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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>This Week&#39;s Conservative Focus . . . Prosperity &amp; Gratitude</p>\n<p>Pope Francis has made a number of public statements decrying the waste of food around the globe. Most recently, he voiced his support for the objectives of the World Food Programme. He echoed the words of his predecessor, St. John Paul II, who called food waste &ldquo;a paradox of abundance.&rdquo; Francis criticized a &ldquo;culture of waste&rdquo; that is caused, he says, by &ldquo;mechanisms of superficiality, negligence and selfishness.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p>\n<p> POPE Francis is correct, at least in part. The amount of food that goes to waste in the United States alone is staggering and &mdash; dare I say it &mdash; sinful. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, it&rsquo;s somewhere between 30 and 40% of our total food supply every year.<br />\n Try to imagine the number of restaurants, bars, grocery stores and cafeterias in any town or city of even modest size. Consider: Every single one of these establishments throws food away every single day. Now multiply that by every town and city in the country.<br />\n The problem, therefore, isn&rsquo;t the amount of food; it&rsquo;s getting the extra food to those in need. But as daunting an issue as that certainly is, it&rsquo;s just logistics. It pales, by comparison, to the issue of producing enough food to feed people in the first place.<br />\n I note this because Pope Francis is also fond of making statements that are sharply critical of capitalism and can fairly be construed at times as a preference for systems by which a smaller group of well-intentioned central planners decide what is to be produced &mdash; and where, and why, and how, and for whom.<br />\n This, as we&rsquo;ve seen in the countries where it has been tried, is what creates poverty and hunger &mdash; indeed, famine, starvation and death &mdash; on a massive scale.<br />\n Josef Stalin&rsquo;s agricultural &ldquo;planning&rdquo; for Ukraine resulted in the &ldquo;holodomor&rdquo; &mdash; widespread famine and the deaths of an estimated 6 million people. But even his murderous arrogance, stupidity and cruelty pale in comparison to Mao Zedong, whose disastrous central planning killed more than 40 million people in China &mdash; mostly from starvation. More recently, North Korea&rsquo;s oppressive top-down economic control has starved millions of its people. Venezuela&rsquo;s socialist government has reduced that once-prosperous country to destitute poverty and hunger.<br />\n By contrast, the reason capitalist democracies like the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the countries of Western Europe produce so much food is because they do not depend upon the inevitably flawed decisions of a handful of ultrapowerful people; they unleash the power of millions of individuals who, as entrepreneurs, start and grow farms and businesses involved in food production, packaging, preservation, refrigeration and transportation. These firms not only provide local food but also enable us to get Washington&rsquo;s apples to Indiana, Florida&rsquo;s oranges to Nebraska, Hawaii&rsquo;s pineapples to Maine &mdash; and literally millions of tons of food to other countries.<br />\n Entrepreneurs have created for-profit and nonprofit ventures across the country to address food waste and hunger. The startup Imperfect Produce, for example, buys produce that grocery stores don&rsquo;t purchase from farmers because it is &ldquo;ugly&rdquo; or misshapen. Philadelphia&rsquo;s Misfits Markets and Hungry Harvest in Baltimore are working to achieve similar goals. Robert Lee and Louisa Chen started the nonprofit Rescuing Leftover Cuisine in New York City in 2013 to combat food waste. In the six years since, they have collected and donated 3.1 million pounds of food, resulting in more than 2.5 million meals served in shelters across the city.</p>\n<p> IT IS possible for us to put our heads together and pool our resources to reduce or eliminate hunger in the United States. We have the production and transportation capabilities, and we have the food.<br />\n In countries where not enough food is produced to feed the population, however, the problems are greater. They are systemic. They are typically attributable to the political and economic systems in place. Therefore, they are much, much&nbsp; more difficult to address than the distribution of food to those in need in free and prosperous nations.