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  • 5 Ways Republicans Could Ruin Tax Reform

    10/19/2017 3:58:39 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | October 17, 2017 | Rachel Greszler
    Policymakers want to unleash economic growth in America by fixing our broken tax system. Or so they say. Now that the conversation has moved beyond just lowering tax rates, pro-growth tax reform is in danger of losing the stuff that actually makes it pro-growth. That’s because policymakers are caving to big-government advocates and other special interests. Here are the top five worst ideas that would surely dampen pro-growth tax reform. 1. Failing to enact full expensing. Full expensing—allowing businesses to deduct the full cost of their investments when they incur those costs, instead of spreading them out over many years—is...
  • Hillary’s from the Government, and She’s Here to Help You

    10/16/2017 6:16:10 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 12 replies
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    “The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” — Ronald Reagan How tone-deaf is Hillary Clinton? There she was on CNN yesterday, sounding like a bad parody of Ronald Reagan’s famous line. Appearing on Fareed Zakaria’s show, Hillary said: “The real threat to your future is a government that doesn’t care about you.” View the video here.
  • Utah's 'Negro Bill Canyon' renamed after years of debate [now Grandstaff Canyon]

    10/12/2017 6:43:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 81 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 12, 2017 6:51 PM EDT
    After years of debate, a U.S. government board has voted to rename Utah’s Negro Bill Canyon, overruling a recommendation by Utah officials to keep the name. The U.S. Board on Geographic Names decided Thursday to rename it Grandstaff Canyon to get rid of an offensive name, The Salt Lake Tribune reports. The vote was 12-0, with one member declining to vote. The decision comes 16 years after the board voted to keep the name. The new name honors black rancher and prospector William Grandstaff, whose cattle grazed there in the 1870s. “His name was Grandstaff; it was not Negro Bill,”...
  • An Important New Step for Religious Freedom

    10/11/2017 1:04:27 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 11, 2017 | Star Parker
    Arguing for protection of religious freedom, the Trump administration has opened the door for employers to withdraw from the Affordable Care Act mandate requiring them to provide birth control coverage at no cost to employees. Under new rules issued by Department of Health and Human Services, religiously affiliated institutions that find the requirement opposed to their religious principles, or nonreligious employers who find it morally objectionable, can stop providing this coverage. The birth control mandate when first issued under the ACA exempted only houses of worship. This provoked a host of lawsuits among which was that of Hobby Lobby, a...
  • If Trump doesn’t deal on DACA, some Democrats threaten a government shutdown

    10/09/2017 5:51:58 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 59 replies
    The Washington Compost ^ | October 9, 2017 | Ed O'Keefe and David Nakamura
    Some House Democrats are raising the specter of withholding support for must-pass spending legislation later this year in response to President Trump’s hard-line immigration proposals — meaning the fate of roughly 690,000 younger undocumented immigrants could become a major factor in negotiations to keep the government open after December. Democrats on Monday dismissed Trump’s calls to construct a wall along the entire length of the U.S.-Mexico border, crack down on “sanctuary cities” and seek ways to curb Central American migrants from illegally crossing into the country. But conservative Republicans insisted that such issues must be addressed before Congress considers offering...
  • Buffett says government should do more to combat poverty

    10/03/2017 9:00:20 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 48 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 3, 2017 4:20 PM EDT | Josh Funk
    Billionaire Warren Buffett says America will continue to prosper overall, but government and philanthropists should do more to ensure that poverty doesn’t remain a barrier success. “The American dream has succeeded in aggregate. We have failed, in my view, to create the equality of opportunity,” Buffett said Tuesday at the national Purpose Built Communities conference in Omaha. Buffett supports the Atlanta-based nonprofit group that helps communities come up with holistic plans to redevelop high-poverty areas. Government should do more to ensure everyone has an equal opportunity to succeed through measures such as the earned income tax credit, Buffett said. And...
  • Feds admit harassing small Butte meat plant, but take no action

    10/01/2017 9:27:03 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 23 replies
    Missoulian ^ | Sep 17, 2017 | DAVID McCUMBER
    As a boy growing up in Butte, Bart Riley loved spending time at the family business, Riley Meats, on West Park Street. Young Bart and his siblings would help out cleaning the shop after his father was done cutting meat for the day.
  • Pa. Liquor Control Board posts $114 million net loss in fiscal 2017

