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Lincoln Institute


    Mon, October 20, 2014

    Fall 2014 Keystone Business Climate Survey

    Response Summary


    Total Started Survey: 316
    Total Finished Survey:309  (97.8%)

    Section I: Issues

    1. Do you ...

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    Mon, October 20, 2014

    PA Business Climate Improving

    But Obamacare a drag on employment, pay


    For the first time in a decade, by a narrow margin, more Pennsylvania employers say business conditions in the commonwealth are improving than say the state's economy is getting worse. But, that ...

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    Fri, October 10, 2014

    Islamic Terrorism and U.S. Role


    Bombing is not a strategy!

    Without a clear understanding of the mission and strategy behind the current "bombing campaign" against ISIS, our nation faces ...

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    Thu, October 02, 2014

    Obama Foreign Policy: Four False Premises


    On Monday night, President Obama announced the beginning of an anti-ISIS bombing campaign. Just prior to this, the YouGov polling firm that tracks Presidential approval on Foreign Policy, recorded ...

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    Wed, October 01, 2014

    A Ruined Black Tie Affair


    My favorite Garth Brooks song, about having friends in low places, has a great lyric where he sings "I showed up in boots and ruined your black tie affair." That refrain could be sung by ...

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    Wed, October 01, 2014

    Unions Have Lost Their Way


    Across the nation, union membership is rapidly declining as more and more workers conclude that unions have lost their way.

    Once advocates for legitimately ...

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    Tue, September 23, 2014

    One Nation?


    Since the beginning of our republic there has been a great debate on the role and scope of the federal government and its relationship to the states. We did not begin as the United States of ...

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    Fri, September 19, 2014

    New World Disorder


    Recently there was a YouTube video clip commenting about the 20 second speech clip by President Obama in which he was calling for a new world order and that people were too small minded essentially ...

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    Wed, September 10, 2014

    A Recollection of 9-11


    We all have memories of where we were, what we were doing, when a seminal event occurred, some piece of history that has shaped our lives. For me a vivid memory endures of a nondescript morning that ...

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    Mon, September 08, 2014

    Need a Lyft?


    I stood in the doorway of the Ebenezer Coffee House watching a mid-summer thunderstorm dump water on Washington, D.C. Although Union Station, and the taxi cab I needed, was little over a block away, ...

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    Thu, September 04, 2014

    Labor Day and Earned Success


    Those of us with full-time jobs we enjoy and an ability to generally pay our bills likely spent Labor Day weekend enjoying hot dogs and a cold drink with family and friends while lamenting the end of ...

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    Fri, August 29, 2014

    Quantitative Easing Revisited


    By the end of the year 2014, the results and the impact of the Federal Reserve's quantitative easing programs should be clearly known. It is anticipated widely that the Fed will eliminate ...

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    Tue, August 26, 2014

    Romney Redux Wrong


    Mitt Romney is back. After losing the 2012 presidential race to Barack Obama the defeated Republican nominee stepped out of the spotlight and into what many thought would be a long, quiet retirement ...

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    Fri, August 22, 2014

    Protecting Liberty


    I know a family who came to America in the 70s from Saigon. They tell a riveting story about abandoning their home in the middle of the night with their young children running to the shore and ...

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    Thu, August 14, 2014

    Mississippi Mudslinging


    I spent most of last week in Jackson Mississippi looking into the irregularities — and potential illegalities -- in the Republican Senatorial runoff election between Thad Cochran and Chris ...

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    Tue, August 12, 2014

    Tough Love for Philadelphia Schools


    Would you invest in a business whose product failed 80% of the time? If so, you might want to contribute money to the City of Philadelphia School District where, according to the Commonwealth ...

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    Tue, August 05, 2014

    The Cruelty of Liberalism


    The feel-good policies of many liberals are so fraught with unintended consequences that the very help that people believe they are providing to those less fortunate are, in fact, ensuring that those ...

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    Tue, July 29, 2014

    Jedis, DREAMers and Tax Schemers


    It could be labeled a Jedi mind trick, or perhaps double speak worthy of a George Orwell novel. President Obama and the Left have raised to an art form the ability to name a policy initiative the ...

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    Wed, July 16, 2014

    Trickle Up Poverty


    Despite Republican cries to the contrary, President Obama and his team have effectively set the agenda for the US economy and the United States for the years, and perhaps decades, ahead.

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    Tue, July 15, 2014

    Huddled Masses


    The flood of illegal immigrants crossing America's southern border has become a crisis. Those arriving are not "undocumented" or "refugees," what is occurring is a blatant ...

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    Thu, July 03, 2014

    The Hobby Lobby Case


    This week the Supreme Court affirmed the right of the owners of a closely-held corporation, Hobby Lobby, not to include in the health insurance plans they underwrite for their employees certain ...

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    Mon, June 30, 2014

    The Pendulum Swings


    When history looks back at the just completed term of the Supreme Court of the United States it will view it as the end point of the pendulum swing toward an imperial presidency and the beginning of ...

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    Tue, June 24, 2014

    Why Republicans Should Not Raise Taxes


    With the state budget over a billion dollars out of balance and elections approaching the pressure is on the governing Republican majority in Harrisburg to raise taxes. They should not. To do so ...

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    Tue, June 17, 2014

    Moving the Goal Posts


    A football field is 100 yard long. That makes the 50-yard line the center of the field. Suppose we were to change the rules and make the football field 120 yards long. That would make the center ...

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    Tue, June 03, 2014

    PA GOP at Crossroads


    In what was perhaps one of the most famous speeches in American political history Ronald Reagan's national career was launched in the closing days of the 1964 presidential campaign with his "A ...

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    Fri, May 23, 2014

    VA Scandal: Obama's Katrina


    Politics and public opinion are unpredictable. What will resonate and what won't are seldom obvious. In the same way that President Bush was held personally responsible for his administration's ...

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    Thu, May 22, 2014

    Why We Remember


    The degree and intensity which Americans commemorate Memorial Day tends to rise and fall depending upon the nation's level of active involvement in a foreign conflict. During the height of the ...

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    Mon, May 19, 2014

    Liberal Agenda Backfires


    No good deed goes unpunished!

    No expression could be more appropriate as it relates to the liberal agenda as it relates to illegal immigration.

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    Mon, May 05, 2014

    Crunch Time


    It is crunch time in Harrisburg.

    The next 60 days will likely be the most productive — or unproductive — period of legislating under the capitol dome ...

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    Fri, May 02, 2014

    Rhetoric vs Reality on ObamaCare


    Once again, President Obama is putting politics over people and spinning the truth about health care reform. Countless times this year, and again last week, he proclaimed that ObamaCare is working, ...

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    Thu, May 01, 2014

    The Benghazi Smoking Gun


    It's often said that the cover-up of a scandal is worse than the scandal itself. That was certainly true of Watergate. It may prove to be true about Benghazi as well. This week, a new email ...

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    Thu, April 24, 2014

    The GOP and Hispanics


    Since I began my walk across America to raise awareness of the needs of children with behavioral, emotional, and developmental disabilities, I have had the opportunity to meet hundreds of ...

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    Tue, April 22, 2014

    A Common Thread


    With 24-hour cable news and an ever-present stream of information over the Internet it is sometimes difficult to discern trends or common threads due to the overwhelming amount of information that ...

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    Tue, April 15, 2014

    Spring 2014 Keystone Business Climate Survey


    Response Summary
    Total Started Survey: 378
    Total Finished Survey: 366 (96.8%)

    Section I: Issues

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    Tue, April 15, 2014

    No Turn-around Yet for PA Businesses


    Weighed down by concerns over a possible increase in the minimum wage, uncertainty over health care; and excessive regulations, Pennsylvania's business climate continued to get worse over the past ...

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    Tue, April 08, 2014

    A Taxing Tale


    President Obama's claim that "If you like your health care plan you can keep your health care plan" was dubbed by pundits as the 2013 lie of the year. Fast forward to this year's ...

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    Mon, March 24, 2014

    Official Repression


    Richard Nixon was often accused of creating an imperial presidency and of using the levers of power to repress and punish those who disagreed with him. Nixon's "enemies list" became a ...

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    Thu, March 20, 2014

    Ukraine Crisis Should Stop START


    This week the White House announced took action against 7 Russian and 4 Ukrainian top officials in Vladimir Putin's inner circle to punish them for their role in Moscow's power grab of the Crimean ...

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    Tue, March 11, 2014

    Union Violence Hits Tipping Point


    Psst.

    How would you like to be able to stalk someone? Or perhaps harass them? Maybe even threaten to use a weapon of mass destruction against them?

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    Mon, March 10, 2014

    Stopping Welfare Fraud


    Welfare?

    Welfare systems and social service systems have expanded substantially since the Great Depression.

    Since the depression, ...

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    Wed, February 26, 2014

    Promises Kept Leads to Political Trouble


    By almost any measure 2010 was a banner year for Republicans. Riding the crest of the Tea party wave the GOP reclaimed control of the U.S. House of Representatives and added to the number of states ...

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    Tue, February 18, 2014

    Word Have Meaning


    WORDS HAVE MEANINGS — UNLESS CHANGED TO MEET A LIBERAL AGENDA

    Have you noticed how the left deals with rejection of its ideology? Not by logical argument ...

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    Mon, February 10, 2014

    A Yogi Berra Election


    Famed Yankee's skipper and player Yogi Berra famously said the game "isn't over until it is over." Always quotable, Berra summed up in one sentence the fact that in baseball, even in the ...

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    Fri, February 07, 2014

    The Antidote to Complex Issues


    There's been a lot of talk about complexity lately — the complexity of ObamaCare, the complexity of economic recovery, the complexity of immigration, the complexity of Syria and the Middle ...

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    Thu, January 30, 2014

    Paycheck Protection is a Women's Issue


    In case you were unaware, there is a war on women unfolding in Pennsylvania at this moment. The government sector union bosses, particularly the teachers' unions bosses, are trying to bully ...

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    Thu, January 30, 2014

    The American Aristorcacy


    The American Aristocracy
    The American Revolution was fought in order to allow the American colonies the right to determine their own future.

    The Declaration ...

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    Tue, January 28, 2014

    State of the Kingdom


    "Leader, n. A person who influences a group of people toward the achievement of a goal." — Webster

    "Dictator, n. A leader who ...

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    Tue, January 21, 2014

    Don't Give Up !


    Is it me or do I detect a sense of pessimism in the conservative movement? I recently had a conversation with a fellow political activist who confided in me she was "tired of fighting a losing ...

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    Mon, January 20, 2014

    Obama Foreign Policy: Peace Through Weakness?


    Writing in the left-leaning political journal The New Republic, John Judis wrote an article titled "Only Foreign Policy Can Rescue Obama's Second Term." He says "… there is a ...

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    Thu, January 16, 2014

    PA Energy: Bright Future or Lights Out?


    Lying beneath Penn's Woods are deposits of coal and reserves of natural gas so large that the state has earned the nickname the "Saudi Arabia of the United States." At the current moment, ...

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    Thu, January 09, 2014

    Pope Francis, Thomas Jefferson and Capitalism


    "Unless you believe, you will not understand"

    This quote in paragraph 23 of the papal encyclical "Lumen Fidei" provides insight into how to ...

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    Mon, December 30, 2013

    Fool's Errand


    ...

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    Mon, December 30, 2013

    Obamacare: What Will 2014 Bring?


    ...

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    Fri, December 27, 2013

    2013 PA Charitable Organizations Survey

    Results


    Total Started Survey: 166
    Total Finished Survey: 154 (92.8%)

    Policy Issues

    1. In general, do you ...

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    Fri, December 27, 2013

    PA Nonprofits Continue to Struggle


    What difference does a year make? When it comes to the economic health of Pennsylvania's nonprofit organizations the answer is: virtually none. Results of the 2013 Pennsylvania Charitable ...

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    Mon, December 23, 2013

    Wishing You a Blessed Christmas!


    1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.

    2(And this taxing was first made when ...

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    Fri, December 20, 2013

    Call to Duty


    This December marks the ninth anniversary of my being recalled to active duty out of my military retirement from the Marine Corps reserve. I was one of the thousands that would eventually be called ...

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    Tue, December 03, 2013

    The Un-COLA


    In politics, as with many aspects of life, timing is everything. The timing of the awarding of this year's annual cost-of-living pay increase for state officials could not have been worse. ...

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    Wed, November 27, 2013

    The Real Employment Problem


    Supposedly the economy is rebounding. Years of stimulus spending by the Administration and over $3 Trillion in quantitative easing by the Fed is allegedly working. Or is it?

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    Wed, November 20, 2013

    Al Bienstock Named to Lincoln Board


    November 20, 2013

    For Immediate Release

    Contact: Lowman S. Henry
    (717) 671-0776
    lhenry@lincolninstitute.org ...

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    Tue, November 19, 2013

    Mr. Obama: You're No Abe Lincoln


    One President of the United States was invited to speak at the national cemetery at Gettysburg as an afterthought. He was not the featured speaker, and his words lasted but a few minutes. His ...

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    Wed, November 13, 2013

    When Will They Stop Lying About Health Care?


    In my oath of office as a United States Marine, I was asked if I had any moral hesitation or moral purpose of evasion to honor my oath. It was a clear question. It was concise. The question was ...

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    Wed, November 06, 2013

    PA Voters Support Labor Law Reforms


    November 6, 2013

    For Immediate Release
    CONTACT: Lowman S. Henry
    (717) 671-0776
    LHenry@lincolninstitute.org


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    Tue, November 05, 2013

    Opens Records Law Key to Restoring Penn State Credibility


    Penn State University is fighting efforts in Harrisburg to place state-related universities, of which Penn State is one, under provisions of the commonwealth's Open Records law. This would require ...

