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Reflections


    Mon, October 13, 2014

    What Obama Didn't Say About the Economy


    In his speech the day before the federal government reported U.S. job growth was
    248,000 in September, President Obama painted a picture that made the current state of the American economy look ...

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    Fri, August 08, 2014

    Obama vs 'The Top'


    "If you look at what's happened over the last four or five years, the folks who don't have a right to complain are the folks at the top," President Obama stated in a recent interview with ...

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    Mon, July 28, 2014

    Obama's Part Time Nation


    Vice President Joe Biden recently declared that America's jobs picture is outstanding -- historically exceptional, on the plus side.

    "Businesses are hiring at historic rates," ...

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    Mon, July 14, 2014

    Border Agents Turn Into Diaper Changers


    Here's a recent -- and supposedly racist -- message from the labor union that represents U.S. border patrol agents, as posted by the governing National Border Patrol Council: "New annual job ...

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    Wed, July 09, 2014

    Harebrained Bureaucrats and Gun Craziness


    Regarding a recent dust-up near Pittsburgh, here's the June 6 headline at Reason magazine's blog: "First-Grader Finds Toy Gun, Turns It In, Gets Suspension."
    How a 7-year-old kid ...

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    Wed, July 02, 2014

    Obama's Economic Dogmatism


    In Commentary magazine, Peter Wehner, senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, quotes Walter Russell Mead, a professor of humanities and foreign affairs at Bard College and the ...

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    Thu, May 08, 2014

    De-skilling America's Doctors


    A surgeon declared war against health care's central planners recently in The Wall Street Journal.

    "So when do we say damn the mandates and requirements from bureaucrats who are not ...

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    Tue, March 25, 2014

    A Winning Economic Recovery Strategy


    Here's a common sense perspective and first-rate line of attack for economic recovery in the ideas quoted below from a major speech by a top U.S. politician.

    His policy recommendations ...

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    Fri, March 14, 2014

    Nothing Left But Wacky?


    In "Nothing Left: The long, slow surrender of American liberals," a cover article in the March 2014 issue of Harper's, University of Pennsylvania political science professor Adolph Reed Jr. ...

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    Mon, March 10, 2014

    Barack, Mitt ~the Russian Bear


    With Russian troops in Ukraine's Crimean peninsula, here's a look back at how Barack Obama and Mitt Romney sized up Russia and Vladamir Putin during the 2012 presidential campaign.

    First, ...

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    Tue, February 18, 2014

    Obama's Defining Challenge


    It's the "defining challenge of our time," declared President Obama, referring to income inequality in the American economy.

    A good start for Mr. Obama ...

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    Mon, January 27, 2014

    Economic Inequality and Political Baloney


    The big story that's simultaneously being spotlighted from the Vatican to the
    White House, from Oxfam to newly elected Mayor Bill de Blasio in New York City,
    is economic inequality and the ...

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    Thu, January 16, 2014

    Welfare for Snowbirds


    Today is our lucky day, the day each year my wife and I get to be on the receiving end of multiple doses of federal welfare — gratis money we didn't ask for and don't need that will be picked ...

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    Fri, December 20, 2013

    Politically Correct Bird-O-Matics


    Remember the old Dan Aykroyd skit on Saturday Night Live about the Bass-O-Matic? "Catch a bass, remove the hook and drop the whole fish into the Bass-O-Matic," said Aykroyd as he switched ...

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    Tue, December 10, 2013

    Education's Ongoing Crack Up


    Globally, the bad news regarding America's ability to successfully operate in an increasingly competitive and interconnected world economy is that 15-year-olds in the U.S. slipped further down in ...

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    Mon, November 25, 2013

    Washington Fruitcakes; Extra Nutty


    There's clearly no shortage of arrogance, senselessness and deceitfulness among the current crop of politicians and central planners in D.C.

    First, here's Nancy ...

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    Wed, November 20, 2013

    Spinning a Failure


    "Even with the issues we've had, the marketplace is working and people are enrolling," happily announced Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on November 13, bizarrely ...

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    Wed, November 13, 2013

    Too 'Smart' to Do the Job?


    In his 2007 biography of Barack Obama, "Obama: From Promise to Power," Chicago Tribune reporter David Mendell described the exchange he had with then-Illinois state Sen. Barack Obama just ...

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    Fri, November 08, 2013

    World War II Faster than Development of Obamacare Website


    Testifying on October 30 before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the cost to date of the federal government's malfunctioning ...

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    Tue, November 05, 2013

    Giving Government Money is Not Christian Compassion


    In Joseph Sabino Mistick's op-ed titled "Tom Corbett is suddenly alone," published Oct. 27, we are treated to the view that any righteous person with an ounce of compassion and a heart with ...

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    Fri, October 25, 2013

    Coffee and Gunpowder


    There was a petition at my local Starbucks the other morning about the government shutdown.

    Starbucks Chairman and CEO Howard Schultz said he was circulating the ...

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    Mon, October 14, 2013

    Lesson of the 'Nonessentials'


    A couple of my friends are "nonessentials." That's a noun, plural, for people who are not indispensable, a term for people who have been officially and publicly categorized by the federal ...

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    Fri, October 11, 2013

    Reagan, Obama: Performance vs. Excuses


    Running for re-election last year, President Obama repeatedly proclaimed that he had inherited "the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression."
    Perhaps the never-ending ...

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    Fri, October 04, 2013

    Obama 'Recovers' Lags Bush Recession


    Obama: "Don't tell me how to mop!"
    By Ralph R. Reiland
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    More than three years ago, at a $50,000-per-couple ...

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    Mon, September 09, 2013

    Big Government v. Job Creation


    Ask a classroom of high school seniors what they want to be when they grow up and I'd say it's a safe bet that no one will say that they want to be "a D.C. bureaucrat."

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    Wed, September 04, 2013

    Springboards and Quicksand


    If you don't want to work, the good news is that a new study by the Cato Institute, "The Work Versus Welfare Trade-Off, 2013," shows that welfare currently pays more than the minimum wage ...

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    Wed, August 07, 2013

    The Killing of a City


    In 1960, Detroit had the highest per-capita income in the United States.
    Today, Detroit's median household income is less than half the nationwide median household income, the city's 36 percent ...

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    Tue, July 30, 2013

    Black Men Dying in Our Cities


    "The madness," in stunning numbers
    By Ralph R. Reiland

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    "Detroit Free ...

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    Fri, July 26, 2013

    Muzzling for Political Corectness


    America is "a nation of cowards" when it comes to discussing race, declared Attorney General Eric Holder on February 18, 2009,just two weeks after he was confirmed as head of the U.S. ...

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    Tue, July 16, 2013

    Obamacare Going Off the Rails


    "Under socialism, production is entirely directed by the orders of the central board of production management," explained Ludwig von Mises (1881-1973), sociologist, philosopher and Austrian ...

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    Mon, July 08, 2013

    Central Control Equals Independence?


    Whether due to arrogance or stupidity -- or a combination of both operating simultaneously in the same haughty and mind-numbing individual (Nancy Pelosi comes to mind as the perfect archetype) -- ...

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    Mon, July 01, 2013

    It's Still 'The Economy Stupid'


    To help campaign workers in Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign to keep their eye on the ball, to stay focused on the public's top concern, Clinton campaign manager James Carville coined the ...

