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31 Don't Go Wobbly on Criminal Justice

Senator Tom Cotton (R - Arkansas) recently created controversy by observing that, contrary to fashionable opinion on both the political left and right, the United States suffers an "under-incarceration problem":  "Take a look at the facts.  First, the claim that too many criminals are being jailed, that there is over-incarceration…

32 Socialism for the Uninformed

Socialism sounds great. It has always sounded great. And it will probably always continue to sound great. It is only when you go beyond rhetoric, and start looking at hard facts, that socialism turns out to be a big disappointment, if not a disaster. While throngs of young people are cheering loudly for avowed socialist Bernie Sanders, socialism has…

33 CFIF Memorial Day Quiz

(Answer key may be found at the bottom) 1. Which one of the following Revolutionary War heroes is credited with stating, “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country”? a. Patrick Henry b. Nathaniel Greene c. Nathan Hale d. Paul Revere 2. Which of the following conflicts was the costliest…

34 Commencement Season

This is the season of college Commencement speeches — an art form that has seldom been memorable, but has increasingly become toxic in recent times. Two themes seem to dominate Commencement speeches. One is shameless self-advertising by people in government, or in related organizations supported by the taxpayers or donors, saying how nobler…

35 How the Clintons Cashed In

When Bill and Hillary Clinton moved out of the White House 15 years ago, they were "dead broke," said Hillary Clinton. Today, they're worth up to $150 million. A new documentary, "Clinton Cash," reveals how they went from broke to filthy rich, with an emphasis on filthy. The Clintons have made out like bandits compared with another…

36 The Puerto Rican Government Bailout that Only Few Know (and We're Pretty Sure They Don't Want You to Know)

Who knew that the scariest word to official Washington these days isn't ISIS?  It isn't Iran or North Korea or Russia.  It isn't even indictment.  It's “bailout.” We learned that when CFIF ran some television and radio ads and sent around some position papers saying that Congress was about to bail out the Puerto Rican government…

37 Donald Trump: An Equal and Opposite Reaction to Barack Obama

Regardless of one's position on the Trump phenomenon, it's important to rebut a convenient, self-serving, but false claim by Barack Obama, the Clinton campaign and the political left that Donald Trump is somehow a reflection only of maladies ailing the Republican party or the conservative movement.  Here is what Obama recently claimed, exhibiting…

38 What Government Can't Do

Let's call this the most unsurprising headline of the year so far: "Marriage Increases the Odds of Surviving Cancer, Studies Find." Next thing you know they'll be discovering that salt makes you thirsty. I'm not actually belittling the science, more the opposite. Even the most cursory glance at social science data accumulated over the past…

39 Dry Rot in Academia

Jason Riley has now joined the long and distinguished list of people invited — and then disinvited — to give a talk on a college campus, in this case Virginia Tech. Mr. Riley is a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a columnist for the Wall Street Journal and, perhaps most relevantly, author of a very insightful book titled…

40 Congress’s Role in Puerto Rico’s Debt Crisis

The Center for Individual Freedom (CFIF) has been a vocal opponent of H.R. 4900, the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act, or PROMESA. Our opposition to the legislation, which is broadly shared by state governors, Members of Congress, policy experts and other prominent conservative organizations, is not arbitrary.  It has…

41 New Ad Features Puerto Rican Bondholder Calling on Congress to Protect Her Savings

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Center for Individual Freedom (CFIF) released its latest television ad in its campaign to educate Americans about Puerto Rico’s economic crisis and Congress’s maneuvers to provide the Commonwealth a bailout at the expense of American savers (including many in Puerto Rico) and retirement investors. &ldquo…

42 Bill Clinton Versus "Black Lives Matter"

Among the most grating myths in contemporary discourse is the persistent claim that Republicans and conservatives have drifted further and further toward extremist depths in recent years.  The reality is today's conservatives advocate policies that wouldn't have seemed foreign to Ronald Reagan or Barry Goldwater.  In contrast, Democrats…

43 New CFIF Ad Exposes Revised PROMESA Legislation for What It Remains: A “Super Chapter 9” Bailout for Puerto Rico

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Center for Individual Freedom (CFIF) today announced a new television ad about the “Super Chapter 9” bailout legislation for Puerto Rico (H.R. 4900) that was formally introduced yesterday by Congressman Sean Duffy (R-WI) and is currently under consideration by the Committee on Natural Resources…

44 Run Against Obama

When a Republican has been in the presidency for eight years, as George W. Bush was, Democrats run against the Republicans. When a Democrat has been in office for eight years, as Barack Obama will soon have been, Republicans run against Republicans. This is a year in which the multiple failures of the Obama years should be irresistible for Republican…

45 Harvard Law Journal Study: Fewer Guns Don't Mean Less Crime

When itemizing Second Amendment intellectual redoubts, Harvard Law School rarely comes to mind.  Across America, record numbers of everyday Americans possess firearms, a record number of states have relaxed their firearm restrictions and public support of the individual right to keep and bear arms remains at historical highs.  Insulated…

