne Arundel County, are looking to do their part by joining the Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s 287(g) program. The 287(g) program authorizes immigration enforcement officials to enter into agreements with state and local law enforcement agencies. These agreements allow designated officers to perform immigration law enforcement functions, so long as they have received appropriate training from Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The 287(g) program currently has 45 … Read entire article »

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Is America Still a Nation? By Patrick J. Buchanan

In the first line of the Declaration of Independence of July 4, 1776, Thomas Jefferson speaks of “one people.” The Constitution, agreed upon by the Founding Fathers in Philadelphia in 1789, begins, “We the people…” And who were these “people”? … Read entire article »

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

Stephen Hawking: Trump’s single-handedly turning Earth into Venus, or something

**Written by Doug Powers Who knew that wadding up a piece of paper Obama signed just last year could be the equivalent of moving the Earth 25 million miles closer to the sun: Stephen Hawking blasted President Trump’s recent decision to pull the United States out of the Paris climate change agreement in a new interview, saying it “could push Earth over the brink.” Hawking told BBC News that Trump withdrawing the U.S. from the agreement would lead to disastrous consequences worldwide. “We are close to the tipping point where global warming becomes irreversible,” Hawking told BBC News. “Trump’s action could push the Earth over the brink, to become like Venus, with a temperature of 250 degrees, and raining sulphuric acid.” That’s some serious Gore porn right there. How life on Earth managed to survive … Read entire article »

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