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Edwin_Feulner_minipicEd Feulner is founder of The Heritage Foundation (www.heritage.org) and has a column at Magic City Morning Star. I have been publishing Ed Feulner’s articles here at Kingscalendar since technical difficulties effected Magic City. — R.P. BenDedek

2016-2019 Articles by Ed Feulner in the Writer’s Journal KingsCalendar

Speeding Up Our Spy-Free Smartphones
by Ed Feulner
March 4, 2019

Everyone is interested in getting even faster Internet – and not just in the U.S. So what’s the problem in Barcelona, as far as U.S. officials are concerned? It’s the fact that many European countries are closer than we are in launching 5G networks. That makes them interested in what a company called Huawei Technologies has to offer.

INF Treaty A Wise Withdrawal
by Ed Feulner
February 15, 2019

Signing the INF Treaty was in both nation’s national interests at the time. It permitted an entire class of weapons to be eliminated. But more than 30 years have elapsed. The world has changed. Russia, who inherited the treaty obligations from the Soviet Union, has been in violation of the treaty terms for at least five years. What was once a mutually beneficial arms control agreement is now serving no one.

Government Control? Try People Control
by Ed Feulner
November 29, 2018

Supporters of socialism like to point to Norway and other prosperous Scandinavian countries to make their case. But these countries are “operating generous welfare states programs propped up by underlying vibrant capitalism,” as columnist David Harsanyi has written, so it’s disingenuous to use them as case studies. Undiluted socialism produces quite a different result. Consider Cuba, a vibrant and modern island nation before Fidel Castro and his cronies ran it into the ground.

Withdraw From The INF Treaty No Reason to Worry
By Ed Feulner
November 21, 2018

As The New York Times reported on July 28, 2014: “The United States has concluded that Russia violated a landmark arms control treaty by testing a prohibited ground-launched cruise missile, according to senior American officials, a finding that was conveyed by President Obama to President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia in a letter on Monday.”

100 Years Since Gaining Its Freedom, Poland Prospers and Protects
By Ed Feulner
November 15, 2018

This was reinforced in September when President Trump and President Andrzej Duda signed a “Declaration on Polish-American Strategic Partnership.” According to the two ambassadors, it “emphasizes the strong ties and common interests between our countries in the areas of security and defense, energy, trade and investment, research and innovation.”

The Bane of Birthright Citizenship
By Ed Feulner
November 11, 2018

Seems pretty cut and dry, but check out that crucial clause: “and subject to the jurisdiction thereof.” It’s easy to mumble over it, but we shouldn’t. The Senate included it there for a reason when they passed the Amendment in 1868: to make it clear that not everyone born here is automatically a citizen. Being born here is only half the equation. You also must be “subject to the jurisdiction thereof.”

Meeting the Caravan with Common Sense
By Ed Feulner
November 2, 2018

A sovereign nation is defined by specific territorial limits. Limits are borders, and borders must be real — that is, secure. A country without borders, sooner or later, will cease to be a country altogether. That’s why there are processes and procedures for those who wish to enter our great land, either to visit or to become a citizen. We don’t just leave the door propped up.

Bill Buckley: Bucking the Liberal Establishment
by Ed Feulner
October 26, 2018

During the campaign, “a senior editor of the New York Times confessed … that he had taken to dispatching different reporters to Buckley’s press conferences because ‘everyone who came back after a couple of them said he was going to vote for [him]’.” Early on, Bill enlisted a group of us to brainstorm for his campaign. He set forth a 10-point program that recommended such trail-blazing ideas as..

Calls for Violence Must Be Denounced
by Ed Feulner
October 19, 2018

Indeed, many on the Left have made a point in recent weeks of denouncing calls for civility. In angry posts on Facebook, Twitter and elsewhere, they insist that this is nothing more than an attempt to muzzle them. Faced with a president who is alleged such a monster, they claim they have no choice — that they must resort to profane rhetoric and physical confrontation. That those who support the president will have “no peace.”

Helping Our Under-Funded, Over-Stretched Military
by Ed Feulner
October 10, 2018

You can get all the sobering details in the 2019 “Index of U.S. Military Strength,” which was just released by The Heritage Foundation. The only non-governmental and only annual assessment of our armed forces, it takes a comprehensive look at each branch, along with the threats we face worldwide. The bottom line: On a five-rating scale of “very strong, strong, marginal, weak, and very weak,” the overall rating for our military is “marginal.”

Plotting the Demise of the Death Tax
by Ed Feulner
October 5, 2018

Death-tax proponents like to tell us that it affects only 1.5 percent of family businesses. But they neglect the big picture. The fact is, that 1.5 percent provides two-third of all family business jobs. In short, it’s not just the super-rich who pay. One way or another, we all do. This isn’t right — or necessary. It’s time to take up the slogan coined by Dick Patten, president of the American Business Defense Council: “No taxation without respiration.”

Eliminating Election Fraud
by Ed Feulner
September 28, 2018

Take two cases from the Heritage database. The first involves Ben Cooper, the former mayor of Appalachia, Virginia. He and 14 co-conspirators went to prison in 2004 for the largest voter fraud conspiracy in the state’s history. Cooper and his accomplices traded beer, cigarettes, and pork rinds for votes. They also stole absentee ballots out of the mail. The second involves another former mayor, Ruth Robinson, who attempted to rig her own re-election in Martin, Kentucky. Their main targets: poor and disabled residents, who they threatened with eviction from public housing if they didn’t sign absentee ballots already filled out by Robinson.

Time to Upgrade to Tax Reform 2.0
by Ed Feulner
September 21, 2018

So step one is a no-brainer: remove the uncertainty. Get rid of that expiration date, as the Protecting Family and Small Business Tax Cuts Act of 2018 would do. Step two of Tax Reform 2.0: Simplify and expand family savings. Many Americans take advantage of the tax benefits of 401(k)s and other retirement savings accounts. Yet others, deterred by their complexity and high compliance costs, fail to use these important tools. It’s time to change that.

17 Years After 9/11, How Safe Are We?
By Ed Feulner
september 16, 2018

Are we safer now than we were then? The short answer is yes. We are. But there’s a huge caveat attached to that, as well as some much-needed context to consider. Seventeen years later, we remember Mohamed Atta, the tactical leader of the 9/11 plot. But how many have even heard of Matin Azizi-Yarand? He’s the 17-year-old North Texas student who was arrested in May before he could carry out his plan to launch a deadly shooting at a suburban mall in Dallas, Texas.

