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Jerry Shenk

    Mon, March 30, 2015

    PA's Union Quid Pro Quos

    Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf faces the reality of governing, but, if Wolf has his way, Pennsylvania's reality will be more and higher taxes.

    Here's why:

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    Mon, March 23, 2015

    Hillary Clinton: Democrats' Dilemma

    Even before an assumed announcement, Democrats -- Americans -- suffer from something columnist Charles Krauthammer named "early-onset Clinton fatigue."
    Krauthammer: "[W]hat did ...

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    Tue, March 17, 2015

    Of What Use Are Republican Majorities?

    Recently, liberal Democrats and media attacked House Republicans for "risking a shutdown" by withholding a tiny fraction of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funding.

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    Thu, March 05, 2015

    Could Demographics Be Destiny?

    In September, 2013, the Washington Post published an article entitled "The Northeast is getting older…" detailing state-by-state median age data.

    In ...

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    Fri, February 27, 2015

    Who Says Democrats ~Republicans Can't Agree?

    There are more than 18 trillion reasons why the fiscally-conservative grassroots -- Tea Partiers, Patriots, 9-12'ers and similar groups - aren't going away.

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    Thu, February 26, 2015

    America's Future Depends on Which Republican Wins

    In 2008, candidate Barack Obama pledged to "change the trajectory of
    America," to discard the political triangulation of the Clinton years ...

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    Mon, February 16, 2015

    Dent Short-Circuits House Anti-Abortion Push

    Many practical conservatives would prefer to avoid social issues, to focus on the economy and winning the White House.

    In fact, some blamed Rick Santorum's 2012 ...

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    Mon, February 09, 2015

    Why Do People Listen to Paul Krugman?

    The American Enterprise Institute's Arthur Brooks often speaks about the difficulties and uncertainties of economic forecasting and the ways in which even known current and historical data are ...

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    Mon, February 02, 2015

    Obama Sends in the Clowns

    Admittedly, I sometimes find humor in things others don't, but some events are simply too ironically amusing to overlook.

    For example, since Democrats suffered ...

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    Tue, January 27, 2015

    GOP: Opportunity, Conundrum

    In his first formal speech, new U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said that the nation has lost faith in government and no longer trusts Washington.

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    Mon, January 19, 2015

    Does Economic Inequality Really Harm the Middle Class?

    The American left claims to care a great deal about economic inequality, but most Americans don't.

    Polls have shown Americans' concern about income inequality to ...

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    Wed, January 07, 2015

    Obama Has Wrecked Liberalism

    History will record Barack Obama's presidency as the high-water mark of American progressivism, the period during which liberal governance briefly flared, then flamed out.

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    Mon, January 05, 2015

    Racial Politics: Democrat's Shameful Legacy

    The left constantly mocks rural Americans (e.g.: Pennsyltucky), regards the entire South as ignorant hicks, and then can't understand why Democrats lose elections in rural areas and the South. ...

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    Mon, December 29, 2014

    Waterboarding Vs. Vaporization

    A month ago, Democratic members of the Senate Intelligence Committee released a report on the CIA's interrogation programs after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

    In ...

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    Mon, December 22, 2014

    Government Sticking Young Americans with Bill

    Young Americans, most of whom voted for President Barack Obama, face a daunting, uncertain future.

    But they're learning.

    Polls ...

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    Thu, December 18, 2014

    2016: An American Watershed

    In view of our listless economy, joblessness, illegal intrusions on our southern border, soaring health coverage costs, chaotic foreign policy and national security threats, arguably, the outcome of ...

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    Mon, December 08, 2014

    Fix Public Schools? Start with Unions

    Despite facing a $1.9 billion budget deficit , Pennsylvania's union-supported incoming governor has promised more money for public education. Predictably, his priorities are misplaced.

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    Mon, December 01, 2014

    A National Dialog on Race

    Angry denunciations from the left discourage white conservatives from voicing opinions about race. For some reason, liberals don't welcome opinions on racial matters from conservative ...

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    Tue, November 25, 2014

    A Conservative View of America, the Comical

    Perhaps my sense of irony is a bit overdeveloped, but some things just make me laugh:

    Is it even remotely possible that the same thing — more taxation -- is ...

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    Wed, November 19, 2014

    GOP 'War on Women' Wrong Card for Dems to Play

    Prior to the 2014 midterm election, in a political landscape defined by an unpopular president and an angry electorate, Democrats replayed one of their 2012 micro-issue distractions in a desperate ...

