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Lewis M. Andrews - November 17, 2016

The Government May Be Allowed to Ban Books and Movies

Bradley A. Smith - November 7, 2016

Believe it or not, this election will determine whether political appointees can prohibit books and movies released during election years that criticize their policies or behavior.

It’s well known that Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission concerns the role of money in politics, but it’s less often remarked that the decision centered around a 2008 film called “Hillary: The Movie,” a documentary critical of Mrs. Clinton. Arguing against Citizens United, a conservative non-profit, the Federal Election Commission made the case that because a film, such as “Hillary: The Movie,” was produced or distributed by a corporation (as are all commercial documentaries), it could be prohibited by the government. At oral argument, they went so far as to argue that such a ban could extend to books, pamphlets, and Internet sites produced or distributed by corporations. Fortunately, the Supreme Court said no. Unfortunately, four justices dissented from that common sense First Amendment ruling.

With the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia earlier this year, however, the court is now split 4-4 on this issue. If given the chance, the four liberal justices would likely vote to overturn the decision. 

Earlier this year, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg reasserted: “I’d love to see Citizens United overruled.”  Similarly, Justice Stephen Breyer has said that without the ability to ban these types of independent expenditures, he knows of no way to make campaign finance regulations work and constrain campaign spending.

No, Bad Trade Deals Aren't Good for America

Peter Navarro - November 3, 2016

In what has become now a standard page out of the tired Clinton playbook, the Clinton campaign has released a letter from over 300 pro-offshoring economists denouncing Donald Trump. This appears to be a belated Hail Mary response to a September 26th letter from over 300 economists insisting “Hillary Clinton’s economic agenda is wrong for America.”

A close look at this later indicates a clear case of the dog that didn’t bark. The letter was very careful not to support Hillary Clinton’s economic plan, and it’s no secret why.

You don’t need Econ 101 to know Hillary Clinton’s plan to raise taxes, increase regulation, raise energy and electricity prices by shutting down our fossil fuel industries, and continue to ship our jobs and factories overseas through bad trade deals will reduce growth, continue stagnant wages, and leave our government without the economic growth it needs to pay for everything from new infrastructure to national defense.

You don’t need a Ph.D. in economics to know Trump’s plan to cut taxes, reduce regulation, increase oil, gas, and clean coal production, and eliminate our trade deficit by increasing exports and reducing imports will significantly increase growth, boost wages, and generate trillions in new tax revenues.