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We Hear You: The Minimum Wage, Welfare, Medicaid … and Walling Off the Eiffel Tower

We Hear You: The Minimum Wage, Welfare, Medicaid … and Walling Off the Eiffel Tower

Editor’s note: Jarrett Stepman’s commentaries for The Daily Signal ring bells with readers. See for yourself in this selection of responses.—Ken McIntyre Kill Your Cable Bill! Just $2 a month Dear Daily Signal: Jarrett Stepman writes in opposition to Seattle’s having raised the minimum wage: “Lincoln saw the ‘opportunity society’ and reaping the fruits of one’s labor as fundamental to the growth and underlying goodness of America. It was one of the many reasons he so fiercely … Read entire article »

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Repealing This Obamacare Tax Would Signal That Tax Reform Is Alive

The Senate is seriously considering keeping Obamacare’s 3.8 percent net investment income tax as part of its most recent repeal and replace proposal. Kill Your Cable Bill! Just $2 a month Rather than falling back on the simple story that the tax will just be paid by the rich, this is an important opportunity for the Senate to explain that taxes on investment slow economic expansion and wage growth, harming all Americans. Understanding and explaining this crucial link between properly updating the tax code and real wage growth is essential for upcoming tax reform debates. The Senate should demonstrate that it is indeed committed to true tax reform by repealing the Obamacare investment tax. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); The investment tax adds an additional 3.8 percent tax on certain investment income such as dividends, … Read entire article »

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Why the Revised Senate Health Care Bill Is a Major Improvement Over the Status Quo

On Thursday, the Senate Republican leadership unveiled an updated version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017. While it is an imperfect legislative product, it is nonetheless a major improvement over the status quo. Kill Your Cable Bill! Just $2 a month Obamacare has wrecked both the individual and small group health insurance markets. After seven years, millions of Americans enrolled in the individual markets have suffered premium rate shocks—amounting to 25 percent on average this year alone—breathtaking increases in their deductibles, and precipitous declines in choice and competition within the individual market. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); This week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reported that fewer insurers have applied to sell Obamacare plans for 2018. Today, a stunning 70 percent of American counties have only one or two health insurers … Read entire article »

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McCain, Tunisian Leader Urge US Aid to Sow Democracy in Middle East

Tunisia’s commitment to democracy provides hope for a region awash in tumult, but the North African nation needs U.S. aid to move forward, its top government official says. Kill Your Cable Bill! Just $2 a month And the Tunisian leader has a backer in Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Warning that “no country can address challenges without support from the international community,” Tunisian Chief of Government Youssef Chahed used a speech Tuesday at The Heritage Foundation to encourage the United States to further both its own security and the flourishing of the Middle East by continuing to provide “valuable assistance” to Tunisia. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); President Donald Trump’s fiscal 2018 budget would slash aid to Tunisia from $177 million a year to $54 million a year, a … Read entire article »

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France Is Once Again a Battleground for the Soul of Europe

President Donald Trump followed up a successful week in Europe with a visit to France for Bastille Day and the 100-year commemoration of America’s entrance into World War I. Kill Your Cable Bill! Just $2 a month He also held a joint press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron to talk about the Syrian civil war, the Middle East, terrorism, and other topics concerning both countries. While the two leaders have had a fairly rocky relationship so far, this is an important gesture for two countries that share so much history—whether they like it or not. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); In a sense, Trump is following up on his Poland speech, in which he appealed to the Polish people’s greatest national mores while calling for the country to embrace its role in Western civilization … Read entire article »

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How Fossil Fuels Will Help Us Confront Climate Change

The debate over climate change policy pits two competing visions of the future against each other. Kill Your Cable Bill! Just $2 a month On the one hand are the “true believers,” who see in global warming an existential threat to humanity. They want to slow the rise in temperature as soon as possible, and as much as possible. Their policy prescriptions focus on the curtailment, or even elimination, of the use of fossil fuels, no matter the costs in terms of slower economic growth and increased poverty. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); The “skeptics,” on the other hand, view global warming as a potentially serious issue. It might cause problems in the future, but the impacts cannot be determined now with any degree of certainty. Instead of attempting to forestall future warming, they focus on … Read entire article »

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Trump Well Behind in Winning Senate Confirmation of Appointees

