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Slam The Brakes On Proposed Gas-tax Hike

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Thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Republicans are on a roll. So, why is President Donald Trump praising a gas-tax hike to finance his infrastructure plan? Despite House Democrat leader Nancy Pelosi’s complaints that the GOP tax-rate reductions are “Armageddon, “crumbs,” and — as of Tuesday — “unpatriotic,” Americans are growing fond of tax reform. Tax-relief promises helped boost GDP growth from 2016’s 1.5 percent (under Obama) to 2017’s 2.3 percent (under Trump). Unemployment is just 4.1 percent. And some 3.8 million Americans at 377 companies are enjoying bonuses, higher wages, lower power bills, and other post-tax-cut benefits. Survey Monkey has watched the tax cut’s popularity…

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Stop Blaming Mexican Violence On American Guns

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2017 may have been the worst year for homicide in Mexico since the government began keeping track in the 1990s.  It’s a safe bet that the homicide rate isn’t coming anywhere near what it was in the years surrounding the revolution. But it may be the worst rate in several decades. 

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Assault Weapons: America’s Final Barrier To Tyranny

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In what has become a grim routine, some sickeningly look to capitalize on the mass outpouring of anger and grief following mass shootings to push a political agenda – namely, the implementation of so-called “common-sense” gun control. Debates on the issue, much like the recent town-hall discussion hosted by CNN, regularly devolve into kangaroo courts where those who oppose “common-sense” reforms are interrogated, bullied, and demonized. “If you’re not with us, you’re with the child murderers,” is their slogan of choice.

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Security Works At Disney — But Can’t Work At a Public School?

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An odd thing has happened. Advocates for gun control have actually begun arguing against practical measures addressing school security. Rather than take strategies that can be implemented virtually immediately, and which address the dangers in a specific place in a common-sense way, gun control advocates would rather focus on a political victory at some point in the future and continue to leave schools without proper security measures.  The general argument is that any effort at meaningful security is unacceptable because it turns schools into “fortresses.” Numerous examples of this line of reasoning can be found on Twitter. They are often remarkably similar…

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A Strategic Realignment Of Conservative Priorities

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We don’t know for sure if Charles Darwin actually said, “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change,” but whether he said it or not, it’s an insightful observation that transcends the context of natural selection. It is supremely relevant in this day and age of a Republican Party and conservative movement both in a state of flux after Donald Trump’s ascension to the presidency. The RINOs in congress and various think tanks and the Never Trumpers are enormously outnumbered by the…

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Key Gubernatorial Races In The 2018 Midterm Election

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After successfully holding the gubernatorial seat in Virginia, as well as flipping the state of New Jersey following the departure of unpopular Republican Chris Christie, Democrats hope to seize more gubernatorial seats in 2018 – a critical objective as many Governors elected this year will play a major role in the process of re-drawing congressional lines following the upcoming Census. Republicans currently hold 33 gubernatorial seats, its highest total since World War II, while Democrats hold 16. The lone remaining seat, in Alaska, is held by an independent.

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Shootings: Why Don’t Schools Have Better Security?

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Whenever there is a mass shooting in the media, commentators rush to figure out on what to blame the latest violence. Predictably, those who want gun control blame gun control. Others blame mental illness — and perhaps a lack of government programs related to it. Some others blame racism or ideology, as was the case with the Aurora theater shooting when one ABC talking head concluded the shooter must a “Tea Party” member within hours of the shooting. And then there’s the Republican politician who blamed the same shooting on “the ongoing attacks on Judeo-Christian beliefs.”

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GOP Spending Bonanza Screams For Budget Reforms

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There’s plenty to hate about last week’s GOP surrender on the federal budget. According to Citizens Against Government Waste, this nearly $300 billion extravaganza is “a 14 percent annual spending increase over current levels.” This exceeds 2017’s 2.1 percent inflation rate nearly seven-fold. Even worse, this spend-o-rama avoids structural reforms to limit, or even reverse, the damage from this midnight raid on the Treasury. Among the items that Congress should have included:

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The Leftist War On Meat

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Plant-based diets, especially vegan diets, seem to be all the rage these days. Based on the practice of eschewing animal products, veganism has attracted a broad coalition of interest groups — ranging from animal rights to environmental activists — who believe that veganism is the most ethical and sustainable way of promoting human health and animal welfare. At first, these appear to be reasonable premises for an alternative lifestyle that challenges the dietary status quo. But when placed under the microscope, the modern vegan movement has shown signs of increased politicization and a tendency to mesh with socialist causes. 

