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CFIF Joins Coalition Urging Congressional Reversal of CFPB's Anti-Arbitration Rule

The Center for Individual Freedom (CFIF) today joined a coalition made up of more than two dozen free-market organizations on a letter urging Congress to use the Congressional Review Act to reverse a new rule by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) that prevents financial services companies from using arbitration to resolve customer disputes.

"The CFPB's arbitration rule has been described as 'Christmas in July' for America’s trial lawyers – and rightly so," the coalition stresses in the letter.  "According to the CFPB’s own finding, the rule will cost consumers billions of dollars and unleash over 6,000 class action lawsuits every five years. This rule is an obstacle to the efforts to right America’s fiscal ship and create jobs and prosperity for the American people."…[more]

July 25, 2017 • 10:04 am

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On the Democrats Offering a ‘Better' Deal:

"Theodore Roosevelt offered Americans a 'Square Deal.' His fifth cousin, Franklin D. Roosevelt, gave us 'The New Deal.' Modern Democrats, who have lost election after election, are now offering the country 'A Better Deal.'

Speaking in Berryville, Va., a small town that voted overwhelmingly for Donald Trump and is represented by a Republican in Congress, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said, 'Too many Americans don't know what we stand for.'

Actually, they do know, and that's why Democrats don't have the White House, why they lost their congressional majority and the reason they are in the minority in most state legislatures and governorships. ...

This latest effort to fool voters into believing Democrats have something new to say, or better policies to try, isn't a better deal, it's a raw deal."

— Cal Thomas, Nationally Syndicated Columnist
— Cal Thomas, Nationally Syndicated Columnist
Posted July 27, 2017 • 07:49 am
On the Strange Case of Wasserman-Schultz's Technology Aide:

"Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.), the former Democratic National Committee chairwoman, has been under intense criticism over her retention of Imran Awan as a technology aide. While other members severed connections to Awan after he was accused of wrongdoing months ago, Wasserman Schultz retained him. He has now been arrested at Dulles International Airport in an alleged attempt to flee the country.

"Awan is an IT staffer accused of a scheme to double-charge the House for IT equipment. He and his family have made millions of dollars on the House payroll working for Democratic members, according to a Politico report.

"Today Wasserman Schultz fired him. However, her refusal to terminate the association seemed curious to many, particularly since he was barred from accessing the House's computer system since February. In the meantime, the Capitol Police and federal authorities were finding evidence of double billing for computers, iPads, monitors, keyboards and routers. Wasserman Schultz has also been accused of not cooperating with investigators and there are ongoing negotiations over access to her computer. After months of investigation, Wasserman Schultz is still in negotiation over access to her laptop."

Read the entire article here.

— Jonathan Turley, Nationally Recognized Legal Scholar
— Jonathan Turley, Nationally Recognized Legal Scholar
Posted July 26, 2017 • 07:55 am
On Kid Rock and the 2018 Michigan Senate Race:

"Let's get this out of the way right now: Yes, Kid Rock can absolutely win if he runs for U.S. Senate in Michigan. He will be in first place to win the GOP nomination within a week of entering the race, and instantly be a tossup to defeat Democrat incumbent Debbie Stabenow.

"When Kid Rock first tweeted about running for Senate, political watchers rushed to proclaim that he was not serious about running, and that even if he were, he could not win the nomination, much less defeat the better-funded, more disciplined Democrat.

"It's hard to overstate the place Kid Rock holds in the consciousness of a certain segment of blue-collar Michigan voters. He is Detroit. He has made his quite lucrative career out of celebrating Michigan in general and Detroit in particular. He embodies the 'Detroit vs. Everybody' mentality that defines southeastern Michigan. His 'American Bad Ass' brand is tailor-made to appeal to a state and city that resent the contempt they feel from elitists around the country, while celebrating the overlooked virtues of the city and state. That's an easy message to sell in a campaign. ...

"Is Kid Rock going to run? I have absolutely no idea. Could he win? To borrow a phrase from the man himself: Hell, yeah."

— Jordan Gehrke, Michigan Native and GOP consultant
— Jordan Gehrke, Michigan Native and GOP consultant
Posted July 25, 2017 • 08:19 am
On the President's Blue Ribbon Panel on Voter Fraud:

"Judging by the unhinged reaction this past week to the first public meeting of President Trump's blue-ribbon voter fraud panel, progressives are terrified.

