By Andy Blom, TES Contributor
Congress is back at work, kind of, with the National Defense Authorization Act and funding issues looming while the Democrats bicker among themselves. In the meantime, free market conservatives are advancing ideas and legislation that cover a startling diversity of topics. Here’s a roundup of last week’s activity in Washington…
- Maybe the Strategic Minerals We Need Are Right Here. America depends on Strategic Minerals. So-called Rare-Earth minerals are crucial to our military superiority, cutting edge technologies (think electric cars, wind turbines,) and other advanced technologies. Presently we import more than half of our supply of 35 rare-earth minerals (China controls 90% of the global supply). However the Trump Administration has developed an action plan to identify and access these critical minerals here in the U.S. – and there is ample indication that we have the rare-earth resources we need, if Congress can get out of the way. Learn more at https://www.property-rts.org/post/new-strategy-for-strategic-minerals.
- Capital Gains? You’re Really Paying Taxes on Inflation. Americans for Tax Reform has issued somewhat disturbing findings on just how much of the Capital Gains Tax people are paying on investments is simply due to inflation. Example? Inflation comprises the entire gain of Coca-Cola Shares purchased in 1998. That’s right, the shares bought in 1998, and paid capital gains taxes on, are actually worth less today when adjusted for inflation. But you paid taxes on the gain! The good news? The Trump Administration is considering regulatory action to index capital gains taxes to inflation. Check out www.atr.org.
- Returning Justice to Campus Courts. Judge Amy Coney Barrett (she may yet be a Trump Appointee to SCOTUS) led an all-woman panel of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in striking down the decision of a Purdue University Kangaroo Court. Following Obama Administration guidelines, college campus courts across the country have abandoned all judicial precedent and most prudent judicial practices in a series of arbitrary rulings against men accused of sexual misconduct. Based on a #BelieveWomen ideology, the Purdue Court actually violated Title IX by discriminating against men. It’s a nationwide problem of “woke” academia going berserk. Judge Barrett has set precedent that should wake these “woke” institutions up. Read the astonishing facts at https://www.nationalreview.com/2019/07/amy-coney-barrett-strikes-a-blow-against-campus-kangaroo-courts.
- Is Pagan Environmentalism the Church’s New Faith? Tradition, Family, Property (a faith based watchdog) calls for new attention to be paid to the Catholic Church’s upcoming Amazon Synod of Bishops. TFP has released information on the non-religious, socio-economic objectives of the proposed synod that should cause alarm in any free market, capitalist, or simply progress oriented person. Is the Synod dangerous in its extreme advocacy of a Primitive Indian Lifestyle? Look at www.PanAmazonSynodWatch.info and decide for yourself.
- Go the This Movie – If You’re Tough Enough. A special advanced exclusive screening of KIDS: Chasing Paradise will be held Thursday, July 18th from 11 -1 PM at Rayburn House Office Building Room 2060. Hosted by Rep. Lamborn (CO-5) and the Clarion Project, and followed by a panel discussion, KIDS: Chasing Paradise looks at the brutal exploitation of youth by extremists worldwide. RSVP Zach Sicherman, email@example.com, 646-502-6930.
- Learn About It or Regret It: Podcasting. On Thursday, July 25 from 10 – 1 PM New Media Exchange Focus: Podcasting will cover what you need to know about Podcasting for center-right organizations. An optional hands-on workshop on production will follow in the afternoon. The event takes place at Americans for Tax Reform or on interactive online livestream. Lunch will be provided (not for livestreamers). Registration is free. RSVP: Adam Radman firstname.lastname@example.org.
More Upcoming events:
- PATHWAYS IN AND OUT OF ISLAMISM. A Conversation with Two Former Extremists. Tuesday, July 16, 10 – 11 AM. Heritage Foundation’s Lehrman Auditorium. RSVP: heritage.org/events
- A NATURAL LAW FOUNDATION OF FREEDOM OF THOUGHT, CONSCIENCE AND RELIGION. A Conversation with Robert P. George. Tuesday, July 16, 2 – 3 PM. Heritage Foundation’s Lehrman Auditorium. RSVP: heritage.org/events
- SUMMER SCHOOL SOIREE. College to Congress presents Food, Open Bar, Dancing, Live DJ and Much More! Black Tie Optional. Wednesday, July 17, 6 -10 VIP, 7-10 General Admission. Presidential Suite, Union Station. Tickets and info at COLLEGETOCONGRESS.ORG/SOIREE.
- REPUBLICAN NATIONAL LAWYERS ASSOCIATION Virginia Reception: 2019 Elections, An Insider Briefing. Thursday, July 18, 6:30 PM. Lyon Hall, 3100 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA. RSVP: RNLA.org/VA_2019.
- AMIA 25th ANNIVERSARY Improving Regional Counterterrorism Cooperation in the Wake of a Tragedy. Policy Discussion. Keynote: Sen. Ted Cruz. Thursday, July 25, 9 AM – 12 PM. Russell Senate Office Bldg., Room 485. RSVP: email@example.com.
- Robert F. Graboyes of the Mercatus Center provided the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services with 1332 WAIVERS AND HEALTHCARE SUPPLY: LOWERING COSTS, IMPROVING QUALITY AND EXPANDING ACCESS.
- Coalition Letter Supporting Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act was signed by 14 organizations and delivered to the House and Senate Leadership. While there are concerns about content moderation by large technology firms, the organizations believe weakening or removing Section 230 would “strengthen the hand of government to silence speech it dislikes”.
- Rachel Greszler writes in The Daily Signal about Sen. Tom Cotton’s sense of the Senate Resolution (S. Res. 268) that cautions against Federal Bailout of fiscally irresponsible states. In short, taxpayers in responsible states like Tennessee, Nebraska and Oklahoma should not be on the hook for the excesses of profligate states like California, Illinois and Connecticut/
- CEI: “Speed Up Dishwashers!” The Competitive Enterprise Institute applauded the DOE for granting its petition to institute new rulemaking allowing speeded up dishwasher cycle times. Government “efficiency” rules had, over time, slowed dishwasher cycles from an hour to more than 2 hours. A victory for less government and faster dishwashers.
- Michael D. Farren, Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University celebrated the booming U.S. Economy “Sprinting Through the Finish Line.” Quick statistics showed positive employment and wage growth figures, maintained for record time periods. Lots of info at www.mercatus.org.
- NATIONAL FEDERATION OF REPUBLICAN WOMEN is holding their 40th Biennial Convention, September 26 – 29 in Indianapolis. The NFRW Convention will bring together nearly 1,300 women who are political and business leaders in their communities and states. For Exhibitor Opportunities and/or Program Advertising, contact Lucy Powers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Austrian Economics Center, Hayek Institut, and Fundacion Internacional Bases, are organizing a conference with top tier intellectual contributors on the subject, Austrian School of Economics in the 21st Century, November 13-14, Vienna, Austria. Web site.
Andy Blom is a senior policy and political writer, strategist, analyst and activist.