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The CBO’s Fuzzy Math

 

The Congressional Budget Office postulates that cutting spending by almost $100 million over the next decade would increase the deficit by about $200 million over the next decade. George W. Bush called that kind of arithmetic “fuzzy math.” The CBO report released this week specifically involves cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments made by the federal government. […]

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Steve Bannon — In Exile Sooner Than Later

 

Steve Bannon is out. And all that has happened in — and since — Charlottesville has had paradoxical effects. It is not simply whether Bannon, who once had unfettered access to the Oval Office, is now banished from the White House, gone outright, or to go first, in transition, to the adjoining Executive Office Building […]

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California Can’t Fix Its Housing Problems

 

Sacramento Even California’s liberal Democrats are starting to understand that the state’s housing crisis is fundamentally a supply-and-demand problem. Home prices have soared to astronomical levels, with a median price above $750,000 in the nine-county Bay Area and nearly $700,000 in Orange County. Years of growth controls and local regulations have restricted housing supply and […]

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Whose Side Is He On?

 

Now for a few words about the Confederate statues contretemps in various states. 1. I wonder how many of the counter-protesters at the Charlottesville event even had any idea who Robert E. Lee was. He was a major hero of the Mexican-American War. He fought for the Confederacy against the Union, but at the time […]

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Is It Time to Ban the Democratic Party?

 

It is a political movement devouring itself. All of a sudden America is confronted with American leftists abruptly striking out at their own history — pulling down statues of those who were the military leaders of a philosophical belief that is historically recorded and enshrined as the building block of the Democratic Party. In a […]

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Left-Wing Air and Water

 

For those of you who still believe that the up-scale Sierra Club — with 2.4 million members and a $100 million annual budget — is anything more than a general purpose left-wing pressure group, allow me to share with you an email I received Tuesday from Sierra president Michael Brune urging me to action. This […]

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Masters of Inhumanity

 

No suspense this time around. Anyone who says someone else is “unfit to be a human” clinches our golden prize, hook, line, and sinker. Way to go, Ana Navarro. Your post-Jeb career isn’t wanting in the energy that made his run exhausting. Though we are curious, given that it’s all playing out at the network […]

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The Endless Hazing of Trump by Sanctimonious Frauds

 

The self-appointed ruling class is overflowing with egomaniacs and heartless operators who, oblivious to the irony of their own pouting, decry Trump’s “ego” and question his “heart.” Has America ever had to endure a more insufferable collection of frauds? When not sating themselves at Margaret Sanger award galas and Black Lives Matters powwows, they can […]

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Healthcare Solutions, Scarce in Washington, Found 10,000 Miles Away

 

Singapore spends less on health care than any other First World nation. Its inhabitants also rank as one of the healthiest peoples on the planet. Go figure. With polls showing just 12 percent of Americans supporting one of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s repeal-and-replace measures and even fewer wanting to keep Obamacare intact without reform, […]

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Hypocrisy at Charlottesville

 

The brutal events in Charlottesville not only reveal a national tragedy but also a national hypocrisy. We do not have to agree with what the Nazis and white nationalists stand for to defend their constitutional right to assemble and speak. The courts have long ruled that even hate speech is protected speech. Had there been […]

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