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    Wed, June 26, 2013

    Sharks by Land and Sea


    SEA ISLE, N.J. -- What's really a bad deal is to be careful all year – no
    accelerating 0-to-60 mph in 2.7 seconds, no stopping at taverns in the city's
    worst war zones for a beer ...

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    Mon, June 17, 2013

    Brave New World


    "In 1931, when Brave New World was being written, I was convinced that there was still plenty of time," wrote Aldous Huxley in 1958 in Brave New World Revisited. "The completely ...

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    Tue, June 11, 2013

    Self-Proclaimed Economic Wizards


    With the U.S. economy in its slowest job-market recovery since World War II and still 2.6 million jobs short from its payroll peak in January 2008, it's good to hear there's finally someone in the ...

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    Mon, June 03, 2013

    McCain's Third Rate Escapade


    "Third-rate men, of course,exist in all countries, but it is only here that they
    are in full control of the state," wrote H.L. Mencken in his 1922 essay, "On Being an ...

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    Tue, May 28, 2013

    A Government Against Liberty


    Let's say you're like most people and believe the federal government has become too large, too wasteful, too crooked and too intrusive. Now imagine the morning mail arrives from the money-bleeding ...

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    Tue, May 14, 2013

    Government Drops Ball in Castro Case


    Unless you're a regular at sadomaso parties,it's unlikely that you'll ever see a
    poor soul being led around naked on a leash.

    Unlikely, that is, unless you ...

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    Mon, May 06, 2013

    Thatcher's Revolution


    Daniel Yergin, Pulitzer Prize-winning American author, energy scholar and economics researcher, wrote recently that the passing of Margaret Thatcher provides "a timely reason to ask: What was ...

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    Wed, April 24, 2013

    Thatcher's Revolution


    Daniel Yergin, Pulitzer Prize winning American author, energy scholar and economic researcher, wrote recently that the passing of Margaret Thatcher provides "a timely reason to ask: What was the ...

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    Tue, April 16, 2013

    Baloney vs. Stark Reality


    It was nearly three years ago, June 2010, that the Obama administration billed the coming season as "Recovery Summer."

    To pump up the administration's ...

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    Sun, March 31, 2013

    Washington Then, Washington Now


    We've dropped a long way in 224 years, from Washington then to Washington now, from George Washington to Washington, D.C.

    Born into a Virginia farming family, Commander in Chief of the ...

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    Sun, March 17, 2013

    Squirrell Robots and Closed Control Towers


    Right when America's school kids are looking forward to a Spring tour of the
    White House, the Obama administration cancelled all public tours, blaming budget
    cuts and Republican pig ...

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    Mon, March 11, 2013

    A Mad Hatter Government


    Just when you think it can't get any crazier, the Washington politicians go another step higher on the lunacy scale.

    With the automatic spending cuts, known as the sequester, cutting only ...

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    Wed, March 06, 2013

    Government Hostile to Job Creation


    The vast majority of America's small business owners, the key job creators in the economy, say that Washington's policies are hostile to job creation and antagonistic toward free enterprise, and that ...

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    Tue, February 26, 2013

    To Each According to His Needs


    The government's goal is to "narrow the growing gap between the rich and the poor" by way of confiscating "more of the profits" of companies in order "to pay for ambitious ...

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    Tue, February 12, 2013

    An Anti-Jobs, Anti-Growth Agenda


    Even with average wages, adjusted for inflation, dropping for 21 of the last 23 months, higher rates of poverty, 23 million Americans unable to find regular work, ongoing $1 trillion deficits, ...

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    Tue, January 29, 2013

    Red Ink and Welfare's Failure


    A slideshow presented by Pennsylvania's Secretary of Public Welfare, Gary Alexander, "Welfare's Failure and the Solution," graphically illustrates the cost and unsustainability of the ...

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    Tue, January 15, 2013

    Debt Crisis and Candy Cigarettes


    It could be worse. And it will be.

    But there's also good news, and I'll get there in a few minutes after a short update on the financial shenanigans of the D.C. ...

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    Mon, January 07, 2013

    Cliff Deal: Growing Government


    So we didn't go over the fiscal cliff and instead got a deal that delivers no cuts in government spending, raises taxes on "the rich" (the definition of which consistently changes), expands ...

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    Tue, January 01, 2013

    Good Intentions and Bad Results


    "If there is any lesson in the history of ideas, it is that good intentions tell you nothing about the actual consequences," stated Thomas Sowell, economist at the Hoover Institution, ...

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    Tue, December 18, 2012

    Taxes, 'the Rich,' and 'Fairness'


    "Why so much fighting about economics?," asked a friend recently. "Economics is just logic."

    Well, not exactly. The basics are logical, as in ...

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    Mon, December 10, 2012

    Obama: Fudging the Numbers


    A week after his re-election, President Obama held a news conference to push for a spending and tax agreement — and to talk about small business.
    He began by saying "our top priority ...

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    Mon, December 03, 2012

    MSNBC's Tag Team of Redistributionists


    It's not hard if you have a show on MSNBC.

    There's a mantra and all you do is repeat it, like a fourth grade math teachergoing over the same fractions year after ...

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    Sat, November 24, 2012

    Obama's Switcheroo Economics


    Here's President Obama in August 2009 regarding the link between tax
    increases,recessions, and business growth: "The last thing you want to do is raise taxes in the middle of a recession ...

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    Thu, November 08, 2012

    Demography as Destiny


    Come senators, congressmen
    Please heed the call
    Don't stand in the doorway
    Don't block up the hall
    For he that gets hurt
    Will be he who has stalled
    There's a battle ...

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    Thu, November 01, 2012

    'The Liar Won!'


    "Well, the liar won!" That's what half the country will be saying the night of the election or the morning after, no matter who wins, given the current level of political polarization, ...

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    Mon, October 29, 2012

    Bad Lunches Cooked Up by Central Planners


    The big news out of Sweden is that lunch lady Annika Eriksson has been shut down.

    Eriksson was an exceptionally creative and hardworking head cook at a school in ...

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    Wed, October 24, 2012

    Back When Democrats Knew Economics


    Eleven months before he was assassinated as he rode with his wife in the back seat of an open convertible in a motorcade through downtown Dallas, President John F. Kennedy delivered a major address ...

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    Mon, October 15, 2012

    Mud Pies from the Labor Department



    The funny thing about the Labor Department's monthly unemployment report isthat the number-crunching bureaucrats act like they're delivering high caratdiamonds when the real worth of what ...

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    Mon, October 08, 2012

    Central Planners' Projected Crackup


    The way the federal government runs things is already bad enough, but it's officially projected to get only worse, much worse, in the years ahead according to the government's own number ...

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    Mon, October 01, 2012

    Opposite Solutions from Obama and Romney


    Romney and Obama don't disagree about everything when it comes to talking about the big things that are wrong.

    Both say the economy is in sorry shape, and they're ...

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    Mon, September 17, 2012

    A Recovery in Reverse


    They say the economy is moving in the right direction, that we should stay the course, be patient, that it takes time to pull out of the recession that began in late 2007.

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    Tue, September 04, 2012

    Obamacare's Central Planning


    Central planning is tricky. Castro decided that individualism was an obstacle to economic development and nearly half of Cuba's 7,000 doctors fled to the United States.

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    Mon, August 27, 2012

    Socializing Incomes by Demonizing Success


    Therewas nothing new in President Obama's admonishment that "if you've got
    abusiness, you didn't build that --somebody else made that happen."