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    Thu, November 13, 2014

    Fed Use Cash to Bend States to Their Will

    Depending upon their definition of "balanced," up to 43 states, Pennsylvania included, have legal requirements to balance their budgets.

    But in recent ...

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    Wed, November 05, 2014

    EPA's Watershed Power Grab Bad News

    Two weeks ago, U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey and U.S. Rep. Scott Perry appeared in Harrisburg to rally local citizens against attempts by President Barack Obama's Environmental Protection Agency to implement ...

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    Tue, October 28, 2014

    Barack Obama's 'Malaise'

    In July, 1979, President Jimmy Carter made a nationally televised address still known as Carter's "malaise" speech.

    Intended to address energy policy, the ...

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    Wed, October 08, 2014

    GOP Shouldn't Just Accept Senate Victory

    Republicans will win a U.S. Senate majority this November, but, lacking a strategy other than "not them," the GOP may miss a larger opportunity.
    Presently holding 45 of 100, ...

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    Mon, September 29, 2014

    Where Did the Global Warming Go?

    National media kept busy last week whitewashing another left-wing street theater production, this one symbolically protesting a poorly-understood, uncontrollable phenomenon. At the People's Climate ...

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    Thu, September 25, 2014

    Harry Reid: Mouth of the Democratic Party

    Amusingly, my recent column on Senate paralysis elicited blowback for "impugning the character" of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid who has stonewalled more than 350 House-passed ...

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    Mon, September 15, 2014

    Keep Those Cards and Letters Coming

    In September, 2012, I became a regular conservative voice on the PennLive/Patriot-News Opinion page. If readers' validations are writers' rewards, in two years, I've become wealthy indeed.

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    Mon, September 08, 2014

    Progressivism Losing Wars on Poverty, Justice, Truth

    American progressives share cognitive deficiencies which produce stunning examples of paramnesia.

    Consider: Progressives complain about miserable conditions in ...

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    Mon, September 08, 2014

    Left Should Not Fear Conservatives

    "This article was originally published at American Thinker."

    Americans are constantly barraged with liberal viewpoints by media and entertainment sources, ...

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    Mon, August 25, 2014

    Class-Based Politics Poisons Public Discourse

    Among the most troubling features of the American left's message is its incessant, thoughtless, class-based demagoguery.

    A common liberal view of the American Dream ...

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    Thu, August 21, 2014

    Western Liberalism's Muslim Paradox

    Americans and the world are again witnessing the unspeakable brutality of Islamist barbarians in the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

    Americans' reactions to Muslim ...

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    Wed, August 20, 2014

    Leftists Deflect Blame From Obama

    Congress-bashing is a popular pastime among liberal Democrats desperate to
    deflect attention from President Barack Obama's conspicuous failures.

    One Daily News ...

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    Thu, August 07, 2014

    Dems Can Kiss Senate Goodbye

    The Democrats will lose the Senate this year -- and they know it.

    The evidence is so obvious that even Inspector Clouseau couldn't miss it: When liberal pundits ...

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    Tue, August 05, 2014

    Obama: Consequential, Not Serious

    Based only on the White House's stubborn protestations of President Barack Obama's attentive stewardship, his surpassing competency and the pro-Obama media's "blameless" narrative, one ...

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    Thu, July 24, 2014

    Hillary: Not Electable

    Despite the aggressive "inevitability" chatter among Democratic money
    people, special interests and media, Hillary Clinton will not be the next
    president of the United States. ...

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    Wed, July 23, 2014

    Ridiculing Obama Least Bad Option

    "Ridicule is man's most potent weapon." -- Saul Alinsky, "Rules for
    Radicals" (Rule 5)

    There is no defense for ridicule, no antidote to the ...

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    Thu, July 10, 2014

    America's Jobs Picture Remains Poor

    After eight years spent castigating President Barack Obama's Republican predecessor over better than present economic conditions, it's remarkable how far the liberal American media's expectations ...

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    Wed, July 09, 2014

    Keynesians Are Lousy Historians (And Worst Economists)

    When and how did austerity become "unhealthy?"

    America isn't "starved" for revenues.

    America receives more ...

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    Wed, June 25, 2014

    Fudging the Job Numbers

    President Barack Obama has launched his Fifth Annual Summer of Recovery.
    A recent administration jobs report trumpeted that the United States economy has reached a level of "payroll ...

