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Trump, Obama, and NATO: American Isolationism and Estrangement toward the Atlantic Alliance

NATO is vital to peace and prosperity in the U.S. and Europe. It safeguards the largest trading relationship in the world, ensures prosperity for Americans and Europeans alike, and deters and contains conflicts. This is something Donald Trump and Barack Obama should consider before engaging in isolationist and dismissive rhetoric about the Alliance. Such talk […]

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Dump the Essential Health Benefits Mandate from Obamacare

Want to Attack Rising Health Insurance Premiums? Sign My Petition to Dump the Essential Health Benefits Rule from Obamacare. Health insurance premiums keep rising. Industry studies show higher premiums across the country by an average of 41% in 2013 on individuals and 11-12% in 2014 in the individual and small group markets. In 2015, those […]

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Free and Fair Market? Not if it is Health Insurance in Idaho

Imagine you live in a world where you can only buy food, gas, and other supplies for your family a few months out of the year. This is not due to bad weather, a workers strike, or a terrorist attack somewhere in the world. You might think this makes no sense. After all, these goods […]

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The Statesman should not second-guess our vote for Randy Folwell

LETTER TO THE EDITOR by Steve Ackerman. REPLY by Bob Neugebauer. On May 26, the Ada County Republican Central Committee held an election to recommend candidates for sheriff to the county commissioners. Randy Folwell and Steve Bartlett were presented to us. We reviewed the records of these two good candidates, listened to their statements, and asked […]

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Letter to the Legislature on the Grocery Tax

Dear Members of the Legislature: I write to you today, urging the elimination of the tax on groceries. I cite four reasons for doing so: 1) The tax on groceries disproportionately hurts working poor families; 2) Idaho’s low income levels make regressive taxes like sales taxes more onerous; 3) Increased economic activity will generate more […]