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    Tue, July 22, 2014

    A Tale of Two Presidents


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

    This generation has its KAL 007. The stunning downing of Malaysian ...

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    Wed, July 16, 2014

    The VA Scandal: Federal Failure


    Wikipedia has called it the Veterans Health Administration Scandal of 2014. An audit released in early June found that more than 120,000 veterans were left waiting or never got care, and that records ...

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    Mon, July 14, 2014

    Privacy Battles: As Old as the Old Testament


    Last month marked the beginning of a new campaign for Internet privacy with the unveiling of the "Reset the Net" campaign. Academics, tech companies, and civil rights organizations from ...

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    Thu, July 10, 2014

    The Environmental Purity Agency


    The rollout of the Environmental Protection Agency's new draft regulation to limit greenhouse gases was accompanied by a brilliant political cartoon that showed a pair of hapless fellows with ...

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    Tue, July 08, 2014

    God and Dick Scaife


    I was saddened to wake up the morning of July 4 and learn that Richard Mellon Scaife, Pittsburgh billionaire, conservative philanthropist extraordinaire, and spearhead of Hillary Clinton's ominous ...

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    Tue, July 08, 2014

    Hillary Clinton's Move to the Far Left


    Editor's note: A version of this article first appeared in The American Spectator.

    A few years back I wrote a book on the faith of Hillary Clinton. To this day it ...

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    Thu, July 03, 2014

    Renewing the Spirit of '76


    July 4, 1776 gave birth to perhaps the most revolutionary political document in the history of civilization, submitted by men who proclaimed, "with a firm reliance on the protection of divine ...

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    Tue, July 01, 2014

    Supreme Court Slows Obamacare's Abortion Agenda


    The Supreme Court waited until the last day of its term to issue its highly anticipated opinion in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties.

    The ...

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    Mon, June 30, 2014

    Obama Appointments Nixed


    In a rare unanimous decision, all nine justices of the U.S. Supreme Court agreed with the outcome in NLRB v. Canning. The Supreme Court found that President Obama's recess appointments to the ...

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    Wed, June 25, 2014

    Being 'Offended' is Not Establishment of Religion


    The Elmbrook School District operates two public high schools in suburban Wisconsin. Finding that its own gymnasiums were cramped, hot, and uncomfortable, and at the request of students, it decided ...

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    Tue, June 24, 2014

    Tragedy to End All Tragedies


    The Great War (sometimes in America it was termed the European War) was triggered by the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, 100 years ago this week, on June 28, 1914. The war was a ...

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    Fri, June 13, 2014

    Hats off to Fathers Who Are Men


    This isn't going to be one of those sentimental Father's Day articles, even though that is what I would prefer. This article will have a bit of an edge to it. Please excuse my bluntness, but ...

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    Fri, June 13, 2014

    Daddy, Daddy I'm Doing OK


    I took my first CPR course as a young adult, as required by my employer. I had taken an entry level job as a residential manager (houseparent), working with handicapped adults in a small group home ...

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    Mon, June 09, 2014

    The Greatest Generation


    COLUMBUS, Ohio

    The last thing his commanders said before he dropped from a plane somewhere near Bastogne was "good luck."

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    Mon, June 09, 2014

    U.S. Circuit Court Green Lights IRS Discrimination Case


    Can the Internal Revenue Service silence a president's political adversaries by using secret policies? It seems that we're about to find out. The 17th century French politician and finance minister, ...

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    Thu, May 22, 2014

    The Bailey Brothers of World War II


    Every Memorial Day I attend a parade in the little town of Mercer, Pennsylvania. It's pure Americana: flags, kids, the snow-cone stand, marching bands, local clubs and rotaries, and veterans of wars ...

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    Thu, May 22, 2014

    America's Civil Religion


    Throughout American history presidents have often used religious rhetoric for various reasons: to provide comfort and consolation, argue that God providentially directs our nation, celebrate our ...

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    Thu, May 22, 2014

    The Ultimate Sacrafice


    Last year on Memorial Day, my wife, daughter and I were touring Cambridge, England. We took a bus ride three miles out of the city to the U.S. military cemetery there—one of 25 American burial ...

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    Mon, May 05, 2014

    Teacher Appreciation Week


    Last fall I described the apparently miraculous way in which I located the one person in the world I was searching for–my seventh and eighth grade English teacher, Mr. Ted Walters, the man who ...

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    Mon, May 05, 2014

    The Class Warfare Wolf


    I've paid virtually no attention to the Democrats' candidates for Pennsylvania governor. Sure, I offered the obligatory plea to the high heavens that Allyson Schwartz never gets anywhere near the ...

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    Fri, May 02, 2014

    Minimum Wage Increase: Will it Reduce Poverty?


    Recently, some commentators have been promoting the idea of a government guaranteed income, where the government would pay a monthly cash payment to every American, regardless of need or merit. A ...

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    Mon, April 28, 2014

    Your Trash, My Spring Yard Work


    After I picked up the sticks in the yard and raked the leaves that had collected over the winter, I perused the lawn and enjoyed the various signs of spring. A few crocuses were already in bloom. The ...

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    Fri, April 25, 2014

    Is Heaven for Real?


    The movie "Heaven Is for Real," based on The New York Times bestseller of the same name, made an impressive debut last week. The film recounts the near-death experience (NDE) of then ...

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    Thu, April 24, 2014

    The Blaze Q ~A with Dr. Paul Kengor


    Editor's note: A longer version of this Q&A first appeared at TheBlaze.com.

    What do you most hope that readers take away from your book?

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    Sun, April 20, 2014

    The Magesty of the Risen Savior


    At Eastertime, Christians rejoice and give praise for the resurrection of mankind's Savior.

    Words often fall short of communicating the full magnificence of the ...

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    Thu, April 17, 2014

    Forgiveness Incarnate


    On the cross, Christ personified ultimate forgiveness. "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do" (Luke 23:34). Christ is forgiveness incarnate.
    Our responsibility to ...

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    Mon, April 14, 2014

    Pending Supreme Court Rulings, IV


    In January 2012, President Obama appointed three people to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which is the federal regulatory board that determines whether or not certain labor practices have ...

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    Tue, April 08, 2014

    The Politics of St. Paul


    In Romans 13:1-7 the apostle Paul writes: "[A ruler] is the minister of God to thee for good" (v. 3); "Wherefore ye must needs be subject..." (v. 5); "...pay ye tribute ...

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    Wed, April 02, 2014

    Recent Presidents ~Religious Liberty


    American presidents have played a major role in fostering religious liberty at home and abroad. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison strongly supported the separation of church and ...

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    Thu, March 27, 2014

    God ~Jesus, Politics ~Government


    Is God a Democrat? A Republican? Was Jesus a conservative, liberal, socialist, or libertarian? Those are jarring questions. Yet, because faith informs one's values and values inform one's political ...

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    Wed, March 26, 2014

    A Renewed Reagan Conservatism


    Editor's note: This article first appeared at TheBlaze.com.

    A rudderless Republican Party, afraid to assert itself in the face of a rising liberal/progressive ...

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    Fri, March 21, 2014

    Mother Nature


    News stories from around the country focus on blizzards, ice storms, tornadoes, droughts, and other natural disasters. It seems that we live at the mercy of Mother Nature. We do not control our ...

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    Mon, March 17, 2014

    U.S. Should Take Lead in Finding Lost Airplane


    The disappearance of a Boeing 777 airliner with 239 people on board has ignited speculation ranging from catastrophic malfunction to hijacking. That the United States, a global power with the ...

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    Fri, March 14, 2014

    Ronald Reagan's City of God


    Editor's note: The following is an excerpt from Paul Kengor's new book 11 Principles of a Reagan Conservative. Among the principles is faith. A version of this article first appeared at ...

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    Wed, March 12, 2014

    Pending Supreme Court Rulings


    Editor's note: This is the second article in a four-part series.

    In 1995, Jennifer Gratz was denied admission to the University of Michigan. Two years later she ...

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    Tue, March 11, 2014

    My Brother's Keeper Initiative


    Recently, President Obama announced the creation of a new program to help Latino and African-American males. Not surprisingly, he called this initiative "My Brother's Keeper." During his ...

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    Wed, February 19, 2014

    The Politics of Envy


    I was excited when I learned that the parents of a student I knew produced a product my family used and enjoyed. His response to me was "Yea, they're getting rich off you." He was quite ...

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    Tue, February 18, 2014

    Ronald Reagan and Religious Tolerance


    Editor's note: This article first appeared at American Spectator.

    February is the month that we recognize our presidents. It has also become the month that ...

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    Wed, February 12, 2014

    Mind Control


    Ten degrees, below zero. Bitter wind chills. Snow to shovel. Nasty head cold. Stuffy and sneezy. Coughing. But I choose to control my thinking. I choose not to ruminate on todays' struggles, real and ...

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    Wed, February 05, 2014

    Climate Change Deliberation


    It is quite often the case that the simplest explanation is the correct explanation. The namesake for this principle comes from the English philosopher and theologian, Franciscan friar William of ...

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    Mon, February 03, 2014

    Pete Seeger, Marxist Minstrel


    Editor's note: A shorter version of this article first appeared in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

    Pete Seeger's death at age 94 is a cultural catharsis for the ...

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    Fri, January 31, 2014

    Better Marriage Through Marketing


    Everyone is happy when they are engaged, even those who will eventually divorce. The feelings people have going into marriage do not predict the future of the relationship. Therefore I recommend that ...

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    Wed, January 29, 2014

    Can You Ready This Essay?


    If you are still following along, then you can answer in the affirmative. According to a recent CNN article, however, a surprising number of the college athletes we watch playing basketball or ...

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    Mon, January 27, 2014

    Why So Many Poor Cannot Improve Their Lot


    Editor's note: A longer version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.
    While the church and Christian moralists have always spoken about the rich and the poor, and condemned those who put ...

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    Wed, January 22, 2014

    The Great Recession's Soup Lines


    You know your kids are growing up when they ask a question like the one my daughter asked a few days ago, "Hey, dad, do you think we'll experience a depression in your lifetime or mine?" As ...

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    Fri, January 17, 2014

    Wisdom for Christie's Staff


    Many years ago I worked with a talented political organizer who made a very strange prayer request. After one of our meetings he told me that he regularly prayed that God would give him the spirit of ...

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    Thu, January 16, 2014

    Obamacare's Unsung Hero


    Republicans stood in a long line to excoriate Chief Justice John Roberts for voting to uphold Obamacare in 2012, while Democrats praised him. Today, both parties should thank him for being a ...

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    Mon, January 13, 2014

    100 Years of the Federal Reserve


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    Thu, January 09, 2014

    Alone Again


    Our elderly church member and friend had been widowed, again. When we visited his home, we saw that he had written on his calendar, "Alone again." He was a man of strong faith, and he was ...

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    Tue, January 07, 2014

    Mister Rogers vs. the Unity Tree


    Editor's note: This article first appeared in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

    I was walking by Stanwix Street and Penn Avenue last week when struck by our city's ...

