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Tax Reform: Two Places to Start

Tax Reform: Two Places to Start

. By Thomas L. Knapp An anonymous announcement of a forthcoming public announcement: On April 26, an anonymous White House source says, the Trump administration “will outline our broad principles and priorities …. We are moving forward on comprehensive tax reform that cuts tax rates for individuals, simplifies our overly-complicated system and creates jobs by […]

“Buy American, Hire American” is Anti-American

“Buy American, Hire American” is Anti-American

. By Thomas L. Knapp On April 18, US president Donald Trump visited the Kenosha, Wisconsin headquarters of Snap-on to speak in front of an American flag made of the company’s tools and publicly sign an executive order titled “Hire American, Buy American.” The order itself is small beans — it just orders four federal […]

Pompeo vs. WikiLeaks: It’s No Contest

Pompeo vs. WikiLeaks: It’s No Contest

. By Thomas L. Knapp Last July, while stumping for then-candidate, now-president Donald Trump, US Representative Mike Pompeo (R-KS) gleefully referenced nearly 20,000 Democratic National Committee emails released by the transparency/disclosure journalists at Wikileaks. “Need further proof that the fix was in from Pres. Obama on down?” Pompeo tweeted. The emails showed that DNC officials […]

“Safe Spaces,” Notre Dame Edition: Who’s Afraid of Mike Pence?

“Safe Spaces,” Notre Dame Edition: Who’s Afraid of Mike Pence?

. By Thomas L. Knapp At the beginning of their first terms in office, US presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama were invited (and accepted the invitation) to speak at the University of Notre Dame’s commencement ceremonies in South Bend, Indiana. This year, university president Father John Jenkins tried to avoid an obvious and […]

Trump’s Security Tab: A Good Case for Separation of Church and State

Trump’s Security Tab: A Good Case for Separation of Church and State

. By Thomas L. Knapp Palm Beach County, Florida Commissioner Dave Kerner wants to tax a resort. Nothing unusual about that — politicians love to mug tourists in the name of “economic development” —  except that the resort in question is Mar-a-Lago, US president Donald Trump’s private club and preferred getaway spot when he tires […]

Income Tax: No Honor Among Thieves

Income Tax: No Honor Among Thieves

. By Thomas L. Knapp Former US congressman (and presidential candidate) Ron Paul kept a placard on his desk reading “don’t steal — the government hates competition.” Unfortunately for taxpayers, that competition is getting more frequent and more bold. According to US News and World Report, nearly a quarter of a million taxpayers filed affidavits […]

Want Privacy? Washington Isn’t Where You’ll Find It.

Want Privacy? Washington Isn’t Where You’ll Find It.

. By Thomas L. Knapp On April 4, US president Donald Trump signed a bill repealing some of the previous administration’s rules on Internet Service Providers’ handling of user information. Privacy advocates raised Cain over the legislation, but let’s put it in perspective: The rules in question were only created last October and hadn’t even […]

SCOTUS: The Nuclear Option is Not Enough

SCOTUS: The Nuclear Option is Not Enough

. By Thomas L. Knapp On January 31,  president Donald Trump nominated federal appellate judge Neil Gorsuch to fill a vacancy on the US Supreme Court created nearly a year before by Associate Justice Antonin Scalia’s death. More than two months later — nearly 14 months since  Scalia’s passing and after 13 months of Republican […]

Presidential Golf Breaks: Good For America

Presidential Golf Breaks: Good For America

. By Thomas L. Knapp   On March 27, CNN reports, US president Donald Trump left the White House for a day at the Trump National Golf Club in Virginia, his 13th trip to one of the numerous golf courses he owns. The implication of the media’s mild obsession with his trips is that Trump […]

It’s Time to End America’s Longest War

It’s Time to End America’s Longest War

. By Thomas L. Knapp In the latest round of saber-rattling between the US and North Korean governments, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson laid down the well-worn line. “All options,” he said during a visit to South Korea, “are on the table.” If he’s serious, here’s an option that never seems to get much […]

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