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    Tue, June 24, 2014

    The Political Science Behind Global Warming

    Is the Law of Gravity settled science? One might think so, but, annually, significant investments of scientific resources are made to discover anti-gravity.

    In ...

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    Fri, June 13, 2014

    Democrats Run on Phantom Issues

    National Democrats have a November election to worry about -- careers, majorities and legacies to save.

    Their strategy is designed to further divide and distract ...

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    Tue, June 10, 2014

    Obama Hype Not Passing Reality Test

    Gloating over his administration's self-generated "statistics" claiming 8
    million enrollments in Obamacare exchange plans, President Barack Obama,
    reinforced by subservient media ...

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    Mon, June 02, 2014

    PA Gas Industry Under Siege from Leftists

    Regrettably, I don't own acreage in Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale region.
    But, then, neither do most Pennsylvania legislators, public employees or citizens. Few Pennsylvanians have paid a dime ...

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    Tue, May 27, 2014

    Obama's $1.5 Trillion Recovery Deficit

    The financial crisis already averted, upon entering office in 2009, President Barack Obama inherited a poor economy.

    But Obama didn't face 10.8 percent ...

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    Thu, May 22, 2014

    Will Pro-Market Republicans Stand Up?

    Being pro-business and pro-market are not the same things.

    Pro-market officeholders create conditions which encourage economic growth for everybody. Pro-business ...

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    Tue, May 13, 2014

    Regulatory Taxation

    Government costs Americans far more than the direct taxes we pay, because taxes don't include the costs of regulatory compliance. Compliance costs are built into the prices of goods and services ...

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    Wed, April 30, 2014

    The 'Science' Behind Liberal 'Superiority'

    Nobody enjoys being lectured by self-satisfied, self-styled "superiors," especially those who disregard civil norms.

    Public discourse isn't improved by ...

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    Mon, April 21, 2014

    If Obama Won't Obey Law, Why Should We?

    Public support for Obamacare cratered to 26 percent in a recent poll.
    Nonetheless, the left-wing media continue to support the law, often misleadingly.

    For ...

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    Wed, April 16, 2014

    I'm An Economist, So I Tell Lies for a Living

    The American Enterprise Institute's Dr. Arthur Brooks sometimes begins public talks with a laugh line: "I'm an economist, so I tell lies for a living."
    There are loose corollaries to ...

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    Wed, April 02, 2014

    GOP Must Have Obamacare Alternatives

    Republicans responding to my last Daily News column objected to this statement: "Republicans who advocate repealing Obamacare must agree on a consolidated plan to replace it from a number of ...

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    Mon, March 24, 2014

    Obamacare Will Flip Senate

    The Washington Post's Eugene Robinson urges 2014 Democratic candidates to run on Obamacare, because "Wishy-washy won't work."

    Robinson's column cited the ...

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    Mon, March 17, 2014

    No Labels

    OK, pay attention. This gets confusing:

    Unhappy with how they're labeled, some members of Congress hope to ban useful labels and discourage those who label them by ...

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    Mon, March 10, 2014

    Establishment Ignores GOP Grassroots at Thsir Peril

    Thirteen months ago, Pennsylvania Republican State Committee Chairman Rob Gleason published a self-congratulatory op-ed, in which he wrote:
    "[T]he Republican Party is ready to reinvigorate ...

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    Wed, February 26, 2014

    Left Getting the Red State Blues

    A smug, self-satisfied email is making the liberal digital circuit. It proposes breaking the United States into two parts, the progressive, or "Blue," portion of which would be designated ...

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    Thu, February 20, 2014

    Those Who Fail to Learn From History Make Policy

    "There is usually only a limited amount of damage that can be done by dull or stupid people. For creating a truly monumental disaster, you need people with high IQs." - Thomas Sowell

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    Mon, February 10, 2014

    Farm Bill Hurts 'Sweetest Place on Earth'

    If you thought Soviet-style central planning ended when the Iron Curtain fell, think again.

    In January, the US House passed another five-year farm bill "to ...

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    Wed, February 05, 2014

    The Income Inequality Con

    The three things progressives commonly disregard in pursuit of their policy preferences are the ones which argue most persuasively against them: History, human nature and math.