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    Mon, November 04, 2013

    Labor Issues Poll


    Total Started Survey: 403
    Total Finished Survey: 403 (100%)

    1. Construction projects (roads, bridges, schools, etc.) ...

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    Mon, November 04, 2013

    PA Voters Voice Strong Support for Labor Law Reforms

    Support Right-to-Work, elimination of Prevailing Wage and Dues Deduction


    (Harrisburg) -- A number of union-related issues are currently before the Pennsylvania General Assembly, and a new poll by the Lincoln Institute of Public Opinion Research, Inc. finds voters across ...

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    Fri, October 25, 2013

    Obamacare: Password Purgatory


    How bad is the ObamaCare federal exchange rollout? No one knows for sure, because the Obama administration that once claimed to be the most transparent in history has been about as opaque as lead on ...

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    Mon, October 21, 2013

    Why the Recovery Remains Sluggish


    The last time more Pennsylvania business leaders felt the state's economy was headed in the right direction George W. Bush was just weeks away from being elected to his second term of office. The ...

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    Fri, October 18, 2013

    Shutdown Hysteria


    To listen to the apocalyptic talk out of Washington D.C., you would think the government shutdown was causing and or going to cause mass chaos and irreparable harm and damage to every, single living ...

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    Mon, October 07, 2013

    We Feel Their Pain


    Adams County in autumn is one of the most beautiful spots in Pennsylvania. Its country roads are surrounded by apple orchards and roadside stands stocked with pumpkins, cider and other seasonal ...

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    Fri, October 04, 2013

    Pettiness Produces Shudown Silliness


    Since the so-called shutdown of the federal government began on Tuesday of this last week, I have spoken personally to a number of Members of Congress — all Republicans, I should point out ...

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    Fri, October 04, 2013

    Tax Hikes are Coming !


    President Ronald Reagan is known to have said, "Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops ...

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    Mon, September 30, 2013

    Failure of Command


    Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, in response to the Navy Yard killings, remarked that there were a number of red flags missed in the background check of Navy contractor Aaron Alexis. "Ya ...

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    Wed, September 25, 2013

    Fall 2013 Keystone Business Climate Summary


    Total Started Survey: 306
    Total Finished Survey: 291 (95.1%)

    Section I: Business Climate

    1. In ...

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    Wed, September 25, 2013

    Recovery Stalls

    Obamacare a major factor


    The Great Recession has given way to a not-so-great recovery as Chief Executive Officers and business owners from across Pennsylvania say that over the past six months economic conditions have at ...

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    Wed, September 25, 2013

    Recovery Stalls: Obamacare Major Factor


    The Great Recession has given way to a not-so-great recovery as Chief Executive Officers and business owners from across Pennsylvania say that over the past six months economic conditions have at ...

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    Tue, September 24, 2013

    A Peek Behind the Curtain


    Primary elections are the vehicle by which voters select their party's nominees who then advance to the General Election to do battle with the opposing party. But, before voters even go to the polls ...

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    Fri, September 20, 2013

    Healthy PA Plan Puts Economy on Life Support


    This week Governor Corbett unveiled his Healthy PA plan. Full of good wishes and promises, the plan skips over a few minor facts that are likely to get in the way of all the good wishes.

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    Thu, September 12, 2013

    Deal with Devil, Devil in Details


    The serious issue of what the US should do about Syrian President Assad and his use of chemical weapons on his own people has devolved into a full fiasco — one with many more twists and turns ...

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    Tue, September 10, 2013

    It's for the Children


    Unsurprisingly, in the realm of politics and public policy folks often say one thing while meaning something entirely different. For example, when a public official decides to retire to "spend ...

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    Thu, September 05, 2013

    The Perfect Storm


    Our nation is facing a perfect financial storm that will affect the lives of our citizens for decades to come.

    Despite the potential chaos which may ensue, the ...

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    Fri, August 30, 2013

    Latrobe Goes Bananas Over Split


    Forget about the pension crisis, crumbling roads and bridges, liquor privatization and all those other issues that have been occupying Pennsylvania politicos for the past few months. It is time to ...

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    Mon, August 26, 2013

    Four Existential Threats to America


    How much damage can President Obama do to the Republic we call the United States of America in his remaining three years and five months in office? Just as he claimed in a conversation with ...

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    Thu, August 22, 2013

    Pennsylvania's 'Disney Princess'


    Every time I see a story about Kathleen Kane, I can't help but think that this is what happens when the "give-kids-self-esteem-movement" crashes into the Disney Princess heroine syndrome. ...

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    Mon, August 19, 2013

    Better Dead than Profiled?


    The stop-and-frisk tactic that's been employed for over a decade by New York City's cops has produced two clear and unarguable results. First, more blacks and Hispanics have been stopped. Second, ...

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    Tue, August 13, 2013

    Faux Reform


    Reform is one of the most abused words in Pennsylvania's legislative lexicon. In the years since the infamous middle-of-the-night pay raise uprising many lawmakers have hopped on the reform ...

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    Mon, August 12, 2013

    Bill Clark - A Great Man Remembered


    Editor's note: This article first appeared at The American Thinker.)

    If you were to list the Americans most critical in facilitating the collapse of the Soviet ...

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    Fri, August 09, 2013

    DOMA Ruling Creates New Bias


    DOMA Unconstitutional — Problem Created

    In the 5 to 4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act to be unconstitutional.

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    Tue, August 06, 2013

    Grassroots Key to Stopping Obamacare


    Let me state, up front and for the record, I am a big fan of both Senator Mike Lee and Senator Ted Cruz. But, they and their allies in the Senate pushing the "defund Obamacare or shut down the ...

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    Fri, August 02, 2013

    What is an Electromagnetic Pulse?


    What is an electromagnetic pulse, and what threat does it pose to the United States? Last week there was an event in Washington that attempted to answer those questions. It was sponsored by the ...

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    Mon, July 29, 2013

    Register of Wills ~Justice of the Supreme Court


    It is not very often that a Register of Wills makes statewide headlines. But Bruce Hanes, holder of that ministerial office in the suburban Philadelphia County of Montgomery did just that recently ...

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    Thu, July 25, 2013

    Obama, Nutter Fail to Walk the Walk


    Forgive me for being a bit crass but I find President Obama's and some of our more illustrious PA politicians' sudden interest in the death of a young black man named Trayvon Martin highly suspect, ...

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    Fri, July 19, 2013

    Race Relations: Have We Progressed at All?


    To say that I am confused with the multiple reactions to the Zimmerman verdict would be an understatement.

    In the wake of the Zimmerman court case, the disparity in ...

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    Mon, July 15, 2013

    Don't Agree? Govern by Decree!


    Proponents of conservative public policy increasingly advocate that states invoke their right of nullification, essentially invalidate federal laws with which they strongly disagree or view as ...

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    Thu, July 11, 2013

    America's Entitlement Mentality


    As a woman and advocate for limited government — it is pretty natural for me to try and break down complex public policy matters to how they impact the kitchen table.

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    Wed, July 03, 2013

    Dereliction of Duty


    Imagine if you will that your boss had given you three tasks of significant importance to your place of employment and that you had failed to get those tasks done in a timely manner. Now, imagine ...

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    Mon, July 01, 2013

    Education Bubble Has Burst


    The student loan debate in Congress is bringing to the forefront the student loan crisis plaguing our nation as well as the financial instability of academic institutions in the United States.

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    Thu, June 27, 2013

    Who to Blame if Taxes Go Up?


    The end of budget season in Harrisburg is upon us meaning politicians are in the final throes of dividing up your taxpayer money and even better they're working on how to get even more of it from you ...

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    Tue, June 18, 2013

    America's Biggest Scandal


    From the administration's handling of the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, to the Internal Revenue Service harassment of conservative organizations, to the Justice Department's snooping on ...

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    Wed, June 12, 2013

    Medicaid Debate Heats Up


    As budget talks heat up in Harrisburg, the time is nearing for a decision on whether or not to expand Medicaid under Obamacare–and the hospital lobby is out in full force to make sure that ...

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    Tue, June 04, 2013

    Shredding the Bill of Rights


    It may be the work of a vast left-wing conspiracy, or it could be simply the by-product of a nation slowly inching its way into socialism, but a systematic shredding of America's Bill of ...

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    Thu, May 30, 2013

    Can Conservatives Win Immigration Debate?


    Is there a more contentious and divisive issue within conservatism today than immigration? I doubt it.

    So let's grapple with it. If you believe as Ronald Reagan ...

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    Wed, May 29, 2013

    Conservatives Should Join with 'Big Labor'


    Right now, I really want to say "I told you so." As a woman and a mother, I do feel it is my prerogative to, on occasion, wag my finger in the direction of a wayward soul and repeat that ...

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    Fri, May 24, 2013

    Ryan Plans Walk Across America


    Whether it is Sandy Hook, Columbine, Virginia Tech, or any horrific tragedy that strikes America, the apparent reaction is to respond with the predetermined agenda of the media and this ...

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    Mon, May 20, 2013

    Costa's Big Government Agenda


    In recent weeks Americans have seen the dark underbelly of big government: the IRS targeting conservative groups; the Department of Justice tapping the phone lines of journalists; stonewalling by the ...

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    Wed, May 15, 2013

    IRS' Next Target: Health Insurance


    The mainstream media is rightly shocked and outraged to find the IRS has admitted to harassing and targeting the political opposition of President Obama just because they had "tea party" or ...

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    Thu, May 02, 2013

    Pension Crisis Hurting PA Families


    Raise your hand if you are fully saved or on target to fully save for your retirement. What about your kids? Are you on track to pay for their college tuition or retirement?

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    Thu, May 02, 2013

    Fed Fueling Stock Market Inflation


    The stock market has recently posted recent highs since the 2008 financial meltdown.

    Inflation is allegedly tame and within "acceptable" limits.

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    Tue, April 30, 2013

    Gas, Booze and Feral Swine


    State government is facing another difficult budget, a critical junction in the liquor privatization debate, a looming pension crisis along with crumbling roads and bridges. So it provided a bit of ...

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    Wed, April 24, 2013

    Work in Progress


    There has been a lot of buzz among politicos over Governor Tom Corbett's low polling numbers. While the governor struggles among the general voting population, he fares better among the state's job ...

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    Mon, April 22, 2013

    A Look at the Immigration Bill


    The immigration bill announced this week by the Senate's so-called Gang of Eight will be one of the most important legislative issues of the year — and one of the most divisive, especially ...

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    Fri, April 12, 2013

    The Last Frontier


    Throughout the history of the world when people have become oppressed they have fled and moved to neighboring uncharted lands. The uprooted and migrating people are called refugees, pioneers, ...

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    Fri, April 12, 2013

    Whose Children Are They?


    "We have never invested as much in public education as we should have because we've always had kind of a private notion of children: your kid is yours and totally your responsibility. We haven't ...

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    Thu, April 11, 2013

    Firewall Against Tyranny


    When considering whether or not to ratify the proposed Constitution of the United States of America a number of the former colonies expressed concern that the proposed new national charter failed to ...

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    Tue, April 09, 2013

    PA Business Climate: Treading Water


    Although many key economic indicators are pointing to a slowly improving economy, employers in Pennsylvania say — at best — the state's business climate is stagnant. More report lower ...

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    Sat, April 06, 2013

    2013 Spring Business Climate Survey


    Total Started Survey: 260
    Total Finished Survey: 251 (96.5%)

    Section I: Business Climate

    1. In ...

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    Sat, April 06, 2013

    Treading Water

    PA business owners/CEOs don't see economic recovery


    Although many key economic indicators are pointing to a slowly improving economy, employers in Pennsylvania say - at best - the state's business climate is stagnant. More report lower employment ...

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    Wed, April 03, 2013

    Common Core Standards: Tiger Moms Should Roar


    I know it's fashionable to criticize and mock the "helicopter mom" or the more modern "tiger moms" as women obsessed with making sure little Blake and baby Rand get into Harvard ...

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    Sun, March 31, 2013

    With Apologies to David Letterman . . .


    10. Groundhog Gets it Right
    Early Spring arrives in Penn's Woods

    9. Union Leaders Accept Pay Cut
    ...

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    Tue, March 26, 2013

    Uncivil War


    Although much ado has been made about the Republican Party's need to reach out to emerging constituent groups amid the mainstream media's caterwauling about the need for conservatives to moderate, it ...

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    Fri, March 22, 2013

    Modern Day Debtor Prisons


    Modern Day Slavery Debtor Prisons

    The United States has often prided itself that we no longer have debtor prisons. Debtor's prisons were, for the most part, ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, March 21, 2013

    The Truth About Medi-SCARE


    By Jennifer Stefano

    Here's how you know you have a product or an idea that just won't sell: you have to bully or coerce people to get their buy-in.

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, March 14, 2013

    'Early Bird Rates Expire Saturday


    Updated PA Leadership Conference Agenda Released

    Harrisburg, PA) - 'Early Bird' registration rates for the 2013 Pennsylvania Leadership Conference will expire at midnight this Saturday, ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, March 11, 2013

    Raise Profile of PA 'Row Offices'


    When Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale appeared recently at the Pennsylvania Press Club he spoke of the frustrations of running for a low profile statewide office in a Presidential ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, March 07, 2013

    No Health Care Exchange Flip Flop


    I am always flummoxed by politicians who, on occasion, find themselves doing the right thing and on the absolute right side of an issue…

    And then suddenly ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, February 26, 2013

    Co-Equal Branches?


    The judicial branch of government has been in the news a lot lately for matters unrelated to actual litigation. The conviction of a sitting state Supreme Court Justice on felony charges for using ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, February 22, 2013

    The Spendaholics' Offensive


    Editor's note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

    A primary meme of the Democratic Party in 2013 is that the federal government
    doesn't ...

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    Thu, February 21, 2013

    Stampaphile Revolt


    It seems Americans really love the Post Office. To wit, in my previous commentary, I mentioned how the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania had no business peddling liquor or any other consumer good. I used ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, February 18, 2013

    The Presidential Blame Game


    Editor's note: A longer version of this article first appeared at American Spectator.

