WATCH HOW THIS PROJECT GIVES HOMES TO APPALACHIANS

They called it the miracle of Dry Creek. On August 5, 2012, a once-every-few-centuries flood ravished Washington County Tennessee in Central Appalachia, one of poorest areas in America. “There was nowhere for the water to go,” recalled Walter Crouch, the CEO of the Appalachia Service Project, a 46 year old organization dedicated to repairing and […]

STUDENT LOAN FOLLIES, V 2.0

Progressives, led by Senator Elizabeth Warren have already indicated their desire to turn the federal direct student loan program into a larger entitlement with greater underfunding and endless red ink. The 2016 campaign version of this strategy comes virtue of Ohio candidate for the U.S. Senate, Democrat P.G. Sittenfeld. Specifically, he proposes: Reduce interest rates to 2 percent for […]

The Freedom and Empowerment Plan (Gov. Bobby Jindal’s health care plan)

According to Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, Obamacare is an “unpopular, unworkable, and misguided law that should be repealed in its entirety.” To that end, in 2014 Jindal released a detailed health care plan which would repeal Obamacare entirely while putting in place a health care system built on conservative principles. The plan aims to lower […]

Conservative Politics & Pop Culture: Great Art First, Then The Message BY JAY CARUSO

Just as the “moral majority” merged contemporary religion and politics 30 years ago, pop culture and politics have become increasingly intertwined. That’s not necessarily a good thing. As religion became wrapped up with an activist brand of politics, religious conservatives seemed to alienate their fellow Americans instead of drawing them into the cause. Today, conservatives […]

The Congressional Budget Office

House Republicans earlier this week unveiled the first step in a three-part legislative process to repeal and replace Obamacare with patient-centered reforms. One thing missing is the cost of the proposed law. Enter the Congressional Budget Office. The nonpartisan government agency is responsible for revealing the cost of legislation prior to its passage, and it […]

Meet the Unsung Heroes Fighting Poverty in America’s Poorest Cities

An exciting documentary series recently launched by Mic, the Millennial news and cultural platform, tells the story of unsung heroes working in marginalized communities on the front lines of poverty and other struggles. The series is called “The Movement,” and it’s the brainchild of writer and activist Darnell Moore, a native of Camden, N.J., one […]

Speaker Ryan: The Government Has Created a Poverty Trap

For the past several years, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has embarked on a nationwide listening tour. Unlike the typical political handshake-and-photo-op, these quiet gatherings have been with community leaders who, at the human-to-human level, are tackling America’s greatest social challenges. With the help of civil rights hero Robert Woodson, Ryan has zigzagged […]

The Ridiculousness of New York’s Airbnb Ban

Airbnb introduces property holders to those wanting a short-length apartment or room rental. Taking a 3 percent cut of rental contracts, Airbnb’s business model is basic but popular. An analysis company, 7Park, recently found that Airbnb’s global inventory grew from 3,000 units in February 2009 to 2.3 million units — houses, condos, apartments — in […]