Judge Kavanaugh: Don’t Get On His Case
by Ed Feulner
September 6, 2018

A justice is there to rule on whether or not a particular law or action is constitutional, regardless of bias. By the same token, an umpire has to call a runner out if he’s tagged before he touches home plate, even if his call goes against the team he likes. It all boils down to whether or not we have a proper understanding of how the judiciary functions in our system of government. Those seeking to rig the game, so to speak, to assure a certain outcome clearly don’t get it.

Calculating the Cut: See How Much You Save
By Ed Feulner
August 23, 2018

After all, though every congressional district benefits in some measure, it’s not all by the amount. Changes in take-home pay vary from just above $14,000 in Mississippi to just under $30,000 for Washington, DC, for all tax filers. Say you live in California’s 28th congressional district. Adam Schiff is your representative. So you go to taxesandjobs.com, see the U.S. map, and click on California. A state map comes up, color-coded to show which districts are getting a higher amount than others.

Freezing CAFE Standards: A Much-Needed Course Correction
By Ed Feulner
August 17, 2018

It was the Obama administration’s move to increase CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) standards that was steering us in the wrong direction. This is simply a case of the current administration grabbing the wheel and doing a little much-needed course correction. When you consider that CAFE was created in the mid-1970s in response to the OPEC oil crisis, it may seem surprising that we’re dealing with it so many years later.

We Need a Free Trade Deal with Switzerland
By Ed Feulner
August 10, 2018

These commercial ties support high-paying jobs in both countries. According to the latest data, a combined 725,000 American jobs were supported by the U.S.–Swiss trade and investment relationship. Swiss affiliates in the U.S. accounted for more than 460,000 of those jobs, followed by almost 200,000 American jobs from services exports to Switzerland, and 75,000 U.S. jobs supported by goods exports.

Your Raise, Courtesy of the Trump Tax Cut
by Ed Feulner
August 3, 2018

But the main take-away is this: Not a single district will fail to see a tax benefit of some kind, thanks to the TCJA. And the gains only grow over time: Over the next decade, thanks to a larger economy, the typical American could wind up with an added $26,000 more in take-home pay, or $44,697 for a family of four.

Time to Stop Placating Tyrants
By Ed Feulner
July 28, 2018

“The Congo is the setting for atrocities that shock the most hardened international aid workers,” the ambassador noted. “They were discovering mass graves in the Congo even as the General Assembly approved its bid to the Human Rights Council.” When the Council invited Venezuela’s dictator, Nicholas Maduro, to speak to a special assembly, he got a standing ovation. And not a word was uttered when Iran’s government reacted to peaceful protests with beatings, arrests and killings.

Why Kavanaugh Should Be Confirmed
By Ed Feulner
July 19, 2018

Kavanaugh’s record shows that the dire warnings being sounded about him are vastly overstated. As Former Attorney General William Barr stated in 2006 when the nominee was being considered for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, Kavanaugh “has a keen intellect, exceptional analytical skills, and sound judgment.” This confidence was well-placed. Ten years later, in 2016, legal expert John Malcolm included him on a list of potential Supreme Court nominees, noting: “Since joining the bench, Kavanaugh has distinguished himself as a thoughtful, apolitical jurist, who is not afraid to stake out bold positions on complex issues.”

The Facts About Fact-Checkers
By Ed Feulner
July 14, 2018

“Some good work is done under the rubric of ‘fact-checking,’ but … ‘fact-check’ journalists do not limit themselves to questions of verifiable objective fact. Frequently they accuse politicians of dishonesty because the journalists favor a different interpretation of facts that are not in dispute. Sometimes their ‘rulings’ are mere opinions on matters about which they do not know the facts, or that are not factual questions at all.”

Toasting the Tax Cut
By Ed Feulner
July 7, 2018

“The typical family of four earning $75,000 will see an income tax cut of more than $2,000, and in some cases much more, slashing their tax bill in half,” President Trump said at the six-month event. “We cut taxes for businesses of all sizes to make this the best place on earth to start a business, to invest. We have billions and billions of additional revenue coming in.”

Trump’s Zero-Tariff Challenge
By Ed Feulner
July 3, 2018

How many free-traders does it take to have a trade war? It’s a nonsensical question, but you have to wonder given the actions of our trading partners, especially those in the G-7, who ignored President Trump’s suggestion to eliminate all tariffs, and instead implemented tariffs of their own.

Stopping “War Games” Prematurely: A Costly Mistake
by Ed Feulner
June 21, 2018

They know that if they get us to suspend our military exercises for an extended period of time that it will erode the readiness of U.S. and South Korean forces to successfully work together to defend South Korea. But there’s another reason to reject any demands to suspend our “war games.” North Korea is “attempting to barter over something it does not legitimately possess,” in the words of Korea expert Bruce Klingner – namely, the ability to conduct nuclear tests.

Let’s Keep a Strong Economy Growing
By Ed Feulner
June 15, 2018

The actual New York Times, which has published scathing criticisms of President Trump, was admitting in a June 1 article that the U.S. economy is strong beyond description right now. Words such as “splendid” and “excellent” certainly fit, according to reporter Neil Irwin: “Those are the kinds of terms that are appropriate when the United States economy adds 223,000 jobs in a month, despite being nine years into an expansion, and when the unemployment rate falls to 3.8 percent, a new 18-year low.”

U.S.-North Korea Summit: How We Got Here
By Ed Feulner
June 6, 2018

Much of the recent commentary that has stressed the president’s erratic nature and unwillingness to master policy details overlooks the fact that on North Korea policy, President Trump and his team have been consistent. And they’ve achieved that rarest of governmental goals: a single, coordinated government policy.

Forging a Better Strategy on Iran
By Ed Feulner
June 1, 2018

Newsflash: There is no inherent value to swimming with the tide. Yes, we should pay attention to what our allies are doing, but to suggest that following a different course of action is proof that we’re doing something wrong is ridiculous. Real leadership is standing up for what’s right, regardless of what others are doing. Indeed, it takes genuine strength to buck the trend.