    10/01/2017 9:12:13 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer via Philly.com ^ | September 28, 2017 — 7:51 PM EDT | Harold Brubaker
    After paying $216.7 million into the state’s general fund in the year ended June 30, more than twice the $100 million paid to help fund state operations the year before, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board had a bottom line loss of $114.3 million, according to the agency’s latest financial results. Despite the strain from larger-than-usual payments to the state, the agency’s spokeswoman pointed out that its cash and short-term investments were only $66 million lower on June 30, despite the additional $117 million contributed to the state’s coffers. The PLCB board told legislators that they are comfortable with a $185...
  • Government jobs sprouting as legal pot looms in California

    09/30/2017 10:29:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 30, 2017 10:39 AM EDT | Michael R. Blood
    One of the things to blossom in California’s emerging marijuana industry isn’t green and leafy — it’s government jobs. Recreational marijuana use becomes legal in California in 2018 and the state is on a hiring binge to help bring order to the new pot economy. Scientists. Tax collectors. Typists. Analysts. Lawyers. There could be nearly 500 new jobs by mid-2019. …
  • Zinke: One-third of Interior employees not loyal to Trump

    09/25/2017 8:03:44 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 53 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 25, 2017, 8:22 PM ET | Matthew Daly
    Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Monday that nearly one-third of employees at his department are not loyal to him and President Donald Trump, adding that he is working to change the department’s regulatory culture to be more business friendly. Zinke, a former Navy SEAL, said he knew when he took over the 70,000-employee department in March that, “I got 30 percent of the crew that’s not loyal to the flag.” In a speech to an oil industry group, Zinke compared Interior to a pirate ship that captures “a prized ship at sea and only the captain and the first mate...
  • Insurance rate hike sets record for New Mexico exchange

    09/21/2017 12:00:46 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    Santa Fe New Mexican ^ | September 20, 2017 | By Morgan Lee
    State regulators have approved the largest health insurance premium increase in the four-year history of New Mexico’s subsidized exchange, Superintendent of Insurance John Franchini said Wednesday. About 55,000 New Mexico residents sign up each year for federally subsidized insurance through the state’s exchange, known as beWellnm. Average premium increases for 2018 will range from 36 percent to 41 percent for midlevel insurance coverage, according to an analysis by the Office of the Superintendent of Insurance. The full range of premium increases runs from 17 percent to just over 49 percent. “This is the largest increase in the last four years,”...
  • Henry George and the turning point of big government in America

    09/17/2017 9:09:25 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 35 replies
    As I have written in the past, Progressivism would not exist at all if not for Henry George. John Dewey was influenced by George, many of the British Fabians, Margaret Sanger; one of the most proud proclaimations of progressive achievement in the early 20th century is Initiative, Referendum, and Recall - that entire movement was based on Georgist ideals (and dishonest ones at that.) The early unions, many of them were not socialist, they were Georgist. The Knights of Labor, Samuel Gompers, and others. But understanding the link between big government and Henry George is not well understood. The fact...
  • State Department says plans for cuts would trim 10 percent of budget in five years

    09/15/2017 3:02:20 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 15, 2017 | by Patricia Zengerle
    WASHINGTON - State Department officials briefed Senate staff on Friday on plans to cut up to $10 billion from the department’s budget over five years, but offered few specifics to ease concerns that the administration risked weakening U.S. standing in the world. Many lawmakers, including some of Trump’s fellow Republicans, worry about his plans to slash the State Department budget to help boost military spending. The Republican-led Senate Appropriations Committee issued a blistering report last week accompanying its spending plan for State, accusing the Trump administration of pursuing a “doctrine of retreat” on foreign policy. At a news conference this...
  • Sky Views: A new French Revolution?

