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Coalition Letter: We Need Free Trade – From Everyone Trading, Not Just US

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The Signatories

Dear Congressman:

One of the biggest fears facing low-income families and seniors living on a fixed income is the rising price of food. To the extent that government policy can contribute to stable commodity prices, leading to stability in food prices, we believe it would benefit all Americans.

It is for this reason that we, the undersigned, are urging you to support House Concurrent Resolution 40, authored by Representative Ted Yoho, which would restore free market competition in the global trade of sugar.

Global trading pressures make sugar one of the most volatile commodities in the world. Much of this volatility is the result of government subsidies to growers in other nations, which grossly distort the market. It is these market distortions that make the price of sugar and hundreds of other foods made with it unpredictable. H. Con. Res. 40 brings stability to the market and the prices paid for groceries on every aisle in the supermarket.

Perhaps better known as the “Zero-for-Zero” policy, Rep. Yoho’s resolution identifies subsidies as the primary problem in maintaining stability in the price of sugar and other food products made with it. This would be of great benefit to millions of low-income families and seniors living on fixed incomes. It would also support tens of thousands of jobs related to American agriculture, many of which are located in smaller cities and towns that desperately need these jobs. More

It’s Time to End the Swamp’s Bad Government Contracting

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Also Should Be Targeted
for Swamp Drainage

We’ll say it again – because it remains empirically true, and vitally important going forward.

The biggest mistake Donald Trump has made and continues to make – is allowing so many Barack Obama and other assorted Swamp Creature holdovers to remain in Washington, D.C.

It’s tough to Drain the Swamp – with so many remainder Creatures plugging the holes you’re drilling to do so.

We wrote last week praising Trump and Congress for undoing an awful new massive private-sector-assault regulatory scheme. But it was a new massive private-sector-assault regulatory scheme – that was imposed by the Trump Administration. By an agency overseen by an Obama holdover – that bizarrely still has the job under Trump.

As we all know – and as this example yet again demonstrates – personnel is policy. The Trump Administration is the most deregulatory administration in decades and decades. More

Dear Trump FTC: Please Stop Doing Obama FTC-esque Things

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Yet Another DC
Department of Inertia
(Speaking of DC Redundancies)

As we have repeatedly noted, there is a whole lot of good going on in the Donald Trump Administration.

But we are not sporting rose spectacles – we of course recognize that there is some serious bad going on as well.

The lion share of the bad – isn’t being done by Trump’s people. It is being done by holdover Swamp creatures – personnel from the Barack Obama Administration and before.

As we have repeatedly noted, Trump’s greatest mistake – was not making many, many more people leave DC when he arrived. More

Back to Tax Reform: The Carried Interest Rate Should Be Kept (or Cut)

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Big Taxes – Deserve Big Cuts

About to end is the August recess Congress so richly earned with their great first-half-of-the-year work repealing Obamacare and other long-promised, Republican-control-of-Washington-contingent agenda items.

I kid. I kid because I love…less government governmental action.

Like tax cuts and tax reform. Which we are told is Item #1a on Congress’ return-to-DC to-do-list. We have needed tax cuts for (at least) years – and reform for decades.

The tax code is a ridiculous thicket of anti-productivity nonsense. Which binds us up in a compliance nightmare mess – when our time could be much better spent creating more wealth for everyone. Blood-sucking government included. More

Net Neutrality Proven Titanically Stupid – By Net Neutrality’s Proponents

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So Let’s Put Them in
Charge of the Internet

Network Neutrality has for more than a decade been all the rage on the Left. Emphasis – as is alway the case with the Left – on rage.

Especially so now, as the Donald Trump Administration’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is in the process of rolling back said power grab – along with the equally ridiculous imposition on the Web of 1934 Title II landline telephone law. All imposed just two years ago by the Barack Obama Administration’s FCC.

Net Neutrality is the titanically stupid insistence that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) treat each and every thing on the Internet exactly the same.

For instance, emails from Nigerian princes – deserve equal access to you as does a doctor performing your remote, online Lasik eye surgery. If that causes your surgeon’s connection to buffer and stall – well that’s just too bad. You didn’t want to read those Nigerian prince emails anyway.

We less government types find Net Neutrality and Title to be titanically stupid for at least two reasons. It is antithetical to the Constitution – and to even a rudimentary understanding of economics. More

The Big Lebowski: New Bogus Russia Nonsense from Obama Deep State Holdovers

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Guilty

America ratified the Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution – which banned alcoholic beverages – in January 1920. It would have been obscenely obnoxious – and an unbelievable governmental overreach – to have then begun arresting people for drinking in December 1919, and then working your way back through the calendar.

Because in Reality, you can’t punish people for deeds that were legal at the time they did them – just because you outlawed those things later.

But when the Donald Trump political phenomenon began, the Media-Left complex left Reality even further behind them than they already had. They saw a faint inkling of Reality still present in their rearview mirror – and put their government-subsidized Tesla and Chevy Volt pedals to the metal.

The Left’s chief anti-Trump Shibboleth – is “Russia.” Anyone even remotely connected to Trump who ever had anything to do with that nation – is guilty of heinous crimes. Because – “Russia.”

What crimes? That’s never actually articulated. Because in Reality – they aren’t actually guilty of any. But…”Russia.”

If they could tie him to Trump, they’d arrest The Dude Lebowski – because his drink of choice is a White Russian (which is also racist).

The media is spending 75% of their Trump time on “Russia.” Which is the #1 most important issue – for 6% of Americans. More

Why Is Republican Steve King Trying to Nationalize Tort Law?

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Does Not Belong in D.C.

Many Republicans all around the nation have long been champions of tort reform.  Republicans in states like Texas have enacted it – and achieved the results its proponents promised.

Whether or not you favor tort reform of any sort – we should all recognize that it is not a federal government issue.  Republicans especially – conservatives even more so – should understand the complete lack of any Constitutional imperative to have the federal government address tort reform.

Since the Constitution does not expressly empower The Feds on tort reform – the Ninth and Tenth Amendments mandate that it not be addressed by The Feds.

Iowa Republican Congressman Steve King is a stalwart conservative, and a champion on many important federal issues.  Tort reform shouldn’t be one of them.  His tort reform bill – H.R. 1215: Protecting Access to Care Act of 2017 – can be in all fifty statehouses, should you favor tort reform.

Per the Constitution – it does not belong in the United States Congress.

The Road to Hell is Paved with Regulations. And Taxes. Take Note, New York

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Shovel Ready Jobs

We are nigh all familiar with the maxim: “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.”

I also like it in its original form – in the original French: “The saying is thought to have originated with Saint Bernard of Clairvaux who wrote (c. 1150), ‘L’enfer est plein de bonnes volontés ou désirs.’ ‘Hell is full of good wishes or desires.’”

Because it shows that not only do good intentions lay your road to Hell – they ensure you get there. Where you and your intentions can plot and plan for all eternity.

And nigh everyone gets this – save for Leftists. And unfortunately for the rest of us, their attempts at good intentions – via government – drag all of us down to Hell right along with them.

Which is ironic. Because what Utopian Leftists are attempting – is to create a Heaven on Earth. Oops.

Good intentions lead to Hell – because this ain’t Heaven. And here on Earth, Reality always, inexorably inserts itself – and disrupts and destroys even the best of intentions.

Exhibit A: New York state.

“‘The state’s Public Service Commission (PSC) earlier Monday passed a new set of standards that by 2030 is supposed to ensure that half of New York’s energy needs are met by renewable methods, ranging from solar and wind, as well as hydro and nuclear power.’” More