The Preferred Form of Populism
By Ed Feulner
May 18, 2018

Should we talk with a resurgent Russia? Yes, but we should also realize the role of Russia in territorial expansion beyond its borders (Ukraine), and in areas outside its traditional interests (Syria). And we should recognize what Russia truly is: an economy the size of Spain based on an increasingly competitive international market for energy supplies, with a declining population, a powerful military and a large stockpile of nuclear weapons. Must we deal with China, an emerging power that is certainly a disrupter to the old Order? Yes, even as we eye warily its ‘belt and road” efforts to achieve world-wide strategic expansion in economic terms, and as we denounce its bullying claims to the South China Sea as territorial waters in violation of international treaties and obligations of prudent, serious members of the international community, and as we and our ally in Taiwan confront a resurgent PLA Navy in the Taiwan Straits.

Free Speech: For All, Not Just Some
By Ed Feulner
May 11, 2018

Many students understand the need to protect everyone’s free speech rights, but others? Not so much. In one recent survey, 10 percent of students said it is appropriate to use violence to stop a speaker sometimes, while 37 percent said speaker shout-downs are sometimes acceptable. That’s frightening. Until both of those numbers are at zero percent, it’s obviously we have our work cut out for us.

Wisconsin and Welfare: Work and Marriage Help the Poor
By Ed Feulner
May 3, 2018

-“The generosity of federal housing subsidies and the expense of the program make it a good target for reform,” writes welfare expert Marissa Teixeira. “This measure will help those who utilize housing vouchers to reduce their dependency on government.” Another new Wisconsin measure that would encourage self-sufficiency: increasing the number of work hours required of able-bodied adults without dependents from 20 a week to 30. The state is also expanding work requirements for parents with children above the age of 6 who apply for food stamps.

Neutralizing a Nuclear-Armed North Korea
by Ed Feulner
April 27, 2018

Dealing with the Kim family dynasty has never been easy for the leaders of free Korea, Japan or the United States. We’ve all had our share of meetings and agreements signed with great fanfare, only to have the North’s leaders tear them up, or at least ignore them, when it suits their convenience, or when they’ve achieved the results they want… We’ve learned the wisdom of Ronald Reagan’s dictum “Trust but verify.” Except in this case, we should interpret this as “Don’t presume trustworthiness, and verify every detail every step of the way.”

Rolling Back the Tide of Overspending
By Ed Feulner
April 18, 2018

Presidents from Thomas Jefferson on down had been submitting rescissions for years with relatively little trouble. But things came to a head during Richard Nixon’s presidency. He broke with previous presidents by impounding larger amounts (nearly $15 billion in 1973, out of a total budget of $245 billion) and ignoring Congress’s intent that the funds be spent. The legislative branch responded to this challenge with the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974. “Title X of the act limited the power of the president to withhold funding and put into place a formal procedure for when the president tried to do so,” writes budget expert Justin Bogie.

The Census and Immigration: Ask the Question
By Ed Feulner
April 13, 2018

“Galling,” pronounced The New York Times in an editorial titled “The Trump Administration Sabotages The Census.” Along with many other critics, the Times insists that the question will lead to a vast undercounting of the immigrant population. Such a prospect alarms opponents such as the editors at The Washington Post, who at least admit their concern is more about political power: “Whether by design or incompetence, the Trump administration is threatening to rig the count against Democrats.”

Making the Most of Missile Defense
By Ed Feulner
March 28, 2017

Reagan spoke with the Joint Chiefs of Staff about the feasibility of that new way: creating a system that would destroy incoming ICBMs before they could deliver their deadly payload. They agreed that it was an idea worth exploring—and SDI was born. It wasn’t without controversy, of course. Skeptics said you couldn’t “hit a bullet with a bullet.” Many successful tests later, we know otherwise. But even before we had a track record to point to, you have to ask yourself why anyone would be unwilling to try. Wouldn’t it be an improvement over the status quo?

Saluting School Choice for Military Families
By Ed Feulner
March 22, 2018

“In a survey conducted by the Military Times, more than a third of readers (who are military personnel) said decisions about whether to remain in the military hinged in large part on dissatisfaction with their children’s education. Moreover, 80 percent of children from military families currently attend public schools, but only 34 percent of those surveyed said they would choose public schools as their first option.”

Unions, 2018: The Intimidation Game
by Ed Feulner
March 14, 2018

Ever since he started at Kohler, Herr’s been pressured repeatedly to become a member of Local 833…Worse, Herr says, Tim Tayloe, Local 833’s president, called him at work and threatened him while he was doing his job. “He said, ‘We really don’t like when people don’t join the union’,” Herr said. “He told me there were two other people in the pottery building who didn’t join the union and that nothing good happened to them. He said, ‘I don’t want anything bad happening because you’re not joining’.”

Preventing “The Tyranny of the Majority”
By Ed Feulner
March 8, 2018

“The Electoral College is a very carefully considered structure the Framers of the Constitution set up to balance the competing interests of large and small states,” writes Hans von Spakovsky, a former member of the Federal Election Commission. “It prevents candidates from wining an election by focusing only on high-population urban centers (the big cities), ignoring smaller states and the more rural areas of the country – the places that progressives and media elites consider flyover country.”

Toasting the “Intellectual Godfather” of the Conservative Movement
By Ed Feulner
Feb 27, 2018

It’s hard to overestimate the importance of National Review to the conservative movement. Great thinkers on the right, such as F.A. Hayek, Russell Kirk and James Burnham, were producing important books, but before Buckley’s magazine hit newsstands in 1955, no periodical was unapologetically applying conservative principles to current affairs, especially in such an urbane and witty way.

The Trouble with Tariffs
by Ed Feulner
Feb 21, 2018

Last month in Montreal, Trump’s trade adviser, Ambassador Robert Lighthizer, renewed the president’s threat that the United States could withdraw from NAFTA because in its current form, it is “really not a good agreement for the United States.” But that’s the key point — in its current form. When NAFTA was first proposed, I supported it enthusiastically. As a strong proponent of freedom, I know the power of open trade. And NAFTA delivered. But that was 25 years ago.

