Commentary

Jerry Bowyer: Elizabeth Warren’s Wealth Tax Folly

Recently, candidate Elizabeth Warren proposed a wealth tax, which is a tax on wealth that has already been earned, taxed and saved.

This sounded historically familiar to me, so I talked to my friend Amity Shlaes, a renowned economic historian and author of “The Forgotten Man,” a history of the Great Depression. She confirmed to me that under the New Deal there were, indeed, several wealth taxes.

The result of this general war on business and war on wealth was what she labeled “the Depression within the Depression”—that brutal period from 1937-1938 when unemployment, still over ten percent, shot back up even higher. The anti-business attitude of the New Deal prolonged and, she said, “put the ‘great’ in Great Depression, no doubt about it.”

A wealth tax? We’ve been there. Done that. Crashed the economy. This is one experiment that we’d be fools to try again.

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Albert Mohler: The Delusion Destroying Women’s Sports

News reports came out last week that the transgender athlete Rachel McKinnon has, for the second year in a row, won the women’s bicycling championships in Manchester, England.

McKinnon is a biological male competing as a female. That has left some female athletes upset.

McKinnon pushed back in a statement we should listen to closely:

“All my medical records say, female. My doctor treats me as a female person. My racing license says female, but people who oppose my existence still want to think of me as male. So, if we want to say that I believe you’re a woman for all of society except for this massive central part that is sport, then that’s not fair.”

McKinnon has a point.

If people offer the delusion that a biological male is a female in other dimensions, it’s inconsistent to deny that same designation in sport.

We’re watching a secularizing world mired in inconsistency, and whenever that inconsistency is pointed out, it’s our responsibility to see it for what it is. But this is where Christians also have to recognize that the last thing we should hope for in this world is for the world to be even more consistently wrong.

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Michael Medved: Bias and Blindness in the Prestige Press

On the day after the bold and successful American raid that killed the world’s most-wanted terrorist, the Washington Post ran an instantly infamous headline: “Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Austere Religious Scholar at the Helm of Islamic State, Dies at 48.”

The obituary featured a deceptively genial photo of the purported “religious scholar,” resembling a kindly Islamic Santa Claus, and the headline gave no hint that his death, like his life, had been unspeakably violent—pursued by American raiders, he exploded a suicide vest that also claimed three children.

The Post later changed the headline to read “Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Extremist Leader of Islamic State, Dies at 48,” but the term “extremist” still fails to capture the hideous cruelty of prolonged torture, mass rape, enslavement and genocidal murder associated with this unlamented monster.

On occasion, significant slip-ups make the bias and blindness of the nation’s prestige press not just obvious, but undeniable.

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Lanhee Chen: The Single-Item Agenda of the Democrats: Impeachment

The Democrats seem to have an impeachment problem.

Recent polling from The New York Times and Siena college shows that in six swing states that President Trump won in 2016, registered voters generally support the impeachment inquiry, but oppose impeaching the President and removing him from office, by a margin of 53 to 43 percent.

So, the more Democrats pursue the impeachment of President Trump, the more it seems to work against them. That’s because this pursuit seems to come at the expense of progress on the issues voters actually care about, like jobs, the state of the economy, and keeping our communities and country safe. Historically, it’s been these issues that have a greater impact on the outcome of elections.

Nancy Pelosi has boasted that Democrats can walk and chew gum at the same time—in other words, pursue both impeachment and progress on the pocketbook issues that Americans care about. But in watching them recently, you have to wonder if that’s really true.

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Owen Strachan: Child Victims of the Sexual Revolution

An uproar has broken out over a Texas custody battle involving Jeffrey Younger. He’s the father of a seven-year-old boy named James. James’s mother has enrolled him in school as a girl. She told him for years that he is a girl because he said he once liked a toy meant for girls. Now she wants to put him on puberty blockers and is pursuing a future “transition” to girlhood for James.

Jeffrey Younger is fighting the case in court and was just granted some say. He and his ex-wife will have joint conservatorship over James.

Do not be confused: we’re in the midst of a gender revolution — change that — children are in the midst of a gender revolution.

We should stand against the gender transitions of children.

We should speak truth. And we should protect children from life-altering treatments.

This is madness.

We cannot be silent.

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Dan Proft: Chicago New Mayor Exacerbates Budget Crisis

Lori Lightfoot was elected mayor of Chicago in April to much national fanfare as a triumph of identity politics. She labeled herself “a triple threat” because she’s black, gay and female.

Now: Six months in and amid Chicago’s second teachers’ strike in seven years, Lightfoot has discovered math doesn’t care about her intersectionality and neither does the Chicago Teachers’ Union.

Chicago teachers, already the highest paid in the nation adjusted for cost of living, rejected a 16 percent pay increase over five years that would bring the average teacher salary to nearly $100,000. That doesn’t include the net present value pension of more than $2 million guaranteed for which teachers contribute only 2 percent of their salaries.

The Chicago Public School system currently has nearly $20 billion in bills and less than $3 billion to pay for them.

Chicago’s democratic politicians have done a torch of a job on the city’s finances … rivaling what fire did to the physical city in 1871.

Lightfoot is just the latest pyromaniac.

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Jerry Bowyer: Blundering into a Syrian Civil War

When they’re not obsessing over Ukraine and Giuliani, the media is spending its time bashing Trump for his Syria pull-out. But not a word is said about who got us into this mess: President Obama.

Many have been critical of Trump’s sudden pull-out of Syria, but long before Trump came into office, Obama allowed Syria to go from a revolution to a long and lethal civil war.

Obama said Assad must go; his CIA spent $1 billion funding and training Syrian rebels to that end.

The US-led effort to oust Assad paved the way for ISIS and the current chaos that Trump is trying to get us out of.

Back in 2013, many conservatives opposed Obama’s plan to overthrow Assad, because we thought that it would extend the civil war. That is exactly what happened. While the media attacks Trump for blundering out of Syria, they’ve forgotten that Obama blundered us into it.

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