The White House is turning up the heat on Senate Democrats for using delaying tactics to block President Donald Trump’s executive branch nominees, even as Trump trails recent presidents in the number of appointments so far. Kill Your Cable Bill! Just $2 a month “These numbers show the Democrats’ true colors,” @SHSanders45 says. The president so far has nominated 197 persons for administration posts, of which 48 have won Senate confirmation. Trump blasted Democrats in a tweet Tuesday for procedural tactics in the Senate, which have included requiring cloture—a measure to end debate before a vote—and boycotting confirmation hearings to prevent a required quorum. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); The Senate Democrats have only confirmed 48 of 197 Presidential Nominees. They can’t win so all they do is slow things down & obstruct! — Donald J. Trump … Read entire article »

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Brexit Means More Economic Freedom and International Prosperity. It Should Not Be Derailed.

The United Kingdom’s government triggered a two-year period of negotiations to exit the European Union in March. Kill Your Cable Bill! Just $2 a month This “Brexit” process will offer the U.K. the opportunity to forge new trade relationships with nations around the world, including—importantly—the United States, as Heritage Foundation scholars have explained. Unfortunately, recent press reports indicate that the loss of Prime Minister Theresa May’s parliamentary majority in June 2017 elections may have led some British politicians to get cold feet and consider a partial Brexit or “soft Brexit.” (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); This might leave the U.K. subject to certain EU regulations and still a party to the EU’s common external tariff arrangement with non-EU nations. Such a “half-baked” policy would be bad news for the British economy and for the cause of … Read entire article »

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Jobs Report Stronger Than Expected, but More Must Be Done to Boost the Economy

Despite the low rumble of an economic slowdown on the horizon from various experts predicting the worst is to come, the Trump administration will no doubt be happy to say the experts were wrong with the July jobs report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics Friday. Kill Your Cable Bill! Just $2 a month It reports the economy added 222,000 jobs, which represents a significant increase over expert predictions of 158,000 jobs. The June unemployment rate was virtually unchanged at 4.4 percent, and the labor force participation rate crept up to 62.8 percent after four months of decline. In addition to this, the Bureau of Labor Statistics revised upward its April payroll numbers by 33,000 jobs, from 174,000 to 207,000. Also, the May numbers were revised up 14,000 jobs from 138,000 to … Read entire article »

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No, America Is Not an Oligarchy Run by the Ultra-Rich

The recent electoral race between Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District was the most expensive ever for a seat in the House of Representatives. Kill Your Cable Bill! Just $2 a month In all, $57 million were spent, approximately $27 million more than the next most expensive race. The sheer cost of the race has brought a favorite theme of the left back to the fore: the purportedly corrosive role of money in politics. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); For decades, left-leaning pundits and Democratic politicians have warned of the compound effect of Supreme Court rulings like Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, which loosened legal restrictions on campaign contributions, and rising income inequality, which allows a few very wealthy citizens to make very large donations. As The New York … Read entire article »

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Congress Should Protect Taxpayers, Not Cave to Agricultural Special Interests, in Next Budget

The House and Senate agriculture committees, as evidenced by their recent farm bill hearings and complaints about wanting more handouts, seem to be focused on funneling money to agricultural special interests—even at the expense of taxpayers and consumers. Kill Your Cable Bill! Just $2 a month There needs to be a check on these committees so that the interests of taxpayers and consumers are at least taken into account. The House budget is one way to provide this necessary check on the agriculture committees, especially since the next farm bill is expected in 2018. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Unfortunately, recent reports suggest that such a check may not exist in the current House budget, with the House Agriculture Committee directed to cut as little as $8 billion over 10 years (fiscal years 2018-2027). If this … Read entire article »

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Reagan Scholar: Trump Should Hold Russia Accountable for Plot to Kill Pope

A scholar of Ronald Reagan’s presidency says that by publicizing Moscow’s role in the 1981 attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II, he hopes to prompt President Donald Trump to hold Russia accountable for what has been called “the crime of the century.” Kill Your Cable Bill! Just $2 a month Paul Kengor, a professor of political science at Grove City College, writes about the bond that drove Reagan and John Paul II to confront communism in his latest book, “A Pope and a President: John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, and the Extraordinary Untold Story of the 20th Century.” As previously reported by The Daily Signal, Kengor’s book explores what he sees as evidence that Russian foreign intelligence officials masterminded the plot to shoot and kill the pontiff. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); “[Soviet … Read entire article »

