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Indivisible: Social and Economic Foundations of American Liberty

http://thf_media.s3.amazonaws.com/2010/pdf/Indivisible.pdf

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3 Basic Differences Between Conservatism and Neoconservatism

http://pjmedia.com/lifestyle/2013/12/27/3-basic-differences-between-conservatism-and-neoconservatism/?print=1

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Though politicians do not want to hear what history can tell us about how to break out of the malaise, the solution, found in a careful analysis of economic history, is amazingly simple.

http://www.ncpa.org/pdfs/ib115.pdf

[ASND simply asks, “Since when does evidence have anything to do with truth?]

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[Dr.] Walter Williams [and Dr. Thomas Sowell] explains why capitalism is moral in 5 minutes

http://winteryknight.wordpress.com/2012/11/13/walter-williams-explains-why-capitalism-is-moral-in-5-minutes/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

[Yes, both Drs. are black American heroes.]

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THE MORAL CASE FOR CAPITALISM

http://www.manhattan-institute.org/pdf/ir_12.pdf

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… secession from political engagement because it is hard, its success impermanent and its achievements incomplete, is more a form of self-comfort than moral conviction.  As Carl Henry wrote me in a personal letter years ago, ‘not to oppose a Hitler, a Stalin or a Mao would have been an act of Christian lovelessness’ – in other words, passivity in the face of evil is acquiescence to it and, in some cases, even partnership with it.

http://www.christianpost.com/news/a-response-to-evangelical-calls-for-public-withdrawal-76754/print.html

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Getting people off welfare is NOT uncaring – it’s a moral duty and the only way to save us from fiscal suicide

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2214823/Getting-people-welfare-NOT-uncaring–moral-duty-way-save-fiscal-suicide.html?printingPage=true

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Poverty:

Effective compassion doesn’t settle for handouts; it goes beyond material need

http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/tgc/2014/01/09/its-not-enough-to-care-about-the-poor/

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Time for conservatives to champion the poor

http://www.aei-ideas.org/2013/09/time-for-conservatives-to-champion-the-poor/

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Social Justice: How Good Intentions Undermine Justice and Gospel

http://downloads.frc.org/EF/EF13E133.pdf

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“We promise equal opportunity, not equal outcomes.”

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2012/08/11/ryan_our_rights_come_from_nature_and_god_not_from_government.html

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How to Fight Poverty — and Win

http://blog.heritage.org/2014/01/08/war-on-poverty-at-50-years-how-to-fight-poverty-and-win/print/

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Saving the American Dream

The Heritage Plan to Fix the Debt, Cut Spending, and Restore Prosperity

http://www.savingthedream.org/about-the-plan/plan-details/SavAmerDream.pdf

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Free Markets = Sustainable Development

Without capitalism, true sustainability is impossible.

http://reason.com/archives/2012/06/12/free-markets-are-sustainable-development

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The Laffer Curve: Past, Present, and Future

http://s3.amazonaws.com/thf_media/2004/pdf/bg1765.pdf

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“… in the vernacular of my grandfather, I does not care.

http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=264417

[A  black   Republican ?   That’s  impossible .   Blacks  would  never  be  so  stupid  as to  think ,   let alone  vote ,   Conservative . ]

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Former neo-Nazi becomes leftist after sex change

http://www.thelocal.de/politics/20110312-33671.html?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=182

[Ok, who’s betting that ASND’s comments here will contain a  series  of  veiled  (i.e. hyperlinked)  hit-pieces  on transexualism?]

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Canada:

CANADA’S REVERSED FISCAL CRISIS

http://mercatus.org/sites/default/files/publication/Canada’s%20Reversed%20Budget.Henderson.5.5.11_0.pdf

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Canada’s fiscal success story

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/canadas-fiscal-success-story/2012/10/28/4861723e-193a-11e2-bd10-5ff056538b7c_print.html

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Net government debt as a share of the Canadian economy is 36 per cent.  In the U.S., it is 83 per cent.  America’s gross government debt is now bigger than the entire U.S. economy…  job creators enjoy a growing tax advantage north of the border.  Total corporate tax rates of all levels of government average 26.1 per cent in Canada, versus 39.1 per cent in the U.S. These policy decisions have led the Wall Street Journal and Heritage Foundation to rank Canada sixth in the world on the economic freedom index.  The U.S. now ranks 10th.  That is why we Canucks are not jumping off cliffs or smashing into ceilings.

