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A Test for the Dealmaker: Selling the Controversial GOP Health Care Plan

Liz | 03/08 at 06:56 AM

Republicans are squabbling over healthcare. Again. But the repeal and replacement of Obamacare will go forward. Why? Because this has been the signature issue of every GOP campaign for over six years; they cannot afford to fail. Also, since the Affordable Care Act is neither affordable nor sustainable and is harming the country, President Trump wants the GOP plan to succeed.

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Why Trump Needs the Border Tax to Secure Across-the-Board Tax Reform

Liz | 03/01 at 10:29 AM

President Trump wants tax reform. The American people want tax reform. American companies want tax reform. Investors and markets want tax reform. Democrats? They don’t want anything Mr. Trump wants. Period.
That’s why policymakers, led by Paul Ryan, have settled on the border adjustment tax (BAT). It’s the only way Republicans in Congress can overhaul our Byzantine tax system through the budget reconciliation process. And that cumbersome approach is the only path available to the GOP, given that they lack 60 votes in the Senate.

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How Illegal Immigrant Advocates Demonize Trump and Terrify People

Liz | 02/22 at 09:41 PM

The New York Times describes 11 million people – those who are living in the country illegally – as sleepless with anxiety, waiting for the “fists pounding on the door, the agents in black, the van ride, the cell.” Who has thrown such fear into this community? How about the Left, aided and abetted by the liberal media, which has purposefully distorted President Trump’s immigration policies, characterizing them erroneously as a radical departure from past practices? 

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Merkel Deports More Refugees While Blasting Trump’s Refugee Ban

Liz | 02/15 at 10:30 AM

Donald Trump is not the only head of state trying to protect against the possibility that refugees may also be terrorists. He’s just the most open about it.
In an outburst of brazen hypocrisy, German Chancellor Angela Merkel blasted President Trump’s temporary travel ban, saying it is “not justified to put people from a specific background or faith under general suspicion” to combat terrorism. Meanwhile, Merkel is doing back flips to rid her country of hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers from mostly Muslim countries who have flocked in through her open doors.

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Overhauling Dodd-Frank May Not Succeed but Also May Not Matter

Liz | 02/08 at 10:09 AM

Nancy Pelosi says President Trump’s call to reshape Dodd-Frank is a “massive con” and that he is putting #WallStreetFirst. Sadly, she has set the tone for Congressional Democrats, siding with Elizabeth Warren progressives who hate Wall Street bankers and absolutely loathe Donald Trump.

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Five Moves That Can Help Trump Win Big

Liz | 01/11 at 06:48 PM

Half the country is excited about President-elect Donald Trump; half is not. What can he do to win over more Americans? Simple; charge out of the gate on January 21 with a bevy of policies that voters will like.  Here are five things Trump should do on Day One:
1. Call for term limits in Congress.
2. Walk away from the TPP.
3. Call for a halt to admitting Syrian refugees until the authorities have the vetting process down cold.
4. Issue an executive order rescinding Congress’ exemption from Obamacare, an excellent idea proffered by Heather Higgins, President of the Independent Women’s Voice. As she suggests, there’s nothing like skin in the game to light a fire under legislators. Next, announce that Congress will repeal Obamacare to take effect December 2018. Meanwhile, allow insurers to immediately begin offering state-legal policies without the ACA’s expensive and unwieldy mandates.  Make it clear that no one will lose coverage.
5. Approve the Keystone Pipeline.

How Trump’s Blustery Optimism Helps Propel the Economy

Liz | 01/04 at 06:22 PM

Have Americans gone crazy? How can optimism be soaring when we’re told the future looks so bleak? The Conference Board reports that consumer confidence is higher than it was in 2007 – before the Great Recession.

Christmas spending rose at the fastest clip since 2011 – up 3.8 percent - and businesses are more upbeat too. A survey of purchasing managers noted the most buoyant investment in inventories since record-keeping began in 2007. Has everyone gone nuts?

Trump’s Golden Opportunity: Slashing 179,000 Pages of Federal Regulations

Liz | 12/21 at 12:10 PM

To the dismay and puzzlement of disgruntled liberals, the Dow Jones Index has soared nearly 9 percent since Donald Trump was elected president on November 8. The Russell 2000 Index of small-cap stocks has jumped 15 percent. That was not expected.

The day before the election – the day FBI Director Comey again cleared Hillary Clinton—the market turned around a nine-day losing streak and jumped 400 points. CNN explained, “Monday’s dramatic rally was the clearest evidence yet that Wall Street feels more comfortable with the idea of Clinton winning than Trump.” In October, Politico summed up expectations with this headline: “Economists: A Trump win would tank the markets.” Oops.

How the Focus on ‘Fake News’ Could Lead to Censorship

Liz | 12/14 at 09:51 PM

Americans should indeed be concerned about “fake news” but not for the reason you think.

Defeated Democrats have increasingly whipped up fears of made-up media stories since the election. Bruised and battered, they hint that Donald Trump was not elected by a country fed up with stagnant wages and liberal baloney but rather because voters swallowed a lot of lies and belched up Republican votes.

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Like LBJ, Trump Is Loving the Role of America’s Dealmaker

Liz | 12/07 at 09:58 PM

Think Donald Trump is a one-off? Not quite—in many ways, he appears a successor to LBJ.

Following the unprecedented election of Donald J. Trump, many continue to look for precedents. The real estate magnate’s intervention with Carrier reminded columnist Peggy Noonan of JFK’s engagement with the steel industry. Others have likened Trump’s unlikely campaign to that of another celebrity who upset the established order – Ronald Reagan.

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