Kimberley Strassel in Las Vegas!
NPRI is welcoming the Wall Street Journal’s Kimberley Strassel back to Nevada to speak to our supporters about the abusive, corrupt and downright arrogant nature of big government this September! Kimberley’s bombshell reporting in the Wall Street Journal over the last several months has chronicled the vast abuse of power within the FBI during the 2016 election, and her best-selling book The Intimidation Game demonstrates just how far people in power will go to keep the rest of us quiet. Kimberley will be speaking at our Anniversary Celebration in Las Vegas on September 20th, so don’t miss the opportunity to hear her document the plague of corruption, power abuse and political bias now besetting the nation! (Click here to register.)
In recent months, the world’s largest social-media companies have accelerated their crusade against anything they deem “hate speech,” online bullying or fake news. So-called “community guidelines” — written by progressive elites atop these giant tech empires — are increasingly being used as a tool to censor political speech that dares challenge progressivism’s “politically correct” dogmas of the moment. However, not all is lost for liberty-loving users of these platforms. After all, the social media industry is still in its infancy. Tech giants like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter won’t be running the show forever. So what will replace these Silicon Valley titans? Well, that depends on whether or not we teach the next wave of innovators to truly respect free speech. (Read more)
Fiscal and taxes
More than 10 percent of state and local governments’ combined own-source revenue is used to fund the state’s Public Employee Retirement System. That’s almost $2 billion per year that you and I are paying to fund the system — and yet the agency has systematically worked to keep its operations hidden from public view. (Using your tax dollars to do so, by the way.) So what, exactly, is PERS trying to hide from the people who fund it? (Read more)
Justice and law
The nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the US Supreme Court has turned into a partisan political brawl. New Jersey Democrat Senator Cory Booker, for example, has even gone so far as to say that voting to confirm Kavanaugh would make one “complicit in evil.” But not everyone on the progressive left is so partisan about Trump’s pick for the highest court in the nation. Self-described feminist Lisa Blatt, writing in Politico, described Judge Kavanaugh as a “superstar,” adding that his confirmation ought to proceed without drama. “The Senate should confirm him,” she writes, “because he will do the job with dignity, intelligence, empathy and integrity.” (Read more)
One Canadian province has put an early end to its experiment with a universal basic income (UBI) welfare program. Despite originally being planned as a three-year pilot program, Ontario’s experiment has been deep-sixed after just one year. According to Provincial Social Services Minister Lisa MacLeod, the reason was simple: “It was certainly not going to be sustainable.” The announcement came just months after Finland closed down their version of a UBI program for similar reasons. Nonetheless, many cities and countries are still toying with the idea of their own UBI experiments. Here in the states, Chicago has discussed the possibility, and Stockton, California, has already prepared plans for its own program. (Read more)