Revenue and Redefinition

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Written by Pat Hughes

The political left will say anything to deconstruct reality and advance their agenda. While political insiders sometimes dismiss this tactic as little more than a marketing ploy, in truth, their repeated efforts at misdirection are as effective as they are destructive.

Take, for example, the left’s rebranding of tax increases as “revenue.” Most people are familiar with revenue as it is commonly defined: income generated from the sale of goods or services, or any other use of capital or assets. They likewise understand that “taxation” is defined as charges governments impose on citizens to finance (too often unnecessary) expenditures. Two entirely different concepts.

But, in today’s political environment that difference is conflated by the left in an attempt to sell the electorate on the idea that it is actually fiscally responsible to increase taxes, often with no metrics for accountability in place.… Continue Reading

What Happens When Public Unions Control Everything for Decades? Just Look at Chicago and Illinois

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Written by Mike “Mish” Shedlock

Chicago’s public schools are effectively bankrupt. The city’s pension plans are countless billions of dollars in the hole, the worst in the nation. And Chicago bonds carry a junk rating, the worst of any major U.S. city.

There is plenty to fix, but city leaders are fiddling while Chicago burns. Instead of addressing the enormous problems the city faces, politicians opt to nickel-and-dime residents and businesses to death, scaring away companies in the process.

Property-tax hikes are likely to be enormous.

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Michael Bargo, writer for the American Thinker, provides more commentary for the mix.

Here is a lengthy snip from Bargo’s recent, well-written article, “Public Pensions Prove Zero Sum Economics:”

“One of the major appeals in Democrat presidential campaigns is to explain to voters that they need Democrats in office to take money away from the rich.

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Cruz Vows Vote on Defunding Planned Parenthood

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By Sarah Ferris

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) wants to force the Senate to vote on defunding Planned Parenthood this week, as a second undercover video unleashes a new storm of scrutiny of the organization.

Cruz’s office said Tuesday that he plans to file an amendment on the highway bill that would eliminate all federal funding for Planned Parenthood, in addition to an amendment that would fully repeal ObamaCare.

Cruz is the second senator — and the second GOP presidential candidate — who is eying the highway bill as an attempt to defund Planned Parenthood. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said last week that he will “use all legislative vehicles at his disposal” to force a vote this week but has not released details of his plan.

Planned Parenthood landed in a firestorm of controversy last week after anti-abortion activists released a secretly recorded video in which a high-ranking medical officer describes the preservation of fetal tissue in shockingly candid detail.… Continue Reading

Watch 6 Presidential Candidates Answer Christian Leaders’ Question About Poverty (Video)

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Written by Samuel Smith

A coalition of Christian leaders devoted to helping end poverty has released a series of videos featuring six 2016 presidential candidates. Each candidate explained the approach that he or she would take to solve poverty and hunger issues in the United States and across the globe if they were elected president.

As over 45 million Americans are living below the poverty level, The Circle of Protection, a coalition representing a diverse group of over 65 Christian leaders and organizations headed by Bread For The World, Sojourners and the National Association of Evangelicals, challenged each presidential candidate on the day they announced their candidacy to provide a video explaining their plans to end poverty.

“This is for us a deeply moral issue and first of all, it is a biblical issue,” Sojourners founder Jim Wallis said during a Tuesday press call.

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Where Do They Fall? The 3 Categories of 2016 Candidates

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Written by Steven Deace

As we await Ohio Governor John Kasich, who is about to become the 16th and likely final GOP presidential candidate, the 2016 field is just about set.

It’s a strong field in terms of resume and talent. Perhaps the strongest the Republican Party has ever had. This only makes it harder for conservatives to discern who’s who and whom to support, especially coming off several cycles where the pickings were slim if you were a movement conservative.

Hopefully we’re about to change that.