<br />\n Tufts University professor Alex de Waal has written brilliantly about this. In his 2018 book, &ldquo;Mass Starvation: The History and Future of Famine,&rdquo; he writes that 70% of the deaths from starvation in the past 150 years were caused not by natural disasters but by government policies (British tariffs on the textile industry in India, Hitler&rsquo;s &ldquo;Hunger Plan&rdquo; to eliminate &ldquo;useless eaters,&rdquo; Mao&rsquo;s &ldquo;Great Leap Forward&rdquo;) and war.<br />\n DeWaal&rsquo;s work also reveals what happens when governments implement (or impose) policies based upon popular but flawed &ldquo;scholarship.&rdquo; In a 2018 interview with NPR&rsquo;s Nurith Aizenmen, de Waal cites the notable example of 18th-century scholar Thomas Robert Malthus&rsquo; theory that population growth caused famine. History has debunked Malthus&rsquo; theories over and over again, de Waal explains; humans&rsquo; capacity for food production has kept up with population growth and even produced the surpluses we have now.<br />\n Aizenmen writes: &ldquo;&rsquo;I call it a zombie concept,&rdquo; says de Waal, &lsquo;because it&rsquo;s one that scholars of agriculture and economics have continually refuted, but it still keeps coming back to life to torment the living.&rsquo; It torments the living, he elaborates, because the fear that it engenders about population growth has periodically led authorities to pursue policies that &mdash; paradoxically &mdash; actually&nbsp; did create famine.&rdquo;<br />\n Aizenmen calls de Waal&rsquo;s perspective on famine &ldquo;surprising.&rdquo; But it&rsquo;s really only a surprise if you don&rsquo;t know much history (or you&rsquo;ve been indoctrinated with Malthusian economics).<br />\n On this Thanksgiving Day, we in the United States should give thanks for a political and economic system that frees us to produce enough to feed ourselves and leaves plenty of leftovers with which we can &mdash; given the ingenuity and innovation we&rsquo;ve displayed for centuries &mdash; feed others.</p>\n<p> IT&rsquo;S A little bit like the parable of loaves and fishes. 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And a new Iowa poll shows Warren in front of the field with 20%, and Biden falling into fourth place with 15%.<br />\n The danger for Democrats: While Warren is now the party&rsquo;s front-runner, they fear she&rsquo;s a sure loser to Donald Trump in 2020.<br />\n And, again, with reason. A recent poll of six battleground states, including Pennsylvania, Florida and Michigan, showed Trump beating or tying Warren in all of them except for Arizona.<br />\n Nightmare scenario: Warren wins the nomination, but when her neo-Marxist agenda is exposed, Middle America recoils in horror.<br />\n The economic elite is already sounding the alarm.<br />\n Jamie Dimon of JP Morgan Chase says Warren &ldquo;vilifies successful people.&rdquo; Microsoft founder Bill Gates says her proposals would imperil &ldquo;innovation&rdquo; and &ldquo;capital formation.&rdquo;<br />\n Writing in the New York Times, Obama adviser Steven Rattner describes a Warren presidency as &ldquo;a terrifying prospect.&rdquo;<br />\n Warren would &ldquo;extend the reach and weight of the federal government far further into the economy than anything even Franklin Roosevelt dreamed of (and) ... turn America&rsquo;s uniquely successful public-private relationship into a dirigiste European-style system.&rdquo;<br />\n &ldquo;If you want to live in France&rdquo; &mdash; where half the GDP is controlled by the regime &mdash; says Rattner, &ldquo;Warren should be your candidate.&rdquo;<br />\n What finally shocked anti-Warren liberals into action was her recent revelation of how she intends to pay for her &ldquo;Medicare for all&rdquo; plan.<br />\n Warren&rsquo;s plan would require at least $23 trillion more in federal spending over a decade. Other experts say the added costs could run to $32 trillion, raising the U.S. government&rsquo;s share of the GDP by one-half and abolishing the private health insurance plans of 156 million Americans.<br />\n &ldquo;Many of America&rsquo;s global champions, like banks and tech giants, would be dismembered,&rdquo; writes Rattner, &ldquo;Shale fracking would be banned, which would send oil and natural gas prices soaring and cost millions of Americans their jobs.&rdquo;<br />\n Beyond &ldquo;Medicare for All,&rdquo; Warren has other plans. Universal child care and free schooling from pre-kindergarten through college and the cancelation of student loans, plus a new look at reparations for slavery.</p>\n<p> HOW would President Warren pay for all her &ldquo;plans&rdquo;?<br />\n She would raise the corporate rate to 35% from 21%, and slam a 40% tax on the profits of companies that try to flee the country.