As a young American conservative, I was raised to support a country with a strong international influence. The high costs of foreign aid, overseas military forces, and membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, were necessary for the United States to extend its reach and serve as a beacon of hope while battling communism. Free trade was the logical means of sourcing the manufacture of goods to the most efficient markets, with the loss of domestic jobs countered by lower prices and the theory that higher skilled positions would take their place. Liberal border crossings allowed for the inflow of cheap labor, with integration and social welfare costs offset by greater overall economic consumption. Relative isolation in the 19th century had been replaced with a new world order. … [Read more...] about How will citizens of the world look after the coronavirus crisis ends?
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Angry senators from both parties boarded planes returning to a changed Washington, as Trump declared a state of emergency, the virus spread and the economic free-fall worsened. Despite federal guidelines against so many people gathering, senators had no choice but to convene. Legislating cannot be done from home. The House is on a recess. … [Read more...] about Trump wants quick checks sent to public in virus response
“The companies have been sucking all of the oxygen out of the internet privacy debate for a while now,” Allie Bohm, a policy counsel with the consumer group Public Knowledge, which helped draft the proposal, told The Hill. “It’s extraordinarily important that public interest voices, that consumers, that civil rights advocates, that privacy advocates be heard in this debate. … [Read more...] about Advocates draw battle lines over national privacy law
Despite being perfectly healthy, Jenkins appeared in just three games for the 49ers during the 2012 season, and failed to catch a single pass. He was then unceremoniously traded to the Kansas City Chiefs for the slightly less-useless Jon Baldwin (caught three total passes for the 49ers) prior to the start of the 2013 season. … [Read more...] about Would the 49ers actually be better if they listened to ESPN’s NFL Draft experts?
Back in the glory days of the primary debates, Rick Perry argued that the altered line was meant to hide the fact that Romney once supported the individual mandate, a claim Romney denied so fervently that he was willing to bet $10,000 on it. Romney’s comeback was so out of touch that it overshadowed the substance of the argument entirely, trading one gotcha for another, neither of which were more than a tiny bump on his road to the nomination. Today, Perry gets his karmic payback, although at this point, he’d probably just prefer the ten grand. … [Read more...] about RNC Recycling Old Editions of Romney’s Book