The Conversation Tue 01. 22. 2019.

We’re Well Past The Point Of Urging The Press To Do Better. Something Is Seriously Wrong
Becket Adams, Washington Examiner

The Crippling Cost Of 70% Tax Rates
Edward Conard, The Wall Street Journal

It Is Now The Democrats Who Are Being Unreasonable. The Press Distracts Itself To Avoid Pointing That Out.
Erick Erickson, The Resurgent

Hollywood Libs, Leftists Call For MAGA Kids To Be Burned Alive, Woodchippered, Sex Assaulted: Reports
Douglas Golden, Conservative Tribune

Former Top FBI Lawyer Personally Involved In FISA Warrant For Trump Aide, Other Russia Probe Irregularities
Catherine Herridge, Fox News

"Police Are Not Evil" - Brandon Tatum At Blexit LA
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4 Lessons We Can Learn From The Despicable Smear Campaign Against The Covington Catholic Students
Matt Walsh, Daily Wire

Why Bill Barr Is Trump’s Best Appointment
John O. McGinnis, Library of Law and Liberty

The GOP Finally Has A Fighting General
David Catron, American Spectator

Red Handed: All The Collusion Was In The Deep State
Sidney Powell, Townhall

Science Shows That It’s Not Really Green To Ban Plastic Bags
Angela Logomasini, New York Post

The Ideal Free Trade Agreement Should Fit On A Single Page
Daniel J. Mitchell, Foundation for Economic Education

New Swedish Coalition Government Proposes Sweeping Tax Cut Plan
Colby Pastre, Tax Foundation

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Numbers as of last Friday close.

[Total = Federal, state & local
Source: usgovernmentspending.com]

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Shadow Stats Snapshot


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ShadowStats alternate economic indicators are based on the methodology of noted economist John Williams, specialist in government economic reporting.

  • Unemployment:
    FreeMarket Central BLS: 4.05%
    FreeMarket Central Shadow Stats: 21.5%
  • Inflation:
    FreeMarket Central December Year-to-Year: 2.87% (CPI-U*)
    FreeMarket Central Shadow Stats: 9.9%

*[cpi-u is the Bureau of Labor Statistics inflation rate for all urban consumers]

Wisdom


Saving the American Ideal

"It’s no longer Republican versus Democrat. It’s not about good government or bad government. It’s not even 'liberal' versus 'conservative.' It’s about limiting the government’s monopoly on force and unleashing our freedom to try, to choose, to take responsibility, and to make things better. It is about the political elites and the insiders they collude with versus America. It’s Them versus Us, for sure."

-- Matt Kibbe,

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In Search Of History

The Fed vs. the Middle Class

With interest rates flattened [by the Federal Reserve], government zeroes out the future. Abandoned were 80 percent of private defined-benefit pension plans. Public plans faced a similar evisceration in the future. With no acknowledgement, the U.S. government had casually dispossessed the American middle class of its retirement assets and pushed millions of Americans into acute dependency on government programs. ... Government dependency negated the American dream.

-- George Gilder ,