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Arizona School Board, Police Coordinated To Spy On, Arrest Concerned Parents

Liberty Unyielding - Mon, 11/08/2021 - 8:06pm

By Chrissy Clark An Arizona school board coordinated with the Chandler Police Department to gather information on concerned parent groups and arrest unmasked parents at school board meetings. The Chandler Unified School District’s (CUSD) Director of School Safety was in communication with Sergeant Greg Howarth, a Chandler police officer, in April and May, as parents […]

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Inflation Expected To Surge For At Least Another Year

Liberty Unyielding - Mon, 11/08/2021 - 4:52pm

By Harry Wilmerding Inflation grew throughout October, increasing for the twelfth consecutive month in a row, according to a key economic indicator. The median consumer expectation shows inflation will grow to 5.7% in the next year, the highest level since the metric was created in June 2013, according to the New York Federal Reserve’s Survey […]

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A Dependency Lesson from Argentina

Center for Freedom and Prosperity (CF&P) - Mon, 11/08/2021 - 12:31pm

Back in 2017, I shared my Second Theorem of Government to warn why it is so important to resist new government giveaway programs.

And I used Obamacare as a costly example.

Simply stated, it’s much easier to block new handouts than it is to take away goodies once people have been conditioned to think they can and should rely on government.

In some sense, this is not just about economics. It’s also about preserving societal capital.

All of which helps to explain why it is so important to resist some of Biden’s proposed giveaways, such as parental leave and per-child handouts.

And if you want some extra evidence, look at places where people have become accustomed to living off others.

In her column for the Wall Street Journal, Mary Anastasia O’Grady writes about the basket case of Argentina.

Socialist ideologues know that the welfare state is addictive. New entitlements create dependencies that, once born, demand to be fed and to grow no matter the party in power. Argentina proves the rule. The Argentine electorate may be about to throw out the hard-left Peronists… The bad news is that even if peronismo loses its unchecked power in Argentina’s National Congress, it’s probably too late to avoid another fiscal and monetary crisis. …Both legislative chambers are likely to remain heavily populated by advocates of European socialism.

She shares some history about Argentina’s descent from prosperity to dependency, and points out how the entitlement mindset makes much-needed reforms very difficult.

Even when supposedly right-of-center governments win elections.

One hundred years ago Argentina was one of the world’s most prosperous nations. But as the roaring ’20s wound down, continental fascism gained cachet. …Gen. Juan Perón, who ruled from 1946 through 1955 and again briefly in 1973-74, was especially fond of Benito Mussolini’s Italy. …statism sticks once it’s in place. …fiscal profligacy endured and support for rigid labor laws remained intransigent. …even with Argentine inflation above 50%, widespread price controls and the economy sputtering for a decade, a viable alternative to populism hasn’t emerged.

For more information about the economic tragedy of Argentina, you can click herehere, and here.

To be frank, however, I’m not overly concerned about that country. Like Greece, I view it as a lost cause.

What worries me is that the United States may wind up on a slippery slope if more entitlements are added to our already-creaky and burdensome welfare state.

P.S. Argentina probably wouldn’t be such a basket case if the IMF didn’t provide endless bailouts.

P.P.S. It wasn’t too long ago that Biden seemed to understand the importance of societal capital.

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Republicans increase Virginia Jewish vote after Democrats coddle antisemites

Liberty Unyielding - Mon, 11/08/2021 - 10:06am

The National Journal’s Josh Kraushaar notes that the winning Republican candidate for governor of Virginia, Glenn “Youngkin carried 37 percent of the Jewish vote in Virginia, per exit poll. An awfully high number for a Republican.” He points to a story by Jewish News Service, “Exit poll finds decline in Democrat support by Jewish voters […]

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‘Steele Was Being Used By The Russians’: Trump Dossier Critics See Their Suspicions Verified With Danchenko Indictment

Liberty Unyielding - Mon, 11/08/2021 - 8:33am

By Diana Glebova Several prominent critics of the infamous Steele dossier saw their suspicions further verified Thursday with the arrest of Russia-born Igor Danchenko and the public release of his indictment, which detailed a series of lies and fabrications in the course of constructing the document. Danchenko, the primary researcher for the dossier, was charged […]

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At Climate Conference Biden ‘Pledged Allegiance To The Flag Of The United Nations’ Not The U.S., Senator Says

