Book Review: Former State Supreme Court Justice Jimmy Robertson’s ‘Heroes, Rascals and the Law’

By Leslie Southwick | January 17th, 2019 at 8:17 pm

BY: Leslie Southwick / Judge — U.S. Court of Appeals

Leslie H. Southwick is a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals in Jackson. He is the author of a memoir, The Nominee: A Political and Spiritual Journey.

Filed Under: Books, Commentary, Events, History, Inspirational, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, Mississippi Supreme Court, MS State Government, Opinion, Politics

Robertson’s view of right and wrong in his chronicles is whether Mississippi’s constitution was allowed to be muscular or whether the dead hand of legal tradition restrained it. The author’s preferences are explicit, but he fairly discusses different perspectives.

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 Liberty.me, 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.

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 www.seedalliance.org.

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.

Dear APA: America Desperately Needs Masculine Men

By Bryan Fischer | January 11th, 2019 at 4:20 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, Culture, Faith, Feature Stories, Mississippi PEP, Opinion, Religion

The American Psychological Association has issued directives to counselors that they are to consider “traditional masculinity” as something that “on the whole, is harmful.” By “traditional masculinity,” they mean characteristics such as stoicism, competitiveness, dominance, and aggression. Of course, any normal trait can be skewed and cause harm. But that’s not what the APA is talking about. They are talking about the normal masculine impulses that men experience because they are men.

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.

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.

Gov. Bryant Lacks Resolve To Practice What He Preaches.

By Keith Plunkett | January 5th, 2019 at 1:38 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: Commentary, Contributor, Feature Stories, Governor, Keith Plunkett, Leadership, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, MS State Government, Opinion, Phil Bryant, Politics

Whether we’re talking about dependence on government or dependence on junk food, it’s more than a little hypocritical to speak of how someone else, or of how someone else’s children, should live their lives without first mustering the resolve to heed his own advice.

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?