The big lie behind Trump’s education budget

Source: Our Future
by Jeff Bryant

"Public school supporters are angry at President Trump’s budget proposal, which plans to cut funding to the Department of Education by 13 percent — taking that department’s outlay down to the level it was ten years ago. But the target for their anger should not be just the extent of the cuts but also how the cuts are being pitched to the public. Trump’s education budget cuts are aimed principally at federal programs that serve poor kids, especially their access to afterschool programs and high-quality teachers. At the same time, Trump’s spending blueprint calls for pouring $1.4 billion into school choice policies including a $168 million increase for charter schools, $250 million for a new school choice program focused on private schools, and a $1 billion increase for parents to send their kids to private schools at taxpayer expense." [editor's note: So said parents have no right to use the money they have paid in taxes to further their own purposes? How about a property tax revolt then? – SAT] (03/28/17)

Trump expected to sign controversial hunting bill

Source: Raw Story

"A controversial hunting law awaits the signature of President Trump after the Senate voted mostly along party lines last week and after clearing the House in February. The Senate voted 52-47 on March 21 to overturn Obama-era hunting restrictions that protected grizzly bears, wolves and other animals on national wildlife refuges in Alaska from baiting, trapping and aerial shooting. Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, who introduced the resolution, said the Obama-era rules were an overreach of government power. He shared support with other Alaska Republicans on Capitol Hill. 'Not only does this action undermine Alaska'’s ability to manage fish and wildlife upon refuge lands, it fundamentally destroys a cooperative relationship between Alaska and the federal government,' Young wrote on his website." (03/28/17)

Is your health insurance good for you?

Source: Heartland Institute
by Dr. Alieta Eck

"Imagine that you don't feel well. You have had nausea and vague abdominal pain for a week, and you notice that your belt is getting tighter. You have not seen a doctor in a while and sense something could be seriously wrong. So what do you do? Here are two possibilities: 1. You pull out the insurance card that you got through the ObamaCare exchange …. 2. You call the doctor you have seen through the years. … In a perfect world, you would have an insurance card that you could tuck away, reserved for BIG medical events. What if this had been cancer or your nausea and abdominal pain were actually a heart attack? The best insurance would be affordable and would only kick in when you need it for a major medical event, perhaps at $5,000." (03/28/17)

Dreamer's post on paying taxes goes viral

Source: USA Today

"On Sunday morning, Arizona State University junior Belen Sisa posted a simple Facebook update that she paid her taxes. By Sunday night, dozens of strangers were messaging her that she is a criminal and a liar, and that they reported her to be deported. Sisa, 23, is a 'dreamer' — her parents visited the U.S. from Argentina when she was 6 and overstayed their visas — but she is shielded from deportation by President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. DACA allows young undocumented immigrants without serious criminal records who were brought to the U.S. as children to register their personal information with the government, and in exchange receive federal work permits and a two-year reprieve from the threat of deportation, which allows them to get a Social Security number and a driver's license." [editor's note: Xenophobia is a social disease – SAT] (03/27/17)

Cato Daily Podcast, 03/28/17

Source: Cato Institute

"The Supreme Court takes up Lee v. United States today. The Cato Institute filed a brief in the case regarding the right to and rationality of defendants asking for a jury trial. Tim Lynch comments." [various formats] (03/28/17)

How you can make cops present a warrant to search your vehicle

Source: Downsize DC
by Jim Babka

"The Collins case is simple … *Police invaded Collins'[s] yard and took the VIN number from a motorcycle he had under a tarp. * The cops did this under a long-standing 'automobile exception' based on the idea that cars are mobile, and therefore deserve less protection than houses. * The automobile exception is a holdover from the era of alcohol prohibition. Collins'[s] legal counsel will argue that the automobile exception should not apply so broadly that it extends to vehicles located on private property. Our brief will support that position, but will also argue that the 'automobile exception' should not exist at all." (03/28/17)–search-vehicle

The false compassion of liberalism

Source: Town Hall
by Stephen Moore

"We all, as individuals, can and should act compassionately and charitably. We can volunteer our time, energy and dollars to help the underprivileged. We can feed the hungry, house the homeless. Most of us feel a moral and ethical responsibility to do so — to 'do unto others.' And we do fulfill that obligation more than the citizens of almost any other nation. International statistics show that Americans are the most charitable people in the world and the most likely to engage in volunteerism. … But government, by its nature, is not compassionate. It can't be. It is nothing other than a force. Government can only spend a dollar to help someone when it forcibly takes a dollar from someone else. At its core, government welfare is predicated on a false compassion. This isn't to say that government should never take collective action to help people. But these actions are based on compulsion, not compassion. " (03/28/17)

US hospital shares drop as Republicans weigh healthcare repeal

Source: Reuters

"U.S. hospital stocks dropped on Tuesday as Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives said they were considering a renewed push to repeal and replace Obamacare, after the effort failed last week. Shares of Community Health Systems Inc (CYH.N) dropped 7.6 percent and Tenet Healthcare Corp (THC.N) shares fell 4.8 percent at mid-afternoon. HCA Holdings Inc (HCA.N), Universal Health Services Inc (UHS.N) and Envision Healthcare Corp EVHC.O were all down around 2 percent. Sector stocks had gained after Republicans on Friday pulled legislation to gut the 2010 Affordable Care Act, often dubbed Obamacare, and said they would move on to other issues on President Donald Trump's agenda, like tax reform." (03/28/17)

Argentina already tried Trumponomics

Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by David Libertas

"Try to think of a country that elected a populist president: someone who wanted to boost manufacturing jobs, insists that domestically-sold products should be made domestically, and threatens to use tariffs to shut off foreign competition. How would that work out? I am, of course, referring to President Cristina Kirchner of Argentina, not President Donald Trump. It's too soon for Trump to have implemented his economic plans, but we can see how Trumponomics will work by looking southwards to Argentina. It is a portent of the doom that awaits us." (03/28/17)

Johnny Rocket Launch Pad, episode #107

Source: Johnny Rocket Launch Pad

"Jeff Berwick joins the JRLP to discuss his story on becoming a libertarian, his adventures exploring the world, his views on the state, and his predictions of the upcoming economic collapse." [various formats] (03/28/17)