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    Mon, February 03, 2014

    World Debt Crisis Still Building

    Another American debt ceiling is fast approaching. Persistent government profligacy has already moved its arrival sooner than projections following the last debt ceiling "crisis."

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    Wed, January 22, 2014

    Political, Fiscal, Social and Cultural Conundrums

    Why do many people who eagerly offer strong political or cultural opinions become angry and refuse to respond to questions or requests for expansion, clarification, references or hard data? Is smug, ...

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    Mon, January 20, 2014

    What Gridlock?

    There is nothing in this column that's new.

    But, because too many readers ignored the message or refused to believe it the first through one-thousandth times they ...

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    Thu, January 09, 2014

    More Obamacare Follies

    Tue, December 31, 2013

    Who Was Intolerant in 'Duck Dynasty' Flap?

    Americans, including conservatives and Christians, freely tolerate, even admire and patronize openly-gay entertainers like Ellen DeGeneres and k.d. lang who, as a result, enjoy lavish lifestyles. ...

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    Fri, December 27, 2013

    Conservatives Needs Leaders Who Will Fight

    The conservative base of the Republican Party is ready to follow leaders who it knows will fight. Unfortunately, most Republican leaders today are go-along-to-get-along collaborationists awaiting ...

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    Fri, December 27, 2013

    If Only Our Energy Dollars Made Sense

    Mon, December 16, 2013

    Are Conservatives Being Fair to President Obama?

    Daily, conservative media outlets spend incredible amounts of column inches and air time criticizing President Barack Obama and his administration.

    Conservatives ...

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    Wed, November 27, 2013

    Europe, Investors Tell U.S. Hard Truths

    Another phony debt ceiling crisis is inevitable, as are familiar progressive arguments favoring greater government spending.

    Since 1980, the American left has ...

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    Wed, November 13, 2013

    It's Raining Violets

    In June, 2009 -- and frequently since -- President Barack Obama said, "No matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise to the American people: If you like your doctor, you will be ...

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    Wed, October 30, 2013

    Republicans Won't Destroy Obamacare

    In arguably the most amusing and ironic political development in years, the united front displayed by congressional Democrats during the government shutdown dissolved in five days.

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    Thu, October 24, 2013

    Here's What the Shutdown Taught Conservatives

    The government shutdown taught conservative Americans some useful lessons:
    First, it takes guts, so, in order to stand on principle, a Republican officeholder must have some — of ...

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    Fri, October 11, 2013

    Crashing the Debt Celing

    The 2011 congressional debt-ceiling deal was billed as the best possible, but it solved nothing. Now, America faces another debt ceiling.

    A special commission ...

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    Thu, September 26, 2013

    Obamacare: Pride Goeth Before a Fall

    An overriding law governs the results of the legislative process, but it wasn't passed by a legislature, signed by an executive or reviewed in the courts. Enforcement is simple: The Law is ...

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    Wed, September 25, 2013

    Next Generation Will Thank Tea Party

    Junior members of Congress are among the least powerful people in Washington - less powerful than their seniors in both parties; less powerful than many unelected bureaucrats in executive branch ...

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    Wed, September 18, 2013

    How Politics Tortures Language

    In an address delivered to about 50.000 people gathered in St. Peter's Square for one of his final public appearances, Pope Benedict XVI spoke of Christ's temptation in the desert, saying, "The ...

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    Mon, August 26, 2013

    Tax Cuts Would Restore Prosperity

    To stimulate economic recovery, America needs tax rate reductions and an even larger reduction in government spending.

    Tax cuts worked for Democratic President John ...

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    Thu, August 22, 2013

    Ethanol Mandate Hoses You at the Pump

    If you pay taxes and buy groceries, every time you insert the nozzle to fill your tank with ethanol-blended fuel, you get hosed six ways.

    Federal crop subsidies and ...

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    Mon, August 12, 2013

    A Handy Political Lexicon

    It's silly season for the political media. Congress and state legislatures are on summer hiatus. The president is squandering millions on yet another posh vacation. The halls of power are empty and ...

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    Tue, August 06, 2013

    Antiquated Farm Policy Fiscally Foolish

    In June, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives rejected, 195-234, a trillion-dollar farm bill that included agriculture provisions and food stamp funding. Local Reps. Charlie Dent and ...

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    Tue, July 30, 2013

    Some Hard Questions

    Doesn't everyone have sound factual and/or logical foundations for their viewpoints and the intellectual confidence to consider and respond to reasonable questions? Or do some people just ...