    February is the month of presidents. It includes Washington's birthday, Lincoln's birthday, Ronald ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, February 13, 2013

    PSEA Bargaining Chips


    One of the most common rhetorical techniques used by politicians to disguise the true nature of a proposed policy is to give legislation a name implying something totally different. For example, ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, February 07, 2013

    Corbett on Liquor Stores: Good ~Bad


    By Jennifer Stefano

    Last week, Governor Corbett announced his support to privatization of Pennsylvania's 600 state-owned liquor stores. This policy is a strong ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, February 07, 2013

    Greed is Good


    When the Treasury sold some of "our" shares in GM recently and agreed to sell our remaining shares over a 12-15 month period, the expected loss on the GM bailout will amount to ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, January 30, 2013

    One Term Tommy?


    Nothing excites the political community more than speculating about the next election. Given that 2013 is the low profile point in the political cycle — basically county row offices and ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, January 24, 2013

    The Inhumane Side of Forced Unionism


    There's not person alive on the Right that doesn't want to see "right to work" passed this year in Pennsylvania…

    But too often, those of us ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, January 18, 2013

    A Time for Leadership


    The American Taxpayer Relief Act was passed and conservatives around the nation immediately began calling for the heads of those conservative lawmakers who voted in favor of the bill.

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, January 15, 2013

    Bully Pulpit


    Losing the policy debate, unions resorting to violence

    Bully n. pl. bul-lies: A person who is habitually cruel or overbearing; a hired ruffian; a thug; v, to ...

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    Thu, January 03, 2013

    Kicking the Can Over the Cliff


    Not until after the clock ran out on 2012 did the Senate cobble together a "fiscal cliff" deal that finally passed the House late on New Year's Day. That we should get a deal instead of a ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, January 02, 2013

    A Tale of Two Parties


    Given the portrait the mainstream news media has painted of the two major political parties; please identify which of the following actions were taken by the Democrat and which by the ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, December 27, 2012

    Social Security and the Politics of Deceit


    In the Vice Presidential debate, Paul Ryan stated "Medicare and social security are going bankrupt". Without hesitation Joe Biden said emphatically "in regard to social security, we ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, December 20, 2012

    2012 PA Charitable Organizations Survey


    Response Summary

    Total Started Survey: 289
    Total Finished Survey: 271 (93.8%)

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, December 20, 2012

    A Lump of Coal for Charities?


    'Fiscal cliff' talks threaten Federal charitable tax deduction

    The stubbornly sluggish economic recovery has created a perfect storm of bad economic news ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, December 20, 2012

    A Lump of Coal for Charities?


    The stubbornly sluggish economic recovery has created a perfect storm of bad economic news for the state's charitable nonprofit sector. During times of economic distress funds dip as individuals and ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, December 06, 2012

    Low Interest Rates: Winners and Losers


    "Anytime you have a really great deal, remember for every winner there must be a loser."

    The expression means that when you have a "lopsided" ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, December 03, 2012

    Pledge or Principle?


    Much ado has been made in recent weeks about the impact of the no tax pledge spearheaded by Americans for Tax Reform. Those who view the pending expiration of Bush era tax rates, and the fiscal ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, November 21, 2012

    Uncertainty Worst Part of Fiscal Cliff


    No decision is a decision. There's never been a time in our nation's history when that expression means more. The lack of a decision by President Obama and Congress has sparked the doom and gloom of ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, November 20, 2012

    Unsportsmanlike Conduct


    There is a saying in sports that it isn't winning or losing that matters, it is how you play the game. In professional sports appropriate conduct is required. The NFL will flag players for personal ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, November 15, 2012

    The Fall and Rebirth of America


    The election results are now in and many conservatives and Republicans are disheartened.

    The hope that many of us had that the nightmare of the Obama presidency ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, November 07, 2012

    Back Where We Started


    After the longest and most expensive election cycle in American history we are
    . . . right back where we started. President Barack Obama has been re-elected by a narrow margin — even more ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, November 05, 2012

    PA Economy Trying to Gain Steam


    Pennsylvania employers are expressing greater optimism about the direction of the state's economy, but underlying factors such as the difficulty in obtaining needed capital continue to hinder the ...

    [View Full Article]

    Sat, November 03, 2012

    2012 Fall Business Climate Survey


    Total Started Survey: 182
    Total Finished Survey: 170 (93.4%)

    Section I: Business Climate

    [View Full Article]

    Sat, November 03, 2012

    PA Economy Trying to Gain Steam

    Lack of access to capital hindering economic recovery


    Pennsylvania employers are expressing greater optimism about the direction of the state's economy, but underlying factors such as the difficulty in obtaining needed capital continue to hinder the ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, October 26, 2012

    Deflation is Here


    Denmark, Germany, Switzerland and Finland have been issuing short term government notes at negative interest rates since mid year 2012!

    This dangerous precedent has ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, October 23, 2012

    Natural Gas: Location, Location, Location


    There is an old adage in the real estate business that three factors affect the price of a property: location, location, location. It is a truism that might also be adopted by Pennsylvania's ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, October 10, 2012

    Making PA Business Friendly


    Dick Yuengling, Jr., owner and president of Pottsville-based Yuengling Brewery, the oldest and now largest brewer of beer in the nation, raised eyebrows recently when he told the Harrisburg ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, October 04, 2012

    Sticks and Stones


    Few people would consider denigrating any religion or person to be a reasonable, mature, and decent way to behave.

    Yet when riots and killings are allegedly sparked ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, September 26, 2012

    Golden Age of Gas


    There is no doubt that development of Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale natural gas resources has fueled an economic boom across a wide swath of Pennsylvania, a region that has floundered economically ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, September 24, 2012

    Intellectual Property Protection


    This week the United States celebrated the 225th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution. A landmark document, this first in the world written expression of the rights of man and the ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, September 18, 2012

    The Disaster of Quantitative Easing


    Denmark, Germany, Switzerland and Finland have been issuing short term government notes at negative interest rates since mid year 2012!

    This dangerous precedent has ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, September 12, 2012

    Wrong Turn: PA Turnpike Debt Mounts


    State Representative Peter J. Daley (D-Washington County) recently called on top leaders at the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission to resign citing a $7 billion debt racked up by the toll road agency. ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, September 06, 2012

    Republicans Are From Mercury, Democrats From Pluto


    "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, September 05, 2012

    DNC Delegate Alternate Delegate Response Analysis

    Government A Positive Force


    Pennsylvania's Delegates and Alternate Delegates gathered in Charlotte, North Carolina for the Democratic National Convention believe the federal government is a positive force in helping people, and ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, September 04, 2012

    Dems: Government A Postitive Force


    Pennsylvania's Delegates and Alternate Delegates gathered in Charlotte, North Carolina for the Democratic National Convention believe the federal government is a positive force in helping people, and ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, September 04, 2012

    Intolerance of the Left


    Events of recent weeks have graphically illustrated that the political Left in America is guilty of precisely the type of intolerance — political and social — for which it frequently ...

    [View Full Article]

    Sat, September 01, 2012

    2012 Democratic Delegate ~Alternate Survey


    2012 Democratic Delegate Alternate Survey

    Total Started Survey: 50
    Total Finished Survey: 39

    [View Full Article]

    Sat, August 25, 2012

    Government An Adversarial Force


    "Our rights come from nature and God, not from government. That's who we are. That's how we built this country. That's who we are. That's what made us great. That's our founding. We promise ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, August 24, 2012

    2012 Republican Delegate Alternate Delegate Survey


    Total Started Survey: 56
    Total Finished Survey: 55 (98.2%)

    Section I: FEDERAL LEVEL ISSUE QUESTIONS

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, August 24, 2012

    The Reagan in Ryan


    Mitt Romney's selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate has the potential to affect this year's presidential race more than usual. It's often said that the vice presidential running mate has had ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, August 23, 2012

    Deflation's Impact


    In response to an article on actions the Federal Reserve consider relating to monetary policy, a blogger questioned me and asked "inflation, deflation, does it really matter?

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, August 15, 2012

    Sheeple


    Just when you think things couldn't possible get any worse for Penn State they do. The latest repercussion from the Jerry Sandusky scandal to hit the university is a warning from the Middle States ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, August 09, 2012

    Two Roads


    One of the most famous American poems of the 20th century was Robert Frost's The Road Not Taken. Familiar though it may be to most, let's refresh our memories by reading it in its four verse ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, August 01, 2012

    Voter ID Madness


    A couple of months ago, suffering from a sore throat, I walked into a local chain pharmacy to buy some cough syrup. The young lady at the check-out counter asked to see my driver's license or some ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, July 30, 2012

    Fighting the Last Depression


    Fighting this Depression with the Last Depression's Tactics is a recipe for disaster!

    In Chairman Bernanake's doctoral thesis, he "focused on the role of ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, July 19, 2012

    Obama Thinks Government is the Root of All Creation



    (This article first appeared in Investors Business Daily.)

    In the beginning, Government provided the infrastructure that permitted the success of American ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, July 19, 2012

    Gutting Welfare Reform


    A little over one hundred years ago, a Frenchman names Georges Polti wrote a book called "The 36 Dramatic Situations." He studied western literature from the Greeks to the then modern days ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, July 17, 2012

    Rearranging the Titanic's Deck Chairs


    Pennsylvania's "full-time" legislature is now off on a two month summer recess, essentially ending the productive phase of current session. Yes, the General Assembly will reconvene in ...

    [View Full Article]

    Sun, July 15, 2012

    It's the Uncertainty, Stupid!



    In Chairman Bernanake's doctoral thesis, he "focused on the role of
    monetary policy in affecting economic activity, and on the historical analysis of the causes of the Great ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, July 03, 2012

    Trashing a Self-Evident Truth


    As the nation celebrates Independence Day the assault on our rights and freedoms continues on a scale virtually unparalleled in the history of the republic. The Declaration of Independence begins ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, June 28, 2012

    ObamaCare Ruling: Turning Victory into Defeat


    It's not a pretty sound, the braying of donkeys. President Obama pretentiously claims that the Supreme Court decision affirming the constitutionality of his health care law is, "a victory for ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, June 20, 2012

    A Rose by Any Other Name


    Late last summer the political and financial worlds focused on Capitol Hill as Congress debated increasing the nation's debt limit. Increasing the debt ceiling had become the latest in a string of ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, June 18, 2012

    Time for a Government Anti-Trust Act?


    Many laws protect us against abusive businesses.

    Some laws protect us against abusive unions.

    But what laws effectively protect ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, June 07, 2012

    MSNBC's Parallel Universe


    I was intensely interested in the Wisconsin recall race this past week, so as soon as the polls closed, I settled down in front of the TV to watch the results begin to come in — first the exit ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, June 05, 2012

    Real Fiscal Conservatism


    Fiscal restraint is a key component of conservatism. Some take this to mean spending less is always better and that all spending cuts are good. But, true fiscal conservatism also requires that when ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, May 31, 2012

    Reflections on Memorial Day


    This past week saw the 155th observation of Memorial Day, a holiday first codified by General John Logan on May 5, 1868, in his General Order number 11. It used to be celebrated every May 30th, ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, May 31, 2012

    Starving the Beast


    With the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the founding fathers effectively signed their own death warrant.

    The Declaration said in part "That whenever any Form of ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, May 28, 2012

    Lincoln Institute Co-Founder Dies at 58


    Albert Paschall, 58, co-founder of the Lincoln Institute of Public Opinion Research, Inc. passed away on Memorial Day, May 28, 2012, in Melbourne, Florida where he recently moved after his retirement ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, May 22, 2012

    Cesspool of Corruption


    These are days of shame in Pennsylvania.

    In just the past couple of weeks a sitting state Supreme Court Justice has been indicted, a state Senator has resigned in ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, May 18, 2012

    The Real Cost of Obama's Latest 'Evolution'


    President Obama's announcement last week that he is now in favor of gay marriage has caused quite a flurry of commentary, but I think most of it misses a bigger story that is taking shape behind ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, May 11, 2012

    Reason for Pessimism


    Convention wisdom over the past few months has it the economy is finally beginning to emerge from the recession that began back in 2008. So it was a bit surprising that the Spring 2012 Keystone ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, May 10, 2012

    Debt - The New Equity


    In 2008 the financial world, as we know it, changed.

    Many of the principles we were taught were invalidated, it seemed.
    Save for retirement and live happily ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, May 07, 2012

    PA Property Tax System Broken


    For time out of mind, Pennsylvania has funded public education from a locally imposed and collected property tax, supplemented annually by state funds. The idea behind it was simple — tie ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, May 01, 2012

    What Should Santorum, Gingrich Ask of Romney?


    This week's five Republican Presidential primaries, all won by Mitt Romney, clearly seal the deal for him to win the nomination, but raise a fresh set of questions. With both Newt Gingrich and Rick ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, April 30, 2012

    Civil Disobedience - Take a Stand!


    With the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the founding fathers
    effectively signed their own death warrant.

    The Declaration said in part ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, April 27, 2012

    Recovery? PA Employers Say Economy Remains Sluggish


    Despite the conventional wisdom that the nation is emerging from a four-year economic downturn, results of the Spring 2012 Keystone Business Climate Survey find employers in the commonwealth less ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, April 27, 2012

    2012 Spring Keystone Business Climate Survey

    Numerical Results


    Total Started Survey: 332
    Total Completed Survey: 309 (93.1%)

    Section I: Business Climate

    1. ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, April 25, 2012

    Memo from Voters: Stuff Your Endorsement


    Tuesday's primary election highlighted two serious structural deficiencies in Pennsylvania's electoral process. Once again the "Keystone State" was anything but in the presidential ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, April 23, 2012

    Reform? No, Not Really


    A few weeks ago the State House took a step that many believe was courageous — they voted to cut the size of the Pennsylvania House from 203 members to 153, and voted to cut the state senate ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, April 11, 2012

    Independent Voters Will Decide Election


    On election night 1992 — my first as a voter — I watched the returns in great dismay as it became evident that Bill Clinton would capture the White House. As I sat Smokey Joe's listening ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, April 11, 2012

    Time Out: Santorum Ends Campaign


    Rick Santorum has ended — for now — one of the most improbable presidential campaigns in modern American history. From bouncing through the cornfields of Iowa in a pick-up truck owned by ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, April 09, 2012

    Government Caused Depression?