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    Mon, August 20, 2012

    Obama's Outstanding Non Recovery


    Where are the jobs? That's the first question we should be asking in what's now become the slowest economic recovery since the Great Depression —or, more precisely, the longest non-recovery ...

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    Mon, August 13, 2012

    'You Didn't Build That' Collectivism


    I got an e-mail last week from a former student who graduated 18 years ago. He was reacting to President Obama's comment in Roanoke, Va., on July 13: "Look, if you've been successful, you didn't ...

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    Fri, July 27, 2012

    'You Didn't Build That' And Income Redistribution


    President Obama's "you didn't build that" comment has become a top campaign issue.

    The uproar began when Obama, speaking on July 13 in Roanoke, Virginia, ...

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    Thu, July 19, 2012

    Obama's Anti-Jobs, Anti-Business Tax Agenda


    "The last thing you want to do is to raise taxes in the middle of a recession, because that would just suck up, take more demand out of the economy and put businesses in a further hole." ...

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    Fri, July 13, 2012

    Obama's Anti-Jobs, Anti-Tax Agenda


    "The last thing you want to do is to raise taxes in the middle of a recession, because that would just suck up, take more demand out of the economy and put businesses in a further hole."

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    Tue, July 10, 2012

    Is Fairness Equality?


    There's a good reminder in April's issue of The American Spectator about the warning Kurt Vonnegut delivered in his 1961 short story "Harrison Bergeron."

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    Tue, July 03, 2012

    Obama: Off Base About the Private Sector


    There’s a political ad that’s hard to miss. It shows President Obama at a recent news conference saying “the private sector is doing fine.”

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    Wed, June 27, 2012

    'The answer my friend is blowin' in the wind'?


    SEA ISLE, N.J. --- During this polarized time, it wasn't a surprise that there was a dust-up on Ocean City's boardwalk about politics.

    What kicked off the battle ...

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    Tue, June 19, 2012

    A Summer Warning About Offshore Killers


    SEA ISLE, N.J. – Sunday morning started off as a nice and uneventful day at the
    shore, just a little windy. The big story on the front page of The Press of Atlantic City was about which ...

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    Tue, June 12, 2012

    Independence, Pragmatism ~Normalcy


    The new Franklin and Marshall College Poll released on June 6 contains a number of interesting nuggets about where things stand in the Keystone State today. Items from this survey receiving the most ...

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    Tue, June 12, 2012

    Jobs and 'The Rich'


    SEAISLE, N.J. ---How many pretzels does it take to build a castle in the sand?
    Howmany cans of jalapeno dip does it take to build a $30 million mansion on theocean so huge that it makes the ...

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    Fri, May 25, 2012

    Occupying for a Failed Ideology


    "I think the disruption added to the excitement of the evening," said a fellow attendee at the recent Milton Friedman Prize for Advancing Liberty Award Dinner as we were leaving the ...

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    Mon, May 21, 2012

    Deadbeat Economics


    Greece, Spain, Ireland, Portugal, and Italy (and California). In each case, the promise of more bailouts and a steady flow of cheap money only produced more reckless behavior, excessive levels of ...

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    Tue, May 08, 2012

    Bunnies, Jobs and Better Security


    It would be funny if we weren't paying for it.

    Now they want us to buy chaperones for our live wire Secret Service guys.
    Per year, we already spend $1.7 ...

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    Fri, April 27, 2012

    Class Envy Via Bad Numbers


    With economic "fairness" the central theme of his re-election campaign, President Obama recently pitched his "Buffett Rule" tax hike to a student audience at Florida Atlantic ...

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    Tue, April 17, 2012

    Divisive Politics, Bad Economics


    Campaigning to make economic fairness the central theme of his reelection campaign, President Obama on April 10 pitched his Buffet Rule tax hike to a student audience at Florida Atlantic ...

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    Tue, April 10, 2012

    Media Unreliability in Zimmerman-Martin Case


    "A man is never more truthful than when he acknowledges himself a liar," said Mark Twain.

    Last week, NBC News became truthful, at least partially, when it ...

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    Thu, April 05, 2012

    Hey! Mullahs! Leave Them Emos Alone!


    No posse of morality cops ever smashed Bob Dylan's skull with concrete blocks when he changed America's music from "When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that's amore" to " ...

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    Wed, March 28, 2012

    A Slice of Life on the Wackier Side


    Every week, I think it can't get any crazier -- and then it does.
    The other night I saw two grown men on TV getting thrown out of Rick Santorum's
    rally at the Christian Liberty Academy in ...

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    Mon, March 19, 2012

    Phones, Jobs ~Folly


    I wasn't surprised by the latest report from the Commerce Department that shows the U.S. trade deficit, the excess of imports over exports, had jumped in January to the biggest imbalance in more than ...

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    Mon, March 12, 2012

    Pie-in-the-Sky Energy Planning


    "Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels of Europe," said Dr. Steven Chu, Director of the Lawrence National Laboratory, in an interview with The Wall ...

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    Tue, March 06, 2012

    Anti-Business PA is the 'worst'


    Here's a headline that's sure not to boost investment and job creation in
    Pennsylvania: "Wyoming First, Pennsylvania Worst In Business Taxes."
    Unfortunately, it's a headline ...

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    Mon, February 27, 2012

    Hikes in Gas Prices Eclipse Payroll Tax Cut


    The Washington politicians were in full self-congratulatory form recently when the Republicans and Democrats in Congress finally displayed a moment of bipartisanship and passed the payroll tax cut ...

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    Mon, February 20, 2012

    An Anti-Jobs, Anti-Growth Budget


    The Washington crowd can't be bothered with budgets anymore -- at least not in the dictionary sense of the word, as in (a) something cheap, i.e., a budget coat, or (a) attempting to balance expenses ...

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    Mon, February 13, 2012

    Obama on Capital Gains: No Winners


    "If you make more than $1 million a year, you should not pay less than 30 percent in taxes," asserted President Obama in his State of the Union speech.

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    Tue, February 07, 2012

    Cage Fighting on the Campaign Trail


    You wonder why anyone would want to run for President of the United States.

    Why, especially, would someone who has it made in the shade like Mitt Romney, with a ...

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    Mon, January 30, 2012

    Money, Money and Trump


    PALM BEACH, Fla. --- The guy might have a bad comb-over and goofy TV show, but
    Donald Trump is no slouch when it comes to hitting the jackpot.
    A case in point is Mar-a-Lago, the biggest and ...

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    Tue, January 10, 2012

    Obama is Wrong on Economics


    Kicking his re-election message into high gear, President Obama declared last month that a "You're on your own" economic system "doesn't ...

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    Mon, January 02, 2012

    Obama's Tax Tune: A one-Hit Wonder?


    The Macarena was ranked "The #1 Greatest One-Hit Wonder of All Time" by VH1. The
    Spanish dance song by Los del Rio became a big international hit in 1995 and 1996.

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    Tue, December 27, 2011

    Obama's Off-Base Blame Game


    President Obama started off his speech in Osawatomie, Kansas, on December 6 with a positive nod to free market economics.

    Referring to Theodore Roosevelt's economic ...

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    Tue, December 20, 2011

    Cuba's Baby Steps Toward Liberty


    Millions of economic transactions take place every hour in the United States, too many for any central committee inWashington to handle or even Understand, even if they all graduated with honors from ...