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    Thu, July 18, 2013

    Obamacare is a Snafu for the Ages

    The White House is spinning its recently announced delay in enforcing Obamacare's employer mandate as evidence of the administration's "flexibility" — of its determination that ...

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    Thu, July 11, 2013

    Be Thankful for a Do Nothing Congress

    Liberal Democrats and left-leaning independents call the current Congress "do-nothing" and "lazy."

    One liberal critic wrote: "The 112th ...

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    Tue, July 09, 2013

    Finally, A Smoke Free America

    After 25 years of blowing smoke to blur ideological lines, Republicans and
    Democrats have emerged from their self-generated haze and confessed to
    holding contrasting visions for America. No ...

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    Tue, July 02, 2013

    Fixing America Will Take Sacrifice

    Profligate, dysfunctional political operators are destroying American governments, but with a complicit citizenry.

    To win and hold office, generations of American ...

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    Tue, June 11, 2013

    For Keynesians, Too Much Spending is Never Enough

    "The stimulus wasn't nearly big enough to restore full employment - as I warned from the beginning.

    "Here's the narrative you hear everywhere: President ...

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    Mon, June 10, 2013

    A Few Tough Questions

    Why are so many normally polite and courteous people willing to insult others simply for not sharing their political views?

    What words are reserved to ...

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    Thu, May 30, 2013

    We Deserve Truth on Presidential Scandals

    "Never ascribe to malice that which can adequately be explained by incompetence." — variously attributed.

    "We're portrayed by Republicans as ...

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    Mon, May 20, 2013

    Farm Policy Foolishness

    Redistricting and retirement have introduced most Central Pennsylvanians to less-familiar representatives in Congress. Todd Platts retired and, in 2013, was replaced by Scott Perry. After Tim Holden ...

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    Mon, May 13, 2013

    Triage for Obamacare

    In a January column, I declared Obamacare to be greatly flawed, unsettled and at risk of collapse. Readers who wrote angry denunciations of the evidence presented in it should redirect their ire to, ...

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    Wed, April 17, 2013

    Young Americans, Free Yourselves!

    Kids, you're screwed, but you bought the scam - and you're still buying it. Whassupwiddat?

    American conservatives and liberals differ fundamentally on ownership: ...

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    Mon, April 08, 2013

    Unions Get Unusual Legal Passes

    Are stalking or harassment ever acceptable practices? In Pennsylvania, the answer is yes — to both. Pennsylvania legislators who passed anti-stalking and harassment legislation made exceptions ...

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    Wed, April 03, 2013

    Sequester? What Sequester?

    Households do it. Businesses do it. If there's one outfit that could easily cut its budget, it's one that spends other people's money.

    Federal government ...

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    Fri, March 29, 2013

    Who Will Stand Up for the Old White Man

    Sure, most of us vote "wrong," but when and how did peace-loving, law-abiding, elderly, white, conservative, heterosexual males become politically disreputable? And why do many on the ...

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    Tue, March 19, 2013

    Economics: The Keynesian Failure

    Historical studies are enlivened by court intrigues, gossip and warfare. Language studies, including English, introduce students to rich literary traditions. The study of science or engineering ...

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    Wed, March 06, 2013

    The Chumps Are Wising Up

    In President Barack Obama's America, responsible citizens who follow the rules, work hard and pay their bills, in full and on time, are chumps. The chumps are wising up.

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    Wed, February 27, 2013

    Gasoline Prices: 'Nothing to See Here Folks'

    In mid-2008, the average price of a gallon of gasoline briefly broke the $4 barrier before dropping back to $1.89, the price on President Barack Obama's 2009 Inauguration Day.

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    Fri, February 15, 2013

    SOTU - Deja Vu

    Unsurprisingly - and against all evidence - on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, President Barack Obama told a joint session of Congress and America that the state of our union is strong.

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    Wed, February 13, 2013

    A Modest Proposal to Improve Public Education

    For years, academic excellence in American public schools has been progressively subordinated to artificial notions of fairness, diversity and social justice — and to union interests.

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    Fri, February 01, 2013

    Democrats Undone by Tax Hike 'Victory'

    Political truth is seldom self-evident, because when truth doesn't fit preferred narratives, many political practitioners willfully obscure it.
    For example, since the enactment of the 2001 ...

