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New Book On Clinton Foundation Won’t Derail Hillary Candidacy

By on Apr 20, 2015 | 3 comments

Normally, I am not one to be the dour, pessimistic one as it relates to scandals that envelope Bill and Hillary Clinton. Don’t get me wrong. They’d slide in slime on their bellies to get what they wanted. Nobody in their circle is above being smeared if they get in the way and they continue to push the envelope on all matters legal and ethical because they know as much as the media will wave around the scandal flag, one of the things they’ve stopped doing is grabbing a shovel and digging. I’ve seen several people wonder, “Where are Woodward and Bernstein?” on Hillary’s email scandal. Hillary Clinton: Used a private email account with a server located on private property Deleted emails she and her staff deemed “private.” Deleted emails that were under Congressional subpoena Yet where the did media wind up on this? “Oh well, Jeb...

Why People (Including Me) Freaked Out Over The New Star Wars Trailer

By on Apr 17, 2015 | 0 comments

I won’t mention names, but a friend of mine (a guy) who saw the new Star Wars trailer that was released said, “I’ll be honest. My nipples got hard.” Such was one of the reactions to the second teaser trailer for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ that hit the Internet yesterday. Here it is: I admit when I first saw it, I sat there transfixed and when I heard, “Chewy….” and then saw the clip of Han Solo saying, “….we’re home”, I reacted like a young child on Christmas morning opening his favorite present. Some people are wondering why there has been such a visceral reaction and that’s fair. Here are three reasons: 1. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace 2. Star Wars Episode II: The Attack Of The Clones 3. Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of The Sith Star Wars fans like myself had such great expectations for...

An Often Overlooked Avenue of School Choice: Homeschooling

By on Apr 17, 2015 | 0 comments

When discussing school choice, the debate tends to revolve around physical places which children go to 5 days a week. But that doesn’t include another choice that some parents make for their children: homeschooling. The reason for this is partly mathematical – only about 3% of kids are homeschooled - and partly because it’s at home. If a parent can afford to spend time with the kids and have the desire, they can homeschool without worrying about scholarships, districts, or any of the other concerns that parents who send their kids out of the house face. But homeschooling is definitely a form of educational choice and one many people have misconceptions about. Moreover, as Germany showed us, it’s best for proponents of choice go on offense rather than just hoping for the best. As I’m fairly ignorant when it comes to homeschooling, I interviewed a young...

New York City’s Minimum Wage Hike Idea Is Maximum Stupidity

By on Apr 16, 2015 | 1 comment

New York City comptroller Scott Stringer issued a report in support of a minimum wage hike. From Yahoo!: According the comptroller’s analysis, raising the minimum wage would impact 1.5 million New Yorkers and add a collective $10 billion to their salaries. Gee, sounds like a no-brainer! It begs the question though: if hiking the minimum wage leads to revenue increases for companies, why don’t said companies just simply pay their employees more? Simple: wages should be a function of the level of productivity (i.e., the revenue said labor brings to the business). Simply raising the costs of labor does not bring about an increase in revenue or productivity. Would paying a burger flipper $15 instead of the ~$9 he or she earns in NYC bring in more customers? An increase in the minimum wage would also save the city between $200 and $500 million annually in Food Stamps and Medicaid, and...

Marco Rubio and Rand Paul on Fiscal Reform

By on Apr 15, 2015 | 0 comments

It’s only a few weeks into the race for the Republican nomination for the 2016 presidential race and the field of candidates is already more interesting than it was in 2012. In the past  few days, Senators Rand Paul and Marco Rubio joined Senator Ted Cruz in a field that promises to become more crowded than any recent memory. In spite of the perhaps overwhelming number of candidates who could take the stage in debates this fall, there aren’t a lot of worn-out has-runs looking to get in the race – at least not among Republicans. Democrats can look forward to Hillary Clinton and possibly Joe Biden as early frontrunners. Will newcomers mean a new policy direction? Senators Paul and Rubio will argue that their respective candidates mean the answer is yes. Both have significant enough track records from their time in the Senate to draw some conclusions about their ideas and priorities,...

Hillary’s Announcement Video Is Not Very Good And Here’s Why

By on Apr 13, 2015 | 0 comments

Hillary Clinton surprised nobody when she made it official she is running for President in 2016. Rather than a live event, she opted for a video that was released via social media. It was a smart move to release it on Sunday. The Sunday news shows (which are still watched by tens of millions of people) spent most of the time talking about Hillary without being able to critique her announcement. When it finally happened, it wasn’t a personal video like she released in 2007. This was more of an ad: Some people thought it was good. Jimmy LaSalvia: That's a good video. (Reaches people on a personal level.) -> Getting Started: https://t.co/1dJvBe5vxn via @HillaryClinton — Jimmy LaSalvia (@JimmyLaSalvia) April 12, 2015 While the video is well put together in terms of production and doesn’t need Hillary to “introduce” herself to the public, there are...

3 Reasons School Choice Is Winning

By on Apr 9, 2015 | 0 comments

School choice is an issue that creates pretty strong divisions among proponents and opponents. But unlike standard issues such as taxes or education in general, school choice often creates alliances where you may not find them with any other issue. Most parents care deeply about the education their children get. If it means bucking the system in order to get their kids a quality education, they’re going to do it, political beliefs be damned. School choice support is winning in the court of public opinion: The American Federation for Children (AFC), the nation’s voice for educational choice, today released the findings of a new national poll conducted by Democratic polling firm Beck Research showing that nearly 70 percent of Americans support school choice. The poll comes on the eve of National School Choice Week and one year before the first votes are cast in the 2016...