January 20, 2018

The Obama majority? [Contributor]

Rhett Wilkinson is a senior at Utah State University. He is studying journalism and political science. The opinions expressed are his own. American Prospect editor Harold Meyerson opined for the Washington Post that there is “an Obama majority in American politics, symbolized by Monday’s throng on the Mall, whose existence is both the consequence of […]

Entitlements are…earned? [video]

Someone tell me this isn’t a scene from the movie version of Atlas Shrugged…

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) on the house floor “reminds” her collegues that entitlements are “earned.”

Hitting the Limit: A Financial Argument for Limiting Government [Contributor]

Tyler Lees is a conservative engineer and train nerd from Midvale, Utah.You can follow him on Twitter as @ThePacificSlope. After he and I discussed on Twitter the necessity of establishing priorities for government in order to cut spending, I invited Tyler to share his view on the topic in a format longer than Twitter’s 140 characters. The following are his thoughts.

I believe that there is a practical limit to how big government can get, irrespective of ideological points of view. Let me explain. [cont…]

Public roads to nowhere [Contributor]

Democrats love talking about roads when they are actually talking about something else. Listen to Massachusetts senate candidate (and progressive heart-throb) Elizabeth Warren: “There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody. You built a factory out there—good for you! But I want to be clear. You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for.” Hear this echo from President Obama: “If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help.… Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business—you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” [cont…]

Retirement Plans? Private Investment is still Smarter than Social Security

So, which system do you want to be covered by when you retire? One that has paid out an annual return of 6.85 percent or one that’s completely bankrupt and funded from current tax dollars? Apparently, America is split on that question:
50% of the workforce has no private pension coverage.
31% of the workforce has no savings set aside specifically for retirement.

I have only one question if you are part of that 50% or 31%: are you crazy? [cont…]

Are we in the midst of the rise of China and the decline of America? [graphs]

If these days and years will be seen as great, it will be because we will decide in coming months and years what course we will take, pass policies that reverse the trends and return America to its competitive edge and full solvency as the best investment in the world, or whether we will lapse into decline. Will we figure out a way to care for the poor and disadvantaged, to keep our promises to older generations, but refrain from pouring an unbearable burden on our children and grandchildren?

Or, perhaps better said: will we return America to a beacon on a hill, the leader of the free world? [cont…]

Could Congressman Chaffetz save Social Security? [Charts]

Would you believe that Social Security is now running in a deficit? Shocker, right? According to the 2011 Annual Report  (the “Report”) to Social Security and Medicare Boards of Trustees, “Social Security expenditures exceeded the program’s non-interest income in 2010 for the first time since 1983.” Or, in other words, Social Security sent out to retirees […]