<br />\n She would raise the capital gains tax, impose new estate taxes, raise Social Security taxes on folks with higher incomes, and confiscate 2% of the wealth of those with $50 million in assets and 3% of the wealth of those with $1 billion, every year.<br />\n Writes Politifact: &ldquo;All told, we counted $7 trillion in new spending over a 10-year period, and that&rsquo;s without Medicare for All. On the flip side, Warren offered specific tax proposals that came to $4.55 trillion.&rdquo;<br />\n Still, Warren&rsquo;s socialism is not what her main rivals, all white men, are zeroing in on. They&rsquo;ve decided to play hardball.<br />\n Thursday, under a headline, &ldquo;Warren Faces Accusations that She&rsquo;s &lsquo;Angry,&rsquo; Which Supporters Say is Sexist,&rdquo; the Washington Post reported:<br />\n &ldquo;Two of the leading male candidates in the Democratic presidential primary race &mdash; Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg &mdash; have escalated separate lines of attack as they attempt to counter the field&rsquo;s most prominent woman: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is antagonistic and angry.&rdquo;<br />\n Warren has a &ldquo;my way or the highway&rdquo; approach, said Buttigieg, she is &ldquo;so absorbed in the fighting that it is as though fighting were the purpose.&rdquo;<br />\n Biden says Warren, who has a real shot at taking the nomination, reflects &ldquo;an angry unyielding viewpoint that has crept into our politics.&rdquo;<br />\n This is &ldquo;treacherous,&rdquo; warns the Post, &ldquo;given that many Democrats remain upset over what they view as the sexist treatment of Hillary Clinton, the party&rsquo;s last nominee.&rdquo;<br />\n The Democratic Party today defines itself as an inclusive party of women, gays, Hispanics, African Americans and other people of color.<br />\n Yet three months out from the decisive early contests of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina, the party is going into the semifinals of its contest for a leader and future president without a single person of color in the final four.<br />\n Moreover, the three white males are denigrating and piling on the woman who is the front-runner with attacks on her personality for which conservatives, if they used such tactics, would be charged with &ldquo;dog-whistling&rdquo; the white working class.</p>\n<p> WHEN ONE looks at the approval-disapproval rating of the president, re-election appears problematic. When one looks at the Democrats&rsquo; agenda and field of candidates, the odds of Trump&rsquo;s re-election seem a good deal better.<br />\n This thing is by no means over.</p>\n', created = 1575842089, expire = 1575928489, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:2de5135ecb0d1e07a6be1b23433cc603' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>This Week&#39;s Conservative Focus . . . Warren Candidacy</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Shapiro.gif\" style=\"width: 300px; height: 116px;\" /></p>\n<p>This has been an awful week for the purported new 2020 Democratic presidential front-runner, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. For months, Warren has received nearly unmitigated praise from the media for her bevy of &ldquo;plans.&rdquo; She&rsquo;s been praised as &ldquo;wonkish&rdquo; and &ldquo;brainy&rdquo; and &ldquo;focused.&rdquo; Her growth in the polls has been the dual result of a strong organizational effort by her campaign in early primary states like Iowa and New Hampshire, and endless gobs of drool from reporters.</p>\n<p> BUT NOW the bloom is coming off the rose.<br />\n For months, Warren has simply lied about whether she would raise middle-class taxes to pay for her Bernie Sanders-lite proposal to replace America&rsquo;s health care insurance system with &ldquo;Medicare for All.&rdquo; To support that lie, on Friday, she released another one of her now-famous plans. It is a compendium of tissue-thin falsehoods, a plan about as plausible as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez&rsquo;s Green New Deal. According to Warren&rsquo;s plan, she&rsquo;ll somehow manage to institute a wildly generous Medicare For All policy &mdash; including coverage for illegal immigrants &mdash; at a one-third discount off virtually all major estimates. She&rsquo;ll radically reduce reimbursement rates for doctors and hospitals &mdash; and yet, care levels won&rsquo;t suffer. She&rsquo;ll cram down drugmakers&rsquo; prescription drug prices &mdash; but innovation won&rsquo;t suffer. She&rsquo;ll jack up taxes on the wealthy &mdash; but the wealthy won&rsquo;t engage in tax avoidance.<br />\n The plan is a joke. It&rsquo;s a lie.