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Lanhee Chen: Trump Bringing More Transparency and Accountability to Government Bureaucracies


It’s not something that gets a lot of attention from the media, but the regulatory reforms undertaken by the Trump Administration have been critical to keeping the American economy strong.  President Trump has led efforts to roll back red tape by cutting over 8 regulations for every new one that’s been put in place.  This action alone will save American households an estimated $3,100 each year.

Federal bureaucracies have too often abused their power to impose unreasonable burdens on Americans.  In 2014, for example, the EPA wanted to impose $20 million in fines on a family that built an environmentally-friendly pond for their horses.  President Trump is bringing more transparency and accountability where it’s badly needed.

Now, the Trump Administration is working with states and local governments to cut regulations and costs and harmonize regulations at different levels of government.  This will lead to even more cost savings and a stronger economy for the American people.

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A Year In Review

 

Townhall Review – December 28, 2019

Hugh Hewitt looks at the year in review and the impeachment of President Trump with Andrew McCarthy, a senior fellow at National Review Institute.

…Hugh also…

Talks with Senator Tom Cotton about the unrest in Hong Kong…

Talks with Michael Oren about the threat Iran presents to the Middle East…

Talks with Larry Arnn, President of Hillsdale College, about the recent British elections…

Talks with Bill Bennett, about China…

Talks with Nikki Haley about the United Nations…

And talks with Georgia Congressman Doug Collins about the impeachment.

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Michael Medved: The Left Wallows in Grief, Despair and Fears of Imminent Destruction

In the midst of an impeachment battle they can’t possibly win, Democrats wallow in despair and grief, according to two articles in the New York Times. Michelle Goldberg writes about her “anxiety and anger…a demoralizing degree of fear, even depression.”

A different piece by Sarah Lyall bears the sub-headline “Trump Anxiety Colors Everything” quoting a Georgia Democrat saying: “Four years is as long as I can go but eight years – we won’t have an America left.”

Such paranoia never explains how, precisely, America will disappear. How do they expect democracy to die? Sure, the present polarization is painful, but we hardly stand at the edge of dissolution or destruction. By nearly all measures, America’s better off than at the time of Trump’s election three years ago and claims that the nation is about to collapse underestimate the robust durability of our Constitution, our economy and our institutions.

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Albert Mohler: The Full Joy of Christmas

‘Tis the season for Christmas carols, and one of the most beautiful of our carols asks the most important question of all: “What child is this, who, laid to rest, on Mary’s lap is sleeping?” Christmas demands an answer to that question.

Even with all the fanfare and frantic activity of the season, that question remains. Even though commercialism and secularism and political correctness try to push the question aside, the question still stands. In the stillness of a winter’s night, the question rings out loudly and insistently – who is this child?

You know the carol’s answer: “This, this is Christ the king, whom shepherd’s guard and angels sing.” “Joy! Joy! For Christ is born. The babe, the son of Mary!” That is the true answer to the question – the baby is Christ the King. May you know the full joy of Christmas.

Merry Christmas.

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Hugh Hewitt: Christianity Today’s Bewildering Move

After more than a quarter-century of occasionally attempting to help direct traffic at the intersection of faith and politics, I have to admit: I am bewildered by Christianity Today editor Mark Galli’s column last week, wherein he called for the impeachment of President Trump.

Galli—on behalf of CT—has done exactly what has preceded every schism in every congregation ever: Take an absolutist stand on a radically divisive issue.

Why in the world would anyone seek an absolutist political opinion from a website about evangelical faith?

Most people aren’t looking to CT for direct advice on politics—and they’ll steer clear now of yet another politicized platform.

It’s laughable to say that there’s a clear, one-sided “Christian” appraisal of the case for or against the president.

In a democratic republic, the people decide.

When they do, they’ll end up giving the presidency back to Trump or to his opponent for reasons wholly unrelated to Christianity Today’s view on the question.

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Owen Strachan: Jesus, Born of a Woman

My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.

Nearly two millennia ago, a young woman said these words. Mary had just heard the news that she would bear the Messiah, the Son of God, Jesus Christ. Christians all over the world celebrate the incarnation, the true reason for Christmas.

One truth of Christmas that we might miss amidst all else going on: truly, there is no more powerful affirmation in history of God’s design for women than the incarnation.

Our culture tells us it’s “pro-woman” but wars against women and the womb. In Scripture, Jesus is born of a woman. The Genesis curse on childbearing is overcome by God. The elegant distinctiveness of womanhood is elevated and affirmed, while the culture of death and abortion is rebuked.

Indeed: God has looked on our humble estate.

Merry Christmas.

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Proft: The Somber, Prayerful, Reluctant House Democrats


House Democrats were “somber,” “prayerful,” and “reluctant” about impeachment—or so they say.

But, on December 6, 2017, 58 House Democrats voted for impeachment over Trump’s criticism of NFL players who knelt during the national anthem.

And, on January 19, 2018, 66 House Democrats voted for impeachment over Trump’s use of coarse language to describe underdeveloped countries.

Then, on July 17, 2019, 95 House Democrats voted for impeachment over Trump’s insulting statements about “The Squad.”

This says nothing of Rep. Al Green’s demand Trump be impeached over his “racism” … and Rep. AOC’s contention that Trump should be impeached over the citizenship question the Department of Commerce attempted to put on the 2020 census questionnaire.

Yet, we are supposed to believe the House Democratic caucus is comprised of reasonable people who take their Constitutional oath seriously.

Democrats in the House have been thirsting for impeachment since inauguration day.

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