Written by Ralph Benko – Senior Economic Advisor at the American Principles Project
As I recently wrote in my Forbes.com column, “Presidential elections are about, above all, just two things: our security and our prosperity.” The GOP candidates have been emphatic about our national security, about which more in a bit.
All of them strangely have been pretty quiet about our prosperity. Getting the economy moving again deserves, now, to be the top issue. Ted Cruz has offered the most Reaganesque plan for getting us robust growth. Cruz laid out a solid, credible, prosperity plan. He presented his Flat Tax and, most important, staked out a credible recipe for excellent monetary policy: the gold standard.
Cruz references these. He’ll defend them. He’s committed to them. But, like the others, he’s not been featuring either the prosperity theme or his solid plan.… Continue Reading
Pres Obama announces ‘Clean Power Plan’ at a White House press conference on Aug 3, 2015
(Photo by Patsy Lynch)
The Clean Air Act gives him one more big tool to control states’ energy sectors. Will he use it?
Written by Brian Potts
Over the past six months, President Barack Obama has cemented his climate legacy with the release of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan and the execution of the Paris climate agreement. But, as even he admits, neither of those policies will be enough to avert the worst effects of climate change. In fact, the laws on the books today aren’t even enough for the United States to meet its Paris obligations. The U.S. — and the rest of the world — must do much more.
Fortunately for the president, there’s a new way for him to right the U.S.’ greenhouse gas trajectory before leaving office: Buried in the Clean Air Act is an extremely powerful mechanism that effectively gives EPA carte blanche to tell states to make drastic cuts to their emissions.… Continue Reading
Written by Jack Cashill
The more naïve members of the Hillary Clinton campaign have long dreaded the release of Michael Bay‘s factual account of the Benghazi attack, 13 Hours. The more sophisticated members of that campaign were less worried. They were confident their friends in the media would scare off all but the most deluded “tea-baggers.”
Yes, the media will try. They are trying. I am not sure, however, that they will succeed. In the age of social media, word of mouth is much more significant a force than it ever was before. And the word of mouth on 13 Hours will be justifiably powerful. The movie is riveting from beginning to end.
I saw the movie without benefit of having read a review. I was further burdened by the fact that I know the story well; I have written extensively about Benghazi. … Continue Reading
Written by Leonardo Blair
While GOP 2016 presidential front runner Donald Trump declared he doesn’t want the endorsement of rival Jeb Bush should he become the party’s eventual nominee, the brash billionaire on Thursday picked up the support of no less than Russian President Vladimir V. Putin.
A report in The New York Times citing Russia’s official Interfax newswire said Putin praised Trump Thursday after his year-ending conference in Moscow and called him “a very bright and talented man and the absolute leader of the presidential race.”
Trump who projects a tough-talking persona similar to that of Putin has frequently expressed admiration for the Russian leader, who is “a hockey-playing judo expert who can be found riding horses shirtless,” according to the Times.
Trump believes Putin is a stronger leader than President Barack Obama.
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Written by Jane Robbins
Several Republican presidential candidates had a great opportunity over the last two weeks to take the lead on an issue critical to millions of conservatives – federal control over public education. A couple helped their cause, a couple did not, and one blasted further down into the crater he’s been in from the beginning.
On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate followed the U.S. House in passing the conference report reauthorizing No Child Left Behind. Propaganda for the new bill, called the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), trumpeted that it would return education control to the states, allow them to discard the Common Core national standards, and prohibit the Secretary of Education from dictating standards and assessments.
In fact, ESSA will have pretty much the opposite effect. It lays out particular requirements for state standards and uses code language throughout that gives the federal government the tools to pressure the states to stick with Common Core rather than risking their federal money by adopting something better.… Continue Reading
Written by Russ Stewart
The “Laquan McDonald Monster” has surfaced, and unlike the Loch Ness Monster, it is tangible, palpable and deadly. Those 16 bullets will be remembered by black voters in 2016, and a torrent of rage — and votes — will be directed in the March 15, 2016, Democratic primary against both Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez and any non-black candidates closely associated with Mayor Rahm Emanuel and police superintendent Garry McCarthy.
Over the past 50 years, there have been periodic “galvanizing” moments among local black voters, precipitating an electoral eruption and the defeat of candidates deemed hostile.
The first occurred in 1972, when black voters held Democratic State’s Attorney Ed Hanrahan accountable for the slaying of two Black Panthers by his office’s police investigators in a 1969 drug raid.… Continue Reading
Written by Ray Northstine
Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz is the new GOP frontrunner in Iowa, according to a Monmouth University poll released Monday.
Cruz leads Trump 24 percent to 19 percent in Iowa, which holds its 2016 caucuses on February 1, 2016.
Monmouth noted that Cruz’s lead is the first time he has come out on top in any state polling for the 2016 election cycle.
However, A CNN/ORC poll released Monday, shows Trump still leading in Iowa with 33 percent support to Cruz’s 20 percent.
Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio polls at 17 percent and Ben Carson takes fourth place with 13 percent. No other GOP candidates received double digit support in the Monmouth poll.
Thirty percent of Evangelical voters, which make up half of GOP voters in Iowa, now support Cruz.
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Written by Jonah Goldberg
Dear Reader (Including those of you stunned by the news that Charlie Sheen has a sexually transmitted disease. Not since Jim J. Bullock announced he was gay have I been more shocked),
If you Google “Christian terrorism,” you’re probably a [Leftists] to begin with. But if you do — bidden not by your own drive to [liberalism] but by the natural curiosity inspired by this “news”letter — you’ll find lots of left-wing trollery about how the worst terrorist attacks on American soil have been committed by Christians. Much of it is tendentious, question-begging twaddle. But I really don’t want to waste a lot of time on whether Tim McVeigh was a Christian or not (he really wasn’t).
What I find interesting is that many of the same people who clutch their pearls at the mere suggestion that Islamic terrorism has anything to do with — oh, what’s the word again?… Continue Reading
Written by Fred Lucas
President Barack Obama offered assurances this week that Syrian refugees coming into the United States would be thoroughly vetted to ensure they were not involved with terrorism — even though this year multiple terrorism charges were brought against immigrants and refugees across the country who had at one point made it through government vetting to become U.S. citizens, legal residents or attain refugee status.
“As president, my first priority is the safety of the American people and that’s why, even as we accept more refugees — including Syrians — we do so only after subjecting them to rigorous screening and security checks,” Obama said Monday in Turkey, wrapping up the G-20 meeting. “We also have to remember that many of these refugees are the victims of terrorism themselves — that’s what they’re fleeing.… Continue Reading
Written by Cliff Kincaid
Last May we published a column, “Why They Must Destroy Ben Carson.” It has been determined that a black Christian conservative, especially a political outsider with credentials as a life-saving physician, just cannot be allowed to succeed in politics. Carson must be destroyed.
His life as a poor boy with a temper is now coming in for serious media scrutiny. Who did he hit? And why?
In an attempt to defend this assault on the character of Benjamin Carson, that the media are fair and balanced because they “vetted” Barack Obama as a candidate by checking out reports that he once had a girlfriend, who “may have been a composite character.”
All of this is happening now because Carson is doing very well in the presidential polls and could actually capture the GOP presidential nomination and threaten Hillary Clinton’s election to the presidency.… Continue Reading