    09/14/2017 8:16:57 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    Sky News ^ | September 14, 2017 | by Ian King, Business Presenter
    Most of France, famously, takes the whole of August off. Emmanuel Macron, the new President, did not. He was busy holed up in the Elysee Palace working on what he intends to be the biggest shake-up of France's labour laws since at least the Second World War. Frankly, it's amazing he and his circle of advisers did it all in a month. The 'Code du Travail', as it is known, is a complex 3,448-page document enshrining working practices that, in some cases, date back to the French Revolution more than two centuries ago. The code sets a maximum number of...
  • Carmakers face electric reality as combustion engine outlook dims

    09/12/2017 9:10:52 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 139 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 12, 2017 | by Laurence Frost, Edward Taylor
    FRANKFURT - European car bosses are beginning to address the realities of mass vehicle electrification, and its consequences for jobs and profit, their minds focused by government pledges to outlaw the combustion engine. As the latest such announcement on Monday by China added momentum to a push for zero-emissions motoring, Daimler, Volkswagen and PSA Group gave details about their electric programs that could give policymakers some pause. Planned electric Mercedes models will initially be just half as profitable as conventional alternatives, Daimler warned - forcing the group to find savings by outsourcing more component manufacturing, which may in turn threaten...
  • Cut government rules, like building codes, and private sector will solve society’s problems

    09/06/2017 2:41:31 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 38 replies
    San Jose Mercury-News ^ | September 6, 2017 | by Tim Draper
    Most governments compete for the innovators of the world. In the United States, however, every great innovation leads to more government departments and more regulation, lessening the incentive to innovate. So companies innovating around drones, Bitcoin and initial coin offerings, driverless cars, and many new drugs are moving their operations overseas. What if policymakers instead adopted an entrepreneurial mindset? Delegating responsibility for our poor, our criminals, our sick, and our uneducated to the government may seem easier. But in practice, if incentives are aligned, it is far more effective to keep responsibility with the people, who can innovate and provide...
  • I’m speaking to the media and I won’t mince words

    09/04/2017 12:53:58 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 39 replies
    NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION ^ | September 1, 2017 | NEA's Lily Eskelsen García
    I have the best job in the whole wide world: I’m a teacher who gets to advocate for kids and for the work NEA members do, no matter what our job titles, to cultivate students’ curiosity and set them off toward fulfilling, successful futures. On September 8 at the National Press Club Headliners Luncheon, I’ll get the chance to speak about all of that, along with the challenges we face and how we uplift public education in the pro-voucher Trump era.I’m humbled by the company I’m in. Past luncheon speakers have included Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Garrison Keilor,...
  • Trump wants Texas to set the standard for disaster relief: 'This is the way to do it'

    08/29/2017 12:27:22 PM PDT · by HokieMom · 5 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Aug 29, 2017, 1:28 PM | by Melissa Quinn |
    President Trump said Tuesday he wants the recovery efforts from Hurricane Harvey to be looked at in the next decade as an example of how to appropriately respond to a national disaster. "We want to do it better than ever before," Trump said Tuesday during a briefing on Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in Corpus Christi, Texas. "We want to be looked at in five years and 10 years from now as, this is the way to do it. This was of epic proportion. No one has ever seen anything like this." "I just want to say in working with...
  • WH Homeland Security Adviser: ‘Now Is Not the Time to Lose Faith in Your Government Institutions’

    08/25/2017 6:30:56 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 25, 2017 | 5:40 PM EDT | Melanie Arter
    White House Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert said Friday that with Hurricane Harvey - predicted to be the most powerful storm to hit the U.S. in more than a decade - set to hit Texas and possibly Louisiana, residents should not “lose faith” in government. Bossert cautioned, however, not to plan for the federal government to “swoop in and provide everything” that residents need when they need it. He said while the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA “are responsible for bringing together the firepower of the federal government to assist the state and local governments,” state and local governments...
  • Drowning in debt, Connecticut faces budget crunch

    08/23/2017 5:59:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 23, 2017 | 7:28 AM | Hillary Russ
    Connecticut, home to hedge fund billionaires alongside cities mired in poverty, is racing against the clock to pass a budget or face further spending cuts to education and municipal aid across the state. Nearly two months without a budget, Connecticut is getting crushed by a burdensome debt load that has squeezed spending and amplified legislative discord. State lawmakers must agree on a biennial budget soon or else Governor Dannel Malloy’s executive order to slash state aid to municipalities and eliminate school funding for some districts will go into effect in October. The state faces a $3.5 billion deficit over the...