Politics & Government

Trump Expected to Roll Back Obamacare Regulations by Exec Order

The Wall Street Journal has reported that the Trump administration is about to take another step to reform America’s healthcare system. President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order that will roll back some of Obama’s former healthcare rules in an effort to make plans more affordable. “The order is aimed at expanding insurance options for Americans who buy ...

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A Canary in the Underfunded Pension Coal Mine

In its purest form, hydrocarbon natural gas is composed primarily of methane, which is odorless and colorless. “Coal seam” natural gas is a natural byproduct of coal deposits. As recently as the 1980’s, coal miners would often bring canaries with them into the mines because canaries were known to be far more sensitive to air quality than humans. If the ...

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SPECIAL – Tribalism in the wake of Las Vegas

In a very dramatic and tragic way, the reaction to the shooting in Los Vegas may indicate whether America represents a culture or a collection of tribes.  The immediate answer on the scene suggests we are a strong culture, bonded together by a remarkable dedication to noble core values. The concert was a collection of some 23,000 people drawn from ...

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Supreme Court Revisits Labor Union Debate

There’s a good chance that public employees will no longer be forced to pay union dues. The Supreme Court has decided to hear Janus v. AFSCME – the latest in a series of free speech cases in which workers object to paying money to a union they do not support. The case challenges a decision upheld in 1977: that public-sector ...

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Trump Unveils Tax Reform Plan

President Trump’s long-awaited tax plan, revealed on Wednesday, would cut corporate rates and nearly double the standard deduction. The 9-page document is vague in some areas, leaving plenty of space for congressional tax-writing committees to work out the details as they craft legislation. Republicans are aiming for a tax overhaul that will simplify the tax code, reduce taxes on the ...

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The Filthy Truth About Immigration

If your devotion is to all, what is the value of your love? Are such displays of emotion not useless if any member of the horde on the other side of the hill holds the same space in your heart as those who have built their lives around you, who have celebrated and suffered by your side? Is it not ...

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The Inconvenience of Hurricane Irma

Holy crap am I spoiled. For the last several days, I’ve experienced the inconvenience of Hurricane Irma. I’m having to wait an extra 20 minutes to get gasoline. The major grocery chain Publix doesn’t have a good supply of my favorite fizzy water, and they seem a bit crowded right now. Plus they were out of Woinder Bread so I ...

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NYC Construction Safety Bill – Helpful? or Just a Barrier to Non-Union Workers?

Since January 1, 2015, 31 construction workers have died in New York City construction worksite accidents.  A New York Times investigation into the spike in construction worksite deaths in late 2015 spotlighted that these deaths were not only preventable, but often glaring and tragic results of poor training, systemic disregard of common sense physical safety regulations, and inadequate supervision that ...

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NAFTA – Plenty of Room for Improvement

Thousands took to the streets on August 16, 2017, protesting that NAFTA is a horrible treaty designed to let the world’s richest companies entrap Mexicans into sweatshop industrial labor. In Detroit? No, in Mexico City. NAFTA, unfairly or not, is widely perceived as a means for Big US Agriculture, heavily subsidized by US taxpayers, to access 127 million Mexican consumers, ...

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Health Care: A Right or a Privilege?

The debate over Health Care in America is one of the most contemporary and important issues facing us today. Health Care, in the abstract, is the access to medicine, cures, and procedures meant to elongate and better our lives. The debate has seen rising tensions as Progressives continue to push for more government intervention and Republicans wish to unlock the ...

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