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Gallup Poll Shows Americans' Views on U.S. Healthcare Quality Turned Downward with ObamaCare and More Government Control

Gallup just released a new survey summary under the sobering headline "Americans Sour on U.S. Healthcare Quality," but what's perhaps most notable is when the distinctive downturn began -- as ObamaCare took effect and government control over our healthcare increased significantly:



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On China:

"Do yourself a favor: Don't listen to the rhetoric coming out of the mouth of Chinese President -- more like dictator for life -- Xi Jinping these days.

"Sure, he is talking a big game about China someday reunifying with Taiwan -- emphasizing using force if necessary -- and how he wants to build Beijing's military into a world-class power as fast as possible. In fact, in his address to the Communist Party's 20th National Congress, Xi seems set to be doubling down on his goal of making China the predominant military power in Asia and eventually a global military power as well.

"But we should be clear: Xi has been saying the same things over and over for nearly a decade now, and all of that is old news.

"What is different now, however, is that the Chinese leader finally has the economy -- a gross domestic product worth more than $16 trillion -- and foundational military capabilities to back up his bluster."

Read the entire article here.

— Harry J. Kazianis, President and CEO of Rogue States Project
— Harry J. Kazianis, President and CEO of Rogue States Project
Posted October 18, 2022 • 08:05 AM
On President Biden and the Economy:

"The economy shrank during the first half of 2022. In March, the Federal Reserve began ratcheting up interest rates to squash inflation. The hikes haven't resulted in price stability. But they have led to the highest mortgage rates in 20 years, growing volatility in debt markets, and the increasing likelihood of a prolonged recession and financial crisis. National Economic Council director Brian Deese likes to say that the U.S. economy is 'in a period of transition.' The transition is from bad to worse.

"By subsidizing demand while restricting supply, President Biden has revived the economic maladies that afflicted the American economy when he entered public life a half century ago. Biden has turned gold into dross and, amazingly, expects to be rewarded for it. 'The president and I were talking at lunch today about this,' Vice President Kamala Harris said in a recent interview with the Nation magazine. 'We are so proud -- and I hope I don't give off any bravado in saying this -- but we are so proud that we will end up being the most pro-labor administration probably ever.'

"Sorry, madame vice president, but your bravado is showing. The unions might be happy. The other 90 percent of the workforce is not. Expect to hear from them in November."

Read the entire article here.

— Matthew Continetti, Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and Founding Editor of the Washington Free Beacon
— Matthew Continetti, Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and Founding Editor of the Washington Free Beacon
Posted October 17, 2022 • 07:42 AM
Reporting on ACT Scores Dropping to the Lowest Levels in 30 Years:

"Scores on the ACT college admissions test by this year's high school graduates hit their lowest point in more than 30 years -- the latest evidence of the enormity of learning disruption during the pandemic.

"The class of 2022's average ACT composite score was 19.8 out of 36, marking the first time since 1991 that the average score was below 20. What's more, an increasing number of high school students failed to meet any of the subject-area benchmarks set by the ACT -- showing a decline in preparedness for college-level coursework.

"The test scores, made public in a report Wednesday, show 42% of ACT-tested graduates in the class of 2022 met none of the subject benchmarks in English, reading, science and math, which are indicators of how well students are expected to perform in corresponding college courses.

"In comparison, 38% of test takers in 2021 failed to meet any of the benchmarks."

Read the entire article here.

— Cheyanne Mumphrey, Associated Press
— Cheyanne Mumphrey, Associated Press
Posted October 14, 2022 • 07:01 AM
Reporting on the IMF's Latest Warning About the Global Economy:

"The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday slashed its global growth outlook for next year, warning the world economy is headed for 'stormy waters' and that there is a growing risk of a painful worldwide recession if major central banks fumble the fight against inflation.

"The Washington-based institution said in its latest World Economic Outlook that global gross domestic product will still grow by 3.2% this year, but now anticipates it will slow sharply to just 2.7% in 2023. That is down 0.2 percentage points from its previous estimate and is a marked decline from its estimate of 3.8% at the beginning of the year, highlighting just how much the global economy has weakened in recent months.

"Inflation could remain elevated for longer than previously expected, according to the IMF, which forecast prices peaking later this year and declining from 8.8% in 2022 to 6.5% in 2023.

'The worst is yet to come, and for many people 2023 will feel like a recession,' the report said"

Read the entire article here.

— Megan Henney, FOX Business
— Megan Henney, FOX Business
Posted October 12, 2022 • 01:13 PM
On the Realities of Democrats' Green Energy Fiasco:

"Trust in the federal government is low for many reasons: Incompetence, allegations of insider trading, destruction of scarce capital, and blatant overpromising and underdelivering all help to explain why voters are disillusioned.

