Author: Cody Hawkins

Tax Reform is a Big Victory

Republicans passed a huge tax reform bill in late December. This was after an extended process of joint conferences and dealing with several roadblocks put up by Democrats. Ultimately, President Trump kept his promise to sign a tax reform bill into law before Christmas. I say Republicans, however, and not “Congress” because not a single Democrat voted in favor of the bill. Democrats refused to put more money in the hands of every American and relieve their tax burden to grow the economy. This is yet another example of what blind political tribalism and an out-of-touch sense of reality can do to people. The bill includes great provisions like the ObamaCare individual...

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Masterpiece Cake Shop: Religious Liberty or License to Discriminate?

A soon-to-be landmark case is currently pending in the Supreme Court. This case will set a crucial precedent on whether or not religious liberty and freedom of expression allow private businesses to deny service to someone or something that goes against your own beliefs. The case in question is Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. Back in 2012, Charlie Craig and David Mullins, a same-sex couple with legal plans to marry, walked into Masterpiece Cake Shop in Lakewood, Colorado and asked for a custom cake for their wedding. The owner, Jack Phillips said that he could not create...

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Minimum Wage: Should It Be Increased?

You have heard the talking points by now: raising the minimum wage to $15/hr is good for the American worker, good for business, and good for the economy. The only problem is that this could not be further from the truth. As Ben Shapiro from The Daily Wire points out, central economic planning is doomed to fail from the beginning. Businesses already run on a fairly thin profit margin, and will do whatever it takes to maintain profits. As we see from Seattle, WA, hours worked in low wage jobs fell by 9% and income fell by around $125/month...

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