The Death Tax, the Flat Tax – and Warren Buffett’s Fat Tax Breaks

    We just hobbled through another tax season. The excruciating excursion into the ridiculous thicket that is the roughly 75,000 page tax code. All for the privilege of giving federal, state and local governments record amounts of our money. A 2011 study said we then wasted 6.1 billion hours preparing to pay our taxes – and that was when the tax code was a mere 72,536 | Read More »

    How Obama’s Third Term Was Thwarted by the 1947 Republicans

    Re-posted from National Review Predictably, these days, when two or more political pundits are gathered together in her name, there is discussion over whether Hillary Clinton is running for President Obama’s third term or former President Bill Clinton’s third term. (Read why I believe that she is running for both.) However, among Republican political pundits, might I suggest that the discussion also include a heartfelt | Read More »

    Will Gay Divorce help fix Child Support laws across the country?

    Will Gay Divorce help fix Child Support laws across the country?

    I am a find the silver lining kind of guy. I look at an issue and try and see something that may spring positive from it’s effects. While same sex marriage issues like, who will cater weddings, are still all the rage I look to a time when maybe more serious issues will be fixed. Let’s take divorce and child support. I live in the | Read More »

    Net Neutrality Is Just As Stupid Internationally As It Is Here

    Net Neutrality remains an omni-directional terrible idea. Here in the United States, Net Neutrality exponentially increases the government’s ability to tax the Internet. Starting with the 17.4% Universal Service Fund (USF) tax. Which goes up automatically every calendar quarter. And goes up each and every time three unelected Federal Communications Commission (FCC) bureaucrats decide they want more of our coin. Which they just did in | Read More »

    Why is Bob Menendez smiling today? Hint: What did I do different from Hillary?

    It’s been a rough few weeks for NJ Democrat Senator Bob Menendez. After days of leaks about an impending indictment, Eric Holder’s Justice Department (after a long and lengthy investigation),  finally dropped the hammer on ole Bob, accusing him of multiple counts of corruption, influence peddling, etc. Menendez was forced to step aside as ranking member on the Foreign Relations committee, while speculation runs that | Read More »

    To Legalize Marijuana or Not

    It’s just one simple question: Should we legalize marijuana? There is a high favorability toward passing legislation to do just that. After all, there are many medicinal uses already. And, there are many opportunities for medical advancements. Really, is it worse than alcohol or cigarettes? How many different chemicals are found in just one cigarette compared to all natural marijuana? How many people get behind | Read More »

    Gay Marriage…Hold On a Second

    There is the apparent consensus and resignation that same sex marriage will be the law of the land come the end of this Supreme Court term in June.  Already here and elsewhere, the anticipated vitriol has started against the Court and particular Justices.  In the end, that rhetoric may very well be accurate.  For reasons that will be explained in the next two articles, this | Read More »

    Sixties Radicals, A Generation of Pretenders

    Back in the Sixties, there was a popular bumper sticker slogan that read “question authority.” In that dubious era of phony psychedelic bohemians and inane pseudo-revolutionaries, it was one of the few pieces of advice I took seriously. Even today it remains good advice, and perhaps even more so. Questioning authority lies at the foundation of how and why this country was formed. The War | Read More »

    Legalize Murder The headline in this morning’s Detroit Free Press wondered “Could pot solve our budget problems?” The article promoted three groups attempting to legalize marijuana in the state of Michigan. Surprisingly, or as the article put it, “In a sign of changing political times,” two of the three groups claim allegiance to the Republican party. If they are telling the truth these clever Republicans do | Read More »

    The Twisted World of the U.S. Chamber: To Protect Free Markets, Crush the Free Markets

    In a self-serving and nonsensical blog that attempts to discredit the fledgling legal funding industry, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce tries to reclaim the title of champion of Free Markets. Instead, it proved the opposite. The average American will quickly find himself under a lot of financial pressure when he has been hurt by the actions of a reckless driver. He will confront medical bills, | Read More »

