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Mitchell Gunter

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Mitchell Gunter
Mithcell Gunter is a reporter with Campus Reform and a contributor to The Liberty Conservative.
News/World

North Korean Threat Demands Increased Domestic Missile Defense

In May, the Trump administration’s budget request for 2018 was on course to maintain a similar level of missile defense funding as seen during the Obama administration. Then, on November 29th, North Korea tested a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of reaching speeds of more than 8,000 miles per hour. In the wake of the rogue state’s persistent tests, funding for missile defense has skyrocketed. Congress’ recent approval of a September White House reprogramming request added $368 million to missile defense spending—with $249 million going to the Missile Defense Agency (MDA). This uptick in funding would be the biggest… Keep Reading

Politics

How ‘The FREE Act’ Could ‘Freeze’ The Credit Industry

Between May and July, hackers breached the cybersecurity of Equifax, a company that provides consumer credit scores, exposing the personal details of up to 143 million U.S. consumers. This information included names, driver’s license numbers, and Social Security numbers. Democrats immediately jumped at the chance to regulate the credit industry. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) proposed the Freedom from Equifax Exploitation Act (FREE Act), a panicked, overreaching response to an event that doesn’t define or represent the credit industry. The FREE Act would ultimately enable the excessive and unnecessary regulation of a credit industry that provides… Keep Reading

Economics/Politics

The Tax Increase In Reform’s Clothing

In a 2011 piece for the New York Times, leftist billionaire Warren Buffett claimed that investment managers are getting “extraordinary tax breaks,” due to the classification of income from managing others’ money as “capital gains.” “Some of us are investment managers who earn billions from our daily labors but are allowed to classify our income as ‘carried interest,’ thereby getting a bargain 15 percent tax rate,” Buffett said, always portaying himself as the patriotic rich man willing to pay his “fair share” of taxes. Under the current tax code, capital gains are taxed at 15 percent, rather than the top tax rate… Keep Reading

Economics

Ackman’s Quest To Ruin Herbalife Is Cronyism At Its Worst

For five years, billionaire hedge fund manager Bill Ackman has attempted to bring Herbalife, a global nutrition and weight management company, to the brink of financial ruin—all for his personal financial gain. Fortune reported that, back in 2012, Ackman’s Pershing Square Capital Management took a $1 billion short position in Herbalife’s stock, expressing his belief that Herbalife was a “pyramid scheme.” He claimed that he would give proof the very next day. In an apparent victory for Ackman’s short position, Herbalife’s stock lowered 10 percent within six seconds, causing the company to issue a temporary trading halt. Ackman offered a… Keep Reading

Economics/Politics

CFPB’s Unconstitutional Assault On Private Business Harms Consumers

Under the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) new rule, private companies would be banned from fully utilizing mandatory arbitration clauses. Pertaining mainly to financial products such as credit cards and bank accounts, these clauses currently prevent consumers from joining together in class action lawsuits to sue their banks. While the rule wouldn’t ban these clauses from company contracts entirely, it would prevent them from being used to stop group action. Aside from representing a blatant government intrusion in private businesses, this could seem like a good thing at face value. Consumers would be free to utilize further legal options, however,… Keep Reading

Politics

GOP Health Care Reform Means The Likely Demise Of Obamacare’s “Death Panel”

Over the past several months, the mainstream media and Washington elite have perpetuated conspiracy theories and demonstrably false narratives in an effort to distract and stymie the current administration from reforming America’s health care–and the claims are growing ever more outlandish. In one article, CNN teeth-clinchingly claimed that under the bill formerly known as the American Health Care Act (AHCA), rape and domestic violence could qualify as pre-existing conditions. In another, Salon asserted that women who undergo C-sections could be “monetarily punished” under the bill. Despite this propaganda campaign, President Trump and a Republican-controlled Congress are working hard behind the… Keep Reading

Politics

Furman University Students Rally Against Trump Executive Order

Students at Furman University rallied against Trump’s order on immigration in February at the “Students For Solidarity Rally.” The event, held on the steps of Furman’s James B. Duke Library, was billed as “a showing of public opposition to the Executive Order banning refugees and Muslims from 7 countries from entering the United States.” Prior to the rally, a petition circulated online, designed to “urge SGA to issue a statement regarding the security of students,” referring to Furman’s Student Government Association (SGA). The petition garnered 131 signatures out of its goal of 200, stating, “it is expected that SGA responds… Keep Reading

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