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Here’s Why Elon Musk Holds the Secret to Productivity Gains

Liz | 05/17 at 08:09 AM

To those Americans who envy China’s grandiose multi-trillion-dollar Silk Road ambitions, console yourselves: we have Elon Musk. China may have a bigger checkbook, the U.S. may be sinking under red tape and political inertia, but we still have innovators who dazzle us by leaping ahead. Musk is one of those, and thank heavens he’s one of ours.

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The Biggest Barrier to Rebuilding America’s Infrastructure Is Red Tape

Liz | 05/10 at 08:54 AM

President Trump promised a $1 trillion infrastructure program; he has yet to deliver. That’s a good thing. We don’t need billions of taxpayer dollars tossed at politically appetizing projects, as with President Obama’s $800 billion Stimulus boondoggle. What we need is thoughtful reform of the process through which we repair and replace our bridges and airports and an innovative approach to financing such efforts.

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Democrats, Now the Party of No, Stonewall Trump at Their Peril

Liz | 05/03 at 05:22 AM

Why won’t the White House publish its visitor logs? Because any Democrat or business executive who meets with President Trump will be attacked on social media for “collaborating” with the enemy. (Disney CEO Bob Iger, who was blasted for participating in a Trump advisory council, is a great example.) As a result, Team Trump has chosen to grant some guests privacy.

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These Expensive Giveaways to Illegal Immigrants Will Backfire on Liberals

Liz | 04/26 at 11:40 AM

It looks like the dispute over “The Wall” will not, after all, shut down the federal government. In the past few days, White House officials and President Trump have shifted from demanding budget funding for the wall to asking for money to increase “border security.” That request should not be controversial; the lights will stay on.

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Here’s Why Trump Should Forget the Wall and Push for E-Verify

Liz | 04/19 at 07:01 AM

Trump has put a conservative on the Supreme Court and has started to roll back excessive regulations, but he has not yet been able to keep some promises – like immediately dumping Obamacare, for instance.  Nonetheless, polls show that “the 45th president’s electoral coalition remains intact,” as The Washington Post reported recently. 

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Four Reasons Trump’s Promise of Tax Reform Is Fading Fast

Liz | 04/12 at 08:10 AM

Investors beware: there are four reasons (at least) why tax reform may not happen this year.
1)    Obstruction from Democrats is inevitable.
2)    There is only one individual in the White House with any tax policy credentials, but there are many loud voices.
3)    The failure to pass Paul Ryan’s healthcare bill makes it harder to enact tax reform through reconciliation
4)    The House and the Senate disagree on the way forward.

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The Threatened Gorsuch Filibuster Will Backfire on Democrats for a Long Time

Liz | 04/05 at 05:19 AM

One of America’s major parties is committing political suicide. Surprise – it’s not the GOP.  The Donnybrook over the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court makes it clear: the Extreme Left has hijacked the Democratic Party. That’s a tragedy for Democrats, and for the country. It guarantees continued paralysis in Washington, which will prompt the Trump White House to act through executive orders and regulations, just like President Obama. That, in turn, will harden positions and extend the cycle of divisive politics.

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Tax Reform: A Must Win for Trump and the Republican Party

Liz | 03/29 at 06:49 AM

The knives are out for Paul Ryan. To survive, the House Speaker must produce a win on tax reform. That will not be easy because the obstructionist Freedom Caucus could once again join Democrats to defeat this next major White House initiative. While Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer will bleat about handouts to billionaires, the intransigents on the right could well object to the “new” border adjustment tax. 

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Has Trump Hit the Wall Over the GOP Health Care Bill?

Liz | 03/22 at 04:19 PM

One big take-away from James Comey’s testimony before the House Intelligence Committee is that the FBI is investigating whether members of the Trump campaign colluded with Russia. The other? That Americans no longer trust America’s political leaders or intelligence organizations. As the FBI Director answered questions about Russia’s interference in our election and President Trump’s claims that he was wiretapped by President Obama, angry viewers across the political spectrum vented on Twitter and Facebook, charging Comey with lying and retracing the unresolved arguments of last year’s campaign.

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Trump to Finally Crack Down on China’s Hacks, Theft and Lies at US Expense

Liz | 03/15 at 06:15 AM

The Trump administration is breaking with America’s long history of appeasing China. Long coddled by establishment Foggy Bottom types and by U.S. corporations salivating over China’s burgeoning markets – not to mention an Obama White House desperate for a legacy climate deal—Beijing has met little resistance as it has cyber attacked U.S. corporate and military secrets, broken trade agreements, ignored international law courts, lied about its intentions in the South China Sea, fudged its climate regulations, worked to undermine American alliances in Asia and harbored the villains running North Korea. No more.

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