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  • How a Debt Ceiling Debate Could Make the U.S. Economy Worse

    Nov 22, 2022. | By Will Hurd

    9 min read

    If the debt ceiling issue isn't resolved before the end of the year, it will be significantly harder to solve it if it’s punted into 2023. We cannot spend more money than we take in nor make interest payments forever without paying down our national debt. Fiscal responsibility is a precondition for a strong economy, and continuing on this path is a national security risk.

     

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  • Appropriations 101: How Congress Funds the Government

    Nov 21, 2022. | By Will Hurd

    5 min read

    The budget and appropriations cycle in the U.S. Congress is a complex and often unpredictable process that involves multiple actors, stages, and deadlines. Here is a simplified overview of the main steps:

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  • The One Thing to Do If You Didn’t Love Your Choices on Election Day

    Nov 04, 2022. | By Will Hurd

    4 min read

    The good news: the turnout in the 2022 election was higher than usual for a midterm election. People showed up even though midterm elections have historically low participation compared to presidential cycles. Our last midterms in 2018 had the highest voter turnout for a non-presidential contest in over one hundred years.

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  • The One Thing President Biden is Getting Consistently Wrong About Inflation

    Oct 27, 2022. | By Will Hurd

    3 min read

    If you had worked hard to save $200,000 in your 401k and it was invested in NASDAQ on the day Joe Biden became president in 2021, two weeks prior to the 2022 mid-term elections you would have had only around $158,000.

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  • If You Think the U.S. Blew Up the Nord Stream Pipeline, You’re Consuming Too Much Propaganda

    Oct 11, 2022. | By Will Hurd

    5 min read

    It's been seven months since Russia’s most recent invasion of Ukraine and Russian propaganda is working surprisingly well despite their military setbacks. Putin’s military and intelligence apparatus are experts in creating propaganda designed to misinform and manipulate public opinion. Recent examples have generated global debates on American involvement in sabotage, whether the Pope was advocating for appeasement, and if Elon Musk should stick to just talking about Mars.

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  • To Understand the Border Crisis, We Must Understand Asylum

    Sep 29, 2022. | By Will Hurd

    The fact that many folks are more upset about Governors Abbott and Desantis’s transporting-immigrants-from-Texas-to-blue-cities antics than they are about the yearslong crisis that has been happening at our southern border is an indication that too many people truly don't understand the depths of the problem, especially the issue of asylum. 

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  • Leadership and 9/11

    Sep 13, 2022. | By Will Hurd

    Two days after the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil, an attack that killed 2,977 Americans and injured thousands more, The Pew Research Center conducted their first poll on how 9/11 was impacting American psyche and culture. They have continued polling on this topic for twenty-one years.

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  • What’s Labor Day

    Aug 31, 2022. | By Will Hurd

    Labor Day is celebrated on the first Monday in September in the United States to honor workers and their contributions to the economy. The holiday originated during the Industrial Revolution in the 19th century, when workers were fighting for better working conditions and pay.

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  • Why President Biden Is the Worst Border Security President in the Last Two Decades

    Aug 22, 2022. | By Will Hurd

    In mid-August of this year the Biden Administration passed a milestone they are not celebrating -- 2 million encounters with individuals coming to this country illegally. This is almost double the previous record of 1,277,177 set last year and there is still a month and a half left in this fiscal yearSince President Biden took office, more than 3 million people have been encountered/apprehended entering the U.S. illegally from over 150 countries, and this number doesn't include "gotaways," the term CBP uses to describe those who enter the U.S. illegally and evade capture.

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  • The Best Energy Policy Begins with Us Not Listening to Nuts

    Aug 08, 2022. | By Will Hurd

    If the United States is going to maximize the advancement of our citizens while sustaining harmony with our planet, we have to stop listening to the nuts on the fringes (extreme environmentalists AND climate deniers) when it comes to energy policy and environmental issues. While conflict sells advertising on television and garners clicks on social media, it doesn’t help develop good policies that help all Americans. It’s time for our country to have an energy policy that is affordable, reliable, secure, and cements us as energy independent. 

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