Project 21: New Visions

Why Do Liberals Want to Fix Medicare’s Working Drug Benefit? by Stacy Washington

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Tax-and-spend liberals on Capitol Hill love to take programs that work well and mangle them in the name of "reform." That's especially true when those programs depend on market-based principles that make progressives see red. So it's no surprise that congressional Democrats want to remake Medicare's prescription drug benefit, a program that already works well, relies on the free market, and is extremely popular to boot. To be sure, they imbue their actions with good intentions. By enabling the government to set drug prices in Medicare, they claim they'll save seniors money at the pharmacy. But they're wrong. Insurers already ...
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The Left Claims To Oppose Racism While Spewing It At Black Conservatives, by Marie Fischer

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Unfortunately, black conservatives are often denigrated with epithets instead of being debated with thoughts and philosophies. It seems the left is always on the hunt for stories that fit their narrative of America’s prevalent racism, and for perpetrators to punish accordingly. Just look at what happened when a man with an extensive media following played the victim card by accusing a woman of being racist after he filmed their interaction in a park. Even though the accusations are questionable — she can’t be heard saying the alleged insult in the video — she still lost her job after the man ...
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GAO to the Rescue?

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Late last month the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a Postal Service Reform Primer purportedly to explain to policymakers how the Postal Service works and why it needs reform. Strangely though the GAO report doesn’t provide great guidance. Known as the “congressional watchdog,” the GAO is a 100-year-old legislative agency created to provide audit, evaluation and investigative services for the U.S. Congress. However, their latest report doesn’t offer much in terms of auditing and evaluation but instead seems more like a progressive Postal Service wish list. At present, 49% of all mail on planet earth is delivered by the USPS ...
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Jesus Take the Wheel! Maxine Waters Compares Border Agents to Slavery Overseers, by Chris Arps

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There was a popular phrase going around a few years ago that people would use when the world seemed to be going to hell in a handbasket. That phrase was: JESUS, TAKE THE WHEEL!! Today, I’m going to tell you about the Jesus, take the wheel inspiration I had for this piece. Now, you may think the humanitarian crisis occurring on our southern border, with Haitian refugees camping out in shanty towns under a bridge in Del Rio, Texas, would be my Jesus, take the wheel moment but it’s not. You may think watching on television hordes of illegal aliens, literally ...
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Liberals Plot War on New Drugs with $3.5T Spending Bill, by Deroy Murdock

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Total liberal control of Washington has yielded, for starters: An Afghan meltdown, bedlam on the "border," a bloody crime surge, energy woes, mounting inflation, and racial tension. Next stop: Your medicine chest. Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, and Bernie Sanders' $3.5 trillion spending orgy includes a poison pill -- almost literally. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that H.R. 3 (AKA the Lower Drug Costs Now Act) would help "pay for" this fiscal incontinence by squeezing $581.6 billion from the pharmaceutical industry over the next 10 years. More than just a simple tax on "evil, drug companies," this measure would blackmail this sector, chop into its bottom line, and torpedo research and development into future therapies. Down the road, this ...
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Biden’s ‘Build Back Better’ Still on the Road to Nowhere

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With sagging job approval numbers due to troubling signs of inflation, our nation’s border in crisis, mishandling Covid19, limp job growth, and a disastrous Afghanistan evacuation the Biden administration appears to be pinning hopes for a turn-around in public support with passage of a $3.5 trillion-dollar plan — a bill now pending before Congress. But before the president pops the champagne cork, there’s a lot of work that remains to be done. If we’re lucky he won’t succeed. The truth is that getting this bill passed may be significantly harder than remembering Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s name. Facts: no Republicans ...
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Proposed Legislation Could Revitalize Cities and Reduce Crime, by Stone Washington

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The signs seem to be popping up in city centers everywhere. "For Sale," "For Lease,” “Vacant.” They lie posted on the walls of buildings in downtowns across the country, where large office structures once filled with thousands of employees would arrive each morning for work, five days a week. These now-empty spaces sit quiet. Many office buildings that held on to tenants are under-occupied, as hundreds of companies have introduced hybrid workplace structures, while others have allowed workers to remain remote at home indefinitely. The lack of office workers has not just led to solitary buildings, but also to an absence ...
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Biden’s Online Banking Restrictions Would Hurt Black Americans, by Martin Baker

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If you ask 10 different people what online banking means to them, don’t be surprised if you get 10 different responses. But in the minority community, there’s a very special meaning. Opportunity. Among some minorities, you may hear online banking called a “second chance,” “lifeline” or even “entry into the real world.” In the black community, which has often been left behind by the “brick and mortar” banks, partnering with online lenders and “cyber banks” have given them a seat at the table they never had in the past. One only need look at the checkered history that the bank ...
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The American Dream Is Available To All Races, by Emery McClendon

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Regarding divisive issues such as abortion, Black Lives Matter (BLM), Critical Race Theory and the 1619 Project, it’s unfortunate that too many blacks listen only to what they hear from the mainstream media, radical BLM activists and so-called black community leaders. Taking their propaganda at face value, it’s not surprising these black folk believe that BLM is good and it stands up for and improves all black lives. Nothing could actually be further from the truth. These people are keeping themselves in the dark and ignoring the truth – not realizing the left’s real agenda is being deliberately hidden from ...
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Biden’s equity agenda will make schools less safe, by Stacy Washington

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To comply with President Joe Biden’s racial equity executive order, the Departments of Justice and Education will likely reinstate, and possibly strengthen, Obama administration rules for public schools that judge student punishments by quantity rather than context. Mere numerical race disparities become de facto discrimination. This puts teachers in a tenuous position. While American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten pushes a social justice agenda embracing critical race theory, she must also have the backs of members who will be judged by metrics portraying them as vicious racists. A union’s first obligation is protecting members who pay their dues. Weingarten ...
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Infrastructure Bill Proves DC Shouldn’t Be in the Driver’s Seat

