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Yesterday's 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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61 'IStandWithAhmed' Hashtag Is Not About Authoritarian Bureaucrats; It's About Pretend Islamophobia

Earlier this month, a 13-year-old boy in Maryland faced an assault charge after authorities say he kissed a 14-year-old classmate on a dare at school. He's being charged with second-degree assault as a juvenile. He has not, as yet, been invited to the White House. In December 2013, a 6-year-old boy in Colorado was suspended from school for kissing…

62 Obama's Legacy: America Plummets to 16th in New Global Economic Freedom Ranking

Presidential elections historically serve as inverse reactions to the outgoing occupant.  Even the 1988 election, notable because it remains the only time since the Truman-Dewey election of 1948 that a party retained the White House for a third consecutive term, saw George H. W. Bush promising a "kinder, gentler" course than his predecessor…

63 Should We Fear an Inexperienced President?

A CBS News/New York Times poll released earlier this week contains an amazing statistic: More than half of GOP voters’ first choice for their party’s presidential nomination is someone who has never held elected office before. Among them, Donald Trump, Ben Carson, and Carly Fiorina win the support of 54 percent of the Republican electorate…

64 Hollywood Lib Matt Damon's "Diversity" Drama

Oh, this is schadenfreude-licious. Outspoken celebrity Democratic activist/donor Matt Damon opened his mouth and let the truth about the left's superficial commitment to "diversity" slip out. Now, liberal ideologues are furiously whacking the relentless GOP-bashing actor for his "white privilege." There's even a Twitter hashtag…

65 CFIF Constitution Quiz

Take our 17-Question Quiz to test your knowledge of the U.S. Constitution. (Answer key may be found at the bottom) 1. Constitution Day is observed annually on September 17th because on that date in 1787: a. The first state ratified the Constitution b. The last state ratified the Constitution c. The Constitution was sent…

66 Opportunity Versus Outcomes

A hostile review of my new book -- "Wealth, Poverty and Politics" -- said, "there is apparently no level of inequality of income or opportunity that Thomas Sowell would consider unacceptable." Ordinarily, reviewers who miss the whole point of a book they are reviewing can be ignored. But this particular confusion about what opportunity…

67 The Way of the Whigs?

Political parties come and go. The Federalist Party, which dominated the American political scene during the first decade of the republic, was a spent force by 1816 and extinct by 1820. The Progressive Party has come and gone at least three times—first in 1912 with Teddy Roosevelt’s third party run for the presidency; then in 1924 with…

68 Meet Candy Carson: The Anti-Michelle Obama

After nearly eight years of the East Wing's politics of mope and complain, it's refreshing to see a presidential candidate's spouse who is always smiling. Candy Carson — wife of GOP 2016 hopeful Dr. Ben Carson, mother of three sons, and grandmother of two — is the anti-Michelle Obama. She's a quiet but confident ray of sunshine: down-to…

69 When Persuasion Fails, Gun Control Groups Resort to Fearmongering

The clash between Americans who exercise their constitutional right to bear arms and proponents of gun control appears to be escalating. Restrictionists have lost in Congress and in all but a notable handful of states. They have lost in the courts of law. That leaves only the court of public opinion. Most states allow citizens to carry firearms openly…

70 Denali and the "I Don’t Give a Damn" Presidency

I’ve long held the minority viewpoint that the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution — limiting the president to two terms in office — may well have been a mistake. Yes, there’s no question that the executive branch is uniquely susceptible to consolidating power in a way that threatens the integrity of the Republic. That&rsquo…

71 It’s Hard to Vindicate Carly Fiorina

Carly Fiorina has emerged as something close to a top-tier Republican presidential candidate after her stellar showing at the second-tier Fox News debate earlier this month. She’s seemingly been everywhere, talking with just about everyone about the pressing issues of the 2016 campaign — national security, entitlement reform, galvanizing…

72 Manliness: An Unsung Trait of The Train Heroes

When a heavily armed man emerged from the bathroom of a European train and began what was clearly intended as a massacre of innocent, unsuspecting civilians, six men ranging in age from 22 to 62 sprang into action. A banker and a middle-aged academic, both French, were first on the scene. The sound of gunfire awakened three young American tourists:…

73 America, Land of the “Mostly Free”

“Hey, it’s a free country.” Do Americans still say that? Do we still recognize our country as the “land of the free”? The question is well worth pondering. When I was an editorial writer and columns editor for Investor’s Business Daily in the late 1990s, I would assemble an end-of-the-year column that asked: Are…

74 Why Jeb’s Not Catching Fire — And Probably Never Will

The good news for Jeb Bush is that he’s the perfect candidate for the Republican presidential nomination. The bad news is that he’s the perfect candidate in the year 2000. That’s the counterfactual scenario that most Bush-watchers have spun over the years. Had Jeb won the 1994 race in which he first pursued Florida’s governorship…

