The Conversation Mon 02. 18. 2019.

The Sounds Of Inflation
Ben Stein, American Spectator

Trump Should Just Let The Democrats Self-Destruct
Gary Gindler, American Thinker

How The Media Failed Again On The Jussie Smollett Hoax
Debra Heine, PJ Media

Democrats Are Tearing Themselves Apart Over Amazon
Michael Goodwin, New York Post

Pat Caddell: The Pollster Who Foresaw And Helped Shape Trump’s Victory
John Fund, National Review

Joe Biden Tells Europe That America Is ‘An Embarrassment’
David Krayden, Daily Caller

Is Trump Playing A Long Game On The Border?
Andrew Klavan, Daily Wire

Leftist Tax Schemes Bash The Rich, But Depend On Their Success
Steven Greenhut, Reason

Why Elizabeth Warren’s “Wealth Tax” Likely Wouldn’t Survive A Court Challenge
Jazz Shaw, Hot Air

‘Build The Wall’ Campaign Ships Nearly 22,000 Bricks To Nancy Pelosi’s Offices
Wayne Dupree, LifeZette

The Laughable Fantasy Of 100% Renewable Energy
Francis Menton, Manhattan Contrarian

FMC Barometers

FreeMarket Central

Numbers as of last Friday close.

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

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Why are these numbers important?

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 January 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 ,