    During the Vietnam conflict a common complaint of soldiers was that you could never tell who the enemy really was.

    In this current economic recession I too am ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, April 06, 2012

    Jesus Was a Conservative


    I am going to depart from the normal news-oriented political commentary on American Radio Journal and turn instead to the season — the season of Easter — which those of us of Christian ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, March 30, 2012

    The Peace Dividend: Paid but Not Earned


    When the Berlin Wall collapsed and it appeared that the Soviet Union was going to break apart completely, President Clinton declared a peace dividend. During that "declaration" of the ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, March 28, 2012

    Policy Envy


    Conservative activists from across Penn's Woods gathered recently for the annual Pennsylvania Leadership Conference. From the podium and through the hallways a common theme emerged. There is a ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, March 19, 2012

    Education Snobs


    Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum made headlines a couple of weeks ago when he labeled President Barack Obama a "snob" for saying that his goal was for every American to be ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, March 19, 2012

    Education Snobs


    Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum made headlines a couple of weeks ago when he labeled President Barack Obama a "snob" for saying that his goal was for every American to be ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, March 15, 2012

    The Main Thing in 2012


    As the Republican Presidential nomination and delegate selection process stretches out longer than most thought likely, conservatives risk being distracted. We should remember the wise and simple ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, March 13, 2012

    The Fed: We're Doing it Again


    No sooner had the housing market bubble burst in 2008, when the culprit for the real estate bubble was identified, in part, as the teaser interest rates.
    Teaser interest rates, also called ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, February 29, 2012

    It's Debatable


    Presidential debates have a rich history of making — or breaking — candidates. It began with the very first such debate held in 1960 when John Kennedy's confident, youthful appearance ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, February 22, 2012

    Lost Hope


    As our economy continues to struggle, the structural problems facing our citizens which influence the current economic malaise must not be overlooked.

    There are ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, February 14, 2012

    Left Intensifies War Against Christians


    Left Intensifies War Against Christians
    PA 'Year of the Bible" resolution latest front in battle

    By Lowman S. Henry

    In ...

    [View Full Article]

    Sat, February 04, 2012

    Don't Count Rick Santorum Out


    In a little over two weeks, from Monday January 16th through Tuesday the 31st , we've had four debates, two primaries, one State of the Union speech, and an earlier caucus result restated to produce ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, February 01, 2012

    Conduct Unbecoming


    Recently Congressman and retired Lt. Col. Allen West decried the public outrage over the reaction to the videos of the Marines allegedly urinating on the corpses of dead Taliban.

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, January 30, 2012

    Black Robed Bandits


    Every ten years following the decennial census the Pennsylvania state constitution requires the redrawing of legislative district lines to account for shifts in population. Under the best of ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, January 18, 2012

    The Voter ID Race Card


    A few weeks ago my wife and I travelled to Arizona to visit family for holidays. When we arrived at the airport we were required to show a photo ID to check our luggage. We again had to show photo ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, January 13, 2012

    Santorum for VP?


    After back-to-back wins in Iowa and New Hampshire and leading in the polls in South Carolina, is Mitt Romney a lock to win the Republican nomination for President? He may be, but that's the wrong ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, January 11, 2012

    It's the Uncertainty Stupid!


    Operation Twist is the Federal Reserve's most recent effort to reduce long term interest rates. In selling $400 Billion in short term securities to use the proceeds to invest in longer term U. S. ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, January 04, 2012

    Round II: Another Budget Battle Lies Ahead


    Governor Tom Corbett and Republicans in the state legislature have spent the last six months patting themselves on the back for fulfilling their main constitutional duty of passing a state budget on ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, December 22, 2011

    For Unto Us is Born This Day . . .


    1And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.

    2(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, December 19, 2011

    Tough Times: Nonprofits Struggle


    The lingering national recession continues to have a profound negative effect on Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations, causing some to doubt their ability to fulfill their mission amid a growing ...

    [View Full Article]

    Sun, December 18, 2011

    Tough Times

    Nonprofits struggle to deliver as recession lingers


    The lingering national recession continues to have a profound negative effect on Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations, causing some to doubt their ability to fulfill their mission amid a growing ...

    [View Full Article]

    Sun, December 18, 2011

    2011 Pennsylvania Charitable Organizations Survey


    Total Started Survey: 213
    Total Completed Survey: 187 (87.8%)


    Policy Issues


    1. In ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, December 12, 2011

    As Montgomery County Turns


    Some days in retirement I miss the soap opera "As The World Turns."
    Its cheesy plots, thin acting and poor attempts at humor were often a lunch time treat until the historic series ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, December 06, 2011

    Toomey's Practical Conservatism


    U.S. Senator Pat Toomey has been in office for less than a year, but in that short period of time he has emerged as something rare in present day Washington, D.C. — a principled officeholder ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, December 02, 2011

    ObamaCare: Thomas ~Kagan


    Sometime next year, probably around March, the United States Supreme Court will hear the challenge to the so-called Patients Affordable Care Act, better known by most as ObamaCare. The Court will be ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, December 01, 2011

    Super Committee: Success or Failure?


    In the Budget Control Act of 2011, Congress created the Super Committee. The Super Committee technically called the "Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction" was chartered with the ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, November 28, 2011

    Welfare Shouldn't Pay for Abortions



    ***NEWS RELEASE***

    For Immediate Release
    November 28, 2011


    CONTACT:
    Deborah Hamilton, Hamilton Strategies, ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, November 23, 2011

    The Rise of Newt Gingrich


    The race for the 2012 Republican Presidential nomination has begun to resemble a skeet shooting contest. Skeet is a competitive sport wherein clay disks are flung into the air at various angles and ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, November 08, 2011

    Uncertainty Stifling Job Creation


    The Occupy Wall Street protestors are focused on the wealthiest one percent of Americans and President Barack Obama is engaging class warfare in an effort to raise taxes on the rich. These tactics ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, November 03, 2011

    Obama College Loans: Rich Get Richer


    Four years ago President Obama's victory was attributed in no small part to the youth vote — both in terms of their increased turnout and the 69% of it they gave to Obama. But as the realities ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, October 31, 2011

    Pro-Union is Not Pro-Worker


    A recurring theme from the current administration is that to be pro-organized labor is to be pro-worker. Concurrently, the administration has consistently refuted that it is using class warfare as a ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, October 28, 2011

    Ideals Behind Cain's 9-9-9 Tax Plan


    Herman Cain's 9-9-9 plan has certainly captured the nation's attention. And along with the attention, it has become a target for every other Republican candidate to shoot at in the hope of dislodging ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, October 27, 2011

    Economic Outlook Turns Gloomy


    Business confidence in the Pennsylvania economy has again turned negative after a brief period of optimism earlier this year. The Fall 2011 Keystone Business Climate Survey conducted by the Lincoln ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, October 26, 2011

    Fall 2011 Keystone Business Climate Survey


    Response Summary:
    Total Started Survey: 94
    Total Completed Survey: 84 (89.4%)

    Section I: Business ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, October 26, 2011

    Economic Outlook Turns Gloomy

    Brief burst of optimism fades as recession lingers


    Business confidence in the Pennsylvania economy has again turned negative after a brief period of optimism earlier this year. The Fall 2011 Keystone Business Climate Survey conducted by the ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, October 25, 2011

    In the Fullness of Time


    "I may walk slowly, but I never walk backward."
    Abraham Lincoln

    The 2011 General Election has yet to be held, but already ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, October 20, 2011

    States: Laboratories of Policy


    A few weeks before he announced his own run for the White House, Gov. Perry made the following statement: "Our friends in New York six weeks ago passed a statute that said marriage can be ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, October 11, 2011

    Haight-Ashbury Meets Wall Street


    It is interesting how a dispirit group of malcontents with nothing better to do that hang out on Wall Street all of a sudden are branded by the media as a "national movement."

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, October 06, 2011

    States Can Pick Method of Allocating Electoral Votes


    Article II, section 1 of the Constitution is the very model of legislative clarity. It reads:

    "The executive Power shall be vested in a President of ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, September 30, 2011

    Cain-Rubio: A Transformative Ticket?


    Two months ago on this broadcast I spoke of a rising figure in the conservative universe that I thought had a remarkable ability to inspire the movement and bring it together in a way that evokes ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, September 30, 2011

    Lincoln Institute Pollster Summit Briefings Set


    September 30, 2011

    For Immediate Release

    Contact: Lowman S. Henry
    lhenry@lincolninstitute.org
    (717) 671-0776

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, September 27, 2011

    Reinventing DEP


    Passage of the state budget and looming battles over school choice and privatization of the commonwealth's liquor stores have dominated the policy debate in Harrisburg. But, almost quietly an ...

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    Fri, September 23, 2011

    Money, Consultants Play Outsized Role in Campaigns


    In 1774, John Adams was approached by the leaders of Boston and asked if he would serve as a delegate to the Continental Congress. Adams did not seek the office and in fact struggled with accepting ...

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    Fri, September 23, 2011

    A Reply to Warren Buffet


    In an opinion editorial on August 14, 2011 in the New York Times, Warren Buffett exclaimed that politicians were coddling the super rich.

    The research Mr. Buffett did on the tax code ...

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    Tue, September 13, 2011

    Unemployment: Obama's Hostage Crisis?


    Barack Obama's presidency is in deep trouble because he neglected to heed the maxim ineloquently stated by Clinton campaign manager Jim Carville in the 1992 Presidential campaign: "It's the ...

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    Fri, September 09, 2011

    The Heroes of 9-11


    There are moments in life so vivid that they never leave you; their sense is trapped inside your consciousness in a way that stands out from ordinary memories. Your heart still skips thinking about ...

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    Fri, September 09, 2011

    Is Social Security a Ponzi Scheme?


    By Colin A. Hanna
    For American Radio Journal

    In the Republican presidential candidate debate this week, Rick Perry was asked about his characterization of ...

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    Tue, September 06, 2011

    Recreating the Dream


    The American Dream can be restored to reality.

    I have never been as optimistic about the future of our great nation as I am today despite significant leadership ...

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    Wed, August 31, 2011

    A Tree Falls in Penn's Woods


    The Lincoln Institute's most recent Keystone Business Climate Survey found just 16% of employers in Penn's Woods held a positive view of the state House of Representatives, only 14% thought kindly of ...

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    Fri, August 26, 2011

    Uncomfortable Truth About Hybrid Cars


    When I was a kid a friend gave me a Chinese finger trap — a woven bamboo tube that got wider when compressed and narrower when stretched. These characteristics made it very easy for you to get ...

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    Mon, August 22, 2011

    Why A Balanced Budget Amendment is Necessary


    The recent debt ceiling debate, and its ostensible resolution in the Budget Control Act of 2011, was a spectacle of dysfunctionality. There was only one genuine solution proposed during the entire ...

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    Mon, August 15, 2011

    Barry Goldwater Redux?


    Ron Paul may be the Republican Party's latest incarnation of Barry Goldwater. Like the 1964 Republican Presidential nominee, Congressman Paul has been an election cycle or two ahead of public ...

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    Fri, August 12, 2011

    Obama: Blamer-in-Chief


    Several years ago I heard a phrase that has stayed with me: "Any fool can point at the leak and tell you the dam is cracked. A leader has a plan to fix it."

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    Thu, August 11, 2011

    Mr. President - It's 3 A.M.


    During the 2008 presidential campaign, then candidate Hilary Clinton ridiculed Barack Obama's inexperience with the now famous ad asking who you wanted to answer the phone during a crisis at ...

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    Fri, August 05, 2011

    Creating Uncertainty: Recipe for Economic Disaster


    As Congress and the President debated the increase in the debt ceiling limit to over $16 Trillion, millions of Americans have been held hostage by threats to entitlement programs and threats to ...

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    Wed, August 03, 2011

    The Next Step


    Governor Tom Corbett inherited a $4 billion plus budget deficit when he took office earlier this year. Keeping his pledge not to raise taxes, the new governor promptly outlined the spending cuts ...

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    Tue, July 26, 2011

    Economic Slavery


    The "tax the rich" hysteria gripping this nation is absolute insanity. Cries to raise taxes on those with incomes over $250,000 or some other magical number are incredulous.

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    Sun, July 24, 2011

    The Next Ronald Reagan


    n the midst of all the intense negotiating, legislating, deal-making and speech-making on the debt ceiling, it might be good to pull back for a moment and look at this epic confrontation not from the ...

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    Mon, July 18, 2011

    Irresistible Force Meets Immovable Object


    Washington, the financial world and much of the nation are transfixed by the political stalemate over the looming national debt ceiling. Amid the charges of "playing to the base" and ...

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    Tue, July 12, 2011

    What Tax is Fair?


    There is an old saying in politics: "we you stand usually has a lot to do with where you sit." It is a callous concept — implying that most of us cannot see past our ...

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    Fri, July 08, 2011

    Cut, Cap ~Balance Trys New Tactic


    We may look back on July 2011 as one of the great turning points of American history. Or we may see it as one of the greatest missed opportunities in American history. The issue whose disposition ...

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    Wed, July 06, 2011

    Human Events Teams with American Radio Journal


    July 7, 2011


    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Contact: Lowman S. Henry
    (717) 671-0776
    Adam Tragone
    (202) 216-0601

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    Tue, July 05, 2011

    The 'Not Mitt' Primary


    In addition to their growing ideological divide, the two major political parties in the United States have established a completely different approach to selecting their nominees for the Presidency. ...

