Change: America Drops Out of Top 10 Most Economically Free Countries in the World

President Obama promised to fundamentally change America.

This is part of the change:

World economic freedom has reached record levels, according to the 2014 Index of Economic Freedom, released Tuesday by the Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal. But after seven straight years of decline, the U.S. has dropped out of the top 10 most economically free countries.

It’s not hard to see why the U.S. is losing ground. Even marginal tax rates exceeding 43% cannot finance runaway government spending, which has caused the national debt to skyrocket. The Obama administration continues to shackle entire sectors of the economy with regulation, including health care, finance and energy. The intervention impedes both personal freedom and national prosperity.

But as the U.S. economy languishes, many countries are leaping ahead, thanks to policies that enhance economic freedom—the same ones that made the U.S. economy the most powerful in the world. Governments in 114 countries have taken steps in the past year to increase the economic freedom of their citizens. Forty-three countries, from every part of the world, have now reached their highest economic freedom ranking in the index’s history.

You can see the full list here.

What I thought was most powerful was the fact that Estonia, a country that the Soviet Union used to control, has more economic freedom than the United States.

Consider that for a minute.

By |January 15th, 2014|The Blog|0 Comments|

Facebook: Rep. Peter King Posts Article from PeterKing.com saying He Could Get Elected POTUS, Hilarity Ensues

Rep. Peter King went to Facebook and posted a link from PeterKing.com, saying he could get elected president.

Commenters on Facebook were not impressed:

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President Peter King?

In a word:

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By |January 15th, 2014|The Blog|0 Comments|

Rand Paul Unsure If His Family is Insured, But Knows His Son Was Mistakenly Enrolled in Medicaid

Sen. Rand Paul says he tried to enroll in Obamacare, but he’s not sure if he and his family are covered. Actually, he said he does know his son is, but it’s because Kentucky mistakenly enrolled him him Medicaid:

“We didn’t try to get him Medicaid, I’m trying to pay for his insurance,” Paul said, “but they automatically enrolled him in Medicaid. For a month they wouldn’t talk to him because they said they weren’t sure he existed. He had to go down to the welfare office, prove his existence, then next thing we know, we get a Medicaid card.”

Of course, Sen. Paul’s family is honest enough to jump through the hoops to get his kid off Medicaid.

Will everyone else?

Nope.

This is turning the fraud, waste and abuse up to 11.

By |January 6th, 2014|The Blog|0 Comments|

If You Want Jobs, Kill the Corporate Income Tax Says New York Times…Wait, What?

I wrote a long time ago that implementing the Fair Tax would be one of the biggest stimulus plans the government could pull off without looting the American taxpayer, mainly because it would let not only the people keep their check, but the corporations.

Now even the New York Times agrees with killing the corporate income tax:

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In the model, eliminating the United States’ corporate income tax produces rapid and dramatic increases in American investment, output and real wages, making the tax cut self-financing to a significant extent. Somewhat smaller gains arise from revenue-neutral corporate tax base broadening, specifically cutting the corporate tax rate to 9 percent and eliminating all corporate tax loopholes. Both policies generate welfare gains for all generations in the United States, but particularly for young and future workers. Moreover, all Americans can benefit, though by less, if foreign countries also cut their corporate tax rates.

The size of the potential economic and welfare gains are stunningly large and don’t reflect any extreme supply-side (a k a, voodoo economics) assumptions. Fully eliminating the corporate income tax and replacing any loss in revenues with somewhat higher personal income tax rates leads to a huge short-run inflow of capital, raising the United States’ capital stock (machines and buildings) by 23 percent, output by 8 percent and the real wages of unskilled and skilled workers by 12 percent. Lowering the corporate rate tax to 9 percent while also closing loopholes is roughly revenue neutral and also produces very rapid increases in capital (by 17 percent), output (by 6 percent) and real wages (by 8 percent).

Read the rest.

Hat Tip: Reason Hit & Run

By |January 6th, 2014|The Blog|0 Comments|

Magpul Follows Through, Exits Colorado for Texas and Wyoming

When Colorado leftists passed their gun ban legislation last year, Magpul, a firearms accessory and magazine manufacturer said they were leaving.

And they are:

Photo credit: Magpul Industries Facebook page

Photo credit: Magpul Industries Facebook page

Magpul Industries is moving its firearm accessories manufacturing operations and corporate headquarters out of Colorado because of recent anti-gun legislation.

The company has been working with Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead’s support to relocate manufacturing, distribution and shipping operations to Cheyenne, within 12-16 months, according to a statement issued Thursday.

“Wyoming and Magpul are a great match,” Mead said in a statement. “We offer Magpul an attractive tax environment, stable and reasonable regulations, not to mention a firm commitment to uphold the Second Amendment.”

Magpul is also working with Gov. Rick Perry to move its corporate headquarters to one of three Texas sites, the statement said.

Business goes where it’s welcome. Colorado Democrats showed they valued the use of government force more than freedom.