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The Number of Young Men Not Working Has Doubled in 15 Years

Young men are working less and playing video games more, according to a National Bureau of Economic Research study published Monday. Kill Your Cable Bill! Just $2 a month Men ages 21 to 30 years old worked 12 percent fewer hours in 2015 than they did in 2000, the economists found. Around 15 percent of young men worked zero weeks in 2015, a rate nearly double that of 2000. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Since 2004, young men have increasingly allocated more of their free time to playing video games and other computer-related activities, according to the study. Thirty-five percent of young men are living at home with their parents or a close relative, up 12 percent since 2000. The results of the economists’ research are interesting, considering there are 10 million American men ages 24 to 64 … Read entire article »

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Of course: Jerry Brown invites private jet parade to Calif. for emergency climate change conference

**Written by Doug Powers Kill Your Cable Bill! Just $2 a month President Trump pulling the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement has left Gov. Jerry Brown with no choice but a last ditch effort to save California (and the planet) from the effects of fossil fuel emissions: A parade of eco-hypocrites crop dusting the planet with private jet exhaust to get to his climate summit: California Gov. Jerry Brown plans to convene a climate conference next year, his latest action to position the state as a leader in battling global warming as the White House recedes. The summit set for 2018 in San Francisco will mark the first time a state is hosting a climate gathering aimed at upholding the goals of the Paris climate agreement, an international pact to fight global warming … Read entire article »

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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. Kill Your Cable Bill! Just $2 a month 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). (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 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?” Get Select TV + Free HD TV Antenna + Entertainment … 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 Kill Your Cable Bill! Just $2 a month 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 … 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. Kill Your Cable Bill! Just $2 a month 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. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 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 … Read entire article »

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4 Goals for Trump’s European Trip Next Week

At the top of President Donald Trump’s agenda in Europe next week will be confronting Russia, delivering a major address on America’s vision for the continent going forward, and what constitutes “fair trade,” top White House officials said Thursday. Kill Your Cable Bill! Just $2 a month “He’ll do what is necessary to confront Russia’s destabilizing behavior,” H.R. McMaster says. Trump will first go to Warsaw, Poland, for a major speech before traveling to Hamburg, Germany, for the G-20 Summit. The trip will include a meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin amid investigations at home about Russian interference in the 2016 election. 1.) Confronting Russia (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); During the G-20 Summit in Germany, Trump will meet several foreign leaders, including Putin, national security adviser H.R. McMaster said. This comes as a special … Read entire article »

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Trump’s Action on Energy Empowers Local Leaders, Lays Groundwork for Prosperity

“One step forward, two steps back.” That’s how we summed up the situation the last time an offshore oil and gas exploration and drilling proposal was announced. Kill Your Cable Bill! Just $2 a month That was in January 2015, when the Obama administration included several areas off the coast of Alaska and parts of the Atlantic coast in the 2017-2022 federal leasing plan. The proposed plan kept most coastal areas off limits. Unsurprisingly, President Barack Obama’s final plan took three steps back by withdrawing lease sales from the draft proposal, closing up areas off the Pacific, Atlantic, and Alaskan coasts, and restricting opportunities in the Gulf of Mexico and the Cook Inlet off South-central Alaska. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); In contrast, the Trump administration on Thursday announced the first step in a complete … Read entire article »

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Meet the Socialist Leader Who’s Driving Bolivia Into the Ground

Socialist Evo Morales has been president of Bolivia for over a decade. Kill Your Cable Bill! Just $2 a month Although he claims to be working for the people, his populist policies have been a major roadblock on Bolivia’s path to economic growth and development. During the Morales years, Bolivia has plunged in The Heritage Foundation’s annual Index of Economic Freedom. It remains the poorest country on the South American continent. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); At a June 13 presentation at the National Endowment for Democracy, Bolivian journalist Raul Peñaranda and Ronald MacLean-Abaroa—the first democratically elected mayor of La Paz—had little good to say about Morales. Since assuming office, they report, Morales has squandered roughly $2 billion on pet projects—for example, a world-class museum dedicated to himself (complete with his soccer jersey collection) in the … Read entire article »

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