    Assisted Suicide is Not Dignity

    Assisted Suicide is Not Dignity

    Another indication that our society doesn’t see the value in every stage of life is the increasingly popular idea of assisted suicide. This isn’t a new push of course, as we’re all aware of Jack Kevorkian and what was his controversial campaign to normalize a twisted version of end-of-life compassion. The well-publicized case of Brittany Maynard, a beautiful, young, terminally ill woman who took her | Read More »

    Pies, Free Markets and the American Experiment

    I’ve often used the phrase “when I’m rich” followed by, “I’m going to do X and Y and Z”. Anyone hearing me say that could certainly be forgiven for thinking my primary motivation is to grow my bank account just for the sake of filling it up. In reality however nothing could be farther from the truth. While I do want to grow my bank | Read More »

    Sen. Corker Wants to Appoint Obama as Dictator

    Sen. Corker Wants to Appoint Obama as Dictator

    Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Bob Corker48%Senate Republican Average29See Full Scorecard48% has authored a bill to hand President Obama the Imperium Magnum—in Rome it was called “dictator”—in regards to his caplituating “deal” with Iran.  In doing so, he has not only trashed the Constitution, but also the Senate’s own rules, bestowing an authority never intended for the chief executive to possess. The Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations | Read More »

    The CEO pay ratio isn’t as big as you’ve been told

    Hillary Clinton has decided to make income inequality, especially the compensation of CEOs, a major focal point of her campaign.  Last week she announced her campaign for President and has criticized the pay gap between higher executives and average workers. From Reuters: Striking a populist note, Clinton, who announced on Sunday she was running for president in 2016, said American families were still facing financial | Read More »

    Ben Carson is shaking the foundations of American politics – more than politicos can tolerate

    Dr. Carson is a religious black man – quite unusual for American politics – but he may be a serious game changer who is shaking up American politics from the way the political arena has been operating in its “business as usual” reality over the past 50 + years. Unfortunately, that deeply disturbs most of the politicos in America today.

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    Lethal Injection Under Scrutiny

    Given the notoriety of the gay marriage cases to be argued next week before the Supreme Court, it is understandable that another case went unnoticed.  That case is Glossip vs. Gross, which comes from Oklahoma dealing with the death penalty.  Richard Glossip was convicted of first degree murder in 1998 and sentenced to death.  Actually, Justin Sneed beat a motel owner to death with a baseball | Read More »

    Massachusetts Reporter Attacks Conservative School Candidate For Personal Beliefs

    Romanian immigrant, Ion Baleanu, a local school committee candidate from Raynham, Massachusetts, was recently attacked by Enterprise News reporter, Michele Morgan Bolton, because of a personal Facebook post he made last year against Muslim jihadists, who brutally murdered a defenseless woman. A screenshot of the post was sent to the reporter by 26 year old Kelsey Keefe, a self-proclaimed “good Samaritan” from Bridgewater.

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    Was Florida Governor Rick Scott an Abortion Provider?

    This week Florida’s Senate seat opened up when Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Marco Rubio82%Senate Republican Average29See Full Scorecard82% announced his run for President. Both current Gov. Rick Scott and former Congressman and Attorney General Bill McCollum may be potential candidates in the Republican primary. When these two ran for Governor in 2010 Scott came from nowhere to defeat McCollum with an advertising blitz that painted him as | Read More »

    Rove’s Decline In Perspective

    It has been widely reported in recent days that Karl Rove’s various PACs are receiving significantly less money in the form of private donations than they had in past years. In 2012, Rove’s organizations collected an aggregate total of roughly $325 million. In 2013, that number dropped to $6.1 million. While this may be cause for celebration within the Tea Party Movement, in order to | Read More »

    Mitch McConnell Holds Up Loretta Lynch Nomination—for the Wrong Reason

    Senate Majority Leader McConnell is holding up Loretta Lynch’s approval as Holder’s replacement until the Senate acts on a human trafficking bill, which the Dems are filibustering. They’re doing that because the Repubs inserted a ban on abortion funding into the bill.   “We have to finish the human trafficking bill,” McConnell said. “The Loretta Lynch nomination comes next.”—CNN   Is that the only reason | Read More »

    Standardized Testing Season: OPT-OUT!

