• How Big Is Your State’s Share of $6 Trillion in Unfunded Pension Liabilities?

    How Big Is Your State’s Share of $6 Trillion in Unfunded Pension Liabilities?

    Despite a solid year for investment returns, the unfunded liabilities of state and local government pension plans increased by $433 billion, the most recent estimate from the American Legislative Exchange Council shows.

    According to ALEC’s report—which uses more appropriate assumptions on investment returns than the plans use themselves—state and local governments’ unfunded liabilities now exceed $6 trillion.

    That’s a whopping $18,676 for every man, woman, and child, or nearly $50,000 for every household in America. READ MORE...

  • Nobody Has Seen Obamacare ‘Stability Deal.’ It Could Make You Postal

    Nobody Has Seen Obamacare ‘Stability Deal.’ It Could Make You Postal

    Memo to Rand Paul: It’s time to fire up the copier again.

    On Tuesday, the simmering controversy over Obamacare “stability” legislation came to the boil, as conservatives increasingly voiced objections at bailing out Obamacare and giving tens of billions of taxpayer dollars to fund abortion coverage in the process. But the controversy centers around a “deal” of which the precise contents remain a closely guarded secret.

    While Democrats deliberated on Obamacare in 2009 and 2010, Republicans frequently attacked the non-transparent process. Then-Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) went so far as to call the law’s backroom deals “kind of [a] smelly proposition” that empowered Democratic senators “to extract some special deal for them at the expense of everyone else in the country.” READ MORE...

  • A State Agency's Crusade Against Seawalls Erodes the Rule of Law

    A State Agency’s Crusade Against Seawalls Erodes the Rule of Law

    “Pacific” means peaceful. But the ocean that bears that name doesn’t always live up to it.

    Ask any oceanfront resident who has weathered the damaging storms and waves that winter can bring. Combined with relentless tides, they can threaten homes by eating away the land underneath.

    How can oceanfront homeowners safeguard their property, even their lives, from the erosive power of the Pacific?

    Over the decades, many residents on the California coast have built seawalls of rock, concrete, or other sturdy material to protect their homes. In a sense, they share a kinship with the people of Holland, who have spent centuries defending their livelihoods by holding back the North Sea. But while the Dutch pushed back the waters to “reclaim” the land beneath them, California’s oceanfront residents simply want to protect the dry land that is already there–their own private property. READ MORE...

  • Seattle Public Transit Religious Ads Guideline Could Prove Model for DC Metro

    Seattle Public Transit Religious Ads Guideline Could Prove Model for DC Metro

    Last week, a federal judge denied a motion from the Archdiocese of Washington for an injunction directing the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority (Metro) to accept and run the Archdiocese’s Advent advertisements on Metrobuses.

    The advertisements, which featured shepherds following a star, urged people to “find the perfect gift,” by directing them to a website with Catholic mass times and other religious content.

    Metro previously rejected the advertisements as inconsistent with their advertising guidelines, which prohibit, among other things, “advertisements that promote or oppose any religion, religious practice or belief.” The Archdiocese initiated a lawsuit in federal district court against Metro, asking that the guideline in question—Guideline 12—be declared unconstitutional. READ MORE...

  • Collectivism & Social Engineering Going On Right Under Our Noses

    Collectivism & Social Engineering Going On Right Under Our Noses

    A friend asked me recently if I found any similarities between the collectivist Home Owners Association (HOA) in the U.S. and living in communist Romania in cinder block apartments the size of the average hotel room.

    We did have a different HOA in these reinforced concrete high rises, the Residents’ Association (Asociatia Locatarilor).

    Its governing board was chosen from the least outspoken residents who sometimes doubled as informers to the Security Police, reporting on the comings and goings of the residents and on their political statements made accidentally in ordinary conversations with neighbors. READ MORE...

  • Companies Announce Bonuses, Raises Following Tax Reform Legislation Passage

    Companies Announce Bonuses, Raises Following Tax Reform Legislation Passage

    Multiple businesses are announcing bonuses and benefits for their employees due to Congress’ passage of Republicans’ tax reform bill.

    AT&T has announced that it would give a special $1,000 bonus to over 200,000 AT&T U.S. employees and will invest $1 billion in the economy, and Boeing announced a $300 million investment.

    “On behalf of all of our stakeholders, we applaud and thank Congress and the administration for their leadership in seizing this opportunity to unleash economic energy in the United States,” Dennis Muilenburg, Boeing chairman, president, and chief executive officer, said in a statement. “It’s the single-most important thing we can do to drive innovation, support quality jobs, and accelerate capital investment in our country.” READ MORE...

  • Can't You See The Desperation In The Eyes Of Those Trying To Destroy Trump?

    Can’t You See The Desperation In The Eyes Of Those Trying To Destroy Trump?

    In February of 2007, I penned a commentary for an online publication that highlighted the apostate black nationalist doctrine of a high-profile church in Chicago.

    This was significant at the time because this church had been attended by Barack Hussein Obama, the junior senator from Illinois, for the previous 20 years, and Obama was a likely front-runner for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination.

    The commentary led to my appearance on Fox News on Feb. 28, 2007, where I introduced America to Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the long-time pastor of that church. READ MORE...

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