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Air Traffic Control Proposal: Making Airlines Tax Collectors?

Beware policy proposals waving the "privatization" banner that don't constitute true privatization at all, and threaten to actually worsen the situation.

The latest example:  Efforts to restructure the U.S. air traffic control system, which would likely repeat the mistakes of such federal boondoggles as Amtrak and the U.S. Post Office. Alongside numerous other conservative and libertarian organizations, CFIF has maintained serious concerns over H.R. 2997, the "21st Century AIRR Act."  Those concerns include, among other flaws: Greater empowerment of air traffic controller unions, by maintaining centralized monopoly power over air traffic control while expanding their authority over such matters as personnel changes, salary caps and mandatory retirement age (currently at age 56…[more]

September 22, 2017 • 01:58 pm

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On President Trump's Speech to the United Nations:

"The United Nations is mostly about noise, hot air and fatuous nonsense, and American presidents usually say nice, harmless things they don't actually believe, to be diplomatic, gracious and polite, rarely rebuking with plain speech the lies and hypocrisy that find such a comfortable home at the United Nations.

Mr. Trump didn't disappoint the delegates who came to see for themselves if the new American was really the president they had heard so much about. He proved that yes indeed, he is, but he said the necessarily harsh things with the cool demeanor he usually keeps to himself.

In all, his speech was a good day's work, proving again that when he wants to the Donald can rise to a presidential occasion with grit and panache. The alliances of decent men and women had 'tilted the world toward freedom since World War II,' he told them, and invited them to join the United States and 'fight together, sacrifice together for peace, for freedom, for justice.'

But these must not be mere words. That was the message for the delegates to take home, because he's a president who sounds like he means it."

— The Editors, The Washington Times
— The Editors, The Washington Times
Posted September 22, 2017 • 08:03 am
On Hillary Clinton's New Book:

"I've suggested that Hillary Clinton's new book, What Happened, would be more accurately titled Why I Should Have Won. But if you wanted to position it as a sequel to her earlier memoir, Living History, you could title it Rewriting History, because What Happened is a recycling bin full of evasions, misleading statements, and flat-out whoppers.

"The biggest lie is the one she has told many times before, on her notorious private email server: 'As the FBI had confirmed, none of the emails I sent or received was marked as classified.' She has said this many times before and been called on it many times before. The verdict? 'That's not true,' said then-FBI director James Comey. 'False,' said PolitiFact. The Washington Post's strange fact-checking system initially gave her two Pinocchios, then decided to give her the full four.

"On top of the lie, Clinton is being misleading in a familiar Clintonian way, because the law doesn't distinguish between information that is classified by its nature, despite not being marked as such, and information that is marked classified. 'Even if information is not marked "classified" in an email, participants who know or should know that the subject matter is classified are still obligated to protect it,' Comey said at his July 5, 2016, press conference. This means that Hillary caused classified information to be removed from secure channels more than 100 times. That's supposed to be a felony if gross negligence is involved, and it certainly appeared to be in her case."

Read entire article here

— Kyle Smith, National Review Critic-at-Large
— Kyle Smith, National Review Critic-at-Large
Posted September 21, 2017 • 08:06 am
On the Wrong Party Being Called ‘Extremist’ on Health Care:

"On the same day socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) introduced his 'Medicare for All' health-care plan, Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) introduced a last-ditch effort to sorta-kinda repeal and replace ObamaCare. Despite having zero chance of being passed any time soon, Sanders' bill grabbed the limelight for two reasons.

"First, it's a beacon of hope for the demoralized Democratic base. ...

"Second, Sanders got 15 co-sponsors -- including some Democratic senators with presidential ambitions. The fact that so many contenders signed on to a bill that, if enacted, would throw 100 million Americans off their employer-provided health care and cost taxpayers an estimated $32 trillion over a decade revealed just how far to the left the Democratic Party has moved."

— Jonah Goldberg, National Review OnLine Editor-at-Large
— Jonah Goldberg, National Review OnLine Editor-at-Large
Posted September 20, 2017 • 08:06 am
On the Return of the Middle Class:

"The middle class is back -- or so it seems.

