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Poll: Trump would beat Hillary, again

By Guy Benson

Consumers of mainstream media have been treated to a steady diet of Trump voters expressing doubts, frustrations and regrets over the myriad ‘betrayals’ of his early presidency. But a fresh national survey from the Washington Post and ABC News demonstrates that these cherry-picked examples represent just two percent of Trump’s 2016 backers.

With near unanimity, virtually every American who pulled the lever for Trump in November does not regret the decision. Indeed, the poll shows that in spite of all of the controversy, mass demonstrations, media hostility and popular culture ridicule, if the same pool of voters were to do it all over again today, Donald Trump would once again defeat Hillary Clinton.

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01
May
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Monuments are part of history

By Sammy J. Franklin

In the dark of night, workers started removing statues honoring the Confederate history in the City of New Orleans last week. Four monuments are on tap to be removed following a vote of the City Council and Mayor of New Orleans.

All of this is being done in the name of political correctness. But to me, the monuments are just a part of the history of the south. Removing a few statues does not alter history.

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Mon
24
Apr
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Trump budget drains the swamp

By Stephen Moore

Everyone in Washington hates Donald Trump’s new budget. So it must have something going for it. This is a budget plan that will surgically remove trillions of dollars of wasteful spending from the obese $3.9 trillion federal budget. Many agencies will have to live with cuts of 5, 10 and 30 percent, while other outdated, duplicative or unproductive programs will go to the graveyard.

It’s a gutsy document that takes on the hoards of special-interest groups that populate Washington, D.C. The Washington metropolitan workforce will shrink, and so the town is in cardiac arrest. The Washington Post quoted an unnamed “official” who said that his fellow workers at the Department of Housing and Urban Development were feeling “demoralized.” Boohoo. Then the anonymous bureaucrat added: “This is just a tough, tough time. HUD is no different than any other domestic agency in just feeling as though these cuts are all very arbitrary and unnecessary.”

Mon
24
Apr
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Litter is a citizens’ problem

By Sammy J. Franklin

A few weeks ago, I had a friend ask me at church why I didn’t do an article on the litter problem, which exists in LaSalle Parish, and all of Louisiana, for that fact.

I have written articles before about the problem and our officials have done what they felt they could do to eliminate with the problem, but really it all boils down to being a citizens’ problem.

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17
Apr
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Government makes the poor poorer

By Stephen Moore

For all the obsessing in Washington over income inequality, why isn’t there more outrage over government policies that exacerbate the problem? There are hundreds of programs that increase poverty in America. Last week, at the Heritage Foundation forum on this very topic, my colleagues exposed many of these programs.

Economist Don Boudreaux of George Mason University unmasked two such policies. One is trade protectionism. Trade barriers raise prices and act as a regressive tax on Americans, Boudreaux explains. They also stunt the very process of innovation that makes goods and services widely available to people at affordable prices to begin with. Think about the consumers who shop for those everyday low prices at Wal-Mart: They’re not Hillary Clinton.

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17
Apr
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inexpenI’ve learned a lot in my lifetime

By Sammy J. Franklin

A faithful reader forwarded me an email the other day with a column written by the late Andy Rooney. We may have printed this before, but it is worth re-printing. It contains some gems.

Rooney wrote:

I’ve learned - That the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.

I’ve learned - That when you’re in love, it shows.

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Mon
10
Apr
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Conservatives must celebrate

By Dennis Prager

Do conservatives -- or non-leftists, for that matter -- appreciate just how terrific Donald Trump has been as president? And how lucky we are that he won the presidency?

I don’t know the answer.

What I do know is that they ought to be deeply appreciative of him, and deeply grateful for luck or providence, and certainly for Trump himself, that he was elected president. First, it is unlikely that any other Republican would have defeated Hillary Clinton.

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10
Apr
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Enjoying the beauty of spring

By Sammy J. Franklin

The spring of the year is a favorite season for many people, and it is certainly easy to understand why this is so. To me, spring and fall are my favorite times of the year. We officially welcomed spring a few weeks ago.

Spring is when the earth comes back to life after a long cold winter, and it is in spring when the first flowers begin to bloom and the green world begins to return after its winter slumber.

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03
Apr
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Purists kill whatever they believe in

By Dennis Prager

According to The New York Times, 10 moderates, 15 conservatives, and eight other Republicans would have voted against the Republican repeal and replace Obamacare bill. So, then, 15 or so conservatives made it impossible to pass the bill favored by nearly every other Republican and by President Donald Trump. If that is the case, what we have here is another conservative example of purism and principle damaging another major opportunity to do good.

The first purist conservative example were the Never-Trumpers, who believed it was better for Hillary Clinton to be elected president and for the Left to have four more years of presidential power than for Donald Trump to win.

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Investing in education is important

By Sammy J. Franklin

Education is more than reading, writing and arithmetic. It is one of the most important investments we can make in our young people.

I have always been impressed and proud of the folks in LaSalle Parish that have supported education. I don’t think I ever remember voters turning down a tax issue or renewal, which was dedicated toward improving our education system.

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