</p>\n<p> BUT THAT&rsquo;S Warren&rsquo;s tendency: dishonest radicalism. At least Sen. Sanders, I-Vt., can be counted on to tell the unfortunate truth about soaking the middle class. Warren can be counted on to shift her policy proposals to appease specific constituencies and then lie about how she&rsquo;ll pay for them. She&rsquo;ll also lie about everything from her own ethnicity (Harvard Law School graduate David French rightly calls Warren an &ldquo;academic grifter&rdquo;) to her research on medical bankruptcy (she has claimed that &ldquo;medical bankruptcies&rdquo; represent a far higher percentage of all bankruptcies than can be supported by the facts).<br />\n All of this underscores her unelectability. As her poll numbers have risen, so, too, has Democrats&rsquo; wishcasting that perhaps &mdash; just perhaps &mdash; her unelectability has been overestimated. Maybe, the argument goes, voters aren&rsquo;t put off by Warren&rsquo;s radicalism and tendency toward scolding self-righteousness. Maybe Warren can pull this thing off.<br />\n Also last Friday, a poll came from the New York Times and Siena College. It pitted former Vice President Joe Biden, Sanders and Warren against President Trump in the battleground states and showed that among likely voters, Warren trails Trump in every major battleground state. She&rsquo;s down by four points in Michigan, two in Pennsylvania, two in Wisconsin, four in Florida and four in North Carolina. Biden, by comparison, is up in all of those states except North Carolina.<br />\n And Warren&rsquo;s numbers are likely to drop. Remember, Trump&rsquo;s numbers aren&rsquo;t particularly malleable. Neither are Biden&rsquo;s, since he has 100% name recognition. Warren, however, isn&rsquo;t widely known by the public. That means Trump &mdash; whose chief political skill lies in his willingness to use every iota of dirt against political opponents &mdash; will have the opportunity to define Warren. If she&rsquo;s riding weak against Trump now, wait until he dubs her &ldquo;Lieawatha.&rdquo;<br />\n All of which explains why Warren has been faring worse in national polling of late. In early October, Warren actually surpassed Biden in the RealClearPolitics poll average of national numbers. Now she&rsquo;s down nearly double digits again.</p>\n<p> SO HOLD the phone on that inevitable Warren nomination. Warren&rsquo;s a weak front-runner. And she&rsquo;s not getting any stronger.</p>\n<p> November 6, 2019</p>\n', created = 1575842089, expire = 1575928489, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:5a4df53964acf7b705f71e3ec98d6fb8' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>This Week&#39;s Conservative Focus . . . Socialism</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://www.conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Limbaugh.gif\" style=\"width: 300px; height: 116px;\" /></p>\n<p>People seem shocked that recent polls show millennials are enamored of socialism &mdash; an economic system that reasonable and educated Americans have long known is disastrous. They shouldn&rsquo;t be; this has been a long time coming.</p>\n<p> THE LATEST survey by Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation shows that 70% of millennials are likely to vote socialist. Adding insult to injury, only 57% believe the Declaration of Independence &ldquo;better guarantees freedom and equality&rdquo; over &ldquo;The Communist Manifesto.&rdquo; The worst part of this is that it is real, not a parody piece in &ldquo;The Onion.&rdquo;<br />\n Now do you finally believe that our schools and universities, Hollywood and the liberal media are brainwashing our kids? Are you taking this seriously?<br />\n I&rsquo;m taking it very seriously, which is why I devoted three of the 16 chapters of my just-released book, &ldquo;Guilty by Reason of Insanity: Why the Democrats Must Not Win,&rdquo; to discussing socialism and capitalism. I cite earlier polls showing this same disturbing trend concerning young people&rsquo;s attitudes toward socialism.<br />\n A 2015 YouGov poll showed that 43% of Americans between 18 and 29 years of age had a favorable opinion of socialism and preferred it to capitalism. Then, in 2015, a Pew poll found that 69% of those under age 30 would be willing to vote for a socialist for president. Further, a Gallup poll revealed that only 45% of Americans ages 18 to 29 have a positive view of capitalism, while 51% have a positive view of socialism. No offense, but it&rsquo;s like a wave of stupid has washed ashore.<br />\n Significantly, these kids are not only drawn to socialism but also repelled by capitalism &mdash; two distinct but related points. Their attraction to socialism partially stems from their aversion to capitalism. The leftist establishment has bombarded us for decades with socialist propaganda. Former Hillsdale College professor Burton Folsom notes that while America was founded on the idea of preserving individual liberties through limited government, many prominent American history textbook writers are strongly biased against America&rsquo;s free market tradition and believe that America must be liberated from predatory capitalists. These teachings have now yielded an abundance of poisonous fruit.