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/pierre-poilievre/canadians-and-fiscal-cliff_b_2377518.html?view=print&comm_ref=false

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Illegal Immigration:

Immigration Alternatives

http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/09/immigration_alternatives.html

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Marco Rubio: GOP must be the ‘Pro-Legal Immigration Party’

http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/marco-rubio-gop-must-be-pro-legal-immigration-party

[Good “luck” with that, Mr. Rubio.]

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The bill would allow illegal immigrants who came to the United States before the age of 14 , younger than 28 and have lived in the country for 5 years to be eligible to enroll in a series of visa programs, eventually leading to permanent status.

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/gop-senators-offer-calm-and-reasonable-pathway-citizenship-illegal-aliens

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While the national debt must ultimately be paid down, there are other competitiveness-enhancing reforms that can be implemented more quickly including tax reform, regulatory reform, and tort reform.

http://mercatus.org/sites/default/files/DebtandCompetitiveness_FichtnerDebnam_v1-0.pdf

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Health Care:

… [health] inequality has declined dramatically [in the U.S.] over the past century [without Obamacare].  It has continued to decline even in the past 40 years, a period over which it is generally thought that income inequality has risen considerably.

http://www.aei.org/files/2012/11/19/-slavov-an-alternate-perspective-on-health-inequality_160913166704.pdf

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… [liberals] admit to being ‘deeply suspicious of the claim that a health care system dominated by powerful vested interests and mystifying in its complexity can be tamed by consumers who are strapped for time, often poor, sometimes uneducated, confused and afraid.’  But just how valid are these concerns?

http://www.aei.org/print/can-markets-work-in-medicine

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A third or more of what the US spends annually may be wasteful.

http://www.healthaffairs.org/healthpolicybriefs/brief.php?brief_id=82

[OOH! Ooh, I know. Let’s nationalize health care. That’ll add efficiency!]

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Replacing ObamaCare

http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/05/replacing_obamacare.html

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Universal Health Care Conservative Style

http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/06/universal_health_care_conservative_style.html

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America can work out a system of health insurance without the interference of federal government

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2166102/America-work-health-insurance-interference-federal-government.html?printingPage=true

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Health Insurance Must Change: Here’s How To Change It

http://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2012/06/26/health-insurance-must-change-heres-how-to-change-it/

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A Better Health Insurance System

How would such a system operate?

http://www.realclearmarkets.com/articles/2012/06/28/beyond_the_supremes_a_better_health_insurance_system_99740.html

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BOTH OF THESE PROBLEMS can be solved by extending to Medicaid the enormously successful 1996 welfare reforms.

http://spectator.org/archives/2012/06/02/medicaid-freedom-of-choice/print

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The Ryan plan: the Cliff’s Notes version of Republican health reform

http://www.aei.org/article/health/healthcare-reform/the-ryan-plan-the-cliffs-notes-version-of-republican-health-reform/

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Summary of Republican Study Committee’s alternative to Obamacare

http://dailycaller.com/2013/09/18/republican-study-committee-to-release-obamacare-alternative/?print=1

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The Better Solution for ‘Pre-Existing Conditions’

There’s no need to turn the entire system upside down to help the people who can’t buy private insurance.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390444799904578048301788487428.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_LEFTTopOpinion

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Health Care for All Without the Affordable Care Act

http://www.ncpa.org/pdfs/ib116.pdf

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It’s time to rethink health insurance

Rather than using insurance to subsidize the consumption of all medical care, Americans should use it only for catastrophic expenses.

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/commentary/la-oe-shultz-healthcare-20140105,0,7650625,print.story

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Why Raising Medicare’s Retirement Age Will Help Achieve Universal Coverage

http://www.forbes.com/sites/aroy/2012/12/12/debunking-liberal-arguments-against-raising-medicares-retirement-age/print/

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How Consumer-Directed [i.e. Free Market Health] Plans Achieve [Greater] Savings [Than Government Health Plans]

http://www.rand.org/pubs/research_briefs/RB9672/index1.html

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Switzerland: A Case Study in Consumer-Driven Health Care

http://www.forbes.com/sites/aroy/2012/12/26/switzerland-a-case-study-in-consumer-driven-health-care/print/

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Yes, the Party of Civil Rights

http://www.nationalreview.com/blogs/print/301053

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Most of the people [Keith Olberman] brands as conservatives’ were actually Democrats.

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During the Reconstruction era, Republicans ran on a platform which said ‘now is the Negro’s hour,’ while the Democrats’ platform was ‘this is a white man’s country.’

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It was Democratic President Woodrow Wilson who, as noted above, institutionalized Jim Crow at the federal level…

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… higher percentages of Congressional Republicans voted for passage of the Voting Rights Act than did Democrats.”

