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Biden’s Deficit Shrinking Claim Fails Fact Check

In Analysis by Michael Rae

After his first year in office, President Biden doesn’t have much to brag about. That’s especially true when it comes to the economy. So much so that he’s reached into his bag of political tricks and pulled out an old one. He’s trying to make himself look better by fudging facts.
Fact Fudging
The latest fact-fudging comes in the form of claims his policies are successfully reducing the U.S. government’s budget deficit. But as CNN’s Daniel Dale reports, while the numbers are accurate, his claims of success in reducing the deficit rely on distorting the truth.
President Joe Biden has been taking credit

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Protecting Unalienable Rights

In Analysis by Michael Rae

A leaked Supreme Court draft opinion denying the constitutional legitimacy of the Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade opinion has piqued interest concerning “unalienable” individual rights: (i) whether such rights logically exist; (ii) if so, then how are they to be reified; and (iii) which branch and level of government is constitutionally authorized and best equipped to defend them. 
Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence (1776) promised individuals a prospective right to enjoy all the worldly fruits “to which the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God entitle them”: 
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are

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Trucking fleets leverage technology for a safer climate (publication)

In Energy by Michael Rae

Trucking is a significant contributor to Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions. Freight trucks currently account for nearly 35% of Canada’s transport sector emissions, and nearly 10% of Canada’s overall emissions. Telematics systems use technologies such as global positioning systems and onboard diagnostics to reduce fuel use and emissions from traditional internal

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Don’t Let Texas Break the Internet, TechFreedom Urges Supreme Court

In Rights by Michael Rae

Last week, just two days after hearing oral argument, and without issuing an opinion, the Fifth Circuit stayed a district court order blocking enforcement of HB 20, Texas’s social media speech regulation—which means the law is now in effect, during litigation over its constitutionality. This startingly radical move placed in

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Incentives for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Zero-Emission Vehicles Program (publication)

In Energy by Michael Rae

MHDVs are a significant contributor to Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions. Freight trucks currently account for nearly 35% of Canada’s transport sector emissions, and nearly 10% of Canada’s overall emissions. Financial incentives are crucial in reducing one of the main barriers to electric vehicle adoption: high upfront purchase prices.

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FCC Must Not Overstep Authority to Prevent Digital Discrimination

In Rights by Michael Rae

The 2021 infrastructure bill allocates $65 billion for broadband and commands the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) to make rules to “facilitate” equal access to broadband, including “preventing digital discrimination.” Yesterday, TechFreedom filed comments on the FCC’s inquiry about how to implement that command under Section 60506 of the Infrastructure Investment

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Size of government—a pre-pandemic problem

In Research by Michael Rae

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Alex Whalen

Government spending represented 40.4 per cent of the country’s economy in 2019, up from 37.4 per cent in 2007.Read more about Size of government—a pre-pandemic problemTags: size of governmentoptimal size of governmentproper size of governmentbusiness income taxpersonal income taxesincome tax rates

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Biden keeps his bad promise on charter schools

In Politics by Michael Rae

President Biden is keeping a campaign promise that will, unfortunately, make life more difficult for students and parents. 

The administration recently proposed a new Department of Education rule to make it more difficult for nonprofit organizations to open charter schools, forcing them to comply with many unnecessary regulations and bureaucratic paperwork requests. The rule would also prevent for-profit charter school organizations from accessing federal start-up grants.

Regrettably, the president’s approach is out of touch with what parents across the country are demanding for their kids: more choices outside of the traditional public school system.

Nationwide, public school enrollment has fallen since the onset

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Debtor Nation

In Politics by Michael Rae

At the end of 2021, the $29.6 trillion debt of the United States federal government was 1.3 times larger than the annual economic output of the country. The U.S. is now reaching federal debt levels, as a share of gross domestic product (GDP), that we have not seen since the end of World War II. As of this writing, the national debt is more than $30 trillion. 

Federal spending is increasingly untethered from fiscal realities. The federal government ran an annual budget deficit in 52 of the last 57 years.

The annual federal budget deficits during and following the Great Recession

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