Zoning Out on Free Speech
By Ed Feulner
Feb 18, 2018

Students raised in politically correct bubbles have arrived on campus blissfully unaware that anyone disagrees with their worldview. So when, say, a speaker shows up to criticize affirmative action, or pro-life students begin handing out flyers on abortion, they can’t handle it. I don’t mean they offer a counterview. That would be fine, of course. Everyone’s free-speech rights would be honored in that case. No, they form mobs. They yell, shriek and shout down those with whom they disagree. They attack them, both verbally and physically. “Triggered” by the horror of a different point of view, they have a meltdown.

A Rising Tide of Economic Freedom
By Ed Feulner
February 9, 2018

So where does the U.S. fall on this year’s Index? Our global ranking is No. 18. True, that’s one slot lower than last year, but notice our score: 75.7 (on a 0-100 scale, with 100 being the freest). That’s 0.6 points better than last year’s. That may not sound like much, but it’s our first improved score in the last four years.

A Political History for the Young — and the Young at Heart
By Ed Feulner
Feb 2, 2018

Arnie is one of those few political strategists who was into politics not for money or power, but ideals. He encountered great minds such as Milton Friedman and Bill Buckley, with whom long ago I helped start The Philadelphia Society, an obscure group of professors and activist-intellectuals. Arnie, who became one of our youngest members and later served with me as a trustee, now outs the “PhillySoc” as the apex of Hillary’s “Vast Right Wing Conspiracy.”

Taming the Tuition Tiger
By Virginia Foxx & Ed Feulner
January 24, 2018

Easy access to federal student aid has enabled colleges to raise tuition profligately over the past several decades. When combined with generous loan forgiveness policies, which must be paid for by taxpayers, the result has been a three-fold increase in the cost of college since the mid-1980s. Economist Richard Vedder found that, had tuition and fees at colleges and universities grown at a rate similar to the growth prior to 1978 – before there was significant federal subsidization of tuition – college costs at state universities would be closer to just $5,000 today.

The Cosmetology Cops: A Case of Government Overreach
By Ed Feulner
January 19, 2017

“A dozen years ago, they swooped down on a 23-year-old Glendale woman who was braiding the hair of African-Americans. The cosmetology cops informed Essence that she’d have to get a license to do that which she’d been doing since she was 13 years old. “To get that license, she would have to take 1,600 hours of classes at a state-approved cosmetology school, paying tuition of $10,000 or more to learn everything from how to cut and curl to how to manicure and massage. Everything, that is, but how to braid hair.”

Global Warming and Bomb Cyclones: Some Cold Facts
By Ed Feulner
January 9, 2018

See, it’s a “climate crisis” now. But it’s hard to blame him for trying some rebranding. After all, prediction after prediction has come to naught. But no matter: Like other Doomsday prophets, Gore just acts like the last missed deadline didn’t happen and comes up with a new one. Which is why it’s important to remind ourselves of what Gore has said in the past. Consider, for example, how he said global warming would cause the north polar ice cap to be completely free of ice within five years. When did he say that? Nine years ago.

Taking a Better Shot at Missile Defense
By Ed Feulner
Dec 13, 2017

Nearly 35 years ago, President Reagan first called for a way to render the threat of ballistic missiles “impotent and obsolete.” Yet today, thanks in part to opposition from those who consider missile defense both unworkable and destabilizing, we have only one system capable of shooting down long-range ballistic missiles headed for the U.S. homeland: the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system.

Fighting for Freedom
By Ed Feulner
Dec 10, 2017

“And I waited for my country to do something. I waited for more than just a press release. More than just a U.N. resolution.” But his wait was in vain. “And I was embarrassed. I was ashamed. I was angry. And I resolved at that point that I would do whatever I could for the rest of my life to oppose communism and to help those who were resisting it as well.”

Government Poverty Programs: Crowding Out Compassion
By Ed Feulner
Nov 27, 2017

Whitford tells the story of Jon, a former addict who’d been homeless and was preparing to graduate from Watered Garden’s yearlong recovery and work-ready program. Asked what helped him most, Jon said it wasn’t the classes, the job training, or the physical wellness. “It’s my mentor that made the biggest difference for me.”

Defense Spending: Stopgap Measures No Longer?
By Ed Feulner
Nov 16, 2017

Consider what the Air Force recently did. It’s facing a shortage of fighter pilots. By year’s end, defense expert John Venable writes in the National Interest, “the service is projected to have fewer than 2,643 of the 3,643 active-duty fighter pilots it needs to execute its mission.” So President Trump issued an executive order authorizing the Secretary of Defense to recall up to 1,000 retired Air Force pilots to make up for the shortfall.

Communism: 100 Years of Devastation By Ed Feulner
by Ed Feulner
November 9, 2017

One hundred years ago this month, Bolsheviks under the leadership of Vladimir Lenin overthrew the Russian government and established a communist dictatorship. “The world has never been the same since,” writes foreign policy expert Kim Holmes in a recent article for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. How many perished in the wake of this “revolution”? It depends on which historian you ask. According to Richard Pipes, it was nine million. Robert Conquest says at least 20 million, and likely as many as 30 million, died in the “Great Terror.”

Warring Over the Peace Cross
by Ed Feulner
Nov 7, 2017

Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland, fortunately, has vowed to fight what he rightly called an “outrageous” decision: “The idea that memorializing our soldiers killed in battle on foreign lands to make the world safe for democracy is somehow unconstitutional goes against everything we stand for as Americans. Enough is enough.”

Sue and Settle: Dead and Buried
By Ed Feulner
Nov 3, 2017

Rules that affect the way an agency does business, especially ones that could saddle Americans with significant costs, are intended to be proposed and debated openly. The public is supposed to have ample opportunity to comment before being subjected to new rules that can affect their livelihoods. But under “sue and settle,” that’s not the case. Agencies simply caved, unable or unwilling to fight the lawsuits. Worse, they would agree to make changes that went beyond what the law required, paying out tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars to cover the plaintiff’s legal bills.

Growing Threats, Weakened Forces: A Hard Look at U.S. Military Strength
by Ed Feulner
October 15, 2017

The 2018 Index of U.S. Military Strength editors take a hard, detailed look at all the facts, and using the scale mentioned above, rate the Navy and the Air Force as “marginal” and the Army and Marines as “weak.” How is this possible, you may ask? It’s simple. For years now, we’ve been asking our military to do more with less. They’ve taken on more work and more missions, all while enduring budget cuts that eat into their ability modernize and equip themselves properly.

