Shrinking Budget


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(This post originally appeared in Townhall.com | Image from Townhall)

By Dan Celia

Every year for the past eight, I carefully examined the budgets President Barack Obama put forth to Congress. Although I knew they would never be approved, they gave me a look into his economic ideology.

It was quite apparent that President Obama truly believed in spending our way to prosperity and creating bigger government while working to gain more social control. This obviously didn’t work well for the U.S. economy.

Of course, criticism in the world of politics is very easy because it requires no work. It’s like criticizing the illegal actions of executive orders, but then doing nothing about them. This has been the mantra of the GOP for the past eight years. Continue reading…

News Behind the Interest Rate Hike


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By Dan Celia

As expected, on Wednesday the Federal Reserve raised interest rates a quarter of a percent. The move appeared to firm up Chairperson Janet Yellen’s intentions of three rate hikes this year—meaning two more are coming. One of the main reasons the markets did so well after this hike was that many were expecting Yellen to lean toward four hikes this year, including this one. When that was not the indication, the markets rallied. Some of the factors she cited included inflation moving closer to the Fed’s target, the growth of the labor market, and the economy’s continuing advance. Continue reading…

Trump should kill the Republican proposal for ‘ObamaCare 2.0’


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(This post originally appeared on TheHill.com | Image from The Hill/Getty)

By Twila Brase
Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom

On March 23, we face the seventh anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, the law that made health insurance unaffordable and medical care less accessible. Republicans on the campaign trail promised to repeal the law, and Americans are counting on them to stick to their promise.

So why doesn’t GOP leadership’s proposed American Health Care Act (AHCA) fully repeal ObamaCare? Republican Congressman Justin Amashrightly called it “ObamaCare 2.0.”

Voters angry over ObamaCare have given Republicans control of Congress, control of state legislatures, and new governorships over the last three elections. During the 2016 election, conservative activists and Americans of every political stripe hurt by ObamaCare’s high costs, narrow networks and limited choices used their ballots to paint America’s political map an unmistakable Republican red.

Is Republican leadership colorblind? Continue reading…

Irreconcilable Differences: Conservatives and Liberals Are Worlds Apart on Worldview


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(This post originally appeared in CNSNews.com)

By Dr. Richard Land

If it wasn’t already clear during the November election and in the months since the inauguration, conservatives and liberals have some “irreconcilable differences” when it comes to their outlook on the world, especially when it comes to who God is, the inerrancy of the Bible, the definition of success and the meaning of life.

A new study from the American Culture & Faith Institute confirms these differences with a worldview survey released just last week.

As an example, I’d point to the findings of social science researcher George Barna, who several years ago, discovered that just half of Protestant ministers in the United States had a Christian worldview. Those with the highest percentage were Southern Baptists at 70 percent, and the lowest were Methodists at 20 percent. Continue reading…

Our Nation Has Been Uniquely Blessed, Despite What Polls Say


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Regardless of religion, race, background or beliefs, we must remember our American exceptionalism

By Alex McFarland | This post originally appeared on LifeZette.com

Should you find yourself speaking at a college these days, and should you desire to watch some of the students and faculty grow red-faced with anger, I know just what you can do (actually, I’ve got firsthand experience regarding several tracks of discussion that will quickly engender such responses).

But if you’re gathering data on “Audience/Presenter alienation by the fastest possible means,” you may achieve this is by speaking up in favor of patriotism and “American exceptionalism.” Continue reading…

One People | One Destiny | One Great God


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(This op-ed originally appeared in Townhall.com; image from Townhall)

By Dan Celia

Donald Trump’s speech Tuesday night to a joint session of Congress may have been one of the greatest presidential speeches of my lifetime. Granted, I’ve only paid attention to the last nine presidents, but nonetheless, this speech was greatness personified.

It was all about the strength of the American spirit, restoring America, and a nation that needs to be about condemning hatred in all its forms. This was a speech that talked about the strength that comes from unity as a nation. Continue reading…

Change Is Coming


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(This editorial originally appeared in Townhall.com; image from Townhall.)

By Dan Celia

Last weekend, the Democratic Party selected former Secretary of Labor Tom Perez to lead it into the future. We saw very little from an economic perspective come out of the Obama administration for the past eight years, but Perez bears many similarities to another former labor secretary—Ray Marshall.

Marshall served from 1977 to 1981, and like Perez, he presided over a 1978-style labor participation rate. But there is one a major difference: Secretary Marshall actually lived and worked in the labor department in 1978. One can only suspect that Secretary Perez might take the Democratic Party back to a better time—decades ago, some time in the 20th century. Continue reading…

The Stress-Free Way to Know God’s Will


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(From the blog of Alex McFarland)

Christina had just finished her undergraduate program with a degree in elementary education. She was praying for direction from God for her career. Two offers came in from Christian schools that were several hundred miles apart. The decision-making process turned out to be tougher than Christina anticipated. Either position appeared to represent a good opportunity. Christina reasoned, “They can’t both be a call from God. I have this nagging fear that whichever school I choose I may be getting out of His will.”

Adolescents face plenty of significant decisions: Where should I go to college? What major should I choose? Where will I work? Whom should I marry? What does God want me to do with my life? More than a few Christians have worried that a wrong turn might set their life on a less-than-ideal trajectory. Is there one right choice? Can God reset the dominoes that we knock over by mistake? We’ve all second-guessed ourselves and asked such questions in moments of indecision. Continue reading…

Fed Illusions or Economic Reality?


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(This post originally appeared in Townhall.com | Image from Townhall)

By Dan Celia

Federal Reserve Chairperson Janet Yellen has been speaking this week to the Senate Banking Committee and the House Financial Services Committee, with everyone hanging on her every word. All the financial news media and other press outlets have covered her remarks, breathlessly waiting to see what the markets will do.

Well, they might have been doing this six months ago, but now we are seeing and hearing very little reaction from the markets. This non-reaction is evidence of what I have been writing about for several months—namely, the irrelevancy of the Federal Reserve.

More importantly, to me it confirms what I’ve also been saying for so long—that we have had a market built primarily on false positives. Continue reading…

How America Pays for Abortion


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And why Neil Gorsuch must be confirmed as the next justice of the Supreme Court

(This post originally appeared in LifeZette.com)

By Sam Rohrer

Almost every day, we hear numbers reflecting the national debt now at nearly $20 trillion. Much of the debt was added during the eight years of the Obama administration — which, strangely enough, was a proponent of abortion at all stages of pregnancy.

The untold truth is how much better off the United States would be if abortion rights had never been supposedly “found” in the 14th Amendment to the Constitution in 1973 by the Supreme Court.

Let’s start with the chilling numbers. Continue reading…