Politics & Government

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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Universal Basic Income – What a Stupid Idea

Virgin CEO Richard Branson is the newest addition to a growing number of tech entrepreneurs and Silicon Valley executives who are renewing the push for Universal Basic Income (UBI). In a Universal Basic Income system, everyone is entitled to a free standard salary just for being alive. Think of it like a massive welfare system. Today’s push for UBI comes ...

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Second Quarter Sees 3% Growth – Approaching ‘Robust’

Revised data from the Department of Commerce shows a 3% growth in GDP for the second quarter (April-June). This is a serious increase from the measly 1.2% growth we saw during Q1 and is the strongest we’ve seen since the beginning of 2015 when growth hit 3.2%. It’s also exactly what Trump promised us on the campaign trail. Data also ...

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Steel CEOs Urge Trump to Take Action

25 U.S. steel executives sent President Donald Trump a letter last week urging him halt damaging steel imports that are “undermining the viability of the U.S. steel industry.” “The sustained surge of steel imports … has hollowed out much of the domestic steel industry and threatens our ability to meet national security needs,” wrote the steel leaders to Trump last ...

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HORIST : More money will not fix health care

For political reasons, the Obama administration lied to pass health care legislation that promised to cover all the uninsured at reduced premiums.  Those covered could keep their doctors and their preferred health plans.  This was never possible even with forcing young people to pay premiums or penalties for coverage they did not want or need — and that carried deductibles ...

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