American Principles Project - Lessons from NY 26, Gold in Utah, and More

Lessons from NY 26


The recent Democrat victory in the usual Republican stronghold of NY 26 brought to light the GOP's flaw in favoring spending cuts over economic growth. In a Washington Times editorial, APP President Frank Cannon and Lehrman Institute President Lewis Lehram reminded us that "the blue-collar Buffalo and Rochester suburbs was the early model for the Republican Party’s transformation in the late 1970s". Then, Congressman Jack Kemp continuously won re-election by championing supply side economic reforms of lower taxes, hard money, and free trade. Realizing the economic growth possible under these policies, Democrats, including those in NY, voted for Ronald Reagan and ushered in the Reagan Revolution and pro-growth economic policies.
Today, the country faces similar challenges like those in the 1970's. Conservatives must remember that while cutting spending is an ideal goal, it can not be done successfully without simultaneous pro-growth economic policies.
To continue reading the Washington Times oped, please click here.


Utah Gold Victory

Since the passage of the Sound Money law in Utah, other States have initiated similar pieces of legislation. According to a recent Huffington Post article that mentions the work done by APIA towards the passage of the Utah bill; Minnesota, North Carolina, Idaho, and 9 other States have drafted like-minded bills. As APIA's Rich Danker explains, "making gold and silver coins legal tender sends a strong signal to Congress and the Federal Reserve that their monetary policy is failing...the dollar should be backed by gold and silver, so we have hard money." To read the full article, click here.


Problems with IB

APP's Preserve Innocence recently published an editorial in US News and World Report about the numerous problems with the International Baccalaureate Program. Chief among these

problems is the undermining of America's founding principles. As Preserve Innocence Director Emmett McGroarty writes, "in the IB philosophy, national sovereignty must yield to the imperative of solving global problems". Not only does supporting global sovereignty violate our principles, but it is our taxpayer dollars that are used for IB program funding. McGroarty explains "The application/candidacy fee for a school can total as much as $23,000. Add to that the costs of teacher training (hundreds of dollars per teacher per seminar, not counting expenses), annual school fees ($10,000 for a high school), student fees, test fees, and more—it adds up". To continue reading the full article, click here.