Blake Ashby speaking at St. Louis County Libertarian meeting Monday December 16

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Be Gentle with your Trump-loving relatives this Thanksgiving

Be gentle with your Trump-loving family members this Thanksgiving. And yes, that means taking a step back from your moral high ground.

I didn’t vote for the President and I’m not a fan of the Administration. However the Pro Impeachment crowd seems to regularly distort or even ignore why people voted for Trump – because they felt that a President Hillary Clinton would be more dangerous to our country and to our Constitution.

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Socialism and Unicorns

I’m sorry, but it’s just hard for me to take people that talk about socialism seriously.  If I said I believe in government by unicorns” you would laugh at me. But socialism is no more connected to reality than unicorns are.

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CEO Salaries – a distortion of American Capitalism

Here’s an example of how American Capitalism has been distorted:  compensation for Chief Executive Officers of public companies.  If you go back a few decades, the average corporate CEO made about 20 times what his or her workers made.  By 2010, the average CEO made 200 times what the average worker made, an increase of 1,000%.  The average CEO went from being paid hundreds of thousand dollars a year to being paid tens of millions of dollars a year.

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Trump, Israel and the Two State Solution

President Trump left his mark on a little more of the world this week.  The administration reversed decades of US policy, declaring that Israel has a right to build settlements in Palestinian West Bank. 

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American Capitalism is BROKEN and we need to fix it

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Impeachment

It’s a sad day for our country, and I wish President Trump would correct the situation, for the good of our country. Like many middle of the road people, I doubted that President Trump’s campaign actively colluded with the Russians, or had even been organized enough to be that conniving. And the frenzy around the Mueller Report, at its extremes, could be viewed as a Witch Hunt. But this is different – asking for foreign help against Biden does step over that line, and was wrong. I understand the President’s negotiator’s instincts to always try to expand the Ask, and I understand that the President feels that exposing Biden didn’t just benefit him, but would also benefit the country by providing a truer picture of who was doing what leading up to the 2016 election. But whatever the motivations or back story, the President still crossed a line.

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Fix Capitalism

Fifty years ago the wealth our economy created was broadly distributed throughout our society. Over the last thirty years almost all of the new wealth created, $21 trillion, has gone to a very small part of our population, with the middle class and poor getting almost none of the gain.

This wasn’t the natural result of Capitalism. It happened because the Keepers of Capitalism allowed a second set of rules to be slipped into different parts of our economy that only benefited a very small part of our population. It happened because we stepped away from one of the key principles of capitalism – it works better if the playing field is level.

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AOC Just Made Elizabeth Warren More Electable

There’s an old joke in politics: “I will be for you or against you, whatever will help most.” You almost wonder if Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had that conversation with Warren. Because AOC just helped Warren seem a little more moderate, and helped inoculate her, at least a little bit, from charges of being too left wing.

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The Risk of Trump’s Tax Returns

I know a lot of people on the Left are excited about getting access to Trump’s tax returns. I hope that the Democrats realize there is as much political risk as there is political benefit in doing so. I absolutely agree that Congress has a right to review Trump’s tax returns, and that getting those tax returns can serve a legitimate legislative purpose. But Trump is also right that it seems like some of the Democrats want access to Trump’s tax returns to embarrass him and cause political damage, and possibly even open him up to some kind of prosecution for tax evasion. And it seems almost inevitable that someone will leak the bad parts of Trump’s tax returns to the press. But here’s the deal – the embarrassing stuff isn’t going to matter. And if the leaks suggest he cheated on his taxes, it’s even worse…

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