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    Fri, July 01, 2011

    Life, Liberty, Pursuit of Happiness


    There are perhaps a handful of documents whose importance will stand the test of time — the dead sea scrolls, the bible, or magna carta, for example. One of those documents, pulled from the ...

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    Mon, June 20, 2011

    Tower of Babble


    In January, at the dawn of the current legislative session, it appeared as if Pennsylvania was finally headed toward giving parents of children in failing schools the right of school choice. School ...

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    Fri, June 10, 2011

    Dealing with Disaster


    From the collapse of the Soviet Union to the sovereign debt disasters brewing in Europe, the fatigue and fear of their citizens is clearly evident in their weary eyes. With unemployment in Spain at ...

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    Mon, June 06, 2011

    Clintonian Style Tax Debate


    In his efforts to escape legal entanglements resulting from the Monica Lewinsky scandal, former President Bill Clinton once answered a prosecutor's question by saying "it depends on what the ...

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    Fri, June 03, 2011

    State Money is Limited


    Mark Twain, a true libertarian and a committed realist with a cynic's wit, once noted "Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable." No where is this more evident than the ongoing ...

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    Thu, May 26, 2011

    Last Full Measure of Devotion


    As with many occasions that roll around every year, the significance of Memorial Day can often be overlooked because it is an annual rite. But each year, for someone, Memorial Day has for the first ...

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    Thu, May 26, 2011

    The Statecraft of Benjamin Netanyahu


    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to a Joint Session of Congress this week was a classic. It may well be one of the finest speeches delivered by a foreign head of state inside our ...

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    Thu, May 19, 2011

    Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way


    The entire budget debate on Capitol Hill and at the White House is a charade!
    To put the $61 Billion dollar budget cuts in perspective, consider that we could save $38 Billion alone by ...

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    Wed, May 18, 2011

    Silencing the Opposition


    I want you to imagine the following scenario.

    The Governor of a large industrial state — one that allows anonymous coordinated campaign contributions — ...

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    Mon, May 09, 2011

    PA GOP Senate: Wrong on Budget


    It is budget time in Harrisburg. The deadline for approving the state's new spending plan is June 30th. With Republicans in control of the governorship and both houses of the legislature there is ...

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    Mon, May 02, 2011

    Hitting Bottom


    PA Employers say recession has ended, predict improving economy

    Pennsylvania's business climate has ended a three year slide, but although it has ...

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    Fri, April 29, 2011

    Spring Keystone Business Climate Survey


    Section I: Business Climate

    1. In general, do you think business conditions in Pennsylvania are better, the same, or worse than they were ...

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    Thu, April 28, 2011

    Eliminating the Department of Education


    Cosmetic budget cuts will not solve our nation's debt woes. Real change is required to right our county. Waste must be identified, isolated, and eliminated.

    One ...

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    Tue, April 26, 2011

    GOP Fantasy Team 2012


    Sports fanatics like to fantasize. There are fantasy teams for baseball and football, and brackets for March Madness at the end of basketball season. As the presidential election gears up political ...

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    Tue, April 19, 2011

    Al Paschall: Somedays Takes A "-30-"


    As a kid staring out in the newspaper business, I could make a few extra bucks by working nights taking stories over the phone. Some were news, others were sports but most were obituaries. Funeral ...

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    Fri, April 15, 2011

    President Obama: Cheap Shots


    I want to thank President Obama for focusing our national attention on the central question that lies beyond the current debate about budgets, spending and debt. He said that it is "about more ...

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    Tue, April 12, 2011

    Drill Baby Drill


    I like my sport utility vehicle. It works well for me because it seems I am always toting something around; printed materials for work or campaigns, plants for the yard, luggage for family ...

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    Wed, April 06, 2011

    Isaac's Eyes


    Our grandson, Isaac, at the age of 5 is still in that age of wonder. The world is still very new to him. While imbued with video games and other nonsense of the 21st century the depth of his brown ...

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    Thu, March 31, 2011

    The Way Ahead - A Nation in Crisis


    Whenever a nation's government tells its citizens, either business or labor, that they can run your operations better than you can, that government's credibility is shaken.

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    Tue, March 29, 2011

    If You Tax It They Will Leave


    "If you want to go to work you can find a job."

    How many places in Pennsylvania, in fact in America can make that boast? They can in Bradford County ...

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    Thu, March 24, 2011

    Budget Cuts: Drastic or Miniscule?


    There's been a lot of talk about federal deficits lately, but very little understanding. Here's a way to put this complex issue into perspective: Let's assume that your family is in financial ...

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    Wed, March 23, 2011

    Corbett the Lion Tamer


    What does a new governor do when he inherits a $4.5 billion deficit from his free spending predecessor? There are only two answers: either raise taxes or cut spending.

    In a time when ...

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    Tue, March 15, 2011

    Uncivil Unions


    A few short weeks ago the buzzword in American politics was "civility." The mainstream news networks, liberal newspapers, the left-wing blogosphere and their assorted allies were in high ...

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    Fri, March 04, 2011

    Tea Party Patriots Policy Summit


    I wish that Chris Matthews and Rachel Maddow had been there.

    I hope that I got your attention with that opening, but I am serious. I attended the Tea Party ...

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    Thu, March 03, 2011

    Death of Common Decency


    The Supreme Court ruled that the Westboro Baptist Church's behavior in demonstrating at the funeral of Marine Lance Corporal Matthew Snyder was protected speech under the First Amendment of the ...

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    Wed, March 02, 2011

    Free at Last


    What is the most institutionalized system of discrimination in this state? Criminal justice, corrections and prisons or our public schools?

    While a case could be made for all three, ...

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    Mon, February 28, 2011

    Speaking of Rights . . .

    Time for a Right to Work law


    In Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has chosen to fight a budget battle and engage in a playing field-altering confrontation with his state's labor unions at the same time. Here in Pennsylvania ...

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    Fri, February 25, 2011

    Serious Solutions


    The President announced the 2012 budget of $3.73 Trillion with an expected deficit of $1.1 trillion. The massive deficit combines with the three prior years' deficits of in excess of $1 Trillion ...

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    Tue, February 15, 2011

    Chuck Taylor Budgeting


    Every once in a while an old idea becomes new again. It seems our never-ending quest for things new and original occasionally gives way to a desire for something old and familiar. In clothing for ...

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    Fri, February 04, 2011

    The Oscar Goes to . . . Ronald Reagan


    What happens when you run somebody for political office who stands for something against somebody who stands for nothing? Stands for something usually win.

    Take the history of the ...

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    Fri, February 04, 2011

    Michael Reagan on Lincoln RadioJournal


    Dr. Paul Kengor of the Center for Vision ~Values at Grove City Colllege interviews Michael Reagan, son of President Ronald Reagan on this week's edition of Lincoln Radio Journal.

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    Mon, January 31, 2011

    Civility: Left's Code Word of the Day


    President Harry S. Truman was known for his blunt talk. Much of that blunt talk was aimed at Republicans in Congress who were frequently at odds with the man from Missouri. Truman turned the GOP ...

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    Mon, January 24, 2011

    The Truth About the Debt Ceiling


    Last week's vote in the House of Representatives to repeal the ObamaCare bill is more than just an honoring of various campaign pledges — it's an encouraging first indication that the new ...

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    Wed, January 19, 2011

    Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?


    The question is: who doesn't? That resonating sound of a one followed by 6 zeroes is the life long journey of many and today many can accomplish it.

    There's lots of ways. The ...

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    Tue, January 18, 2011

    Lt. Governor: Relic or Relevant?


    Much has been written and said about what kind of a governor Tom Corbett will be. He is, without any doubt, the polar opposite of former Governor Ed Rendell in both style and substance. But little ...

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    Fri, January 14, 2011

    Deficit Inspired National Stragegy


    The sovereign debt issues of Europe will soon pale in comparison to the sovereign debt issues of the United States.

    The European crisis is merely the forerunner ...

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    Tue, January 04, 2011

    Testing, One . . . Two . . . Three . . .


    The calendar now says 2011, but the political eyes of the nation are already looking ahead to 2012 when America will once again elect a president. While it may seem a bit early to focus on the ...

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    Fri, December 31, 2010

    A New Year's Resolution for Congress


    Has the political pendulum ever swung so quickly from one side to the other?

    Less than two years after President Obama took office with an overall approval rating ...

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    Tue, December 21, 2010

    Rock, Paper, Scissors


    As Tom Corbett prepares to take office in a couple of weeks as Pennsylvania's new governor the array of problems awaiting his attention are varied and substantial. His first order of business will ...

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    Mon, December 13, 2010

    Two Over Easy




    What's the big question when 2 out of 3 County Commissioners hold private breakfasts regularly; discuss county business while meeting with staff about the county's operations? ...

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    Mon, December 13, 2010

    The Grinch Who Stole Christmas


    This is a Christmas story — but not the kind of Christmas story you're likely to read to children. It shows the pettiness of adults at their worst, and at a time of year when we would rather ...

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    Tue, December 07, 2010

    How the Left Stole Christmas


    As surely as silver bells ring and halls get decked the arrival of the Christmas season will reignite controversy over the expression of Christian religious beliefs in the public square. Despite the ...

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    Wed, December 01, 2010

    GM Success Story?


    In November 2010, GM sold stock in a public offering.

    At the same time, the President announced that the tough decisions made during his administration were ...

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    Tue, November 23, 2010

    Walking Around Money


    The skyrocketing cost of government was a major factor in the GOP's sweeping victories in congressional elections earlier this month. Much attention was focused on earmarks, the practice of ...

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    Thu, November 11, 2010

    Obsessive Regulatory Disorder


    It's flu season and yet the vaccine for ORD has yet to be developed. The virus is spreading. Our health system is inundated. What is a Nation to do!

    The disease ...

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    Mon, November 08, 2010

    Change We Can't Believe In


    With Republicans now firmly in control of both the Pennsylvania Senate and the Pennsylvania House of Representatives it would seem the time is finally at hand for enactment of a reform agenda. Three ...

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    Wed, November 03, 2010

    The Rookie


    Where did Pat Toomey learn politics? The former investment banker suddenly seemed to burst out of the Lehigh Valley in the mid-90's but is that where the Rhode Island transplant learned to play ...

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    Fri, October 29, 2010

    From Kool Aid to TEA


    We're just hours away from what many pundits have said will be an historic election. Is that valid — is this a year that somehow eclipses other mid-term elections, or is just the hackneyed ...

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    Wed, October 27, 2010

    It's Your Choice


    Pennsylvania is about to get a new governor, and there will be a lot of new faces in the legislature when it reconvenes in January. Fiscal issues, specifically the state's $5 billion plus structural ...

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    Tue, October 26, 2010

    Twenty-Eight Votes


    What is interesting about watching an election in the People's Republic of China? Nothing. The important ones are held behind closed doors.

    Three hundred, seventy people, gathered ...

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    Fri, October 22, 2010

    PA Economy Stuck in Low Gear


    The economic recession in Pennsylvania leveled off last spring, but results of the Fall 2010 Keystone Business Climate Survey reveal the recovery has not yet begun. The drop in sales that plagued ...

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    Thu, October 14, 2010

    Tough Times Down on the Farm


    Although Pennsylvania is often characterized as an "industrial state," agriculture is actually the state's number one business. A recent poll of farmers across Penn's Woods found that, ...

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    Tue, October 12, 2010

    In the Mirror


    What's the distinction between trial lawyers? Mine's a shark and yours is a blowfish waiting to get eaten.

    Any discussion of the civil justice system automatically turns to the practices ...

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    Fri, October 08, 2010

    The Two Most Important Political Races in America


    As we close in on the final three weeks before what promises to be an exciting, and quite possibly historic, election. The Tea Party phenomenon that grew from mere sign-carrying protest ralliers ...

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    Fri, October 01, 2010

    Persuit of Happiness


    I think I can! I think I can!

    Most of us remember with warmness in our hearts that great parable of the little engine and its effort and determination in triumphing over obstacles and ...

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    Thu, September 30, 2010

    Animal Farm Redux

    GOP-controlled state senate lurches left


    In George Orwell's 1945 classic Animal Farm, the humans running the farm are displaced in an uprising by the animals who take charge. As time progresses, the revolutionary leaders become corrupted ...

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    Fri, September 24, 2010

    PA Farmers Holding on in Recession


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    Tue, September 21, 2010

    On the 9th Day . . .



    (Creation being a challenging business on the 9th day God woke up, looked around and thought: "What do I do now? I've painted myself into a corner and I'll have to get out!")
    ...

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    Fri, September 17, 2010

    Join Us As We Commit to the Constitution


    We heard it at the 8/28 Restoring Honor Rally at the Lincoln Memorial. We heard it again on Sunday at the 9/12 march at the National Mall and in similar gatherings in St. Louis and Sacramento. It's a ...

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    Thu, September 16, 2010

    Final Primaries Point Way to a Tidal Wave


    Of the seven Congressional and Senatorial primaries that took place earlier this week, most of the attention has been focused on the results of the Delaware Republican primary for US Senate.

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    Tue, September 14, 2010

    Proposed Legislative Budget Office is Fiscal Folly


    The compromise that resulted in the state budget agreement last summer included promised action on two major issues by October: enactment of a severance tax on gas in the Marcellus Shale Reserve, and ...

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    Fri, September 10, 2010

    Seeds of the Next September 11th


    Wikileaks recently published over 90,000 classified documents relating to the Afghanistan war and, in a second brazen act, published top secret CIA documents for the whole world to view.

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    Tue, September 07, 2010

    Challenging Times

    PA nonprofits weathering recession


    The effects of the 2009 state budget stalemate continue to linger for a substantial number of nonprofit organizations in Pennsylvania. Coupled with the impact of the national recession, nonprofits ...

