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President Trump’s Bipartisan Gesture Met With #Resistance

President Donald Trump reached across the aisle with two hands last week to form a short-term fiscal deal with Democrats. Pundits promptly went crazy. Somehow, the decision to postpone the coming fight over spending and debt until the new year, a shift of just a few months, became a sign that the two-party system was on its deathbed. “Bound to No Party, Trump Upends 150 Years of Two-Party Rules,” blared a New York Times headline. To be clear, this was a unique situation that doesn’t comport with most debt limit discusions. Unlike recent negotiations over the government’s spending authority, these…

Union Interests Outweigh Children’s Educational Outcomes in Democrat-Led Cities

Last year the CRNC surveyed young adults to find out the issues that matter most to them when choosing which candidates to support. Are most millennials and college students focused on the issues that make headlines, or are there other issues under the surface about which they care about deeply? The top answer was, somewhat surprisingly, “fixing failing public schools,” which was chosen by 58 percent of young adults. It was surprising in that its a topic that you don’t often hear federal-level candidates discuss, despite how much they covet young voters. But it was simultaneously a “duh” moment in…

Hillary Clinton Is Still Fighting for the Soul of the Democratic Party. She’s Losing

Democrats may fashion themselves to be progressives, but they can’t seem to progress beyond the contentious 2016 election that nearly tore their party in two. The latest event to drag them back through the past is the upcoming release of Hillary Clinton’s memoire—“What Happened”—an epic attempt at shifting blame to anyone and everything but her poor candidacy. Politico’s Bill Scher reports: Democrats are living their own version of Groundhog Day. Every day, they wake up and realize they are still in the 2016 presidential primary. The leaked excerpts of Hillary Clinton’s campaign memoir, “What Happened,” have stirred up another round…

Trump’s Critics Get it Backwards on DACA

If the Trump Administration’s announcement about the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program has taught us anything it’s that neither Democrats nor the media has any idea what to make of Donald Trump. On Tuesday, the Trump Administration announced its intention to phase out the DACA program, which allowed certain illegal immigrants who entered the county as minors to receive renewable two year waivers of deportation if they met certain criteria. The Obama-era policy was undoubtedly unconstitutional. Even President Obama said so on numerous occasions. “Believe me, the idea of doing things on my own is very tempting,” Obama…

Democrats Have No Path to a House Majority Except Through Trump Country

In each of the last two elections Democrats have convinced themselves that they had a shot at recapturing the House of Representatives. Quite simply they didn’t. President Obama was too divisive, the economy was too sluggish, and Obamacare was too unpopular for voters to consider a GOP majority as anything but a necessary check on Democrats’ control of Washington. But what now? President Obama is gone, taking with him a lot of the baggage that Democrats have been carrying with them over the last several Election Days. Unsurprisingly, Democrats are coalescing around the idea that they don’t just have a…

While the Media Spun Its Wheels, the Economy Gained Traction in Q2

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld once joked that it’s amazing that every day the world’s news always fits the exact dimensions of a newspaper. It seems quaint now. Newspapers are a shrinking business, replaced instead by the 24-hour cable news cycle and the boundless content of the internet. Even though the size of the vehicles delivering the news have increased exponentially, the amount of hard necws they’re carrying feels, if anything, smaller. Consumers are offered up every conceivable angle, opinion and viewpoint of a given story, but the problem is that we’re only given stories that conform to the chosen narrative. What…

Why Would a Young Worker Want to Join a Union?

Labor unions once existed to fight for fair and adequate pay, reasonable working hours, safe and suitable working conditions, and procedures to ensure fair review of worker grievances. Their existence made sense in an industrial, manufacturing-centric economy, as did their model of “scientific management,” which broke down work into definable tasks and allowed workers to become experts in a very specialized process. While the economy progressed toward a “knowledge” economy, in which growth is dependent on information rather than the means of production, labor unions remained stuck in the past. Worse, rather than evolve, they fought to keep the economy…

Mizzou Pays a High Price for Political Correctness

The University of Missouri is paying a high price for the protests that erupted on the campus two years ago. Last year, freshman applications fell by nearly 1,000 and enrollment was down 5 percent to 6,191 from 5,515 the previous year. Similarly, declines in donations were felt in both the athletic department (down 24.3 percent compared to the previous year) and academics (new pledges fell $6 million in December, the biggest fundraising month). And this school year the problem is looking worse. Much worse. The Chronicle of Higher Education reports: This fall the University of Missouri at Columbia will welcome…

Democrats Focus on Statues of the Past Rather Than Ideas for the Future

Weeks have passed since Democrats released a policy agenda designed to offer voters “A Better Deal,” but who would know it? Congressional Democrats rarely, if ever mention it, and partisan activists probably never knew it existed, much less saw it as a tool to rally behind. Rather than stand up for ideas, Democrats have instead been consistently distracted by the pleasure they take in attacking the president and the navel-gazing that results from identity politics. Have Democrats already forgotten everything they thought they learned? After all, it was just three weeks ago that key strategists, pollsters and PAC leaders came…

Democrats Working to Purge the Few Ties They Have to the Working Class

It’s impossible to imagine now, but it wasn’t that long ago that West Virginia was a deep-blue Democratic stronghold. Out of the 121 terms for statewide office that have been regularly elected since 1932, only seven were lost by Democrats, and three of those seven were won by the same person, Republican Arch A. Moore Jr. From 1930 to 2014, Democrats held continuous majorities in both chambers of the state legislature. The history of dominance was also evidence in their congressional delegations. Between the 1932 and 1990s, the state only elected two Republicans to the U.S. Senate, the most recent…