When Life Gives You Bananas, Make ‘Nanner Puddin’

By Keith Plunkett | September 1st, 2017 at 12:04 am

BY: Keith Plunkett / Managing Editor

Keith Plunkett is the Policy and Communications Director for the United Conservatives Fund, and the Founder and Publisher of MississippiPEP.com.

Filed Under: Contributor, Culture, Education, Entitlements, Feature Stories, Keith Plunkett, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, Ole Miss, Opinion, Oxford, Progressivism, Race, Social Justice, Weird News

“In life, you’ll run into a lot of banana peels. Your ability to accomplish anything depends on your attitude and your determination to not let the banana peels get in your way.” I read the report in the Daily Mississippian last night. I honestly thought when I read the first sentences that it was a joke. […]

COST: Republicans Lack Conviction To Reform Entitlements

By MississippI PEP Staff | July 21st, 2017 at 5:20 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: Commentary, Democrats, Entitlements, Federal Government, health, Insurance, Medical Care, National, Opinion, Politics, Republican, US Congress

What is needed is a GOP that is as committed to reforming entitlements as the Democrats are to expanding them. Democrats knew, in 2009-2010, that Obamacare was politically unpopular and might undermine their personal political aspirations. But many of them voted for it, anyway. Why? Because expanding federal benefits is embedded in the DNA of their party and is a central element of the modern progressive’s self-conception. Republicans have no such core conviction, and it shows.”

MCDANIEL: More Government Won’t Fix Problems Government-Created.

By Chris McDaniel | June 29th, 2017 at 3:27 pm

BY: Chris McDaniel / Senator

Three-term Senator, Former U.S. federal law clerk, attorney, conservative commentator and MS counsel against Obamacare. Awarded the 2016 American Conservative Union's Award for Conservative Excellence.

Filed Under: Chris McDaniel, Contributor, Economy, Education, Entitlements, Feature Stories, Federal Government, health, Insurance, Legislature, Liberty, Medicaid, Medical Care, Mississippi PEP, Obamacare, Opinion, Principles of Freedom, US Congress

Government becomes involved in certain areas of our lives; the problems then become worse, so the government has to devise another solution to fix the problem that it created in the first place. It results in a neverending cycle of government intervention.

BROWN: Everyone Should Agree On These Common Sense Welfare Program Reforms.

By Chris Brown | March 22nd, 2017 at 3:41 am

BY: Chris Brown / State Representative, District 20

Chris Brown is a Republican member of the Mississippi House of Representatives from Nettleton serving District 20. He is the author of House Bill 1090. Readers can contact him at crbrown@house.ms.gov

Filed Under: Contributor, Entitlements, Ethics, Law Enforcement, Legislature, Medicaid, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, Mississippi State House, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, Opinion, Republican, Spending

These are common ground proposals that ensure those who need assistance are able to receive it. The legislation prevents criminals from taking advantage of welfare recipients and taxpayers. It reduces the cost of the social safety net for state government. Best of all, it provides an incredible opportunity for folks who are able to move out of welfare dependency and poverty to a better life.

MCDANIEL: Trump’s Budget: Improvements Needed, But A Decent First Step.

By Chris McDaniel | March 21st, 2017 at 11:28 pm

BY: Chris McDaniel / Senator

Three-term Senator, Former U.S. federal law clerk, attorney, conservative commentator and MS counsel against Obamacare. Awarded the 2016 American Conservative Union's Award for Conservative Excellence.

Filed Under: Budget, Chris McDaniel, Contributor, Entitlements, Mississippi PEP, National, Opinion, Republican, Spending, Tenth Amendment

Automatic increases in spending without congressional approval defies the spirit of the Constitution and the principles of a free republic. Not one dollar should ever be spent without the explicit approval of Congress. But politicians allow the abuse for political reasons – so they won’t have to casts votes on these massive increases. It is just another way politicians escape responsibility for our current fiscal mess.

PLUNKETT: Perplexed Democrats Challenge Unprepared Republicans In State Senate To Provide Evidence Of Medicaid Fraud. Thank Goodness Someone Had Heard Of Google!

By Keith Plunkett | March 8th, 2017 at 5:08 am

BY: Keith Plunkett / Managing Editor

Keith Plunkett is the Policy and Communications Director for the United Conservatives Fund, and the Founder and Publisher of MississippiPEP.com.

Filed Under: Brice Wiggins, Budget, Contributor, Culture, David Parker, Democrats, Entitlements, Ethics, Federal Government, health, Hob Bryan, Insurance, Keith Plunkett, Legislature, Medicaid, Medical Care, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, Mississippi State Senate, MS Attorney General, MS State Government, Opinion, Politics, Republican, Spending

An exchange between Democrat and Republican Senators on Tuesday reported by Mississippi Today illustrates why changing the schedule of legislative sessions to every other year instead of annually is a good idea. A bill to tighten oversight of Medicaid and reduce improper payments brought heated debate in the state senate for an hour. If the […]

HEILPERN: Family-Focused Interventions Are Key to Social Change

By MississippI PEP Staff | September 23rd, 2016 at 12:17 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: Commentary, Education, Entitlements, health, Immorality, Influencing Institutions, MDOC, Medicaid, Public Service, Religion, Unemployment, Virtue

BY: Kindra Heilpern/Institute of Family Studies So what is the cause of social decay? The data is so overwhelming, and the answer is so obvious, and yet we seem to have missed it: virtually every social problem can be traced back to family distress and dissolution. For example, marital distress is associated with increased rates […]

#PEPPoll: Proper Use? Feds tell states Medicaid can pay for mosquito repellent.

By MississippI PEP Staff | June 2nd, 2016 at 9:13 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: Entitlements, Federal Government

   Medicaid can be used to cover mosquito repellent to prevent the spread of the Zika virus, federal regulators told state and private Medicaid officials in a letter sent Wednesday. Coverage of repellent — when prescribed by a health professional — with the federal matching dollars given other Medicaid-covered treatments is the primary change in […]

Longwitz: Think of the children.

By MississippI PEP Staff | February 10th, 2015 at 5:34 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: Entitlements, health

As debate over bills in the MS Legislature gets into full swing, file this one away under ‘right-before-you-said-that-you-should-have-shut-up’. Sen. Will Longwitz of Madison, hoping to stop debate about a bill that would legally require insurance companies to extend coverage, reportedly said: “I would ask you today if we’re going to have an ideological battle, let’s […]

MASTY: Natures way to clean up government waste.

By MississippI PEP Staff | January 25th, 2015 at 8:56 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: Contributor, County Government, Entitlements, Ethics, Federal Government

BY: Stephen Masty Inspired by Mother Nature we might be able to construct a self-propelled mechanical shark, a self-financing agency incentivized to devour government’s waste, counter-productive regulations and needless paperwork. How might it work? Mexican regulatory reforms may point the way. Drowning in needless red-tape, Mexico’s government in 1988 took the bold step of appointing […]