1. Dr. Gerard Lameiro: Sorry, Socialists and Progressives... Businesses Do Create Jobs
2. Lowell Ponte: Who is Handling Our Ballots?
3. Bill Shireman: Battling Polarization in Politics
4. Wayne Allyn Root: Where in the World is Obama?
5. Michelle Seiler-Tucker: Ray Rice Wants to Play Nice Again
Sorry, Socialists and Progressives... Businesses Do Create Jobs
If you believe at least one public figure, corporations and businesses don't create jobs. I'm sorry, socialists and progressives, but businesses do create jobs! Please look at the empirical evidence, the economic data, the economic theory that supports a mountain of evidence to the contrary. No government in the history of the world has ever created economic wealth. As I discuss in my new book, Renewing America and Its Heritage of Freedom: What Freedom-Loving Americans Can Do to Help, economic wealth, growth and prosperity all start in the private sector when individuals with initiative, hard work and sweat equity - and sometimes some outside capital from angels, friends and family, and investors - build new businesses. These new businesses, in order to grow and to meet the needs of consumers and others, need lots of new workers. In this process, new jobs are created, people get hired and wealth is created. [more...]
Who is Handling Our Ballots?
By Lowell Ponte
What if our elections were unionized, with ballots handled out of the sight of poll-watchers by members of an AFL-CIO union that is a major Democratic Party campaign contributor? Such unionization of voting is already the law in three states — Oregon, Washington State, and, beginning with this November's election, Colorado, where a close race might determine whether Republicans or Democrats control the U.S. Senate. In another 27 states that allow no-excuse absentee voting by mail, union members handle up to 25 percent of all ballots cast. These 27 states include eight this year where who wins could decide Senate control. The private handling of ballots by unionized letter carriers adds the risk that your vote never gets delivered. At least this final corruption might be deterred if election clerks e-mail or telephone those whose requested absentee ballots are not received. Any pattern of missing ballots might suggest which letter carriers failed to deliver absentee ballots, and this might help get such vote robbers fired and jailed. [more...]
Battling Polarization in Politics
In the San Francisco Bay Area, where trans-everything is popular, a new political movement is taking form: transpartisanship. From Van Jones, Ralph Nader, and Joan Blades on the left, to Newt Gingrich, Grover Norquist and George Shultz on the right, advocates from both sides of the political divide are gathering in the Bay area, exploring ways to combine forces and break the polarization and demonization that gridlocks the political process. [more...]
Where in the World is Obama?
Where in the world is Obama? The President of the United States appears to be AWOL. Obama is so invisible, it’s likely no one would notice if he’d been kidnapped. The real question is, would the Secret Service even notice? It’s Fall. That means political campaign time. Congress is up for re-election. This is always when presidents are crisscrossing the nation campaigning full-time for their candidates. But something strange is happening this year. There’s no president in sight. Obama is so invisible, there are rumors he’s in the witness protection program. [more...]
Ray Rice Wants to Play Nice Again
The NFL has had quite a few controversial incidents this year, and a new development suggests that the worst of the NFL's legal issues is not quite over yet. Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice is scheduled to have his appeal heard during the first week of November. And reality is that the appeal could very well lead to Rice's reinstatement. Why? Well, because in 2011, the NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement was established, which states that the league only has the right to suspend a player once per off-field, personal conduct violation. [more...]