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Happy World Intellectual Property Day!

It's no secret that private property rights constitute a natural human right, as well as the foundation for prosperity and innovation across time and geography.  And among the forms of private property, it's important to recognize that intellectual property (IP) constitutes a core component.

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The most up-to-date data on the benefits of IP protection reveals that IP is, in fact, a critical instrument for countries seeking to enhance access to innovation, grow domestic innovative output, and enjoy the dynamic growth benefits of an innovative economy.  …[more]

April 26, 2017 • 10:37 am

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On Congressional Failure to Fund the U.S. Border Wall:
 
 

"A full decade after voting to construct a secure barrier along the U.S. border with Mexico, Congress continues to refuse to lay out the money required to build the damned wall.

This, even after the stunning upset in last year's elections by the juggernaut presidential campaign of Donald J. Trump, who won the presidency on a clarion vow to voters that he would once and for all build a wall along the border. Mr. Trump's historic upset came after years and years of both Democrat and Republican politicians talking tough about illegal immigration and promising to crack down on the porous border, yet refusing to actually fix the problem.

Because they are politicians. If you fix the problem, then you can no longer campaign on the problem."

 
 
— Charles Hurt, The Washington Times
— Charles Hurt, The Washington Times
Posted April 26, 2017 • 08:21 am
 
 
On the Obama Administration's Iran Deal:
 
 

"What if Donald Trump had unilaterally shut down every investigation into Russian espionage, released over 20 suspected Russian spies, struck a deal to get rid of sanctions against Russia -- in return for honoring deals that had been signed years before -- and then lied to the American people about the entire episode?

"That's the Obama Administration's Iran deal. It might have been the first time the United States has offered extensive concessions to a nation that has continued to destabilize its interests, for nothing in return. But Barack Obama didn't just support Iran's position over our allies like Israel (no surprise there, considering his antagonism) or Sunni nations -- he supported it ahead of his own Justice Department's 30-year counterproliferation efforts.

"According to an over 8,000-word investigation by Politico, Obama's efforts to placate Iran includes releasing genuine spies (not the type we see behind every bowl of borscht these days) to a terror-supporting theocracy that has American blood on its hands and threatens the stability of the entire Middle East. Obama released Iranians who were allegedly part of an 'illegal procurement network supplying Iran with U.S.-made microelectronics' that would help create surface-to-air and cruise missiles. Information that will come in handy. In seven years, 'all the sanctions, even arms embargoes and missile-related sanctions would all be lifted,' Hassan Rouhani correctly noted during the post-deal Iranian celebration. ...

"It seems increasingly plausible that Obama was hamstrung to act in Syria by the overriding need to avoid upsetting the Iranians (and Russians). That alone should be enough to count the Iran deal as a massive disaster. Yet, considering how little we know about what was in the deal, who knows what ugly things we'll find out in the coming years."

 
 
— David Harsanyi, The Federalist Senior Editor
— David Harsanyi, The Federalist Senior Editor
Posted April 25, 2017 • 08:23 am
 
 
On DOJ Sanctuary City Crackdown:
 
 

"The Justice Department on Friday sent letters to eight cities, threatening to withhold federal grant money if they don't demonstrate cooperation with immigration enforcement.

"President Donald Trump has promised to force 'sanctuary cities' to follow the federal government's lead on enforcement of immigration laws. Hundreds of jurisdictions across the U.S. limit to varying degrees their cooperation with federal authorities.

"The letters were sent to New York City, Chicago, Miami, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Las Vegas, Milwaukee and Sacramento, as well as Cook County, Illinois. DOJ asked these local governments to provide documentation that they're complying with a federal law that requires information-sharing by local, state and federal authorities on citizenship and immigration status."

 
 
— Ted Hessen, Politico
— Ted Hessen, Politico
Posted April 24, 2017 • 08:02 am
 
 
On ObamaCare Repeal and Replace:
 
 

"House Republicans are reportedly ready to return any day now to health-insurance reform after the spectacular failure in late March of the American Health Care Act, the resoundingly unpopular bill to 'replace' the long-unpopular and misnamed Affordable Care Act. This time, they need to deliver: After seven years of promises to repeal Obamacare root and branch, the party can't go back to the voters with nothing more than a participation trophy. ...