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    Mon, December 12, 2011

    Counterproductive Policies, FDR to Obama


    Pushing his agenda for higher taxes on "the rich," President Obama kicked off his December 6 speech in Kansas by saying his Kansas grandparents "shared the optimism of a nation that ...

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    Mon, December 05, 2011

    Crony Communism


    It's not like the old days in China when the top guys in the Communist Party at least pretended to be pro-equality.

    Back then, "poor peasants" were ...

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    Mon, November 28, 2011

    Not So Super 'Super Committee'


    Even if Congress' supercommittee had agreed on how to cut the national debt by $1.2 trillion over the next decade, it would still have been a total failure, an
    inconsequential bit of political ...

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    Mon, November 21, 2011

    The Banality of Detachment


    Why did it take 17 years?

    Here's the timeline in the Jerry Sandusky case:

    1994: A boy "about the age of ...

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    Mon, November 14, 2011

    Collectivized Train Wreck


    "Civilizations die from suicide, not by murder," said British historian Arnold
    Toynbee.

    We're seeing exactly that today in Greece, ...

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    Mon, November 07, 2011

    Blaming the Jews


    "I think that the Zionist Jews who are running these big banks and our Federal Reserve, which is not run by the federal government — they need to be run out of this country," declared ...

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    Mon, October 31, 2011

    The Public's Distrust


    The good news is that Americans' distrust of government is at its highest level ever.

    It's good news because it shows the public recognizes how poorly we're being ...

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    Fri, October 28, 2011

    'Occupy Pittsburgh' Encounters


    Rapper Kanye West and hip-hop kingpin Russell Simmons added some celebrity glitz to the Occupy Wall Street protest in New York when they stopped by.
    With an estimated net worth of $340 million, ...

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    Tue, October 18, 2011

    Visible Projects, Hidden Destruction


    Today's crop of central planners and big spending politicians could learn a thing or two about economics from Henry Hazlitt's classic bestseller, Economics in One Lesson, published in 1946. Common ...

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    Wed, October 12, 2011

    First Cigarettes, Now Bacon ~Eggs


    You knew it was coming.

    First they came for the cigarettes, then Hank Williams Jr. got knocked off Monday Night Football for being politically incorrect, and now ...

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    Mon, September 26, 2011

    Wrong Medicine for a Sick Economy


    "Middle-class families shouldn't pay higher taxes than millionaires and billionaires," repeatedly proclaims President Obama, arguing for his proposed $1.5 trillion tax increase over the ...

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    Mon, September 19, 2011

    An Anti-Jobs Jobs Bill


    "Pass this bill now," demanded President Barack Obama, referring to his American Jobs Act.

    There's nothing new in it, just more government spending -- ...

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    Mon, September 12, 2011

    Economic Incompetence at the Top


    On August 31, with job creation grinding to a complete halt, U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis was asked this question: "Why do you think there have been so many jobs created in the last decade ...

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    Wed, September 07, 2011

    Zero Job Growth ~Common Sense Economics


    Politicians seem to have little trouble understanding how the basic Law of Demand works when it comes to things they want to discourage, like cigarettes -- or when it comes to things they want to ...

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    Tue, August 30, 2011

    It's the Stupid Spending!


    President Obama's constant refrain about the government's unprecedented levels of red ink points to "millionaires and billionaires" as the problem, not the massive amounts of waste, fraud ...

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    Mon, August 22, 2011

    What Obama Needs to Say: I Was Wrong


    Only 26 percent of the public approves of President Obama's handling of the economy in the latest Gallup poll, conducted Aug. 11-14, while a whopping 71 percent said they disapproved.

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    Tue, August 16, 2011

    Reiland Returned to Sender


    I don't want to sound like Lansberry, the legendary Pittsburgher who walked around town for decades with a protest sign saying that the government was withholding his mail, but I'm missing about 300 ...

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    Mon, August 08, 2011

    Killing Jobs Via ObamaCare


    Now that the politicians have delivered an anti-debt deal that adds an estimated $8 trillion to the current $14.5 trillion federal debt over the next 10 years, President Obama is getting ready to ...

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    Wed, August 03, 2011

    An Amy Winehouse Government


    It feels like we're dealing with an Amy Winehouse form of governing.

    "These overdoses happen because these guys drink 20 beers and then reach for their ...

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    Wed, July 27, 2011

    Consequences of a Bankrupt Philosophy


    In her essay "For the New Intellectual," Ayn Rand warned that the United States
    would go bankrupt -- financially and morally -- if we allowed intellectuals and
    political leaders ...

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    Thu, July 21, 2011

    Blueberry Economics


    SEA ISLE, N.J. – I should be worrying about how the politicians are killing the nation financially, but that's on the back burner today because the 25th annual Red, White and Blueberry Festival ...

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    Tue, July 12, 2011

    New Jersey as Auschwitz?


    SEA ISLE, N.J. --- Public-sector employees here now are regularly referring to Gov. Chris Christie as "Adolf Christie."

    Things got especially ugly when ...

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    Wed, July 06, 2011

    Reparations via Crazy Horse Slots


    Sea Isle, N.J. --- James Fenimore Cooper's historical novel "The Last of
    the Mohicans" concludes with Tamenund (1628-98), the tribal leader of an
    Indian clan in the Delaware ...

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    Tue, June 28, 2011

    Miracle-Gro Economics


    Under the pretext of 'equalizing burdens' and preventing 'salary
    discrimination,' Obamacare mandates that insurance premiums must be based on the policyholder's income level -- forget the ...

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    Mon, June 20, 2011

    Economic Advice for Obama


    For Mr. Obama to avoid being a one-term president, he should start operating more like Ronald Reagan and forget about seeking economic advice in the editorial pages of The New York Times.

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    Mon, June 13, 2011

    Undercounting the Jobless


    The U.S. job growth in May — or, more accurately, the lack of job growth — indicates that the economic "recovery" is coming undone.

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    Tue, June 07, 2011

    Fame and Infamy in Chicago


    We're stuck here in Chicago as I'm writing this, stranded for a few extra days because the CNN weather map yesterday projected some scary red tornado splotches scattered along the Capitol Limited ...

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    Tue, May 31, 2011

    Murder, Tulips ~Taxes


    Last Tuesday, we took the midnight train to Chicago.

    It's an easy ride, with a bedroom both ways -- except I get the top bunk, which feels like I'm stuffed in a ...

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    Mon, May 23, 2011

    Obamacare: Survival of the Well Connected?


    Remember when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi got all wound up in March 2010 about the passage of Obamacare and told the assembled conventioneers at the National
    Association of Counties that the ...

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    Mon, May 16, 2011

    Swimming in Taxpayers' Cash


    I always thought lifeguard jobs were for cool guys in their twenties. Develop your abs, get tan, pick up chicks in the bars at night and hope for rain the next morning.

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    Mon, May 09, 2011

    Government vs. Production


    Impose the world's highest corporate income tax rate, and we can expect the result will be too few corporations and too much government.

    "The United States may ...

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    Sun, May 01, 2011

    Democrats' Red Ink and Upward Redistribution


    After doing nothing during his first two years in office to deal with the debt
    tsunami that's clearly visible on the horizon and heading our way, President Obama delivered a 2012 budget plan ...

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    Mon, April 25, 2011

    Two Fries Shy of a Happy Meal


    Who would you guess is more likely to sue you, all other things being equal: Monet Parham-Lee or Margie Moore?

    Maybe I'm wrong, but I think it gets more shaky and ...

