Why would anyone – not in the military or law enforcement – need an “assault weapon”?

Why would anyone – not in the military or law enforcement – need an “assault weapon”?

C.O. Chinn was a black man in Canton, Mississippi, who in the 1960s owned a farm and a nightclub, and a large collection of handguns, “assault” rifles, and shotguns with which he threatened local Klansmen and police when they threatened his businesses or intimidate civil rights activists working to desegregate Canton and register black residents to vote.

We have a right and a duty to fight tryanny.

Coalition Letter to The Hon. Jefferson B. Sessions III

Updated February 14, 2018 — Click here for letter text: Coalition Letter requesting a Special Prosecutor to investigate U.S. counter-intelligence possible spying on Presidential candidates

Dear Mr. Attorney General:

We the undersigned write to urge you to adopt Senator Lindsey Graham’s call for the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate the possibility the U.S. counter-intelligence apparatus may have involved itself in the last Presidential election by spying on one of the two nominees for president.

The integrity of our counter-intelligence apparatus and our elections are already profoundly at risk because of what has already been disclosed to the public. Even the suggestion our national security’s counter-intelligence capability was manipulated as the result of opposition research activities paid for by the Hillary Clinton for President campaign and/or by the Democratic National Committee and was deployed against domestic political figures must be investigated to the fullest extent possible.

It is only by careful inquiry conducted by an independent and impartial investigation that the American people’s confidence can be restored in our electoral process and the nation’s counter-intelligence organizations. Anything less will continue to cast doubt that will hang over the nation like a cloud for the foreseeable future.

Sincerely,

Dan Perrin,Council to Reduce Known Cyber Vulnerabilities

Jerry Rogers, Capitol Allies

Andrew Langer, Institute for Liberty

Deroy Murdoch, Political Commentator

Jim Martin, 60 Plus Association

David W. Wallace, Political Commentator

Norm Singleton, Campaign for Liberty

Seton Motley, Less Government

Judson Phillips, Tea Party Nation

George Landrith, Frontiers of Freedom

Peter Roff, Frontiers of Freedom

 

 

Coalition Seeks to Undo Crony Insurance Tax-Loophole

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Conservative Coalition Supports Senate Effort to Close “Bermuda Tax Triangle” Loophole and Protect American Jobs

Washington D.C. – On behalf of the following free-market groups and organizations, together representing Americans from coast to coast, we urge you to support the Senate’s Anti-Base Erosion Provision, which removes an unfair advantage favoring foreign insurers over U.S.-headquartered companies. Under current U.S. tax law, foreign based insurers are able to transfer profits to affiliates in offshore tax-havens tax free, but does not afford equal treatment to U.S. based insurers.

As a candidate for President, Donald Trump touched a nerve with voters by pointing out that our tax code is unfair to American companies and employees. One such unfair provision is the insurance tax-haven loophole, which has discriminated against the American insurance industry for over three decades. The proposed Senate tax bill removes the incentive that foreign companies currently exploit to shift thousands of American jobs overseas and avoid paying U.S. taxes. The federal government should never reward or encourage companies to make decisions at the expense of U.S. taxpayers and jobs.

The Senate tax bill includes strong anti-base erosion measures that will go a long way in stopping foreign companies from gaming the U.S. tax code. It is imperative that Congress resist any desperate attempts by foreign insurers to weaken the language thereby preserving their loophole.

Foreign insurance companies are using misleading talking points to prevent a level playing field for U.S. companies. While their inaccurate claims alleging reduced capital and increased prices confuse the public discussion, the bottom-line is they want to avoid paying U.S. taxes and continue gaming the system. The Senate bill would merely require foreign companies to pay U.S. taxes on their U.S. generated insurance business instead of allowing them to use offshore affiliates to strip earnings.

Preserving a loophole for foreign insurers undermines the very foundation of the tax reform effort being considered on Capitol Hill.

At a time when companies are inverting, and the American people are demanding action against corporate tax avoidance, it is long overdue that Congress close the loophole. We urge Congress to support the provision in the Senate bill.

Read the full letter HERE: Congress Must Undo Crony Insurance Tax-Loophole_Coalition Letter

COALITION Seeks to Reform the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)

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Washington, D.C. – A broad coalition of free-market and center-right organizations are respectfully requesting that Scott Pruitt, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), reform the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) mandate. 

The previous Administration’s corporatist policies ushered in an unprecedented age of hyper-lobbying that promoted partial and partisan interests—saving Wall Street bankers, a failed stimulus package, an auto bailout for union control, the Obamacare fiasco, green energy boondoggles. President Trump promised to grow the economy by doing away with Obama-era cronyism.