Between our in-depth presidential profiles here at Conservative Review, as well as the unique behind-the-scenes access to the process that living in Iowa provides me, the candidates are clearly falling into one of three categories regarding message and how they would govern if elected to the White House:

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Rick Perry Says Ban on Gay Boy Scout Leaders Should Have Stood; Scott Walker Argues Troops Should Decide For Themselves

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Written By Stoyan Zaimov

Two GOP presidential candidates, former Texas Governor Rick Perry and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, have weighed in on the Boy Scouts of America’s vote last week to remove the long-standing ban on gay leaders in troops. While Perry said the ban should have stood, Walker argued the troops should decide for themselves.

“I believe that Scouting would be better off if they didn’t have openly gay scoutmasters,” Perry, who is an Eagle Scout along with Walker, told NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday

Earlier in July, the BSA executive committee voted unanimously to remove the blanket ban, but said that individual scout troops will be allowed to set their own policy on whether to allow gay leaders or not. The change in policy will also allow church-sponsored troops to keep the ban, if they wish.… Continue Reading

Faith Takes Centerstage at Family Leadership Summit as Rubio Reads From the Bible

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Ten Republican presidential candidates spoke about their faith and how they care for issues such as marriage, religious freedom and defeating Islamist terrorism as they addressed a big annual gathering of evangelical voters at the Family Leadership Summit in Iowa Saturday.

The candidates spoke to the crowd and faced questions from the moderator, Frank Luntz, a political consultant and Fox News contributor, and the audience, with a Bible placed on the table next to them.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, the first presidential candidate to address the annual event, picked up the Bible and read from Luke 12:48: “… From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”

The 44-year-old freshman senator spoke about his responsibility to others and said he doesn’t lack experience.… Continue Reading

Food Stamp Beneficiaries Have Exceeded 45 Million For 48 Straight Months

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Written by Ali Meyer

The number of beneficiaries of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), otherwise known as food stamps, has exceeded 45 million for 48 straight months, according to data released by the Department of Agriculture (USDA).

In April 2015, the latest month from which data is available, there were 45,438,832 beneficiaries of the food stamp program.

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The number of food stamp recipients first exceeded 45 million in May 2011. Since then, the number has consistently exceeded 45 million, hitting a record high of about 47,800,000 in December 2012.

In April 2015, households on food stamps received an average benefit of $256.93, and total benefits for the month cost taxpayers $5.7 billion.

The USDA has been tracking data on SNAP participation since fiscal year 1969, at which time average participation stood at about 2,800,000.… Continue Reading

Senate Democrats Unsure If Religious Schools Should Have Religious Liberty

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Written by Ray Nothstine

On Wednesday, in lieu of the Supreme Court’s recent decision on gay marriage, Democratic Majority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, was asked about revoking the tax status of religious schools. He and other Senate Democrats claim to be undecided on the matter.

“There’s no question this was an historic decision,” said Durbin, “and now we’re going to go through a series of suggestions for new laws to implement it.”

The Weekly Standard asked Durbin Wednesday if the tax exempt status for religious schools was in jeopardy and Durbin stated there is no “quick answer.”

Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisc., the first openly gay U.S. Senator in history, came out against pulling the tax exemptions from religious organizations, however

“I just think that religious organizations should not be taxed,” declared Baldwin.… Continue Reading

Obama Channels Reverend Wright

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After 11 years of hiding and hinting, the real Barack Obama is back.

The guy who spent twenty years listening to Reverend Jeremiah Wright preach the gospel of racial hostility has decided it is just too much trouble to keep his black-on-white resentment all bottled up.

So the president put it on full display last week at the eulogy for the pastor who was a victim in the Charleston mass murder.

And what we saw was quite a bit different than the fresh-faced, new-vision, ‘put race behind us’ guy who electrified the country with his speech to the Democrat National Convention in 2004.

Remember that guy? “This is why you go into this business, to watch a speech like that.” said David Brooks on PBS immediately following the speech.… Continue Reading

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