"Still, the big promises of the Inflation Reduction Act are just one more example of the Democratic Party's mendacity. The act will not reduce inflation, and the green energy subsidies will not make a material dent in U.S. carbon emissions or in trends toward global warming. Researchers at Princeton University's Zero Lab are becoming more transparent about how difficult it will be for the U.S. to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In a recent report , the researchers explain that electricity transmission is just one of the keystones for unlocking the benefits of the green energy subsidies in the act. ...

"The $379 billion of green energy subsidies of the Inflation Reduction Act will increase demand for the consumption of electric-powered vehicles, heat pumps, and other electrified goods. Electricity demand will increase. The supply of electricity must grow to meet demand. Democrats routinely enact policies to increase demand, but they ignore supply. Inflation and shortages follow. See, for example, the Affordable Care Act health reform law .

"Increasing the growth rate of electricity transmission will not happen without comprehensive legislation on permitting reform. Moreover, the magnitude of the task to transform the U.S. economy can only be fully understood in the context of the land required for green energy projects. Consider that researchers say wind and solar expansion would require up to 590,000 square kilometers of land. That amount of land is larger than New England plus Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. That is big. It will not happen."

Read the entire article here.

— James Rogan, Former U.S. Foreign Service Officer
— James Rogan, Former U.S. Foreign Service Officer
Posted October 11, 2022 • 07:06 AM
On the PRO Act:

"Three years ago this month, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed California Assembly Bill 5 (AB5) into law, essentially outlawing freelance journalism and most other independent contracting. Opponents of the bill warned the law would devastate the longstanding careers of many independent businesspeople in the Golden State. Three years later, it's clear the critics had it right: AB5 has proven to be among the most ill-conceived state labor policies in recent memory.

"If AB5's restrictions were limited to California, that would be bad enough. But the Biden administration appears determined to bring these destructive labor restrictions to the national stage in the form of the Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act). Policymakers should pay heed to the damage AB5 has wrought in California and stop this disastrous policy in its tracks. ...

"The PRO Act passed the House in 2019 and 2021, and President Biden renewed the call for Congress to enact the legislation this month in a Labor Day proclamation. Don't be fooled by the innocuous 'pro-worker' packaging of the PRO Act. It essentially would subject every independent worker in the United States to California's disastrous AB5 approach to labor relations."

Read the entire article here.

— Jim Manley, Attorney at Pacific Legal Foundation
— Jim Manley, Attorney at Pacific Legal Foundation
Posted October 10, 2022 • 07:29 AM
On Rising Violent Crime in U.S. Cities:

"Confirming widespread perceptions, the nation's largest crime survey finds that violent crime in urban areas rose dramatically from 2020 to 2021. The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), the statistical arm of the Department of Justice, recently released findings from the 2021 National Crime Victimization Survey. According to the NCVS, which dates to the Nixon administration, the rate of violent crime rose only in urban areas. It did not change to a statistically significant degree in suburban or rural areas.

"The NCVS involves about a quarter of a million interviews each year with a nationally representative sample of U.S. residents. The federal government's field agents ask respondents whether they were the victim of a crime within the past six months. According to the NCVS, violent crime in urban areas rose 29 percent from 2020 to 2021, from 19.0 to 24.5 victimizations per 1,000 persons aged 12 or older.

"From 2018 through 2020, the NCVS found that the violent-crime rate in urban areas was between 29 percent and 42 percent higher than the rate in rural areas. In 2021, however, the violent-crime rate in urban areas was 121 percent higher, more than doubling the rate in rural areas (24.5 victimizations in urban areas, versus 11.1 in rural areas, per 1,000 persons). In addition, the violent-crime rate in urban areas was 48 percent higher in 2021 than in suburban areas, more than tripling any difference in urban and suburban rates registered from 2018 to 2020. The property-crime rate in urban areas was nearly twice as high in 2021 as in suburban areas (157.5 to 86.8 victimizations per 1,000 households) and nearly three times as high as in rural areas (157.5 to 57.7 victimizations per 1,000 households)."

Read the entire article here.

— Jeffrey H. Anderson, Former Director of the Bureau of Justice Statistics at the U.S. Department of Justice and Current President of the American Main Street Initiative
— Jeffrey H. Anderson, Former Director of the Bureau of Justice Statistics at the U.S. Department of Justice and Current President of the American Main Street Initiative
Posted October 07, 2022 • 01:15 PM
Reporting On House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's Stock Market Fortune:

"House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) has seen her net worth increase by $140 million since the 2008 financial crisis thanks in no small part to her husband's fortuitous trades in companies she has worked to subsidize. Now, she's rying to pull up the ladder behind her: In what may be her final months as a member of Congress, she's backing a proposal that would prohibit her colleagues from buying or selling individual stocks.

