What Republicans Ought To Be Saying: ‘Puter Pens A Platform

Editor’s note: This was originally published at The Ancient & Noble Order of The Gormogons.

 

“Americans like hats, especially hats that say things. I will get the yuuuugest, classiest, most luxurious hat with the most words I can find, because I am Donald J. Trump. I’m a brilliant self-promoter, so I will then say profoundly simplistic and dumb-ass things that play to conservative grievances. America will then elect me president, because I’m a classy huckster in a luxurious hat who strokes their yuuuuuuge egos. My plan is genius, classy and foolproof.”

 

‘Puter’s tired of the Donald Trump Experience.* ‘Puter’s even more tired of media pretending Trump’s off-the-cuff ramblings are indicative of conservative ideology. ‘Puter’s most tired of the internecine, juvenile squabbling between the “Trump now, Trump tomorrow, Trump forever” and the sane portion of the Republican party.

So, in order to maintain his sanity, here’s a quick list of what responsible candidates should be saying on various issues.

Pope Francis Needs a Better Role Model for Economic Policy

Editor’s Note: This was originally published at Mitchell’s International Liberty.

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What’s the greatest economic tragedy in modern history?

The obvious answer is communism, which produced tens of millions of needless deaths and untold misery for ordinary people. Just compare living standards in North Korea and South Korea, or Chile and Cuba.

But if there was a second-place prize for the world’s biggest economic failure, Argentina would be a strong contender.

Here’s one fact that tells you everything you need to know. In 1946, when Juan Perón came to power, Argentina was one of the 10-richest nations in the world. Economic policy certainly wasn’t perfect, but government wasn’t overly large are markets generally were allowed to function. Combined with an abundance of natural resources, that enabled considerable prosperity.

But Perón decided to conduct an experiment in statism.

Here’s how Wikipedia describes his economic policy.

Inverted Federalism: How Washington bribes and shackles your state with your own tax dollars

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Conservatives and libertarians complain about the perversion of American federalism over the last 75-100 years. Everything has become a national issue, and federal tax dollars support even the smallest local projects, either directly through grants or indirectly by subsidizing some projects, which frees up local funds for others. Since the source is far removed from the recipient, often this funding is wasteful, not really needed, or dubiously requested. We don’t usually get to see this problem up close, but I did today.

This morning my wife and I brought my eldest child to school for the first time for testing and registration. There were a stack of forms to fill out about the handbook, riding the bus, behavior, school lunches, and residency. The last two were the focus of the registrant’s particular attention. We explained to her that while we are selling our house and planning to build a new one we are living with relatives temporarily. “Oh!”, she said. In that case, we should apply for a federal homeless student program “because it will bring in more federal money.”

Oh?

We’re not actually homeless, though. Not even close. We live in a very nice home while its owners are out of town on business most of the time and until we build our own. But when confronted with this situation, a public school official’s first instinct was to turn it into a hardship case to take advantage of federal largesse.

Let’s Be Honest, Black Lives Don’t Matter

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Black lives don’t matter.

I know. It’s horribly insensitive and politically incorrect to say so, but any objective assessment of reality reveals this is true. Or, to be more precise, black lives don’t matter to the race-baiting political opportunists and the liberal Democrat politicians who are always lecturing, preening, moralizing, and inciting anger and outrage in front of the nearest available TV camera.

Doubt me? Well, then look at the facts.

The #blacklivesmatter movement began in the wake of the deaths of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown. Martin was shot and killed after assaulting volunteer neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman (a “white Hispanic”, according to the New York Times), who witnesses testified was knocked to the ground and punched repeatedly by Martin, slamming his head over and over into the concrete. Michael Brown was shot and killed by white police officer Darren Wilson, after Brown robbed a store, threatened the store owner, and assaulted Officer Wilson, attempting to take his gun after Wilson initially stopped only because Brown was walking down the middle of the street.

In both cases, the Obama White House sent several representatives to the funeral, and in both cases Obama expressed solidarity with the families, and lectured us on the history of American racism.

Free Online Gambling!

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Why is it Americans have a fear of gambling - whether on sports or card games?

Is it rooted in the Puritan roots of the American colonies? Is it in response to the Mafia control of Atlantic City and Las Vegas in 1950s? Are we afraid of a repeat of the Black Sox scandal or discovering another Pete Rose? Or is it simply the will of the country’s 11th richest man using
his own particular brand of cronyism to protect his empire?

Regardless of the roots of the gambling ban, it is past time to put this fear into the history bins - next to the laws against horseless carriages going no faster than 12 miles an hour. Just as innovation helped improve auto passenger safety, progress and innovation will help solve the irrational fear of online gambling.