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Summertime is normally when Hollywood releases its blockbuster disaster movies: "Twister," "Deep Impact," "Armageddon," and "The Perfect Storm," to name just a few. With no cinematic depictions of disaster on offer, Washington has had to step in. Introducing . . .  "The Trillion Dollar Infrastructure Bill." Racing towards the American people is so-called "bi-partisan" infrastructure legislation. It amounts to a catastrophe coming to your neighborhood soon. Right now, the United States Senate is working on a $1.2 trillion spending bill that purportedly ends gridlock, repairs bridges and eliminates potholes — nationwide. That ladies and gentlemen is a disguise; smoke and mirrors. The ...
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The American Economy Is at a Crossroads, by Martin Baker

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As our nation emerges into a fragile post-pandemic world, we must recognize our economy has been in peril longer than most would care to admit. Some will blame the housing bubble’s collapse in 2007. Some will blame the tax and spend Clinton era. Others will cite the defense buildup of the Reagan years. To some degree, all would be correct. But it would be partisan balderdash to lay our current dire straits at the feet of one person or party. And we need to realize we are still making similar mistakes and risk a latter-day crisis. Our history of reckless ...
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Limiting Access to Online Lending will Hurt Black Entrepreneurs, by Richard Holt

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We desperately need more growth to rebuild the post-COVID American economy. Yet liberals are hard at work waging war on business in general, and on minority entrepreneurs in particular. While large corporations have fewer problems applying for and receiving loans, the hundreds of thousands of black Americans who are self-employed or who run small businesses are not so fortunate. The left’s anti-growth agenda is setting the black community up for failure once again. The latest stumbling block put before black Americans comes as the left makes moves to ban online lending. Online lending can be the lifeblood for black start-ups ...
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To Succeed, the U.S. Postal Service Should Emulate Ben Franklin

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With all of the political division in Congress, it’s a pleasant surprise that one of the few areas of bipartisan support comes in the form of a plan to revamp the United States Postal Service (USPS) to make it more efficient and self-sufficient. While some want to shutter the USPS, others seek to transform it into a 24/7 one-stop-shop for email, printing, and banking. Neither solution is in keeping with our founders’ intentions regarding the postal service and certainly nothing like that modeled by our first Postmaster General, Benjamin Franklin. The good news is that over the last year our ...
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Assessing the Racial Cost of Regulation, by Derrick Hollie

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If the predictions of the environmental “experts” and their models over the course of my life were true, I’d already be dead. Born in the late 1960s, I persevered through threats of famine, drought, a diminishing ozone layer, acid rain, killer bees, a new ice age, global warming and more. Each time, the experts were wrong. In 2019, I testified at a House Natural Resources Committee hearing convened to discuss the “need to act” about climate change. The man sitting next to me wore a hat emblazoned with “12 years.” It signified the time he and other Green New Deal ...
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The ‘Endless Frontier Act’ Slush Fund Is a Bad Idea

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Do we have to become China to beat China? Apparently, some Republicans think so. Dozens in the House and Senate recently joined with Democrats to push a plan to use the byzantine protocols of government bureaucracies as a way to give the U.S. a leg up in industrial competition with China. Without irony the bill is named the “Endless Frontier Act." It proposes the creation of a $110 billion slush fund, much of which will be distributed by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The purpose: promote new technologies to make America more competitive against China. The practice: the NSF will ...
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Major League Baseball Strikes Out Again on Black America, by Martin Baker

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By moving the All-Star Game from Atlanta to Denver because Georgia is protecting peoples’ votes, Major League Baseball is hypocritical in its rationale. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred stated that the “best way to demonstrate our values as a sport” would be to move the upcoming All-Star Game and its Entry Level Draft out of Georgia. The decision came after the state’s legislature passed and Governor Brian Kemp subsequently signed the “Election Integrity Act of 2021” into law. Opponents of the new law decried it as racist, oppressive and disenfranchising. This voter integrity measure has been attacked for allegedly denying persons ...
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Better Things to Fight for Than Juneteenth, by Donna Jackson

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Like many Black Americans, I must admit that I had never heard of Juneteenth until recently. So the push now to make this celebration of emancipation a national holiday certainly didn’t come from me or anyone I know. It sure seems as though it’s part of a bigger agenda being imposed on the Black community by those who never bothered to ask us. And while elevating Juneteenth to such prestige may seem relatively harmless, it comes with the baggage of radicals who are also promoting critical race theory, reparations and self-segregation. It’s time for Blacks to counter such extremism with ...
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Critical Race Theory Is Jim Crow Repackaged

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As households across America gear up for a return to normal, they are finding out that leftist radicals continue their efforts to transform America. Today, their activity du jour is using American classrooms to promote a divisive narrative — Critical Race Theory (CRT), a 21st century Jim Crow. The similarities between the goals of Jim Crow then and Jim Crow 2.0 now are quite striking. CRT’s goal is to create a legally enforced system that affects all Americans —determining their economic mobility, their status, their ability to find work, and their potential for achieving the Constitution’s promise of "life, liberty ...
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Bringing China’s One-Child Policy to America, by Marie Fischer

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A new billboard campaign proclaims: “One Planet, One Child.” Why would the special interest group behind this, World Population Balance (WPB), promote the same failed policy that Communist China forced on its people? And will North Americans be gullible enough to accept it? WPB was founded to “help the world solve our overpopulation crisis and celebrates the choice to have a small family,” according to its website. This campaign encourages couples to limit themselves to just one child or choose not to have children at all. WPB claims that if women have an average of one child each over the ...
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