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Michael Medved: A Political Earthquake Could Shake Los Angeles – and the Nation

Frustration, rage and disgust over the homeless crisis in Los Angeles threatens a political revolution that could bring profound nationwide consequences. A group of activists has mounted a campaign to recall Mayor Eric Garcetti for his smug, inept handling about the swelling plague of transient encampments, filthy streets and homeless crime, despite authorization for more than a billion dollars in added spending to counter the problems.

The more local government spends on homeless services, the more transients flock to the city and befoul its streets and its parks. If the activists get 300,000 signatures on their petitions, Garcetti could be voted out of office in the middle of his term—sending a message to cities everywhere that the public’s fed up with a feckless coddling as quality of life, public health, and common decency disastrously decline.

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Lanhee Chen: There Is No Such Thing as “Free Health Care”

Massachusetts Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has now lost whatever slim chance she had of becoming President. In the first debate between Democratic Party presidential candidates, Warren endorsed the idea of taking away private health insurance from every American who has it, and replacing it with a socialist-style, one-size-fits-all government-run health plan.

Warren will sell her plan for a government takeover of the U.S. health care system as giving more Americans “free health care,” but we all know there’s no such thing. Her ideas would not only be incredibly disruptive to hundreds of millions of Americans, but it could also limit access to doctors and care, slow medical innovation and raise taxes significantly for many across the country.

We shouldn’t be surprised that Elizabeth Warren is embracing socialist-style policies. It’s all part of the leftward lurch of Democrats seeking the presidency. The only question is who will choose to join her next.

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Jerry Bowyer: High Stakes in the 2020 Election

The stakes in the 2020 election may be higher than many Americans recognize:

A detailed look by Townhall Finance into the causes of national financial collapse—measuring hundreds of factors against scores of nations—reveals that the most reliable path to a financial collapse occurs when a nation’s leadership class turns sharply against wealth creation.

When there’s an erosion of business freedom and property rights and when government corruption, taxes and debt increase, the probability of a financial collapse goes up 3 to 5-fold.

Why should we care about how other nations have collapsed? Because large sections of today’s Democratic party are openly embracing exactly those kinds of policies.

The 2020 election is not just about the difference between a 2 percent growth rate and 4 percent growth rate.

It might be about continued growth vs. something which would make the great recession pale in comparison.

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