• As Vote Nears, Where GOP Senators Are at on Tax Reform

    As Vote Nears, Where GOP Senators Are at on Tax Reform

    With no Democrat senators signalling support for the tax reform bill and 51 votes needed to pass the measure, every Republican senator’s vote matters.

    With the tax vote expected this week, it’s still unclear how many Republican senators support the legislation.

    Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has not taken an official position on the Senate tax reform bill, Bloomberg reported, and Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan. has been ambiguous on his stance of the bill.

    “The easiest way to say this is, I am for some tax bill. Can we find taxes to cut that grow the economy?” Moran said at a town hall in Clay Center, according to the Topeka Capitol Journal. READ MORE...

  • The Big Changes the Trumps Are Making at the White House to Celebrate Christmas

    The Big Changes the Trumps Are Making at the White House to Celebrate Christmas

    There’ve been a lot of wise men in the White House. But this Christmas, there are three more in the East Room, where the Trumps are highlighting a Nativity scene.

    That’s just one of the ways the first family is separating itself from the Obamas, who came dangerously close to ditching the 50-year-old display in 2009. There wasn’t room for Jesus at the inn—and for eight years, there wasn’t much room for him at 1600 Pennsylvania either.

    The Obamas famously wanted a “nonreligious Christmas” (which makes about as much sense as a vegetarian barbecue). But they were outed by their social secretary, Desiree Rogers, in an eye-opening profile piece for The New York Times. READ MORE...

  • Nervous About Traffic Stops? I Am. You Should Be, Too

    Nervous About Traffic Stops? I Am. You Should Be, Too

    “Quit resisting.”—Cops yell at compliant young man who was thrown to the ground, beaten, arrested and hospitalized for severe injuries to his face and arm, allegedly in retaliation for “resisting arrest” by driving to a safe, well-lit area before submitting to a traffic stop for a broken tail light.

    We’ve all been there before.

    You’re driving along and you see a pair of flashing blue lights in your rearview mirror. Whether or not you’ve done anything wrong, you get a sinking feeling in your stomach. READ MORE...

  • Raising Christian White Boys In A Culture Programmed To Hate Them

    Raising Christian White Boys In A Culture Programmed To Hate Them

    Oooooohhhhh…did you see that title?!

    It says “white boys”!

    Right there in the middle!

    White!

    Right before “boys”!

    Can you believe it?!

    I mean, in 2017 America – the self-described “land of the free and home of the brave” – to even use the word “white” like that is incredibly risky. It’s borderline taboo…minus the borderline.

    You just don’t talk about white people, boys or not, as if they’re somehow deserving of equal consideration and treatment in America when we all know that every other gender (of which one is real), every other ethnicity, and every other religious perspective is totally deserving of “special consideration” above and beyond what “Christian white boys” in America ought to have or even expect. READ MORE...

  • Roy Moore Feeding Frenzy Displays A Society Murdering Due Process

    Roy Moore Feeding Frenzy Displays A Society Murdering Due Process

    Let’s not kid ourselves. The Roy Moore case is not really about Roy Moore. At root, it was never really about whether he sexually harassed anybody 40 years ago. Ultimately, it isn’t even about the Senate seat that hangs in the balance. All of those are means to a much larger end.

    The real story today is that emotional feeding frenzies in public discourse put us on a path that leads—unless something dramatic changes—to the end of due process. Due process and the rule of law are concepts fast becoming meaningless to Americans hypnotized by media. READ MORE...

  • This Is Why We Can’t Trust Factcheckers, Part Infinity

    This Is Why We Can’t Trust Factcheckers, Part Infinity

    It’s another op-ed column masquerading as a fact check.

    During a speech at the Tax Foundation last week, Vice President Mike Pence dropped a meaningless but innocuous political talking point about the U.S. economy. “There are more Americans working today than ever before in American history,” he reportedly said.

    This statement really irritated one of The Washington Post’s factchecking professionals. “Amazingly,” Nicole Lewis contends, Pence’s statement “met with applause.” Because superficial rah-rah declarations by politicians are typically met with pie charts, I guess. The “economic boast is so mindlessly dumb we can’t believe we have to fact check it,” reads the abstract on the story. READ MORE...

  • Don't Believe the Democrat Attacks on Tax Reform. Here Are the Facts.

    Don’t Believe the Democrat Attacks on Tax Reform. Here Are the Facts.

    As president of the State Financial Officers Foundation, I have the privilege of working with some of the nation’s sharpest financial officers.

    They are not merely treasurers. They are thought leaders, experts, and fighters who, day-in and day-out, serve on the front lines of fiscal policy and intimately understand their state budgets, cash flow, and state pensions.

    These leaders—state treasurers, state controllers, and state auditors—know first-hand how policies coming from inside the beltway impact the states. READ MORE...

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