Withdrawal from Paris Accords May Spur New Era of Autonomy in Business

If the tidal wave of anger which broke against President Trump’s announcement that the United States is withdrawing from the Paris climate accords could be harnessed, the nation would have a surfeit of energy for some time to come. Despite pressure from members of the global community and prominent figures in his own administration, including daughter Ivanka and secretary of state Rex Tillerson, Trump shrugged off concern with the vision of apocalypse many proponents seem…

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If tax cuts are to raise revenues, broader culture of economic freedom is required

Among the favorite maxims of fiscal conservatives is the idea that tax cuts, not hikes, increase revenues. Inarguably, slashing personal income tax rates buoyed the size of the federal government’s coffers following the Mellon income tax cuts of the 1920s, the 1964 Revenue Act signed by President Kennedy and President Reagan’s reform measures in 1981 and 1986. The rationale behind this somewhat counterintuitive phenomenon is that lower tax rates leave individuals and sole-proprietor businesses with…

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Trump’s Budget Creates A Government Culture That Threatens Rights

Budget drafts are hardly written in indelible ink. By the time they pass from the executive through the legislature and return to the president’s desk, provisions have been added and funding has been stripped in accordance with various political agendas to such a degree that the final product bears little resemblance to the draft. Rather, budget drafts are far more useful if viewed as ideological tracts. Major spending programs and the rationales given for their…

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Statism Is Killing Creativity

Originality has never been much of a virtue in politics. Protecting the long-term interests of the state, its officials and its citizens requires stasis. Politics institutionalizes the status quo, preserves the standing order. Regimes that fail to do so form the detritus of history. The novel and untested is a threat in politics; the radically different might provide the solution to inequity, but it could just as easily exacerbate it. States have a primal instinct…

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Politicians Have No Solutions

The well of the American political imagination has run dry. There is not a single novel proposal being seriously pushed by any elected official in regards to any of the exigent crises which face the nation. Old, tired ideas that obviously had no merit the first time they were proposed and implemented, elsewise the issues they were designed to settle would not continue to crop up like a perennial weed choking the public discourse. In…

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Why the Freedom Caucus’ Negotiations Are Not a Victory for the Right

To suggest that the Freedom Caucus’ endorsement of the Affordable Health Care Act, with the addition of the MacArthur Amendment, is a victory rather than a capitulation is ludicrous. The move was a pivot away from principles, not just the hard-line right-wing ideology the caucus has been charged with advancing, but the basic principle of integrity. The Freedom Caucus’ move is dishonest in two parts: it breaks the covenant they made with voters, to whom…

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Ideas, Not Gender, Are What Should Inspire Readers

A recent op-ed in the Los Angeles Times claimed that the greatest works of literature are sexist, even those written by women; this determination was made by contrasting the number of times the pronoun “he” appeared in contrast to the pronoun “she.” This kind of logic, which bases a whole system of fairness on nothing but numerical frequency, is truly alarming as it promotes the notion that women can only be inspired by other women.…

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