Brandon Crocker

Brandon Crocker is a frequent contributor to The American Spectator online living in San Diego.

Myths About the State Tax Deduction

 

Recently I wrote in these pages explaining why elimination of the state tax deduction, which seems to have wide support among conservatives, is neither a good, just, nor conservative idea. My argument rested primarily on the bedrock premise that it is fundamentally unjust for a citizen to be taxed by the federal government on income […]

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Abolishing the State Tax Deduction Is Not Conservative

 

As we debate tax reform, there seems to be a growing consensus among conservative commentators that in order to pay for lower rates, we need to target deductions, which is largely correct. One specific target, however, is misguided. That target is the state tax deduction. The arguments being offered for eliminating this “give away” are […]

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A Unionist’s Case for Preserving (Most) Confederate Monuments

 

If Confederate statues are really generators of racial hate, as their most fervent detractors insist, it seems incongruous that over the past 50 years attitudes in the South on race have seen such an incredible transformation, all the while under the watchful eyes of those Confederates of stone and bronze. But with White Nationalists now […]

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Will Republicans Abandon Free Market Economics?

 

Trump’s reformulated tax plan still has some problems, but it has many positive elements, and is certainly far better than anything we can hope to see from Hillary Clinton. But if Trump really wants to be a “pro-growth candidate” the rest of his economic policy needs an overhaul, too. The essence of an economy, after […]

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Populist Wasteland

 

I have to admit that I like Jerry Brown. No, I don’t like the California governor’s destructive liberal policies. What I like is his honesty. Recently, Governor Brown signed a ridiculous bill that will raise California’s minimum wage to $15 an hour (that’s $30,000 a year for a full-time worker). But unlike President Obama and […]

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What Happened to the ‘Politically Incorrect’ Donald Trump?

 

Way back in June, in the speech officially announcing his entrance into the Republican presidential primary, Donald Trump came out strongly against illegal immigration using language that shocked many. “When Mexico sends its people, they are not sending their best. They are not sending you. They are sending people that have lots of problems, and […]

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Advice for Anti-Trump Super PACs

 

A lot of money has been spent by anti-Trump super PACs with little to show for it. Trump has been nearly impervious to negative advertising because (as I am continually reminded by some of my Trump-supporting friends) his core supporters simply don’t care about Trump University, how Trump manages his resorts, or where his ties […]

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Can Trump Work an Economic Miracle?

 

Donald Trump has promised a lot. His critics have, correctly in many instances, pointed out that he has been vague on how he will make America Great Again. But we can take a look at his general economic agenda and make a judgment on whether it can deliver the robust economic growth that he advertises. […]

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Big Sister in the Workplace

 

Aeschylus wrote “In war, truth is the first casualty.” The 2,500 years following that observation demonstrates that we can also say that truth is the first casualty in politics. So it should come as no surprise that the Democratic Party’s attempt to portray a Republican “war on women” is fraught with disinformation. I live in […]

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His Imperial Presidency

 

Thomas Friedman is worried about American democracy. He writes that by not giving President Obama everything we wants in a funding resolution, the House of Representatives is showing “contempt for the democratic process” and is thumbing its nose at our hollowed tradition of “majority rule.” Like much of what he writes, Thomas Friedman’s logic here […]

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