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    Mon, April 18, 2011

    Obama's Taxing Deficit


    "The rich can pay for it all. That is Obama's tax policy."

    That was the morning-after analysis last Thursday by Clive Crook of the "deficit-reduction" speech that ...

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    Tue, April 12, 2011

    Date Night for Capitalism


    Individualists and money grubbers of the world, unite; you have nothing to lose but your servility and confiscatory tax rates.

    After all these increasingly ...

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    Mon, April 04, 2011

    Bankrupt Buses, Pricey Beer and Bad Wars


    It's not hard to see how we're bankrupting ourselves. Not even a rich country can make it through this level of incompetency and corruption.

    Locally, I drive home from work here in ...

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    Mon, March 28, 2011

    Wrecking the Nation: Oil Dependency


    Here's how the economic and political system of a nation is destroyed.

    Every price increase of just a dime per gallon of gasoline at the pump extracts approximately $5 billion from the ...

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    Mon, March 21, 2011

    Dark Weddings and Purposeful Mice


    PALM BEACH, Fla. "Red Navels and Hot Nuts" read a big handwritten sign by a roadside stand out in the middle of nowhere on a lonely stretch of a two-lane road in central Florida. ...

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    Tue, March 15, 2011

    Noisy Nights in Paradise


    PALM BEACH, Fla. Each night, dozens of little green parrots come home to the pine trees right outside our bedroom window to spend the night by the ocean.
    We're at the legendary Breakers ...

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    Tue, March 08, 2011

    Narrow Minds, Ugly Signs


    A guy I never saw before walked up to me a few years ago on the sidewalk in Pittsburgh out front of Heinz Hall and said, right out of the blue, "God hates fags."

    Across the ...

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    Tue, March 01, 2011

    Too Crazy, Too Sexy


    "Everything is funny, as long as it's happening to somebody else," quipped Will Rogers.

    It's been that way lately.

    With a ...

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    Mon, February 21, 2011

    Unsustainable: Do the Math


    "So be it."

    Those three words, uttered by House Speaker John Boehner last week about the prospect of federal work force layoffs, generated a firestorm of ...

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    Mon, February 14, 2011

    Obama's Two Bit Nod to Capitalism


    Attempting to patch things up a bit with the business sector, President Obama began his February 7th speech at the U. S. Chamber of Commerce sounding more like Milton Friedman than Saul Alinsky. ...

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    Wed, February 09, 2011

    Dreambusters: The Fuel that Ignites Riots


    On Egypt, Glenn Beck, a guy who normally gets it right when it comes to recognizing the anti-business activities of government, got it all wrong this time in connecting the dots.

    It was a ...

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    Mon, January 31, 2011

    Congress, Barristers, Pits and Sugar


    Appearing to embrace the new civility and bipartisanship that's the currently appropriate stance for politicians following the Tucson shooting, President Obama in his State of the Union address ...

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    Mon, January 24, 2011

    When the Sane Are Crazy Too


    "On any given day in the U.S., the number of people with severe mental illness in prisons is estimated to be three times higher than the number in hospitals, according to a new report from the ...

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    Mon, January 17, 2011

    Red Flags and Jared Loughner


    "Bad things happen, and we must guard against simple explanations in the aftermath," said President Obama in his recent remarks at the memorial service in Tucson.

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    Tue, January 11, 2011

    Obama Care's Horror Show


    The "death panels" in ObamaCare remind me Jason in those "Friday the 13th" slasher movies.

    In the first scene, the end-of-life panels pop up out ...

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    Mon, January 03, 2011

    Another Genius Idea from Central Planning


    Just when it looked like employers were getting less fearful about what President Obama might do next to worsen the business climate, the National Labor Relations Board (now with its first Democratic ...

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    Mon, January 03, 2011

    The Keystone State: Wither We Go in 2011


    In 2010, Pennsylvania elected a new governor, unelected an old senator, and moved decisively toward installing the GOP as the dominant political party. Now, as the new year gets underway, it's a good ...

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    Thu, December 23, 2010

    Chinese Christmas Light and Murder Lists


    Funny things happen at Christmas. And things not so funny.

    One of the best stories at our house is about the year we unloaded a ceiling-high Christmas tree from ...

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    Mon, December 20, 2010

    Expensive Ineptitude


    "Washington, D.C.'s workers enjoy the highest salaries of any U.S. city, with a median household income of $85,198," recently reported CNNMoney.

    It's ...

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    Tue, December 14, 2010

    A Special Place


    It wasn't the flavor of her lasagna or the shabby section of town where her restaurant was located that made Elaine Kaufman into a legendary celebrity.
    What Elaine Edna Kaufman from the Bronx ...

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    Mon, December 06, 2010

    Continuing Madness of Centralized Economics


    The holiday message from the D.C. politicians to millions of unemployed workers is that they'll be kicked off the rolls for jobless benefits by Christmas. As they say, have yourself a merry little ...

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    Tue, November 30, 2010

    Getting the Right Grope


    I got an e-mail the other day from a transgendered group about their special problems with the new naked pictures and federal groping at the airports.
    "You have the right to have manual ...

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    Mon, November 15, 2010

    Obama: Overinflated, Bound to Burst


    Inflated self-esteem can be decidedly counterproductive.

    American students, for example, took first place in self-judged mathematical ability in a comparative study ...

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    Mon, November 01, 2010

    Today: A Time for Patriotism


    Here's a thought regarding today's voting, from Samuel Adams (1722-1803), a leader in the movements that became the Boston Tea Party and the American Revolution, a signer of the Declaration of ...

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    Mon, October 25, 2010

    Centralized Hot Air vs. Economic Reality


    Here's a short multiple-choice quiz.

    Who said the following? "Were we directed from Washington when to sow, and when to reap, we should soon want ...

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    Mon, October 18, 2010

    Obama: Too Foreign, Too Anti-Business


    What's very weird, even a bit "foreign," not unlike how self-declared communist leader Hugo Chavez in Venezuela regularly demonizes the business sector, is how President Obama seems to have ...

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    Mon, October 11, 2010

    Torments Ending In Tragedy


    "Forty-four percent of boys say they've seen sexual images of girls in their school, and about 15 percent of them are disseminating those images when they break up with the girls," ...

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    Mon, October 04, 2010

    Obama on Jobs: Flying Blind


    The rhetoric at the White House radically changed on September 27. The event was the signing by President Obama of the Small Business Jobs Act.

    Until the afternoon ...

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    Thu, September 30, 2010

    The Backfiring of Obama's Economics of 'Fairness'


    We raise taxes on things we want to discourage, like cigarettes, and we lower taxes on things we want to encourage, like education.

    The idea is to manipulate ...

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    Mon, September 20, 2010

    Castro, Obama ~Irrationality of Statism


    At least for a few moments last week, we had the strange spectacle of President Obama sounding more like a collectivist than Fidel Castro.

    With the federal payroll ...

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    Mon, September 13, 2010

    Obama's Rich-Bashing and Economic Ignorance


    With 15 million workers unemployed and another 11 million underemployed, President Obama recently decided that the answer was to hit the road and throw some anti-rich red meat to some friendly ...

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    Mon, September 06, 2010

    Back-to-School Advice


    My first recommendation is very basic. Don't cut. As Woody Allen stated, "Eighty percent of success is just showing up."

    And it's best to show up on ...

