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Religious Tests for Public Office Are Unacceptable. Period.

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately about the fascinating men and women of America’s founding generation. I want to share with you one of their stories. Jonas Phillips was a penniless Jewish immigrant, an indentured servant, a hardworking businessman, and an American patriot who served in the Philadelphia Militia during the Revolutionary War. During the British occupation of New York, he snuck messages past the censors by writing in Yiddish. Years later, Phillips addressed a letter to George Washington and the delegates at the Constitutional Convention. He urged them not to include a religious test in the Constitution as a requirement for public service, because no man, he wrote, should be “deprived or abridged of any civil right as a citizen on account of his religious sentiments.” Phillips wrote this letter because … Read entire article »

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Federal Student Loans Are Not the Answer. Let the Perkins Loan Program Expire.

On Sept. 30, the outdated federal Perkins Loan Program is set to expire. Policymakers should resist the temptation to revive this duplicative program and instead pursue options that will set higher education policy on track to meaningful reform. Originally created in the 1950s to help students with the cost of attending college, the Perkins Loan Program is now heavily subsidized with no interest accruing on the loans while students are still in school. Since the inception of Perkins loans, named after Rep. Carl Perkins, D-Ky., who served for 35 years in the House, the federal government has dramatically increased its involvement in higher education financing. Today, the federal government now originates or distributes more than 90 percent of all student loans, significantly crowding out the private market. Federal taxpayers also fund Pell Grants, … Read entire article »

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Freedom Imperiled in Hong Kong After Democracy Advocates Sent to Prison

Hong Kong’s freedom from Chinese meddling is quickly eroding. On Aug. 17, Joshua Wong, Nathan Law, and Alex Chow—the leaders of the “Umbrella Revolution” student movement, which demanded democracy in Hong Kong in 2014—were sentenced to six and eight months in prison by the Hong Kong Court of Appeal. Wong, Chow, and Law were involved in the Occupy movement that advocated democracy and sought the right for Hong Kong citizens to directly elect the chief executive—Hong Kong’s equivalent of a president. Protests were mostly peaceful and predominately student-led. But as the face of democracy in Hong Kong, the Umbrella Movement was seen as a direct threat to Beijing. Just days prior to receiving their prison sentence, the Eastern Magistrates Court issued a sentence of community service and suspension for one year to Wong, Law, … 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

Trump Is Right. ‘Our Tax Code Is a Giant, Self-Inflicted Economic Wound.’

In his second speech in two weeks on the need for tax reform, President Donald Trump again made a strong case, explaining that “our tax code is a giant, self-inflicted economic wound.” This time speaking in North Dakota, the president reiterated his four key goals for updating the broken U.S. tax system: a simplified tax code, a middle-class tax cut, a more competitive business environment, and the ability for business to bring home trillions of dollars of overseas profits. To this list of goals, I would also add full expensing as a critical reform. The president’s first goal is “a tax code that is simple, fair, and easy to understand.” To meet this goal, tax reform must eliminate tax subsidies. The tax code should not be used to pick winners and losers. That … 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 It’s Now Problematic to Be a Woman of Faith

Every week, The Daily Signal’s “Problematic Women” shines a spotlight on strong conservative women, current events, and the hypocrisy of the “feminist” left. Co-hosted with Bre Payton of The Federalist, this week’s episode takes on Planned Parenthood’s failed attempt to insert itself into the immigration debate, Hillary Clinton’s new book, and Democratic senators’ religious test for President Donald Trump’s appeals court nominee. We also share a clip of a new AMC TV show, which depicts Jesus Christ in what Christians consider an incredibly inappropriate light. Watch and share your thoughts. The post Why It’s Now Problematic to Be a Woman of Faith appeared first on The Daily Signal. … Read entire article »

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Trump to Kim Jong Un: Military Strike ‘Would Be a Sad Day for North Korea’

President Donald Trump warned it would be a “very sad day for North Korea” if the United States had to use a military option to confront the regime’s aggressive nuclear testing and audacious threats. “Military action would certainly be an option. Is it inevitable? Nothing’s inevitable,” @POTUS says. Over the weekend, North Korea’s communist dictator Kim Jong Un tested a hydrogen bomb and warned the country could attack the United States power grid with an electromagnetic pulse, or EMP. “Military action would certainly be an option. Is it inevitable? Nothing’s inevitable,” Trump said Thursday during a joint press conference at the White House with Kuwait leader Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah. “I would prefer not to go the military route, but it’s certainly something that could happen. Our military has never been stronger,” … Read entire article »

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Governors Urge Greater Flexibility for States in Creating and Implementing Health Care Policy

Five governors—representing both parties and from states across the country—told a Senate committee Thursday that inaction on health care is not an option and lawmakers should look to the states for solutions. Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, praised the successes of Obamacare, but said more work needs to be done. “Many people are angry  and have a right to be,” Hickenlooper said during the hearing of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on stabilizing premiums for individuals in the 2018 insurance market. He added: For the 400,000 Coloradans  in the individual marketplace, many continue to struggle. Colorado’s Western  slope—which includes some of our most rural areas—has 14 counties with only one insurer on the exchange. It is also home to some of the highest premiums in the country. A … Read entire article »

