Partial Medicaid Expansion Would Increase Federal Costs

By James Capretta | January 16th, 2019 at 11:46 pm

BY: James Capretta / Real Clear Policy — Contributor

James C. Capretta is a RealClearPolicy Contributor and a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.

Filed Under: Commentary, Contributor, Federal Government, health, Insurance, Medicaid, Mississippi PEP, MS State Government, National, Obamacare, Opinion, Politics, Spending, US Congress

It would be better if partial Medicaid expansion were pursued as a legislative change rather than an allowable state waiver because, in legislation, Congress could offset the added federal expense with cost-reducing reforms. Among other things, Congress could cut costs by limiting the use of tax schemes intended to circumvent the states’ matching payment requirements.

The Supreme Court’s decision in 2012 disrupted the plan to establish a national standard of Medicaid eligibility. The result is vastly different Medicaid eligibility rules across the country, which probably isn’t sustainable over the long term.

Shutdown Reveals How Many Things Government Shouldn’t Be Doing

By Jeffrey Tucker | January 15th, 2019 at 9:04 pm

BY: Jeffrey Tucker / FEE - Director of Content

Jeffrey Tucker is Director of Content for the Foundation for Economic Education. He is also Chief Liberty Officer and founder of, Distinguished Honorary Member of Mises Brazil, research fellow at the Acton Institute and policy adviser of the Heartland Institute.

Filed Under: Commentary, Contributor, Federal Government, Liberty, Mississippi PEP, National, Opinion, Politics, Principles of Freedom

The lesson of the shutdown: if you want a service to be unreliable, disregarding of consumer interest, overly costly, buffeted by political winds, and subject to extended outages, by all means, hand it over to be administered by government.

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.

Seed Industry Consolidation Poses Major Risks For Farmers

By Kristina Hubbard | January 12th, 2019 at 1:45 pm

BY: Kristina Hubbard / Director of Advocacy and Communications - Organic Seed Alliance

Kristina "Kiki" Hubbard is the director of advocacy and communications for Organic Seed Alliance, an organization that advances seed systems that are democratic and just, and support human and environmental health. Learn more at

Filed Under: Agriculture, Commentary, Contributor, Economic Development, Economy, Feature Stories, Federal Government, Liberty, Mississippi PEP, National, Opinion, Public Safety

Economists say that an industry has lost its competitive character when the concentration ratio of the top four firms is 40 percent or higher. The seed industry continues to exceed this benchmark not only across the entire global supply, but across crop types as well.

The Rich Never Actually Paid 70 Percent

By Phil Magness | January 8th, 2019 at 12:04 pm

BY: Phil Magness / Research Fellow - AIER

Phil Magness is a Senior Research Fellow at the American Institute for Economic Research. Magness is the coauthor of the critically acclaimed book Colonization after Emancipation: Lincoln and the Movement for Black Resettlement (University of Missouri Press).

Filed Under: Commentary, Contributor, Federal Government, Mississippi PEP, Opinion, Principles of Freedom, Taxes, US Congress

The oft-repeated claim of spiraling inequality in the United States is a myth, premised on outdated statistics and poor historical analysis.

Toward Real Decentralization

By Andy Smarick | January 2nd, 2019 at 8:48 pm

BY: Andy Smarick / R Street Institute

Andy Smarick is civil society, education and work director at the R Street Institute.

Filed Under: Christianity, Commentary, Contributor, Feature Stories, Federal Government, Influencing Institutions, Liberty, Mississippi PEP, Opinion, Politics, Principles of Freedom, School Choice, Social Justice

Advocates of decentralization have long struggled with the question of how to use limited state authority to address today’s most pressing problems. A capacitating conservatism offers a vision of appropriate state authority that respects the freedom of individuals and the value of the associations they form. But it also offers an answer to the question raised repeatedly by civil-society scholars — from Berger and Neuhaus to Robert Putnam and Yuval Levin — for the last several generations: How can we lean on voluntary, intermediary associations for collective action after they’ve been allowed to atrophy for decades?

Stennis Institute Report Dissects Vote Totals from US Senate Race.

By MississippI PEP Staff | December 18th, 2018 at 6:33 am

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: Chris McDaniel, Cindy Hyde-Smith, Democrats, Elections, Federal Government, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, Politics, Republican, US Congress

The Stennis Institute has provided a recap with some visualizations to help those interested learn a little more about the election results. General Election Overview The special election resulted in a near-even vote for Hyde-Smith and Espy, with each receiving approximately 41% of the vote. McDaniel received 16.5%, and Bartee wrapped up the field with […]

Obamacare Ruled Unconstitutional by a Federal Judge.

By MississippI PEP Staff | December 14th, 2018 at 11:51 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: Federal Government, Insurance, National, News

In a 55-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor ruled that last year’s tax cut bill knocked the constitutional foundation from under “Obamacare” by eliminating a penalty for not having coverage. The rest of the law cannot be separated from that provision and is therefore invalid, he wrote. Supporters of the law immediately said they […]