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Michael Medved: The Alarming Truth About Life Expectancy

The New York Times recently reported on alarming statistics on life expectancy. “For the first time in modern history, gains have stalled,” according to the report. “Alcohol and drug abuse, poor diet, obesity, smoking, and a lack of exercise have taken their toll … Older people are dying prematurely, their conditions worsened by isolation and depression.”

It’s a bleak portrait, but it’s not about America: the Times report focused on the United Kingdom, long-celebrated by the left for its National Health Service and other welfare state programs. Of course, in America we have identical problems of substance abuse, isolation and deaths of despair, but the situation in Great Britain reveals how socialized medicine and big government don’t offer simple solutions.

In most Western societies, the breakdown of family, retreat of religion and collapse of community, damage both the quality and length of our lives, regardless of government policies.

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Owen Strachan: Our First Institutions at Risk

Are the kids okay?

According to a new poll from the Wall Street Journal and NBC, just 30 percent of millennials and Generation Z say religion is important to them. Only 40 percent of young people say being patriotic is important—and one-third say having children is important.

Polls come and opinions go, but this data represents a real change in the thinking of America’s young. If religion, country, and children aren’t of great consequence, what is in this life? Staring at social media? Playing games? Watching movies?

Something profound is happening in America. Our youth are in danger of living frictionless, commitment-free lives. We need a recovery of confidence in our first institutions: church, family, nation. We are—young and people and older people alike—called to build a life build on something more than our own self-interest.

Let’s get back to business. Let’s look beyond ourselves. Let’s do hard things.

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Michael Medved: Problems Beyond Politics

I’m sure I’m not alone in knowing several families that are prosperous, hard-working and deeply religious and yet lose children to the world of drugs, out-of-wedlock birth, welfare dependence and hopelessness.

It’s also increasingly common to see solidly middle-class couples who, after 20 or 30 years of seemingly successful marriage, suddenly break up, causing pain to themselves, their children and even their grandchildren. In spite of a booming economy and increased opportunity, so-called “deaths of despair”—through suicide, alcoholism or drug overdoses—have reached unprecedented levels.

This explains the seeming disconnect between our prevailing prosperity and the big majorities who believe America’s on the wrong track for our future.

The essential problem involves the collapse of family life, and with neither liberals nor conservatives addressing the issue in meaningful ways, our politics seems to offer only a sideshow rather than a solution.

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Hugh Hewitt and NYT Columnist David Brooks on “The Second Mountain”

Hugh Hewitt invites David Brooks, Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times, and author of The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Lifeto share insights from his book. Brooks shares how in our disconnected culture the only way to build authentic relationships is to be vulnerable. In the book, Brooks does just that. He offers a very honest and candid look into his life, his faith, and his family. Setting aside the tribalistic nature of politics, Brooks shares that our life is about our relationships, our character, how well we love, the things we love, and how well we treat our neighbor.

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Albert Mohler: One Family’s Sacrifice for Liberty


The New York Times recently published a story entitled “Wreck of the Juneau Is Found.” It’s about the discovery of the U.S. Navy cruiser Juneau that was blasted apart by a Japanese torpedo in 1942.

Even in the context of the millions and millions of casualties of World War II on all sides, the story Juneau resonates in a special way in the American memory, a memory of indebtedness to one family. One family that lost not one, not two, not three, not four but five sons on one day on one ship!

75 years later, the Juneau’s wreckage has been discovered but the American people’s moral debt remains: a moral debt to all those who have given their lives and have given their family members to the cause of defending liberty.

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Jerry Bowyer: What Should We Expect From the Recent Tax Cuts

Shooting Florida

What should we expect from the recent tax cuts? In a word, “growth.” At Townhall Finance, we recently reviewed the historical data around the Kennedy, Reagan and Bush tax cuts.

 

What we found is that the economy slowed while waiting for the tax cuts to kick in, and then boomed afterwards. So far—true to form—we’ve seen the economy slow down a bit at the end of 2017 and then show real signs of strong growth this year. The Atlanta Fed, hardly Trump’s home team is forecasting greater than 5 percent growth this year. What would that mean for us? About 400 billion dollars of new wealth this year alone.

 

Let’s say you take your typical tax cut and invest it. Over 30 years it could result in $53k dollar in additional income for your family. We’re talking about real money—the kind of money which can help the Republicans in Congress do much better in the elections than the talking heads are predicting.

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