Commentary

‘I Feel Like I’m in a Monty Python Skit Here’ Dennis Prager at Senate Subcommittee on Google Censorship

Dennis Prager at the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on the Constitution hearing entitled “Google and Censorship through Search Engines” in Washington, D.C. on July 16, 2019.  Dennis also answers speaks with Senator Marsha Blackburn after giving his written statement.

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Dan Proft: 2020: A Choice Between Two Bernies

In a sense, the 2020 race is shaping up as a choice between two Bernies—a right Bernie and a left Bernie.

Do you like the Capitalist Bernie or the Bolshevik Bernie?

These two Bernies have neatly defined the choice in 2020.

On the one hand is Home Depot founder, the creator of a half-million jobs, and billionaire Bernie Marcus who is spending his golden years giving away his money to worthy causes.

On the other hand is Soviet devotee Sen. Bernie Sanders who’s spending his golden years the same way he spent his formative ones—giving away other people’s money.

Bernie Marcus is an unabashed Trump supporter undeterred by threats of a Home Depot boycott by Marxist mobsters.

Bernie Sanders is an unrepentant redistributionist who said on “Meet the Press” recently his goal is “to make the poor richer and the rich poorer.”

Bernie Marcus doesn’t believe helping people is a zero-sum proposition. Bernie Sanders believes everything should be free except freedom.

Which Bernie will you support in 2020?

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Jerry Bowyer: A Tax Change the President Should Embrace

Bloomberg News and CNBC report that the Trump administration is seriously considering a rule change which would stop the IRS from taxing investors based on phantom gains from inflation.

Let’s say you buy an investment for a hundred dollars and sell it a few years later for 105 dollars, but inflation was 5 percent. You didn’t really make any money. In real purchasing power, you just broke even.

The way the system works now, you’d have to pay taxes on that five dollars. That’s not taxing income; that’s confiscating wealth.

Larry Kudlow, now the president’s chief economic advisor has long been a champion of the idea, and it looks like the president is on board. And: It looks like the president can do this without buy-in from Congress.

We should hope the president embraces this idea and moves forward with it.

It’s good economics—and it would be good politics as well.

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Michael Medved: Divided Dems Can’t Exploit Trump’s Biggest Vulnerability

The Democrats suffer from deep, potentially deadly divisions – exemplified by the bitter sniping between Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the anti-American radicals of the ultra-progressive “squad” in the House of Representatives, along with the party’s circular firing squad of two dozen embattled presidential candidates.

These feuds not only chew up liberal resources, energy and credibility, but also destroy Democrat chances of capitalizing on Trump’s greatest vulnerability: his disappointing failure at unifying the country and his reckless promotion of partisan polarization. If Democrats can’t even work together on their own side of the aisle, how can they promise to bring the whole country together?

At least Trump has managed to enlist the great majority of Republicans on his team, while the Democrats continue to fracture and quibble just as the campaign moves into a more serious phase.

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Mohler: Gender Ideology Spurs Fundamental Breakdown of Meaning and Language


A recent article in New York Times Magazine illustrates for us the quandary of the gender revolution and the breakdown of language.

It was a massive essay entitled, “The Struggles of Rejecting the Gender Binary.”

The subject of the article wants to be known by the pronouns that are supposedly gender-neutral—they/them …

… so I marked all of the confusing personal pronouns that I could discover in this multi-thousand word article. I found at least 171 times where the pronoun simply doesn’t make sense.

How in the world do you have any kind of language coherence when pronouns become a matter of gender ideology and you have people saying, “I am no longer a he or she, I am a them or a they”?

What we’re seeing is a fundamental breakdown of meaning and that seen in a breakdown of language.

It’s a subversion of truth.

There can be no coherence on the other side of such a breakdown.

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Michael Medved: Joe Biden: Combining Radical Substance with Moderate Style?


In campaigning for president, Joe Biden faces a difficult dilemma: if he moves left to placate his party’s increasingly socialistic base, he’ll lose the moderate support he needs to challenge Donald Trump. But if he runs as a compromising centrist, enraged party progressives will block his nomination.

The problem is that satisfying progressives requires such radical positions—like racial reparations, forgiving student loans, and banning private health insurance—that middle-of-the-road voters won’t be reassured by an easy-going style. If the election becomes a referendum on a stridently leftist Democratic platform, Republicans should be able to build a big majority in opposition.

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David Davenport: The Elephant In The Policy Room


You would never know this listening to presidential candidates but Social Security, in crisis mode for a while, will begin paying out more than it takes in next year. The reserve fund will be depleted in 16 years, meaning seniors would face 20 percent cuts in their payments.

Roughly half of Americans rely on Social Security for most of their retirement income. And with baby boomers retiring and living longer, the numbers will only get worse.

While Democrats talk about welfare and socialism, and Republicans love their tax cuts, we still need to pay for the entitlements we already have such as Social Security and Medicare.

Fixing this will take several things Washington hardly does anymore: exercise fiscal discipline, debate and deliberate, and come to some kind of bipartisan agreement.

Party line vote—the new normal in Washington—will not do the trick

Social Security needs a fix.

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