75 Health Tip: The Next Time Government Gives You Dietary Advice, Do the Opposite

In "Sleeper," Woody Allen plays Miles Monroe, a cryogenically frozen owner of a Greenwich Village health food store who, when defrosted in the year 2173, finds himself in an authoritarian state filled with giant vegetables, android butlers and Diane Keaton. When an unnerved Miles is first unfrozen, Space Age doctors try to calm him down:…

76 Yes, There Are Two Americas; No, They’re Not What You Think

It’s the defining political cliché of our age: America is a politically polarized nation. How, exactly, are we divided? Well that’s a bit of a dealer’s choice: Republican vs. Democrat; haves vs. have-nots; religious vs. secular; coastal vs. inland; whites vs. minorities; business vs. labor. But no matter how you slice it, the…

77 Is Destruction of Records Congenital to Liberals?

Is concealment and destruction of official government records somehow congenital to the contemporary political left, or at least anyone associated with Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton?  One might reasonably infer so, given the festering scandals surrounding IRS persecution of conservative organizations and Hillary Clinton's emails during her…

78 Bernie Sanders: Socialist, Nationalist, Romantic

Bernie Sanders is attracting crowds. The avowed socialist U.S. Senator from Vermont may be running a long-shot campaign to upset Hillary Clinton’s acclamation as the Democratic Party’s nominee for president next year, but what he lacks in polish and money he more than makes up for in enthusiastic grassroots support. Last year, he was pulling…

79 Obama Cronyism + Your Personal Data = Trouble

It's the most far-reaching scandal in Washington that no one wants to talk about: Tens of millions of federal employees had their personal information hacked as a result of Obama administration incompetence and political favoritism. Ethnic community organizer-turned-Office of Personnel Management head Katherine Archuleta recklessly eschewed basic…

80 The Fact-Free Left: Part II

There is no way to know what is going on in someone else's mind. But sometimes their behavior tells you more than their words. The political left's great claim to authenticity and honor is that what they advocate is for the benefit of the less fortunate. But how could we test that? T.S. Eliot once said, "Half the harm that is done in this world…

81 The Fact-Free Left

The outrage over another multiple murder of American military personnel on American soil by another Islamic extremist has been exacerbated by the fact that these military people had been ordered to be unarmed -- and therefore sitting ducks. Millions of American civilians have also been forbidden to have guns, and are also sitting ducks -- for criminals…

82 George Will's Worst Column Ever

George Will remains the dean of contemporary conservative thought, an intellectual beacon who elevates public discourse in applying changeless principles to changing times.  On a more personal note, Mr. Will may be the foremost political influence on my own life.  It was therefore profoundly disappointing to digest his column this week entitled…

83 Is the Civil War Over?

In the wake of the recent murders in a South Carolina church, the killer's hope of igniting a race war produced the opposite effect. Blacks and whites in South Carolina came together to condemn his act and the race hate behind it. Some saw in the decision to remove the Confederate flag from in front of the state house a symbolic repudiation of the…

84 Bernie Sanders Is the Future of the Democratic Party

"The rise of Bernie Sanders is proving awkward for the Democratic Party," contends Politico in a recent piece about the surprisingly popular socialist presidential candidate. Well, maybe it's not that surprising. And it's probably not that awkward. Politico could have just as easily declared: The rise of Bernie Sanders is a completely predictable…

85 Obama Claims "Good Month" That He Did Nothing to Bring About

According to conventional wisdom and conformist punditry, the past month has been a good one for Barack Obama.  Of course, even assuming that to be true for purposes of argument, it's only good relative to the low expectations created by six years of his presidency.  Even Jimmy Carter, the most notoriously inept president of our lifetimes…

86 The Problem with the Hillary Campaign? Hillary

If it weren’t for the fact that she represents nearly everything that’s wrong with American politics, you’d almost be tempted to feel bad for Hillary Clinton. Here she is, 67 years of age, whatever vigor she once had long since departed, running a presidential campaign with no clear sense of purpose to win over a progressive electorate…

87 A Legacy of Clichés

Discussions of racial problems almost invariably bring out the cliché of "a legacy of slavery." But anyone who is being serious, as distinguished from being political, would surely want to know if whatever he is talking about -- whether fatherless children, crime or whatever -- is in fact a legacy of slavery or of some of the many…

88 Vigilance Is Patriotic

My fellow Americans: If you see something, say something -- even if it means CAIR will threaten to sue you. Multiple federal agencies and the Department of Defense are on high alert for a possible Islamic terrorist attack on U.S. soil this Independence Day weekend. They've increased security at military bases and sent bulletins to law enforcement…

89 Whitewashing the Democratic Party's History

Here's what the former president of the United States had to say when he eulogized his mentor, an Arkansas senator: "We come to celebrate and give thanks for the remarkable life of J. William Fulbright, a life that changed our country and our world forever and for the better. ... In the work he did, the words he spoke and the life he lived, Bill…

90 CFIF Independence Day Quiz

Take CFIF's 13 Question Independence Day Quiz to test your knowledge of American history and civics. (Answer key may be found at the bottom)   1. Americans celebrate the Fourth of July for which one of the following reasons? a. It marks mid-summer vacation b. It is the day America declared her independence c. It marks…

 
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