Presidential Campaigns Overreach on Guns

Yesterday, presumptive Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton welcomed presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump “to the cause” of placing additional restrictions on Americans’ Second Amendment rights. While Trump’s tweet was light on policy — and his campaign declined to provide specifics — it was widely viewed as an endorsement of the types of restrictions President Obama, Congressional Democrats and Michael Bloomberg support.

“The rush to eliminate due process rights is alarming,” Heritage Action’s chief executive officer Michael A. Needham said. “Responsible presidential nominees should lead the nation in a conversation about what types of counterterrorism measures are effective, but restricting firearm access by presuming guilt is not one of them. Americans deserve real leadership on the issue of Islamist terrorism, not made for TV sound bites intended to erode our constitutional rights.”

Earlier this week, The Heritage Foundation’s James Jay Carafano explained that “Restricting Americans’ access to firearms has never been on the list of any responsible counterterrorism agenda” because it’s not an “efficacious responsible measure.”

Additional Reading:
Heritage: The Terrorist Watch List, Explained

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Morning Action: Internet Sales Tax Is Just a Bad Idea

IST.  Heritage explains that though the Senate rushed the internet sales tax bill through, the House will have more time to deliberate about this harmful bill:

For someone running—or thinking about starting—a small online business, trying to deal with tax codes for all of the states that charge sales tax is a huge deterrent.

Yet the Senate rushed this bill through. Americans for Tax Reform’s Grover Norquist said the rush itself was one of the reasons the Internet sales tax made it this far.

“It’s only passing the Senate because they took it out of regular order,” he said. “Why did they want to rush it through without amendments? Why did they do that? Because if people looked at it too long, it wouldn’t pass easily.”

The House is going to consider the bill through the normal committee channels, giving Members more time to review it and ask questions.

This also allows time for more facts to enter the debate and misconceptions to be exposed. 

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Morning Action: The Internet Sales Tax Will Cause Harm

IST. Today at 11 a.m. ET, Heritage’s Google + Hangout will cover the topic of the internet sales tax.  Businessman and owner of Peace Frogs, Catesby Jones, will discuss in concrete terms how his business will be adversely affected by the internet sales tax:

“This is pure and simple a special interests bill,”Jones told the Daily Press in Hampton Roads, VA. “Let’s say I have to hire one or two people to handle the paperwork. That’s a huge percentage of my sales. This is going to be a huge barrier to entry for new businesses. They’re not going to be able to afford to deal with it. This is solely to benefit the large corporations.”

Of course, small businesses like Peace Frogs won’t be the only ones impacted. Consumers could soon be paying a whole lot more for products purchased online. The bill, which is anything but fair, would force retailers to act as tax collectors for states in which they have no voice. The tax hike on consumers could total billions of dollars annually.

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Gun-Grabbers Never Sleep

Will liberal gun-grabbing rear its ugly head again in America?  Sometimes when bad bills fail, they don’t enjoy the power of resurrection.  They’re just allowed to die.

However, when the issue at hand is a constitutional right designed by the Founders to protect American citizens from the chains of government oppression, you can bet your bottom dollar big-government loving liberals will try.

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-IL) is a case in point.

David Hawkings notes:

Do-overs resurrecting legislation that failed the first time are a pretty rare phenomenon in Congress. But Joe Manchin III is predicting that he and Patrick J. Toomey will be able to find the five votes they need to advance their background check expansion proposal a second time around.

A wave of polling in the two weeks since the Senate gun control measure first foundered is offering a decent road map for where to start their search.

Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat, said on Fox News over the weekend that “some confusion” about the measure contributed to its initial defeat. President Barack Obama has gone further, alleging the National Rifle Association and others “willfully lied” in arguing the measure would lead inexorably to a national registry of gun owners.

But if Manchin and his Pennsylvania Republican partner devote some time to educating close-call colleagues about the reach of their proposal, he says, they will prevail. 

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Morning Action: No, Let’s Not Forget Benghazi

BUDGET.  Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) is proposing two budget gimmicks to spend $85 billion more in 2013 than allowed under sequestration.  Heritage outlines the gimmicks:

1.      Phantom War Savings

Reid’s proposal (S. 788) suggests placing caps on war-related spending for Iraq and Afghanistan, referred to as Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO), a category otherwise exempted from the Budget Control Act caps. The savings from the caps are phony because they appear to be based on the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) baseline, which assumes that OCO spending will rise, even though it’s winding down.

2.      Spend Now, Save Later

Even if Reid’s savings were real, his proposal would increase spending immediately by $85 billion while cutting it by that amount over the course of three years. If it takes Reid three years to offset five months of sequestration, how long would it take to replace all of sequestration with other cuts? Too darn long for them to possibly ever materialize.

Sen. Reid should stop playing games with the budget.

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