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    Mon, January 06, 2014

    Barack Obama's Church Attendance


    Editor's note: The "V&V Q&A" is an e-publication from The Center for Vision ~Values at Grove City College. In this latest edition, Dr. Paul Kengor, the executive director of the Center for ...

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    Tue, December 31, 2013

    Another New Year's Resolution?


    For many years, on January 1, I resolved to practice a more active and healthy lifestyle; instead, I experienced consistent failure.

    The American College of Sports ...

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    Mon, December 23, 2013

    Powerful Christmas Lesson


    Editor's note: This article first appeared at Forbes.com.

    The entire country pauses on Dec. 25, as Christians commemorate the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, known to ...

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    Wed, December 18, 2013

    From Playground to Profession


    A recent Wall Street Journal article by Peter Cappelli, "Why Focusing Too Narrowly in College Could Backfire," caught my eye. Cappelli writes, "Students are told to learn the subjects ...

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    Mon, December 16, 2013

    Liberty of Conscience in the Public Square


    It is not surprising that Obamacare, especially the HHS mandate, has generated dozens of lawsuits. The question is: What is at issue here?

    The answer is nothing less than the ...

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    Mon, December 16, 2013

    Pope Francis: Espousing a Peronist Theology?


    Editor's note: This article first appeared at Forbes.com.

    When I came back to the Roman Catholic Church, around 1975, Liberation Theology was very popularin my ...

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    Wed, December 11, 2013

    Alcohol, Patriotism and the NFL


    I was disturbed at what I recently witnessed at a Buffalo Bills football game. The Bills hosted their cross-state rival, the New York Jets, in Orchard Park, N.Y. I had attended many Bills games years ...

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    Tue, December 10, 2013

    Equations of Christmas


    I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas, a White Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Season's Greetings; but most of all, I wish you a Blessed Christmas.
    Being at our season of life, in those ...

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    Fri, December 06, 2013

    Pope Francis and the Economists


    Editor's Note: This article first appeared at Forbes.com.

    The recent economic statements by Pope Francis in his apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (EG)read as ...

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    Wed, December 04, 2013

    Do We Want More Affordable Health Care?


    The problems with the healthcare.gov website offer a glimpse of the way the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is likely to fail at accomplishing its most important goals: providing affordable, high-quality ...

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    Mon, December 02, 2013

    A Miracle or Coincidence?


    Editor's Note: This article first appeared at Forbes.com.

    Every now and then, something unforeseen and special happens–something that logic or reason would ...

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    Wed, November 27, 2013

    A Transformational Thanksgiving


    Historically, the field of psychology focused on mental illness and dysfunction. Positive psychology developed as a unique new subdiscipline as recently as 1998. Instead of investigating the question ...

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    Mon, November 25, 2013

    Senate More Efficient Without Filibuster; That's the Problem


    Editor's note: This article first appeared at Forbes.com.

    What would the Senate be like without the filibuster? It would be a more efficient body, but efficiency ...

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    Wed, November 20, 2013

    Remembering John Kennedy


    Few events in American history have brought more sorrow, grief and confusion than the assassination of John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. Astounded by the intensity of Americans' reactions, a ...

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    Wed, November 20, 2013

    Kennedy Security Legacy


    Between January 1961 and Nov. 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy fundamentally changed U.S. national security policy. These changes resulted in structures and doctrines that enabled American forces ...

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    Tue, November 12, 2013

    Unseen Scars


    Editor's note: This article first appeared at Forbes.com.

    In economics, the first lesson I teach my pupils is the lesson of things that are seen and things that are ...

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    Fri, November 08, 2013

    Theodore Roosevelt and Veterans Day


    As we celebrate Veterans Day this year, it is instructive to consider the contributions of our presidents to our nation's defense and military. Of America's 43 presidents, 31 have served in the ...

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    Fri, November 08, 2013

    Patton, Ike and my Teenage Boys


    I recently took my two teenage sons to a talk by Frank Kravetz, a 90-year-old World War II veteran who survived Hitler's Nuremberg prisons. Frank published his story in a memoir, Eleven Two: One WWII ...

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    Thu, November 07, 2013

    Tear Down This Wall


    Editor's note: This article first appeared at Forbes.com.

    Saturday, Nov. 9, marks the 24th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. It is an important date in ...

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    Mon, November 04, 2013

    A Judgment on Intelligence


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

    Despite everything you've gleaned from spy novels and movies, the most important
    raw material ...

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    Fri, November 01, 2013

    Burglarizing JP Morgan Chase ~Slapping Down Prudential


    Editor's note: This article first appeared at Forbes.com.

    If there is one truth that became apparent during the financial panic five years ago, it is that Big ...

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    Wed, October 30, 2013

    Understanding 'Wall of Separation' Between Traditional GOP and Conservatives


    It's evident in recent elections and day-to-day political clashes in Washington that there is a substantial divide between traditional Republicans and what we may term "new conservatives." ...

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    Mon, October 28, 2013

    Bonding Over Baseball


    Editor's note: Another version of this article first appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

    My cousin Drew is a 45-year-old veteran of the first Gulf War (1991), ...

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    Thu, October 24, 2013

    Making Sense of the Defunding Strategy


    From the moment I clicked on C-SPAN to watch Senator Ted Cruz's quasi-filibuster, I've been trying to make sense of the defund Obamacare/government shutdown effort. It didn't take a rocket scientist, ...

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    Fri, October 18, 2013

    Average is Overrated


    Editor's note: This article first appeared at Forbes.com.

    Years ago, I thought that if I ever attempted to write a novel, I would describe a future dystopia in ...

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    Wed, October 16, 2013

    Teenage Sex a Family Affair?


    According to research published by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, our teens may have more wisdom than we give them credit for when it comes to sex education. Most teens (94 percent) ...

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    Mon, October 14, 2013

    Privatizing the National Park Service


    Editor's note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.
    The behavior of the National Park Service during the government shutdown has been truly shocking. As has been widely ...

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    Thu, October 03, 2013

    Progressive Income Tax Turns 100


    Editor's note: This article first appeared at Investor's Business Daily.

    Maybe it's a measure of progressives' refusal to look back, to always move ...

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    Mon, September 30, 2013

    Economic Freedom: U.S. in Decline?


    Editor's note: This article first appeared at Forbes.com

    The significant efforts in recent years to measure economic freedom did not come from universities. They ...

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    Thu, September 26, 2013

    The Path to Prosperity or Bankruptcy?


    Once again there is panic running through the halls of Congress, the Oval Office and in the chattering classes that make up mainstream media over the prospect of shutting down the federal government. ...

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    Tue, September 24, 2013

    Tax Cuts ~Deficits: Fact vs. Fiction


    Editor's note: This column first appeared in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
    In my previous column, I underscored the 1920s lessons that President Obama and fellow "progressives" need ...

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    Mon, September 23, 2013

    The Progressive Crusade Against Tax Cuts


    Editor's note: This column first appeared in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

    There's an ongoing effort by President Obama and fellow "progressives" not ...

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    Fri, September 20, 2013

    Living Our Lives 'Under God'


    The American Humanist Association has renewed the efforts of some atheists to remove the words "under God" from our Pledge of Allegiance. The organization argued recently in the ...

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    Tue, September 17, 2013

    Remembering Dick Larry


    Editor's note: Richard M. "Dick" Larry, one of the conservative movement's most influential grantmakers, died on July 6, 2013, at the age of 77. Larry, who worked quietly behind the scenes, ...

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    Mon, September 16, 2013

    How Immigration Reform Makes Sense


    The U.S. House and Senate are considering an immigration reform bill. Critics of the legislation say that it will not do enough to secure our borders and that it grants amnesty to illegal immigrants. ...

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    Tue, September 10, 2013

    Reflections on Benghazi


    On Sept. 11, most of us will take time to reflect upon and remember the events of 9/11. Some of us will also take time to remember the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the American mission in Benghazi, ...

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    Mon, September 09, 2013

    Virtue ~Vice at the Ballpark


    Editor's note: This article first appeared in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
    If there be (no virtue among us), we are in a wretched situation.
    – James Madison

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    Thu, September 05, 2013

    Parental Knowledge: Blind Spots


    The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) frequently airs public-service announcements suggesting that parents should be talking to their children about the dangers of drugs. This is based on ...

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    Tue, September 03, 2013

    What 'The Butler' Got Wrong About Reagan


    By Steven F. Hayward, Paul Kengor, Craig Shirley and Kiron K. Skinner

    Editor's note: This article first appeared in The Washington Post.

    One cold ...

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    Tue, September 03, 2013

    Camelot and the Syrian Crisis


    November 22 marks the 50th anniversary of the end of Camelot. During its tenure, President John F. Kennedy's administration set national security precedents that have influenced the way Washington ...

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    Fri, August 30, 2013

    Bill Clark ~The Divine Plan


    The following is an interview between National Review's Kathryn Jean Lopez and Paul Kengor, executive director of the Center for Vision ~Values, concerning the recent death of Judge Bill Clark, ...

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    Mon, August 26, 2013

    Martin Luther King's Dream


    August 25 marks the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington. Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech at that great rally is rightly honored as one of the greatest speeches in American history. All ...

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    Mon, August 26, 2013

    Stop Eating the Marshmallows


    In a classic psychological study, hungry four-year-olds were offered a marshmallow. They were told that if they could wait about 20 minutes before eating, they could have two marshmallows instead of ...

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    Thu, August 22, 2013

    Battle of Gettysburg -- Part I




    Battle of Gettysburg: A three-part series

    Editor's note: This three-part series commemorating the 150-year anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg first appeared at ...

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    Wed, August 07, 2013

    Gay Marriage, Bigotry and Public Interest


    What I find somewhat surprising in the gay-marriage discussion is this: By the evidence of most polls, nearly half of Americans favor gay marriage, even though only 3-5 percent of Americans are gay. ...

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    Thu, August 01, 2013

    Property Rights at Stake in France


    It happened on a cold of day during the last French presidential campaign in a small industrial town called Florange, in Eastern France. On February 12th, 2012, the campaigning and would-be president ...

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    Tue, July 30, 2013

    Intentional Dementia


    During Mother's last few months, conversations were extremely difficult to follow because her mind seamlessly switched from one decade to another. Isaac Singer writes, "Sometimes she'd tangle ...

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    Mon, July 22, 2013

    Worried About Privacy?


    There's an intense debate right now over "Common Core," a major effort to implement a set of federal education standards in public schools nationwide. The Common Core State Standards thus ...

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    Thu, July 18, 2013

    An FBI Life


    America has lost a good man and dedicated servant. Edward S. Miller, a lifetime FBI man, has departed this country and this world, leaving behind a trail of fascinating tales and deeds – ...

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    Wed, July 17, 2013

    V&V Q&A with Michael Geer


    PA Attorney General Refuses to Defend Marriage Law - An Insider's View

    Q&A with Pennsylvania Family Institute President Michael Geer
    Editor's note: Last week, ...