Reforming the badly broken RFS system and will show that the President is serious about putting America back to work.

Read the Coalition letter here: COALITION Seeks to Reform the federal Renewable Fuel Standard

Reform 340B Drug Pricing NOW

The 340B program continues to grow outside of its original purpose of helping the poor and uninsured — this is true, despite the promise that ObamaCare would vastly reduce the numbers of uninsured (and underinsured). Reforming the program will be a major defeat for Washington’s political class. Crony corporatists and their lobbyists have abused 340B to make themselves wealthier. Wealth creation is good, but not when a privileged few leverage government at the expense of patients and taxpayers.

We hear a lot about “draining the swamp,” but we don’t see a lot of action. With 340B reform, our elected officials have an opportunity to put patients over profits. Let’s hope they have the courage to do what’s right and necessary.

Read more about how the Trump Administration wants to reform 340B here: The Trump Administration is Right to Reform 340B.

CapAllies joins IPR Coalition Letter

COALITION: THE SEOUL HIGH COURT’S IMPENDING RULING ON EXTRATERRITORIALITY IN THE QUALCOMM MATTER WEAKENS TO INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS

 Washington D.C. – Today, a broad coalition of free-market and center-right organizations released a statement regarding a pending decision of Korea’s Seoul High Court, Korea’s court of last resort. The decision will be whether to stay the Korea Fair Trade Commission’s (KFTC’s) overbroad ruling against Qualcomm, Inc., the aggrieved party in the proceeding.

Below is the statement released by the coalition:

“We are troubled by the prospect that the Seoul High Court might fail to stay the KFTC’s grossly overbroad extraterritorial remedies against Qualcomm. Such a ruling by the Court would explicitly condone the KFTC’s intrusion upon U.S. sovereignty, resulting in far-reaching implications harmful to free trade, the United States economy, and intellectual property as a whole.

Earlier this year, the KFTC took the extraordinary step of seeking to impose a one-size-fits-all approach to how patents around the world are licensed. This unprecedented remedy is a bald-faced attempt to slash the value of a U.S. company’s global patent portfolio and shield Korean domestic companies from American competition.

“The KFTC’s extraterritorial remedies go well beyond protecting Korean consumers and purport to dictate the terms upon which a U.S. company can license its intellectual property—even well outside Korea’s borders.  Such remedies result in a major transfer of patented technology from U.S. to Korean companies, severely undermining U.S. leadership in innovation and economic growth. This will adversely impact every company in the United States that holds a patent of any kind.

“As the U.S. embarks upon a review of its trade and investment relationship with Korea, we urge the Trump Administration to demand assurances from the highest levels of the Korean government that all U.S. companies will be protected from the KFTC’s extraterritorial overreach. Anything less is a direct attack on our economy, our intellectual property, and our sovereignty.”  (PDF here: SKorea KFTC Case Ltr Aug2017)

Sincerely,

American Conservative Union

American Conservative Union Foundation

American Commitment

American Legislative Exchange Council

ALEC Action

American Business Defense Council

Americans for Limited Government

Capitol Allies

Conservatives for Property Rights

Consumer Action for a Strong Economy

Council for Citizens Against Government Waste

Eagle Forum Education & Legal Defense Fund

FreedomWorks

Frontiers of Freedom

Institute for Liberty

Less Government

Let Freedom Ring

Taxpayers Protection Alliance

Tea Party Patriots

Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.

U.S. Business & Industry Council

 

 

 

‘Eye’ on Washington

Keep an eye on Washington this week as the American Optometric Association (AOA) – an advocacy group that spends nearly $2 million a year lobbying on the federal level alone – is flying thousands of its representatives to Washington to pressure lawmakers into backing their crony legislation.

The AOA is actively looking for Members of Congress to re-introduce their crony legislation, the Contact Lens Consumer Health Protection Act (CLCHPA). This bill is the first step in the AOA plan to completely ban third-party lens sellers, such as Walmart, Costco, and a multitude of online sellers. This is cronyism run amok. If passed, CLCHPA will give eye-care specialists the unlimited power to veto prospective third-party transactions. Current law provides a window for specialists to act. However, CLCHPA will give the AOA the control to pocket-veto transactions by simply refusing to respond to the patient’s request.

The ‘eye and mighty’ AOA is not seeing things straight when it comes to banning their competition. The Republican-controlled Congress can’t let this crony eyesore be pushed through on their watch.