Editorial

“We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and to restore its promise for all of our people.”  The opening words of President Trump’s inaugural address likely foreshadow the theme for his first address before a joint session of Congress on Tuesday – an opportunity to define his agenda for a more prosperous and competitive American economy. But what exactly is the country’s most urgent economic challenge? Scanning the headlines, one might think the answer is tackling the negative impacts of foreign trade, reversing the decline of American manufacturing, or slowing the rapid pace of technological change. In fact, the fundamental issue that will define Trump’s economic legacy is one that rarely gets mentioned: the U.S. is facing a crisis of declining economic dynamism, driven at its core by a historic lack of new business formation. Put more simply: Americans are reeling from the negative effects of too little economic …

Nancy Pelosi is nothing, if not inane.  She is, of course, the former Speaker of the House who infamously said of ObamaCare, “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what’s in it.”  And who can forget the time she claimed that “500 million people will lose their jobs each month until we have an economic package” ?  Which is a pretty neat trick since there are roughly 300 million people living in the U.S.  So, it is understandable that Pelosi’s latest statement was met with the usual eye-rolling. She all but accused the Trump White House of obstructing justice when she described Chief of Staff Reince Priebus’s conversation with a senior FBI official as “a grave abuse of power…which may also be illegal.”    Some background is helpful. Priebus says he was approached by FBI Director Andrew McCabe who described as inaccurate a New York Times article about repeated contacts …

A group of enraged protesters exploded in anger after a chaplain prayed in the name of Jesus at a town hall meeting in Louisiana hosted by U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy. The verbally-abusive crowd also heckled a Vietnam War veteran who attempted to lead the group in the pledge of allegiance. It was one of the most heinous acts of un-American, anti-Christian behavior I’ve ever seen, folks. Louisiana State chaplain Michael Sprague and the unidentified Vietnam War veteran should be commended for maintaining their composure in the face of such verbal barbarism. Click here to learn how to stand up to the liberals! Get Todd’s latest book, “The Deplorables’ Guide to Making America Great Again” The Feb. 22 town hall meeting in Metairie, was quickly overrun by the angry mob – much like other town hall meetings hosted by Republican lawmakers across the country. The mainstream media would have us believe the unruly demonstrations are part …

Sunday is one of those days that lays bare the stark division in America. In the afternoon, NASCAR will present its crown jewel, the 59th running of the Daytona 500. A few hours later, the glitterati of Hollywood will assemble for the 89th presentation of the Academy Awards, the entertainment industry’s tribute to itself. The “Great American Race,” as it is known, is one of those storied events that brings together racing royalty. It features 40 of the most skilled earth-bound pilots competing for racing history, before 101,000 spectators and millions more watching from home or their local brewery. The Academy Awards stretch back to the true golden age of motion pictures, when dozens of real-life Joan Crawfords were treated like princesses, and leading men had the aura of godheads about them. Today, many of our current screen legends seem to be playing out the plot of Sunset Boulevard, unable to fathom that they are …

During the presidential campaign there were a number of camps you could fall into: Trump supporter, never Trumper, Trump lover, fall-in-line-and-support-the-Republican Trumper and defiant critic of everyone involved.  That latter group, of course, was me. Now that President Trump is a reality, I happily have been giving him a chance to see how he does. I notice the same problems he had during the campaign, but I also notice they are issues of personality, not policy defects. The policies, so far, have offered little imposition on American citizens, but it’s the pugnacious packaging that rules the rollout — and makes it easy to galvanize vitriol among the reactionary, bitter clingers found on campuses and couches. Trump’s policies are a mix of fairly traditional things. Even his immigration stuff isn’t really that new. And we forget that Obama deported a ton of people, and so on.  While I’m not happy with some of it (threats of tariffs, …

“Fake News!” shouts our president, calling out CNN, The New York Times and others. I love it. Although it’s not really true — not the way President Donald Trump means it. The media rarely “fake” anything. Over time, they generally get the facts correct. But the president makes a good point: The smug lamestream media spin left but won’t admit it. At ABC News, my colleagues acted as if I was the only guy in the building with an opinion. Everyone else was “in the middle.” This was nonsense. Almost all were leftists. They constantly pushed big government. Their bias was revealed in questions they asked, the “experts” they chose to interview and their endless calls for political correctness and new regulation. Unfortunately, Trump is now just as ridiculous, claiming that “crime is reaching record levels” when it’s half what it was 25 years ago. He claimed, “We had a very smooth rollout of the …

You won’t find the disease Beltway-itis in a medical dictionary, but it’s nonetheless a very real affliction. In the heady government atmosphere of Washington D.C., policymakers, politicos and bureaucrats too often forget or even show disdain for the people they supposedly serve. The more time a person spends inside the Beltway, the more susceptible that individual becomes to this invidious mindset. Such a toxic, haughty attitude was a crucial factor in the rise of Donald Trump. The sense of “we know best” superiority can infect even those who mouth conservative principles of limited government. In fact, an outbreak of Beltway-itis seems to be the only reasonable explanation for the border adjustment tax (BAT) fanatically being pushed by establishment Republicans in the House of Representatives. Make no mistake, the BAT will inflict American working families — the very people critical for Donald Trump’s election — a whole lot of hurt. The border adjustment tax would impose …

I had never heard of Milo Yiannopoulos until recently, perhaps because I don’t visit some of the websites where his musings are published. Milo, as he calls himself because of the difficulty some have pronouncing his last name, was disinvited from this week’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) annual gathering of the right in Washington. Apparently, the organizers were not bothered by Milo’s association with the so-called “alt-right.” CPAC withdrew the invitation only after a video surfaced showing him apparently endorsing man-boy relationships that qualify under the definition of pedophilia. Yiannopoulos has resigned as an editor at Breitbart.com and apologized for his remarks. The editors of National Review, as well as other traditional conservative publications and individuals, criticized CPAC for inviting Yiannopoulos to speak. The conservatism of Russell Kirk, William F. Buckley Jr. and Ronald Reagan was about ideas, not emotion and exclusion. Reagan, whom the modern right likes to claim as one of its own, was an optimist. Even when he …

President Trump is forcing congressional Republicans to quickly replace ObamaCare with a program that lowers health care costs or face the wrath of angry voters. The Affordable Care Act was advertised to provide affordable health insurance to virtually all Americans but has failed miserably. By requiring most Americans to obtain coverage — through employers or on government-run exchanges — the ACA sought to improve insurers’ risk pools and lower costs. Instead, many healthy people chose to pay fines rather than hefty premiums, and many folks added to the insurance rolls were sicker and needed more care than anticipated. Insurance companies lost considerable sums last year and raised premiums for 2017 by an average of 25 percent. Many withdrew from the program altogether. One-third of all counties now have only one company offering plans, even more insurance companies will quit the exchanges in 2018 and the absence of competition will significantly drive up prices further. By expanding Medicaid, the ACA sought to provide …

The New York Times describes 11 million people – those who are living in the country illegally – as sleepless with anxiety, waiting for the “fists pounding on the door, the agents in black, the van ride, the cell.” Who has thrown such fear into this community? How about the Left, aided and abetted by the liberal media, which has purposefully distorted President Trump’s immigration policies, characterizing them erroneously as a radical departure from past practices?    In a feverish blast to donors sent out yesterday, the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee claims that “Donald Trump plans to add thousands of immigration agents and begin deporting “almost all” undocumented immigrants.” That is, excuse the expression, fake news. Trump is doing no such thing. In fact, he recently hinted that he would most likely abide by President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, allowing the 740,000 people covered by that initiative to stay in the country. In addition, the new …

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