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    Tue, July 09, 2013

    Egypt Confronts Modernity


    Q&A with Herbert Meyer Special assistant to the director of the Central Intelligence Agency during the Reagan Administration, Herbert Meyer, comments on the turmoil in Egypt in this Q&A from the ...

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    Mon, July 08, 2013

    Essential Parenting


    If you believe everything you read, then kids are doomed. If both of their parents work outside the home, then it's hopeless. If one parent is a pastor, then forget about it. If one parent is ...

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    Wed, July 03, 2013

    A Perfectly Natural Fourth


    Editor's note: A shorter version of this article first appeared in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

    Will you be celebrating Natural Law this July 4th? You should be. ...

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    Tue, July 02, 2013

    Reflections on Gettysburg


    It's July in Alabama and 100 degrees in the shade. Despite the heat, I crack the bedroom window at night to soak up the sounds and smells of the South. The crickets in the woods, a hoot owl on ...

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    Fri, June 28, 2013

    Court Missed Opportunity in Fisher Case


    The Supreme Court, in a case heard by eight Justices (Justice Kagan recused
    herself), has issued its decision involving the admissions policies of the
    University of Texas. In a 7-1 ...

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    Thu, June 27, 2013

    Liberals Embrace Motherless, Fatherless Families


    Editor's note: This article first appeared at The Guardian.

    With the Supreme Court giving a major boost to gay marriage, liberals face fewer impediments to their ...

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    Thu, May 30, 2013

    Death Panels? Of Course


    Recently the debate about "death panels" has been heating up as Republican Congressional leaders express their opposition to implementing the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) by ...

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    Fri, May 24, 2013

    A Memorial Day Remembrance


    Memorial Day is a wonderful constant. Every year, it never ceases to touch me. My family attends an annual parade in Mercer, Pennsylvania. It's terrific–total old-school. The flags, the ...

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    Mon, May 20, 2013

    The 'Why' Behind IRS Scandal


    Let's begin with a premise. Challenging, delaying, questioning, or bullying organizations about their non-profit, educational purposes chills both free speech and a free press. The current ruckus ...

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    Tue, May 14, 2013

    Another Group Targeted for IRS Scrutiny


    In a press conference last week, White House press secretary Jay Carney fielded
    insistent questions from a variety of news agencies regarding the Internal
    Revenue Service's alleged actions ...

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    Wed, May 08, 2013

    My Inheritance


    The great 20th century novelist Chaim Potok wrote, in his novel, My Name Is Asher Lev, "You have a gift, Asher Lev. You have a responsibility." My Mom had a gift of 89 years, 89 years to ...

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    Mon, April 29, 2013

    Happy Birthday James Monroe


    Recently, I had the pleasure of reading one of Harlow Giles Unger's thorough biographies of key figures in the era of America's founding. In reading "The Last Founding Father: James Monroe and a ...

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    Mon, April 29, 2013

    Obama's Planned Parenthood Love Fest


    "I love you!" shouted one of the rapturous faithful at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington.

    "I love you back," responded the proud ...

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    Wed, April 24, 2013

    Academic Freedom, Civility, and the Name of Jesus


    Recently, a self-proclaimed Christian instructor at Florida Atlantic University asked his students to write "Jesus" on a piece of paper and step on it. The exercise was from a textbook ...

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    Thu, April 18, 2013

    The Inviolable Law of Nature


    Editor's note: A version of this article was first published by the Reformed Theological Seminary.

    When the rats begin to scramble on board a ship, it is a sure ...

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    Mon, April 15, 2013

    Progressive Income Tax Turns 100



    Editor's note: A version of this article first appeared at Investor's Business Daily.

    Maybe it's a measure of progressives' refusal to look back, to always ...

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    Mon, April 08, 2013

    Well Done, Lady Thatcher


    Margaret Thatcher, one of the greatest leaders of the Cold War, of the 20th century, and of British history, has died at the age of 87.

    I've referred to her as one of my Cold War seven: ...

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    Fri, April 05, 2013

    Business, Entrepreneurship and a Vatican Think Tank


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

    "Am I creating wealth, or am I engaging in rent-seeking behavior?" If this question would be asked during ...

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    Tue, April 02, 2013

    Republicans Need to Grow Up on Taxes


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

    Republicans are flailing about these days, trying to rebrand themselves before the next election cycle. A certain ...

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    Wed, March 27, 2013

    True Happiness


    One of the most famous opening lines in literature comes from Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina: "All happy families are like one another; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way."
    ...

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    Thu, March 21, 2013

    Hillary Clinton's Evolution on Gay Marriage


    Editor's note: A version of this article first appeared in USA Today.

    Hillary Clinton supports gay marriage. This is a major shift. Yet, as someone who wrote a book on Clinton's faith, I ...

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    Wed, March 20, 2013

    Social Justice and Pope Francis


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

    Having spent most of his life in Buenos Aires, Pope Francis has given proof that he can rise above his environment. ...

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    Tue, March 19, 2013

    The Hope of Heaven


    In response to recently being diagnosed with a rare and terminal type of brain cancer, sitcom star Valerie Harper declared, "we are all terminal." In a cover story for "People" ...

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    Sun, March 17, 2013

    Medicare: Did You Really Pay for That?


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

    Last summer, Barack Obama riled a lot of [4]entrepreneurs when he got carried
    away at a ...

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    Sun, March 17, 2013

    From Aid to Enterprise


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

    We will always have [4]the poor among us (Matthew 26:11), but over a billion
    living on ...

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    Fri, March 08, 2013

    Reagan's 'Evil Empire' Speech Turns 30



    Editor's note: A version of this article first appeared as an Exclusive Special Report for American Spectator.

    Today, Ronald Reagan's Evil Empire speech turns 30 years old. It ...

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    Wed, March 06, 2013

    Hugo Chavez: Faithful to Death



    In "Hugo Chavez: Faithful to Death" (728 words), professor of political science and executive director of The Center for Vision ~Values at Grove City College–Dr. Paul ...

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    Mon, March 04, 2013

    Eliminating the Debt, Progressive Style


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

    A wise man once told me that when any tax-levying entity operates at a deficit, the possible causes ...

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    Mon, March 04, 2013

    Pentagon Budget as Political Football


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

    The Pentagon's budget occupies center stage in the sequestration drama. Defense spending comprises approximately 18 ...

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    Mon, February 25, 2013

    Considering the Guest Worker Program


    Editor's note: A version of this article first appeared at The Guardian.

    Suddenly, everyone in Washington seems to agree on the need for immigration reform, and they may even agree on ...

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    Mon, February 18, 2013

    Abe Lincoln and Slavery


    Stephen Spielberg's masterful movie on Lincoln and the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation have recently brought even greater attention than usual to Abraham Lincoln. Holidays like ...

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    Mon, February 18, 2013

    Crossing the Rubcion



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

    The current global debt accumulations are unprecedented. In fact, it can be observed that at no ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, February 14, 2013

    Dr. Ben Carson's Heresy



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

    Liberals are apoplectic over remarks by Dr. Ben Carson at the National Prayer Breakfast. ...

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    Tue, February 12, 2013

    Erasing Reagan: The Illiberal War on Truth


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

    The prospect of four more years of Barack Obama in the White House has caused several conservative voices (among ...

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    Thu, February 07, 2013

    Thinking About Think Tanks


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

    The history of the London exchange dates back to 1698. John Castaing, a pioneer of a Starbucks of sorts, started ...

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    Mon, February 04, 2013

    Finding the City on a Hill


    One of the most widely employed metaphors in today's American political discourse is that the United States is a "city on a hill." Especially popularized by Ronald Reagan, this phrase ...

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    Thu, January 31, 2013

    On Russia's Adoption Ban


    Editor's note: A longer version of this article first appeared at National Catholic Register.

    Vladimir Putin has sparked international outcry by banning adoptions of Russian children by ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, January 29, 2013

    Firearms: Reasonable and Sensible?


    President Obama routinely promotes his firearms policies with the adjectives "reasonable" or "sensible," and he probably believes quite sincerely that his proposals are just that. ...

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    Fri, January 25, 2013

    Is America's House Divided Again?


    Having just viewed Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln," and knowing that Lincoln's
    birthday is approaching, it seemed fitting to ponder one of Lincoln's most
    famous speeches, and perhaps ...

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    Tue, January 22, 2013

    End of the Reagan Era?


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

    With Barack Obama's second inauguration, liberals are touting an altogether new epoch: the end of the ...

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    Thu, January 17, 2013

    Obama's Medical Device Tax


    Editor's note: A version of this article first appeared in The Washington Times.

    With the start of the New Year, one of the little noticed but potentially harmful features of Obamacare ...

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    Thu, January 17, 2013

    Second Inaugural of Barack Obama


    Attn: Editors – The Center for Vision ~Values at Grove City College (Grove City, PA) is pleased to provide the following submission to your media outlet as a free service. To publish this ...

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    Fri, January 11, 2013

    Free to be Healthy


    So how is that New Year's resolution diet going? Will the long-term results be better than the last diet? For the majority of us, even successful diets are unsuccessful. We may lose weight, but it ...

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    Wed, January 09, 2013

    Economic Outlook for 2013


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

    I recently indulged in some wistful, year-end nostalgia, but now that 2013 is underway, let's turn our attention to ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, January 08, 2013

    Human Freedom Matters


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

    "If it matters, measure it" is the motto of the Fraser Institute, the leading Canadian think tank, where I ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, January 03, 2013

    Remembering Robert Bork


    It has been a couple of weeks since the death of Robert Bork, which occurred shortly before Christmas and didn't really get the news coverage that Bork merited.

    Bork died at age 85. In ...

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    Wed, January 02, 2013

    A Nostaligic Look at New Year's in the 1950s


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

    New Year's observances blend recollections of the past, celebrations in the present, and anticipation of the future. ...

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    Thu, December 27, 2012

    France: Is Anybody There?



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

    The fiscal frenzy that has seized French socialists is not only grinding France's economy to a halt; it is ...

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    Fri, December 21, 2012

    Christmas Thoughts 2012


    The gentle spirit of Christmas brings a sense of fresh promise and renewal every year. The remembrances and commemorations of the birth of an innocent baby have a softening effect. Christmas provides ...

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    Fri, December 21, 2012

    Robert Bork and Grove City College


    On a dark February afternoon in 1988, 25 students in a U.S. Constitutional History class waited expectantly in a little-used dining hall on the campus of Grove City College (in Grove City, ...

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    Thu, December 20, 2012

    What Should Be Done About the Fiscal Cliff?



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

    Everyone is talking about the "fiscal cliff"–the likely impact of the expiration of the Bush ...

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    Wed, December 19, 2012

    Fiscal Cliff: WWRD?


    By Dr. Paul Kengor and Michael Reagan

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

    As President Obama and Democrats urge Republicans to increase ...