"Pelosi scoffed at the idea of banning lawmakers from trading individual stocks as recently as December, saying that she and her colleagues should be able to fully participate in the free market economy. After rejecting similar proposals, Pelosi is throwing her weight behind legislation that would ban stock trading among members of Congress and other senior government officials. House Democratic leaders introduced the Combating Financial Conflicts of Interest in Government Act last Tuesday but failed to bring the measure to a vote before adjourning for the midterm elections.

"Pelosi has been dogged by allegations that her husband, Paul Pelosi, trades stocks on inside information gleaned from her position in Congress. In March, Paul Pelosi exercised options to buy up to $5 million worth of Tesla stock as the speaker pushed for electric vehicle subsidies, the Washington Free Beacon reported. And in June, Paul Pelosi exercised call options to buy up to $5 million in the graphics card manufacturer Nvidia just weeks before the House considered a bill to provide more than $50 billion in subsidies to domestic semiconductor manufacturers."

Read the entire article here.

— Andrew Kerr, The Washington Free Beacon
— Andrew Kerr, The Washington Free Beacon
Posted October 06, 2022 • 08:51 AM
On the Economy and Root Causes of Inflation:

"To the surprise of no one outside the White House, a recent ABC News/Washington Post poll showed that 74 percent of Americans believe the economy is in bad shape, up from 58 percent in the spring of 2021. With 84 percent or respondents identifying the economy as a top issue in the upcoming midterm elections and 74 percent saying the same about inflation, why does the Biden administration seem more intent on exacerbating the problems than addressing them? Let's take a look at how Biden got us into the current economic crisis and what he could do to get us out of it.

"While there are many moving pieces in any economy, the root causes of inflation are relatively straightforward. In normal economic times, the markets balance supply and demand minimizing inflation. For example, if the demand for a particular retail good is high, but the supply of that good is low, retailers will increase prices resulting in reduced demand. When the supply of a particular good is greater than the demand, retailers will lower their prices increasing demand.

"The goal is to keep supply and demand in balance and our free market economy naturally trends towards that balance (which was the case during the Trump administration). Problems arise when the government intervenes."

Read the entire article here.

— Andy Puzder, Former CKE Restaurants CEO and Currently a Senior Fellow at the Pepperdine University School of Public Policy
— Andy Puzder, Former CKE Restaurants CEO and Currently a Senior Fellow at the Pepperdine University School of Public Policy
Posted October 05, 2022 • 07:40 AM
On President Biden's 'Economic Assault on the States':

"In an effort to boost its policies and chart a path to the future ahead of the November midterm elections, the White House released the Biden-Harris Economic Blueprint. The 58-page document showcases a five-part plan that will build on 'historic legislative successes' and 'executive actions' that the administration claims have rebuilt the economy 'now and for years ahead.'

"But a close reading of the self-promotional Sept. 9, 2022, blueprint reveals that, like the American Rescue Plan Act, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, and the misnamed Inflation Reduction Act, the policies promoted in the Economic Blueprint will increase spending and regulation, make the government larger and more intrusive, and consolidate power in the hands of federal bureaucrats at the expense of state autonomy.

"Onerous conditions and requirements attached to federal funds distributed to the states have been a hallmark of the Biden administration's approach to spending. All three of Biden's agenda items have given federal agencies significant powers to set guidelines and requirements that usurp federalist principles. If enacted, the policies proposed in the Economic Blueprint promise to be no different.

"For example, the first pillar of the Blueprint, 'Empowering Workers,' highlights the need for 'greater worker power to unionize.' In practice, this means federal agencies may require state and local governments to prioritize union workers, regardless of the potential for added costs and limited availability in certain locales. Likewise, the Blueprint calls for an expansion of Green New Deal policies included in the IRA that will compel states to pay for progressive priorities instead of focusing on taxpayer needs."

Read the entire article here.

— Ryan Lanier, State Government Affairs Associate for Citizens Against Government Waste
— Ryan Lanier, State Government Affairs Associate for Citizens Against Government Waste
Posted October 04, 2022 • 07:44 AM
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"When it comes to raising the debt limit, the White House keeps insisting on 'no negotiations,' a line President Joe Biden will likely repeat Tuesday in his State of the Union speech -- in stark contrast to his own decades-long record.It's not just that, as vice president, he led such negotiations time and again, calling them a 'normal political battle' and saying 'my way or the highway' is 'no way…[more]
— New York Post Editorial Board
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