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    Mon, September 06, 2010

    2010 Pennsylvania Charitable Organizations

    Survey Results


    Response Summary:
    Total Started Survey: 395
    Total Completed Survey: 351 (88.9%)

    Policy Issues

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    Mon, September 06, 2010

    Challenging Times

    PA nonprofits weathering recession - for now


    The effects of the 2009 state budget stalemate continue to linger for a substantial number of nonprofit organizations in Pennsylvania. Coupled with the impact of the national recession, nonprofits ...

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    Wed, September 01, 2010

    A Transformational Election


    Although Labor Day is traditionally seen as the kick-off of the General Election campaign season, the long process of state primaries will continue well into September. The primaries held to date ...

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    Thu, August 26, 2010

    Ground Zero Mosque and Boundaries of Religious Freedom


    A recent CNN poll shows that 68% of Americans oppose the construction of the mosque and Islamic center planned near Ground Zero in lower Manhattan. Most Americans don't know that the mosque's ...

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    Fri, August 20, 2010

    A Matter of Fairness


    The traditional Labor Day kick-off of the political season is almost here, but the fall campaign will get underway without any minor party or independent candidates on the ballot for statewide ...

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    Fri, August 20, 2010

    WANASOMA


    Wanasoma! That's right. Wanasoma.

    Our government has learned economics all too well. The government understands elasticity of demand better than most economists ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, August 13, 2010

    Revenge of the Foot Soldiers


    What does a big, blundering bureaucracy led by a legislature whose senior leadership has been tainted by scandals galore the last few years do to small local, generally respected governments?

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    Tue, August 03, 2010

    A Mid-Summer Night's Nightmare


    Governor Ed Rendell will leave office in January, but travelers on the Pennsylvania Turnpike will only just be starting to pay for the legacy of profligate spending he will leave behind.

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    Fri, July 23, 2010

    Ideology vs. Philosophy: An Education Dilemma


    Star Trek's Dr. Spock must be so confused.

    Seeing the thought process of some of the politicians, business and labor leaders today causes most rational persons to ...

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    Tue, July 20, 2010

    Pork Perverts Process


    Thousands of state workers will be losing their jobs, the state's social service agencies are struggling to deal with delayed and reduced funding, roads and bridges across the commonwealth are ...

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    Thu, July 15, 2010

    Stock Market Volatility Redux


    When it comes to the stock market, are we back to the future? Volatility has returned, with the S&P 500 up big one week, down big the next. So what do these moves suggest? Is a global double-dip ...

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    Fri, July 09, 2010

    Misery Index Revisited


    For those old enough to remember, the 1980's were consumed by periods of high unemployment, high inflation, and devastating interest rates. The national debt was almost $1 Trillion. Interest rates ...

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    Wed, July 07, 2010

    Muddled Message


    Quick question: which party's legislative leadership would you expect to vote for a budget that plunges the state more deeply into debt by borrowing $600 million; relies on over $800 million in ...

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    Thu, July 01, 2010

    Our Finest Hour


    "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the ...

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    Thu, June 17, 2010

    Cap the Well, Not Cap and Tax


    White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel infamously said "Never allow a crisis to go to waste." Following President Obama's Oval Office address earlier this week, it is apparent that the ...

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    Thu, June 17, 2010

    Tax Tips for the 2010 Graduate


    Tax Tips for the 2010 Graduate

    For many recent college graduates, this summer marks the start of their professional careers. And with that, comes the all-to-dreaded ...

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    Thu, June 10, 2010

    Energy Disaster


    On March 28, 1979, Three Mile Island suffered a partial core meltdown at Unit 2 of its nuclear reactors. The causes of the failure are now well documented but the consequences of the disaster to ...

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    Wed, June 09, 2010

    Irresistible Force Meets Immovable Object


    It looks like Ed Rendell will go eight for eight.

    As in, eight missed budget deadlines in eight years. I haven't checked the records, but I am willing to bet the ...

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    Mon, May 24, 2010

    Racists vs. Socialists


    The presidency of Barack Obama has become one of the most polarizing, if not the most polarizing administration in U.S. history. The Rasmussen Reports daily presidential tracking poll this past ...

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    Fri, May 21, 2010

    End of the Specter Era


    What do you do if you are a political junkie in Pennsylvania since October of '08 when McCain/Palin had pretty much imploded? You 'jones' out. For those who may not understand the verb 'jones', to ...

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    Fri, May 21, 2010

    Democracy and Freedom Lost


    In my years of service in the United States Marine Corps and having had the opportunity to spend a great deal of time in foreign nations, it became very clear how to me how governments are overthrown ...

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    Thu, May 20, 2010

    Getting Back to Basics


    Though payrolls increased in April, unemployment edged up, as hopeful job seekers flooded back into the job market. Yet despite increased payrolls, a troubling trend is emerging: the number of ...

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    Wed, May 12, 2010

    Round II: Budget Battle Resumes


    Be prepared for another long, hot summer in Harrisburg as Governor Ed Rendell and lawmakers fight over a new state budget amid a fiscal situation that has gone from bad to worse.

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    Thu, May 06, 2010

    Objections to AZ Immigration Law Irresponspible, Ignorant


    The recently-passed Arizona immigration law is being subjected to a constant stream of irresponsible and ignorant demagoguery. In a total sellout to the forces of multiculturalism, the mainstream ...

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    Fri, April 30, 2010

    Civil Liberties Eroded


    The health care bill, the financial services industry restructuring, the Patriot Act and a host of other bills, rules, regulations, and controls are all serving to quickly erode the very liberties ...

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    Tue, April 27, 2010

    It Can Be Done


    During his time in the White House Ronald Reagan kept a small sign on his desk. It read simply: "It can be done." Pennsylvanians are about to elect a new governor. He will be required ...

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    Mon, April 26, 2010

    The Tears Wiped Dry


    What happens to a 60 pound, 7 year old body when 5,000 pounds of SUV slam into it, 30 feet from its home? It shatters into little pieces. Then a young mother helplessly holds her daughter while she ...

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    Fri, April 23, 2010

    Recession Loses Steam, Job Losses Continue


    Pennsylvania employers say that the state's economy has somewhat stabilized over the past six months, but the progress has come at the cost of jobs as many companies have cut the size of their work ...

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    Mon, April 19, 2010

    Take the Zoning Test


    As spring arrives new construction can begin. Soon you will see houses, offices and stores springing up. This might be a good time to test your local zoning skills. The Zoning Test won't take long. ...

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    Wed, April 14, 2010

    Happy Birthday TEA Parties!


    This week marks the first anniversary of the emergence of the Tea Party phenomenon into a national movement. Tax Day 2009 saw 1,000 or more anti-tax, anti-spending, anti-big government ...

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    Tue, April 13, 2010

    Weakening Religious Foundations Goal of American Left


    It is a typical tactic of the Left and its allies in the establishment news media to prey upon a problem that may develop in the core institutions of our society, magnifying the problem with the goal ...

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    Thu, April 01, 2010

    Race to the Bottom


    The Rendell Administration has been feeding hungrily at the trough of federal stimulus money, and among the categories it hopes to score dollars is in the area of education.

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    Wed, March 31, 2010

    The Time to Die


    On a quick guess, of the myriad of programs, initiatives, regulations and laws in Pennsylvania's $28 billion budget which is the most ineffective, rarely used and total waste of money?The answer is a ...

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    Fri, March 26, 2010

    Three Reasons Why Obamacare is Unconstitutional


    Conservatives are mounting challenges to the recently-passed ObamaCare health insurance bill on the grounds that it is unconstitutional: that the scope of the bill exceeds the scope of the federal ...

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    Tue, March 23, 2010

    The Tax Code and Wishful Thinking


    (Doug Keegan's Making Cents reports on personal finance air on Lincoln Radio Journal. www.lincolnradiojournal.com.)

    Its tax time again. And for some of us, that ...

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    Fri, March 19, 2010

    National Debt Threatens National Security


    The greatest national security threat to the United States is our national debt. A determined enemy could bring us to our knees without firing a shot.

    Just as ...

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    Tue, March 16, 2010

    Undercurrents

    Race for Lt. Governor reveals GOP divide


    All signs point to 2010 being a banner year for Republicans in Pennsylvania. Powered by the national backlash over the dramatic leftward tilt of the Obama Administration, the GOP appears poised to ...

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    Thu, March 11, 2010

    The Wrath of Winter


    The biggest news in southeastern Pennsylvania yesterday was that the sun came out. It hadn t really made any strong appearances for the last couple of months. As this region was battered with over 7 ...

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    Tue, March 02, 2010

    TEA for Two?

    Should the TEA Party join the GOP?


    The TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Party movement over the past year has developed into a major force in American politics. So much so it lifted a little known state senator in Massachusetts into the ...

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    Fri, February 26, 2010

    Protecting Against Elder Financial Abuse


    According to a 2009 MetLife Mature Market Institute study, elder financial abuse costs victims an estimated $2.6 billion annually. The typical victim - a female over 75 who lives alone, is ...

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    Fri, February 26, 2010

    The Perfect Financial Storm


    Since September 2008, the Nation has been in the grip of a painful recession which has affected each and every one of us.

    With unemployment standing steady at over ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, February 23, 2010

    Tales of the Main Line Spies


    The eyes of Pennsylvania are turned on Philadelphia s Main Line. The fabled land of mansions, the stuff of Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn featuring some of the richest names in real estate: Bryn ...

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    Mon, February 15, 2010

    Two Roads Diverged in Penn's Woods

    Will PA-12 be NY-23 or Massachusetts?


    Will the special election to fill the seat left vacant by the death of Congressman John P. Murtha be a re-run of New York 23, or a Republican coup like the election of U.S. Senator Scott Brown in ...

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    Fri, February 12, 2010

    Star Wars Again


    In the midst of the February freeze in Pennsylvania what would be your choice to get away?A balmy beach in Jamaica or a ride in outer space?

    Jamaica, of course, ...

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    Tue, February 09, 2010

    Reform Government as Well as Banking


    Reform government as well as banking!

    President Obama on January 21 chastised the banking industry for taking such tremendous risks with taxpayer funds!

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, February 02, 2010

    Nightmare Scenario

    PA Dems could nominate Leftist ticket


    In sports, teams that have absolutely no chance of making the play-offs sometimes make the biggest difference simply by playing the contenders. That is what may be happening in the race for the ...

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    Fri, January 29, 2010

    Navigating the Long Term Care Maze


    For seniors, the single greatest risk to their retirement security is an unexpected long-term care expense, especially where there is a surviving spouse. Some chose to self-insure while others ...

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    Tue, January 26, 2010

    Obama's Blues


    There is the story of the patient visiting the doctor and the doctor says: "I have good news and I have bad". The patient asks: "what's the good news?" The physician replied: ...

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    Mon, January 25, 2010

    The Real Lesson from Massachusetts: Voters Reject Arrogance


    Is there a single proposition that explains Scott Brown's stunning win in the Senate race in Massachusetts?

    The concept of a single proposition is that it both ...

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    Mon, January 25, 2010

    Robert N. Reeves, Jr. Elected to Lincoln Institute Board


    January 25, 2010
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Contact: Lowman S. Henry
    (717) 671-0776
    lhenry@lincolninstitute.org


    Robert ...

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    Mon, January 18, 2010

    Black Robed Bad Boys


    As a result of the Bonusgate and capitol corruption scandals a harsh spotlight has been shone on the criminal misdeeds and alleged criminal actions of formerly powerful members of the Pennsylvania ...

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    Wed, January 13, 2010

    The Race of the Energizer Bunnies


    Somedays doesn't it just seem politics no longer scrapes the bottom of the barrel? That's long gone now the campaign masters seem to pick up the barrel and use the crawly things underneath it to ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, January 05, 2010

    Second Fiddle

    It does matter who is PA's next lieutenant governor


    Dramatic developments in races for the United States Senate and Pennsylvania Governor have dominated coverage of the 2010 elections in Penn's Woods. But, a third statewide office will be on the ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, December 28, 2009

    Investing Within the Context of Volatility


    Since 2000, the volatility in the stock market has been staggering, with the 10-year return on the S&P 500 Index virtually flat. So what are investors to do? What steps should be considered? Are ...

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    Wed, December 23, 2009

    Redemption of the Avenging Angel


    In the Bible's Book of Revelations it says: "and the first angel went and poured out his vial and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon men." If God were to create such an avenging ...

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    Wed, December 23, 2009

    Iraq Was Not Vietnam; Afghanistan is Not Iraq


    The President's decision to send 30,000 troops to Afghanistan came after careful deliberation. The certainty of his rhetoric concerning withdrawal during the campaign has apparently been replaced ...

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    Mon, December 21, 2009

    Not in the Cards


    Who would have thought that half-way through the state's fiscal year the budget would still not be a completed document?

    Our "full time" ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, December 10, 2009

    Why Sarah Scares Them


    What is it about Sarah Palin that scares the mainstream media? An edition of Newsweek last month, that would better be named Gossipweek, used its cover and 7 pages to bash the former Alaskan Governor ...

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    Tue, December 08, 2009

    Mr. Clean

    Is Tom Corbett the next Dick Thornburgh?


    It is always interesting to look back at history to find situations similar to those we currently find ourselves in as a guide to what actions we should take, or perhaps to foretell the future.

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, December 04, 2009

    2009 Year-End Tax Moves


    As the New Year rapidly approaches, it's time again to think about year-end tax moves. With unemployment above 10% and the economy in recession, Congress has been very busy passing new tax ...

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    Mon, November 23, 2009

    Con Con

    PA needs a new state constitution


    The time has come for a state constitutional convention.

    It has become abundantly clear that not only is state government broken and dysfunctional, but that it is ...

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    Wed, November 18, 2009

    Obama Compromises National Security


    The Obama administration's decision to treat the 9/11 terror attacks as a matter for our civilian court system stands as a propaganda victory for al-Qaida and jeopardizes national security. It has ...

