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Those Job-Killing Taxes

Constantly labeling taxes as “job-killers” is another matter entirely. Constantly labeling taxes as job-killers is at best an unsupported assertion, and at worst an outright lie. There is nothing wrong with arguing the concept of taxes, or about what they support, but you need to show proof to make the affirmative statement that they kill jobs, and the proof just isn’t there. We covered this topic here before, but it bears repeating; no matter how you slice it, no one has ever been able to point to a period where tax cuts, by themselves, generated GDP growth or accelerated job creation. In fact, the opposite is true. We the people have two shining, large scale examples in the recent past to look at; the Clinton tax increases that came with the Deficit Reduction Act of 1993, and the Bush tax cuts of 2001 and 2003.

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Calling Libertarians

The financial reform law passed this week was not, as has been falsely reported in the mainstream media, the first major restructuring of financial regulations in 70 years. That came during the late 90’s, when we scaled back financial regulation to get the government farther out of banking and finance. The financial collapse was nearly fatal to our economy because of interconnections that were previously banned by “intrusive regulations”. Free markets, do indeed fail.

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The Real America

Real Americans, in my book, are decent folks who treat their neighbors and strangers as they would want to be treated. They care about their country; sometimes they care so much that they say or write things they regret, but they are strong enough to apologize. Real Americans live in every community I have traveled to in this great nation, and I have had the privilege of going from sea to shining sea. If you are having trouble finding the real ones, or if you despair about your nation, just turn off the television. Real Americans are always easier to see without cable news on in the background.

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Happy Birthday America

It was 234 years ago that the Jefferson-penned Declaration of Independence was signed by 57 men from the 13 crown colonies of North America. First and foremost, the signing was an act of treason against the Crown and, during the time of Manifest Destiny, and act of sacrilege. While Jefferson and the founders are often acknowledged for their bravery, it was the meticulous legal craftsmanship of the Declaration that proclaimed the credibility of a nation. This move was not a hectic power-grab, nor was it politics run amok. Thomas Jefferson took great care in explaining the case for separation from England.