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    Thu, January 17, 2013

    PA Will Prosper with Right-to-Work

    Unions have poured millions of dues-payers' dollars into the campaigns of Pennsylvania politicians who pass and preserve laws favoring unions, and who approve pay and benefits - especially pensions - ...

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    Fri, January 11, 2013

    Still Nothing Certain on Obamacare

    The U.S. government once confiscated and planned to run a legal Nevada brothel to recover delinquent taxes. It was forced to auction the business.

    Now, the same ...

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    Wed, December 12, 2012

    Liberals Shout Because They Can't Debate

    American political discourse has been debased.

    Many liberals, or "progressives," tend to hold common political and social assumptions seldom challenged ...

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    Wed, November 21, 2012

    Term Two: From Bad to Worse

    First the good news: America has vast untapped reserves of conventional energy sources - petroleum, natural gas and coal - that could reduce energy costs and make the nation energy independent. ...

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    Mon, November 12, 2012

    No Mandate

    As Ron Fournier of the National Journal wrote on Election Day, "Barack Obama won a second term but no mandate. Thanks in part to his own small-bore and brutish campaign, victory guarantees the ...

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    Thu, October 25, 2012

    We Must Stop it Now

    Four years ago, American voters elected as president a man who offered "Hope and Change," but no specific plans for America. Barack Obama's campaign vagueness created a blank canvas upon ...

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    Fri, October 12, 2012

    Universities Shield Liberal Thinkers from Reality

    "There is usually only a limited amount of damage that can be done by dull
    or stupid people. For creating a truly monumental disaster, you need people
    with high IQs." - ...

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    Wed, September 26, 2012

    Big Media's Credibility Tied to Obama

    ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, PBS, NPR, AP, NYTimes and Washington Post, the core of
    the national, or mainstream, media that went all in for Barack Obama in
    2008, have doubled down on Obama's ...

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    Sat, September 08, 2012

    Grievances and Condescension

    Despite other commitments and a desire to avoid, live, the overwrought grievance-mongering and arrogant condescension of certain speakers, speech transcripts provided details of the recent ...

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    Wed, August 29, 2012

    Obama Campaign Fears Ryan Pick

    Since Mitt Romney selected Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate, the
    Obama campaign, its shills and America's national left-wing media echo
    chamber (forgive the redundancies) have ...

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    Thu, August 16, 2012

    Liberal Bigotry

    Regrettably, there's a history of religious bigotry in my family -- Germans on both sides -- some of whom continued to fight the Thirty Years War until their deaths. My maternal grandparents (long ...

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    Wed, August 08, 2012

    Unraveling Liberals' Understanding

    In any dispute, a refusal by one side to understand or even acknowledge an opponent's argument renders that side incapable of effectively challenging or disproving their opposition.

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    Sun, July 15, 2012

    Election May Not Even Be Close

    It may not even be close

    Aside from the logically-strained Supreme Court opinion preserving
    Obamacare, President Barack Obama has nothing to show for more than ...

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    Mon, June 25, 2012

    Walker Challenged Unions, Survived

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker just won a first term in office for a second
    time - by a margin greater than his 2010 victory.

    In his first election, Walker beat ...

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    Mon, May 21, 2012

    Economists Are Not Historians

    It's past time for some economic myth-busting: the American government is not "starved" for revenues, but it should be. The Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Treasury collect more ...

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    Fri, May 18, 2012

    Gay Marriage Debate Needs Honesty

    President Barack Obama has ended months of equivocation about gay marriage by coming out in favor, a potential election-year game-changer, but while his position was "evolving," other ...

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    Thu, May 03, 2012

    Theft by Another Name

    The governmental action of taking assets from its citizens under a threat of civil or criminal action for noncompliance is, by definition, confiscation. Taxation, then, is legalized ...

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    Fri, April 27, 2012

    Blue Dog Blues

    In July, 2009, before the watershed health care vote, the Blue Dog coalition consisted of fifty-two Democratic members of the United States House. Formed in 1995, the Blue Dogs self-identify as ...

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    Tue, April 10, 2012

    The Chumps Are Wising Up

    In President Barack Obama's America, responsible citizens who follow the rules, work hard and pay their bills in full and on time, are chumps. And the chumps are wising up.

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    Fri, March 30, 2012

    Health Care Defines 2012 Presidential Race

    This year, for the first time in many years, Pennsylvania has the chance to
    be a factor in nominating a presidential candidate. The outcome of the
    Pennsylvania GOP presidential primary will ...