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Dr. Martin Luther King, like his father and most African Americans of his time, was a Republican.

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African Americans, using the weapons of the Christian gospel of universal equality, non-violence and ceaseless, unremitting litigation in the courts fought, marched, suffered and, sometimes, died to set themselves free.  They — not white liberals — own that freedom, because they and their parents — not white liberals — took it.

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2012/01/msnbcs_lawrence_odonnell_gets_his_facts_wrong.html

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Key components of most modern electronics and green energy technologies, as well as defense systems, are made from a small number of elements and critical metals called rare earths.  The United States can create jobs, reduce reliance on foreign imports and improve national security by encouraging the domestic exploration and production of rare earth elements currently imported from other countries.  While supplies of rare earths may not improve for several years, steps should be taken now to develop domestic mining and current policies should be changed to allow this growth.

http://www.ncpa.org/pdfs/ib108.pdf

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Rare Earths Mining Potential in the United States

http://www.ncpa.org/pdfs/st348.pdf

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Small Cities Are Becoming New Engine Of Economic Growth

http://www.forbes.com/sites/joelkotkin/2012/05/08/small-cities-are-becoming-the-main-engine-of-economic-growth/

[ASND wonders, “In which color  states ,   again (red or blue) are almost all of those     “small cities“?]

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Highways:

Funding Important Transportation Infrastructure In a Fiscally Constrained Environment

http://reason.org/studies/show/funding-important-transportation-in

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Enterprising Roads: Improving the Governance of America’s Highways

http://reason.org/news/show/enterprising-roads-improving-the-go

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… this paper proposes an affordable vehicle-mile fee system that preserves traveler privacy, eliminates nearly all traffic congestion, adequately funds all federal, state, and local roads, and does so in a revenue-neutral manner after eliminating gas taxes and local road subsidies.  In fact, in the long run the proposal may even reduce total road costs and fees because it would give road agencies incentives to operate more efficiently.

http://www.cato.org/pubs/pas/PA695.pdf

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A Glimpse of What Privatized Roads Could Look Like

http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/05/a_glimpse_of_what_privatized_roads_could_look_like.html

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Why Motorists Should Pay by the Mile

Reconsidering a vehicle miles traveled tax

http://reason.org/blog/show/why-motorists-should-pay-by-the-mil

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Dispelling the Myths: Toll and Fuel Tax Collection Costs in the 21st Century

The time to embrace electronic tolls as a primary source of highway funding is now

http://reason.org/news/show/myths-toll-and-gas-tax-collection

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A Route to Better Roads: The Case for Public-Private Partnerships

http://www.american.com/archive/2013/june/a-route-to-better-roads-the-case-for-public-private-partnerships

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ROAD PRICING AND ASSET PUBLICIZATION

A NEW APPROACH TO REVITALIZING US INFRASTRUCTURE

www.aei.org/files/2013/12/10/-road-pricing-and-asset-publicization_12592596596.pdf

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Operating State Parks Through Public-Private Partnerships

http://www.leadingwithconservation.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/CLC_III-Gilroy_Kenny_Morris_1.3.13.pdf

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Rational People Fear Big Government, Not Big Business

Whatever bad big corporations have done is dwarfed by the monstrous crimes — the mass enslavement of people, the deprivation of the most basic human rights, not to mention the mass murder and torture and genocide — committed by big governments.

http://frontpagemag.com/2012/05/23/rational-people-fear-big-government-not-big-business/print/

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What Conservatives Really Think About Community

http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/05/what_conservatives_really_think_about_community_mr_dionne.html

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Regulation:

There’s a regulatory cliff too

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2012/12/theres_a_regulatory_cliff_too.html

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Why We Need Principles-Based Regulation

http://www.american.com/archive/2012/may/why-we-need-principles-based-regulation

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Government subsidies and disregard for property rights have led us to the brink of maritime ecological disaster.  Ending subsidies and guaranteeing genuine property rights in fish stocks will improve management of fisheries, leading to an improved environment and fish enough for all…

http://cei.org/sites/default/files/Iain%20Murray%20and%20Roger%20Abbott%20-%20Give%20a%20Man%20a%20Fish.pdf

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Despite NASA’s decades of monopolization, the Federal Aviation Administration earlier this year said it expects the space tourism business to be a $1 billion industry by 2022.  Rather than squandering taxpayers’ money, spaceflight will instead create wealth.

http://news.investors.com/articleprint/612327/201205221804/capitalism-commercializes-space.aspx

