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Conservatives Increasingly Afraid to Speak Out on College Campuses

Our system of higher education is in imminent risk. A trend that began as relatively anodyne expressions of political correctness has somehow been allowed to gain mass and momentum, and now threatens to overrun our most cherished educational traditions. It wasn’t too long ago that we were able to joke about the seeming absurdity of things like microaggressions (small, innocuous actions or word choices that are interpreted as demeaning to a particular group) and trigger warnings (alerts that a speaker should give before delving into any topic that could upset a member of the audience). Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt,…

Senate Republicans Take Big Step Toward Repealing Obamacare

Sen. John McCain, the maverick of the U.S. Senate, who just days ago underwent surgery to begin his battle with an aggressive form of brain cancer, strode onto the Senate floor to cast the decisive vote on the motion to proceed on the Republican health care bill. Elise Viebeck paints the scene for the Washington Post: As they do for every senator, high-school-age pages opened the Senate chamber’s doors, and McCain walked through. But unlike what they do for every other senator, his colleagues turned in his direction and broke into applause. McCain entered to a rousing ovation. He waved…

The Dangerous Consequences of Equating Speech With Violence

There is dangerous train of thought popping up on college campuses, one that believes that speech can by akin to violence. Specifically, there is a growing conversation among academics about speech that is upsetting to a particular identity group can be physically hurtful, and thus should be banned from college campuses.  The most prominent example of this train of thought comes in a recent New York Times article by sociologist Lisa Feldman Barrett. In it, Barrett posits that, “If words can cause stress and if prolonged stress can cause physical harm, then it seems that speech — at least certain…

Republican Governors Find Success in Deep Blue States

“It is one of the happy incidents of the federal system that a single courageous State may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory; and try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country,” wrote Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, in one of the more famous exhortations of federalism. It’s an idea that Republicans have seized on. While Democrats were coalescing their efforts around control of the White House, Republicans were investing in a bottom-up strategy that focused on building success at the state and local level. By any account it was a smashing…

House Republicans Continue Tax Reform Push

The United States’ is currently suffering through a cultural anachronism: We have more news than ever before, yet it provides less information than ever before. The result is that we’re constantly being bombarded with salacious narratives, not hard news. Democrats, for their part, are basking in this strange political season. Rather than go toe-to-toe on new ideas, or even defend the results of their prior policy choices, they instead revel in innuendo and raise everything to the level of scandal. That hasn’t stopped Republicans in Congress from engaging in the hard work of legislating. Although the news deigned to cover…

Trump’s MAGAnomics is the Path Back to Growth

President Trump’s economic goals for his administration can be summed up in one number: three. That’s the percentage of economic growth they are working toward, and, if achieves, it’s a number with the power to dramatically improve the fortunes of nearly every American. Historically, 3 percent growth is a relatively modest goal. Between the 1940s and 2007 the economy grew at an average rate of roughly 3.5 percent. More recently, during the economic recovery following the recession of 1981-1982, there were five quarters of 7 percent or higher growth, and five years averaged 4.6 percent growth. By contrast, we’ve now…

Reflexive Anti-Trumpism Hits a New Low

Reflexive anti-Trumpism is all the rage amongst the liberal elite. Whereas President Obama could do no wrong, President Trump can do no right. Every action, every word, every gesture is parsed, looking for the slightest bit of scandalous innuendo that may exist between syllables, and where none can be found a Plan B consisting of baseless accusations of mental illness is deployed. It would be comical if it wasn’t so destructive. Nevertheless, it was hard not to chuckle as the left collectively donned their tin foils hats to dissect the words of President Trump’s speech in Warsaw. In it, he…

California Democrats Target College Republicans for Payback

Democrats in California have not lost a statewide election since 2006. They hold 41 of California’s 55 seats in Congress. They presently hold two-thirds supermajorities in both houses of the California State Legislature as well as the governor’s mansion. In short, Golden State Republicans are powerless to stop any legislation that Democrats want to pass. Unsurprisingly, one party rule has generally not worked out to the benefit of California’s residents. The state has leapt from one fiscal crisis to another, suffering through tens of billions in budget deficits, papered over with ever-higher tax increases and questionable accounting, and all-the-while an…

Justice Gorsuch Caps a Prolific, Powerful First Term on Supreme Court

“Neil Gorsuch, Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, is a brilliant, witty, handsome, eloquent, perfectly pedigreed judge. He is, to put it another way, an extraordinarily difficult jurist for Democrats to oppose.” – Slate’s Mark Joseph Stern on Jan. 31, 2017 “Gorsuch is the worst kind of justice. He is a reactionary who dresses up his cruel, antediluvian views in folksy charm; who professes restraint while espousing extreme, sweeping views; who has no sympathy for vulnerable minorities but believes Christians are being oppressed. And he will guide the course of the law for the next 30 years or more. He is…

Seattle Shows Higher Minimum Wages Are Neither Populist, Nor Positive

The leftist elements of the Democratic party — the “resistance!” — are fed up with establishment’s aimlessness. “Most candidates do not have the luxury of lighting millions of dollars on fire by spending close to $12 million on ads behind an uninspiring message,” Democracy for America chairman Jim Dean wrote following the Jon Ossoff’s stunning loss in the Georgia special election. “The same, tired centrist Democratic playbook that has come up short cycle after cycle will not suffice.” The result has been renewed calls for a bold, progressive agenda that resonates with working class Americans who have increasingly defected to…