President Trump is impeached twice for committing no impeachable offenses.

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For the second time in the last 13 months, the House of Representatives voted to impeach the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, for no good reason. Last year, the impeachment was for not communicating properly. This time it’s for being too zealous.

In the first impeachment, Trump was charged with abuse of power and obstruction of justice. Neither charge resulted in a conviction. …


Doesn’t every politician say they will fight for what they believe to be right?

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Last week protestors stormed the Capitol Building in Washington. They over-powered guards, violently destroyed property and terrorized our elected leaders. Those involved will be caught and prosecuted for their crimes. This horrific act followed after tens of thousands of protestors peacefully marched in Washington. What sparked the change?

Most people are blaming President Trump and other GOP organizations for inciting this riot. …


Because of the virus flare up and the resulting shutdowns, the economy needed more and sooner.

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The Labor Department’s recently released jobs report shows that the economy lost 140,000 jobs in December. That is the first month since April that there were job losses. The unemployment rate stayed constant at 6.7%. The second stimulus package was not approved and signed until the end of December. That package was too little and too late.

The economy started 2020 in a very strong position. Many economists were forecasting that 2020 would see the best economic growth in two decades. Then COVID hit. …


The counter-culture movement wanted more personal freedom.

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In the mid to late 1960s and into the early 1970s, large numbers of mostly college students were called hippies. The Encyclopedia Brittanica defines hippies as being a “member, during the 1960s and 1970s, of a countercultural movement that rejected the mores of mainstream American life.” Above all else, hippies demanded freedom. But today, while many of those original hippies morphed into “progressives,” what’s left of the hippie culture must wonder, “Whatever happened to the ‘freedom’ part?” Let’s briefly examine what happened to men and women over the intervening years.

1960s women wanted to be liberated. …


Google potentially uses its position as an internet gatekeeper to favor itself and stifle competition.

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Attorney General William Barr’s December 23 resignation caught many in the tech accountability movement by surprise.

Barr was a driving force behind the Justice Department’s landmark Google antitrust suit in October. His departure has understandably raised questions about the future of the department’s second antitrust investigation against Google and the general approach the Trump DoJ will take towards the company as it nears the end of its term.

This concern from Big Tech’s critics is explicable. Given the tech-friendly staff that Joe Biden continues to appoint and float as cabinet picks, the president-elect doesn’t appear to be a tech hawk-like many in the current administration. …


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi waited until after the election. She could have had a bigger bill if she hadn’t put politics ahead of America’s interests.

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Congress has finally passed a second stimulus package. This time, the package contained $900 billion worth of relief for American households and for business. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi back in May of this year, wanted a $3.4 trillion package, while President Trump did not want the package to exceed $1 trillion.

In spite of the politics being played, Trump won again. Pelosi could have had up to $1.6 trillion last October, but her desire to avoid any action that could benefit Trump at election time meant she decided to wait until after November 3. …


Trump’s Operation Warp Speed has resulted in tens of millions of vaccine doses available to the public in less than one year.

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On May 15 of this year, President Trump announced a program known as Operations Warp Speed. The goal was to have at least one and as many as four COVID vaccines available for use in the US before the end of the year. Although this timeline seemed impossible, Trump made it work.

Most of the knowledgeable experts, including the Center for Disease Control (CDC), said that his goal was impossible. The development, testing, approval, manufacturing and distribution of a new vaccine typically takes many years. …


The cost of the cure can't be greater than the cost of the disease.

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Recently released jobs numbers indicate the sharp V-shaped recovery which started in May has flattened significantly. While annualized growth in GDP hit an astounding 33% in the third quarter of this year, the recent wave of government forced shutdowns has resulted in slow job growth, which indicates a slowing economy. Is another recession on the horizon?

After the deep, but very short-lived government induced recession in March and April, the economy rebounded quickly, adding 11 million jobs back to the economy in just four months from May to August. …


Many environmentalists fail to admit that fossil fuels are essential to both the building and operation of renewable energy infrastructure.

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Elected officials in New Jersey continue to wage war against energy companies, all in the name of solving climate change. The irony is that not only will this not accomplish their stated goal, but it will also come at the expense of good jobs and the local economy.

In early September, Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla filed a lawsuit against several energy companies for what he claims is a decades-long campaign of misinformation related to climate change and its impact on global warming. Just one of a series of similar lawsuits filed across the country, these cases are often fronted by trial lawyers looking for a big payday or by out of touch environmental organizations — in this case the DC-based Institute on Governance and Sustainable Development — who are looking to advance their extreme political agenda.The lawsuit alleges violations of New Jersey’s Consumer Fraud Act, as well as makes claims for negligence and common law remedies to prevent and abate hazards to public health, safety, welfare and the environment. …


While deficit spending makes sense now, after the pandemic ends, economic policy should be geared to reduce budget deficits.

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Recently a panel of distinguished economists who will likely advise Joe Biden, met virtually at the Brookings Institute to discuss the impact of annual government budget deficits and the total public debt.

They essentially concluded that at least in the short term, the deficit and the debt really don’t matter. That means they will encourage the Biden administration to vastly increase government spending.

Former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers attacked the wisdom of the Obama-commissioned 2010 Simpson-Bowles recommendations that the deficit should be reduced immediately and that the federal government should work toward a balanced budget. …

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Michael Busler

Dr. Busler is an economist and a public policy analyst. He is a Professor of Finance at Stockton University. His op-ed columns appear in Townhall, Newsmax.

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