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    Tue, December 18, 2012

    Time of Giving, Giving of Time


    Christ is quoted, "It is more blessed to give than to receive." Therein is one of life's toughest lessons. How do we teach our children the habit of giving?

    We know that social ...

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    Mon, December 17, 2012

    America's Growing Government Class


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

    The latest unemployment figures are again depressing, but not for the usual reasons. They provide ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, December 13, 2012

    American Politics as a Confidence Game


    Reading post-2012-election news reports can be hazardous to one's mental health, particularly for the sanity-challenged among us. But perhaps the singularly most prescient comments come from long ...

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    Tue, December 11, 2012

    Compromise or Gridlock?


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

    As soon as the elections were over, a wave of commentaries extolling the virtues of compromise appeared in the ...

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    Mon, December 10, 2012

    Welfare: France's Status Quo, America's Future?


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

    Welfare has become a characteristic of President Obama's domestic policies. There has been a surge in American ...

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    Thu, December 06, 2012

    Romney vs,McCaina nd Obama vs. Bush


    Editor's note: This article first appeared at American Spectator.

    Shortly after the November election, I wrote an article titled, "McCain Beats Romney!" The article focused on ...

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    Tue, December 04, 2012

    The Dividends of Self Control


    As Christmas approaches, Americans are once again spending a lot of money. With that in mind, here are some thoughts on the importance of self-control in our lives.

    Experience, an ...

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    Thu, November 29, 2012

    Long Live the Twinkie !


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

    Can the Twinkie and other famous Hostess brands be saved? I hope so, and I'll offer my own two cents' on one ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, November 28, 2012

    Media Begins Attack on Marco Rubio


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



    In a recent interview, Senator Marco Rubio, effectively the ...

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    Sat, November 24, 2012

    Blasted Twinkie Killers


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

    Drat! I'm bummed–saddened by the news that the Hostess company, home of the

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, November 21, 2012

    Holidays Without Andy Williams


    It was shortly before Thanksgiving. I was in the kitchen washing dishes when I heard my first music of the holiday season. Sick of talk radio and sick of election post-mortems, I gave myself a ...

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    Wed, November 21, 2012

    The Gaza Trap


    Even though Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has announced an Israel-Gaza ceasefire, it's apparent that Gaza still holds many traps for Israel.

    For example, there's the media trap. ...

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    Mon, November 19, 2012

    The Decline and Fall of America


    A few days after the election of 2012 the very talented Michael Ramirez published a political cartoon that perhaps conveyed a more profound meaning than he anticipated. He depicted a pair of hands ...

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    Thu, November 15, 2012

    2012 Elections and Power of Incumbency


    Mitt Romney lost the presidential race by only two percentage points. If the election had been held just a week earlier, when he was up in the polls, things might have been different. Nonetheless, ...

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    Fri, November 09, 2012

    V&V Flashback: The 40% President


    Editor's note: A version of this piece was written for the American Thinker on January 26, 2011.

    We're at the halfway mark of Barack Obama's first term as president. I say "first ...

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    Fri, November 09, 2012

    An Open Letter to Mitt Romney


    Editor's note: A version of this piece first appeared at USAToday.com.

    Dear Mitt,

    I have awakened on November 7 to learn that your bid for the presidency was unsuccessful. In ...

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    Thu, November 08, 2012

    America's Fundamental Transformation


    Timing is everything in politics. For four years, I angered conservatives by insisting Barack Obama would get reelected. I figured that an electorate willing to elect a man with ideas and a record ...

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    Thu, November 01, 2012

    Two Percent Economic Growth: Real or Apparent?


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

    The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) has just announced that GDP grew at a rate of 2 percent during the last ...

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    Wed, October 31, 2012

    All Hallows' Eve




    "On the vigil of the hallows, it was gloomily and steadily raining."

    And so it is. I am quoting from a story set in 1945 London, but here we are on another eve of ...

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    Wed, October 24, 2012

    Proof of Heaven


    "Heaven is Real," a Newsweek cover proclaimed last week. Renowned neurosurgeon Eben Alexander's scientific worldview had previously led him to view near-death experiences as having ...

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    Mon, October 22, 2012

    What About the Homeless?


    As a biographer of Ronald Reagan, I'm constantly asked to compare today's fiscal/economic situation to what Reagan faced in the 1980s. Today's record debt/deficits remind of the 1980s, though today's ...

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    Wed, October 17, 2012

    Intelligence and National Security Priorities


    A generation ago, in the 1970s, the U.S. intelligence community possessed the technology to discern whether or not a U.S. consulate was under attack by terrorists or by rioters run amok. Moreover, no ...

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    Mon, October 15, 2012

    Joe Biden Makes History


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

    Joe Biden's antics against Paul Ryan have taken a few days to sink in, and should take longer still.

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, October 11, 2012

    Holding the Fed Accountable


    Many hard questions have been raised in response to the Federal Reserve's decision to embark on open-ended bond buying or quantitative easing ("QE"). Can we afford it? Will it create jobs? ...

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    Wed, October 10, 2012

    President Obama and the Intelligence Brief Scandal


    The last few weeks have produced many intriguing political moments, but none as shocking as the revelation that President Obama has been absent from the vast majority of his daily intelligence ...

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    Mon, October 08, 2012

    Politically Incorrect Billionaire


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

    Two news items about "the rich" recently popped up online within a couple of hours of each other.
    ...

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    Tue, October 02, 2012

    Mitt Romney and the Politics of Virtue


    When Mitt Romney blurted out his now notorious 47-percent lament, liberal gaffe-o-meters went ballistic, acting as though he were an American Ebenezer Scrooge who had just shoved Tiny Tim Cratchit ...

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    Mon, October 01, 2012

    Imagine If This Were George W. Bush



    Imagine this: The president is George W. Bush.

    At his re-election celebration at the national convention, his enthusiastic supporters flood the floor with ...

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    Fri, September 28, 2012

    Who Spends Wisest?


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

    The financial and economic meltdown of 2008 was preceded by large increases in government spending and monetary ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, September 27, 2012

    Communism on Parade?


    Editor's note: A version of this piece first appeared at FoxNews.com.

    "What do you think of this?" So began a phone call from Todd Starnes of FoxNews radio. Starnes asked me for ...

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    Fri, September 21, 2012

    President Obama's Munich Moment


    In September 1938 the British prime minister had a problem. The Third Reich's
    psychopath-in-chief was scorching the airwaves in one of his trademark rants,
    this time about the supposed ...

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    Tue, September 18, 2012

    V&V Q&A: Main Street, and QE3


    Editor's Note: The "V&V Q&A" is an e-publication from The Center for Vision ~Values at Grove City College. In this latest edition, we interview the chair of the department of economics at ...

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    Fri, September 14, 2012

    On Libya Three Decades Ago


    By Dr. Paul Kengor and Bill Clark

    Editor's note: A version of this piece was written for USA Today shortly after
    the Libyan revolution in early 2011.

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, September 12, 2012

    Religion and the 2012 Election


    Religious issues have played a significant role in numerous presidential elections, as they are in 2012. In 1800, his opponents accused Thomas Jefferson of atheism and trying to undermine the ...

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    Sun, September 09, 2012

    God, Democrats. and the Europeanization of America


    The battle at the Democratic convention to exclude God from the party's platform
    is no minor moment. Do not underestimate what transpired there.

    And while it ...

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    Thu, September 06, 2012

    The Silence of Bill ~Hillary Clinton


    Editor's note: A different version of this article first appeared at National Catholic Register.

    Bill Clinton was basking in glory at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday ...

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    Tue, September 04, 2012

    Is There an Afterlife?


    Throughout human history people have pondered whether death ends their existence or is the gateway to an afterlife. In recent decades millions around the world have reported near-death or out-of-body ...

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    Sun, September 02, 2012

    A More Immediate Threat


    On July 23, 2012, Syria–one of seven nations not to sign the Chemical Weapons
    Convention–admitted owning a stockpile of chemical and biological weapons. A
    foreign ministry ...

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    Sun, September 02, 2012

    Does Ryan Want to Take Medicare Away from Seniors?


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

    A year ago, opponents attacked Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), claiming that his plan
    to reform ...

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    Tue, August 28, 2012

    On God and Wall Street


    Editor's Note: The "V&V Q&A" is an e-publication from [4]The Center for Vision &
    Values at Grove City College. In this latest edition, we interview Dr. Craig
    Columbus, ...

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    Fri, August 24, 2012

    Growth, Not Gifts


    President Obama has been arguing for a number of plans to reduce the burden of student loans such as artificially low interest rates and allowing for some loans to be discharged through bankruptcy. ...

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    Thu, August 23, 2012

    Man Vs Himself on Wall Street


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

    A costly computer trading glitch involving market maker Knight Capital has intensified the debate over the ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, August 17, 2012

    The Tale of the Hitchhiker's Recovery



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

    In light of claims that we've been in an economic recovery since late 2009, news such as the unemployment rate ...

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    Thu, August 16, 2012

    Remembering Gene Kelly


    This August 23, 2012 marks the centennial of the birth of Gene Kelly, the great American dancer, actor, singer; a guy's guy who–along with Fred Astaire–is the only male who ever left me ...

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    Fri, August 10, 2012

    Obama's Popularity with Younger Voters


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

    According to a recent USA Today/Gallup poll, Americans under the age of 30 favor

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, August 08, 2012

    The Significance of VJ Day


    Consider this fictitious scenario: In the summer of 1950, President Thomas E. Dewey faced a national security crisis of extraordinary proportions–one that his advisors agreed likely would ...

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    Mon, August 06, 2012

    Obama's Progress


    Try to define [4]progressivism. In fact, [5]ask progressives to try to define
    progressivism. All we really know is that they're, well, progressing. They and
    their ideas and their politics ...

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    Thu, August 02, 2012

    Gay Marriage: Killing Democracy of the Dead


    President Obama's position on gay marriage has won some converts, from (perhaps) the entirety of the Democratic Party to (especially) young people. As to the latter, one of them emailed me recently. ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, July 30, 2012

    V&V Q&A: Getting Jefferson Right


    Editor's Note: The "V&V Q&A" is an e-publication from The Center for Vision ~Values at Grove City College. In this latest edition, we interview the co-authors of "Getting Jefferson ...

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    Tue, July 17, 2012

    The Obama Nullification Doctrine


    In December 1828, South Carolina had 5,000 copies of John C. Calhoun's "Exposition and Protest" printed and distributed throughout the state. A defiant document, Calhoun's ...

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    Sun, July 15, 2012

    On a Wing and a . . .


    Not long ago, a group of 66 members of Congress sent a letter to Secretary of
    Defense Leon Panetta, urging him to issue guidance to counter an "alarming
    pattern of attacks on ...

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    Thu, July 12, 2012

    America: Coming Apart?



    Best-selling author and controversial social scientist Charles Murray is back in the news. This time it's because of his new book, "Coming Apart: The State of White America, ...