    Spring is more than the onset of allergy season. It marks the onset of standardized testing in schools across the country. As of Monday, April 6, more than 276,000 students nationally have been administered at least one of the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment tests, and the testing season has just begun. In most schools, the testing period runs for about a month, from mid April | Read More »

    While You Slept II: Russia Dominates the Eastern Mediterranean

    While You Slept by John T. Flynn is a classic analysis from the “Who lost China?” debate of the Cold War.  Flynn showed how “softness on Communism” in the Roosevelt-Truman State Department and how propaganda in the U.S. media prepared the way for Mao-Tse-Tung’s murderous Communist dictatorship. Today we are watching a similar story in Eastern Europe and in the Eastern Mediterranean: because of “softness on | Read More »

    Reaching the Aqua-Collar Worker

    The white-collar worker used to mean someone in a profession that involved increased access to information coupled with high long-term income and social mobility.  Education was one of the primary determinants because universities, governments and mature industries used to hold a near-monopoly on knowledge.  The blue-collar worker used to mean someone in a role requiring little to education matched with low long-term earning potential and little | Read More »

    The Left Thinks Thought-Crime is Okay But Can’t Control the Consequences

    The Left Thinks Thought-Crime is Okay But Can't Control the Consequences

    A generation of liberal indoctrination on campus has led to the widespread acceptance of thought-crime, a monster that says it’s okay to shun those with “unacceptable” views.  Liberals think they can control the monsters they release, but they can’t. Where does it lead?  Straight to the ovens, Rabbi Shmuley Bioteach warned Friday, Fortunately, we have not seen an outbreak of violence in the United States as | Read More »

    The Lost Art of Patriotism

    The Lost Art of Patriotism

    The long political slog which comprises the race to the White House recently commenced as presidential candidates began announcing their intentions. As I watched the various political announcements, I noticed that each candidate seemed to be blind to the reality of the dire problems facing America. I question whether any of the candidates have the patriotic heart to lead this exceptional nation for generations to | Read More »

    We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Civil Society

    So, some guy in Michigan cashes in his fifteen minutes and announces to the world via Facebook that his auto repair shop won’t serve openly gay people. In an earlier, less enlightened era, the world – or at least those members of it in immediate need of a new head gasket – would simply have read this, maybe thought nothing of it, maybe rolled their | Read More »

    “Veterans And Military Are The Real Terrorist” Says NIU Muslim Student Leading Protest Of American Sniper Showing

    Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle from American Sniper On Wednesday April 22nd the Northern Illinois University Veterans Student Association will be showing a screening of the biggest box office film of 2014, the bio picture of Chris Kyle, American Sniper.         From NIU Muslim Student Association FB page Learning of the films showing on | Read More »

    My Worries

    When in the course of human events it becomes necessary to point out the flaws of a failed political ideology, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind dictates that proof be presented. I am not sure what all of you define a “flaw” as, but I liken it to an imperfection. An imperfection amongst claimed perfection is not perfection at all, now is it? | Read More »

    Hillary’s Love Letter to Liz Warren: Thanks For Taking The Money and (Not) Running

    Hillary's Love Letter to Liz Warren:  Thanks For Taking The Money and (Not) Running

      It’s worth a chuckle seeing Hillary Clinton’s hagiography of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Elizabeth Warren7%Senate Democrat Average29See Full Scorecard7% in Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People.” The piece is short, so I’ll just quote it all here. It was always going to take a special kind of leader to pick up Ted Kennedy’s mantle as senior Senator from Massachusetts—champion of working families and scourge of special | Read More »

    4 reasons for Cruz Control

    4 reasons for Cruz Control

    So, my first diary and my  first foray into writing about a candidate. So why do I like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Ted Cruz95%Senate Republican Average29See Full Scorecard95% Here is my reasoning: Principled. In arguing cases as Texas solicitor general he has argued within the scope of law even when it did not fit his politics. This can now actually be used to his advantage. Take for | Read More »

    Perjury in Wisconsin: Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson Forsees the Future

