The Coming Free Speech Apocalypse

There was a time in this country when liberals were the ones who called for free speech. They marched for it. They fought for it. Berkeley Free Speech – Berkeley – was a real thing. Now however the sons and daughters of this crowd have embraced the totalitarianism their parents and grandparents fought against. It’s not supposed to be totalitarianism. It’s supposed to be “inclusive.” But we stare now at a mini-dark age in academia and in the media.

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Planned Parenthood Sought Soros Cash to Protect Federal Subsidies

Remember when Bernie Sanders explained that Planned Parenthood was part of the “establishment”?  This statement sent all the usual suspects into a tizzy. But interestingly the Senator’s supporters – a pretty “progressive” lot – were surprisingly warm to Bernie’s critique and used the hashtag #ImSoEstblishment to mock Hillary Clinton and the congressional Democrats who were unleashed to defend the abortion provider.

Planned Parenthood receives more than $500 million in taxpayer financed subsidies. Even still the organization has openly supported Hillary Clinton with millions in ad buys,

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Has Herbert Hoover Been Treated Unfairly?

Good question. And one that bears directly on the kind of employment depression we are continuing to experience today.

The article below, a review of a new book by Charles Rappleye, is titled “In Defense of Herbert Hoover.” The reviewer, David Bahr, is right that historians have mostly made a muddle of the start of the Great Depression and the Hoover presidency. But he is wrong that Hoover deserves rehabilitation.

The standard story,

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Wikileaks Email Shows DNC Clinton Campaign Accepting ‘Pay for Play’ Cash (?)

Um…What lawyer would use the term “pay to play” with regard to political donations, never mind write it down in an email? One has to infer that the term “pay to play” was used by others given the nature of this email too.

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How Clinton may be avoiding the death tax (Which she publicly supports)

According to financial disclosures, Clinton shifted the ownership of their New York house to residence trusts in 2011, which could save them hundreds of thousands of dollars in estate taxes.

When you take the total amount of money the Clintons have made, allow for taxes and spending, her reported investment assets are still quite a bit too low to make sense. The likely explanation is that she and Bill diverted money to what are called Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts or GRATS.

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Google, IT department to the crony system?

No kidding, Google officially dropped this motto a couple of years ago.

Oh Google, I do miss the days of “Don’t be evil.”

But that’s all long gone now though huh? And Google isn’t pushing Goldman Sachs aside as the attached article argues, so much as it is becoming the IT department of the crony system.

So let’s see. There’s Government Motors and Tesla for cars. Government Electric for all things “green” energy. Government Sachs for crony investment banking.

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While in the White House, Economist Received Personal Loans From Top Washington Lawyer

The guy was advising the president and now is advising Hillary Clinton on economics. This sort of makes sense.

Here is Washington for you America. Economic advisors in the White House taking out giant loans from big time lawyers. This is your political class. These are the folks who supposedly know how to “steer” the economy. Oh, and he’s another Goldman Sachs guy.

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Former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo Secretly Censored Abusive Responses To President Obama

Twitter is a private company and can do whatever it likes with its platform. It is however completely within bounds to highlight when the company essentially engages in a propaganda mission as it appears was the case here. It is unlikely that tweets would have been censored for some other politician, particularly of a different political stripe. That this was done behind the backs of other senior leadership at Twitter is also interesting. It would have been better if Twitter had been up front about its censorship.

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Next president faces possible ObamaCare meltdown #FAIL

This is just fantastic. It’s not like the majority of Americans opposed Obamacare becoming law or anything. It’s not like Obamacare was slapped together to head off an incoming senator who was voted in in opposition to Obamacare, in Teddy Kennedy’s seat no less. It’s not like Obama lied to the American people for years telling them that they could keep their doctors under Obamacare. It’s not like Obamacare’s “architect” said that Obamacare passed because of the “stupidity”

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The Bitter Lesson From Seattle’s Minimum Wage Hike

The push for a higher minimum wage is a subject that we’ve followed closely at ACC. It is such an obvious example of ridiculous pandering to political constituencies. But that’s run of the mill stuff. What makes “Fight for 15” fascinating to us is that a $15/hour minimum wage would hurt the very people calling for an increase in the minimum wage.

As such we’ve watched this effort with a mix of bemusement and sadness. Bemusement because so many people want to believe that sheer will alone will make a $15 an hour minimum wage work.

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