1. Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton Wrong on Infrastructure Spending - by FreedomWorks Senior Economic Contributor Stephen Moore via The Washington Times
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump don’t agree on much of anything, but there is one area where they have a meeting of the minds: they both want to spend way more on public works programs. Hillary Clinton says that her primary jobs stimulus will be a massive $275 billion-plus infrastructure spending binge. Donald Trump one-upped Hillary last week promising to spend twice that amount. He says the money is necessary because of crumbling roads and “bridges that are falling down.”
It’s a rare source of agreement, so wouldn’t you know it: they’re both wrong.
If our infrastructure is crumbling, it surely isn’t because the federal government is spending too little money. Public works projects were supposed to be the centerpiece of the Obama $830 billion stimulus bill. We were promised “shovel-ready” jobs. Remember that? But job growth has remained abysmal for seven years. So what happened to all that money? No one in Washington wants to ask or answer. Read more here...
2. Report: Hillary Clinton's 12 Top Spending Plans Mean Over $2 Trillion in Extra Debt - via Breitbart
Fiscal analysis by American Action Forum revealed that Hillary Clinton’s tax and spend proposal will drag the economy and generate $2.153 trillion in new federal debt over a 10-year projection.
“Nearly eight years of higher taxes and a skyrocketing national debt should be enough to show that a so-called ‘progressive’ vision for the nation does little more than lead to weak economic growth and fewer opportunities for all Americans,” said Adam Brandon, the CEO of FreedomWorks, the largest network of activists advocating the principles of smaller government, lower taxes, free markets, personal liberty and the rule of law.
“The tax and spending plans that Hillary Clinton has put forward only continue these failed policies, leading to even more deficits and debt,” Brandon continued. Read more here...
FreedomWorks' Book Club Spotlight: "Our Lost Constitution: The Willful Subversion of America's Founding Document"
In Our Lost Constitution, Senator Mike Lee tells the dramatic, little-known stories behind six of the Constitution’s most indispensable provisions. He shows their rise. He shows their fall. And he makes vividly clear how nearly every abuse of federal power today is rooted in neglect of this Lost Constitution. Get your copy here...
3. Reforming the Digital Millennial Copyright Act - by Dr. Wayne Brough via Real Clear Policy
Millennials are a disruptive generation. They are the first generation to abandon landline telephones in favor wireless smartphones, the first to cut the cord with pay-TV, and the first to turn to the Internet as their go-to source for music and video entertainment. These trends have many old school industries not just puzzled, but incensed that millennials do not respect the rights of those creating the content they consume.
In fact, the music industry sent a letter to Congress signed by a host of the industry’s biggest stars calling for reform of the Digital Millennial Copyright Act (DMCA), which was enacted to address online copyright issues. Piracy is a real concern, but any reforms need to acknowledge the realities of today’s markets — especially the fact that, in today’s world, content creators are everywhere and unnecessary restrictions favoring one specific business model can hamper creativity elsewhere. Read more here...
4. The FDA's New Overreaching Regulations on Vaping Products Harm Public Health and Destroy Innovative Small Businesses - by Kenny Stein
On August 8, the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) new rules on vaping products go into effect. Federal law gives the FDA the power to regulate “tobacco products,” and the new rules cover a long list of products that the FDA is now deeming tobacco products. In a leap of logic that only a regulator could understand, the FDA will apply its “tobacco” regulations to products that do not contain tobacco, such as e-cigarettes and other vaping products. How can this be possible? Well in the mind of a regulator in Washington, the idea that a product or activity might not be subject to regulation is a foreign concept.
The Tobacco Control Act of 2009 gave the FDA regulatory authority over tobacco products, specifically listing obvious candidates like cigarette tobacco and smokeless tobacco. For additional tobacco products, the law gave the FDA the power to “deem” other types of tobacco as subject to tobacco product regulations. In May 2016, the FDA announced the list of products they now will be deeming tobacco products, including a number of e-cigarette and vaping products which do not contain tobacco. Read more here...
5. Jailing of Rape Victim Could Spur Criminal Justice Reform in Texas - via Reason
Texas may get a revision to its witness detention laws after a Harris County rape victim was held in jail for nearly a month, including over Christmas, because prosecutors worried she may not testify against her attacker unless forced to. The attacker, Keith Hendricks, was ultimately convicted and sentenced to life in prison. The victim, "Jenny," went on to file a federal lawsuit against Harris County. According to the lawsuit, Jenny—who suffers from mental health issues—was jailed for 27 days after an emotional breakdown on the witness stand made prosecutors doubt she would return to court.
While confined, Jenny was held in a general-population facility where she was attacked and given a black eye by another inmate, had an altercation with a jail guard, and was regularly refused psychiatric medication, her lawsuit claims.
The case has spurred Texas state Sens. Joan Huffman (R-Houston) and John Whitmire (D-Houston) to push for reforms to witness attachment orders, the process by which witnesses may be jailed prior to in-court testimony. Such orders, officially known as writs of attachment, are "a rarely used, but extremely vital tool for attorneys to ensure the testimony of a witness," said Huffman. Yet they "should only be used when there is no other way to hear testimony that is critical to public safety or in the best interest of the public" and only in a way that assures witnesses' rights are protected. Read more here...
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