Liberty Unyielding - Sun, 11/07/2021 - 5:45pm

By David Krayden Republican Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso said Sunday that President Joe Biden embarrassed Americans at the recent climate conference in Glasgow by pledging “allegiance to the flag of the United Nations,” not the United States. WATCH: “Joe Biden and a large entourage of Democrats from the House and the Senate and his cabinet […]

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Congress passes inefficient, deficit-hiking Biden-backed infrastructure bill

Liberty Unyielding - Sun, 11/07/2021 - 4:00pm

Reason Magazine reports that the national debt and the cost of transportation projects will rise as a result of Congress’s passage of a $1.2 trillion infrastructure package on Friday, which Biden has said he will sign: the House of Representatives voted Friday night to give final approval to President Joe Biden’s $1.2 trillion infrastructure package…. […]

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School asks boys to wear skirts to ‘promote equality’

Liberty Unyielding - Sun, 11/07/2021 - 10:19am

A primary school in Scotland urged male and female students and teachers to wear skirts to class to “promote equality,” according to the New York Post. “We want our school to be inclusive and promote equality,” explained an email from Castleview Primary School in Edinburgh, Scotland. Boys as young as 3-years-old were asked to participate, […]

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‘Defund The Police’ Protesters Storm Field Of Northwestern University Football Game

Liberty Unyielding - Sun, 11/07/2021 - 8:35am

By Christopher Tremoglie “Defund the Police” protesters stormed the field of the Northwestern University (NU) versus Iowa Hawkeyes football game Saturday, Sports Illustrated reported. Nine protesters holding signs with different political messages ran onto the field towards the end of the first half of the game, according to Sports Illustrated (SI). Some of the messages on […]

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‘Build Back Better’ contains amnesty for illegal aliens

Liberty Unyielding - Sat, 11/06/2021 - 7:01pm

Biden’s $3 trillion ‘Build Back Better’ legislation contains an amnesty for millions of illegal aliens, which will encourage more to sneak across our border. Hot Air describes the provision: A provision in the Build Back Better Act provides about 6.8 million illegal immigrants with five-year parole and no threat of deportation. Secretary of Homeland Security […]

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Federal Court Temporarily Blocks Biden’s OSHA Vaccine Mandate

Liberty Unyielding - Sat, 11/06/2021 - 5:54pm

By Ailan Evans The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit temporarily halted the Biden administration’s rule requiring employers with over 100 workers to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations or implement weekly testing. In a ruling issued Saturday on a lawsuit filed by state attorneys general, the court ordered the vaccine mandate to be temporarily […]

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Biden daughter’s diary spoke of being sexualized at young age, taking ‘inappropriate’ showers with Joe Biden

Liberty Unyielding - Sat, 11/06/2021 - 10:47am

The FBI’s actions confirm that the Ashley Biden diary is authentic. In it she writes about being sexualized at a young age and taking “inappropriate” showers with her father, Joe Biden.  The National File reports: Last year, National File published the entirety of Ashley Biden’s diary, in which she revealed she had inappropriate showers with […]

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Man Who Rittenhouse Killed Taunted Armed Group In Lead-Up To Incident, Was Bi-Polar, According To Witnesses

Liberty Unyielding - Sat, 11/06/2021 - 10:19am

By Sebastian Hughes One of the two protestors allegedly killed by Kyle Rittenhouse in Kenosha, Wisconsin, was reportedly seen acting aggressive and repeatedly asking an armed group to shoot him, a witness testified on Friday, Reuters reported. Jason Lackowski, a former Marine among the armed men with Rittenhouse the night of the shooting, testified that […]

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House Sends Infrastructure Bill To Biden’s Desk After 11th-Hour Agreement Between Liberals, Moderates

Liberty Unyielding - Sat, 11/06/2021 - 10:15am

By Andrew Trunsky The House Friday night passed the bipartisan infrastructure bill after a multi-hour standoff between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and left-wing members of her party who vowed to oppose it without voting on President Joe Biden’s $1.75 trillion spending package in tandem. It passed after an 11th-hour deal between the far-left Congressional Progressive […]

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‘That Is Hilarious’: Energy Secretary Cackles When Asked About Rising Gasoline Prices

Liberty Unyielding - Fri, 11/05/2021 - 9:58pm

By Thomas Catenacci Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm laughed out loud when asked during an interview Friday what her plan was to ease gasoline prices nationwide. “That is hilarious,” Granholm laughed when asked by a Bloomberg anchor. “Would that I had the magic wand on this.” Granholm then blamed Middle Eastern oil providers, repeating a Biden […]

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The Party of the Rich Is Pushing a Tax Cut for Rich People

Center for Freedom and Prosperity (CF&P) - Fri, 11/05/2021 - 12:56pm

There’s a political party in the United States – the Democrats – that represents rich people and it is trying very hard to cut taxes for those rich people.

