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Hang Onto Your Wallets ... And Your Freedom

Listening to the Democratic presidential debates these past two days has been alarming.  Pandering to specific groups, the candidates are prepared to have the federal government cover the costs for a myriad of programs.  The New York Times wrote, “The Democrats’ two nights of debates showed that liberalism is on the march in the party.

Lawmakers Who Want to Boost the Middle Class Should Focus on Lowering the Debt

This week, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its 2019 Long-Term Outlook which corroborated that the United States current rate of spending is unsustainable.

CBO warns the nation’s mounting debt heightens the risk of a fiscal crisis and will slow income growth, place upward pressure on interest rates, and weaken the ability to respond to the next national emergency or recession.

No More Vaping in San Francisco?

The Los Angeles Times’s June 24 editorial, “San Francisco’s E-cigarette Ban Isn’t Just Bad Policy, it’s Bad for Public Health” is right on target.

Seattle's Soda Tax Fails to Live Up to Its Promises

In Seattle, free college, youth education programs, and job training are the latest “soda tax” battle cries. Unfortunately for consumers, these are promises that are made to be broken. In the city, a case of Gatorade used to cost a Seattleites $15.99 in 2017 but now costs $26.33.

Ohio's Nonsensical Nuclear Bailout Moves Forward

Like a giant pink bat signal, an inflatable pig owned by Bowling Green protestors drew attention back on Ohio’s proposal to bailout failing nuclear companies.

New York Lawmakers Protect Pay Raises With Taxpayer-Funded Attorneys

While a potential pay raise for members of Congress seems to have been tabled for now, an equally atrocious attempt to abuse taxpayer funds is occuring in the Empire State.  

Digital Video Piracy Isn't Fun and Games

Technology is continually changing, and nowhere is that more apparent than in the video piracy space.  In 2014, CAGW President Tom Schatz and I co-authored a report entitled, Intellectual Property:  Making It Personal, where we discussed the ongoing issues surrounding the protection of intellectual property rights.  In this report, we referred to a study conducted by Envisional, which concluded that more than 99 percent of the traf

Ways & Means Hearing Highlights the Battle Over Medicare For All

On Wednesday, June 12, 2019, the House Ways and Means Committee held a hearing with the intent to give Republicans and Democrats the chance to discuss other proposals to expand universal health care.  Generally universal coverage means government-run healthcare.  This was the first time a House committee of jurisdiction had formally assembled to examine universal health coverage, though the hearing shortly turned into the predictable and fatuous game of Republicans vs. Democrats.

Congress Drives the "Megabus" Off the Tracks

Even with the national debt at more than $22 trillion and trillion-dollar annual deficits beginning in fiscal year (FY) 2022, Congress continues full-speed ahead towards another fiscal disaster.  This week’s poor spending decision comes from H.R. 2740, an appropriations “megabus.”

California's Budget Projects a $22 Billion Surplus, Yet Wants Billions More in New Taxes

After 32 consecutive victories on the TV game show “Jeopardy,” James Holzhauer, a professional sports gambler from Las Vegas, Nevada, saw his incredible winning streak come to an end.  Finishing with $2,462,216 in total prize money, James fell just $58,484 short of the all-time record set by Ken Jennings in 2004 (it took Jennings 74 games to reach that mark).  While this is surely not the ending “Jeopardy James” had hoped for, he still goes home with just under $2.5 million.

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