"Most all of us have our own preferences for a better health-insurance system. But the path of conservative wisdom and political reality suggests that Republicans need to find a way to enact reforms that are incremental, modest, tested by experience, and sustainable, but also subject to modification over time. Ironically, the nature of the political process in Washington may require a bold and dramatic stroke in order to create the conditions for that kind of lawmaking. But doing so would send a powerful message that the business-as-usual of the past few decades (in which each side has sought to impose unilateral and sweeping changes by means of massive legislation) has given way to a system that looks more like how laws are supposed to be made: one step at a time."

 
 
— Dan McLaughlin, Esq., National Review OnLine Contributing Columnist
— Dan McLaughlin, Esq., National Review OnLine Contributing Columnist
Posted April 21, 2017 • 07:36 am
 
 
On Trump Tax Cuts and Congressional Delays:
 
 

"We started worrying in early February when House Speaker Paul Ryan put tax cuts on the back burner. We're more worried now that Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has admitted Congress won't get the job done before it goes on recess in August.

"How many deadlines will they miss? A few more, and the delays may add up to failure.

"Yes, President Trump can do a lot without Congress on fronts such as deregulation -- but the main payoff there is long-term. The US economy needs a push now. ...

"In Wednesday's New York Times, Larry Kudlow, Steve Moore, Steve Forbes and Arthur Laffer echoed points made in these pages by Betsy McCaughey several weeks ago: At this point, the best bet is to do corporate-tax reform now. Put off the more complicated battles (including the confusing 'border adjustment tax') for later. ...

"The voters chose the guy who promised to deliver jobs, and nobody thought that meant 'sometime in 2018.'"

 
 
— New York Post Editorial Board
— New York Post Editorial Board
Posted April 20, 2017 • 07:21 am
 
 
On the Rot of Political Correctness:
 
 

"In today's academy, truth is an invention. Expecting people to show up on time is racist. Censorship is good. Silencing opposing viewpoints imperative. Violence to enforce safety is natural.

"For the last 25 years, under the guise of 'political correctness,' we've been watching the inexplicable flow into our culture. The idiotic demands of political correctness in the 1980s, ironically relying on the decency of the American people for their acquiescence, was just the prep course, an amuse bouche before the main course of creating social chaos and destruction.

"It sounds dramatic, and it is, and it's also the only way the left maintains power -- brainwashing people into believing that social norms must be destroyed in order to create a more perfect society. From the ashes would emerge the great collective phoenix.

"Just ask the Soviet Union, Cambodia, Cuba and Venezuela how well that works out."

 
 
— Tammy Bruce, Radio Talk Show Host, Author and Political Commentator
— Tammy Bruce, Radio Talk Show Host, Author and Political Commentator
Posted April 19, 2017 • 08:34 am
 
 
Democrats' Try for an Upset in Georgia Sixth CD:
 
 

"Alpharetta, Ga. -- As we enter the final day of the special election to replace Representative Tom Price, the nation's attention is fixed on Georgia's sixth congressional district. Even at this late stage, the outcome of this race remains highly uncertain. But one thing is certain: The Democrat in the race has convinced much of the country that he will pull off the first big win for his party since the Republicans swept last November's elections. That candidate, 30-year-old Jon Ossoff, is a former Democratic staffer who has managed to rake in over $8 million in donations over the course of the race. Heading into Election Day, Ossoff appears to be playing with the house's money. He has come out on top of his Republican rivals in every poll for the past two months, and surveys indicate that he led the two weeks of early voting by a wide margin. Here, one hears a common refrain: 'Could he really do it?'

"Perhaps. Nevertheless, the format of this race will make it difficult for Ossoff to manage an outright victory tonight. Because neither party held a primary, the race features a total of 18 candidates. If no candidate reaches 50 percent of the vote, the top two candidates will face each other in a runoff in June. ...

"The district's long history as a Republican stronghold also seems to suggest that Ossoff will have a tough time snatching this seat from the GOP. Georgia's sixth congressional district -- which is made up of the eastern part of Cobb County, as well as the northern parts of Fulton and DeKalb counties -- has been represented by a Republican for nearly four decades straight, since 1979. For about two of those decades, the district's congressman was Newt Gingrich; he was followed by Johnny Isakson (who is now one of Georgia's two senators), and then Price. None of these candidates ever had any difficulty holding on to the seat."

