Libertarians and economists both recognize that countries with more economic freedom experience higher gross domestic product (GDP) growth. That growth translates into higher stock returns for investors savvy enough to look for governmental fiscal restraint rather than government stimulus. While many economists acknowledge that freedom matters, few investment strategies take advantage of this fact.
Finding countries where you can plant your investments in fertile soil may be one of the most important asset allocation decisions you make for the next several years. Last year the United States lost its place in the list of countries with the most economic freedom for the first time in the 15-year history of the index. Part of the lower scores was a result of the U.S. debt and deficit exploding. If 65% of foreign investments are in countries with a high debt and deficit, then 100% of U.S. investments have the same problem.
South Dakota Secretary of State Jason Gant says people who are thinking about donating money in the wake of the deadly earthquake and tsunami in Japan should first “check out the charity,” and make sure that they are reputable and registered. Links are provided so you can verify South Dakota and national charity efforts for validity.
Here is some food for thought: The amount of grain needed to fill the tank of an SUV with ethanol just once can feed one person for an entire year. Another hard-hitting fact: The 107 million tons of grain that went to U.S. ethanol distilleries in 2009 was enough to feed 330 million people for one year at average world consumption levels, as stated in an article on Food Freedom’s website. Still think the federal government’s mandate of ethanol in vehicles is a good idea?
To watch our President bow, to see the communist flag flying at the White House it’s easy to believe China has assumed its place as the Middle Kingdom: the land between heaven and earth where Red Emperors sit on Dragon Thrones doling out cash to rescue the poor barbarians who can’t seem to balance their books. When will our increasingly imperious banker call the note? Perhaps only Hu knows Wen.
The anti-American website WikiLeaks has once again dumped a lot of documents onto the internet designed to hurt America’s power and prestige internationally. If we looked, I’m sure we’ll find people in our own government who made all of these leaks possible. In fact, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if high level people within the Obama Administration were involved. given the discomfort Obama and other Leftists feel at American power and security on the world stage.
The trial of Dutch politician Geert Wilders for telling the truth about Islam has finally begun. But he is not coming into the court room like a lamb to the slaughter. He made it clear that no matter the outcome of the trial, he will continue telling the truth about Islam, and sought the recusal of the presiding judge for bias.
Kidnapping and criminal association charges against 10 U.S. Christians who tried to transport Haitian children out of the country to an orphanage have been dropped. However, the leader of the group of volunteers, Laura Silsby, still faces a charge of arranging irregular travel and will stand trial in Haiti, Judge Bernard Saint-Vil said Monday.
An illustration of Jesus holding a can of beer in one hand and a cigarette in the other has sparked outrage among India’s Christian community. What’s worse is that the image was published in a textbook for primary school children.
Jim Allen, one of the eight American volunteers freed from jail in Haiti, said he believed the team had all the paperwork necessary to take Haitian children to an orphanage in the Dominican Republic.
Eight of the ten American volunteers detained in Haiti for the past three weeks on suspicion of child abduction were finally released and arrived in Miami early Thursday morning.
ome of the American Baptist volunteers faced with charges of child kidnapping may be freed as early as Thursday, sources say. The Haitian judge overseeing the case is expected to rule soon on whether to release the ten Americans who attempted to transport 33 Haitian children to the Dominican Republic without permission.
Five of the ten U.S. missionaries who were detained for taking children out of Haiti were questioned by a judge Tuesday. Rather than wait for a permanent facility to be built, the team felt “God … laid upon our hearts the need to go now.” They leased a 45-room hotel at Cabarete, Dominican Republic, to serve as a temporary orphanage.
A ten-member team of Baptist church members from the United States was arrested in Haiti Saturday after trying to take dozens of children out of the quake-devastated country and into the Dominican Republic. The group was arrested for reportedly lacking the proper documents as they were taking children aged 2 months to 12 years to an orphanage in the Dominican Republic as part of a “Haitian orphan rescue mission.”
Unfortunately, the messages of hope and goodwill coming from America to Haiti in the two weeks since the earthquake there have been marred by the ill-considered and inappropriate remarks of Christian televangelist Pat Robertson. Christians should not be quick to assume that because calamity has befallen another, sin is the root cause of their problem.
Pastor Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Church in Seattle landed in “hell” this week where he witnessed a teenage boy shot in the head and a girl sold to an older man. He was in the collapsed city of Port-au-Prince where rubble from former buildings and streets piled with corpses give the impression of an aftermath of a war zone.
From denominations and mission agencies to broadcasters and foreign governments, groups and individuals are responding to the devastation in Haiti with an outpouring of aid, on-site efforts, and calls for prayer and donation. Meanwhile, officials fear that the death toll from Haiti’s devastating earthquake could reach into the tens of thousands, with some saying a toll of 100,000 and even 500,000 is possible
Survivors of a massive earthquake that struck Haiti on Tuesday face “untold suffering,” warns Christian Aid. Thousands are feared dead following the 7.0 magnitude quake which struck 10 miles southwest of Port-au-Prince just before 5 p.m. local time. Buildings across the capital were toppled, including the presidential palace and the headquarters of the UN mission in Haiti.
From our friends at Americans for Limited Government.
Reprinted by permission of the Christian Post By Nathan Black Christian Post Reporter Wed, Apr. 01 2009 02:50 PM EDT Sweden has adopted a law that legalizes same-sex marriage, making it the seventh country in the world to allow gay and lesbian couples to wed in either a religious or civil ceremony. After hours of […]
With the Clinton Administration of the 1990s, many of us were tempted to believe it wasn’t possible to form a more corrupt, immoral and anti-American group of bureaucrats than did Bill Clinton. President Barack Obama is proving that belief to be incorrect. A couple of month ago I took a look at assemblage of advocates […]