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Gov. Daugaard Earns ‘C’ in Fiscal Policy

Bob Ellis

The Cato Institute has released its latest Fiscal Policy Report Card on America's Governors. The grade is based on seven items: two spending, one revenue, and four based on tax rates. Governors who cut taxes and spending most received an "A" and those who increased taxes and spending most received an "F".

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Watch Out for the Fall Lame Duck Budget

Robert Romano

Congressional Democrats want to kick the can into the post-election, lame duck period, so they can use another anticipated shutdown to their advantage to achieve their budget priorities without having to worry about voter backlash. Yet, Congressional Republicans would be foolish to accept such a deal. But if House Republicans fear a shutdown hurting their chances in November, expect them to get rolled in budget negotiations.

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Spending Goes Up But the Budget Doesn’t Balance

Rick Manning

The federal government released the good news that revenue collections have reached an all-time high with total receipts of $1.935 trillion from October 1, 2013 to the end of May. Yet, even with this unprecedented flow of cash into the nation’s Treasury, the October-May deficit is an astounding $436 billion with May’s deficit alone totaling almost $130 billion.

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Mark Levin’s ‘Liberty’ Amendments: Legalizing Tyranny

Publius Huldah

For 100 years, the federal government has usurped powers not delegated to it in our Constitution. What should we do about it? Should we reclaim our existing Constitution and put an end to the usurpations? Or should we “modernize” the Constitution by delegating to the federal government the powers it has usurped – so as to legalize what is now unconstitutional?

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Balanced Budget Amendments (BBA) Gut Our Constitution And Don’t Reduce Spending

Publius Huldah

While well-intentioned, all existing versions of a balanced budget amendment take the focus off the Article 1 Section 8 constitutional spending of the federal government and assume the federal government can spend taxpayer money on whatever it wants so long as the budget is balanced. This guts the protections the founders built into the U.S. Constitution.

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Feckless House Republicans: Punt on Debt Ceiling, Power of Purse

Robert Romano

Last August, before a partial government shutdown occurred in the ill-fated attempt to defund Obamacare, House Republican leaders were reportedly urging their conference to just wait for the debt ceiling, that that would be the time to achieve some concessions. Apparently, what House leaders finally determined could be accomplished on the debt ceiling was in fact nothing.

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Constitutional Convention Bills Pass South Dakota Committee

Bob Ellis

Two of three bills scheduled to be heard in committee dealing with an Article V Constitutional Convention were passed by the South Dakota House State Affairs committee Friday. One called called for a convention to produce a balanced budget amendment, and the other was to limit the authority of convention delegates. The third was deferred until Monday.

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Balancing the Budget?

Publius Huldah

The stated purpose of Compact for America, Inc. is to get a balanced budget amendment (BBA) ratified. Here is their proposed BBA. State Legislators recently introduced it in Arizona. The gap between what this BBA pretends to do - and what it actually does - is enormous. It has nothing to do with “balancing the budget” – it is about slipping in a new national sales tax or value-added tax in addition to the existing federal income tax.

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How to Balance the Budget

Michael Peroutka

In a recent conversation, a member of Congress told me that he thought the original Constitution was flawed because it did not require a balanced federal budget. Therefore, he was in favor of a Balanced Budget Amendment and saw this as a way to limit the runaway spending of the Congress. I bring up this conversation as an example of what you might call "over-looking the obvious"—or "not being able to see the forest because all the trees are in the way.”

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How Democrats and Republicans Wasted Your Money in 2013

Bob Ellis

Liberals in both parties claim there is simply nothing left to cut from our oh-so-lean $3.45 TRILLION federal budget. Since "Republicans" are going along with effectively doing away with even the miniscule sequester cuts and spending even more of your money next year, it isn't just Democrats who are wasting your money, but also the "Republicans" you elected to hold the line on spending and the growth of government.

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‘LGBT’: ‘T’ as in Tyranny

J. Matt Barber

Tranny tyranny. Strike that. “LGBT” tyranny. Lesbian, gay, bisexual tyranny. That, generally speaking, is what’s on display in Houston right now. But trust me: Unlike Vegas, what happens in Houston will, most definitely, not stay in Houston – not if Democrats continue to have their way.

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Kansas Senate race is a national election

Star Parker

Former Democrat House Speaker Tip O’Neill’s political wisdom that "All politics is local" has been a staple in political thinking for many years. But the truth of the matter is that, regarding elections for national office, politics is really, today, a national business.

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There’s No Shame in his Game!

A.J. Castellitto

Our founding fathers viewed government as a necessary evil. The Constitution was designed to protect and preserve the individual rights of the person. The founders ultimately wanted to form a government they could protect themselves from. An essential aspect of preserving individual liberty is too often overlooked in our day.

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Govt Orders Ministers: Counterfeit Marriage or Jail

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Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed a federal lawsuit and a motion for a temporary restraining order Friday to stop officials in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, from forcing two ordained Christian ministers to perform wedding ceremonies for same-sex couples. City officials told Donald Knapp that he and his wife Evelyn, both ordained ministers who run Hitching Post Wedding Chapel, are required to perform such ceremonies or face months in jail and/or thousands of dollars in fines.

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What Real Republicans Look Like

Bob Ellis

This is what a pair of real Republicans look like. From South Dakota's District 35, Chip Campbell and Lynne DiSanto. Unapologetically standing for limited government, low taxes, traditional marriage, the Second Amendment and local control.

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