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    Thu, July 05, 2012

    ObamaCare Decision: A Mixed Bag


    The case that received more media attention and more consideration by the U.S. Supreme Court than any in recent history has been decided. The 5-4 decision upheld the "individual mandate," ...

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    Tue, July 03, 2012

    V&V Q&A With Sheila Carlberg


    V&V Q&A With Sheila Carlberg
    "America Is My Home"
    By Dr. Paul Kengor

    Editor's Note: The "V&V Q&A" is an e-publication from [4]The ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, July 03, 2012

    Thomas Jefferson: An American Enigma


    "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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    Mon, July 02, 2012

    Obama Fulfills Dreams of Communist Mentor


    (This Article first appeared in the American Thinker.)

    As readers of this site are aware, thanks especially to Jack Cashill's recent posts, I've been researching ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, June 29, 2012

    Euro is a Frankenstein Currency



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

    What do Dr. Victor Frankenstein and the architects of the euro currency have in common? Answer: They both ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, June 27, 2012

    Public Sector Unions: Hope for Struggling States


    Recently, Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin won a historic recall election sought by unionized government workers and their allies who opposed his bargaining reforms. Because Walker's margin of victory ...

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    Fri, June 15, 2012

    Volckier Rule is a Step in Right Direction


    JPMorgan Chase, one of the nation's largest banks, announced that it lost over
    $2 billion in trading over the last few months. This has emboldened supporters
    of the Volker rule, which ...

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    Mon, June 11, 2012

    The Nation's Top Progressives, Socialists and Communists


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

    The left-leaning magazine The Nation has published a list of what it deems America's all-time, most ...

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    Thu, May 31, 2012

    Cuba Backing Gay Marriage?


    I was recently contacted by Ben Johnson of LifeSiteNews, who told me of a fascinating development. He informed me of a curious fan of President Obama's advocacy of gay marriage: Mariela Castro, niece ...

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    Thu, May 31, 2012

    Remembering the Significance of D-Day


    At 0227 hours on the morning of June 6, 1944, Lieutenant Robert Mathias saw the red light flash above the door of his C47 "Dakota" aircraft, signaling his men to get ready to parachute into ...

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    Fri, May 25, 2012

    The Flags at the Cemetery



    Like many Americans, Memorial Day never ceases to move me. Rivaled only by Christmas and Easter, it's the most poignant time of the year for me, maybe because, like Christmas and Easter, it's ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, May 25, 2012

    Homelessness: How Government Makes it Worse


    During a recent trip to Chicago, I couldn't help but notice the large number of homeless people in the downtown area, including one homeless man pushing a child in a stroller. Homelessness was ...

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    Tue, May 22, 2012

    Me and Mitt: A Personal Glimpse


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

    What interesting timing. I had recently planned a column on my observations
    about ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, May 17, 2012

    Britain, Austerity and the Lessons of Economic History


    Economists and pundits alike are going wild over the United Kingdom's recent "double dip" recession. The 2008-09 recession prompted the election of a conservative coalition led by Prime ...

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    Tue, May 15, 2012

    The Controversial Faith of Barack Obama


    President Obama's recent statement on gay marriage has again thrust his religious views onto the front pages. In defending his position, Obama stressed that he and his wife were "practicing ...

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    Fri, May 11, 2012

    Reflections on the French Election


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

    The election of Socialist Party candidate Francois Hollande to the presidency of France epitomizes the sorry state ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, May 10, 2012

    Allen West and His Critics


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

    Congressman Allen West (R-Fla.) is being heavily criticized for comments alleging that certain ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, May 10, 2012

    Yo Yo Economics


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

    President Obama recently referred to free-market economics as "you're-on-your-own economics." It's a ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, May 04, 2012

    Afghanization


    President Barack Obama's five-point plan for turning the war back to the Afghans is designed to cover the withdrawal of U.S. and NATO forces and "forge a just and lasting peace." What does ...

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    Wed, May 02, 2012

    Carter to Obama: Same Old Story on Energy


    As spring bloomed, the president addressed the nation on energy. The president told us, "Without our planning for the future, it will get worse … The oil and natural gas that we rely on ...

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    Mon, April 30, 2012

    Remember Victory in Europe Day


    December 1941 is usually remembered by Americans as that fateful month when
    Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, thus thrusting the United States into World War
    II. However, consider an alternate ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, April 25, 2012

    Energy: Pennsylvania's Choice


    We can't drill our way to energy independence. Or so proclaims the president and many of his supporters. Here in Pennsylvania, the proclamation rings hollow; we are in the midst of a historic natural ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, April 24, 2012

    Teddy Roosevelt 2012?


    The 2012 presidential election is shaping up to be one of the most significant elections in American history. The outcome of major political issues such as Obamacare, carbon regulations, and our ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, April 18, 2012

    Week One of Obama v. Romney


    Something wonderful unfolded in American politics the last few days.

    Almost immediately after Rick Santorum dropped out of the Republican presidential hunt, David Axelrod and the Obama ...

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    Fri, April 13, 2012

    Ozzie Guillen, Fidel Castro ~Baseball


    "I love Fidel Castro," said Florida Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen to Time magazine. "A lot of people have wanted to kill Fidel Castro for the last 60 years, but that [expletive] is ...

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    Wed, April 11, 2012

    Sick Chickens and Sick Laws


    When President Obama made his famous declaration about how he was confident that "that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law ...

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    Tue, April 10, 2012

    Obama's Monumental Misunderstanding


    President Obama recently complained about the possibility of the Supreme Court striking down Obamacare. He used the term "unprecedented" and was critical of "judicial activism" ...

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    Thu, April 05, 2012

    We're Serious About Constitutionality of Obamacare


    America anxiously awaits the Supreme Court's decision on Obamacare. At the core of the decision is a simple question: Is the "individual mandate" in Obamacare constitutional? And thus, is ...

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    Mon, April 02, 2012

    A Tour of Supreme Court's Commerce Clause Jurisprudence


    Editor's note: The opinions expressed by the author are his own and do not necessarily reflect those of Grove City College, its Board of Trustees, or his firm.


    There is a widely ...

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    Fri, March 30, 2012

    Obama, the Russians and Missle Defense


    President Obama has caused quite a stir with a private comment made to Russian President Dimitri Medvedev. In discussing missile defense, Obama suggested he would be prepared to yield to Russian ...

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    Tue, March 27, 2012

    Rembering Audacious Military Operations


    On March 19, speaking at a Morris Township, New Jersey Democratic Party fundraiser, Vice President Joe Biden provided what may be the mother of all election year bumper stickers when he asserted, ...

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    Mon, March 19, 2012

    Election Year Politics of Energy


    Realizing that his popularity may decline as the price of gasoline rises, President Obama is barnstorming the country, emphatically insisting that drilling for more oil isn't the cure for high gas ...

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    Fri, March 16, 2012

    Culture War of Class War?


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

    The question for Republicans right now seems obvious: Would you prefer Rick Santorum or Mitt Romney ...

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    Thu, March 15, 2012

    Viral Videos and International Justice


    Can a viral video on the internet bring the world's most wanted criminal to justice? This question is at the core of a video viewed more than 77 million times during the last week.

    Who ...

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    Fri, March 09, 2012

    People Say the Darndest Things



    Those of you past a certain age may remember the old Art Linkletter show "Kids Say the Darndest [sic] Things." The one I still remember was when Linkletter asked a little boy if he ...

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    Fri, March 09, 2012

    A Centennial Verdict on Progressivism


    Contemporary liberals fondly recall their progressive forebears from a century past, who railed against trusts and fought for social justice. Certainly, their forebears did much to make them proud; ...

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    Mon, March 05, 2012

    Israel's Options


    Late in the summer of 1961, President John F. Kennedy asked the Air Force to plan a nuclear first strike on the Soviet Union. The plan involved 55 B-52 bombers hitting 80 targets to degrade Soviet ...

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    Thu, March 01, 2012

    Sorry Mess: Presidential Apologies and Pardons


    Much ink has flowed over the recent apologies from President Barack Obama, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and General John Allen, commander of NATO forces in ...

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    Wed, February 29, 2012

    Hope Vs. Despair


    Editor's note: Lee Wishing will be a participant in an April 19-20 conference hosted by The Center for Vision ~Values at Grove City College on "The Challenge 2012: The Divided Conservative ...

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    Mon, February 27, 2012

    On Santorum, Democrats and 'God's Will'


    In case you didn't notice…. With George W. Bush out of office and a Democrat in the White House, the secular media stopped its handwringing over the president mentioning God. With Rick ...

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    Fri, February 24, 2012

    A Whiff of Privatization


    Three decades ago, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher implemented a policy called "privatization" to rejuvenate the moribund economy of the United Kingdom.

    Like the United States ...

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    Wed, February 22, 2012

    Satan and Santorum: A Reagan Perspective


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

    The secular world today trembles and shudders at the sight of Rick ...

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    Mon, February 20, 2012

    V&V Q&A The HHS Mandate



    Editor's note: A version of this Q&A first appeared at National Review online.

    V&V Q&A (Presidents Day Special): What Would Reagan Do?
    The HHS Mandate ...

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    Fri, February 17, 2012

    Strategic Abdication


    From Damascus to Tehran, a test for world leadership is underway. Daily, the Syrian military–well-armed, highly trained thugs whose current mission is to keep dictator Bashar Assad in ...

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    Thu, February 16, 2012

    What If We Removed Wartime Conscience Exemptions?


    Last Friday, President Obama responded to Catholic bishops' concerns over his controversial mandate compelling Catholic institutions to provide contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing ...

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    Mon, February 13, 2012

    Catholic Bishops v. Obama


    I've gotten some very interesting emails regarding President Obama's mandate commanding Roman Catholics (and many evangelical Protestants) to violate their consciences by providing mandatory ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, February 10, 2012

    Obama's Health Care Mandate


    Editor's note: Dr. Kengor will be a participant in an April 19-20 conference
    hosted by The Center for Vision Values on [4]"The Challenge 2012: The Divided
    Conservative ...

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    Wed, February 01, 2012

    Obama to Catholics: To Hell With You


    America's Catholic bishops are princes of diplomacy, highly educated, erudite, men of tact, propriety. They're asked to shepherd the flock with a long historical timeframe–like, say, eternity. ...

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    Thu, January 26, 2012

    Preparing the Military for Future Threats


    With breaking news of a U.S. Navy SEAL team successfully [4]rescuing two
    hostages from pirates in Somalia, military pundits are quick to note how the
    deployment of small, elite units will ...

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    Thu, January 26, 2012

    The Tax Rate Scandal


    When Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney casually estimated that his
    effective tax rate is around 15 percent, progressives immediately pounced on
    the issue. To this ideological ...

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    Fri, January 20, 2012

    Patrick Henry: Patriot


    Among America's amazing pantheon of founders, Patrick Henry stands out for his stirring speeches and fervent commitment to liberty, virtue, and small government. The Virginia planter, lawyer, and ...