</p>\n<p> A 2018 study by the National Association of Scholars showed that some 40% of colleges in the United States have no Republican professors. &ldquo;The political registration of full-time, Ph.D.-holding professors in top-tier liberal arts colleges is overwhelmingly Democratic,&rdquo; writes Mitchell Langbert. &ldquo;Indeed, faculty political affiliations at 39 percent of the colleges in my sample are Republican free &mdash; having zero Republicans.&rdquo; In the other 61% of schools, the ratio is &ldquo;absurdly skewed against Republican affiliation and in favor of Democratic affiliation.&rdquo;<br />\n It is astonishing that an economic system that has enslaved and impoverished nation after nation and was responsible for more than 100 million murders in the 20th century is portrayed as utopian, and that capitalism, which has liberated hundreds of millions from poverty, is depicted as evil.<br />\n The left works 24/7 to disseminate its destructive ideas. Chrissy Clark writes for the Federalist that Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman, two prominent economics professors from the University of California, Berkeley, have been instrumental in designing economic policy for Democratic presidential hopefuls Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. Despite their dubious calculations on such socialistic proposals as &ldquo;Medicare for All,&rdquo; the liberal media is working hand in hand with them to spread their propaganda &mdash; including the oft-repeated canard that the wealthiest Americans have the lowest tax rates. This type of coordinated effort, argues Clark, could &ldquo;affect the way young people view economics for the rest of their lives.&rdquo;<br />\n Here&rsquo;s the point: Leftists have to lie to persuade people that socialism works and capitalism is evil. At some point, we must successfully make the case that the left must be judged by its policy failures rather than its supposedly good intentions. Here&rsquo;s the other point: Leftists are seemingly more committed to their goals of fundamentally transforming America than conservatives are to preserving it.<br />\n One of the purposes of my book is to alert our side as to how urgent our situation has become and how critical the 2020 presidential and congressional elections are for us. Evidence abounds that many Americans are losing sight of the unique gloriousness of America&rsquo;s founding ideas. I try to give patriots abundant ammunition to make our case for preserving these ideas and rejecting the insane ideas coming from the left, from socialism, to gender, to race, to abortion, to immigration, to the Constitution and much more.</p>\n<p> IF WE are concerned, as we claim to be, about bequeathing to our children the free and prosperous America we have enjoyed, we better get to work.</p>\n<p> November 1, 2019</p>\n', created = 1575842089, expire = 1575928489, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:1d0c3832b802655a299e255e3ac70442' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>This Week&#39;s Conservative Focus . . . Socialism</p>\n<p>You may be happy with the state of the U.S. economy, but many young people aren&rsquo;t. And as a result, a lot of them are embracing political extremism.</p>\n<p> A RECENT poll by YouGov finds that half of all millennials &mdash; and even more of the generation that follows them &mdash; distrust capitalism. Seventy percent of millennials say they&rsquo;d be willing to vote for a socialist. If you&rsquo;re not shocked by this, it&rsquo;s only because you&rsquo;ve seen it before. But it ought to scare you.<br />\n It&rsquo;s taken us almost 250 years to build this country, and we could wreck it in a single generation. At this rate, we will. In order to prevent the looming disaster, we need to be clear on what has gone wrong.<br />\n You often hear it said that young people support socialism because they&rsquo;ve been brainwashed by their professors. There&rsquo;s some truth to that, of course, but it&rsquo;s not the main problem. The main problem &mdash; the reason capitalism is increasingly discredited and socialism increasingly popular &mdash; is that for too many young people, our current system isn&rsquo;t working.<br />\n &ldquo;Go to college,&rdquo; we tell them. &ldquo;You&rsquo;ll be successful if you do.