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    Tue, March 13, 2012

    Obama Hasn't Put His Foot on the Gas

    Unsurprisingly, the price of gasoline has doubled since President Barack Obama's January 2009 inauguration and is forecast to go significantly higher. In three years, the costs of other forms of ...

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    Sun, January 29, 2012

    Spending Cuts Vs. Tax Hikes

    Do you remember the old saying about paying your taxes with a smile? Neither
    do I. The folks at the IRS don't accept smiles. They want our money. If
    we're not careful, they'll get more of ...

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    Thu, December 22, 2011

    Boola Moolah

    Cynically and opportunistically, New York University has announced that it will offer two courses on Occupy Wall Street. Given the current state of higher education, and especially of liberal arts ...

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    Mon, December 19, 2011

    Campaign Funding Corruption

    The United States House of Representatives recently voted to cancel the Presidential Election Campaign Fund, the check-off option on federal tax returns that allows the dwindling numbers of Americans ...

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    Fri, December 02, 2011

    Stimulus Was a Failure

    A politician's admonishment to "Look it up!" inspired some research and a postmortem on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, a/k/a, the stimulus.

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    Fri, November 18, 2011

    Occupy This!

    America's Bill of Rights expresses no right of occupation, no right to take
    over private property and no right to disregard federal, state or local

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    Thu, October 27, 2011

    Tea Parties ≠ Occupiers

    (This article first appeared in The American Thinker

    Tea Parties and the Occupiers have a few commonalities, but, although many media outlets have ...

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    Thu, October 20, 2011

    $ capitalism! It’s, like, not fair and stuff!

    Who are the Wall Street protesters, and why are those at the media-styled core of Occupy Wall Street protesting? There are plenty of misfits among the protesters, but others are more conventional ...

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    Mon, October 10, 2011

    The Dance Masters

    As a long-time observer of and occasional participant in the national dialogue on a range of political and social issues, I am interested in how the opposing sides engage -- or fail to.

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    Thu, October 06, 2011

    Old Energy, New Applications

    (This article first appeared in the American Thinker)

    An old energy source has the potential to drive down the cost of gasoline, thanks to new technology. ...

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    Thu, September 22, 2011

    European Woes Telling U.S. Hard Truths

    Since 1980, America's left wing has disparaged the Laffer Curve, a tax theory that postulates that some tax-rate reductions will "pay" for themselves by stimulating additional economic ...

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    Fri, September 09, 2011

    Future Americans will Celebrate Tea Party Focus n Debt

    New members of Congress are among the least powerful people in government – less powerful than their seniors in both parties; less powerful than many unelected bureaucrats in executive branch ...

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    Tue, September 06, 2011

    Three Congresses: A Study in Worldviews

    (This article first appeared in the American Thinker.)

    The 112th Congress is on summer hiatus. It's a good time to reflect on the recent activities of the body and ...

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    Fri, September 02, 2011

    Voter ID: Racist or Prudent?

    When the Legislature returns later this month, the Pennsylvania State Senate will consider a bill, thought to be controversial by some, that would require each voter to be identified at the ...

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    Sat, August 06, 2011

    One Cheer for the Debt Ceiling Deal

    It's billed as the best deal possible, but nothing was solved. A modest
    start, the debt-ceiling deal merely flattens the trajectory of America's
    unsustainable spending.

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    Sun, July 24, 2011

    Obama: A Whole Lot of Nothing

    This article first appeared in the American Thinker

    That was then; this is now: Now America is facing a sovereign debt crisis
    caused by excessive government borrowing and ...

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    Thu, July 14, 2011

    Are Conservatives Being Fair to Obama?

    (This article first appeared in the American Thinker)

    Every day conservative media outlets devote incredible amounts of column inches, pixels, and air time to ...

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    Fri, July 08, 2011

    Break Incumbents' Protection Rackets

    No matter how witless or mediocre, no matter how thin their legislative records, once elected, members of Congress have a far better chance of re-election than challengers have of unseating ...

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    Wed, June 22, 2011

    Market System Works for Schools, Too

    Fifty years after graduation, I have no residual nostalgia for public school, though I remain mindful of the value I received from some excellent teachers during my 12-year hostage ordeal.

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    Fri, June 10, 2011

    A Nation of Government Dependents

    (This article first appeared in the American Thinker/

    Most of us are in some way dependent upon the central government. It's only ignorance of our ...