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    Wed, January 18, 2012

    Military Modernization: Back to the Future


    President Barack Obama's vision for modernizing the U.S. military is little more than an exercise in "back to the future."

    Consider: Back in 2001, the armed forces were nearly a ...

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    Fri, January 13, 2012

    Readying Romney for the Class Warfare Machine


    Editor's note: A longer version of this article appears at today's American Spectator.

    If Mitt Romney gets the GOP nomination, prepare for a season of class warfare in America unlike any ...

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    Thu, January 12, 2012

    Sports, Concussions ~Contemporary American Culture


    If you follow professional sports, and especially if you are a football or
    hockey fan, you undoubtedly are aware of the rash of concussions that have
    rendered players unfit to play. Now ...

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    Wed, January 11, 2012

    The Year of the Entrepreneur


    This is the time of year when 2012 prediction lists abound. I am struck by how many lists have included some reference to a surge in American entrepreneurship during the next year. Entrepreneurs are ...

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    Mon, January 09, 2012

    The Red Card Solution


    Attn: Editors – The Center for Vision ~Values at Grove City College (Grove City, PA) is pleased to provide the following submission to your media outlet as a free service. To publish this ...

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    Thu, January 05, 2012

    A Kim-less Christmas


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

    This past Christmas, the people of North Korea were without their messiah. That is, their self-anointed ...

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    Wed, January 04, 2012

    Rembering Battlers of the Bulge


    On December 16, 1944, the men of Lieutenant Lyle Bouck's platoon had their all-night vigil interrupted by a pre-dawn fusillade of artillery rounds from a hundred German guns, their muzzle flashes ...

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    Wed, January 04, 2012

    Rick Santorum's Rosetta Stone


    Editor's note: Lee Wishing will be a participant in an April 19-20 conference hosted by The Center for Vision ~Values at Grove City College on "The Challenge 2012: The Divided Conservative ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, December 30, 2011

    On Hitchens, Havel and Kim


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

    They say that famous people die in groups of three.

    I recently heard the news of the death of ...

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    Thu, December 22, 2011

    The Five Best Christmas Movies


    Let's have a happy debate: What are the five best Christmas movies of all time? Obviously, tastes differ and change over time. Here are my five favorites, the ones I am willing to watch every ...

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    Thu, December 22, 2011

    Nativity vs. Occupiers


    Editor's note: A version of this article first appeared in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

    I recently strolled down Grant Street in downtown Pittsburgh and was struck by two images.
    ...

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    Mon, December 19, 2011

    Barry and the Babe


    Barry Bonds' Dec. 16 sentencing for obstruction of justice is an anticlimactic addendum to a sterling, though marred, baseball career.

    Without a doubt, Bonds was a great hitter who ...

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    Mon, December 19, 2011

    On Vaclav Havel and Chris Hitchens


    Editor's note: This article first appeared at The American Spectator today.

    Vaclav Havel is dead. Among other forces and powers, he is among the seven individuals most responsible for ...

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    Thu, December 15, 2011

    Happy Bill of Rights Day


    An estimated 4.5 million young people will vote for the first time in the 2012 presidential election. Is this a good or bad thing?

    The popular answer is that it is indeed good. Many ...

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    Wed, December 14, 2011

    Rich Getting Richer, So Are Poor


    "No matter your thoughts about the Occupy Wall Street movement, the protesters were right in at least one respect: The rich are getting richer, and the poor are getting poorer."

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    Wed, December 07, 2011

    More Recollections from Deer Seasons Past


    Last week I wrote an article on Deer Season a half century ago, focusing on my grandmother's town in the mountains of Emporium, Pennsylvania. Each year, my grandmother and other households opened ...

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    Fri, December 02, 2011

    When Clarence Thomas Came for a Visit


    On Tuesday, November 15, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas visited Grove City College. I had a choice to make–whether to meet him or attend to the tons of work I had to finish before ...

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    Mon, November 28, 2011

    Deer Season Half a Century Ago


    This week hunters across America storm the woods loaded for deer. For yet another indication of how times have changed, consider this account of Deer Season a half century ago:

    My ...

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    Wed, November 23, 2011

    An Occupy Wall Street Thanksgiving


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

    Last week, a deranged malefactor was arrested at Occupy Wall Street for

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    Fri, November 18, 2011

    Should a Candidate's Faith Be An Issue?


    Mitt Romney's Mormon faith remains a frequent news item as the 2012 election
    cycle grinds on. Not long ago, a Texas evangelist called Mormonism a cult and
    has since been sharply criticized ...

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    Wed, November 16, 2011

    Green Boondoggles


    A barrage of news headlines on the [2]Solyndra scandal continue to remind us
    that President Obama made green jobs one of his administration's priorities.
    Those headlines also reveal this ...

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    Fri, November 11, 2011

    Veterans: What Is Seen and Not Seen



    In economics, the first lesson I teach my pupils is the lesson of things that are seen and things that are not seen. Actions have some effects that are readily apparent and others are ...

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    Thu, November 10, 2011

    When Wall Street Erupted


    Editor's note: A shorter version of this article first appeared in today's issue of USA Today.

    As the indignation of the Wall Street Occupiers spreads across the nation, it is time to ...

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    Thu, November 10, 2011

    No Regrets: Frank Kravetz' Story




    Editor's note: A version of this article first appeared in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

    "Just existing became what was important," says 87-year-old Frank Kravetz ...

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    Mon, October 31, 2011

    Looking Ahead to 2012, 2013, 2014


    Whoever takes the oath of office as President of the United States in January of 2013 will inherit an economy facing multiple challenges:

    Undoubtedly, still-escalating federal spending ...

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    Fri, October 28, 2011

    Wall Street Mob and French Connection


    In "The Wild One," Marlin Brando plays Johnny, a leather-jacketed vagabond sporting a black-brim hat perched on his head at a rakish angle, below which lurk piercing dark eyes and a sneer ...

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    Wed, October 26, 2011

    A Global Central Bank?


    Do we need a supranational authority to enforce social justice? The Vatican's Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace (PJCP) seems to think so. Its new document, "Towards Reforming the ...

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    Mon, October 24, 2011

    Sinn Fein Reacts to Death of Gaddafi


    When the world learned of the capture and subsequent death of Muammar Gaddafi on Oct. 20, 2011, academics and pundits and political leaders looked to official responses before framing their own. The ...

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    Sat, October 22, 2011

    Death of a Bad Dude


    In the 1980s, I was an unrefined adolescent from blue-collar Butler,
    Pennsylvania. I knew nothing and cared nothing about politics. I had no idea if
    I was a conservative or liberal, ...

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    Thu, October 20, 2011

    Cows, Communists, Cell Phones - and Wall Street


    V&V Q&A:
    Cows, Communists, and Cell Phones–and Wall Street
    With Herb Meyer

    Editor's Note: The "V&V Q&A" is an e-publication from The Center for Vision ~Values ...

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    Tue, October 18, 2011

    America's Orwellian Liberalism


    The ink was barely dry on the asterisk in Jimmy Hoffa Jr.'s rant about taking out those "sons-of-b*tches"–referring to Tea Party members–when the vice president made his own ...

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    Fri, October 14, 2011

    Nancy Pelosi ~the Wall Street Mob


    Editor's note: This article first appeared at CatholicVote.org.

    Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has a lengthy track record of jaw-dropping political statements. Among them, the ...

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    Wed, October 12, 2011

    We've Been ZIRPed


    It isn't easy to earn interest income these days. Interest rates on government T-bills, banks' savings accounts, and certificates of deposit are microscopic. You can blame our government and central ...

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    Fri, October 07, 2011

    On Steve Jobs, Roseanne Barr ~The Wall Street Mob


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

    I got a double shock Thursday morning when I turned on my radio.

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    Thu, October 06, 2011

    Remembering Steve Jobs


    As an entrepreneurship educator, studying the co-founder and former CEO of Apple, Steve Jobs, has been one of the great pleasures of the profession. At times, it even feels like an indulgence given ...

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    Mon, October 03, 2011

    Debt Control or Bondage?


    The student-loan checks for the fall semester have now been cashed. Round one of the Federal debt-limit debate is over, but round two may soon begin. Should we be experiencing feelings of control or ...

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    Fri, September 30, 2011

    The Democrats' Deadly Sin



    Envy is sadness or discontent at another's good fortune or excellence. Dante defined it as a perversion of one's own good; a "wish to deprive" others of their own good. Augustine ...

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    Fri, September 30, 2011

    God's Call? Christie and the Presidency


    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is being urged to seek the Republican presidential nomination. There is a genuine groundswell for Christie.

    Asked this week at the Reagan Library ...

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    Wed, September 28, 2011

    The Boys of October



    "The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball."
    –Terence Mann (played by James Earl Jones), Field of Dreams

    For over 100 years, baseball has ...

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    Wed, September 21, 2011

    Greece on the Brink


    The Greek government is in a gigantic financial hole and is teetering on the brink of defaulting on its debt. It has been able to limp along since last year only with bailouts from outside of Greece. ...

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    Mon, September 19, 2011

    Does Alzheimer's Justify Divorce?


    Recently, Pat Robertson, chairman of the Christian Broadcasting Network, told his "700 Club" viewers that divorcing a wife with Alzheimer's disease is justifiable (click here). His ...

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    Fri, September 16, 2011

    The Deficit, The Rich ~The Tea Party




    I've only recently come to realize the nature of the hurdle this country faces in trying to turn around a stalled economy and horrendous deficit. Here it is: liberal Democrat ...

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    Thu, September 15, 2011

    America's Mark Twain Conservatives



    Attempting to categorize conservatism in the 21st century runs the risk of plunging into the briar patch of academic labeling or the fever swamp of left-wing vitriol. In the first category, ...

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    Tue, September 13, 2011

    Greece, Germany and the Fate of the Euro


    It has been over a year since I have written about the fragile condition of the European Union's financial system. The financial crisis of a possible Greek default has been papered over since then, ...

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    Wed, September 07, 2011

    Obama's New Stimulus Czar


    Obama's selection of Alan Krueger to head the Council of Economic Advisers might be an upgrade from Austan Goolsbee, but not by much. Obama's new economic adviser lacks the foresight to craft an ...

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    Tue, September 06, 2011

    When Teddy Roosevelt Saved Football



    For more than a century baseball has been called America's national pastime, and Major League Baseball is flourishing today. However, in recent decades, football–college and ...

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    Fri, September 02, 2011

    Obamacare: Constitutionally Infirm


    A three-judge panel of the U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the key feature of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known by many as "Obamacare," is ...

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    Wed, August 31, 2011

    Race, Segregation ~Heaven


    The new movie, "The Help," based on Kathryn Stockett's best-selling book by the same name, continues to lead ticket sales at the box office. Both dramatize the extent and tragedy of ...