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Why The Media Just Can’t Handle Jordan Peterson

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Watching the mainstream press try to interview University of Toronto Professor Jordan Peterson, one thing becomes exceedingly clear: they literally can’t even. While the above expression makes my inner grammar Nazi cry, it is possibly the best description of the predictable sequence of befuddled expressions, desperate strawmen, and whiffed shots fired at Peterson from a growing list of increasingly cautious media personalities. Cathy Newman’s interrogation of the professor has garnered over five million views, and if one were to judge its contents solely on the consequent collection of memes, pundit reactions, and response/splice videos, one would conclude that Dr. Peterson spent 30 minutes deriding and…

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DOJ And FBI Subjected Trump To Watergate Without The Break-in

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Two recently declassified documents offer chilling details on how deeply Department of Justice and FBI leaders intervened in the 2016 election, to advance Hillary Clinton and stymie Donald J. Trump. GOP senators Charles Grassley of Iowa and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina penned a,January 4 criminal referral against former British spy Christopher Steele. A January 18 memo by House Intelligence Committee Republicans outlines DOJ and FBI abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC). These records confirm actions by Trump haters atop DOJ and FBI to assure Hillary’s election and foil Trump’s nascent government by deceiving federal judges (in another branch of government) and manipulating America’s…

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Secession Movements In Mexico Challenge Federal Power

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Earlier this month, The New York Times reported on a remarkable development in Mexico. In an article titled “Losing Faith in the State, Some Mexican Towns Quietly Break Away” we discover that some municipalities in Mexico are turning to de facto secession in order to put a stop to the rampant drug-cartel violence that has become so problematic: “Tancítaro represents a quiet but telling trend in Mexico, where a handful of towns and cities are effectively seceding, partly or in whole. These are acts of desperation, revealing the degree to which Mexico’s police and politicians are seen as part of the threat. Visit three such…

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Toxic Masculinity, 1920s-Style

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A recent headline at Politico begins, “Don’t Blame Mental Illness for Mass Shootings; Blame Men.” To be fair to the author, Laura Kiesel, she probably didn’t choose that title. And to be doubly fair, she doesn’t blame men in general for mass shooting. She does — correctly — point out that the overwhelming majority of people who shoot other people are men.  These nuances, however, have done little to shield Kiesel from what was probably the expected response. “Politico Blames Masculinity for Mass Shootings. Here’s Why That’s Ridiculous,” an article in The Federalist fires back. Many other responses were less polite. When it comes to mass…

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A Message To Congress: Repeal Obamacare, Then Get Out Of The Way

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The drama and tension surrounding the future of healthcare in the United States give House of Cards a run for its money. To say that the Affordable Care Act (ACA, nicknamed Obamacare) is falling apart would be a great understatement. Like many issues facing our country, the disaster that is the ACA is a clear example of misguided government intervention. While the recent tax cut legislation Congress passed repeals the individual mandate, Republicans in Congress should not even dare to think that they are now off the hook for their years of promising to repeal Obamacare once they regained control.…

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How President Trump Can Build Infrastructure The Right Way

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In a stellar State of the Union, President Trump was firmly in control Tuesday evening as he addressed leaders in all three branches of government. Trump offered specific ideas on immigration, national security, and — for terminally ill patients — an urgent “Right to Try” experimental, possibly life-saving drugs. He also invited Democrats to collaborate with him on multiple issues. But Trump’s scowling resistance was virtually paralyzed. The Party of No refused to stand and cheer even the fact that black unemployment is at record lows. This reveals just how little liberal Democrats really care about black Americans.

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Special Election In PA’s 18th District: Critical Test For Both Parties

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The first major special election of 2018 is set to occur less than two months from now in southwest Pennsylvania, and the result could paint a clearer picture of the political climate as the midterm election approaches. On March 13, voters in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional district will cast ballots in a special election to replace former Republican Representative Tim Murphy, who resigned following reports he encouraged a woman with whom he was having an affair to have an abortion. The Republican candidate is state Representative and former Air Force counterintelligence officer Rick Saccone, while the Democratic candidate is former federal…

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Border Wall Needed For National Security, Counterterrorism

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As the bench-clearing brawl over border security roars on, it would behoove wall advocates to broaden their pitch. A wall would slash illegal immigration on the southern frontier. And it also would bolster U.S. national security and counterterrorism. Not every illegal alien dodges Gila monsters and skirts cacti in search of the American dream. Beyond old-fashioned killers, such as the remarkably brutal MS-13 gang, “special interest aliens” hail from nations rife with militant Islam, including Iran, Pakistan, and Syria. Most of these border jumpers may be perfectly harmless, but the risk that even a few may crave American blood is…