&rdquo; But too often, that advice is outdated, if not an utter lie. Many of our kids wind up impoverished by the experience, their dreams thwarted forever.<br />\n The reason is debt. Forty-five million Americans now labor under student loans. The average debt burden is $37,000. For professional degrees, it&rsquo;s far more. The average law school grad carries more than $110,000 in student loan debt. For new doctors, the burden is nearly $200,000. Overall, 2 million Americans owe more than $100,000 each in student loans. Imagine starting your first job with that hanging over you.<br />\n Keep in mind, college debt isn&rsquo;t like ordinary debt. Thanks to a well-funded lobbying campaign, student loans can&rsquo;t be erased by bankruptcy. They last forever. Many of today&rsquo;s college freshmen can expect to spend their working lives paying interest on loans that, in the end, didn&rsquo;t help them at all.<br />\n No wonder young people aren&rsquo;t getting married, buying homes or having children. They can&rsquo;t afford to. No wonder so many support Bernie Sanders. If this is capitalism, they don&rsquo;t want any part of it.</p>\n<p> THE IRONY, of course, is that the only people benefitting from this system are on the far left: college presidents with multimillion-dollar salaries, highly paid university administrators and tenured professors of non-binary feminist poetry and other perverse and pointless academic &ldquo;disciplines.&rdquo;<br />\n As a group, these are, without question, some of the least impressive people in our country. Yet they&rsquo;re the only ones coming out ahead in the deal. They&rsquo;re feasting on our children&rsquo;s debt and on the generous subsidies taxpayers provide for higher education in America. An entire generation of Americans is enslaved to interest payments so that some left-wing academics can have lifetime employment making our country worse. That&rsquo;s the arrangement. And for the rest of us, socialism. That&rsquo;s what we&rsquo;re going to get out of it.<br />\n There&rsquo;s got to be a better way. Some on the left have proposed forgiving student debt entirely, which is to say sticking American taxpayers with the bill. If there&rsquo;s one thing that could make this terrible situation worse, it&rsquo;s that.<br />\n Taxpayers didn&rsquo;t cause this problem. They shouldn&rsquo;t be punished any more than they already have been. The corrupt higher education establishment concocted this scam. They spend tons of money lobbying in Washington to keep it going. They should now pay to fix it. Harvard&rsquo;s endowment is $40 billion. Yale&rsquo;s is $30 billion. Let&rsquo;s start there.<br />\n These massive endowment funds are built tax-free, meaning they&rsquo;re subsidized by average American taxpayers. To make matters worse, the universities often aren&rsquo;t even using these endowments to help their students. They keep building larger and larger endowments, essentially for bragging rights. Most tax-free foundations are required to pay out 5% of their total funds each year for charitable activities. That&rsquo;s how they justify the tax-free treatment.<br />\n And who&rsquo;s exempt from this? Universities. They just grow the money with no requirement that they ever help a single student.<br />\n How can anyone justify this? How does this make sense? Congress could easily pass a law to make universities pay down 5% of their endowments per year like every other nonprofit foundation is required to. Who would be against that? Only the higher education lobbyists who spend millions every year protecting this insane system.</p>\n<p> WE NEED to move the crushing financial burden of student debt off the shoulders of middle-class families and 22-year-olds and back onto the people who&rsquo;ve gotten rich from it. That&rsquo;s an idea every sensible person can support. And there&rsquo;s a political payoff for any politician wise enough to adopt it.</p>\n<p> November 1, 2019</p>\n', created = 1575842089, expire = 1575928489, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:10e4269c589861796a52ba4a4c1e84be' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>This Week&#39;s Conservative Focus . . . Impeachment</p>\n<p>After dozens of House Republicans demanded access to a secure facility in the Capitol on Wednesday where House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., was preparing to depose a Pentagon official, Democrats expressed outrage at the breach of protocol. &ldquo;They&rsquo;re doing this because this is what the guilty do,&rdquo; said Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif. &ldquo;Innocent people cooperate with investigations. Innocent people follow the rules of the House.&rdquo;</p>\n<p> WELL, people engaged in impartial investigations aimed at finding the truth don&rsquo;t violate every precedent and standard of due process set during previous presidential impeachments.