    Supreme court justices tend to be quite intelligent professionals, possessing sharp, analytical minds and an uncanny foresight into the ramifications of their decisions. But seeing into the future? Well, that’s usually the domain of soothsayers, Marty McFly or Nate Silver – unless you’re Wisconsin chief justice Shirley Abrahamson. It’s no surprise that Abrahamson was not a fan of the recent voter-approved change to the state | Read More »

    Rep. Jared Polis wants to outlaw “so-called” religious freedom

    Rep. Jared Polis wants to outlaw "so-called" religious freedom

    After radical homosexuals succeeded in using mafia-styled intimidation tactics against the Republican cowards in Indiana following passage of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, forcing them to reverse the law while providing special rights for homosexuals, the gay mob kicked the machine into overdrive. And, just like a true organized crime family, the gay mafia have a few politicians in their back pockets doing their bidding. | Read More »

    A Defense of Virtue (Edited)

    A Defense of Virtue (Edited)

    See edit at bottom We have wrought this upon ourselves, America.  We have stripped our republic of its essential virtue and we’re left with nothing but a utopia fit not for men, but only for angels. Not my words:  I’m paraphrasing a man much wiser than I. As the rule of law degrades like wet parchment left to the elements, we find ourselves guided by | Read More »

    Preemption Laws Provide Backstop for Localized Progressive Politics

    In recent years, as state-level elections empower lawmakers and governors to remove government regulations and promote free markets and entrepreneurism, activists have begun targeting local governments to create big government policy that could not survive at the state capitol. As a result, state lawmakers have found themselves in the precarious position of passing preemption laws to get a handle on intrusive government at the local | Read More »

    Reid Declares: I Run the Senate

    Senate Minority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Harry Reid10%Senate Democrat Average29See Full Scorecard10% took to the airwaves on MSNBC to declare the would force a vote on the flailing nomination of anti-gun, pro-amnesty Loretta Lynch to be Attorney General. That begs the question:  Does Reid, in fact, still run the Senate? It is the prerogative of the Senate Majority Leader to bring nominations to the floor and | Read More »

    How to Defeat Clinton

    As Cute As Always Now that she is officially in and the presumptive front runner for the Democratic nomination and the actual Presidency, the Republican Party should begin a coordinated effort towards her defeat.  The stakes in 2016 are enormous for this country.  Leaving aside the obvious “first woman President” meme, there is work to be done that can tear | Read More »

    It’s Still the Economy, Stupid!

    Back during the George HW Bush recession in 1992, Clinton campaign strategist James Carville coined the phrase “It’s the economy, stupid” which has forever since been a major underlying consideration in any national campaign. With ISIS videos, Iranian nuclear ambitions, Benghazi, and a former Secretary of State running, the 2016 campaign promises to have a greater than usual foreign policy component, but Carville’s admonition that people vote on the | Read More »

    Fighting for $15 or Something

    Fighting for $15 or Something

    From the diaries… The continuous cry for “equality!” has slithered its way into most every aspect of American life. Although too often the facts surrounding said “inequality” are disregarded, emotions are strong and demands for fairness are repeated. Although the phantom War On Women steals a majority of the limelight, the Fight for $15, another emotionally-driven, young crusade, continues to gain traction, and the movement’s | Read More »

    Illinois School District Cost Taxpayers Tens Of Thousands Fighting Service Dog

    The Sherrard school district in Western Illinois has already cost taxpayers $100,000 in legal cost fighting the family of a 9-year-old girl and her service dog Jasper. Kelsey McGuire suffers from epilepsy and her dog Jasper helps her deal with the condition. Under disability laws Illinois school districts are supposed to be open, welcoming, and accommodate service animals for students with needs. The McGuire family | Read More »

    Illegals and ISIS: Two for the price of one

    Illegals and ISIS: Two for the price of one

    Do you remember when the State Department’s Marie Harf educated those of us too stupid to understand her “nuanced” comments on the subject, that the reason ISIS had become a group of murdering terrorist thugs was due to the lack of job opportunities? Do you recall how Obama often uses similar language whenever he tries to justify his unconstitutional executive amnesty for millions of illegal | Read More »

