by VICTOR DAVIS HANSON
The American political system has never quite seen anything like the current opposition to President Trump and his unusual reaction to it.
Republicans should have been delighted with control of both houses of Congress, the Supreme Court, state governorships and the legislatures, and the White House. In principle, they laud Trump's efforts to appoint strict constructionists to the federal courts, to increase oil and gas production, to reform Obamacare and the tax code, and to restore deterrence abroad.
Yet the Republican-controlled Congress is nearly paralyzed. It simply cannot unite to deliver on promised major legislation. Some senators and representatives find Trump too uncouth to support his otherwise agreeable proposals, and they fear (or hope) that he may not finish out his term. Some worry that Trump's low approval rating might hurt their own reelections. Some are careerists who value getting along more than fighting for the White House agenda.
The result is that when factions of the Republican Congress are not battling one another, they are feuding with Democrats and often with the Trump White House. Full Story....Here
By Tyler Brandt, M.D. Kittle, & Matt Tragesser
Fine, the enhancers fire back. But there isn't nearly enough in DOT waste and inefficiencies to fill the funding gap for all of those crumbling roads and cash suck southeast Wisconsin "Mega Projects," they declare.
The MacIver Institute has dug into the numbers, taken a deeper dive into DOT projects that are at the very least questionable, if not an outright waste of taxpayer money, and administrative failures that have added substantial and unnecessary costs. We found nearly $2 billion in wasteful Wisconsin projects and practices - $1,965,882,239 to be precise. Full Story....Here
This was written in 2012 but just as true today.
......I'm pretty alert to such problems these days. Soap doesn't work. Toilets don't flush. Clothes washers don't clean. Light bulbs don't illuminate. Refrigerators break too soon. Paint discolors. Lawnmowers have to be hacked. It's all caused by idiotic government regulations that are wrecking our lives one consumer product at a time, all in ways we hardly notice. Full Story....Here
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
This means that each individual has inherent rights by virtue of his existence, that these rights are given by God, that they are natural rights that cannot be granted or withheld by government. Full Story....Here
by DAVID FRENCH
A recent increase in law-abiding gun ownership bodes well for the country's future. The great arming is underway, and that's a very good thing for our nation, for our culture, and for the relationship between citizen and state.
First, it's just a fact that for the vast majority of people, the instant they start carrying a gun is the instant they change their relationship with the state. No longer are they a protectee. They're suddenly and substantially less dependent. They become a protector of themselves and others and that transition has a powerful psychological effect. It grants them greater security in their home, and it grants them greater freedom in their community. For many people, it gives them freedom from fear.
By: Michael Bastasch
While President Donald Trump struggles to push through health care reform, his administration has successfully withdrawn hundreds of Obama-era regulations, according to the latest federal regulatory agenda. Full Story....Here
by THE EDITORS (National Review)
Attorney General Jeff Sessions should reconsider his plan to expand the use of civil asset forfeiture in the service of the so-called war on drugs. If he fails to do so, Congress should reconsider it for him ,indeed, Congress ought to act on asset-forfeiture reform irrespective of the attorney generals views on the matter. Full Story....Here
In recent days, college students have shouted down, pepper-sprayed, punched, and otherwise shut down the campus guests whose ideas they considered offensive.
Unless we want this depressing trend to continue indefinitely until free speech has been shuttered not only on university campuses, but in coffee shops, churches, and public squares ”Americans must make anew the case for free speech. Full Story....Here