"That's the message from the Census Bureau's latest report on 'Income and Poverty in the United States.' The news is mostly good. The income of the median household (the one exactly in the middle) rose to a record $59,039; the two-year increase was a strong 8.5 percent. Meanwhile, 2.5 million fewer Americans were living beneath the government's poverty line ($24,563 for a family of four). The poverty rate fell from 13.5 percent of the population in 2015 to 12.7 percent in 2016.

"The Census report reinforces Gallup polls -- reported here a few weeks ago -- that Americans have re-embraced their middle-class identities. The Great Recession made people feel economically vulnerable and betrayed. Nearly half of Americans self-identified as belonging to the 'working and lower classes' -- a huge shift from the nearly two-thirds that, before the recession, had classified themselves as 'middle class.' Now, Americans have reverted to tradition. Almost two-thirds again call themselves middle class, Gallup finds.

"People are reassured, because the economy's steady, if plodding, performance seems to embody middle-class virtues: order, predictability and hard work."

— Robert J. Samuelson, The Washington Post
— Robert J. Samuelson, The Washington Post
Posted September 19, 2017 • 08:08 am
On the Equifax Security Breach:

"There's no way to sugarcoat it: The hackers who breached the credit bureau Equifax scored big. They made off with the personal identities of 143 million Americans -- names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and, in some instances, driver's license numbers. With that kind of information circulating on black markets, criminals can perpetrate all sorts of financial fraud, from opening credit cards in other people's names to claiming their tax returns. It will upturn lives.

"Along with hurricane recovery, addressing this problem should be an urgent priority for Congress. There should be two main focuses.

"First, lawmakers should harden the country's tactical defenses by passing a national data breach bill, requiring companies to disclose their cybersecurity policies, and creating new training opportunities to eliminate the country's cybersecurity workforce shortage. But while these changes might help prevent the next attack, they will not do anything to help victims whose Social Security numbers are now in the wild. So, lawmakers should also adopt a more fundamental shift in strategy when it comes to protecting people's identities: They should replace America's outdated system of Social Security numbers with a secure alternative that effectively turns other forms of personal information into worthless trivia."

Read entire article here.

— Daniel Castro, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
— Daniel Castro, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Posted September 18, 2017 • 07:58 am
On What (Really) Happened in the 2016 Presidential Election:

"Hillary Clinton is again everywhere, touting her new memoir and adding to the list of who and what are to blame for her loss: Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Barack Obama, James Comey, Jill Stein, Vladimir Putin, Julian Assange, Anthony Weiner, sexism, misogyny, the New York Times , lazy women, liberal activists and the 'godforsaken Electoral College.' All she's missing is climate change.

"Hillary's take on 'What Happened' has unsurprisingly unleashed another round of analysis about her mistakes -- Wisconsin, deplorables, email. These sorts of detailed postmortems of failed campaigns are popular, but they tend to obscure the bigger reasons for failure. In this case: The Democratic Party saddled itself with an ethically compromised and joyless candidate, because it had nobody else. ...

"Which brings us to Mr. Sanders, the symbol of Democrats' other big problem. This week the senator, flanked by about one-third of Senate Democrats, released his 'Medicare for All' proposal to nationalize health care. These are the ascendant voices in the party. Yet there are few of them, because their agenda is highly unpopular.

"Mr. Sanders was an unexpected force in the primary, though mostly because he wasn't Hillary. Sanders supporters resent this argument, and claim the only reason his agenda didn't triumph is because the DNC robbed him of the election. If so, why did Bernie's people and ideas fail spectacularly everywhere else on the ballot?"

— Kimberly A. Strassel, Wall Street Journal
— Kimberly A. Strassel, Wall Street Journal
Posted September 15, 2017 • 08:28 am
On Voter Fraud Deniers:

"As President Trump's Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity met on Tuesday in New Hampshire to discuss voter fraud, the usual liberal suspects cried wolf.