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    Thu, June 02, 2011

    Is PA Next Union Target?

    Governments have commonly raised taxes to cover increasing costs. But in most large governments, tax increases are often an indication of mismanagement, of government taking on never-envisioned ...

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    Thu, May 12, 2011

    Puddle Power Grab

    (This article was first published in the American Thinker.

    Barack Obama's EPA means to implement the major provisions of failed legislation by regulatory ...

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    Mon, April 18, 2011

    A Consequential Man

    (This article first appeared in the American Thinker.)

    What would you think of a man who knew he was not well for more than a year, then assembled a team of experts ...

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    Thu, April 07, 2011

    Regulatory Dysfunction

    (This article first appeared in the American Thinker)

    Government costs us more than the taxes we pay, because taxes do not include the cost of regulatory ...

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    Fri, March 25, 2011

    The Energy Myth That Won't Die

    (This article first appeared in the American Thinker)

    The renewed prospect of $4.00 or even $5.00 per gallon gasoline has brought greater urgency, if not clarity, ...

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    Sun, March 13, 2011

    Challenging the Teacher Unions

    (This article first appeared in the American Thinker.)

    The public school monopoly on taxpayer education funds is under challenge,
    and the unions are ...

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    Tue, March 08, 2011

    Quids and Quos, but Never a Pro

    (This article originally appeared in the American Thinker.

    In recent media coverage, a congressional mover-and-shaker and a back-bench congressional ...

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    Tue, February 15, 2011

    Don't Expect Grassroots Movement to Exit

    Following some successes in the general election of 2010, tea parties, Patriots organizations, constitutional and similar groups, cumulatively described as the grassroots, are again facing ...

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    Mon, February 07, 2011

    Energy Dollars and Sense

    (This article initially appeared in the American Thinker.)

    One of the most pressing problems for businesses, individuals and families is the cost of energy. ...

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    Fri, February 04, 2011

    Washington Glossary and Phrasebook

    Words have meanings, and using words inaccurately has consequences - everywhere but in Washington.

    There, ordinary words are used, probably intentionally, in ways ...

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    Mon, January 24, 2011

    The 'Business' of Government

    Government is not and never will be a business -- although we would certainly benefit from having it run like one. Most politicians are not and never will be businesspeople. Yet neither of those ...

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    Thu, January 13, 2011

    Pay/Go, Cut/Go, No Go

    Among the most deceptive measures passed in the 111th Congress was the Statuary Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010, or, in Washington vernacular, Pay/Go.

    Democrats passed Pay/Go in February 2010 ...

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    Mon, January 03, 2011

    National Debt Exemplifies Immorality

    Elected national politicians have spent or committed trillions of dollars of wealth Americans - including many millions of unborn Americans - have yet to earn and saddled future generations with debt ...

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    Mon, December 13, 2010

    America's Political Class: In Business for Themselves?

    (This article origionally appeared in the American Thinker.)

    Many citizens living outside the Beltway correctly think Washington is a swamp. Our capital city pulls ...

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    Mon, December 06, 2010

    Playing Chicken with Seniors

    (This article first appeared in the American Thinker)

    Last February, President Obama named Clinton White House staffer Erskine Bowles and former ...

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    Wed, December 01, 2010

    Earmarks: Embracing and Ignoring a Message from Voters

    (The following article was originally published at American Thinker:}

    As the installation of a new Congress with a Republican House majority and a larger ...

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    Sat, November 20, 2010

    America in Need of a Contest of Ideas

    A problem with both national parties is that, too often, they appear to be
    more interested in the accumulation and exercise of power than they are in
    pursuing the legitimate interests of ...

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    Wed, November 03, 2010

    For TEA Party: Now What?

    For tea party and grassroots, the question is: Now what?

    Grassroots enthusiasts are learning that attracting attention and gaining power are not the same things.

    Grassroots ...

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    Fri, October 15, 2010

    The Keys to Success Aren't Mysterious

    One of the most negative and troubling features of the message of the American left is its constant, thoughtless class warfare; its class-based demagoguery; its anti-rich, anti-privilege silliness. ...

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    Sat, September 04, 2010

    Spending and Debt

    Depending upon their definition of "balanced," up to forty-three states,
    Pennsylvania among them, have an obligation to balance their budgets, but,
    in recent years, very few, ...

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