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    Tue, August 31, 2010

    Clingin' in Pittsburgh


    Clingin' in Pittsburgh
    By Ralph R. Reiland


    It took only a few seconds the other day to see how candidate Obama got the idea that we have a propensity in ...

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    Mon, August 16, 2010

    Monkeying Around


    Remember those stories about Nero playing the fiddle while Rome burned?
    Actually, if he was really playing, it was probably a lyre, a small harp-like
    stringed instrument. Fiddles weren't ...

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    Wed, August 11, 2010

    Take Our Issue Back!


    For more than 12 years I have been a Conservative acvtivist in Washington County working on everything from the Bush, McCain, Toomey, Russell and Luksic campaigns to, too many others to keep track ...

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    Tue, August 10, 2010

    Robbin' the Rich


    Democrats in Congress, frightened by what voters are likely to do in November, have been given their marching orders by the Obama administration.

    We're to be told ...

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    Tue, August 03, 2010

    Slippin' and a-slidin'


    I don't write a self-help column, or about household hints, but here's a warning about how I flew out the bathtub a few days ago.

    It started with eczema, some dry ...

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    Tue, July 27, 2010

    Big Benefits, Hot Air, Scarce Jobs


    Pushing for more billions in deficit spending to extend jobless benefits to a record 99 weeks, or nearly two years, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently declared that more red ink and more dependency ...

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    Mon, July 19, 2010

    I Won't Die for a $9 Pie


    "As I tell my kids, dessert is not a right," declared Michelle Obama recently, promoting her anti-obesity agenda while addressing the annual NAACP convention.
    I'd say the same thing ...

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    Tue, July 13, 2010

    Obamanomics Out of Synch with Reality


    With job creation in the private sector basically dead and a growing number of jobless workers ceasing to even look for work any longer, the number of people officially counted as part of the U.S. ...

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    Wed, July 07, 2010

    Fish Tales and Casino Woes


    SEA ISLE, N.J. --- The big news here on the beach is about sharks, whales, stripers (stripers, the fish, not strippers), and Atlantic City's casino revenues being down for the 21st month in a row, ...

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    Tue, June 29, 2010

    Obamanomics ~Hillarynomics: Dumb and Dumber


    With job creation in the U.S. basically at a standstill aside from some government hiring of temporary Census workers, even after a trillion-plus in stimulus spending, Hillary Clinton's answer for ...

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    Mon, June 21, 2010

    A Short Running Magic Show


    How quickly the magic and arrogance has turned into mismanagement and excuses.
    Cinching his party's nomination on the night of June 3, 2008, a pumped up Barack Obama concluded his triumphal St. ...

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    Mon, June 14, 2010

    Beach News


    Sea Isle, N.J. --- I don't want to sound like Burt Lancaster in the Louis Malle 1980 film "Atlantic City," but the news here today is that Busch's, the granddaddy of the big seafood ...

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    Mon, June 07, 2010

    Obama's 'Single Dime' Hot Air


    SEA ISLE, N.J.

    We're sitting here on our beach chairs looking for tar balls. So far, everything's pristine. The gulls are still white, not yet looking like crows.

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    Tue, June 01, 2010

    God, Like John Lennon, is Against Borders?


    Cardinal Roger Mahony had a simple and supportive message for the tens of thousands of demonstrators in Los Angeles who were protesting against Arizona's attempt to crackdown on illegal immigrants: ...

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    Tue, May 25, 2010

    Mi Casa es en Pakistan


    Answering a student's question at a recent town hall meeting at Indian Hills
    Community College in Iowa, here's how President Obama characterized the Arizona law that's designed to crack down on ...

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    Mon, May 17, 2010

    Politically Correct Stupidity


    The award this week for the craziest utterance goes to New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg.

    Quoted below is his exchange with CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric ...

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    Mon, May 10, 2010

    Obama: Stuck on Begrudge


    Off the teleprompter for a few seconds while stumping for financial reform recently in Illinois, President Obama had this to say about money, incomes and success: "Now, what we're doing, I ...

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    Mon, May 03, 2010

    Government Hurts Small Business


    As the owner of a small restaurant, it felt good the other morning to open the newspaper and read this sentence: "Be proud, small-business owners! You're now the most trusted group in ...

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    Mon, April 26, 2010

    Scary TEA Parties?


    The Pulitzers for top-notch journalism aren't what they used to be.

    Here's the way Pulitzer winner Eugene Robinson, an associate editor and columnist for the ...

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    Tue, April 20, 2010

    Plucking the Fortunate Chickens


    Here's the news from The New York Times on the day before tax day: "Forty-seven percent. That's the portion of American households that owe no income tax for 2009. The number is up from 38 ...

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    Mon, April 12, 2010

    Dr. Galt


    He's the Florida doctor who told his patients to go elsewhere for treatment if they voted for Obama. The message posted on his office door: "If you voted for Obama, seek urological care ...

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    Fri, April 02, 2010

    Obamacare vs Jobs


    Now that ObamaCare has been enacted, we definitely won't be knocking any new
    archways through the wall at our restaurant and expanding into the empty storefront next door.

    With a ...

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    Mon, March 22, 2010

    Obama's Health Care Deceptions


    What became quickly obvious while watching President Obama's recent interview about health care reform with Bret Baier on FOX is that we're still not getting straight answers about the proposed ...

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    Mon, March 15, 2010

    Obama: Perfect Formula for Self-Destruction


    It's not difficult to understand the fall of Obama --- the largest presidential drop in Gallup's approval ratings in half a century. Just start with Obama's overly-cocky notion that he's exceptional ...

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    Mon, March 08, 2010

    Losing Faith in the Feds


    "The majority of Americans say the government poses an immediate threat to individual rights and freedoms," stated CNN, summarizing the results of a recent CNN/Opinion Research Corporation ...

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    Mon, March 01, 2010

    American Collectivism: A Record of Failure


    The hype is always better than the real thing.

    Boston's Big Dig sounded like a half-decent project in the beginning. Approved in 1982 with a price tag $2.6 billion, ...

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    Tue, February 23, 2010

    Krugman Cracks Up Over Obama's 'Lemon Socialism'


    Paul Krugman, a top columnist and liberal opinion-maker at The New York Times, sounded last week like he was tied to the tracks and saw a train coming around the bend.

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    Mon, February 15, 2010

    Obama's Anti-Business Prejudice


    Whatever happened to the Constitutional concept of equal protection under the law?

    Whatever happened to the recognition that it's overwhelmingly the nation's ...

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    Mon, January 25, 2010

    Racist Codes and Naked Threats


    I didn't know that trucks were racist.

    Here's the exchange between MSNBC's Keith Olbermann and Newsweek's Howard Fineman on election night as they watched the ...

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    Tue, January 19, 2010

    On the Rails


    I'm writing this somewhere in a swamp in Georgia, chugging northward on the Auto Train, the world's longest passenger train.

    At full capacity, the train carries 650 ...

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    Wed, January 13, 2010

    From Florida: Cold Oranges, Hot Commies


    PALM BEACH, FLORIDA --- The column headline here in this morning's newspaper: "So where's my global warming, dude?"

    "Dude" could be Al Gore, ...

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    Mon, January 04, 2010

    Crotch Bombers, Caulking and Now Health Care?


    So Umar Farouk Abdullmutallab got within an inch of having several hundred airline passengers fall from the sky over Detroit on Christmas day, thanks to the ongoing holes in government-run ...