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Suppose I saw an elderly woman painfully huddled on a heating grate in the dead of winter.  She’s hungry and in need of shelter and medical attention.  To help the woman, I walk up to you using intimidation and threats and demand that you give me $200.  Having taken your money, I then purchase food, shelter and medical assistance for the woman.  Would I be guilty of a crime?

http://frontpagemag.com/2012/06/06/immoral-beyond-redemption/print/

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Estonia is the only euro-zone country with a budget surplus.  National debt is just 6 percent of GDP, compared to 81 percent in virtuous Germany, or 165 percent in Greece.

http://www.cnbc.com/id/47691090

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Trade:

Rushing to Finish a Global Free-Trade Deal

http://www.businessweek.com/printer/articles/28222-rushing-to-finish-a-global-free-trade-deal

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Imports into the U.S. support jobs in the U.S..  Protectionist attacks on imports and trade deficits do not account for the range of activities needed to bring imports from port to home, such as port offloading, transportation, wholesale, and retail…  In particular, imports of clothes and toys from China alone help support over half a million American jobs…

http://thf_media.s3.amazonaws.com/2012/pdf/b2725.pdf

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Why Americans Should Root for a Strong China Economy

http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Articles/2012/09/21/Why-Americans-Should-Root-for-a-Strong-China-Economy.aspx?p=1

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[How to] Jumpstart the Economy

http://www.hoover.org/publications/defining-ideas/article/119336

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What’s great about America

http://winteryknight.wordpress.com/2012/07/04/john-stossel-explains-whats-great-about-america-2/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

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Why Conservatives Are Happier Than Liberals

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/08/opinion/sunday/conservatives-are-happier-and-extremists-are-happiest-of-all.html?_r=2&pagewanted=all

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Does Private Insurance Reduce Environmental Accidents?

Gas station underground tank leaks decreased when states switched from state-managed assurance programs to mandatory private insurance.

http://www.cato.org/pubs/regulation/regv35n2/v35n2-5.pdf

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Given incontrovertible evidence that abandoning moral norms and economic common sense causes heartbreak, disease, divorce, mental illness, sexual dysfunction, drug and alcohol abuse, crime, unemployment and poverty, why would any thinking person continue to aid and abet an even coarser culture and its corollary, bigger government?

http://www.christianpost.com/news/ditching-obvious-truths-in-the-information-age-80835/print.html

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… the postwar prosperity that America enjoyed after World War II was less the result of a carefully crafted political agenda than a by-product of what government stopped doing.

http://mercatus.org/sites/default/files/PostWWII_Recovery_Bohanon_MOP112-%281%29-copy.pdf

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Secession?:

If one group of people prefers government control and management of people’s lives and another prefers liberty and a desire to be left alone, should they be required to fight, antagonize one another, risk bloodshed and loss of life in order to impose their preferences, or should they be able to peaceably part company and go their separate ways?

http://www.wnd.com/2010/04/137209/print/

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White House website deluged with secession petitions from 20 states

http://dailycaller.com/2012/11/11/white-house-website-deluged-with-secession-petitions-from-19-states/

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Time to move on from the GOP?

http://pjmedia.com/andrewmccarthy/2012/11/14/time-to-move-on-from-the-gop/?print=1

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Republicans Lead the Best-Run States in America, Democrats Dominate the Worst

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/republicans-lead-the-top-5-best-run-states-in-america-democrats-dominate-the-worst/

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Fiscal Cliff Poker: Call Obama’s Bluff!

http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/12/fiscal_cliff_poker_call_obamas_bluff.html

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Fighting the Good Conservative Fight

http://frontpagemag.com/2012/arnold-ahlert/fighting-the-good-conservative-fight/print/

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Answering Liberals’ ‘Gotcha’ Questions

http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/12/answering_liberals_gotcha_questions.html

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Taxes:

Raising Revenue: The Least Worst Options

http://taxfoundation.org/article/raising-revenue-least-worst-options

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… after the [Bush] tax cuts, the rich overall wound up paying a larger dollar amount in income taxes. That’s mainly because the incomes of the wealthy kept climbing. The top quintile paid 15 percent more in taxes but made 30 percent more money in 2006 than in 1996…

http://www.reuters.com/subjects/income-inequality/washington

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Eliminating the model’s U.S. corporate income tax produces rapid and dramatic increases in the model’s level of U.S. investment, output, and real wages, making the tax cut self-financing to a significant extent.

http://www.ncpa.org/pdfs/CorporateTaxPaper%20Revised%20Final%2012-19-13.pdf

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Degree of spending restraint determines [economic] growth rate

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/jan/15/tale-of-two-economic-styles/

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RON RADOSH ARCHIVE

http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/viewSubCategory.asp?id=1954

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