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    Mon, August 29, 2011

    The Bedroom in the Classroom


    Though my mastery of Greek mythology is not strong enough to know off-hand the
    muse of history's sexual orientation, I do know that Clio might try to persuade
    her father to hurl ...

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    Thu, August 25, 2011

    China Dupes


    Vice President Joe Biden made the news again this week. Three weeks ago, Biden was in the news because of reports he had denounced Tea Party members as "terrorists," a claimBiden was in the ...

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    Wed, August 24, 2011

    Obama: From Truman's Whistle-Stop to Wilsonian Folly


    President Obama's tour through the Midwest in a coal-black Darth Vader-mobile begs comparison with past presidential excursions. I'm thinking of those made by presidents Harry Truman and Woodrow ...

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    Wed, August 24, 2011

    It's the Spending, Stupid


    We have failed to heed the lessons of economic history, with terrible consequences for our economy and country. And the most crucial of those lessons, particularly since the start of LBJ's Great ...

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    Fri, August 19, 2011

    Gold's Meteoric Rise


    The price of gold has gone on a tear this summer, from slightly under $1500 per ounce to well over $1800 per ounce, and it looks like it wants to go higher. What gives?

    Well, if you ...

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    Thu, August 18, 2011

    Abortion's Slippery Slope



    Ever heard of a "two-minus-one pregnancy?" Chances are you have not, unless you have read the recent article by that title in the New York Times Magazine. This expression, which we ...

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    Mon, August 15, 2011

    Reagan Stimulus vs. Obama Stimulus



    Editor's note: A version of this article first appeared in USA Today.

    How ironic that as America debated its debt ceiling all summer and faced a stunning credit downgrade, the ...

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    Fri, August 12, 2011

    Deal or No Big Deal?


    As the August 2 deadline for a debt-ceiling deal drew near, many expected a big deal that would significantly change the direction of federal fiscal policy. After weeks of tumultuous negotiations, ...

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    Wed, August 10, 2011

    Need to Restructure DOD (Part II)


    The U.S. Department of Defense must restructure to accommodate deep budget cuts and, more importantly, be ready for the challenges of 21st-century warfare. Those challenges will include ...

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    Mon, August 08, 2011

    Obama's Executive Order


    The Obama administration has drafted a new, little-noticed executive order that would plainly stifle free speech. The "Disclosure of Political Spending by Government Contractors" order is ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, August 04, 2011

    The Need to Restructure DOD


    In 1914, on the eve of the Great War, the Duke of Cambridge wrote, "There is a time for all things. There is even a time for change; and that is when it can no longer be avoided."

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, August 01, 2011

    Two Negotiators: Obama v. Reagan



    "Editor's note: This article first appeared at The American Spectator.

    Presidential scholars write on all sorts of aspects of the American presidency. Among the most ...

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    Fri, July 29, 2011

    USA on the Brink


    Some have called August 2 "Financial D-Day." That is the date, according to
    Treasury Secretary Geithner, by which either Congress raises the debt ceiling
    or some government ...

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    Fri, July 29, 2011

    The Significance of Congressman West


    Amidst the rhetorical pyrotechnics surrounding July's debt-ceiling debates,
    another controversy streaked across the sky like a comet, flared for an
    instant, then receded into the maelstrom ...

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    Tue, July 26, 2011

    Secret Memo That Predicted Soviet Collapse


    Editor's note: This article first appeared at National Review Online.

    It was 20 years ago this summer that the final disintegration of the Soviet
    Union rapidly ...

    [View Full Article]

    Sun, July 24, 2011

    A Free Speech Challenge for Parents


    Should a 13-year-old be able to purchase a school-shooting simulator without
    parents' knowledge or consent?

    The Supreme Court says that freedom of speech ...

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    Wed, July 20, 2011

    Could You Survive Another Great Depression?


    I just read two very interesting articles on the U.S. economy, written from historical perspectives. They compelled me to share my own historical perspective. And what I want to say is more about our ...

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    Mon, July 18, 2011

    Solutions for the 'Tax Gap'



    In 2010, there was a "tax gap"–i.e., the difference between federal taxes owed and those actually paid–of $410—$500 billion.

    Some of the gap stems from ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, July 15, 2011

    Americans Without Chests


    As Americans prepared to mark the birth of their country with the usual outpouring of celebratory events, pundits on the political right were scratching their heads over President Obama's most recent ...

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    Thu, July 14, 2011

    Not Year of School Choice in NYC


    In a recent editorial, The Wall Street Journal calls 2011 the "year of school choice." Parents and the legislators who represent them, particularly in inner-city schools, are tired of ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, July 12, 2011

    The Limits to Bernanke's Power


    As chairman of our country's central bank, the Federal Reserve Board, Ben Bernanke is expected to put the economy on a sound footing and foster strong economic growth. Unfortunately, Bernanke faces ...

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    Wed, July 06, 2011

    Controversy Over Heaven


    The Red Hook section of Brooklyn recently renamed a street "Seven in Heaven Way" to honor seven firefighters who died trying to rescue victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks at the World ...

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    Tue, July 05, 2011

    Obama's 'Inalienables'


    Eitor's note: A longer version of this article appears at today's American Thinker.

    Each time President Obama addresses America's inalienable rights, I get emails. "Did you see Obama ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, July 01, 2011

    Self-Government Demands Virtuous Populace


    I encourage you to set aside the burgers and dogs and soda and beer for a moment this Fourth of July and contemplate something decidedly different, maybe even as you gaze upward at the flash of ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, July 01, 2011

    Chesterton's Stars ~Stripes



    "Lamenting that 'the English have often forgotten the cross on their flag,' Chesterton hoped that 'the crossless flag' of the United States 'may yet become a symbol of something; by whose ...

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    Wed, June 29, 2011

    Jefferson Vs. Hamilton: The Continuing Contest


    This Fourth of July marks 235 years since the Declaration of Independence was published. In this immortal document, the Spirit of '76 was given its fullest, most eloquent expression. The Declaration ...

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    Mon, June 27, 2011

    My Congressman's Tough Job


    Being a congressman can be a great job. It can be attractive for someone who relishes the ersatz virtue of playing Santa Claus with other people's money, who finds a year-round routine of ...

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    Mon, June 27, 2011

    Planned Parenthood Funding


    Editor's note: A version of this article first appeared at CatholicVote.org.

    With a critical vote in its state Senate, North Carolina has voted to de-fund Planned Parenthood. Republicans ...

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    Tue, June 21, 2011

    Our Health is Overinsured


    One of the arguments for healthcare reform is that millions of Americans with employer-provided healthcare are underinsured. Proponents of this view are saying that people are underinsured if they ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, June 17, 2011

    Thanks, Pop!


    Father's Day is a poignant occasion for me, as for many. I never knew my biological father, who died in an accident. Mom and I lived near Detroit with her oldest sister and her husband, who were ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, June 09, 2011

    Swindling America's Youth


    We older Americans have saddled our youth with a mind-boggling public debt–over $20 trillion already spent ($14.3 trillion of "official" national debt plus various off-budget ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, June 03, 2011

    Persist for Airport Freedom


    A "Woman Screams for Help After TSA Molestation," and the "Texas Pat Down Ban May Be Back." Those are just two of the headlines breaking around the nation this morning, as summer ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, June 03, 2011

    Where Have the Cold Warriors Gone?


    It was 24 years ago, in June 1987, that Ronald Reagan gave his famous speech calling on Mikhail Gorbachev to "Tear down this wall." In 1990, a year after the fall of the Berlin Wall, when ...

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    Wed, June 01, 2011

    High Stakes Showdown Over Medicare


    The trustees of the Medicare system recently reported that the program will go broke in the year 2024–five years sooner than was projected just last year.

    The millions of Americans ...

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    Thu, May 26, 2011

    Spring Contrasts


    Madison, Wisconsin's winter follies relinquished their national attention to Tuscaloosa's tornado in April, events along the Mississippi in May, and finally to the most recent twister in Joplin, ...

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    Tue, May 24, 2011

    The Global Energy Superpower


    Saudi Arabia has long been the dominant producer of petroleum on the planet. Nature endowed the Arabian Peninsula with gigantic deposits of this vital source of energy. Many of us have lamented the ...

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    Mon, May 16, 2011

    Sins of the Father


    Editor's note: This article first appeared in the National Catholic Register.

    As someone with the highly unusual task of researching old, declassified Soviet and Communist Party USA ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, May 13, 2011

    Tax Hikes Are Coming!


    President Obama is now openly proposing tax increases on at least two important fronts as part of his "solution" to the growing debt crisis.

    The president's favorite approach is ...

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    Thu, May 12, 2011

    Heaven and Hell



    Heaven and hell are in the news and on Americans' minds a lot lately. "Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back" is currently number one on ...

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    Mon, May 09, 2011

    Inflation, Food, Fuel ~the Fed


    As Americans increasingly feel the pinch of higher prices for food and fuel, the Federal Reserve's QE2 policy of creating more money has been called into question. Asked if the Fed bore some ...

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    Fri, May 06, 2011

    What Would Jesus Cut?


    That is the question asked by the left-leaning Christian organization, Sojourners, in its campaign of the same name. It is a most appropriate question given the battle over the budget and given this ...

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    Wed, May 04, 2011

    A Report from Tuscaloosa's Ground Zero


    The Warrior River borders the University of Alabama campus, separating old
    Tuscaloosa from up-scale housing developments to the north. Tuscaloosans know a
    "north of the river" ...

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    Mon, May 02, 2011

    Bush, Obama and Osama


    "In Bin Laden Announcement, Echoes of 2007 Obama Speech," [2]declared the
    headline in The New York Times. It's difficult to find a newspaper that has
    demonstrated a worst ...

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    Mon, May 02, 2011

    Millionaires in America


    Recently, CNN's Money.com posted an article bearing the title, "U.S.
    Millionaires Population Expanded by 8 Percent in 2010." According to the
    article, there are now approximately ...

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    Tue, April 26, 2011

    Downgrading America


    If you had been living on another planet the last three years, you would be
    shocked to learn that the credit-rating agency, Standard and Poor's (S&P), has
    placed the current AAA credit ...

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    Tue, April 26, 2011

    Playing the Ostrich on Price Inflation


    By the time you read this, there's a good chance that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will have held the Fed's first press conference following a meeting of the Federal Open Market ...

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    Wed, April 20, 2011

    Sterilizing Those Pesky Humans


    Every April 22 is Earth Day. As one who studies Soviet Russia, I can't help notice that the day coincides with the birthday of Vladimir Lenin. The inaugural Earth Day occurred April 22, 1970, no less ...

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    Tue, April 19, 2011

    Christian Conservatives and Randians


    According to a 1991 Book of the Month Club / Library of Congress survey that asked what book had most influenced their lives, the two top picks by respondents were the Bible and Ayn Rand's Atlas ...

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    Mon, April 18, 2011

    The Signing of Jackie Robinson


    Editor's note: This article first appeared at Crosswalk.com.