Why Make It Harder for Puerto Rico to Rebuild?
By Ed Feulner
Oct 3, 2017

President Trump would be wise to suspend the Jones Act for a longer time period. As Puerto Rico begins to rebuild its shattered infrastructure, demand for fuel, concrete, steel, copper wire, vehicles, and building machinery will soar. As long as the Jones Act is in place, though, access to American suppliers will be limited, meaning less income for stateside workers and businesses and higher costs for Puerto Ricans.

A Tax Cut That Works For All Americans
By Ed Feulner
Sept 28, 2017

“Across the U.S., corporations employ 54.8 million hard-working individuals who create products for global and domestic markets,” writes tax expert Adam Michel. “Corporate profits also are ultimately claimed by people. More than half of Americans invest in the stock market, and almost 40 percent of corporate stock is owned through retirement plans.”

Salary Suspicions: Generosity Trumps All
By Ed Feulner
Sept 22, 2017

Others will reach for any objection, no matter how false or ludicrous. For example, right after the election, the Atlantic published an op-ed claiming that Trump’s desire to donate his presidential salary bucked “historical and constitutional precedents.” Not true. Sure, most presidents have kept their salaries, but not all of them. Herbert Hoover and John F. Kennedy, both very wealthy, donated their salaries as well. Even George Washington initially refused to accept a public salary.

Fighting for Free Speech
by Ed Feulner
Sept 9, 2017

“Our commitment to academic freedom means that we do not support so-called trigger warnings, we do not cancel invited speakers because their topics might prove controversial and we do not condone the creation of intellectual safe spaces where individuals can retreat from ideas and perspectives at odds with their own,” Ellison wrote.

Giving Tax Cuts a Fighting Chance
By Ed Feulner
August 31, 2017

Romina Boccia and Adam Michel point out in a recent op-ed for The Hill, CBO treats spending cliffs and tax cliffs differently: “When spending expires, as in when the Social Security trust fund runs dry, for example, the CBO assumes Congress really intends for this spending to continue. When tax provisions expire, the CBO assumes Congress really intends for them to expire. This practice biases the budget in favor of tax hikes and spending increases.”

IRS: Inappropriate Rehiring Service?
by Ed Feulner
August 23, 2017

This isn’t the first time the IRS has been criticized for doing this. Indeed, early in 2016, four Republican senators introduced a bill designed to keep the IRS from rehiring former employees with disciplinary records. “Common sense would suggest that an employee who was fired for misconduct or poor performance shouldn’t be hired back, but the IRS’s outrageous and bewildering behavior continues to defy logic,” said Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.).

Taxes: Some Cutting Remarks
by Ed Feulner
August 13, 2017

The problem is, we have a tax system so incredibly complex that even the people in charge of enforcing it can’t always agree on what it means. It’s loaded with so many exemptions, deductions, exclusions and other complexities that many Americans are afraid to prepare their own tax returns. We need, as the saying goes, a tax system that looks like it was designed on purpose. One that is as transparent and simple as possible.

Americans: Optimistic No More?
by Ed Feulner
July 28, 2017

Although the notion that government can solve, for example, the problem of poverty has been disproved in the United States and throughout Europe, this concept persists in the minds of many people. Optimism is the fuel that feeds our dreams. It provides us with the hope necessary to innovate, invent and aspire, and the willingness to take the risks essential for achievement. Robbed of optimism, people will languish and wallow in self-pity. Their lives, and the lives of their children, will stagnate.

Our National Culture: What’s Up, What’s Down
by Ed Feulner
July 19, 2017

Declining Marriage Rate and religious attendance rates and drug use is up. Temporary Assistance for Needy Families is down, teen sexual abstinence is up and there are fewer abortions. After ballooning in the late 1970s and early 1980s, the rate is now lower than it was in 1973 – the year of Roe v. Wade

Reversing the Rout in our Readiness
by Ed Feulner
July 15, 2017

Our own military has been struggling for too long now, thanks to arbitrarily low levels of funding imposed by the Budget Control Act of 2011. All the while, we’ve been asking it to do more. But a high tempo of operations with a shrinking, aging and less-ready force is an unsustainable combination.

The Cost of Waiting to Drain the Swamp is High
by Ed Feulner
July 2, 2017

If nothing changes, the swamp will end up costing more than two million prospective jobs over the next decade. Elites argue that piles of regulations and special rules keep everyone safe. But most Americans understand that these policies serve mainly to enrich special interests and keep up-start entrepreneurs from gaining a foothold.

The American Dream: Alive and Well
by Ed Feulner
June 21, 2017

When government tries to help people in need, it often crowds out entities that could provide them with better-quality assistance. And in its zeal to prevent injury and remedy injustice, our government swims ever deeper in the riptides of overregulation. We have partly ourselves to blame. For too long, Americans have expected government to heal even minor hurts. “There ought to be a law,” we cry, and politicians quickly enact yet another curb on our lives. How does this affect prosperity? All too heavily.

A Toxic Environment for Trump’s Policies at EPA
By Ed Feulner
June 17, 2017

If President Trump wants to make any headway at the EPA and other federal agencies, he needs to do more than appoint good people to run them. He needs to make sure that the people behind the curtain aren’t working to undermine him…..“This is a government employee using taxpayer funds to gather political activists on government grounds to plot — let’s not kid ourselves — ways to sabotage the Trump administration,” Strassel writes.

Giving Terrorists No Quarter in Afghanistan
By Ed Feulner
June 9, 2017

“The goal in Afghanistan is to get the forces to a level where they can handle the insurgency themselves, without tens of thousands of Western troops on the ground. If the West continues to mentor, train, and fund the Afghan military, the Afghans will eventually be able to take on the insurgency themselves.”

Paris Agreement Deep-Six This Deal
By Ed Feulner
May 17, 2017

To call this a flawed deal is the understatement of the year. It’s all pain, no gain. No wonder President Obama didn’t submit the deal to the Senate for approval (as he should have). He must have known lawmakers would reject it.

The Most Taxing Time of the Year
by Ed Feulner
April 20, 2017

Tax reform should strive to make that cost explicit to taxpayers. Once taxpayers know how much of their hard-earned income goes to the federal government, they will be more willing to reduce the size of government since they will better understand how it negatively affects them.”

