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HUDSON: End of mask mandates backed by science, will of the American people

HUDSON: End of mask mandates backed by science, will of the American people

“Government’s first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.” President Ronald Reagan warned us about the dangers of government overreach when he spoke these words back in 1981. Unfortunately, many of those in power today fail to heed them. Last Monday, a federal judge in Florida struck down President Joe Biden’s travel mask mandate, effectively ending mandates on public transportation. This was a momentous decision and a major victory in the fight to end all mask mandates nationwide. The ruling was met with great excitement and numerous airlines, businesses, and localities lifted their mask requirements almost immediately.…
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BARONE: The verdict on lockdowns: High cost, minimal benefits

BARONE: The verdict on lockdowns: High cost, minimal benefits

What were the benefits and costs of the COVID-19 restrictions implemented over the last two years? It’s a good time to ask that question, especially now that the masks are coming off and the lockdowns are canceled. One useful scorecard comes from the prestigious National Bureau of Economic Research, in the form of a paper by three market-friendly economists, Casey Mulligan (University of Chicago), Stephen Moore (Heritage Foundation) and Phil Kerpen (Committee to Unleash Prosperity). They evidently disagree with the nation’s most prominent advocate of massive restrictions, Dr. Anthony Fauci, who recently argued, “I don’t think we’re ever going to…
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SHAPIRO: Yes, it’s Biden’s inflation

SHAPIRO: Yes, it’s Biden’s inflation

Last week, America received news of yet another shocking inflation report: over the past 12 months, inflation has skyrocketed 8.5%, outpacing wage gains by 2.9%. That inflation has flooded every area of American life, from gas (up 48%) to airfare (24%) to furniture (16%) to milk (13%). Inflation is costing the average American family hundreds of dollars per month — and, as we know, inflation is a highly regressive tax, harming those at the bottom of the income spectrum the most. For its part, the Biden administration blames Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. White House press secretary and…
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HUDSON: “I need ammunition, not a ride”

HUDSON: “I need ammunition, not a ride”

This statement from Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has become symbolic of Ukraine’s unwavering and inspiring courage in the face of overwhelming odds from Russia’s invasion. Zelenskyy reportedly made the comment last month as he rejected an offer to evacuate from Ukraine’s capital. So last week, I introduced a bill to help meet his call to action. I firmly believe the United States has a strategic and moral obligation to aid the Ukrainian people in their fight. While I do not support sending American troops to Ukraine, I have repeatedly called for increased lethal aid and humanitarian support. I’ve also been…
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LEVY: When will they ever learn?

LEVY: When will they ever learn?

As I explore the present, I can’t avoid comparing it to the past. The names change. The places and faces are never identical. But like a false backdrop behind the camera in a Zoom call, it’s only cosmetic. Essential reality never changes. For instance, on March 7, 1965, a group of voting rights demonstrators blocked traffic as they walked across Alabama’s Edmund Pettus Bridge. The marchers did not have a permit; so, the police ordered them to disperse. The marchers disobeyed the police and marched anyway. The result was called Bloody Sunday. Similarly, a group of Canadian truckers blocked the…
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BORTINS: Free markets produce better outcomes

BORTINS: Free markets produce better outcomes

The things you used to buy, you can’t find; and if you can find it, you can’t afford it.  Inflation is when your hard-earned dollars buy less than what they did in the past. If you had $100 in your pocket on Jan. 1 of 2020, it will only purchase $94 worth of goods on Jan. 1 of 2022. In March of 2021, I called a friend who sells used cars in the Triangle about vehicle prices spiking. He replied, “Don’t worry. The federal government says it is transitory.” I told him it wasn’t. Now the government is telling us…
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LEVY: Woke English: a new American language

LEVY: Woke English: a new American language

What most Americans want is to live in a nation where everyone civilly communicates with one another. It has often been said that a common language is a necessity for a successful nation. While the rule has its exceptions in places such as Canada and Switzerland, even those countries have established dominant languages the mastery of which is a condition precedent to success. This argument became important in most of the United States until almost the close of the last century. Students were made to study and pass English courses from kindergarten through high school. Even children for whom English…
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HUDSON: A New Year’s resolution

HUDSON: A New Year’s resolution

One year ago, our nation was deeply divided by politics and impacted by the surging COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, as we begin 2022, many of the same dynamics remain. Throughout the last year, I have stayed focused on delivering results and on the issues that matter most to you. While President Joe Biden promised to unite the country and do the same, I have been disappointed by the radical partisanship from many Washington Democrats, as well as failures to address challenges before us. President Biden spent the past two years promising he would “shut down the virus.” However today, we have…
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MCCAUGHEY: Dems reject work ethic, embrace freeloaders

MCCAUGHEY: Dems reject work ethic, embrace freeloaders

The Democratic Party used to call itself the party of working people and hail the “dignity of work.” No more. Now Democrats want to guarantee people who choose not to work an income funded by the suckers who do the right thing by showing up for work, caring for their family and paying taxes.  Fortunately, these self-supporting Americans just dodged a bullet. The failure to pass Build Back Better in Congress, thanks to holdout Sen. Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) means that the monthly checks or automatic bank deposits to parents with kids, sometimes dubbed Biden Bucks, come to an end…
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ERICKSON: Reversing Roe

ERICKSON: Reversing Roe

This past Wednesday, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. In the case, Mississippi is seeking Court approval on a law that would ban abortion after 15 weeks, but Mississippi also argues Roe v. Wade itself should be reversed by the Court. It appears there are six votes on the Court for gutting Roe and five for reversing it altogether. One must remember that in major cases like this, the justices of the Court need no persuasion from the lawyers. Instead, it is through the lawyers that the justices have an initial…
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