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Does Honesty Matter?


Returning from Freedom Fest in Las Vegas.  One of several good presentations was from Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse, who is one of the most grounded and brightest stars on the Conservative horizon. The  Wall Street Journal quoted Ben Sasse on the election:

One of the conventions in Philadelphia or Cleveland could still surprise us and nominate someone the Founding Fathers would be proud of, and someone our kids and grand-kids won’t be ashamed of. Ask yourself: Why are these two the most unpopular candidates in the history of presidential polling? Because they are not honest. And everyone knows it.They do not embody the best of America.

If we shrug at public dishonesty—if we normalize candidates who think that grabbing power makes it okay to say whatever they need to in the short-term—then we will be changed by it. Given what we now know about them, choosing to vote for these two individuals is in some ways less about them than it is about us.

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The Shrinking Middle Class is Not a Bad Thing


Measuring income inequality is more difficult than most realize.  Is it a problem if the middle class is shrinking if the reason is that most are moving into the upper class?  Why isn’t Obama bragging about this?

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California NIghtmare


Will California Ever Thrive Again?- Victor Davis Hanson in National Review


One in three American welfare recipients resides in California. Almost a quarter of the state population lives below or near the poverty line. Yet the state’s gas and electricity prices are among the nation’s highest.

California depends on a tiny elite class for about half of its income-tax revenue. Yet many of these wealthy taxpayers are fleeing the 40-million-person state, angry over paying 12 percent of their income for lousy public services.

Nearly half of all traffic accidents in the Los Angeles area are classified as hit-and-run collisions.

The basket of California state taxes — sales, income, and gasoline — rates among the highest in the U.S. Yet California roads and K-12 education rank near the bottom.

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Johnson and Weld

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Hannan on Brexit