    A (Very) Early Take on the 2016 House Races

    Although it is very early in the 2016 election cycle and we have not even made it through Election Day 2015, I thought it prudent to take a look at the House races.  On the Democratic side, there have been seven casualties thus far- Hahn and Capps in California, Duckworth in Illinois, Edwards and Van Hollen in Maryland, Murphy in Florida and Rangel in New | Read More »

    An analysis of the odds of the strongest republican candidates to win the GOP nomination in 2016

    My fellow conservatives, especially in the media, are forgetting the history of our party as well as who makes up the population who vote in our primaries.  Who have we elected as our nominees?  For a long time now, it’s been older white guys, all above 60 in fact- Romney, McCain, Dole, George HW Bush, Reagan, Nixon, all the way back to Eisenhower.  The one | Read More »

    Obama Plan To Kill Federal Small Business Programs Goes Unreported

    In a few weeks Congress and President Obama will agree on the federal government’s FY 2016 budget. I’m predicting buried deep inside that budget will be President Obama’s plan to permanently close the Small Business Administration and end all federal programs to assist small businesses by combining it with the Department of Commerce. Once the two agencies are combined, the staff and programs of the | Read More »

    The Travel Tax Trap

    The Travel Tax Trap

    This post originally appeared on Red Maryland, Maryland’s most respected conservative voice. Follow us on Twitter @RedMaryland or me @BrianGriffiths The Maryland General Assembly managed to mostly restrain itself from passing a tax increase. They did, however, pass one tax hike along generaly partisan lines that is designed to set a trap for Governor Larry Hogan moreso than it is to raise actual revenue. Senate | Read More »

    RINO Bob Corker delivers for Obama on Iran nuke deal

    RINO Bob Corker delivers for Obama on Iran nuke deal

    It was just last week that I wrote about the stupidity on display by the Obama administration in their nuclear discussions with Iran that essentially guarantees that the rogue nation will have a nuclear weapon in the very near future. In that piece, I also mentioned how RINO WIMP Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Bob Corker48%Senate Republican Average29See Full Scorecard48% of Tennessee, after a meeting with Obama, would | Read More »

    The Tax Code, Not Religious Liberty, is Enemy of Equal Treatment

    The Tax Code, Not Religious Liberty, is Enemy of Equal Treatment

    Thomas Jefferson drew the line of injury at breaking his leg or picking his pocket, but today this is offensive: “I ask you to consider both sides, read the bill, talk to your friends, talk to your family, do some research and come up with your own decision concerning your vote…Let’s start having conversations now about important issues rather than turning to insulting tactics.” Those | Read More »

    Follow the Money: HRC/Amicus Brief

    Follow the Money: HRC/Amicus Brief

    In less than two weeks, the Supreme Court of the United States will hear arguments for Obergefell v. Hodges in what is shaping up to be a landmark case in the national marriage debate. At issue are the questions of whether the Fourteenth Amendment requires states to license marriages between two people of the same sex and whether the Fourteenth Amendment requires states to recognize | Read More »

    The Fairest Tax of All

    If ever there was a word that has been misused beyond recognition it is the word “fair”.  What really is “fair”?  More specifically what does it mean to pay one’s “fair share”? Politicians have all kinds of ideas for replacing the current system.  Some speak of a “flat” tax.  Some speak of a “fair” tax.  What would a “fair” tax be? Some would say a | Read More »

    My First

    This will by my first diary entry, so I’m going to introduce myself a bit and weigh in on some recent news. I haven’t been conservative long, but once I was released from the clutches of Liberal Prep, I began seeing things differently.  I stopped watching CNN (the only channel my high school ever allowed on the TVs), started reading the Constitution and began determining | Read More »

    Babies Born Alive After Botched Abortions are being Murdered or Left to Die Globally

    Two years ago I told you about the grizzly practice of babies being born alive after botched abortions and then grotesquely murdered.

    They are physically strangled, mutilated, or left to die on the abortionist’s table.

    This vile desecration of human rights takes place not only in the us, but all across the world at a stunning rate. The worst part is that the medical community has begun attempting to cover it up.

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