The Racism Treadmill

By Coleman Hughes | March 19th, 2019 at 3:39 pm

BY: Coleman Hughes / Columbia University

Filed Under: Commentary, Contributor, Culture, Ethics, Opinion, Race

We no more choose the culture we are raised in than we choose the year we are born in. Nevertheless, culture matters, and black culture is no exception. To inoculate black culture against all criticism is to doom blacks to pay the price for the destructive elements of their culture in perpetuity

Is This True of Me?

By Oswald Chambers | March 4th, 2019 at 8:01 am

BY: Oswald Chambers / Minister

Oswald Chambers (July 24, 1874 – November 15, 1917) was an early twentieth-century Scottish Baptist and Holiness Movement evangelist and teacher, best known for the devotional My Utmost for His Highest.

Filed Under: Christianity, Culture, Devotional Study, Faith, Inspirational

Our reasonable work is based on the following argument which we say to ourselves, “Remember how useful you are here, and think how much value you would be in that particular type of work.” That attitude chooses our own judgment, instead of Jesus Christ, to be our guide as to where we should go and where we could be used the most.

The Best Commentary I’ve Read Or Heard In Months …

By Keith Plunkett | January 30th, 2019 at 2:28 pm

BY: Keith Plunkett / Editor

Keith Plunkett is a Policy Consultant, Editor, Writer, Founder and Publisher of MississippiPEP.com. http://mississippipep.com/profilegrid_blogs/keith-plunkett/

Filed Under: Civil Rights, Commentary, Contributor, Culture, Ethics, Feature Stories, Inspirational, Keith Plunkett, Liberty, Mississippi PEP, Opinion, Principles of Freedom

Politicians and public policy analysts aren’t the only place, or even the best place, to get a little sorely-needed perspective.

Want More Tolerance And Better Educated Americans? Homeschool Your Children.

By MississippI PEP Staff | January 23rd, 2019 at 5:39 am

BY: MississippI PEP Staff /

The MS PEP Staff consists of a number of volunteers across the state dedicated to sharing news and commentary important to conservatives.

Filed Under: Civil Rights, Education, Influencing Institutions, Justice, Liberty, MDE, Opinion, Religion, School Choice

Government-run schools are academically inferior to homeschooling, riddled with crime and abuse, and producing graduates less tolerant than their counterparts who were educated at home. But rather than fix their pet institutions, politicians prefer to grab for power.

Targeted Tax Incentives: Perverse and Ineffective

By Peter Calcagno | January 21st, 2019 at 4:16 pm

BY: Peter Calcagno / Professor of Economics

Dr. Peter T. Calcagno is a professor of economics and Director of the Center for Public Choice & Market Process at the College of Charleston.

Filed Under: Business, Commentary, Contributor, Economic Development, Economy, Ethics, Feature Stories, Governor, Job Growth, MDA, Mississippi, Mississippi Municipalities, MS State Government, Opinion, Phil Bryant, Politics, Principles of Freedom, Property rights, Spending, Taxes

State governments need to reform their economic development policies to be market-friendly and attempt to attract all firms by offering greater overall economic freedom. By eliminating targeted tax incentives, states can reduce rent-seeking opportunities and potential political corruption while competing based on real market conditions that firms actually use to make their decisions. A state with a competitive tax system that attracts businesses and protects property across the board as opposed to being targeted or discriminatory will do more to reduce unemployment and generate economic growth than any targeted incentive.

MCPP Conducting Analysis Of Civil Asset Forfeiture Reports Since Creation Of Database

By Steve Wilson | January 17th, 2019 at 9:14 pm

BY: Steve Wilson / Investigative Editor - Mississippi Center for Public Policy

Steve Wilson is the Investigative Editor for Mississippi Center for Public Policy.

Filed Under: Civil Rights, Contributor, Ethics, Justice, Law Enforcement, Legislature, Liberty, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, MS Bureau of Narcotics, MS State Government, News, Principles of Freedom, Property rights, Public Safety

There are no requirements that law enforcement agencies list the type of drug that was involved with the seizure, the circumstances of the seizure or whether charges were filed in connection with the seizure.

Of the 315 forfeitures listed in the database up to December 31, only 137 listed the drug that led to the forfeiture. On the boilerplate notice of intent for forfeit used by many agencies such as the MBN, there is a blank line for listing what drug was involved. Most of the time, it was left blank.

Also, only 91 out of the 315 listed the circumstances that led to the forfeiture, such as a traffic stop or an outstanding felony warrant.

Book Review: Former State Supreme Court Justice Jimmy Robertson’s ‘Heroes, Rascals and the Law’

By Leslie Southwick | January 17th, 2019 at 8:17 pm

BY: Leslie Southwick / Judge — U.S. Court of Appeals

Leslie H. Southwick is a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals in Jackson. He is the author of a memoir, The Nominee: A Political and Spiritual Journey.

Filed Under: Books, Commentary, Events, History, Inspirational, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, Mississippi Supreme Court, MS State Government, Opinion, Politics

Robertson’s view of right and wrong in his chronicles is whether Mississippi’s constitution was allowed to be muscular or whether the dead hand of legal tradition restrained it. The author’s preferences are explicit, but he fairly discusses different perspectives.

Partial Medicaid Expansion Would Increase Federal Costs

By James Capretta | January 16th, 2019 at 11:46 pm

BY: James Capretta / Real Clear Policy — Contributor

James C. Capretta is a RealClearPolicy Contributor and a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.

Filed Under: Commentary, Contributor, Federal Government, health, Insurance, Medicaid, Mississippi PEP, MS State Government, National, Obamacare, Opinion, Politics, Spending, US Congress

It would be better if partial Medicaid expansion were pursued as a legislative change rather than an allowable state waiver because, in legislation, Congress could offset the added federal expense with cost-reducing reforms. Among other things, Congress could cut costs by limiting the use of tax schemes intended to circumvent the states’ matching payment requirements.

The Supreme Court’s decision in 2012 disrupted the plan to establish a national standard of Medicaid eligibility. The result is vastly different Medicaid eligibility rules across the country, which probably isn’t sustainable over the long term.

Shutdown Reveals How Many Things Government Shouldn’t Be Doing

By Jeffrey Tucker | January 15th, 2019 at 9:04 pm

BY: Jeffrey Tucker / FEE - Director of Content

Jeffrey Tucker is Director of Content for the Foundation for Economic Education. He is also Chief Liberty Officer and founder of Liberty.me, Distinguished Honorary Member of Mises Brazil, research fellow at the Acton Institute and policy adviser of the Heartland Institute.

Filed Under: Commentary, Contributor, Federal Government, Liberty, Mississippi PEP, National, Opinion, Politics, Principles of Freedom

The lesson of the shutdown: if you want a service to be unreliable, disregarding of consumer interest, overly costly, buffeted by political winds, and subject to extended outages, by all means, hand it over to be administered by government.