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    Mon, December 28, 2009

    The Fully Inept Tackle Health Care


    As I'm writing this, they're in a panic in Congress, voting in the wee hours, bribing reluctant senators with millions in slush funds for their respective states, all to ram through a health reform ...

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    Mon, December 21, 2009

    Greenies Gone Nuts for the Holidays


    This is a tough time of year for eco-friendly global planners.

    In Copenhagen they tried to put together a deal to save the world's forests while we rode around with millions of Christmas ...

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    Wed, December 16, 2009

    Alarmists, Running Hot and Cold


    Our dreadful destiny was that we were either going to starve to death or be buried by advancing glaciers in a new Ice Age.

    The alleged villain was global cooling, ...

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    Mon, November 30, 2009

    Official Hot Air


    There's a new picture of Obama that's sticking in my mind, like a song that keeps playing in your head (the one that keeps playing for me this week is "Empire State of Mind," especially ...

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    Mon, November 23, 2009

    Imperial Hypocrisy


    You can't say we weren't warned ahead of time about Obama's globalist and controlling tendencies.

    As candidate Obama explained in a campaign speech in Portland on ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, November 17, 2009

    Scary Porches, Scarier Doctors


    In news from the world of universal health care, Mark Wattson, 35, collapsed in pain in the street in Swindon, England, a month after he had his appendix removed.

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    Mon, November 09, 2009

    Obamanomics: A 'Stimulus' for Backlash, Not Jobs


    What the Democrats should have learned from their losses last Tuesday is that the advice given by political strategist James Carville to candidate Bill Clinton in the 1992 presidential campaign is ...

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    Mon, November 02, 2009

    Gang Green Going to the Dogs


    The sky-is-falling greenies are getting progressively batty.
    It's not enough that we shut down our oil, gas and coal industries, bike to work, switch our light bulbs, take cloth bags to the ...

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    Mon, October 26, 2009

    From Central Planning: We Are Going to Let You Die


    I saw two stories last week that had diametrically opposed messages.
    The first was pro-life in the broadest sense of the word, a breakthrough against cancer via a new tumor-targeted genetic ...

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    Mon, October 19, 2009

    Clunker Cars, Clunker Nukes?


    I don't want to sound negative, but is anyone else getting the idea that we're starting to live in Clunker Nation?

    Start with the actual clunker deal where we ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, October 12, 2009

    Obama's Job Killing Agenda


    You ain't seen nothin' yet" was Ronald Reagan's standard rally-ending line during his 1984 reelection campaign. He won 49 states, losing only his opponent's home state, Minnesota, 49.7 percent ...

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    Mon, October 05, 2009

    Atlas is Shrugging


    The headline in Investor's Business Daily, September 16, 2009: "45% of Doctors Would Consider Quitting If Congress Passes Health Care Overhaul."

    The ...

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    Mon, September 28, 2009

    Obama Care's 'Shovel Ready Cure'


    I thought we were supposed to think that Sarah Palin was nuts for bringing up "death panels."

    Now a few weeks later the cover of Newsweek has a giant plug ...

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    Mon, September 21, 2009

    All the News That's Fit to Bury


    On the morning after, there wasn't much surprise in the lobby of our D.C. hotel about the coverage in the New York Times about the previous day's Taxpayer March on Washington, a massive rally that ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, September 15, 2009

    Van Jones' Green Ruse


    You can't grasp the full craziness of Van Jones, Obama's now-resigned "green jobs czar" (actual job title: "Special Advisor on Green Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation for the White House ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, September 08, 2009

    Surgeons Cut Into Obamacare


    President Obama's flip comments about surgeons maximizing their incomes through
    unnecessary foot amputations and needless tonsillectomies have produced a biting response from the American ...

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    Mon, August 31, 2009

    Obama's Strategy of Demonizing to Gain Control


    I guess we're supposed to look at hospitals now and see nothing but gigantic butcher shops, filled with greedy doctors who are unnecessarily sawing off our feet and taking out our kids' tonsils in ...

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    Mon, August 24, 2009

    The Deflating of Obama's Hot Air Balloon


    What we're seeing with Obama's plummeting poll numbers is a quick case of buyer's remorse.

    More broadly, Gallup reports that conservatives now outnumber liberals in ...

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    Tue, August 18, 2009

    Things Getting 'Sospechoso" at White House


    Like good and obedient informants for the government, we're supposed to contact Obama's snitch line to report anything "fishy" that's being said about the administration's flawed plan for ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, August 11, 2009

    Redistribution via Obamacare


    You'd think the central planners at the White House would go outside their small group of relatives for some top-notch expertise when they're trying to revamp something as big and complex as ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, August 04, 2009

    Defund the Pork, Pay for Health Care


    Here's how to get the money for health care reform, and it can be done without Congress passing another trillion in spending, without putting more job-killing mandates and taxes on business, without ...

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    Mon, July 27, 2009

    Barack, Meet Friedrich


    "This isn't about me," President Barack Obama asserted recently, maintaining that his manic push for a vote on health care reform is all about us.

    In ...

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    Mon, July 20, 2009

    A Nation of One-Eyes Sycophants?


    President Obama got it right for a minute during his recent stop in Africa. "No business wants to invest in a place where the government skims 20 percent off the top," he told the ...

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    Mon, July 13, 2009

    Barack Obama: Rush to Failure


    "No more talk," said President Barack Obama in his weekly address on July 4th. "No more talk. No more delay."

    He was referring to health care reform and telling us ...

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    Mon, July 06, 2009

    A Reluctant Champ and Struggling Terrapins


    SEA ISLE, N.J. --- I felt like JonBenet's mother (during the good years) last week at the dog show up on the boardwalk. Simba, our golden retriever, repeated his prize-winning performance from the ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, July 01, 2009

    Beach Neurons and DC Craziness


    SEA ISLE, N.J. --- After the age of 20, they say we lose about 50,000 brain cells a day. That means you'll probably lose a couple hundred just during the few minutes it takes to read this ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, June 23, 2009

    Goldens Bearing Gifts


    SEA ISLE, N.J. --- The big news here is that Simba, our 1 1/2-year-old golden retriever, just won "Best of Show" in this year's dog show on the boardwalk.

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, June 15, 2009

    Class Warfare at the Beach


    Sea Isle, N.J. --- I met Elaine Scattergood for breakfast last week in a little coffee shop on Dune Drive in Avalon, just a few blocks from where Utz potato chip magnate Michael Rice is putting the ...

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    Mon, June 08, 2009

    From the Dock of the Bay


    SEA ISLE, N. J. --- An article I read somewhere said that Eskimos have 100 words for snow and that Sherlock Holmes could distinguish 140 types of tobacco by their ashes.

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, June 01, 2009

    Sunset Thoughts at the Beach


    SEA ISLE, N.J. --- They had a contest here last week in The Press of Atlantic City that asked readers in 25 words or less to submit answers to this question: "Where do you want to spend the ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, May 26, 2009

    Unintelligent Government 'Intelligence'


    The New York Times recently reviewed "Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story of a Band of U.S. Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan," a book by Doug Stanton about how small units of ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, May 19, 2009

    Socialism: Faith Trumps Reality


    Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman got it right about a lot of things, but he was overly optimistic when he wrote in 1990 that socialism was dead.

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, May 12, 2009

    Students' Confusion About Capitalism


    "Only 53 percent of American adults believe capitalism is better than socialism," according to an April survey by Rasmussen.

    Age made a large difference in how Americans ...