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

Sen. Mike Lee: Christian Baker Case About First Amendment, ‘Compelled Speech’

Sen. Mike Lee is warning that the case of a Colorado baker in legal peril for refusing to bake a specialty wedding cake for a same-sex couple’s commitment ceremony is about more than religious liberty or LGBT rights, but about whether the government can compel speech. “The government cannot force you to speak where you would choose to remain silent.” @SenMikeLee says. Lee, R-Utah, was among what GOP members said are at least 86 members of Congress signing onto an amicus brief that will be filed in support of the plaintiffs in the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, which the Supreme Court will be considering in its upcoming term, which begins next month. “This is a compelled-speech case,” Lee said at a Capitol Hill press conference Thursday. “The … Read entire article »

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See How Your Senators Voted on the Pelosi-Schumer-Trump Debt Ceiling Deal

See How Your Senators Voted on the Pelosi-Schumer-Trump Debt Ceiling Deal

Senate lawmakers voted Thursday afternoon to advance a bill that would provide emergency relief funding to the victims of Hurricane Harvey and would temporarily raise the debt ceiling and fund the government through mid-December. Lawmakers voted 80-17 in favor of sending the bill back to the House for renegotiations. The Senate’s vote comes off the heels of the measure passed in the House Wednesday, which allocated $7.85 billion for Hurricane Harvey relief funding with near-unanimous support. The large emergency funding package, … Read entire article »

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Trump Right That Congress, Not President, Should Decide on DACA

Many have been criticizing President Donald Trump for ending the DACA program, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, that was implemented by President Barack Obama back in 2012, but it was the right thing to do under what we are, which is a constitutional republic. Why? Because the president doesn’t have the authority to decide who should be in the United States legally when it comes to immigrants. That power resides entirely in Congress. Why do we know that? Well, the Constitution says it, plusObama himself admitted it. On numerous public occasions, before he put this provision in, he complained about the fact that he was not a king, that he didn’t have the power to do this, that this was a congressional responsibility, and yet he … then did it … Read entire article »

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Trump Continues to Remake the Federal Judiciary

Trump Continues to Remake the Federal Judiciary

President Donald Trump submitted another slate of judicial nominees to the Senate Thursday, naming candidates to the powerful federal appeals courts based in Washington, D.C., and San Francisco, California. The White House announced that Trump has named Gregory Katsas to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, the nation’s second most powerful judicial panel, and Ryan Bounds to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the West Coast appeals court and primary antagonist of the … Read entire article »

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3 Reasons Trump Should Consider Appointing a Disaster Relief Commission

With Hurricane Harvey leaving massive amounts of damage in its wake and Hurricane Irma now heading toward Florida, tools for disaster management, response, and recovery are needed more than ever. Looking to past examples, one model that may serve the Trump administration well is to set up a temporary commission to handle a disaster, as detailed in the book “Mismanaging Mayhem” by Richard Weitz and Jim Carafano, vice president for foreign policy and national security at The Heritage Foundation. This model was put into practice in 1964 when, on Good Friday, the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in North America struck Alaska. President Lyndon Johnson created a temporary commission to oversee the recovery in Alaska, made up of Cabinet officials from the departments of Defense to Interior to Labor. The commission was small … Read entire article »

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New Study Shows Political Unrest Often Starts With Lack of Upward Mobility

In countries with higher levels of economic freedom, individuals are free to move up (or down) the socio-economic ladder because of the decisions they make and the work that they do. They have what economists call social mobility. The freedom to earn income according to one’s talents and to own and control property are a big part of economic freedom and of social mobility. In more economically free societies, the socio-economic status a person has as a child need not determine that status as an adult. Not surprisingly, new research, published in the Journal of Conflict Resolution, affirms a relationship between social immobility and political unrest. Riots, strikes, anti-government demonstrations, political assassinations, guerrilla fighters, and revolutions and civil wars are more likely in countries lacking social mobility. Christian Houle, the author of 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

Consumer Spending Update: Spending Stalls Despite Continued Confidence in Economy

Despite a month-over-month drop in economic confidence, consumers continue to look more favorably upon the economy and their own personal finances than they have in years past, but their enthusiasm for spending may have hit a plateau. (Want a free daily e-mail update? If it’s in the news, it’s in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook.  The survey of 1,500 American Adults was conducted on September 5, 2017 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 2.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology. … Read entire article »

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Berkeley to allow speech by conservative (trauma counselors WILL be available!)

**Written by Doug Powers The new UC Berkeley chancellor is surprisingly still the UC Berkeley chancellor even after saying it would be a “free speech year” on campus and telling students part of the school’s job was to prepare them for the real world. All that’s being put to the test now that admins are prepping campus progs for an invasion of the un-like-minded: In advance of talk show host Ben Shapiro’s appearance next Thursday, Sept. 14, at UC Berkeley, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Paul Alivisatos today sent out this message detailing campus logistics for the event: Dear UC Berkeley community, This is an important time for all of us as we work together to uphold our commitment to free speech and to the principles of community, including respect for the dignity … Read entire article »

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