"They're fearful that these election experts are actually going to do the job they've been given -- uncovering the extent to which the nation's voter rolls are vulnerable to fraudulent activity. How else to explain the panic and shots fired before the commission even met? ...

"The left continues to insist that vote fraud is a myth, but panelists cited ample evidence such as hundreds of counties where registered voters far exceed the number of residents eligible to vote and where felons and noncitizens have no trouble registering -- and voting.

"A case in point is Broward County, Florida, which had 106 percent of its population registered to vote in 2010 and 103 percent registered to vote in 2014. This week, the American Civil Rights Union's lawsuit against Broward over its dirty voter rolls will be heard in the U.S. District Court for Southern Florida in Miami."

— Robert Knight, American Civil Rights Union Senior Fellow
— Robert Knight, American Civil Rights Union Senior Fellow
Posted July 24, 2017 • 08:28 am
On Illegal Immigration and a Secure Border Fence:

"Based upon President Trump's promise to secure the U.S. Border with Mexico, illegal immigration plummeted during the first half of 2017. In the first three months of his presidency, illegal border crossings fell by nearly 75 percent from that of the previous year and represented a historic low in the modern history of the Border Patrol. What President Trump accomplished is nothing short of a miracle, but he can't continue to do it alone. Border security is not the sole responsibility of the White House; it's also the responsibility of Congress.

"The initial dramatic declines in illegal border crossings demonstrate that when our government sends a clear message that people who attempt to cross our borders illegally will be turned away, far fewer people make the attempt. Conversely, when the government signals that crossing the border illegally is likely to pay off, people break our laws in large numbers. Unfortunately, most of the time, our government incentivizes illegal immigration.

"Since the American people cannot rely upon their government's resolve to turn away illegal border crossers, we will continue to need physical barriers to discourage people from entering the country illegally. Even under the best of circumstances the Border Patrol cannot detect, much less prevent everyone from entering illegally along the nearly 2,000 miles of border we share with Mexico.

"A secure border fence, particularly the double-layered fencing called for in the bipartisan Secure Fence Act of 2006 (Pub.L. 109367) and which Mr. Trump pledged to build, would provide another level of deterrence to those contemplating illegal entry. In all areas of law enforcement the most effective and humane way of enforcing laws is convincing people not to break them in the first place."

— Brandon Judd, National Border Patrol Council President
— Brandon Judd, National Border Patrol Council President
Posted July 21, 2017 • 07:36 am
On the Brewing Republican Credibility Crisis:

"There's a Republican credibility crisis brewing. The party's leaders are not leading their troops, who have found that there is often only disappointment rather than reward for following orders. Republican members won office promising to reform healthcare and taxes, but run the risk of doing neither.

Republicans need to reform taxes, both to prove they can govern and to juice the economy. To reform taxes, they need to pass a budget. And to pass a budget, their leaders need to abandon their heavy-handed ways."

— The Editors, Washington Examiner
— The Editors, Washington Examiner
Posted July 20, 2017 • 07:52 am
On Senate Republicans' Failure To Repeal and Replace ObamaCare:

"There were lots of celebrations on the left side of the aisle after the Senate GOP bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare died. The good times will be short lived, because one way or another ObamaCare is going away, and it's not at all clear that Democrats will gain additional leverage over what comes next by waiting for its collapse.

"It was amusing to hear Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer say, after the Senate bill failed, that Republicans should 'work with Democrats on a bill that lowers premiums, provides long-term stability to the markets and improves our health care system.'

"Lower premiums, stabilize insurance markets, improve health care? Wasn't that what ObamaCare was supposed to do in the first place? ...

"So the GOP's answer to Schumer should be: You had your chance to fix health care. You blew it. Twice. First when you passed ObamaCare, and second when you refused to admit that mistake and decided to cast Republicans as evil. Why should the GOP reward you with a third?

"Plus, as the ObamaCare exchanges continue to crumble and as more states chafe at Medicaid's costs, it will be easier for Republicans to get what they want on their own -- if Republicans are smart enough to seize the opportunity, that is."