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    Mon, May 04, 2009

    Fixing GM Via Collectivism?


    I don't want to sound like an old geezer, but I remember the days when General Motors had no trouble creating plenty of excitement and glamour each fall with its annual model changes.

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, April 28, 2009

    Crazy Word Games, from Team Obama


    It looks like the "intelligence" in the Obama administration isn't too intellectual.

    Instead of using the word "terrorism" to describe things ...

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    Mon, April 20, 2009

    Obama's Message: He's Better Than America


    Barack Obama likes to pat himself on the back regarding his ability to see both sides of an issue. It's through this willingness to listen to both sides, he says, that he comes up with the smartest ...

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    Mon, April 13, 2009

    Creating Monsters


    Creating Monsters
    By Ralph R. Reiland


    Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster, wrote Friedrich ...

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    Mon, April 06, 2009

    Nuts to the Brown-Eyed Visionaries


    I'm boycotting Brazil nuts.

    The top nut in Brazil, Brazil's president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silvamade (big enough to be known simply as Lula, like Beyonce or Madonna) told British Prime ...

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    Mon, March 30, 2009

    Hope, or Hopelessly Naive?


    It didn't take long for Iran to brush aside President Obama's holiday video.
    In his video message to Iran, complete with Farsi subtitles and timed to coincide with the celebration of the ...

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    Mon, March 16, 2009

    Obama's Irrational Economics


    Newsweek's Howard Fineman wrote in his "A Turning Tide?" column last week that "the establishment is beginning to mumble that the president may not have what it takes."

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    Mon, March 09, 2009

    Obamanomics: Ideology over Common Sense?


    "So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can," Barack Obama said during a January 2008 interview with the San Francisco Chronicle. "It's just that it will bankrupt ...

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    Mon, March 02, 2009

    Of Mice and Pork


    Lucky for a certain mouse, he resides in Nancy Pelosi's district and has a good shot at getting some of the recently passed $787 billion stimulus bill.
    The rodent on the way to hitting the ...

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    Mon, February 23, 2009

    Socialism's 'Fatal Conceit]


    The appeal of socialism, wrote Nobel-winning economist F. A. Hayek, "depends on the instinctual appeal of promised consequences The problem, argued Hayek, is that socialism cannot ...

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    Mon, February 16, 2009

    Obama's Economics: Exactly the Wrong Prescription


    Repeatedly talking down the American economy, Barack Obama, pushing the so-called "stimulus" package, incessantly claimed that we're "going through the worst economic crisis since the ...

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    Tue, February 10, 2009

    King of Hope Falls Flat at Starting Gate


    "Well, That Certainly Didn't Take Long" was the headline one of Maureen Dowd's recent columns in The New York Times.

    Dowd, unswervingly a Bush-basher and ...

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    Tue, February 03, 2009

    Groups vs. Individualism


    The biodegradable celebratory balloons at the parties marking the election of the nation's first black (or half-black) president weren't even half-deflated before Robert Reich, economic adviser to ...

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    Mon, January 26, 2009

    Cuba at 50: Scarce Freedom, Scarce Fish


    I was in Hollywood, Florida, on January 8, the 50th anniversary of Fidel Castro's triumphant arrival in Havana after shooting his way to power and ousting the U.S.-backed dictator Fulgencio ...

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    Tue, January 20, 2009

    Trouble in Paradise


    Given what's being called the biggest case of financial fraud ever committed by one person in American history, I figured that things would be different this year during our annual Winter Break trek ...

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    Wed, January 14, 2009

    UAW Unionized Insecurity


    General Motors lost $10.6 billion in 2006. The company lost another $38.7 billion in 2007, the largest annual loss in automotive history. Through the third quarter of 2008, GM lost another $21.2 ...

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    Thu, January 08, 2009

    The Times' Gas Pains


    Unhappy that we're no longer paying $80 for a fill-up, The New York Times wants to get the price back up to $4 or $5 a gallon by way of a hefty hike in federal taxes.

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    Tue, December 30, 2008

    Obama's 'Rubin Constellation'


    Where's the "Change we can believe in"?

    On both Wall Street and in Congress, the same old crooks and party hacks who succeeded in producing the greatest ...

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    Mon, December 22, 2008

    A U.N. Approved Christmas Dinner


    The year-end news isn't pretty. The dictatorship-dominated United Nations has its eye on our Christmas hams as a key source of allegedly man-made global warming and planetary suicide.

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    Wed, December 17, 2008

    Progressive Dissatisfaction


    Expressing disillusionment with Obama's top appointments in a December 7 article in The Washington Post entitled "This Wasn't Quite the Change We Pictured," David Corn, Washington bureau ...

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    Mon, December 01, 2008

    Big Three Out of Gas


    Things didn't go so well on November 20 when the CEOs of the Big Three automakers came to Congress, tin cups in hand, to make a pitch for another $25 billion.

    The ...

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    Tue, November 25, 2008

    Felons on the Loose


    I intended to write today about why workers making $18 an hour (the median wage of the nation's 107 million full-time wage and salary workers in the third quarter of 2008, according the latest report ...

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    Mon, November 17, 2008

    A Vote for Change?


    Now that the facts are in, it's clear that the pro-Obama mainstream media continued to get it wrong right through election night.
    Watching Wolf Blitzer add up the numbers on election night, ...

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    Thu, November 13, 2008

    Alternative Schooling Emerges


    Major institutions, such as the public schools, do not change without external ideas and pressure, and anyone who tries to implement substantive change can expect to be attacked.

    Jackie ...

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    Mon, November 10, 2008

    The Failure of Big Government Conservatism


    How did the Republicans fall so fast, so completely?

    In an article published on the morning of election day, "Will GOP Learn from This?," Michael D. ...

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    Mon, November 03, 2008

    Obama vs. Jobs


    I interviewed two plumbing company owners in Pittsburgh over the weekend about Barack Obama's economic proposals for small business. One has 15 employees and 12 trucks. The other has 52 employees and ...

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    Tue, October 14, 2008

    Obama vs. Business and Jobs


    Even The New York Times now says that Barack Obama's unswerving call for tax increases -- to impose more "fairness" -- is the wrong prescription during the current instability in the U.S. ...

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    Mon, October 06, 2008

    Nice Words, Killer Friends


    In March, Barack Obama's speech in Philadelphia on race was inspiring and knowledgeable.

    Attempting to put the Rev. Jeremiah Wright controversy behind him, Obama ...

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    Mon, September 29, 2008

    Bad Mix: Mortgages, Liberals and Community Organizers


    The roots of today's mortgage-based financial crisis can be traced back to the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), which Jimmy Carter signed in 1977. Seeking to address complaints from anti-poverty ...

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    Mon, September 22, 2008

    Obama and the Times Flunk Economics 101


    Watching three of Wall Street's top-five investment banks — Bear Sterns, Lehman Brothers and Merrill Lynch — vanishing as independent entities, Financial Times columnist Martin Wolf ...

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    Tue, September 16, 2008

    Government vs. Small Business


    The Eggs Benedict on a thick slice of Italian toast with a side of German potato pancakes at the Dor-Stop Restaurant in Pittsburgh is one of the best breakfasts in town.

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    Wed, September 10, 2008

    Barack's Failed Euro-nomics


    The top concern of voters this year is the economy, with 40 percent of respondents in a recent New York Times/CBS News poll rating the "economy and jobs" as their primary issue in the ...

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