"During last year's election, the president voiced what we know -- that voter fraud exists. The only question is to what degree, and that's the mission of the commission.

"For anyone who dismisses concerns about voter fraud, the unhinged reaction by the left at investigating it should, at the very least, make a logical person wonder what they're so concerned about.

"After all, if you believe the issue is false, or at the most an irrelevant factor in end results, you should welcome confirmation of that fact. Unless, of course, one fears the actual outcome may prove how voter fraud impacts local and state races to the point of shifting the balance of power in Washington, D.C."

— Tammy Bruce, Radio Talk Show Host, Author and Political Commentator
— Tammy Bruce, Radio Talk Show Host, Author and Political Commentator
Posted September 14, 2017 • 08:21 am
On 'Climate Change' and Hurricane Irma:

"Like the mainstream media, the entertainment industry, and academia, discrimination against conservative or even pragmatic and honest thought is in full effect when it comes to hiring meteorologists. For the most part, if you don't worship at the altar of the 'evil of man-made global warming' and political correctness, you can't get hired at The Weather Channel, CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC or even most local television news stations.

"Beyond that fact is the reality that the 'forecasters' with their 'European' and 'American' models -- as well as every other spaghetti noodle model they could slap on the screen -- have been decidedly inaccurate when it came to Irma and Florida.

"First, they had it going to the east coast of Florida. Then just off the east coast. Then more to the middle of the state. Then the exact middle of Florida. Then more to the west. Then directly over the west coast of Florida.

"Are you kidding me? Just admit you don't know what you are talking about and be done with it.

"Here on the southwest coast of Florida, there was one local forecaster who was so embarrassed by the continually changing predictions, that he did just that. More than that, he admitted that the 'science and our instruments were not quite there yet to accurately predict the direction or force of these hurricanes.' ...

"Ultimately, the real lessons with Irma are that weather forecasting is far from an exact science and should never be exploited for political reasons or monetary gain.

"Hopefully, those on the left who control almost everything in the field of meteorology will agree with that.

"If for no other reason than to put fewer lives at risk."

— Douglas MacKinnon, Former White House and Pentagon Official
— Douglas MacKinnon, Former White House and Pentagon Official
Posted September 13, 2017 • 07:47 am
On Blaming Man for Terrorism, Not Natural Disasters:

"Disaster comes in a variety of heartbreaking shapes and sizes, all of them unwelcome. Some, like global warming, are the work of nature; others are man-made. A little bit of rationality is all it takes to figure out which is which. But recent events suggest that the day they were handing out common sense some people stepped up to the nonsense window instead.

"Floridians have just felt the deadly impact of Hurricane Irma, and join in common suffering with their distant neighbors in Texas who absorbed a devastating blow from Hurricane Harvey. Those were natural disasters, quite easy to distinguish from the man-made kind, like the disaster that lives in infamy on Sept. 11, with which it shares the date with the storm. ...

"Natural disasters such as Hurricanes Harvey and Irma can be laid only at the feet of Mother Nature. Rather than blame events beyond the control of mortal man, time is better spent helping the victims of the old lady's wrath, and thwarting the disasters that scheming enemies yearn to visit on America."

— The Editors, The Washington Times
— The Editors, The Washington Times
Posted September 12, 2017 • 08:06 am
On the Anniversary of 9-11:

"Time is passing. Yet, for the United States of America, there will be no forgetting September the 11th. We will remember every rescuer who died in honor. We will remember every family that lives in grief. We will remember the fire and ash, the last phone calls, the funerals of the children."

— President George W. Bush
— President George W. Bush
Posted September 08, 2017 • 08:16 am
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"The United Nations is mostly about noise, hot air and fatuous nonsense, and American presidents usually say nice, harmless things they don't actually believe, to be diplomatic, gracious and polite, rarely rebuking with plain speech the lies and hypocrisy that find such a comfortable home at the United Nations.Mr. Trump didn't disappoint the delegates who came to see for themselves if the new American…[more]
—The Editors, The Washington Times
— The Editors, The Washington Times
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