46 Requiem for a VA Victim

What does a suffering military veteran have to do to force an unresponsive government to change its ways? How about self-immolating in front of his VA clinic? Hello, paper-pushers and desk jockeys? Are you there? Would the heat, the smoke and the smell of burning flesh rouse you in the least? Nope. Apparently, even this horror is not enough to move…

47 CFIF Launches National Media Campaign to Oppose House "Super Chapter 9" Bankruptcy Legislation for Puerto Rico

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Center for Individual Freedom (CFIF) today announced a national media campaign in opposition to the "Super Chapter 9" bankruptcy legislation for Puerto Rico, which was recently released by the Committee on Natural Resources in the U.S. House of Representatives. "We are deeply concerned about this draft legislation…

48 Sanders Is Getting Away With Murder

I've resisted coming down too hard on the honorable Bernard Sanders of Vermont. He and I grew up in the same era, doubtless mouthing the same songs, watching on the same evenings Richard Boone and Steve McQueen clean up the Old West. By comparison with two Republican presidential candidates I decline to name, Bernie is Mr. Congeniality —…

49 Supreme Hypocrisy

If there is one thing that is bipartisan in Washington, it is brazen hypocrisy. Currently there is much indignation being expressed by Democrats because the Republican-controlled Senate refuses to hold confirmation hearings on President Obama's nominee to the Supreme Court, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. The Democrats…

50 Post-Jihad Gesture Theater: Je Suis Sick of It

While homicidal, suicidal and genocidal jihadists are busy plotting the next soft-target terror attacks on the West, docile Westerners are busy shedding cartoon tears and doodling broken hearts on social media. European artists rushed to fill Twitter and Instagram with images of Belgian comic book character Tintin weeping after vengeful Muslim terrorists…

51 Black and White, Left and Right

Much is made of the fact that liberals and conservatives see racial issues differently, which they do. But these differences have too often been seen as simply those on the right being racist and those on the left not. You can cherry-pick the evidence to reach that conclusion. But you can also cherry-pick the evidence to reach the opposite conclusion…

52 Sanders, Clinton Supporters Can't Condescend to Trump Supporters

Regardless of whether one supports Donald Trump, opposes him, adores him, detests him or is indifferent to him, at least one thing is clear.  Trump and his supporters are endlessly slurred as sans-culottes, crude commoners worthy only of smug condescension, both intellectual and moral.  That smugness is particularly concentrated among Bernie…

53 Hillary Clinton's War on Whites

Hillary Clinton is sweeping the Democratic primaries across the South by capturing nearly all the black votes — a staggering 86 percent in South Carolina. She's doing it with poisonous lies designed to stoke racial resentment. Clinton routinely tells blacks they are the victims of "systemic racism" and scolds whites for not demonstrating…

54 Starving on the Prosciutto-and-Brie Poverty Diet

Heed the cry of an entitled young American hipster: Woe is me, me, me, me, me! Talia Jane, a 25-year-old melodramatic millennial, made social media waves last week with her "open letter" to the CEO of crowd-sourced review website Yelp. The indigent English major in smart glasses lamented her deplorable plight toiling in the company's San…

55 Paranoid Politics

Amid all the media analyses of the prospects of each of the candidates in both political parties, there is remarkably little discussion of the validity — or lack of validity — of the arguments these candidates are using. It is as if what matters this election year is the fate of a relative handful of people — currently…

56 The Lure of Socialism

Many people of mature years are amazed at how many young people have voted for Senator Bernie Sanders, and are enthusiastic about the socialism he preaches. Many of those older people have lived long enough to have seen socialism fail, time and again, in countries around the world. Venezuela, with all its rich oil resources, is currently on the verge…

57 Intellectual Property: As Global Economy Deteriorates, US Remains Atop International IP Index

We're still number one.  In the realm of intellectual property (IP) protection, that is.  That feels refreshing to say, especially given America's steady and tragically unnecessary decline in other measures of global leadership and prestige in recent years.  Moreover, as the global economy approaches what increasingly appears to be…

58 Sanders the Phony VA Reformer

The New Hampshire primary has put the spotlight on Bernie Sanders. But not all his votes were honestly won. Sanders falsely claims he's been leading the fight to save vets from the corruption and deadly medical care delays at the VA — a message aimed at the Granite State's large vet population. The truth is, as chairman of the Senate Veterans…

59 Toxic Words

During this election year, we are destined to hear many words that are toxic in the way they misrepresent reality and substitute fantasies that can win votes. One of these words is "entitlement." To hear some politicians tell it, we are all entitled to all sorts of things, ranging from "affordable housing" to "a living wage…

60 Obama's Mosque Speech Was a Dangerous Fantasy

For eight years now, the president has reprimanded the American people for their attitudes about Islam. And Barack Obama's big speech to the Islamic Society of Baltimore — granted, filled with many harmless platitudes — was no different, leaving little room for any honest dialogue about ideology or faith. Many of the president…

 
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