Can’t Afford Food

What to know:  Economic concerns are fresh on the minds of Americans everywhere. One New Hampshire retiree living on a fixed income put it this way: “probably nothing more important than the economy, because you can’t afford food.”

The TPPF take: Americans are struggling to afford gas, groceries, and rent. And Big Government is to blame.

“Leftists in Washington D.C. have made an absolute mess of the economy and public finance. So much so that ordinary Americans are now fretting about being able to afford the basics. That speaks volumes about the failure of progressive ideology and the need for a new direction,” says TPPF’s James Quintero.

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Old Hickory

What to know: President Andrew Jackson is the latest target of cancel culture. In Florida, a Republican mayor’s appointees are calling for the removal of a statue of Jackson in downtown Jacksonville.

The TPPF take: What should we make of Jackson’s dual legacies?

“In the grand annals of American presidential history, few figures are as simultaneously awe-inspiring and confounding as Jackson,” says TPPF’s Chuck DeVore. “With a life story that reads more like a legend than a biography, Jackson was a man who, among other things, dueled an astonishing 103 times without earning himself a permanent residence six feet under. Old Hickory didn’t just flirt with danger — he took it out for a candlelight dinner and then challenged it to a duel.”

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Social Media Dangers

What to know: The Florida House of Representatives has passed a bill banning children under 16 from having social media accounts. Lawmakers there cite growing evidence of the dangers of social media to minors.

The TPPF take: Social media has warped how we view the world. That’s especially true of children.

“We’re checking our phones hundreds of times a day and spending the equivalent of a 40-hour work week on digital devices every week,” says TPPF’s David Dunmoyer. “With the advent of a new year, now is a particularly good time to evaluate where you can—and should— cut back on the digital world and step outside to experience reality as God intended for us to.”

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