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By Keith Plunkett | January 30th, 2019 at 2:28 pm

BY: Keith Plunkett / Editor

Keith Plunkett is a Policy Consultant, Editor, Writer, Founder and Publisher of MississippiPEP.com. http://mississippipep.com/profilegrid_blogs/keith-plunkett/

Filed Under: Civil Rights, Commentary, Contributor, Culture, Ethics, Feature Stories, Inspirational, Keith Plunkett, Liberty, Mississippi PEP, Opinion, Principles of Freedom

Politicians and public policy analysts aren’t the only place, or even the best place, to get a little sorely-needed perspective.

Targeted Tax Incentives: Perverse and Ineffective

By Peter Calcagno | January 21st, 2019 at 4:16 pm

BY: Peter Calcagno / Professor of Economics

Dr. Peter T. Calcagno is a professor of economics and Director of the Center for Public Choice & Market Process at the College of Charleston.

Filed Under: Business, Commentary, Contributor, Economic Development, Economy, Ethics, Feature Stories, Governor, Job Growth, MDA, Mississippi, Mississippi Municipalities, MS State Government, Opinion, Phil Bryant, Politics, Principles of Freedom, Property rights, Spending, Taxes

State governments need to reform their economic development policies to be market-friendly and attempt to attract all firms by offering greater overall economic freedom. By eliminating targeted tax incentives, states can reduce rent-seeking opportunities and potential political corruption while competing based on real market conditions that firms actually use to make their decisions. A state with a competitive tax system that attracts businesses and protects property across the board as opposed to being targeted or discriminatory will do more to reduce unemployment and generate economic growth than any targeted incentive.

MCPP Conducting Analysis Of Civil Asset Forfeiture Reports Since Creation Of Database

By Steve Wilson | January 17th, 2019 at 9:14 pm

BY: Steve Wilson / Investigative Editor - Mississippi Center for Public Policy

Steve Wilson is the Investigative Editor for Mississippi Center for Public Policy.

Filed Under: Civil Rights, Contributor, Ethics, Justice, Law Enforcement, Legislature, Liberty, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, MS Bureau of Narcotics, MS State Government, News, Principles of Freedom, Property rights, Public Safety

There are no requirements that law enforcement agencies list the type of drug that was involved with the seizure, the circumstances of the seizure or whether charges were filed in connection with the seizure.

Of the 315 forfeitures listed in the database up to December 31, only 137 listed the drug that led to the forfeiture. On the boilerplate notice of intent for forfeit used by many agencies such as the MBN, there is a blank line for listing what drug was involved. Most of the time, it was left blank.

Also, only 91 out of the 315 listed the circumstances that led to the forfeiture, such as a traffic stop or an outstanding felony warrant.

Hey, Democrats, If You’re Going To Use A Religious Test, Tell Us What It Is

By Bryan Fischer | January 15th, 2019 at 7:13 pm

BY: Bryan Fischer / Contributor

Bryan Fischer is the host of the daily 'Focal Point' radio talk program on AFR Talk, a division of the American Family Association. 'Focal Point' airs live from 1-3 pm.

Filed Under: Bryan Fischer, Christianity, Commentary, Contributor, Democrats, Ethics, Faith, Feature Stories, Federal Government, Mississippi PEP, National, Opinion, Politics, US Congress

Senators are welcome to use their religious convictions as a guide to their vote on nominees. If they think it’s unacceptable for a federal judge to be a committed Roman Catholic, they are welcome to their view and certainly may vote accordingly. But then they must not criticize senators – or voters such as myself – who would politely decline to vote for a Muslim nominee on similar grounds, namely that the values of the Muslim religion are incompatible with public service in the United States.

Extending Green Energy Subsidies Is Six Times The Costs Of A Border Wall

By MississippI PEP Staff | January 14th, 2019 at 5:00 pm

BY: MississippI PEP Staff /

The MS PEP Staff consists of a number of volunteers across the state dedicated to sharing news and commentary important to conservatives.

Filed Under: Budget, Democrats, Economic Development, Economy, Ethics, Federal Government, Immigration, National, News, Republican, Spending, Taxes, US Congress

Based on committee estimates, continuing solar and wind tax subsidies is nearly six times the $5.7 billion Trump is asking from Congress for a border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Have You Ever Been Alone With God?

By Oswald Chambers | January 13th, 2019 at 7:30 am

BY: Oswald Chambers / Minister

Oswald Chambers (July 24, 1874 – November 15, 1917) was an early twentieth-century Scottish Baptist and Holiness Movement evangelist and teacher, best known for the devotional My Utmost for His Highest.

Filed Under: Christianity, Commentary, Culture, Devotional Study, Ethics, Faith, Influencing Institutions, Inspirational, Mississippi PEP, Principles of Freedom, Religion, Virtue

Your brother’s sorrows and perplexities are an absolute confusion to you. We imagine we understand where the other person is, until God gives us a dose of the plague of our own hearts. There are whole tracts of stubbornness and ignorance to be revealed by the Holy Spirit in each one of us, and it can only be done when Jesus gets us alone. Jesus can expound nothing until we get through all the noisy questions of the head and are alone with Him.

Locked Out Of Twitter For Telling The Truth About Islam

By Bryan Fischer | January 8th, 2019 at 10:37 am

BY: Bryan Fischer / Contributor

Bryan Fischer is the host of the daily 'Focal Point' radio talk program on AFR Talk, a division of the American Family Association. 'Focal Point' airs live from 1-3 pm.

Filed Under: Bryan Fischer, Christianity, Commentary, Contributor, Culture, Ethics, Faith, Feature Stories, Mississippi PEP, Opinion

Most of the people I follow on Twitter who have been incarcerated have submitted to removing “offensive” Tweets just to get their privileges back. Well, I’m not going to do it. I will not agree to remove Tweets that do nothing more than declare the truth about anything, including homosexuality and Islam.

“And Every Virtue We Possess”

By Oswald Chambers | December 30th, 2018 at 6:55 am

BY: Oswald Chambers / Minister

Oswald Chambers (July 24, 1874 – November 15, 1917) was an early twentieth-century Scottish Baptist and Holiness Movement evangelist and teacher, best known for the devotional My Utmost for His Highest.

Filed Under: Christianity, Culture, Devotional Study, Ethics, Faith, Inspirational, Mississippi PEP

We want to cling to our natural virtues, while all the time God is trying to get us in contact with the life of Jesus Christ— a life that can never be described in terms of natural virtues.

The Two Confusing Definitions of Racism

By BJ Campbell | December 14th, 2018 at 11:22 pm

BY: BJ Campbell / Contributor

BJ Campbell publishes online at Freakoutery.com.

Filed Under: Civil Rights, Commentary, Contributor, Ethics, Justice, Liberty, Opinion, Race, Social Justice

The only path I see to a better tomorrow is to eliminate the prejudice itself, and then the power won’t matter. Or, if it does matter, then the only group definition we need is (more powerful) vs (less powerful), and we identify different ways to address that issue economically instead of socially. But we can’t get to a point in the conversation where we discuss the relative strength and weakness if everyone is talking past each other like happens now.