Since I don’t resent rich people (indeed, I applaud them if they earn their money honestly), I generally want lower taxes for upper-income taxpayers. But I don’t want special tax breaks for rich people. Instead, I want to cut their taxes in ways that promote greater national prosperity so that I’ll benefit as well.

Sadly, those aren’t the options the Democrats are choosing.

They are putting all their energy into a dramatic expansion of the state and local tax deduction. This is the tax break that rich people get when they use state and local tax payments to reduce the amount of taxable income they report to the IRS.

It was curtailed as part of the 2017 tax law and now Democrats want to expand it.

The restored tax break would be available to everyone, they say, but let’s look at who really benefits.

The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget is a middle-of-the-road group, and it points out that more only 2.5 percent of the tax cut would go to people making less than $100K per year.

The Tax Policy Center is a left-of-center organization and it also points out that expanding the deduction for state and local taxes means a windfall for the rich.

Here’s TPC’s chart showing that almost all the gains go to those in the top quintile.

While Democrats in Congress are pushing this big tax cut for the rich, some folks on the left are not very happy about what’s happening.

often disagree with Catherine Rampell of the Washington Post, but she makes some excellent points in her recent column on the SALT deduction.

Wrong. A disaster. Obscene. These are among the ways liberal budget wonks have described Democrats’ determination to give a huge windfall to the rich by repealing the cap on state and local tax (SALT) deductions. …Households making $1 million or more a year would receive roughly half the benefit of this policy, according to estimates from the Tax Policy Center. About 70 percent of the benefit would go to households making at least $500,000. …Nearly every millionaire (93 percent)…would get a tax cut, with an average size of $48,000. …As a result, the top 5 percent of households would still likely see their taxes go down on net, after accounting for all tax provisions in the budget bill.

The New York Times made similar points about Democrats in an editorial earlier this year.

…the party is flirting with a major change in tax policy that would allow the wealthiest Americans to pay lower taxes. …Proponents of an unlimited SALT deduction say they are seeking to help middle-class taxpayers. If so, they should go back to the drawing board. The top 20 percent of American households, ranked by income, would receive 96 percent of the benefits of the change… The primary beneficiaries would be an even smaller group of the very wealthiest Americans. The 1 percent of households with the highest incomes would receive 54 percent of the benefit, on average paying about $36,000 less per year in federal income taxes.

Honest folks on the left aren’t just upset that congressional Democrats are pushing a big tax cut for rich people.

They’re also upset that this big tax cut is crowding out some other priorities for the left – such as additional spending.

This tweet from Jason Furman (a former top economist for Obama) captures this sentiment.

The bottom line is that the most important constituency for many elected Democrats is not poor people.

It’s rich people and the politicians at the state and local level who represent those rich people.

I’ll close by observing that I don’t want more spending and I also don’t want a special tax break that subsidizes bad policy by state and local politicians, so I’m  obviously not in full agreement with Mr. Furman.

So the best result is for Biden’s entire agenda to implode. That would be a win for American taxpayers, a win for the American economy, and a win for long-suffering residents of blue states.

P.S. Yes, resentment against success motivates many people on the left, but elected Democrats are not the same as left-wing activists.

ABC Panelist: White Parents Shouldn’t Have A Say In The Classroom Because White People Were ‘Participants’ In ‘Oppression’

Liberty Unyielding - Fri, 11/05/2021 - 11:21am

By Chrissy Clark Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, a Reverend and professor at Vanderbilt University, told the co-hosts of “The View” that he believes white parents should not condemn Critical Race Theory-inspired lessons because white people “have been participants in a particular problem of oppression.” During a promotional interview for his latest book “Entertaining Race,” Dyson […]

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Up to 14,000 U.S. residents are still trapped in Afghanistan

Liberty Unyielding - Fri, 11/05/2021 - 11:01am

The Biden administration earlier claimed that only 100 Americans were left behind in Afghanistan, after the Taliban took over the country. But in October, it admitted there were 400 Americans trapped in Afghanistan. And now, it’s privately admitting to Congress that up to 14,000 U.S. legal permanent residents are still stuck in Afghanistan, where a […]

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