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CF Finalist for International Award--Thanks to You!

Thursday, September 6, 2018 Dear CF Friend, Every year, the Atlas Network honors one nonprofit for a major contribution to the global free market ...

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Knowles to Host Tamaqua District Office Open House and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony on Sept. 28

TAMAQUA – Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-Berks/Carbon/Schuylkill) cordially invites residents of the 124thLegislative District to join him on Friday, Sept. 28, for ...

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Chicago Democrats Harass Food Truck Vendors

                    ~ Liberty Planet Chicago has a higher than average crime rate, serious pension problems and a host of other issues; even ...

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'Obama Built a Legacy Built on Sand': Chaffetz Explains How Trump Demolished Obama's Legacy

MADISON DIBBLE | IJR John Gress/Reuters/Mark Wilson/Getty Images Former President Barack Obama laid into President Donald Trump, breaking the longstanding tradition of presidents abstaining from political ...

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Another Leftist Attacks a Republican

The MSM continues to give Maxine Waters's rhetoric and antifa violence a pass. By the Political Editors · at the Patriot ...

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TDS: College Professor Shoots Himself in Class to Protest Prez


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Beginning to Worry about the Safety of the President 

                   By The Common Constitutionalist   President Donald J. Trump arrives at the Inaugural Parade ...

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Peter Hasson | Reporter/ The Daily Caller A Republican Party office in Wyoming was set on fire just two days after ...

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Police Respond to Mass Shooting Threat at MAGA Event at Trump Hotel

Jack Posobiec / TwitterPolice patrol outside the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday after a Twitter user threatened ...

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Peter Hasson | Reporter from The Daily Caller California man Farzad Fazeli was arrested Tuesday for allegedly trying to stab a ...

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It’s for the Children: After student deaths, union blocking Philly schools’ effort to hire more nurses


by Evan Grossman at

School nurses are a matter of life and death.

In the last few years, there have been two instances of children dying in city schools from situations that some believe could have been prevented if there was a full-time nurse on duty.

Nurses have been especially hard hit by Philly school cuts that have slashed the number of full-time nurses by about a third, from about 300 in 2011 to about 200 in 2014. When Sebastian Gerena, 7, died of a congenital heart defect last year and Laporshia Massey, 12, died after suffering an asthma attack in 2013, the tragedies illuminated one of the district’s most serious needs.

As it looks for ways to increase services for

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The Founders’ Model of Welfare Actually Reduced Poverty


By Thomas West at the Daily Signal

Which approach to welfare policy is better for the poor: that of the Founders or that of today’s welfare state?

The more we spend on the poor, the harder it seems for them to attain decent, productive lives in loving families. The federal government has spent $22 trillion on anti-poverty programs since the beginning of the War on Poverty in 1965, but the poverty rate is nearly the same today as in 1969, fluctuating between roughly 11 and 15 percent over that time period.

As I argue in a new essay on “Poverty and Welfare in the American Founding,”these results are bound to continue unless we rethink welfare policy from the perspective of our

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Medicaid’s death tax on the poor


by Robert Romano at Net Right Daily and Americans for Limited Government

Thinking about going on Medicaid?

$497.9 million.

That is how much the Medicaid program recovered from the estates of deceased patients in Fiscal Year 2011, according to a program inspector general report.

Asset seizure has long been a part of the Medicaid program since 1965, and since 1993, it has been used to help states recoup the cost of nursing home and other long-term care.

Yet, in 2011, the aforementioned year, nursing home programs cost Medicaid $52.4 billion, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. Meaning, less than 1 percent — 0.9 percent to be precise — of the

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High security: Guarding Christie costs 5 times more than Walker


SECRETS: Gov. Chris Christie keeps taxpayers in the dark on the travel costs of his security detail

by Mark Lagerkvist | New Jersey Watchdog

New Jersey’s Chris Christie and Scott Walker of Wisconsin are two governors with presidential aspirations. On their frequent journeys to raise funds and solicit support for campaigns, they are guarded by security details of state police troopers.

One big difference: The travel expenses of Christie’s crew were five times higher than those of Walker’s team last year.

In 2014, New Jersey taxpayers spent $492,420 for the governor’s security travel, compared to $89,454 in costs for Wisconsin.

The reason for that chasm remains a mystery. Ninety percent, or $447,571, of those New Jersey expenses was charged to American Express

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We Need Actual Free Trade, Not the TPP


by Ryan McMaken at the Mises Institute

Brendan Nyhan at The New York Times seems to be under the impression that the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) has something to do with free trade. Nyhan writes that the TPP

is the latest step in a decades-long trend toward liberalizing trade — a somewhat mysterious development given that many Americans are skeptical of freer trade.

But Americans with higher incomes are not so skeptical. They — along with businesses and interest groups that tend to be affiliated with them — are much more likely to support trade liberalization.

Nyhan is probably correct that much of the population — especially the part that’s never studied economics — is against the lowering of trade barriers.

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Senator Scott Wagner’s views on the PA Budget


Good Morning:The purpose of this email is to give you an update on the PA State budget and give you some of my insights on how our government in Harrisburg is operating.Many people are asking me whether I see Governor Wolf’s budget being passed by June 30th.I entered the Pennsylvania State Senate in April of last year, and by that time the majority of the budget process had already taken place, so this is my first real experience with the budget.This year is also different because I serve on the Senate Appropriations Committee.

I reported in previous emails that I attended 33 of 35 appropriations hearings in March and April with agencies and entities affected by the budget.

This is my prediction –

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Watchdog Podcast: Breaking the Bank–Public workers are new American royalty


by Eric Boehm at Watchdog

Breaking the Bank is’s weekly look at the national public pension crisis, how it’s affecting state and city budgets and what can be done — if anything — to fix it.

In this week’s episode, hosts Eric Boehm and Steve Greenhut take a step back from the usual number-crunching and budget-busting to ask a sociological question: are America’s highly-paid public sector workers a new form of royalty?

Okay, they’re not going to be wearing crowns anytime soon, but there’s a noticeable and growing class divide between government employees and everyone else. It’s a situation that has been worsened by the public pension system, which taxpayers must pay into but don’t get much in return.

Make sure you don’t

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Pension reform promises $18 billion savings, but questions linger


by Eric Boehm–at Watchdog

After what was touted as a historic vote in the state Senate, Pennsylvania is still a long way from getting any relief from its public pension problems.

A major pension overhaul bill cleared the state Senate along party lines last week, but it still needs to make it through the state House and get a signature from a skeptical Gov. Tom Wolf before becoming law.

Even then, much the bill’s $18 billion in promised savings could be wiped out by a legal challenge in the state courts.

“If this bills gets passed, as written, and signed by the governor, someone will definitely sue over it,” predicts James McAneny, executive director of the Public Employee Retirement Commission.


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