Japan’s Consumption Tax Hike
On Tuesday, Japan is set to hike its consumption tax to a whopping 10-percent. The previous increase from five to the current eight percent happened just five years ago in 2014 but the Abe administration is facing out of control government spending and a 250-percent national debt to GDP ratio—the highest in the world. These levels of spending can be traced to cronyism and Keynesian economic practices and so tax increases are inevitable unless the people hold the government accountable. Unfortunately, no government can out tax its stupidity.
Protests and Props
Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old climate activist, landed in New York this month to rally against the supposed “inaction” of several nations against climate change. She organized a climate strike and testified before Congress and the UN’s “Climate Action Summit.” While international media praised her speech, many were critical of the young speaker for her socialist policy prescriptions and for her fear-mongering. An unfortunate few on the right chose to mock her appearance and speech patterns, but that doesn’t redeem her parents for parading a child around for political gain or the Left for using a child’s mental condition as a shield against criticism.
Trump Should Be Investigated
Donald Trump is facing the greatest challenge of his Presidency yet. This month, a whistleblower complaint alleged that during a phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, President Trump used taxpayer-funded military aid as leverage to get dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden. Last week, the transcript of the call was released and answered fewer questions about the claim of a quid-pro-quo than it created. The Trump supporters who claim that the transcript exonerates the President are kidding themselves. The Democrats claiming that the transcript is damning evidence of a quid-pro-quo are kidding themselves too. We simply need more information to make a determination whether or not an impeachment vote is necessary.
We Have Taken Freedom For Granted
These past few months have proven apocalyptic for residents of Hong Kong. Their daily protests, almost all of which have included police violence, have thrust the region into international headlines. Inspiring scenes of marchers flying American flags and roaring the Star-Spangled Banner restored patriotism among most American onlookers. One American woman, though, lectured the pro-freedom activists in a video where she accuses them of valuing, “freedom more than safety.” Spoken straight from the privilege of cushy America, this woman has likely never known a time where her freedom was brought into question. She represents an America that is begging to have their freedoms stripped to feel safer. She represents an America that turns their collective backs on the warnings of our Founding Fathers even when face-to-face with the evils of totalitarianism.
DC Climate Protests Were A Joke
As everyone knows, we are going to die in 12 years from climate change. In order to stand up for this terrible injustice, a group called “Shut Down D.C.” took to the streets to disrupt traffic, set a dumpster on fire, twerk, litter, and chain themselves to a boat. You know, implementing change. They say cars hurt the environment but, by backing up traffic, they caused cars to be on the road for longer than they would have been. My personal favorite, though, was a man twerking in the middle of an intersection. For a group claiming a mass extinction is on the horizon, they don’t seem too worried about it to me.
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