Read entire piece here

 
 
— Alexandra DeSanctis, National Review Institute William F. Buckley Fellow in Political Journalism
— Alexandra DeSanctis, National Review Institute William F. Buckley Fellow in Political Journalism
Posted April 18, 2017 • 07:58 am
 
 
On the State of U.S. Combat Readiness:
 
 

"American armed forces consistently perform so well that their effectiveness is taken for granted. Complaints about military spending cuts during the Obama years are such a cliche that they have been yawned at by our political leaders and completely ignored by the media.

But those years have taken us from cliche to crisis. Three factors have combined to create an emergency in airpower. First is the wear and tear imposed by nearly 16 years of combat. Second are with the massive, reckless cuts in defense spending imposed by President Obama which, under the Budget Control Act of 2011, are scheduled to continue for at least four years. Third is the near-criminal neglect of our forces by Mr. Obama's generals and admirals. As a result, so many of our combat aircraft are incapable of flying combat missions that the president is deprived of options that may be critical to any war, large or small. ...

The president should view this as an 'all hands on deck' emergency. Mr. Trump should call in the military leaders -- the Obama-era generals who have let our forces decay to their current perilous state -- and read them the riot act. Those who supported the decay in readiness by action or inaction should be fired.

The president should send to Congress a request for an immediate supplemental appropriations to return our forces to readiness. It will take at least two years -- the time it takes for manufacturers to supply repair parts and build new aircraft -- to fix the problem. It will take even longer to make up for the shortage of pilots in both the Air Force and the Navy.

There is no excuse for the military or Congress to let our Air Force and Navy airpower to continue to fail the readiness test. Our forces need the ability to fight anywhere, anytime. Right now, they can't."

 
 
— Jed Babbin, Former Defense Department Deputy Undersecretary and Senior Fellow of the London Center for Policy Research
— Jed Babbin, Former Defense Department Deputy Undersecretary and Senior Fellow of the London Center for Policy Research
Posted April 17, 2017 • 07:48 am
 
 
On the McConnell Method as a Strategy for a Republican Era:
 
 

"Senator McConnell's success in getting Neil Gorsuch confirmed to the Supreme Court is a reminder that there's no limit to what can be accomplished in Washington if conservatives don't waste their time worrying about what the liberal press says about them.

"Speaker Ryan may want to pay attention. Senator McConnell's Supreme Court success offers a potentially useful template for Republicans to handle health care and tax reform. ...

"The Garland-Gorsuch episode is an argument for not letting the left-wing outrage factory drive the Congressional agenda. Mr. McConnell's basic message about the Supreme Court vacancy was that we're going to have an election and then do what the voters wanted us to do, no matter how unpopular it is with PBS or the New York Times editorial board. The approach worked out so well with the court nomination that perhaps it will embolden Republicans to experiment with a similar strategy on other issues."

 
 
— Ira Stoll, New York Sun
— Ira Stoll, New York Sun
Posted April 14, 2017 • 07:41 am
 
 
On HRC's Reaction to Bombing Syria:
 
 

"Even Hillary Clinton hopped aboard the Trump Train for bombing Syria. Her only complaint seemed to be that Mr. Trump may not have gone far enough.

"'I believe that we should have, and still should, take out his airfields and prevent him from being able to use them to bomb innocent people and drop sarin gas on them,' she said.

"This is the same Hillary Clinton who warned us in the most alarming terms during the campaign that under no circumstances should Mr.Trump be trusted with America's war-making arsenal.

"'This is not someone who should ever have the nuclear codes,' she said last summer. 'It's not hard to imagine Donald Trump leading us into a war just because somebody got under his very thin skin.'

"Well, apparently Syrian dictator Bashar Assad got under Mr. Trump's very thin skin, and Mrs. Clinton's only complaint now is he didn't go far enough."

 
 
— Charles Hurt, The Washington Times
— Charles Hurt, The Washington Times
Posted April 13, 2017 • 07:46 am
 
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Quote of the Day   
 
"A full decade after voting to construct a secure barrier along the U.S. border with Mexico, Congress continues to refuse to lay out the money required to build the damned wall. This, even after the stunning upset in last year's elections by the juggernaut presidential campaign of Donald J. Trump, who won the presidency on a clarion vow to voters that he would once and for all build a wall along the…[more]
 
 
—Charles Hurt, The Washington Times
— Charles Hurt, The Washington Times
 
Liberty Poll   

In light of current international threat levels, do you believe Congress will sufficiently fund the U.S. military to begin replenishing necessary major equipment shortages?