Nothing kept Magpul there, so they left.

Hat Tip: iOwnTheWorld

By |January 3rd, 2014|The Blog|0 Comments|

Al-Qaeda Flag Flies Over Government Buildings in Fallujah

The United States Marines fought the largest battle of the Iraq war in a town called Fallujah. Today, the black flag of al-Qaeda flies over the government buildings there:

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A rejuvenated al-Qaeda-affiliated force asserted control over the western Iraqi city of Fallujah on Friday, raising its flag over government buildings and declaring an Islamic state in one of the most crucial areas that U.S. troops fought to pacify before withdrawing from Iraq two years ago.

The capture of Fallujah came amid an explosion of violence across the western desert province of Anbar in which local tribes, Iraqi security forces and al-Qaeda-affiliated militants have been fighting one another for days in a confusingly chaotic three-way war.

We lost 51 people clearing that place out last time. Sickening.

By |January 3rd, 2014|The Blog|0 Comments|

Attention Republicans – Here is the 2014 Blueprint (Video)

Not that I needed to make that announcement:

By |January 3rd, 2014|The Blog|0 Comments|

Detroit Top Cop: Concealed Carry Saves Lives, Stops Crime

Detroit’s top cop had to go through a paradigm shift when he left California, but Maine taught him a valuable lesson: concealed carry permit owners deter crime and save lives:

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“When we look at the good community members who have concealed weapons permits, the likelihood they’ll shoot is based on a lack of confidence in this Police Department,” Craig said at a press conference at police headquarters, adding that he thinks more Detroit citizens feel safer, thanks in part to a 7 percent drop in violent crime in 2013.

Craig said he started believing that legal gun owners can deter crime when he became police chief in Portland, Maine, in 2009.

“Coming from California (Craig was on the Los Angeles police force for 28 years), where it takes an act of Congress to get a concealed weapon permit, I got to Maine, where they give out lots of CCWs (carrying concealed weapon permits), and I had a stack of CCW permits I was denying; that was my orientation.

“I changed my orientation real quick. Maine is one of the safest places in America. Clearly, suspects knew that good Americans were armed.”

While correlation does not equal causation, this result isn’t limited to Maine. The areas with the highest rate of gun violence, Chicago, New York, Washington DC, also have strict gun control. But areas with liberal gun laws see lower incidents of gun violence.

There’s something to what Craig is saying.

Hat Tip: Breitbart

By |January 3rd, 2014|The Blog|0 Comments|

An All American Falls: WWII Ace Who Flew Through Legs of Eiffel Tower Dies

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RIP you magnificent son of a gun:

World War II fighter pilot William Overstreet Jr., who gained fame for flying beneath the Eiffel Tower’s arches in pursuit of a German aircraft, has died. He was 92.

According to Oakley’s Funeral Home, Overstreet died Sunday at a Roanoke hospital.

Overstreet’s famous flight in Nazi-occupied Paris has been credited with lifting the spirits of French Resistance troops on the ground. In a 2009 ceremony at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, the French ambassador to the United States presented Overstreet with France’s Legion of Honor.

Here’s what it might have looked like:

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By |January 2nd, 2014|The Blog|0 Comments|

It Begins: Michael Moore Says Obamacare is Awful, Calls for Single Payer

As I have said for years, Obamacare is not the endgame. It’s not the goal.

It’s the camel’s nose under the tent flap. It’s just a means to an end.

And that end is single payer.

Rep. Barney Frank said the public option was the best way to get to single payer.

They failed to get the public option, but the goal remains the same. Michael Moore proves in in the New York Times:

The Affordable Care Act is a pro-insurance-industry plan implemented by a president who knew in his heart that a single-payer, Medicare-for-all model was the true way to go. When right-wing critics “expose” the fact that President Obama endorsed a single-payer system before 2004, they’re actually telling the truth.

Let’s not take a victory lap yet, but build on what there is to get what we deserve: universal quality health care.

How are they going to do it?

State by state:

In blue states, let’s lobby for a public option on the insurance exchange — a health plan run by the state government, rather than a private insurer. In Massachusetts, State Senator James B. Eldridge is trying to pass a law that would set one up. Some counties in California are also trying it. Montana came up with another creative solution. Gov. Brian Schweitzer, a Democrat who just completed two terms, set up several health clinics to treat state workers, with no co-pays and no deductibles. The doctors there are salaried employees of the state of Montana; their only goal is their patients’ health. (If this sounds too much like big government to you, you might like to know that Google, Cisco and Pepsi do exactly the same.)

All eyes are on Vermont’s plan for a single-payer system, starting in 2017. If it flies, it will change everything, with many states sure to follow suit by setting up their own versions.

Moore even offered the first excuse for Vermont’s coming failure: corporate money.

This is happening, just as the right said it would.

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The left plays long ball, planning things years in advance.

By |January 2nd, 2014|The Blog|1 Comment|