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    Fri, November 13, 2009

    Civility and Selfless Sacrifice


    By Col. Frank Ryan, USMC (Ret.)

    The Medal of Honor is bestowed on those individuals "who conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his ...

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    Mon, November 09, 2009

    A Tale of Two Elections


    Two elections held earlier this month in New York and Pennsylvania dramatically illustrate what happens when candidates are allowed to compete for their party's nomination rather than being selected ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, November 06, 2009

    Optimizing Social Security Benefits


    (This article is adapted from Doug Keegan's "Making Cents" segment on this week's Lincoln Radio Journal which can be heard at

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, November 04, 2009

    The Case of the Missing Slot


    Holmes and I were firmly ensconced in our parlor at 221B - Baker Street on the first evening at the end of daylight savings time. The shadows grew eerie and by late afternoon darkness was upon us ...

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    Mon, November 02, 2009

    High Noon for Health Care


    In the next few days, we will see the health care reform bills that the Senate and House have been cobbling together behind closed doors. In the Senate, the result of merging two bills, one from the ...

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    Wed, October 28, 2009

    Where for Art Thou?

    PA legislature leaves town with job undone


    After missing the constitutionally-mandated deadline for passing a state budget by 101 days the Pennsylvania General Assembly promptly adjourned and went home for a month's vacation.

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    Mon, October 26, 2009

    Calling the Ghost


    Ever think of all of the ways that you support Pennsylvania? Every time you gas-up you drop nearly 33 cents into the state's treasury for every gallon you buy. If you pick up a pack of cigarettes ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, October 23, 2009

    Rebuilding America: Medical Reform


    Over the weekend of September 11th, President Obama chided opponents of his health care reforms for being naysayers. He accused them of lying and of not offering alternatives.

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, October 21, 2009

    Fall 2009 Keystone Business Climate Survey

    Response Summary


    Section I: Business Climate

    1. In general, do you think business conditions in Pennsylvania are better, the same, or worse than they were ...

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    Wed, October 21, 2009

    Recession Continues

    PA business climate remains sluggish


    Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke says the economic recession has ended. Somebody, however, forgot to tell businesses in Pennsylvania. Results of the Lincoln Institute's 2009 Keystone ...

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    Tue, October 13, 2009

    Ticking Time Bomb

    PA headed for fiscal 'perfect storm'


    Finally, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has a new state budget. The 101-day budget crisis ended with a new spending plan of $27.8 billion, a mere $500 million less than the previous year's budget ...

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    Fri, October 09, 2009

    Making Cents of Roth IRA Conversions


    This is a transcript of Doug Keegan's Making Cents segment on this week's Lincoln Radio Journal:

    Beginning in 2010, the rules surrounding Roth conversions will ...

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    Thu, October 08, 2009

    Finally: A Simple Issue in the Midst of Complexity

    www.wethepeoplecanread.org


    There are a lot of complex issues in public policy that are on the front burners right now: health care, energy regulation, economic policy, the global threat of Jihadism are four obvious examples. ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, October 06, 2009

    IBO: An Endangered Species?


    Could it be that there is a beast that is more threatened than the short tailed albatross, the blunt nosed leopard lizard or the black footed ferret in this country? Could the government have failed ...

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    Fri, October 02, 2009

    The Strategy for Victory or the Agony of Defeat?


    Our Nation is once again being terrorized by extremist groups intent upon making a statement or inflicting damage to our way of life.

    Many are not convinced that ...

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    Tue, September 29, 2009

    Governing Responsibly

    The current budget deal doesn't fit the bill


    Recently I spoke before a Republican group about the current state budget deal. During my remarks I praised Republicans in the state House for their continued principled opposition to the tax ...

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    Wed, September 23, 2009

    The Tears Wiped Dry


    Ever spent time in hell? Not Dante's kind of inferno, the kind that exists all over this country - pediatric oncology wards.

    This hell is full of contrasts. The devil is the disease, ...

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    Mon, September 14, 2009

    Say It Ain't So, Joe!

    Senate GOP Sells Out on Taxes


    The announcement of a three-caucus budget deal involving both House and Senate Democrats and Senate Republicans represents a dramatic about face by Senate Republican leadership which at this point ...

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    Fri, September 11, 2009

    Reverse Mortgages: Opportunity and Risk


    (This is a transcript of Doug Keegan's Making Cents segment heard every month on Lincoln Radio Journal. www.lincolnradiojournal.com

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, September 11, 2009

    Texting: To Die For


    Is text messaging the end of civilized English as we know it? When a 20-something emails you an acronym that reads RUOK and you can't figure it out - are you outdated, old-fashioned or just plain ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, September 09, 2009

    Texting: To Die For


    Is text messaging the end of civilized English as we know it? When a 20-something emails you an acronym that reads RUOK and you can't figure it out - are you outdated, old-fashioned or just plain ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, September 01, 2009

    Just Do It

    Works selling sneakers, not state budgeting


    As Pennsylvania's budget crisis enters its third month there is a growing sentiment that legislators and the governor should strike whatever agreement they can just to bring the saga to an end. That ...

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    Wed, August 26, 2009

    Recession Hurting PA Charities

    Many will be unable to fulfill their core mission


    Pennsylvania's nonprofit organizations are feeling the pinch of the national economic recession with 90% saying they have been hurt financially by the downturn. As a result of declining revenues, ...

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    Tue, August 25, 2009

    The Trillionaires Club


    Could it be that hard to start a new club? It would seem to be simple. Get some front money, align common interests and recruit members who enjoy the same ambitions.

    But does running ...

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    Fri, August 21, 2009

    Rebuilding America:

    Focus Efforts or Lose the Legacy


    Watching our Congress in action and the change that has engulfed our Nation since January 2009, I am convinced that the Obama strategy is to throw so much into the mix that fiscal conservatives will ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, August 20, 2009

    Misguided President


    Recently, President Obama urged religious leaders to support his health care plan. He invoked a moral and ethical standard.

    He stated: "These are all ...

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    Wed, August 19, 2009

    Anger

    We're mad as . . .


    This is the summer of our discontent. Across America and throughout Penn's woods people are angry. In addition to dealing with arguably the most difficult economic times since the Great Depression, ...

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    Fri, August 14, 2009

    Health Care Clunker


    I tried to turn my car into a 'clunker' but it didn't work.  It's only two years old, gets 30 miles to the gallon and runs well.  It can't meet the government criteria for a ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, August 12, 2009

    Making Cents: How Much to Spend on Your New Car


    Doug, you wanted to take this opportunity to not only give us an update on the cash for clunkers program, but also share some of your concerns.

    Lowman, I don't ...

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    Wed, August 05, 2009

    Time to Debate the Role of State Government

    Are we driving a Cadillac when a Ford would do?


    White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel famously said that "you never want a serious crisis to go to waste." That philosophy could easily be adapted to Pennsylvania's current budget ...

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    Fri, July 24, 2009

    Scott Heintzelman Interview With Lowman Henry on www.ExuberantAccountant.com


    (Editor's Note: Scott Heintzelman of McKonly ~Asbury, LLC recently interviewed Lincoln Institute Chairman ~CEO Lowman Henry for his podcast. Follows is a transcript of that podcast which can also ...

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    Tue, July 21, 2009

    Seven Billion Dollar Boondoggle

    Congress wasted defense dollars on duplicate jet engines


    The rush to borrow and spend trillions of dollars under the guise of stimulating the economy has largely not applied to what is actually the core function of the federal government: the ...

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    Thu, July 16, 2009

    Making Cents

    Doug Keegan explains the 'cash for clunkers' program


    Transcript of Doug Keegan on Lincoln Radio Journal:

    Before we get started with the cash for clunkers program, you had mentioned that you wanted to give us an ...

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    Wed, July 15, 2009

    So Sue Yourself!


    I've been thinking about suing myself. Plenty of reasons to. What I do on a golf course could almost be called criminal. Most times that I've been on one I hurt my neck an ankle or a wrist. ...

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    Mon, July 13, 2009

    Essays on Rebuilding America

    The Customer


    Recently I went into a fast food restaurant and ordered a hamburger, fries and a diet coke. When paying for my meal, the sales clerk told me that my bill was $27.52. I was stunned. When I ...

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    Tue, July 07, 2009

    Nobody Ever Lost . . .

    Tax hike vote could be the 'pay raise' vote of 2009


    It happened four years ago in the early morning hours of July 7th. The Pennsylvania General Assembly was set to adjourn for the summer, and in the dead of the night did what it had done many times ...

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    Mon, July 06, 2009

    American Radio Journal Signs-Up 100th Affiliate

    Nationally syndicate program now heard in 33 states


    July 6, 2009
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    CONTACT: Lowman S. Henry
    (717) 671-0776
    lhenry@lincolninstitute.org


    (HARRISBURG, PA) — ...

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    Thu, June 25, 2009

    The 'Pledge to Read'


    Commentary for American Radio Journal
    By Colin A. Hanna, President, Let Freedom Ring

    Our nation's founders and our Constitution's framers had a radical idea a ...

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    Wed, June 24, 2009

    Wheel of Misfortune

    Gamblers, nonprofits eyed as sources for more tax revenue


    As the economic recession continues to impact state and local budgets elected officials at all levels are seeking new ways to increase revenue. The schemes to fleece more money from the private ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, June 23, 2009

    Linda Gates Elected to Lincoln Board

    Dr. Paul Kengor, Colin Hanna, Frank Ryan re-elected to new terms


    June 23, 2009
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Contact: Lowman S. Henry
    (717) 671-0776
    chenry@lincolninstitute.org

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, June 19, 2009

    Letter of Resignation

    'I no longer wish to be a taxpayer'


    When I heard Joe Biden tell me it was my patriotic responsibility to pay more taxes, I felt like resigning from the Taxpayers Club of America! Wouldn't you love to resign as well?

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, June 18, 2009

    Should I Pay Off My Mortgage Early?

    Doug Keegan's 'Making Cents' on Lincoln Radio Journal


    Recent market volatility seems to have more and more people reevaluating the question, "Should I pay off my mortgage early?" Up until now, conventional wisdom said no. Invest that money in ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, June 15, 2009

    Specter: A Fine Gold Watch


    Columnists are probably the earth's most unappreciated people. We research; we write and rarely hear from our fans, always from our critics. Over the last decade I've certainly developed my share ...

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    Tue, June 09, 2009

    Break the Cycle

    Time to cut spending, not raise taxes


    It was a classic example of how bureaucrats and politicians manipulate public opinion to advance their spending agendas. In the days after the Republican-controlled state senate passed a no-tax hike ...

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    Tue, June 02, 2009

    As Valley Forge Turns


    Recently on a visit to a remote island, just before departure on a rainy day, my abundant supply of reading material dried up. Refusing to pay ridiculous prices for American magazines I sat back to ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, May 28, 2009

    Ryan's Rules on Free Markets: A Lesson in Freedoms Lost


    There are certain rules of law that fall within the purview of man and there are significantly more important truisms of markets that defy the laws of man. Whenever man attempts to interfere with ...

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    Wed, May 27, 2009

    Civil War?

    No, just a healthy debate


    It didn't look good. The party had lost control of the White House and both houses of Congress. In the aftermath of defeat there were many voices raised urging divergent directions. No one seemed ...

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    Fri, May 22, 2009

    My Father-in-law's Toys


    My father-in-law loves his toys. Big flat screen TV's with tons of speakers, state of the art laptops and a Cadillac DTS that is correct in only one color: bright red. Add a Florida home in the ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, May 21, 2009

    Making Cents:

    Credit Card Issuers Boost Rates and Fees


    There is no question that the financial system has experienced a tremendous credit crunch. What is this doing to consumers, the users of credit?

    This all started ...

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    Wed, May 20, 2009

    'Enhanced Interrogation Techniques'

    Is water boarding right or wrong?


    There is a classic old rhetorical question used in teaching debaters how to back their opponents into a corner: "Have you stopped beating your wife, yet?" If the person being questioned ...

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    Tue, May 12, 2009

    Capital Culture

    Spending interests make their voices heard, will you?


    The budget battle has begun. Governor Ed Rendell has continued his typical tax, spend and borrow approach, while state Senate Republicans have decided the time has come for state government to live ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, May 08, 2009

    Rebuilding America: The Oath


    Having just seen the Department of Homeland Security's advisory relating to right wing extremists and how the word extremist is being used towards anyone not agreeing with the President, I am ...

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    Thu, May 07, 2009

    Lights, Camera, Cut


    A long time ago in a town that was then far from anywhere I saw Hans Solo in person. Well I saw the back of some big guy, dressed in Amish Clothes, from about 300 yards away and everybody said it ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, May 05, 2009

    'Defining Moment'

    GOP performance in budget debate will determine viability in governor's race


    We the people of Penn's woods will elect a new governor in November of next year. That is when the official voting will take place. But, the outcome of that election — as well as control of ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, April 28, 2009

    Principle or Politics?

    Specter party switch had nothing to do with party ideology


    Arlen Specter has now made official — he is a Democrat.

    That, of course, is something we have known all along. Arlen Specter has acted more like a Democrat ...

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    Fri, April 24, 2009

    Making Cents:

    The Government Stimulus and Your Mortgage


    (Editor's Note: Doug Keegan this week debuts a new segment on the Lincoln Institute's weekly public affairs radio program, Lincoln Radio Journal. On his first report, Doug talks about how the ...

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    Tue, April 21, 2009

    Party's Over

    What is next for the Tea Party movement?


    Millions of Americans turned out, some in pouring rain, on April 15th — tax day — to protest the big spending ways of Washington. It was a legitimate, spontaneous grassroots uprising the ...

