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GDP Report Confirms Our Commentary on Obama's Economic Record

In this week's Liberty Update, we highlight the falsity of the persistent claim that Barack Obama somehow prevented a great depression:

[T]he federal government's own economic data shows that Obama actually inherited an emerging recovery.  The American economy was already rebounding before he even officially became president.  What he has done is impose policies that have resulted in the slowest decade of economic growth in recorded U.S. history."

Yesterday's official report on first-quarter 2016 economic performance provided same-day confirmation.  More specifically, the U.S. Commerce Department announced that gross domestic product (GDP), the basic metric by which the economy is measured and by which recessions and recoveries are defined, grew at a disturbing 0.5%.  Not only is that…[more]

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31 Remembering 2015

How shall we remember 2015? Or shall we try to forget it? It is always hard to know when a turning point has been reached, and usually it is long afterwards before we recognize it. However, if 2015 has been a turning point, it may well have marked a turn in a downward direction for America and for Western civilization. This was the year when we essentially…

32 The Busybody Left

The political left has been trying to run other people's lives for centuries. So we should not be surprised to see the Obama administration now trying to force neighborhoods across America to have the mix of people the government wants them to have. There are not enough poor people living in middle class neighborhoods to suit the political left. Not…

33 CFIF Christmas Quiz

Take our 12-Question Christmas Quiz and test your knowledge of Christmas-related Americana. (Answer key may be found at the bottom) 1. General George Washington crossed the Delaware River on which one of the following nights in 1776 to surprise (and defeat) the Hessian garrison at Trenton, NJ?  a. Christmas Eve b. Christmas…

34 Justice Reform Legislation: Prosecution Should Require Criminal Intent

Before charging an American citizen with a crime, thereby forcing that person to face the weight of federal, state or local power, government should at least allege that the citizen actually intended to commit a crime.  Unfortunately, that's increasingly not the case in America today.  The number of federal criminal statutes now measures…

35 'Nothing to do With Islam'

In the aftermath of Paris and before San Bernardino, Hillary Clinton articulated the forced catechism of the left: "Let's be clear: Islam is not our adversary. Muslims are peaceful and tolerant people and have nothing whatsoever to do with terrorism." What happens when a major political party becomes so wedded to political correctness that…

36 Deadly D.C.: The Land of No Consequences

In life and leadership, accountability means consequences for bad behavior. In Washington, accountability means yet another congressional meeting about another government scandal perpetrated by tax-subsidized corruptocrats who get away with murder. Literally. This week, the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs will hold the 999,999th oversight hearing…

37 Have a Happy, Politics-Free Thanksgiving

Many people naturally assume that since I work in political journalism, I must breathe, drink and eat politics 24/7/365 — including on the Thanksgiving holiday. The thought of it gives me indigestion. Self-absorbed creatures who have no life outside the Beltway world are the most tiresome ogres. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest advised…

38 Paris Attacks Reframe Arguments Over 2nd Amendment, Israel

Habitually exploiting tragedy for potential political gain, sermonizer in chief Barack Obama made the following claim on June 18 of this year:  "Sometime as a country, we'll have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence doesn't happen in other advanced countries."  Actually, it happens fairly frequently. …

39 Snowflakes or Fascists?

There was a much-beloved quote circulated among leftists, often attributed to Sinclair Lewis, that "when fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross." In light of recent episodes of mob action on American campuses, the quote needs updating: When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in "diversity…

40 Military and Professional Sports: Who Pays for What?

When it comes to discussing the relationship between the Department of Defense and professional sports, Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake have fumbled the ball. Over the years, I have helped organize nearly 20 Military Appreciation Days hosted by the New York Mets, New York Islanders, New York Jets and Houston Texans, as well as events at MLB All…

41 Who's Burning Black Churches? Oh.

Here we go again: another liberal narrative burned to a crisp. Over a two-week period in October, an arsonist targeted seven churches in the St. Louis area — including several in Black Lives Matter protest hotspot Ferguson, Missouri. The Atlantic magazine, invoking the "long history of terrorism against black churches in America,"…

42 CFIF Veterans Day Quiz

Take CFIF’s 21-Question Veterans Day Quiz and test your knowledge of the brave men and women who defend our freedoms. (Answer key may be found at the bottom) 1. Veterans Day is celebrated annually on November 11th for which one of the following reasons? a. The Treaty of Versailles was signed on that date b. The WWI armistice…

43 Put Not Your Faith in Princes or Pollsters

Republicans had a pretty good Election Day, all things considered. As the Washington Post put it, “The 2015 election tightened the Republican stranglehold on state government.” Which doesn’t sound very good, but that’s the Post for you. It’s surprising because the polls leading up to many of these contests seemed to suggest…

44 Demonizing Police, Rising Crime and Increasing Support for 2nd Amendment Rights

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James B. Comey delivered a chilling speech this week regarding something sinister underway across America:  "Something deeply disturbing is happening all across America.  I have spoken of 2014 in this speech because something has changed in 2015.  Far more people are being killed in…

