Conservatism

Republican Medicaid Wars Miss the Real Issue

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Republicans are at it again. Just as they battle with Democrats over things that are relatively unimportant, so they fight with each other. But, as usual, they miss the real issue. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as the PPACA, the ACA, or Obamacare, was signed into law by Barack Obama on March 23, 2010, after the ... [click for more]

Carson’s Comments

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Republican presidential candidate Benjamin “Ben” Carson was director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Maryland from 1984 until he retired in 2013. As recently as 2013, he was not affiliated with any political party, even though in a book of his published the same year, he wrote that he believed “it is a very good idea for ... [click for more]

Republican Hypocrisy on Planned Parenthood

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Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in the country. Although the organization also provides sexual and reproductive health care, education, and information to 2.7 million women (and men) annually through its approximately 700 health centers throughout the United States, Planned Parenthood is generally criticized by Republicans — the vast majority of whom are pro-life — only ... [click for more]

Conservatives Miss the Real Issues on Health Care

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Conservatives are incensed over some of the latest medical research grants doled out by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Libertarians are infuriated as well, but not for the same reasons. Last year it was the $237,750 grant to George Washington University “to study whether the use of telemedicine can help overcome barriers to care for transgender women ... [click for more]

Conservative Hypocrisy on Oliver Stone

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One year ago, The Future of Freedom Foundation presented what we called “a conference within a conference” at the annual conference of the Students for Liberty, a student-run libertarian group that is, once again, holding their annual conference in Washington, D.C., this coming weekend — February 13-15, 2015. The theme of our mini-conference last year was “Civil Liberties and the ... [click for more]

Conservatives Just Don’t Get It on Taxes

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Now that the Republicans have regained the control of the Senate that they lost in the 2006 midterm election, conservatives are salivating about the prospect of “real” or “genuine” tax reform. Conservatives believe that reforming the tax code by making it more efficient, more coherent, more transparent, and more equitable; eliminating the double taxation that discourages saving and investment; eliminating ... [click for more]

Distinctions without Differences

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The stunning defeat of Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a Virginia primary election by political newcomer and professor at Randolph-Macon College, Dave Brat, has left political pundits scratching their heads. No primary challenger has ever ousted a sitting House Majority Leader since the position was created in 1899. Yet, the Sunday after his defeat, Cantor said ... [click for more]

Republicans and the EPA

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Republicans are upset with Barack Obama — again. This time it is over the latest Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed regulations to limit carbon emissions from power plants. According to the Capitol Hill newspaper The Hill, The EPA already regulates sulfur dioxide, nitrogen, mercury, and particle pollution from power plants, but not carbon emissions, which account for roughly one-third ... [click for more]

Conservatives and Chocolate Milk

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Lawmakers in the state of Connecticut recently passed legislation to ban chocolate milk from the state’s public schools. The milk ban was included in a bill to make “minor revisions” to the state’s education statutes that unanimously passed both chambers of the Connecticut General Assembly on the final night of the legislative session. Milk served in ... [click for more]

Class Theory, Part 1: Modern Conservative Class Analysis

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Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 Since the 2008 financial collapse, class rhetoric has arisen on both prevalent sides of the U.S. political spectrum. The grassroots “base” in both the Republican and Democratic party has become animated by a new or invigorated perception of class struggle. The politicians in each party have echoed these ... [click for more]

The Conservative Phony War

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“There is something phony about this war,” said U.S. Sen. William Borah (R-Idaho) about the relative lack of military action by the Allies during the early months of World War II after Germany invaded Poland. “You would think that Britain and France would do what they are going to do now while Germany and Russia are still busy in ... [click for more]

Why Should Republicans Object to Obama’s New Budget?

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Barack Obama earlier this month unveiled his $3.9 trillion budget plan for fiscal year 2015. “It is a road map for creating jobs with good wages and expanding opportunity for Americans,” said the president. Although the Constitution doesn’t mention a federal budget, and it is ultimately up to Congress — not the president — to decide how much ... [click for more]
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