Big Government: No Friend of the Poor
by Ed Feulner
April 15, 2017

It’s broken down by income quintiles, and guess what? Government data show incontrovertibly that it is the poor who pay the biggest percentage of their income for things such as housing, food, clothing, electricity and gasoline. So when regulations and other government policies jack up the cost of these items, the poor are the ones hit the hardest. Not those of us who are fortunate enough to have done better and moved up the income ladder.

Getting Government Under Control
by Ed Feulner April 5, 2017

Article 1, Section 8 lays out the specific powers vested in Congress. Self-reliance characterized the first settlers in this country, and the U.S. Constitution exemplified that spirit by creating a federal government of separate and limited powers — one strong enough to represent a new nation to the world, but weak enough to allow states and individuals to thrive.

The Cure for the Cure Fixing Health Care Properly
by Ed Feulner
March 30, 2017

The first attempt at Obamacare repeal may well have failed, according to Haislmaier, because lawmakers lost sight of the “why.” We need to remind ourselves why many people are having a bad experience with Obamacare: Its basic construct is untenable. Its purpose, he writes, was to “take control of private health plans and convert them into off-budget extensions of federal programs.”

SDI at 34 Building on Reagan’s Vision
by Ed Feulner
March 23, 2017

Adversaries and potential adversaries have chosen to exploit U.S. vulnerability and invested heavily in ballistic missiles, as well as programs researching and developing lethal payloads for them. As Heritage has continued to emphasize, the threat from ballistic missiles is only 33 minutes away.

(Dis)United We Stumble
By Ed Feulner
March 14 2017

Consider what the distinguished liberal historian Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. had to say in his book “The Disuniting of America.” He argued that a stress on ethnicity has benefits, but that “its underlying philosophy is that the United States is not a nation of individuals at all but a nation of groups, that ethnicity is the defining experience for Americans.” This dogma, he warned, “replaces assimilation by fragmentation, integration by separatism. It belittles unum and glorifies pluribus.”

Civil Forfeiture Turns Cops Into Criminals
by Ed Feulner
March 1, 2017

In August 2013, through a secret warrant and with no warning, the federal government seized Carole’s entire bank account—nearly $33,000. She was not charged with any crime, nor did the government claim that her money was earned through any illegal activity; however, she was told by two IRS agents that they seized her account because she had made several cash deposits of slightly less than $10,000.

U.S. Economic Freedom Hits New Low
By Ed Feulner
Feb 22, 2017

The number of federal regulations has increased substantially, raising total annual compliance costs to more than $100 billion in just seven years. (Thanks, President Obama.) Ballooning deficits are fueled by federal welfare programs, farm subsidies, “green” energy programs, corporate welfare and other special-interest spending.

Purging the Marriage Penalty
by Ed Feulner
Feb 15, 2017

But let’s focus for now on how the EITC discriminates against married couples. In most cases, the EITC benefits received by unmarried parents who cohabit are significantly higher than those received by similar couples who are married.

The Anchor of Over-Regulation
by Ed Feulner
Feb 9, 2017

According to independent estimates, regulation costs us more than $2 trillion annually. Yes, “trillion” with a “t” — 12 zeroes. That’s more money than the IRS collects in income taxes each year. In just the past eight years, the Obama administration issued more than 22,700 rules, with just the biggest ones increasing the annual regulatory costs by some $120 billion.

Government Waste: Frittering Away the Funds
by Ed Feulner
Jan 27, 2017

Religious Aliens. Say we find life on another planet. How might the world’s religions respond? Perhaps you consider that a good question, but I’m hoping you agree that NASA’s Astrobiology Program had no business giving more than $1.1 million to the Center of Theological Inquiry to find an answer.

Environmentalists Ignore the Truth About Fracking
by Ed Feulner
Dec 22, 2016

But the EPA’s report isn’t the only one that exonerates fracking. Officials at the U.S. Department of Energy, and at the U.S. Geological Survey, have also said that there is simply no evidence of widespread contamination due to fracking.

We Almost Didn’t Have The Bill of Rights
by Ed Feulner
Dec 16, 2016

Their final concern was that a Bill of Rights might confuse people about the origin of their rights. The Declaration of Independence had already made it clear that our rights are inalienable because they are endowed by God. Government’s job isn’t to grant them, it’s to protect them. They felt a list of rights might inadvertently enforce the wrong idea.

Putting Innocent Americans on “Trial” By Ed Feulner
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Dec 9, 2016

Ask Wyoming welder Andy Johnson. His misdeed? He built a stock pond on his eight-acre farm. The Environmental Protection Agency proceeded to fine him $16 million, or $37,500 a day. Seibler lists several other federal offenses that have appeared on the Twitter page “A Crime a Day.”

Iran Nuclear Agreement: Deal Us Out
By Ed Feulner
Nov 23, 2016

Small wonder that Obama structured this flawed and risky deal as an executive agreement. He wanted to make an end-run around Congress, which would likely have voted the deal down if it had been presented to lawmakers as a formal treaty.

An Overblown Link Between Hurricanes and Global Warming
by Ed Feulner
Oct 20, 2016

But scratch a bit below the surface of these and other stern pronouncements that climate change and hurricane activity are linked, and you find words like “probably” and “likely.” When you look at the data, hurricane activity doesn’t match up with either CO2 levels or world temperatures. So even “probably” and “likely” aren’t relevant.

Stop Targeting Military Budgets
By Ed Feulner
Oct 7, 2016

Four of America’s top military officers testified on Sept. 15 before the Senate Armed Services Committee on the long-term budget challenges they’re facing. All four branches of our military are grappling with budgets cuts — cuts that add up to fewer troops, aging equipment, and degraded levels of readiness. Building and maintaining a world-class military isn’t smart only when you use it for combat. Simply having such a military can help you avoid a fight in the first place.

Time to Re-Declare a War on Drugs
by Ed Feulner
Sept 30, 2016

We see drug usage among this key group rise to almost 40 percent in 1979, then drop to about 15 percent in 1992. Then it climbs steadily until it’s about 25 percent in 1997. Since then it’s dipped a bit, then gone back up, until leveling off at around 24 percent.So the real question is, what happened in the 1980s, when drug usage among 12th graders was more than cut in half?

