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A Laffer-Curve Relationship between Welfare Spending and Poverty

The welfare state is bad news. It’s bad for taxpayers and it’s bad for recipients. It’s also bad for the economy since prosperity is in part a function of the quantity of labor that is productively employed. As such, government programs that lure people into dependency obviously reduce national economic output. We can get a […]

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Maine and Wisconsin Show How to Reduce Food Stamp Dependency

For a wide range of reasons, the federal government should get out of the redistribution racket. Welfare programs are costly, but they’re also not among the enumerated powers granted to the federal government by the Constitution. But for those who don’t care whether the nation abides by its legal rule book, there’s also a very […]

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Europe, Welfare Migration, and Hypocrisy

Taxpayers don’t like coughing up big amounts of money so other people can choose not to work. And they really get upset when welfare payments are so generous that newcomers are encouraged to climb in the wagon of government dependency. This has an effect on the immigration debate in the United States. Most Americans presumably […]

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Is It Time To Admit Character Doesn’t Matter?

Sadly, this is pretty much true. In some ways, we have been lying to ourselves all my life, and likely much longer. […] Maybe we vote largely on policy or, as they say, an assessment as to which candidate is best for our wallet, but character is a deal-breaker. Bad character equals no vote, it is […]

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Obama, Redistribution, and Jobs: Always Wrong, Never in Doubt

Let’s dig into the issue of whether the United States should become more like France. In a 2014 study for the National Bureau of Economic Research, Stanford University’s Robert Hall wrote about America’s sub-par economic performance. His opening line was basically a preemptive refutation of Obama’s claim – made during the State-of-the-Union Address – that […]

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Conservative Comedy 1/8/16

It’s Conservative Comedy time at the Strident Conservative where I bring you some of the best conservative political and religious comedy, jokes, and satire on the internet, sure to provide a good laugh to begin your weekend. Barack Obama took…

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