<br />\n Contrast today&rsquo;s partisan inquiry with the Nixon impeachment. As American Enterprise Institute President Robert Doar has pointed out, the Nixon inquiry was a model of bipartisan cooperation. The Democratic chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Peter Rodino (N.J.), assembled a unified staff (including Doar&rsquo;s father, John, a Republican whom Rodino appointed as special counsel). The full House voted on authorizing the inquiry. The minority was given joint subpoena power. The president&rsquo;s counsel was allowed to be present during depositions, given access to all of the documents and materials presented to the committee, allowed to cross-examine witnesses, and even permitted to call witnesses of his own. Most important, the committee did not leak or release selective documents cherry-picked to make the president look bad.<br />\n The same was true during the Clinton impeachment inquiry. As former House speaker Newt Gingrich explained in a recent interview, Republicans &ldquo;adopted every single rule that Rodino had used in 1973.&rdquo; Yet today, Rodino&rsquo;s party is systematically undermining every principle of fairness and due process he put in place in 1973.<br />\n Take this week&rsquo;s testimony by acting ambassador William Taylor, who alleged that President Trump made U.S. aid contingent on &ldquo;investigations.&rdquo; He was deposed inside a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) in the Capitol, a room that is designed to protect the government&rsquo;s most highly classified information. Cellphones are not permitted inside a SCIF. Yet somehow what appear to be cellphone photos of his prepared statement were leaked to the news media.</p>\n<p> BUT THE full transcript of his deposition &mdash; including his answers to questions from Republicans challenging his accusations &mdash; remains under lock and key in that SCIF. The president&rsquo;s counsel is not allowed to see it, much less be present at the deposition to cross-examine the witness. So, Democrats are leaking derogatory information about the president, while restricting public access to potentially exculpatory information, all while denying him the right to see or challenge testimony against him.<br />\n Moreover, they are abusing the system to do it. One of the charges Democrats have leveled against Trump is that the White House improperly put the transcript of his call with the Ukrainian president on a special server used to protect highly classified information. Yet Democrats are doing the very same thing, conducting impeachment depositions inside a SCIF, improperly using a classified system to restrict access to nonclassified information not just to the public but to members of Congress. Talk about hypocrisy.<br />\n Let&rsquo;s be clear: There is nothing wrong with holding hearings behind closed doors as long as there is due process. But secrecy and fairness go hand in hand. One without the other is corrupt.<br />\n The partisan nature of the Democrats&rsquo; inquiry will backfire in a number of ways. For one thing, it allows Republicans to make the case to the American people that the process is unfair. If the facts are on the Democrats&rsquo; side, they have nothing to fear from transparency and due process. Second, their partisan behavior has given the president justification to refuse to cooperate with the investigation, just as President Dwight Eisenhower refused to cooperate with the Army-McCarthy hearings in 1954. And finally, it has made it easier for congressional Republicans to rally around the president. Right now, Republicans are more torn about Trump&rsquo;s Syria policy than they are about his impeachment inquiry. By failing to show even a modicum of fairness, Democrats have turned impeachment into a game of shirts vs. skins.</p>\n<p> THE DEMOCRATS&rsquo; conduct shows that they are not serious, and that the entire impeachment inquiry is a blatantly political exercise. Given the Constitution&rsquo;s requirement of a supermajority in the Senate to remove the president, it is impossible for one party to remove the president of another party from office without buy-in from the other side. Yet Democrats are making no effort to win over Republicans, much less make a vote against impeachment difficult. And that means they&rsquo;ll have a hard time getting buy-in from the American people.</p>\n<p> October 24, 2019</p>\n', created = 1575842089, expire = 1575928489, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:9509d5aba86687e0b28898eec199feac' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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