A Poor Way to Measure Poverty
By Ed Feulner
Set 24, 2016

Last year, government spent $221 billion on cash, food and housing benefits for low-income families with children. But when measuring poverty, Census ignored more than 90 percent of these benefits. Adding in these benefits cuts the poverty rate for children by half or more.

Our Forgotten National Birthday
by Ed Feulner
Sept 17, 2016

That’s the date our Constitution was signed in 1787. Considering how profoundly it altered our nation and shaped our destiny, we should be marking Constitution Day with as much pomp and circumstance as we do Independence Day. The Declaration, after all, gave birth to our nation, but the Constitution raised it and gave it its unique and immutable character.

Clearing the Minefield of Political Correctness
By Ed Feulner
Sept 9, 2016

When you slip on your jogging shoes, you don’t coddle your body. You push it. It will tell you it’s tired, that the exercise is hard, that it wants to quit. It wants a “safe space,” but you don’t give it one, and why? Because you know it won’t get stronger unless you challenge it. That’s exactly what a college education should do for your mind. Yet a lot of people expect a college professor to go easy on them. They demand “trigger warnings” before they encounter the horror of a different point of view. It’s a sign of how coddled they’ve been since birth.

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Checking the National “Dashboard”
By Ed Feulner
August 28, 2016

The Index is subtitled “The Social and Economic Trends that Shape America,” and it runs the cultural gamut. Topics range from marriage, drug use and welfare to crime, education and religious attendance. But rather than a deep dive into policy minutiae, the Index offers a data-driven snapshot of where things stand, good and bad.

Welfare Reform: What (and Who) Works
by Ed Feulner
August 18, 2016

Today, the U.S. spends 16 times as much on welfare as we spent in the 1960s — about four times the amount needed to pull every poor family out of poverty — yet people are less capable than ever of supporting themselves. Total spending at all levels of government on the roughly 80 federal means-tested welfare programs, which provide cash, food, housing, medical care, and social services to poor and lower-income Americans, is over $1 trillion annually.

Dealing with the Death Tax
by Ed Feulner
August 12, 2016

The death tax — the penalty families have to pay when a loved one dies and leaves them significant assets — is back in the news, thanks to the IRS. The agency recently proposed new rules that would extend the reach of the tax. Business owners are alarmed — as well they should be.

Don’t Super-Size the Minimum Wage
by Ed Feulner
August 7, 2016

Even liberal economists have noted that workers could be hurt if we mandate a $15-an-hour minimum. Harry Holzer, a chief economist in the Clinton administration, opposes it. According to Alan Krueger, the former chair of President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers, “a $15-per-hour national minimum wage would put us in uncharted waters, and risk undesirable and unintended consequences.”

A Climate Change on Free Speech
by Ed Feulner
July 29, 2016

What I find abhorrent is the idea of using the power of government to compel groups who express a politically incorrect point of view to open their files for investigation…. Sorry, Sen. Whitehouse. The only fraud being perpetrated here is by those who would deny basic First Amendment rights to their fellow Americans. Let’s hope those who recognize your bullying tactics keep turning up the heat.- U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch told the Senate Judiciary Committee that she has discussed internally the possibility of pursuing civil actions against “climate change deniers.” Worse, she said she has “referred it to the FBI to consider whether or not it meets the criteria for which we could take action.”

Clarence Thomas Standing Up For What’s Right
by Ed Feulner
July 19, 2016

“My household was strong, stable and conservative,” he said in a 1987 speech. “God was central. School discipline, hard work, and knowing right from wrong were of the highest priority. These were not issues to be debated by keen intellectuals, bellowed about by rousing orators, or dissected by pollsters and researchers. They were a way of life.”

Why the Declaration of Independence Endures
by Ed Feulner
July 12, 2016

We must realize that nothing is more intrinsically un-American than a system in which bureaucrats and school administrators, not parents, make decisions about a child’s education; one in which government handouts create generational dependencies; or one in which retirement comes not on our own terms, but rather those dictated by politicians thousands of miles away.

Defining and Defeating the Next Strain of Terrorism
by Ed Feulner
June 28, 2016

As terrorism expert James Carafano recently testified to Congress, the frequency of plots has dramatically increased. There have been 22 successful or interrupted terrorist plots in the U.S. since 2015. Worse, the overwhelming number of these plots are emanating from the home front. Twenty-one out of 22 involved American nationals. All involved a homegrown element.

Brexit: Voting to Leave The EU Makes Sense
by Ed Feulner
June 21, 2016

The European Union is not the simple “open trading area” envisioned in the 1950s. It has become a bureaucratic monstrosity, unaccountable to national parliaments, imposing a heavy thumb on the regulatory scale of its 28 members. Ask an English or a Scottish friend what they think about their immigration challenge: their response will sound familiar. The EU is confronting hundreds of thousands of unidentified, and unidentifiable, migrants from both within the member states and refugees from elsewhere.

Getting Back to First Principles
by Ed Feulner
May 20, 2016

“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports,” George Washington said. “In vain would that man claim tribute to patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness.” .. Perhaps more importantly, they highlight the need for civil society. You’d never know it from the shouting heads on the cable-news stations and on the op-ed pages, but not everything has to be about politics. EPPC knows that.

Turning Up the Heat on “Climate-Change Deniers”
by Ed Feulner
May 19, 2016

“They want to investigate and prosecute corporations and individuals for their opinions on an unproven scientific theory, for which there is not a consensus, despite inaccurate claims to the contrary,” writes legal expert Hans von Spakovsky. The fact that this flies in the face of the First Amendment seems so crushingly obvious that I can’t believe it needs to be said. But when you have public officials talking about using the federal government to punish those who dissent from their viewpoint, it is actually necessary to say it.

Standing Up For Religious Liberty
By Ed Feulner
May 6, 2016

To see religious liberty under attack in the United States is disheartening — and more than a little ironic. The only people being discriminated against are those who ask simply that they not be made to violate their sincerely held religious beliefs. That such a bedrock, common-sense provision, one rooted in the DNA of our country’s founding principles, is controversial says a lot about how embattled our most basic freedoms have become.

Rule by Unelected Bureaucrat
by Ed Feulner
April 12, 2016

Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.) recently provided an example of how things can go awry under the Chevron Doctrine. Noting the presence of a small stream by several farms near his home, he said the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers tried to push through a rule stating that because a farm sometimes has some standing water after a rainstorm, the Navigable Waters Act gives the EPA control over that farm.

