Author: Zigmund Reichenbach

The GOP’s “Skinny Repeal” Controversy

A GOP “skinny repeal” controversy began early Friday morning, when three Republican senators voted “no” on the proposed healthcare repeal. Even more shocking are the reasons why these senators — McCain, Murkowski, and Collins — rejected the bill. Why Did These Senators Break Ranks? Senator John McCain (R-AZ) implied he wouldn’t vote for  bill because it did not gain bipartisan support. He has yet to explain why he is suddenly expecting cooperation from Democrats involved in a “resistance.” Senator Murkowski (R-AK) said she voted no “because both sides must do better on process and substance.” She now “stand[s] ready to begin work with my colleagues” on a...

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What is Nationalism? Not What Democrats Think

Nationalism is encouraging the president, Congress, or the Supreme Court to create laws binding on every citizen and every state.  The definition taken from The Federalist 39 tells us who the real nationalists are: the Democrats.  After all, it’s the Democrats who are fond of abusing national power. From New Deal price fixing to mandatory health care, the Democrat’s nationalist plot has chained Americans to the unchecked meddling of the nanny state. But here’s the surprising thing: pure federalism cannot solve the problem of an intrusive national government.  In fact, pure federalism nearly destroyed America.   Between 1781-1788, the states’ total independence under the Articles of...

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The End of Conservatism and the Future of Politics

The end of conservatism met with a final crescendo in recent months, culminating in the election of Republican president Donald Trump.  However, the movement has been crawling toward its inevitable demise for decades–the ongoing decline in institutionalized religion and the fall of communism have irreparably crippled the movement’s capacity for broader appeal and future expansion.  Notable conservative historian George Nash, perhaps second only to Russell Kirk in terms of historical knowledge and influence, supports this thesis.  Nash notes that, in 1989, the American conservative right consisted of primarily three different, and somewhat overlapping, factions: Ex-communists like David Horowitz, who were...

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Trump’s Plan to Drain the Swamp

Small government conservatives now have a reason to celebrate.  President Trump has drafted a plan to “drain the swamp” by making major reductions to the size of our federal government. According to The Hill, President Trump’s plan includes cutting, reducing, or privatizing the following government departments and programs: Departments of Commerce and Energy — reduced funding and other programs eliminated Departments of Transportation, Justice, and State — cuts and eliminations The Corporations for Public Broadcasting — including PBS and NPR —  would be privatized National Endowment for Arts and National Endowment for Humanities — eliminated entirely Overall, this plan is estimated...

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Term Limits: Cruising Toward Disaster or Ingenious Political Move?

Congressmen Ted Cruz (R-Texas)  and Ron Desantis (R-Fla.) recently filed an amendment to the Constitution that would shorten the number of years one could serve in House and Senate. But here’s the catch — shorter term limits actually put top lawmakers on the fast track to earning big money.   After Congressmen retire their services are sought by lobbying firms who seek to reward them for their detailed legislative knowledge.  Accordingly approximately 50% of former Congressmen work for such firms.  Although few firms disclose how much money they pay out, there are a few high-profile cases where former Congressmen...

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