1. Jeff Ferry: U.S. October Trade Deficit Reaches 18-Month Low
2. James Hirsen: 'Jumanji' Sequel in ICE
3. Lowell Ponte: The 'White Christmas' Democrat
4. Christopher Markowski: Saudi Terror... and more...
5. Karen Kataline: Why
Do Liberals Have a God Complex?
6. Sally Pipes: Democrats
Stage a Phony Retreat on Medicare For All
October Trade Deficit Reaches 18-Month Low
By Jeff Ferry, Chief Economist
The fall in our monthly trade
deficit, to under $50 billion for the first time in 17 months, combined with
the 15 percent drop in our year-to-date China trade deficit, shows the Trump
administration’s tariff policies are working. The U.S. economy continues to
grow, consumer spending is growing, and inflation remains subdued. If we keep
imports in check, we provide more demand for U.S. producers, which is the best
path to growth and broadly shared prosperity.[more...]
'Jumanji' Sequel in ICE
By James Hirsen
Hollywood and its trendy urban surroundings are now acting as a
laboratory of sorts for a new movie theater technology imported from France
called the Immersive Cinema Experience (ICE).
In the upcoming week, ICE will debut in Los Angeles with the release of the
fantasy-adventure film “Jumanji: The Next Level,” which stars Dwayne “The Rock”
Johnson. Although it will cost movie-goers an additional $6, the ICE-equipped
theater will feature luxury motor-operated leather seats, complete with
built-in cell phone battery chargers. Unlike older technologies that have been
installed in many movie theaters, ICE does not attempt to surround a
theater-goer’s field of vision with a given movie’s actual action but instead
uses sidewall panels to peripherally augment the impact of a cinematic scene. [more...]
The 'White Christmas' Democrat Debate
By Lowell Ponte
So much for the Democrat Party calling itself the
"party of minorities," a rainbow that "looks like America,"
compared to a predominantly white Republican Party. This year
Democrat Party bosses have imposed rules for the number of successful polls and
number of dollars raised from many donors that a candidate needs to qualify
for a place in the party debates. These standards are clearly rigged.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii has been excluded by arbitrary boss decisions
about which polls count and which do not - a capricious decision made AFTER
Gabbard reached the number of polls with high enough numbers needed to qualify.
So, as of this writing, have Latino Julian Castro, Asian-American Andrew Yang,
and African-American Sen. Cory Booker. This leaves only far-leftovers with
white skins to debate. [more...]
Saudi Terror... and more...
My new podcast features our hypocritical position when it comes
to terror and Saudi Arabia... Free college is stupid... See, I told
you so... metadata and spying. Grim overdose statistics... and [more...]
Why Do Liberals Have a God Complex?
By Karen Kataline
Leftist ideology typifies the kind of narcissistic, dictatorial
parents that send many adults into therapy for twenty years. Such parents tend
to discourage their kids from growing up and making their own choices and
mistakes. This behavior feeds their own needs, not the needs of their children.
The desire to use one’s power and resources to treat adults like children and
keep them dependent is not much different, and it is anything but generous or
altruistic. There is an epidemic that is being fueled by a Left that has
de-educated the young in the principles of Liberty, individual freedom, and
personal responsibility on which our country was proudly founded. God gave us free will but a man who thinks he’s God
never does. [more...]
Democrats Stage a Phony Retreat on Medicare
By Sally Pipes, President & CEO of the Pacific
Not long ago, most leading Democrats were jostling for position
aboard the "Medicare for All" bandwagon. But in the last few weeks,
the political winds have shifted. During an interview on Bloomberg Television,
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, "I'm not a big fan of Medicare for All."
New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez recently stated that he would not vote for Sen.
Warren's Medicare for All plan, noting, "I'm not about to take away
private insurance from the union members who have worked so hard to negotiate
for it." Don't be fooled by this supposed moderation. Every plan offered
by Democrats would lead to a full-fledged government takeover of our healthcare