1. James Hirsen: The "American Sniper" Controversy
2. Michelle Seiler-Tucker: The VP Dodging Bullets
3. Dr. Gerard Lameiro: If We Increase Taxes, We Decrease America's Standard of Living
4. Joe Messina: More Tax Hikes?
5. John LeBoutillier: Are the Deadly Attacks in Europe a Warning? Are Radical Islamic Terrorists Coming to America?
The "American Sniper" Controversy
By James Hirsen
Clint Eastwood's, "American Sniper," has Hollywood insiders in a virtual state of shock. Executives and creative minds in Hollywood are wondering why the film did almost twice the revenue that anyone in the industry had expected. The project had initially been perceived (and by some is still viewed) as a simplistic, partisan, pro-military film and has a few Hollywood celebs in an uproar. But what Eastwood actually delivers in the movie is a realistic characterization of the consequences of war. [more...]
The VP Dodging Bullets
Who knew that it would be so hazardous to be the Vice President? The life of a Vice President of the United States of America cannot be an easy existence as it is; most are likely aware of this fact. Set aside the daily responsibility that naturally comes along with the life of being the heir to the most powerful man in the world. Set aside as well, the inability to divulge classified information which likely correlates with the creation of multiple stomach ulcers. Now think about how many of the most recent Vice Presidents (two of two) have had encounters with live fire ammunition. The most recent case with Vice President Biden is certainly a no harm, no foul situation considering the victimless nature of the crime. [more...]
If We Increase Taxes, We Decrease America's Standard of Living
More taxing and more spending is precisely the wrong strategy to take in this anemic recovery with over 92 million people who are not working. I might add that the administration's third leg of their strategic policy triad, namely a whole lot more regulating of the American economy, is also counter-productive and a boat anchor on economic growth. Increasing capital gains tax rates is a roadblock to economic growth. In examples throughout the last century, we know that lower capital gains tax rates act as an incentive to capital formation and investment, new business formation, new products and services, and new jobs. Ultimately and ironically, even government revenues get a boost with a more robust economy with lower marginal capital gains rates. [more...]
More Tax Hikes?
By Joe Messina
For those of you who really don't get it, the government does not make "revenue," they collect taxes. Or in plain, simple English, they take your money! I don't have a real problem paying taxes. I don't want to do it, but I do understand the need to pay taxes for the basics like first responders (fire, police, ambulance), military, "basic" healthcare (hospitals and clinics), road work and maintenance (in the form of tire or gas taxes), snow removal, landslide removal... you get the picture: paying basic taxes for services received. But I don't want to fund the government's stupidity and inability to spend money wisely. [more...] Check out Joe on his new national show.
Are the Deadly Attacks in Europe a Warning? Are Radical Islamic Terrorists Coming to America?
It is now war in Europe – Radical Islam vs. freedom. Is this war now going to come to the U.S.? Is Washington, D.C. hopelessly late to the dance? Why did it take one week for Secretary of State Kerry to get to Paris? Where is the GOP on this – and on Obamacare and immigration? Is there a growing feeling of betrayal inside the base of the Republican Party? Do any of the GOP's 2016 candidates actually stand for anything – other than themselves? This – and much more – will be discussed by the POLITICAL INSIDERS. [more...]