John A. Sparks
Wed, February 04, 2015
Obama Drops Plan to Tax College Savings Plans
Only a week after proposing to hit the middle class with a tax on college savings plans, President Obama dropped the assault on so-called "529 plans." These plans have been used by parents ...
Fri, January 23, 2015
Has President Exceeded His Authority on Immigration?
In the State of the Union address, President Obama declared: "We can't put the security of families at risk by taking away their health insurance, or unraveling the new rules on Wall Street, or ...
Tue, December 16, 2014
Obamacare on Defensive Again
When Case Western University law professor Jonathan Adler testified before a House subcommittee on July 31, 2013, he had no idea that his analysis of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ...
Fri, November 21, 2014
Gay Marriage Back Before Supreme Court
A month ago, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a collection of cases which raised the question of traditional marriage vs. same-sex unions. Now, a Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals decision may ...
Tue, July 01, 2014
Supreme Court Slows Obamacare's Abortion Agenda
The Supreme Court waited until the last day of its term to issue its highly anticipated opinion in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties.
Mon, June 30, 2014
Obama Appointments Nixed
In a rare unanimous decision, all nine justices of the U.S. Supreme Court agreed with the outcome in NLRB v. Canning. The Supreme Court found that President Obama's recess appointments to the ...
Wed, June 25, 2014
Being 'Offended' is Not Establishment of Religion
The Elmbrook School District operates two public high schools in suburban Wisconsin. Finding that its own gymnasiums were cramped, hot, and uncomfortable, and at the request of students, it decided ...
Mon, April 14, 2014
Pending Supreme Court Rulings, IV
In January 2012, President Obama appointed three people to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which is the federal regulatory board that determines whether or not certain labor practices have ...
Wed, March 12, 2014
Pending Supreme Court Rulings
Editor's note: This is the second article in a four-part series.
In 1995, Jennifer Gratz was denied admission to the University of Michigan. Two years later she ...
Fri, June 28, 2013
Court Missed Opportunity in Fisher Case
The Supreme Court, in a case heard by eight Justices (Justice Kagan recused
herself), has issued its decision involving the admissions policies of the
University of Texas. In a 7-1 ...
Thu, January 17, 2013
Obama's Medical Device Tax
Editor's note: A version of this article first appeared in The Washington Times.
With the start of the New Year, one of the little noticed but potentially harmful features of Obamacare ...
Fri, December 21, 2012
Robert Bork and Grove City College
On a dark February afternoon in 1988, 25 students in a U.S. Constitutional History class waited expectantly in a little-used dining hall on the campus of Grove City College (in Grove City, ...
Thu, July 05, 2012
ObamaCare Decision: A Mixed Bag
The case that received more media attention and more consideration by the U.S. Supreme Court than any in recent history has been decided. The 5-4 decision upheld the "individual mandate," ...
Tue, April 10, 2012
Obama's Monumental Misunderstanding
President Obama recently complained about the possibility of the Supreme Court striking down Obamacare. He used the term "unprecedented" and was critical of "judicial activism" ...
Mon, September 19, 2011
Does Alzheimer's Justify Divorce?
Recently, Pat Robertson, chairman of the Christian Broadcasting Network, told his "700 Club" viewers that divorcing a wife with Alzheimer's disease is justifiable (click here). His ...
Fri, September 02, 2011
Obamacare: Constitutionally Infirm
A three-judge panel of the U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the key feature of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known by many as "Obamacare," is ...
Thu, July 14, 2011
Not Year of School Choice in NYC
In a recent editorial, The Wall Street Journal calls 2011 the "year of school choice." Parents and the legislators who represent them, particularly in inner-city schools, are tired of ...
Fri, May 13, 2011
Tax Hikes Are Coming!
President Obama is now openly proposing tax increases on at least two important fronts as part of his "solution" to the growing debt crisis.
The president's favorite approach is ...
Thu, December 16, 2010
Beginning of the End of Obamacare
One of the key provisions of the Obama administration's healthcare law has been struck down as unconstitutional by Federal District Court Judge Henry E. Hudson. The decision is the culmination of a ...
Thu, November 18, 2010
Justice is Done in Connecticut
Dr. William Petit stood on the steps of the New Haven Superior Court House. A jury had just recommended the death penalty for one of the men who had assaulted and murdered his wife and daughters. ...
Tue, April 27, 2010
Rendell and Marcellus Shale
Taxing the Golden Goose
Imagine that you are governor of the state of Pennsylvania, and private enterprisers discover a new, clean source of fuel within the state's borders, a source which would help reduce the costs of ...
Tue, February 02, 2010
Freedom of Political Speech Restored
Suppose you were arrested on criminal charges because you were the head of an organization that had produced a film critical of the wife of a former political leader, who was now running for office ...
Fri, January 08, 2010
Bulldozed in New London
Pfizer, the huge drug company, has announced that it will be leaving a large research complex in New London, Connecticut and moving several hundred jobs to nearby Groton. Such belt-tightening in ...
Wed, October 14, 2009
Christopher Klicka: Warrior for Educational and Religious Freedom
A young dark-haired student, Chris Klicka, sat in my U.S. Constitutional History class at Grove City College, Grove City, Pennsylvania around 1980. He was an excellent student with a particularly ...
Mon, March 16, 2009
The Employee Free Choice Act: Why Unions Will be Hurt
The Obama administration is pushing again for the adoption of a bill with the misleading title, the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA). One of its major provisions would make employers recognize unions ...
Fri, February 06, 2009
The Employee Intimidation Act
The Obama administration will make every effort to pass a key piece of pro-union legislation. The bill has a misleading label: The Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA). In the interest of truth in ...
Tue, December 02, 2008
Educational Choice for the Obamas: What About Others?
Where will the Obama kids attend school in Washington? That question has been answered as it should be: by the new president and first lady.
There is no argument about that. Sasha and ...