American Spectator

The Grass Gets Greener: New Data Tells Old Story of Public-Employee Greed

Sacramento Yet another prominent study highlights the depth of California’s and the nation’s pension crisis. The Pew Charitable Trusts recently released a report on the “state pension funding gap” — i.e., the $1.1 trillion-dollar divide between the assets governments have set aside and the amount …

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Open Letter to Ivanka Trump: Serve Your Father by Relying on Scientists, Not Celebrities Who Push Climate Calamity

NOTE: The following is a letter Heartland Institute President Joseph Bast sent to Ivanka Trump, top advisor to president Donald Trump. As of today, he has received no response. Dear Ms. Trump, Recent news stories report your interest in the climate change issue. I share …

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Is William Orrick a Crooked Judge?

William Horsley Orrick III is a United States District Judge for the Northern District of California. Last week, Orrick, an Obama appointee, blocked President Trump’s executive order to withhold money to sanctuary cities. In 2015, Kate Steinle was killed because San Francisco is a sanctuary …

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The Unholy Alliance Between George Soros and Pope Francis

The election of a liberal Jesuit to the papacy thrilled Democrats in the United States, whose unholy alliance with the Catholic left goes back many decades. Barack Obama, one of the pope’s most prominent supporters, has long been a beneficiary of that alliance. The faculty …

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No Repeal, No Appeal

In another burst of firsts, Lady Hillary continues to break records sounding like a broken record. How long will she persist in this this misery tour? Until she wins election on November 3, 2020? Will the Russians let her? Will James Comey? Will the Misogynists? …

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The Renewable Rip-Off

You can’t just sell gas anymore. But that’s just for openers. Most people don’t realize it, but what they’re pumping into their car’s tank isn’t actually gasoline, properly speaking. It’s gasoline mixed with ethanol alcohol — the ratio currently set at 10 percent ethanol and …

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Warren Buffett Takes On Texas’ Three-Tier Drinks System

In Texas, as in much of the nation, alcohol is regulated under the so-called “three-tier system,” which requires alcohol manufacturers, distributors, and retailers to be separate and independent from each other. Texas, however, takes this requirement to the extreme. Not only may a company not …

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Daniela Green: American Traitor

Why is Daniela Green free? An FBI agent with top-secret clearance investigating a terrorist in Syria, goes to Syria, marries the terrorist, and provides aid and comfort to him. She somehow escapes, comes back to the United States, cooperates with the FBI, and goes to …

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Shut It Down: Republicans Chicken Out Yet Again

There was a reason that FDR opposed the unionization of public sector workers. Rather than the natural negotiation tension between a company owner and an employee in which the owner is trying to conserve his capital while the employee across the table tries to get …

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They’re Not Listening, Still

An oft-quoted line in the Simon and Garfunkel classic “The Sound of Silence” laments “people hearing without listening.” The same idea concludes Don McLean’s classic tribute to Vincent Van Gough, with the line “They would not listen, they’re not listening still — perhaps they never …

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