Making History – Not Fiscal Policy
Jeremy Alford - BR Business Report | June 2018

John Bel Edwards of Tangipahoa Parish made his mark upon Louisiana history before he was ever sworn in more than two years ago. And he has continued to do the same since moving into the Governor’s Mansion in Baton Rouge.

Whether you hate Democrats like Edwards (I hope not, because “hate” is a strong word for someone you probably don’t personally know) or love having one in office here in the Deep South, it’s difficult to deny the importance of these milestones. But if we’re reviewing accomplishments, the list is significantly thinner on the fiscal policy side.

Most of this term, on the fiscal policy front, has been consumed with the almighty blame game. The House GOP claims the governor’s so-called tax-and-spend proposals just won’t fly in a conservative body. The administration counters that the House is being guided by a “gang of no” and a small handful of legislators who want to see Baton Rouge burn.

The Senate, meanwhile, just wants a piece of the action. Most all budget and tax measures must begin in the House, which has created a long-running waiting game in the upper chamber, where some members blame the governor and many more are pointing fingers at the House.

Edwards, for his part, is still trying to influence the process and, more importantly, lawmakers, like he did earlier this month when he uttered this line: “There can only be one quarterback, and I’m calling the play.”

 

Of Borders and Boundaries
The Denison Forum | June 2018

Image: screen-capture - Denison Forum.

The immigration crisis unfolding on the US-Mexico border continues to dominate the news. Nearly two thousand children have been separated from their parents since a “zero tolerance” policy was adopted for those entering the US illegally.

Last month, after Homeland Security reported a 203 percent increase in illegal border crossings over the past year, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a “zero tolerance” policy directing Homeland Security officials to prosecute all cases of illegal entry into the US. Few exceptions were made for parents traveling with minor children.

Response has been strong and emotional.

God’s word calls us to obey the government. Border security is biblical. (See Proverbs 22:28; 23:10) At the same time, Scripture commands us: “You shall not wrong a sojourner or oppress him” The Bible says that God “loves the sojourner” and instructs us: “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers.”

The issue becomes even more complex when children are involved.

There seem to be three basic alternatives:

  • One: The government could choose not to prosecute illegal immigrants with children. However, we are a nation of laws. And we do not want to escalate the number of families attempting to enter the US illegally.
  • Two: The government could incarcerate and prosecute all parents who are illegal immigrants while placing their children in separate facilities (the current policy).
  • Three: The government could prosecute all illegal immigrants but keep families together in temporary shelters while their cases are pending, an approach Sen. Ted Cruz and other senators are supporting. Manpower could be increased to process immigrants as quickly as possible; asylum cases could be expedited.

According to the biblical worldview, when we are forced to choose between options, choose life. We are a nation of laws, but our laws are intended to serve our people.

Laura Bush concluded her op-ed: “In 2018, can we not as a nation find a kinder, more compassionate and more moral answer to this current crisis? I, for one, believe we can.” I am praying she’s right.

 

Southern Poverty Law Center Apologizes!
National Review | June 2018

Maajid Nawaz on the April 18, 2018, edition of the Joe Rogan Experience podcast. (via YouTube)

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has reached a settlement with liberal Islamic reformer Maajid Nawaz and his organization, the Quilliam Foundation, for wrongly including them on its now-defunct list of “anti-Muslim extremists.”

The SPLC announced Monday that it has agreed to pay Nawaz and Quilliam $3.375 million “to fund their work to fight anti-Muslim bigotry and extremism.” The settlement was the result of a lawsuit Nawaz filed in April over his inclusion on the SPLC’s “Field Guide to Anti-Muslim Extremists.”

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins released this statement, "The Southern Poverty has long been the Left's pit bull — resorting to smears and a hate map to advance its liberal political agenda. But its falsehoods and dangerous tactics have finally caught up with them — with the group doling out millions in a defamation settlement. Even after this massive payout, the SPLC continues to sit on hundreds of millions of dollars (much of it offshore) that they use to advance their liberal policy agenda and their attacks on the opponents. This public acknowledgment of their defamatory actions leave the media and big business with no excuse in continuing to use the SPLC as an objective, independent source."

 

LFF Joins Battle Against Online Censorship
LFF Commentary | June 2018

Louisiana Family Forum has joined with the Media Research Center (MRC) and the Conservatives Against Online Censorship, in calling on tech giants Google, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to release blueprints by September 1 for how they will address the four following key areas of concern:

  • Provide Transparency
  • Provide Clarity on ‘Hate Speech’
  • Provide Equal Footing for Conservatives:
  • Mirror the First Amendment

In April, the Media Research Center released an extensive report documenting incidents of bias and censorship against conservatives by Google, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Since its release, Facebook and Google have met with key members of the coalition and have begun to take steps toward rectifying some of the issues listed in the report. To date, Twitter has been unresponsive.

“While some progress has been made, our coalition and the conservative movement need to see a tangible commitment to change from all of these tech companies. We are calling on Google, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube lay out the steps they plan to take to ensure their platforms are a place for conservatives and liberals alike,” said Media Research Center President Brent Bozell. “If Google, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube want to earn back the trust of the American people, they need to show us they are serious about eliminating bias and tackling the concerns expressed by the conservative movement. It is not enough to simply say you will do it. We need to know how you will get it done.”

 
 

"The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly"

—Abraham Lincoln

 

Will a bill to extend a portion of an expiring one penny of state sales tax pass this special session?

  • Yes.
  • No.
  • It's anyone's guess at this point.
 

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