 

Marco Rubio’s Claim About Dodd-Frank at the GOP Debate Is Now A Thing

iStock 000016651896Small 2 300x199 What to Do When Your Bank Branch Closes There were 4 things I, personally, took away from the GOP debates yesterday.

1. Carly Fiorina may end up with a fairly responsible position should a Republican take office in 2016.

2. The whittling down process is going to be fun to watch, but only slightly less fun than listening to liberals and Democrats whine about these debates and how painful/annoying/useless/ugly/stupid/hateful/horrible and blah blah blah they are and how they yet somehow, still, can’t look away. All the feels for you. Really.

3. No one really cares about Trump and Trump really cares about no one.

4. The policy discussions will slowly emerge and the first one out of the gate (for me anyway) is Dodd-Frank, thanks to Marco Rubio.

Rather hilariously, Blake Hounshell of Politico wondered this aloud just after Rubio called for the repeal and replace of Dodd-Frank:

Well, I don’t know about Hounshell, but I had certainly heard it before. Here’s a bit from a US News & World Report piece back in January 2013:

Governors’ Greed — States Attempt to Recoup Costs for Failed Healthcare Exchanges

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Has Obama’s White House decided there is such a thing as “Free Lunch” or simply a return to the royal tradition of a monarch’s largesse?

What Elementary Bit of Wisdom Is Shared by Donald Trump and Bono?

Editor’s Note: This piece was originally published at International Liberty.

If I asked you what Donald Trump and Bono have in common, the easy and accurate answer is that they both have lots of money.

But if I asked you to identify a shared perspective by the two men, at first glance that would seem to be a much harder question.

After all, it seems like a rock star and a real-estate tycoon are about as different as two people could possibly be.

Yet the answer should be obvious.

I’ll give you a big hint. You probably have the same perspective as well.

At least if you answer “no” to the first question and “yes” to the second question.

  1. Do you ever voluntarily pay extra tax?
  2. Or do you, like John Kerry or Bill and Hillary Clinton, take prudent steps to minimize the amount of your income confiscated by government?

In other words, the perspective shared by Donald Trump and Bono is one that is widely held by every sensible person. Simply stated, your income belongs in your pocket, not in the grasping hands of politicians.

Climate Change Guilt Distraction

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“There is such a thing as being too late when it comes to climate change.” — Obama

And so, because we may be too late to save the Earth or humanity (let that sink in for a minute), President Obama has unleashed what the New York Times has called “the strongest action ever taken in the United States to combat climate change.”

Well thank God we have a plan. Because time is running short and we all may be dead soon. Right? Yeah, right. From NRO:

The president will instruct U.S. power plants to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions by just under one-third (32 percent). How that is to be achieved and at what cost is … not Barack Obama’s problem. States will have until 2018 — comfortably remote from any presidential election — to submit their plans, and until 2030 to implement them.

The thing that frustrates so completely about the climate change debate is that, like so many of the high and mighty pronouncements from the left side of the political divide, if you point out that the science is almost always contentious and subject to shift radically from year to year, and even from scientist to scientist, those who have eaten the holy wafer of the body and blood of The Sacred Cult of Enviromentalism will declare you a DENIER (read: hater of the Earth and all good things) and VERY, VERY STUPID.

50 shades of greed: Sierra Club and Non-profit Cronyism

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I often find myself an anachronism within the Beltway - a modern day libertarian/conservative who cares for the environment. However, I have always wondered why there is an absence of balanced approach by environmental groups. While advocating for their goals, there never seems to be a comprehensive push for true clean energy by these activists.

But then recently I came across E&E Legal’s report , which tells the tale of the unfettered bias and influence hedge fund managers have with respect to Sierra Club’s Board, the direction of its Policy Programs, and its research and outright manipulation of grassroots membership. It is appalling and worthy of an investigation by the IRS, the SEC and any other Federal agency with legal oversight.

For example, E&E was able to uncover that nearly half of Sierra Clubs’ 18 Board Members were or still are in a position to financially profit from the single largest policy effort undertaken by the Club. Board members regularly received private notice of Sierra Club actions before the public. Companies owned, founded or operated by Board Members held strategic market investments which directly benefitted from public announcements of Sierra Club reports, policy campaigns, and even testimony before local, state and federal governmental entities.

The staggering part is that there is no public admission of this inherent conflict of interest anywhere on the Sierra Club publications, or their Board’s public information. No where does Sierra Club disclose the direct and material benefit that Sierra Club’s Board Members gained for their positions of influence which the Board Membership granted them.

 


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