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Democrats Resort to Same Tired Anti-Tax Reform Tactics

Congressional Democrats plotted their political approach to stop the GOP’s tax reform efforts well before Republicans had conceived, much less introduced, their plan. In Democrats eyes the actual policy choices contained in the plan, and the reasoning behind them, wouldn’t matter. What matters is selling Americans on one simple, politically resonant theme: That Republicans’ plan would be a tax cut for the rich. Here’s Sahil Kapur reporting for Bloomberg in December of 2016, well before Republicans introduced their framework, or even their guiding principles: Congressional Democarats say they’ll try to thwart Republican plans to overhaul the U.S. tax code by…

GOP’s Tax Framework An Across-the-Board Win for America

President Trump and Republican Congressional leaders have released their plan for the most sweeping tax reform in decades. “This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity,” President Trump said in a speech after the tax reform framework was released. “I’ve been waiting for this for a long time. We’re going to cut taxes for the middle class, make the tax code simpler and more fair for everyday Americans, and we are going to bring back the jobs and wealth that have left our country — and most people thought left our country for good.” The last time our tax code received a fundamental…

Want to Know the Power of Tax Reform? Look to Michigan

Republicans just released the framework of their tax reform proposal, the centerpiece of their legislative agenda and the last-best hope for pro-growth tax reform. “Too many people are struggling in America today. They pay too much in taxes. They feel stuck. They feel anxious. They are living paycheck to paycheck,” Speaker Paul Ryan said on Tuesday. “We need faster economic growth and we need a tax code that is built for growth that helps struggling families.” Americas economic and wage growth has been stuck in neutral for more than 15 years, a slump that was exacerbated by the reverberations of…

Evergreen College’s Budget Goes Into the Red After PC Protests

“There is a huge difference between a group or coalition deciding to voluntarily absent themselves from a shared space in order to highlight their vital and under-appreciated roles, and a group or coalition encouraging another group to go away,” Evergreen College professor Bret Weinstein wrote in an email to faculty. “The first is a forceful call to consciousness which is, of course, crippling to the logic of oppression. The second is a show of force, and an act of oppression in itself.” Weinstein’s comments were made in response to a change in the school’s traditional Day of Absence. In previous…

Demography Will Never Be Destiny for Divisive Democrats

Despite their ranks being decimated at nearly every level of government some true-believing Democrats continue to believe they are the “coalition of their ascendant.” Their thinking is that they are forming a coalition centered on millennials, minorities and socially liberal whites, each of which is a growing demographic group. Although Democrats are losing now, these ascendant groups will grow in size and strength and eventually will tip the scales in favor of a “permanent majority.” This thinking appears to be hopelessly simplistic. As John Judis, the intellectual godfather of this theory, writes in the New Republic: On one level, there’s…

First Amendment at Risk on Today’s College Campuses

“If men are to be precluded from offering their sentiments on a matter, which may involve the most serious and alarming consequences that can invite the consideration of mankind, reason is of no use to us; the freedom of speech may be taken away, and dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep, to the slaughter.” – George Washington Unfortunately, many young adults do not seem to share the urgency of the Founders in protecting the First Amendment’s freedom of speech. Indeed, they don’t even appear to understand it. A new study from the Brookings Institution found that a…

President Trump Delivers Hard Truths to UN Assembly

In his first speech to the United Nations General Assembly, President Donald Trump dispensed with convention and instead spoke plainly. It couldn’t have come a moment too soon. For the last eight years President Obama’s words promised peace and prosperity, that the world would be remade not through force but through the power of dialogue. His stated home was that terrorism and extremism would be vanquished not with war, but by empowering moderates and fostering economic growth. The arc of history bends toward justice and freedom even without America’s guiding hand. But Obama’s deeds either demonstrated the futility of the…

House Passes Appropriations Bills On Time and Under Budget

Congress has developed many bad habits over the years. Perhaps the biggest one is the devolution away from regular order in the annual appropriations process. This regression that has watered down democracy by funding the government via huge omnibus spending bills that nobody reads and few people understand. House Republicans last week took the first step toward restoring faith in the budget process by passing all 12 appropriations bills via regular order for the first time since 2009. “We have done our job for the people, but more importantly, we did our job the right way,” Speaker Paul Ryan said…

The Dawn of the Berniecrats

The center of power in the Democratic Party has shifted dramatically in Bernie Sanders’ direction following Hillary Clinton’s loss in the 2016 presidential race. And as power has shifted so too has the party’s agenda. But to what end? After all, Sanders has become the de facto leader of the Democratic Party despite fervently stating that he is not a member of it. This, as Hillary Clinton argues in her new book about the election, makes Sanders a dangerous choice to rally behind. “[Sanders] isn’t a Democrat—that’s not a smear, that’s what he says,” she writes. “He didn’t get into…

Sanders’ Leads the Democrat Lemmings Off the Healthcare Cliff

“These are simply not tax rates that I can responsibly support or urge the Legislature to pass,” Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin said in 2015 after dropping his hoped-for vision for single-payer healthcare. “In my judgment, the potential economic disruption and risks would be too great to small businesses, working families and the state’s economy.” Bernie Sanders’ home state couldn’t get single payer healthcare over the finish line. The enormous risks, in the form of huge tax hikes, an uncompetitive business environment, and a diminished health care system, simply outweighed any potential benefits. The Green Mountain State found that single payer…