The Conversation Wed 03. 20. 2019.

The Mainstreaming Of Political Fanaticism
Bill Wirtz, FEE

Beto O’Rourke: ‘A Lot Of Wisdom’ In Abolishing Electoral College
Pam Key, Breitbart

Are Unions Exploiting Their Employees?
Editorial Board, The Wall Street Journal

‘Hate’ Hustlers
The Editors, National Review

This Opinion Just In… Baby It’s Cold Outside
Deroy Murdock, The American Spectator

Raise Your Own Damn Taxes!
Charlie Martin, PJ Media

Ocasio-Cortez Accuses America Of “Legitimizing Bigotry” For Her Falling Poll Numbers
Brandon Morse, RedState

AOC Quietly Dropped From PAC Leadership Amid Legal Questions
Alana Goodman, Washington Examiner

FMC Barometers

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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 February 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 ,