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    Tue, April 21, 2009

    The Battle at Valley Forge


    There is a story of two young boys being raised by a single mother in a small town. The boys were full of mischief always getting into some kind of trouble. It was so persistent that soon everybody ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, April 13, 2009

    Lincoln Institute Announces Radio Program Changes

    Doug Keegan, Andy Roth to take over for Pat Toomey


    April 14, 2009

    For Immediate Release

    Contact: Lowman S. Henry
    (717) 671-0776
    lhenry@lincolninstitute.org

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    Mon, April 13, 2009

    PA Business Climate Mired in Recession

    But optimism surfaces that recovery could get underway soon


    A third of Pennsylvania businesses are worried they will not be able to survive the recession, and access to credit is not the main reason for their concern. This as the Lincoln Institute's Spring ...

    [View Full Article]

    Sat, April 11, 2009

    Spring 2009 Keystone Business Climate Survey

    Numeric Results


    Total Started Survey: 229
    Total Completed Survey: 219 (95.6%)

    Section I: Business Climate

    1. In ...

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    Sat, April 11, 2009

    PA Business Climate Mired in Recession

    But optimism surfaces that recovery could get underway soon


    A third of Pennsylvania businesses are worried they will not be able to survive the recession, and access to credit is not the main reason for their concern. This as the Lincoln Institute's Spring ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, April 08, 2009

    A New PATH

    PA must end culture of corruption


    Pennsylvania it seems is giving Illinois a run for its money when it comes to claiming the title of the most corrupt state in America. While the Land of Lincoln garnered sensational headlines with ...

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    Tue, April 07, 2009

    The Specter Myth


    "He can win a General Election."

    "Independents and Democrats love him."

    "No other Republican can win ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, March 31, 2009

    Fool's Gold

    Legalized video poker wrong course for PA


    Recent polling by Franklin Marshall College shows a vast majority of Pennsylvanians support the expansion of gambling to include small games of chance, like video poker at bars; along with an ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, March 25, 2009

    Electability

    Who can win PA's U.S. Senate Seat in 2010?


    As the 2010 race for Pennsylvania's U.S. Senate seat takes shape the debate has already begun within the Republican Party as to who would be the most viable candidate against the eventual Democratic ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, March 18, 2009

    Bailouts, the Constitution and the Role of Government


    Recently Cramer was attached by Jon Stewart. The attacks were anything but complimentary but what Stewart failed to understand when he claimed that Wall Street knew "this" panic was going ...

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    Tue, March 17, 2009

    Outrageous

    Obama plans to deny veterans health care


    It is part of the anti-war mantra: We oppose the war, but support the troops. Now, yet another liberal lie bites the dust as President Barack Obama plans to end the nation's commitment to provide ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, March 13, 2009

    Stimflation: Worse than Stagflation?


    "We'll see inflation in the double digits again — and the first digit will not be 1." So said maverick economic pundit Peter Schiff in a speech that I recently attended in ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, March 10, 2009

    Homeless

    Arlen Specter may be without a political home


    Ronald Reagan once observed that "a recession is when your neighbor loses his job; a depression is when you lose your job." U.S. Senator Arlen Specter said recently we are ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, March 09, 2009

    Newspapers: Back from Where We Came


    Starting a newspaper column isn't easy. I dabbled at it for awhile then in the early 90's decided to write a thematic series. I wanted to cover song writer Joni Mitchell's 1971 classic ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, March 03, 2009

    Killing Charities

    Obama plans to limit charitable tax deductions at worst possible time


    President Barack Obama's war on the wealthy took a dangerous turn in his recently presented national budget when he proposed placing limits on tax deductions to charities by high income earners. It ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, February 23, 2009

    Public Financing

    PA taxpayers paying for all sides in Bonusgate probe


    Pity the poor taxpayer. As the probe into the state's Bonusgate scandal widens the cost of prosecuting — and defending — those under investigation is skyrocketing. And, we the taxpayers ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, February 23, 2009

    President Obama's Smile


    My dental challenges actually began a couple of years ago when I lost a fight with a rabbit. The building that I work in is a 300 year old fieldstone tavern and some rocks in the foundation had come ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, February 20, 2009

    Opportunity Lost


    President Obama signed the Stimulus Bill into law on February 17, 2009. At the moment of the signing, he stood up and uttered "It's done".

    In ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, February 19, 2009

    America's Inflation Stimulus Bill


    American Radio Journal Commentary

    The so-called stimulus bill that was signed this week contains more pork than a pig farm. President Barack Obama has badly ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, February 18, 2009

    Our Town

    We Pennsylvanians love our communities


    Governor Ed Rendell's suggestion that Pennsylvania should undergo another round of school district consolidation has reignited the debate as to whether fewer and bigger is better than more and ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, February 17, 2009

    Lincoln's Tears


    In late June of 1863 General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia was sweeping north with the intention of capturing the city of Harrisburg then swing south and surround Washington DC. The ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, February 12, 2009

    A Tribute to Lincoln - A Travesty to Lincoln


    During the recent Presidential Inauguration, Barack Obama used the same Bible that Abraham Lincoln used during his inauguration. Obama traveled from Illinois using the same route Lincoln did on his ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, February 12, 2009

    Lincoln Institute Poll:

    PA Supervisors: Consolidation Not the Answer


    Pennsylvania has a wide array of local governments ranging from cities, to boroughs, to townships. Some see this as a wasteful duplication of effort, others view it as keeping government more ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, February 11, 2009

    Bigger Not Better

    Rendell goal is to consolidate power, not schools


    There it was, nestled deep down in the Governor's annual budget address to a joint session of the Pennsylvania General Assembly, a bombshell that has ignited the debate over whether Pennsylvania ...

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    Tue, February 10, 2009

    2009 Pennsylvania Township Supervisor Survey

    Response Summary


    Total Started Survey: 185
    Total Completed Survey: 174 (94.1%)

    General

    1. What is the range of your ...

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    Tue, February 10, 2009

    2009 Township Supervisor Survey

    Analysis


    Pennsylvania has a wide array of local governments ranging from cities, to boroughs, to townships. Some see this as a wasteful duplication of effort, others view it as keeping government more ...

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    Tue, February 03, 2009

    Geico Budgeting

    So simple even a cave man could understand


    As state government struggles with a ballooning budget deficit it has become abundantly clear that the Rendell Administration is completely unwilling to make the tough decisions necessary to bring ...

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    Mon, February 02, 2009

    Skin in the Game


    As President Obama and Congress debate another trillion dollars in 'economic stimulus' spending - the European style socialization of the United States - we have to wonder who, as the say, has skin ...

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    Tue, January 27, 2009

    2009 Golden Snout Awards

    Special 'bail-out mania' edition


    It is the time of year when Hollywood pats itself on the back honoring its own with everything from the People's Choice Awards to the Oscars. And so it is time to revive the annual Pennsylvania ...

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    Fri, January 23, 2009

    Rebuilding America:

    Bubbles and Panics


    On Good Morning America, Elizabeth Warren, Chairperson of the Congressional Oversight Panel reviewing the expenditures of the TARP funds, expressed righteous indignation with the inability to track ...

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    Wed, January 21, 2009

    Age of Obama?

    It is too soon to declare the end of a conservative era


    America has a new President. It is the beginning of a new administration. But, it is not the beginning of a new "era." Many commentators, especially those of a Leftist bent, are ...

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    Mon, January 12, 2009

    Back to the Future

    Current PA budget crisis brings back memories of 1991


    Eighteen years have passed since Pennsylvania last faced a major budget crisis, and the bad decisions made by Governor Casey and legislative leaders continue to haunt the commonwealth. The state's ...

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    Mon, January 05, 2009

    A New Beginning

    PA legislature should adopt a conservative approach to problem solving


    The beginning of a new year provides us all with the opportunity to get a fresh start. Along with the resolutions to lose weight, exercise more and stop compulsively watching the Fox News Channel, ...

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    Wed, December 31, 2008

    Rebuilding America

    The Commoditization of America


    Wal-Mart's and Costco's tremendous success have led us to believe that everything we do and everything we buy are determined only by price. This commoditization of America has had a profound effect ...

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    Tue, December 30, 2008

    Bush's Department of Legacy


    Deep in the bowels of the White House an obscure and until today secret department has been activated. It hasn't had any work since 1992 but undoubtedly President Bush, like his father before him, ...

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    Tue, December 16, 2008

    House of Cards?

    'Card Check' vote will be defining issue in 2010 U.S. Senate Primary


    New polls are showing U.S. Senator Arlen Specter is in for a long, tough slough if he hopes to win re-election and retain his seat in 2010. Polling reported on the Daily Kos web site shows Specter ...

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    Thu, December 11, 2008

    The End of JFK Idealism?


    "Ask not what your country can do for you……."

    In his inauguration, President Kennedy invoked our patriotism and sense of honor to serve our ...

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    Tue, December 09, 2008

    Read My Lips

    PA's new Lieutenant Governor Returns GOP to its anti-tax roots


    Let us try not to get to optimistic, yet, but it appears that Pennsylvania's new Lt. Governor Joe Scarnati (who is also President Pro Tempore of the state Senate) actually gets it.

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    Mon, December 08, 2008

    'Twas the Month Before Christmas


    'Twas the month before Christmas
    All over this state
    And retailers were worried
    The shoppers were late

    The merchandise was arrayed
    With discounts galore
    But ...

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    Tue, December 02, 2008

    Words Matter

    Conservative social principles sound, rehetorical approach often flawed


    In the wake of the second wave of substantial Republican losses from President on down to legislative seats, some in the GOP are suggesting it is time for the party to abandon its traditional support ...

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    Tue, November 25, 2008

    All Those Zeroes


    $775,000,000,000. That's what it looks like. Seven hundred and seventy five billion dollars. For just about any entity other than the US Government it is not a manageable figure. It is however ...

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    Wed, November 19, 2008

    Rebuilding America:

    Government regulations legalize greed


    The most recent spat of corporate, personal and government greed is causing many Americans to demand greater oversight and regulation on our financial markets. Unfortunately for all of us, these ...

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    Mon, November 17, 2008

    Pay to Play?

    Non-bid state contracts walk a fine ethical line


    Attorney General Tom Corbett's aggressive investigation of the Bonusgate scandal has put a bright spotlight on the fine line that separates legitimate legislative staff work from campaign-related ...

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    Mon, November 10, 2008

    Elections Not Yet Over

    Legislative leadership election will determine agenda for the coming two years


    For voters the 2008 elections are over, but for members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly a number of very important votes are still to be cast. In the coming weeks, legislators will be selecting ...

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    Wed, November 05, 2008

    Thinning the Herd: RINOs Lose Big

    Abandonment of conservative principles root cause of Republican losses


    Now what?

    The Republican Party nationally, and in Pennsylvania, lies in tatters today. Having lost the White House to Barack Obama, suffered historic losses in ...

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    Mon, October 27, 2008

    Ed and Taxpayers Make a Porno

    Films take funding priority over sewers, roads ~bridges


    Among the decisions to be made by Pennsylvania voters on Election Day is a ballot question that would empower the commonwealth to borrow $400 million to finance improvements to our state's water and ...

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    Wed, October 22, 2008

    Piecemeal Privatization

    Smaller scale PA Turnpike public-private partnerships may be politically viable


    The demise of the proposed agreement to lease the Pennsylvania Turnpike to an investor firm headed by the Spanish investment group Albertis leaves the future of efforts to privatize the cross-state ...

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    Mon, October 20, 2008

    The Voters of November


    "Within the past week, unmistakable evidence has established that a series of offensive missile sites are now in preparation on that imprisoned island."

    In October of ...

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    Mon, October 13, 2008

    Melt Down

    Keystone Business Climate Survey produces most pessimistic results ever


    Pennsylvania's business climate mirrored the national economic melt-down over the past six months according to a substantial majority of business owners and chief executive officers participating in ...

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    Sun, October 12, 2008

    Melt-Down

    Keystone Business Climate Survey produces most pessimistic results ever


    Pennsylvania's business climate mirrored the national economic melt-down over the past six months according to a substantial majority of business owners and chief executive officers participating in ...

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    Sun, October 12, 2008

    Fall 2008 Keystone Business Climate Survey


    Total Started Survey: 245
    Total Completed Survey: 232 (94.7%)

    Section I: Business Climate

    1. In general, do ...

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    Wed, October 08, 2008

    Tax the Wealthy -- Baffled Again


    I just don't get it. I truly do not understand.

    Over my entire lifetime and in this most recent presidential election cycle, I have heard some lower income ...

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    Tue, October 07, 2008

    Fiscal Crisis Looms Over Penn's Woods

    Years of state over-spending contribute to mounting budget deficit


    State Representative Sam Rohrer was the canary in the mineshaft. Weeks ago, as the economic storm clouds gathered, Rohrer said the state was headed toward a massive budget deficit and he called upon ...

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    Mon, October 06, 2008

    On the Ninth Day


    (Wayne County in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains - On the 9th day God woke up and looked around and thought "What am I going to do now? I've painted myself into a corner. How do I get ...

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    Tue, September 30, 2008

    Solving the Highway Funding Crisis

    A roadmap for fixing PA's roads and bridges


    As Congress struggles with how to resolve arguably the most serious financial crisis to confront our nation since the Great Depression, Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell attempted to complicate the ...

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    Tue, September 23, 2008

    Susquehanna Fever

    2010 Governor's race beginning to take shape


    With the Presidential race running red hot, especially here in Pennsylvania, little attention is being paid to the 2010 race for governor of Penn's woods. Ed Rendell is unable to succeed himself ...

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    Wed, September 17, 2008

    Rebuilding America:

    Energy Independence


    Inflate your tires, tune up your car's engine, drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge are all reflective of the multitude of potential solutions to our Nation's energy problems. Despite these ...

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    Mon, September 15, 2008

    Wrong Again

    Leasing turnpike not the only solution to PA's roads and bridge funding woes


    The federal government has realized something Pennsylvania policymakers did not: that the proposed tolling of Interstate 80 to provide funding to fix other roads and bridges was a bad idea. Thus did ...

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