45 Unions Endorse Clinton, But Rank and File Love Her Not

Hillary Clinton remains the odds-on favorite to win the Democratic Party’s nomination for president next year. Sure, most voters dislike her personally and find her untrustworthy, but the “inevitable” candidate of 2008 looks to be seriously inevitable now that Vice President Joe Biden has opted out of the race and U.S. Sen. Bernie…

46 Hillary 2.0

Many people may share Senator Bernie Sanders' complaint that he was tired of hearing about Hillary Clinton's e-mails. But the controversy is about issues far bigger than e-mails. One issue is the utter disaster created by the Obama administration's foreign policy in Libya, carried out by Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State. An even bigger issue…

47 Requiem for an Irish Lightweight

Vice President Joe Biden seemed so close to jumping into the 2016 presidential race. Washington had been abuzz this week with rumors that the three-time failed presidential candidate was certain to jump in the fray, that he was ready to go, that it was practically a mortal lock. So much for rumors. Looks like the fourth time won’t be the charm…

48 Stop Obama's War On Watchdogs

In the sadistic era of fraudulent Hope and Change, inspectors general inside the federal government have been kicked, neutered and starved of the authority and information they need to do their jobs. It's transparently clear: President Obama loathes and fears independent watchdogs. Accountability is an empty talking point without whistleblower protection…

49 Open Season on the Police

In recent months there have been a series of cases reported in the media, where some teenage thug — white, black or Hispanic in different cases — has been stopped by a policeman for some routine violation of the law and, instead of complying with lawful instructions, such as "show me your driver's license," chooses instead to…

50 Democratic Party: Not for Grown-ups

Think of today's Democratic Party as the little village of Hamelin. A piper called Bernie Sanders toots his socialist tune, and all the little Democrats skip along behind him to ... where exactly? According to the medieval legend, the Pied Piper of Hamelin led the children away and drowned them. "Socialist" was once an epithet in American…

51 Jim Webb, American Hero

When Democratic Party presidential hopefuls were asked by CNN's Anderson Cooper to list the enemies they have made during their careers that they are most proud of, the only candidate who didn't include any fellow Americans was Jim Webb. Webb — who, it should be noted, didn't exactly answer the question — explained that it was an enemy…

52 The 'Gun Control' Farce

President Obama's intrusion into the mourning community of Roseburg, Oregon, in order to promote his political crusade for stronger gun control laws, is part of a pattern of his using various other sites of shooting rampages in the past to promote this long-standing crusade of the political left. The zealotry of gun control advocates might make some…

53 The 'Gun Control' Farce: Part II

The grand illusion of zealots for laws preventing ordinary, law-abiding people from having guns is that "gun control" laws actually control guns. In a country with many millions of guns, not all of them registered, this is a fantasy and a farce. Guns do not vanish into thin air because there are gun control laws. Guns -- whether legal or…

54 The More You Politicize Guns the Weaker Your Case Becomes

After the horrific mass shooting at a community college in Oregon, President Barack Obama made an impassioned case that gun violence is "something we should politicize": "This is a political choice that we make, to allow this to happen every few months in America. We collectively are answerable to those families who lose their loved…

55 Unlock 'em Up?

The Justice Department has announced that it will begin releasing 6,000 "nonviolent" inmates from federal prisons starting at the end of this month. Welcome to the era of de-incarceration. At a conference named for former New York Mayor David Dinkins (who presided over the city at a time of runaway crime), Hillary Clinton decried the number…

56 By the Numbers: The U.S. Murder Rate Isn't Comparatively High, Nor Does It Suffer the Highest Mass Shooting Rate

If only Barack Obama exhibited as much contempt and tenacity toward America's foreign adversaries - particularly Russia, China and Iran - as he does toward fellow Americans who happen to interpret the Bill of Rights more expansively than he does.  This week, Russia utterly humiliated Obama before the eyes of the world, further eroding enemies…

57 Mandate for Conservatives: Make Obama a Historical Anomaly

When I penned my first column for the Center for Individual Freedom early in 2009, we didn’t yet have the full measure of Barack Obama. For those with eyes to see, it was clear that the new president was coming to office with a more explicit and comprehensive progressive agenda than any president since Woodrow Wilson. But we didn’t yet…

58 Welcome to Wealthy Middle Eastern Thug Privilege

You've heard endlessly about "white privilege" from the professional social justice warrior gripers. But rarely does that crusading crowd -- or their spiritual leaders in the White House -- acknowledge the brutal impact of wealthy Middle Eastern thug privilege in America. I'm looking especially at you, Barack, Michelle and Valerie Jarrett…

59 Good Riddance!

The impending departure of Speaker of the House John Boehner gives the House Republicans a real opportunity to accomplish something. But an opportunity is not a guarantee. It is a little like a football team being first down and goal at the ten-yard line. You have a good chance of scoring a touchdown from there -- if you can get your act together.…

60 Liberals Are Done Debating

Not always. Not everyone. But enough. This week, for example, while thinking about the pope's take on global warming, I tweeted out this comment: "Celebrate climate change, an externality of the greatest poverty destroying program in the history of mankind." There is plenty to disagree with in my observation, I admit. Although I believe…

 
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