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By Andy Blom, TES Washington Editor
While the major parties were partying at their conventions, Free Market policy people are not taking off — they’ll be working to solve the problems of the day. Here’s this week’s news …
Sure, You Risked Everything to Stay Open and Serve the Public. Now Get Ready to Get Sued. The pandemic is bad enough, but just wait for the pandemic of lawsuits as hungry lawyers line up victims who caught the Wuhan Flu in stores, schools and businesses across the country. Except in 9 states (Georgia, Nevada, North Carolina, Utah, Wyoming, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Kansas) who have done what Congress has been unable to do so far — pass legislation protecting the brave folks who risked opening, or staying open, from frivolous lawsuits and greedy tort monsters. Tennessee may soon join the group of sates taking action where the Feds have failed. Get the details here.
There’s Something Fishy About Blocking Pebble Mine. It may finally be going forward. Alaska’s Pebble Mine Project has had hurdle after hurdle thrown at it — everything from hysterical environmental claims of salmon damage to preemptive vetos by the Obama Administration — but mining the world’s largest undeveloped gold and silver deposits, as well as other valuable minerals, has now been given the green light by the Army Corps of Engineers Environmental Impact Study. President Trump can now remove any remaining obstacles as he continues to war against overregulation.
Grover Norquist Says NO to Tax Trickery. Listen to Him. He’s talking about Arkansas, but the threat is everywhere. Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform is warning against a little sleight of hand the politicians in Arkansas are trying to pull on the state’s tax paying citizens. On the ballot? A proposal to make a “temporary” increase in state sales tax permanent. After all, they’re already paying it, so why roll it back? It could happen to you next. Take a look at how politicians work to get more of your hard earned money. And remember, the wool they’re trying to pull over your eyes is 90% polyester.
Nine is Fine — New Group Acts Against Court Packing. It seems there actually are some things D’s and R’s can agree upon. A new bipartisan group is putting forth a constitutional amendment, “Keep Nine”, to permanently limit the number of Supreme Court Justices to nine and stop the potential of court packing by succeeding Presidential administrations. It’s a simple idea that has support from both sides of the political spectrum. That alone makes it unique this year. Learn about it here.
Elections Have Consequences: Tax Edition. November is lurching toward us and Americans for Tax Reform thinks you should know just what your vote might bring. They’ve prepared a short, sobering video showing the Democrat President and Vice President candidates expressing their views on taxes (Up!), fracking (Down!) and carbon tax (Up!). Hear them in their own words before you mark your mail-in ballot.
Election Fraud is Real…and It May Be Coming to Your State. We all want our elections to be fair, honest and untampered with. Unfortunately, they haven’t always been. The Heritage Foundation has studied recent election fraud cases across the United States and prepared a handy-dandy map so you can check out just what’s gone wrong in your state. Click on the map, learn the details…and begin worrying about mail-in voting and the Pandemic Election.
Look What We Did! Celebrating Human Achievement. Ready for some good news? Some really good news? Well the Human Achievement Alliance is. They’re promoting Human Achievement Day — a day devoted to recognizing the incredible things humankind has achieved…and making sure future generations appreciate what we have accomplished. Take a look…and feel good about yourself, and the rest of humanity, for a change.
Elections Have Consequences: Supreme Court Edition. Editorial Warning: This is dark. But Charles Downs of the Madison Coalition takes a look at the possible impact on the U.S. Supreme Court of a Joe Biden/Kamala Harris win in November and in his view it ain’t pretty. From projecting court packing, the selection of Barack Obama and Eric Holder to the Court and an unveiling of progressive actions, Downs paints a picture of what November could bring. Take a look here and draw your own conclusions.
Private Sector Investment = Better Broadband. Broadband, better broadband, is essential. Local Governments have for years poured money into building broadband networks and the results have been predictable: wildly expensive and inefficient. Private efforts have given 94% of Americans reliable, high speed internet. Americans for Tax Reform offers suggestions on how states can promote private investment. Smart for states, smart for people, smart for America.
Wonder Where Your State Tax Dollars Go? Down the Black Hole of Economic Development. Sure, your state economic development people are working hard to build business and create jobs. But at what cost? The Mackinac Center has taken a hard, extensive look at how state handouts affect jobs in Michigan…and it’s a wakeup call. There is a lot to this study but the short answer is this: On average, the state offered nearly $600,000 worth of incentives for every job created. And only three of the nine programs studied had any significant impact on job growth. At what a cost! Time to rethink some things?
Seen Your Doctor Lately? Oh, on the Phone? Welcome to the Future. Among the many changes caused by the pandemic, Telehealth is among the more positive. As restrictions were eased on digital healthcare, it has become a common, and useful part of the American healthcare system. Now there are serious calls for those restrictions to remain lifted and Telehealth to become a permanent part of healthcare as we move past the China Flu. Americans for Prosperity presents the case for the future here.
Andresen Blom is a Washington based policy and political analyst and author who has been published in The Wall Street Journal, The Hill, and Politico.