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Schumer Shutdown Debacle Reveals Dems’ Historical Cynicism And Racism

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In addition to being a leftist icon, President Lyndon B. Johnson was an extraordinary vulgarian and a rabid racist. Prior to the passage of the landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act, he is said to have told fellow Democratic power players that the bill would initiate a liberal golden age in which “those niggers” would be “voting Democratic for two hundred years.” An eccentric purported whore-monger at Snopes would have you believe that because this quote is “unproven” it is not worth taking seriously. Not long ago our current Commander-in-Chief is alleged to have referred to Haiti and Africa as “shitholes.”…

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ISIS Is Defeated, So Let’s Bring The Troops Home

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In the lead-up to the 2016 presidential election, much was made of the threat of ISIS. Wild threats abounded as candidates fought each other over who would come down harder on the then-thriving Islamic State. Sen. Ted Cruz threatened to “carpet bomb (ISIS) into oblivion.” Now-President Donald Trump promised to “bomb the (expletive) out of ‘em.” Former Secretary of State and presidential participation trophy winner Hillary Clinton added the possibility of war with Russia by insisting on a no-fly zone over Syria. And who could forget neocon mascots Sens. Rick Santorum and Lindsey Graham engaging in what amounted to a bidding…

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How Free Market Economics Birthed The Video-Game Era

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In 1962, the first version of Spacewar! was completed. Technically, this wasn’t the first video game ever created, but it was probably the first one that really mattered, as it serves as the beginning of the long line of advances in video game technology that continues into the present day. The invention of the game is generally credited to Steve Russell, who was the primary programmer. But the development of the game was the product of a handful of programmers working with an early computer known as the PDP-1. The original version of the game employed two “ships” – really just shapes…

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Marxism: The Unwavering, Cancerous Assault On Life, Liberty, And Individualism

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Marxism is a cancer that has plagued societies across the globe in one form or another for well over a century, leaving behind a trail of death, destruction, and misery in the most appalling ways imaginable. The tyrants of the 20th century – Lenin, Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, Che, and Castro among others – settled once and for all what happens when the Marxist ideology is unleashed upon the world. Rather than usher in the promised utopia, what occurred was nothing short of hell on earth. Sadly, we were wrong to think that this cancer had been eradicated. Instead,…

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Control Of The Senate Hinges On 12 Critical Races In 2018 Midterms

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While the Democratic Party hopes to capitalize on its victory in the Alabama special election to win back control of the Senate, the sheer number of seats they must defend, especially in states won by President Trump in 2016, makes the prospect of wresting back control of the Senate a significant challenge at best. Heading into the 2018 midterms, Republicans hold a slim 51-47 majority, with two seats held by independents who caucus with the Democrats. Democrats are poised to defend 25 seats (including both independents), while Republicans must defend eight. While the lopsided number of contested seats held by…

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First Anniversary Of Trump Era Finds Americans Great Again

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Are you better off now than you were one year ago? From the Potomac to Puget Sound, President Donald J. Trump and other Republicans should ask voters this exact question. Their answers should buoy GOP prospects for November’s mid-term elections. Saturday marks one year since President Trump’s inauguration. Since January 20, 2017, Trump and the GOP Congress have mopped up much of the previous management’s mess. Obama’s hectoring, anti-business tone has been hushed. His class warfare, “global-warming” fetish, and lead-from-behindism are neutralized. Some 1,500 absurd and intrusive regulations, many of them Obama’s brainchildren, have been junked. And Obama’s taxaholism has been…

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Trump Towers Over Mainstream Media Monkeys

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Much to the chagrin of the mental midgets in the mainstream media, former president Barack Hussein Obama appointee Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson, has given President Trump a clean bill of health. More important than his physical fitness is President Trump’s mental acuity which was also noted by Admiral Jackson. For the record, that’s one more churlish liberal narrative obliterated. Our president is not an imbecile and he’s not crazy. He’s large and incharge and crushing everything he lands on. Tax reform was, is, and will for the foreseeable future be, a huge deal. It’s a feather in a cap already…

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Don’t Force Google To Hire Conservatives

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On January 8th, 2018, former Google employee James Damore filed a discrimination lawsuit against the tech giant. Damore made national headlines last year after he released the Google Memo. In the memo, Damore alleged that Google has shunned ideas that disrupt their leftist narrative. Google fired Damore for drafting this now infamous memo. The lawsuit lists Google’s discrimination against white conservative men as a violation of Damore’s rights. Despite the outright immorality of Google’s anti-freedom bias, James Damore is wrong to sue. Ultimately, James Damore will only damage freedom if he wins this lawsuit. Assuming the judge sides with him, Damore will…

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