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Jerry Bowyer: Campaign 2020: Is it Dems v. Trump or Dems v. Beef?

After the recent CNN “Climate Change Townhall,” one gets the impression that the candidates are no longer running against Trump but instead running against beef.

Kamala Harris and Andrew Yang both called for either cutting back meat consumption dramatically or even nudging most of the world to go vegetarian completely. Beto O’Rourke says people who eat meat are part of the problem—and Cory Booker went full veggie a long time ago.

But the science behind The Vegetarian Myth, is rebutted by an eponymous book by former vegan Leirre Keith. Turns out that all that soy they’re pushing at us is much worse for the environment. The rain forests are generally being slashed and burned for soy farming, not for pasturing cows. Grass-fed cows maintain sustainable pastures with deep roots—whereas highly subsidized, shallow-rooted annual grain crops can leave soil vulnerable to run-off and depletion.

The war against beef has deep roots itself—in progressive ideology, but its scientific roots are rather shallow.

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Jerry Bowyer: Getting Serious About the Economy

Senator Elizabeth Warren, Democrat candidate for president, recently warned that the U.S. economy might collapse in the near term.

I’ve recently completed extensive research identifying the conditions that tend to lead to financial collapses—what I call catastrophic losses. It turns out the kinds of environments which tend to lead to them are sudden shifts of policy in an anti-business direction and a weakening of property rights. Excessive taxation and excessive spending are also part of a toxic mix. In other words: Exactly the kind of hard-left turns which are associated with much of the Democratic field.

High taxes, big spending, expansion of government all severely raise the risk of collapse. The U.S. economy is resilient, but it’s not immune to collapse.

We should get serious about spending control and growth promotion because it can happen to us.

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Jerry Bowyer: It’s Time to Pivot Back to Pro-Growth Economic Policies

We’ve seen warning signs over the past few months that economic growth is slowing down. Now it’s official: The latest GDP report shows growth in the last quarter at about 2 percent—well below historic averages.

President Trump’s tax cuts kicked in at the beginning of last year. By last summer the economy was booming.

But now the boom’s worn off. The president blames Fed tightening; most economists blame the trade war.

And, it’s hard to ignore the volatility in our policy environment which gives business what it dreads most: huge levels of uncertainty.

There’s a real danger now that the president could enter reelection with a sluggish economy. He should make a hard pivot back to pro-growth policies, leaning on advisors like Larry Kudlow who helped him deliver the boom of 2018.

A growing economy could be the key to delivering a reelection boom for 2020.

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Jerry Bowyer: Buttigieg: Bad Theology, Bad Economics

Recently, Democrat presidential candidate, Pete Buttigieg, decided to try his hand at Bible application. He argued that the federal government should prohibit any wage lower than $15/hour.

And he quoted the book of Proverbs: “Whoever oppresses the poor taunts their maker.”

When it comes to failure, that’s what we call a two-fer: It was both bad theology and bad economics.

First, bad theology: The Bible is a very long book and it does not specify a specific wage level, ever. The New Testament parable of the workers seems to argue in favor of mutually agreed upon wages, not mandated wages.

And then we have Mayor Pete’s bad economics: There is no doubt that a $15/hr. minimum wage would create a spike in unemployment, and the hardest hit would be the children of the working class and the poor.

Let’s hope the nation is not fooled by either bad economics or bad theology.

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Jerry Bowyer: Amazon Moves in a Chilling Direction

Amazon recently announced that it will no longer sell books by Dr. Joseph Nicolosi and others which help people deal with unwanted same-sex attraction.

With this, we’ve crossed a new boundary in the no-longer latent authoritarianism of the sexual revolution. In Judaism and Christianity, your nature is defined by God. In ancient Greek thought, it was defined by nature. Our modern on-going sexual revolution threw all of that aside and said that you define yourself, your will decides your identity.

But now even that restraint is being thrown off, and a one-way door is erected in its place. If you want to self-identify as gay, you can, and help is available. But if you want to self-identify as straight, the help window is slammed shut.

Amazon is moving in a chilling direction: from online book seller to online book censor.

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Jerry Bowyer: A New Voice at the Fed

With economic commentator Steve Moore out of the running for Fed, President Trump has turned to another option, announcing his intent to appoint economist Judy Shelton.

Dr. Shelton is a superb choice.

Years ago, Shelton was one of the very few analysts to predict the fall of the Soviet Union long before it happened. Her conservative commitments are rock solid, having directed the Sound Money Project at the Atlas Foundation. Just last year she was successful in getting Senate confirmation as the U.S. director of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, so she’s already been thoroughly vetted—and would likely prevail in the confirmation process.

The stakes for the global economy have never been higher. We need a new voice at the Fed who can be a solid vote for the protection of monetary stability and who can handle herself at the table with the big boys.

Judy Shelton will do well. She should be confirmed.

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Jerry Bowyer: Concerns Over Google’s Collaborations With China

As keynote speaker at the recent National Conservatism Conference, Peter Thiel, one of silicon valley’s most successful entrepreneur/investors called upon our government to investigate whether Google has been infiltrated by Chinese intelligence.

Thiel’s case is really quite strong: Artificial intelligence is a field of technology with numerous important national security implications. Google has worked closely with Chinese companies on AI.

It is well known that Chinese companies are not truly independent of the Chinese government. Google refused to work on AI with the US Pentagon, while China is well known for using intelligence services to steal IP from foreign companies.

Richard Clark who is a career anti-terrorism official, recently told CNBC that he agrees with Thiel.

On the face of it, it certainly seems like there’s enough smoke to see if there’s fire.

We should take Thiel seriously.

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