Time to Budge on the Budget
by Ed. Feulner
March 11, 2016

According to the Congressional Budget Office, if the federal budget keeps going at current levels, government will spend another $9.9 trillion more than it will collect over the 2016 to 2026 period.

Seeking “Safe Spaces” on Campus
by Ed Feulner
March 11, 2016

No wonder Everett Piper, head of Oklahoma Wesleyan University, wrote an open letter last fall calling on students to “grow up,” noting that “our culture has actually taught our kids to be this self-absorbed and narcissistic.”

Some Cold Facts on Global Warming
by Ed Feulner
March 5, 2016

“For example, the national media hyped NASA’s finding that 2014 was the hottest year on record,” writes Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas. “Ignored was the footnote that revealed that NASA was only 38 percent certain this was accurate. Less than fifty-fifty. Americans would have been better served by a coin toss.”

Responding to North Korea’s Latest Provocation
by Ed Feulner
Feb 22, 2016

One asked me, “Is America’s pivot to Asia serious?” He added that he hadn’t seen any proof of this, and he combined it with China’s unwillingness to rein in its client state–the bellicose North Korea.

Time to Ask the EPA Some Hard Questions
By. Ed. Feulner
Feb 19, 2016

Ironically, the agency was on-site to identify and stanch a leak of contaminated water within the mine. But officials wound up dislodging a plug of material that kept the toxic water dammed up. Out came a deluge of chemical-laced waters, pouring into a river that serves as a drinking-water source for thousands of residents in Colorado and other states.

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Fostering “Informed Patriotism”
By Ed Feulner
April 1, 2013

The Founders knew that no piece of paper could ensure liberty. Only a people steeped in the principles that animated the Declaration could do that. Further, liberty depended not upon individuals living in isolation but on what Edmund Burke called the “little platoons” of society: families, religious congregations, and other voluntary associations. The Founders believed that if the institutions of civic virtue remained free and strong, the American people would remain self-governing and free. But freedom is not guaranteed. As Ronald Reagan said, freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. So the second duty of the people is the pass the torch of freedom to the next generation.

Obamacare: An Alarming Check-Up
By Ed Feulner
March 31, 2013

I see that insurance premiums are going to skyrocket under you. It’s those coverage mandates you put in place — they’re the culprit. According to a congressional report by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, some premiums are set to rise in every state. Yes, every state. And not by small amounts. In many states, they’re primed to go up by more than 50 percent; in others, by more than 100 percent. And it’s all due to changes you’ve introduced. This despite your claim that your law would “cut the cost of a typical family’s premium by up to $2,500 a year.” That sure isn’t working out, is it?

Paying the Price of Preparation.
By Ed Feulner
Dec 5, 2012

1,177 service members killed at Pearl Harbor 71 years ago. Since 1945 the U.S. has effectively led the world, and from that position of strength we’ve redirected geopolitics. But our commitment to military dominance may be starting to wane. Our Army, for example, is getting smaller. We dropped to 551,000 active-duty soldiers this year, and deeper cuts are coming next year. At least another 80,000 will be departing, even though as many as 20,000 of them are eager to continue serving.

Paying the Price of Preparation.
By Ed Feulner
Dec 5, 2012

1,177 service members killed at Pearl Harbor 71 years ago. Since 1945 the U.S. has effectively led the world, and from that position of strength we’ve redirected geopolitics. But our commitment to military dominance may be starting to wane. Our Army, for example, is getting smaller. We dropped to 551,000 active-duty soldiers this year, and deeper cuts are coming next year. At least another 80,000 will be departing, even though as many as 20,000 of them are eager to continue serving.

A Call for Courage
By Ed Feulner
July 6, 2012

Rosa Parks is defying the unwritten code of racial subservience. She is also defying Alabama law. The driver summons the police. They arrest Mrs. Parks and take her to jail. Viewed from one perspective, Ronald Reagan and Rosa Parks couldn’t have been more different. He was the most powerful person in the world, commander in chief of the armed forces of the United States. She was one of the least powerful, an unknown black seamstress working in the back room of a department store in the deep South.

Making the Moral Case
By Ed Feulner
July 6, 2012

“Anyone who reads the words of the Founders,” Brooks writes, “cannot miss their keen emphasis on the morality of the systems they intended to create. Our ideas about free enterprise and liberty were born from a sense of what is right and what helps us to thrive as people, not from a monomaniacal obsession with what makes us rich.” Historian Matthew Spalding echoes this theme in his book We Still Hold These Truths: “As the Founders saw it, the right to property was not simply an economic concept, and was much more than owning a bit of land. It was a first principle of liberty. The essence of liberty is the freedom to develop one’s talents, pursue opportunity, and generally take responsibility for one’s own life and well-being.”

Dealing with “Real Enemies”
by Ed Feulner
March 24th 2011

“Was the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords a terrorist attack? I mean, you have to look at the evidence and look at the motivation, and then you make a judgment.” The fact is, more than three dozen terrorist plots against the U.S. have been foiled since 9/11. There’s Richard Reid, the would-be “shoe bomber.” There are the six U.S. citizens of Yemeni descent arrested in 2002 for conspiring with terrorists (the “Lackawanna Six”). There are the seven men apprehended in Miami and Atlanta in 2006 for plotting to blow up Chicago’s Sears Tower. Just last year, Faisal Shahzad was arrested for trying to detonate explosives in an SUV parked in Times Square, and Mohamed Osman Mohamud was arrested for trying to blow up a car bomb at a Christmas tree-lighting ceremony in Portland, Ore. The list goes on.

2011: The Promise and the Pitfalls
By Ed Feulner
Jan 7th, 2011

America: Are we a nation where government can order people to buy health coverage? Liberals can try all they want to place us on a “road to serfdom”. conservatives are winning where it matters most .. We are winning the war of ideas. And liberals are taking notice.

Author: R.P. BenDedek

Born in 1953 in Brisbane City, Queensland, Australia, R.P. BenDedek (pseudonym) is a divorced father of five who has been living and working in The People's Republic of China (Mainland China) since 2003. He is currently (2016) working in Suzhou City, Jiangsu Province.

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