— The Editors, Investor's Business Daily
— The Editors, Investor's Business Daily
Posted July 19, 2017 • 08:06 am
On ObamaCare Repeal on the Verge of Collapse:

"With Mike Lee and Jerry Moran declaring their opposition, the latest Senate health-care bill is dead. McConnell now wants to revert to what was his original idea of repeal-only. The problem is that the CBO score will be much worse -- a projected 32 million fewer with insurance rather than 22 million -- and even repeal-only isn't true repeal (the repeal-only bill in 2015 left the Obamacare regulations untouched). If Republicans can't pass what is, in relative terms, a generous version of a repeal bill, it's hard to see how they are going to get a more stringent version over the hump -- they may get Mike Lee and Rand Paul on board, but they will presumably lose from the left of the caucus. McCain is already out with a statement calling for a bi-partisan bill. If the current fight isn't completely over, it's certainly closer to the end of the end than the end of the beginning. We may well be witnessing one of the greatest political whiffs of our time."

— Rich Lowry, National Review Editor
— Rich Lowry, National Review Editor
Posted July 18, 2017 • 08:19 am
On the Cruz Amendment to the Senate Health Care Bill:

"The Cruz amendment -- which has been inserted into the GOP Senate health plan -- is smart, because it doesn't take anything away from anyone. If you want Obamacare -- you can have it. You can have the coverage for the 10 'essential benefits,' you can have the subsidies and the exchanges that were supposed to save $2,500 per family. It's still there for you.

"The Cruz amendment creates what is called a 'Consumer Freedom Option.' This essentially allows an 'off-ramp' from Obamacare for the tens of millions of Americans who don't want it. The 'Consumer Freedom Option' allows insurers who offer Obamacare-compliant plans to offer a range of much less costly plans. In other words, it empowers people and families to pick and choose what they want in their own insurance package. Some families want and can afford blanket coverage that insures them for everything from cancer to contraceptives to drug addiction to dental care to the sniffles. If you want to pay for that coverage, go for it.

"What about families or individuals with lower incomes or healthy life styles that want the other extreme? They want slimmed-down coverage that protects them from major medical expenses -- a bad injury like breaking a leg, or a serious disease with costly ongoing treatments. These families may voluntarily choose to pay for more routine medical expenses, like a checkup or a visit to the dentist's office, out of pocket. One benefit is that since more people will pay directly for medical services, they are likely to shop around for the best price, and this competition will lower prices for everyone."

— Stephen Moore, Economist and Heritage Foundation Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Institute for Economic Freedom and Opportunity
— Stephen Moore, Economist and Heritage Foundation Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Institute for Economic Freedom and Opportunity
Posted July 17, 2017 • 08:10 am
On Reporting Iran's Non-Compliance with the Nuclear Deal:

"Per the Iran Nuclear Review Act of 2015, the Trump administration is required to certify to Congress every 90 days that Iran is in compliance with the July 2015 nuclear deal (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA) and that this agreement is in the national-security interests of the United States. The next certification is due on July 17, 2017.

"It is crucial that the Trump administration, in the next JCPOA certification statement, correct the gross error it made in April, when it certified that Iran was complying with this agreement and that the JCPOA is in the national-security interests of our country. Unfortunately, the administration reportedly might make this same mistake again.

"The April certification went against Mr. Trump's accurate statements during the presidential campaign that the JCPOA was one of the worst agreements ever negotiated and that there was clear evidence of Iran's failing to meet its obligations under the agreement as well as cheating. Although many Trump officials opposed the April certification -- and this decision to certify appeared to irritate President Trump -- State Department careerists succeeded in convincing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to agree to certify anyway. Press reports yesterday indicated that President Trump will grudgingly agree to certify Iranian compliance again but could change his mind.

"Senators Tom Cotton (R., Ark.), Ted Cruz (R., Texas), David Perdue (R., Ga.), and Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) made it clear in a July 11 letter to Secretary Tillerson that they do not want this to happen again and cited four ways Iran is not complying with the nuclear agreement ..."

Read entire article here.

— Fred Fleitz, Center for Security Policy Senior Vice President
— Fred Fleitz, Center for Security Policy Senior Vice President
Posted July 14, 2017 • 08:25 am
Question of the Week   
How many Congressional Recess periods per session are based in statute (as opposed to tradition or the whim of Congressional Leadership)?
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Quote of the Day   
"Theodore Roosevelt offered Americans a 'Square Deal.' His fifth cousin, Franklin D. Roosevelt, gave us 'The New Deal.' Modern Democrats, who have lost election after election, are now offering the country 'A Better Deal.'Speaking in Berryville, Va., a small town that voted overwhelmingly for Donald Trump and is represented by a Republican in Congress, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said, 'Too…[more]
—Cal Thomas, Nationally Syndicated Columnist
— Cal Thomas, Nationally Syndicated Columnist
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