    For many Americans, April 15 marked Tax Day. But it also marked an event much more redeeming. On April 15, 1947, Jackie ...

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    Fri, April 15, 2011

    On Margaret Sanger, the Soviets and Democrats



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

    "[W]e could well take example from Russia," advised Planned Parenthood founder ...

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    Fri, April 15, 2011

    How Radical is the Ryan Plan?



    Question for those of you concerned about the size of federal debts and deficits: Would you endorse a plan which would add another five or six trillion dollars to the federal debt over the ...

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    Wed, April 13, 2011

    Money Can't Buy You Economic Prosperity


    Defenders of the Federal Reserve have been out in force recently declaring the triumph of Money Printing 2, James Grant's suggested more truthful term for "quantitative ...

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    Thu, April 07, 2011

    America's March of Folly


    The budget deficits from the first two years of the Obama administration are of sufficient magnitude to spring Dr. "Billions and Billions" Carl Sagan from his grave. Sagan could sue for ...

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    Fri, April 01, 2011

    Roots of Tocqueville's American Exceptionalism



    The Roots of Tocqueville's American Exceptionalism
    Editor's note: Dr. T. David Gordon will be a participant in an April 7-8 conference hosted by The Center for Vision ~Values at Grove City ...

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    Wed, March 30, 2011

    When President Reagan Was Shot



    Editor's note: This article is adapted from a previous version published by the Reagan Centennial edition of Newsmax.

    On March 30, 1981, Ronald Reagan, president for merely 10 ...

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    Fri, March 25, 2011

    Imperfect Justice in Snyder v. Phelps


    On March 2, the Supreme Court issued a decision in the case Snyder v. Phelps that illustrates the difficulty of balancing competing claims to rights and justice in our judicial system.

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    Thu, March 24, 2011

    V~V Q &A With Herb Meyer


    Editor's note: The "V&V Q&A" is an e-publication from The Center for Vision ~Values at Grove City College. In this latest edition, professor of political science and executive director of ...

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    Mon, March 21, 2011

    The Ted Kennedy Chronicles



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

    Another round of declassified FBI files on Senator Ted Kennedy has been released (click here and ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, March 18, 2011

    The Great Lisbon Earthquake



    It was November 1, 1755, All Saints Day in the Roman Catholic faith. The churches were full as the faithful worshiped. Suddenly, the earth began to shake and continued for more than three ...

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    Mon, March 14, 2011

    Budget Tightening in PA and Across the Nation


    Pennsylvania's new governor, Tom Corbett, has submitted his first annual budget to the state legislature. It includes proposals for spending cuts and no new taxes. In some ways, the budget is a model ...

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    Sun, March 13, 2011

    The TEA Party vs. NPR


    "The current Republican Party, particularly the Tea Party, is fanatically
    involved in people's personal lives and very fundamental Christian," said
    NPR's Ron ...

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    Tue, March 08, 2011

    When Winston Warned America


    It was 65 years ago, March 5, 1946, when Winston Churchill delivered his "Iron Curtain" speech in Fulton, Missouri. It was a speech that rocked the world and changed history.

    By ...

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    Fri, March 04, 2011

    Who Objects to Free Speech?


    Free speech has always been one of our most cherished rights. It has come under attack repeatedly by those who find it to be an inconvenient and unwanted obstacle to the attainment of their political ...

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    Mon, February 28, 2011

    Debt Ceiling Dance


    Once again it's time to talk about raising the statutory limit on the U.S. government's debt–the so-called "debt ceiling." Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has estimated that Uncle ...

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    Fri, February 25, 2011

    Purpose of Government: Wealth Distribution?


    A teachable moment on the purpose of government recently occurred on MSNBC's "The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell," who has picked up the torch for the departed Keith Olbermann. It was ...

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    Tue, February 22, 2011

    Wisconsin Unions vs. Governor Walker


    Editor's note: A version of this article was first published by the Christian Science Monitor.

    It is hard to overstate what is at stake in the dramatic showdown between Wisconsin's ...

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    Fri, February 18, 2011

    Jeopardy: Humans Are Still the Masters


    I have been using computers since 1982 and still recall a simple artificial intelligence program that ran on my Commodore 64. I was mindful of that this week as I watched IBM's computer–named ...

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    Wed, February 16, 2011

    V&V Q&A with Ron Templeton



    Editor's note: The "V&V Q&A" is an e-publication from The Center for Vision ~Values at Grove City College. In this latest edition, fellow for entrepreneurship and innovation with ...

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    Tue, February 08, 2011

    Honoring Reagan's Memory in the Most Honorable Way


    It is fitting that we are pausing to remember President Ronald Wilson Reagan on
    the centennial anniversary of his birth this February, a month that also
    includes Presidents' Day. There ...

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    Mon, February 07, 2011

    Ronald Reagan: The Anti-Nixon/Kissinger



    This February marks the birth centennial of Ronald Reagan. As a Reagan biographer, I'm often asked how Reagan was different from his predecessors, Republican and Democrat, and especially in ...

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    Fri, February 04, 2011

    The Truth About Ronald Reagan's Mind and Memory



    Editor's note: This article first appeared at FOXNews.com earlier today.

    Ron Reagan, son of the late president, continues to get attention because of speculation in his new book ...

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    Thu, February 03, 2011

    The Professor, the Prankster and the President



    Editor's note: As we near the centennial celebration of President Ronald Reagan's birth–and as The Center for Vision Values prepares for tonight's Fifth Annual Ronald Reagan Lecture by ...

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    Tue, February 01, 2011

    Economics of the State of the Union


    The news from Egypt has thrust President Obama's State of the Union off the front pages. While that news is critical, so is further analysis of the State of the Union, especially from an economic ...

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    Thu, January 27, 2011

    The New-Old Barack Obama


    The 2012 presidential campaign has begun. Not being a political junkie, it gives me no pleasure to report this phenomenon. And no further proof of this assertion is needed than Barack Obama's ...

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    Wed, January 26, 2011

    SOTU: Best Response is No Response



    Last night, Republican Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin delivered the official "Republican Response" to the State of the Union (SOTU). I wish there were no official response, and ...

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    Tue, January 25, 2011

    Remembering Roe: A Forgotten Warning from Ronald Reagan


    Given the somber anniversary of Roe v. Wade–source of 40 million abortions since 1973–I thought I'd share an excellent but forgotten speech by President Ronald Reagan. The speechwriter ...

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    Wed, January 19, 2011

    Hu's in Town: Time to Talk Money


    China's President Hu Jintao is visiting the United States this week. This means we can count on two things: 1) a proliferation of Hu/who jokes (think: Abbott and Costello, "Who's on ...

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    Wed, January 19, 2011

    Reagan and Alzheimers


    Editor's note: This article first appeared at FOXNews.com earlier today.

    This February 6, 2011 marks the centennial of Ronald Reagan's birth. Reagan died June 5, ...

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    Tue, January 18, 2011

    Changing the Mood: Two Inaugurals



    This January 20 marks the anniversary of two unforgettable inaugural addresses from two beloved presidents, Democrat and Republican: John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan. For Kennedy's speech, ...

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    Fri, January 14, 2011

    Reagan Centennial: Ronnie and Joe


    Editor's note: A version of this article first appeared at National Review Online on February 6, 2010.

    February 6, 2011 marks the 100th anniversary of Ronald Reagan's birth. In a telling ...

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    Thu, January 13, 2011

    On Reading Aloud in Congress


    Opening the 112th Congress by having a succession of representatives read the Constitution aloud on the floor of the House was a worthwhile exercise, despite heated criticism to the contrary.
    ...

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    Mon, January 10, 2011

    Lost Religious Liberties Around the World



    Americans take religious liberty for granted. Unfortunately, this most fundamental freedom is not protected in many countries around the world.

    Religious liberty is the proverbial ...

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    Fri, January 07, 2011

    Death of the Pro-Life Democrat?


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

    With the swearing in of the 112th Congress, an already endangered species is nearing extinction in ...

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    Thu, January 06, 2011

    V ~V Q ~A : "Showdown" with Dr. Jamie Glazov


    Editor's Note: The "V&V Q&A" is an e-publication from The Center for Vision ~Values at Grove City College. Each issue will present an interview with an intriguing thinker or opinion-maker ...

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    Tue, January 04, 2011

    Historical Outrage of 2010


    Editor's note: Another version of this article first appeared in the Washington Times.

    Of course, it's customary at year's end to share our favorite news items from the year past. As ...

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    Thu, December 23, 2010

    Christmas with Clarence (Darrow)



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

    No, that's not "Clarence the Angel" of It's a Wonderful Life fame. The Clarence ...

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    Wed, December 22, 2010

    The Tea Party's Uphill Challenge


    The Tea Party movement and its millions of supporters have high hopes that the recent elections will rein in runaway government. While I endorse this objective, accomplishing it will be far more ...

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    Mon, December 20, 2010

    Christmas at Katyn


    The people of Poland got an early Christmas present this year. It's bittersweet but long awaited, and indeed a gift of sorts–and from an unlikely source: Russia. In Moscow, the State Duma, ...

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    Mon, December 13, 2010

    Jimmy Carter: Wrong on North Korea


    It is not often that I am struck speechless by any individual act of political commentary. Yet, former President Jimmy Carter accomplished just that through a recent editorial in the Washington Post. ...

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    Thu, December 09, 2010

    Honroring Bill of Rights Day



    December 15 is Bill of Rights Day. This year is the 219th anniversary of the adoption of the first 10 amendments to the United States Constitution–the Bill of Rights.

    Few ...

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    Tue, December 07, 2010

    Barack 'Clinton' Obama?


    "Obama Announces 'Framework' for Deal With Congress to Extend Bush-Era Tax Cuts." That was the lead headline at this morning's FoxNews website. It's an eye-grabber, for sure.

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    Mon, December 06, 2010

    The Lessons of Japan


    Since Fed chairman Ben Bernanke announced his plan for the Federal Reserve to inflate (I'm sorry, "quantitatively ease") commercial bank reserves by $600 billion, he has come under ...

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    Thu, December 02, 2010

    Dealing with the Debt Monster




    In January 1850, President Zachary Taylor peppered the air with language bluer than a Union uniform. He asserted that he would personally lead an army against traitors who threatened ...

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    Mon, November 29, 2010

    Duped on North Korea



    North Korea is not an easy issue. I've dealt with it since the early 1990s, beginning at the Center for Strategic International Studies. I had few answers then, and I still have few today.

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, November 24, 2010

    A Thanksgiving Lesson



    Every fall in my Econ 101 course, during the last class period before we part for Thanksgiving, I share a lesson from early American history. It is particularly timely, because it deals with ...

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    Wed, November 24, 2010

    From Redeemer Nation to Redeemer President


    Recently, I was re-reading a favorite book of mine that has been on my shelf within eyesight for decades. That book is Ernest Lee Tuveson's Redeemer Nation: The Idea of America's Millennial Role ...

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    Wed, November 24, 2010

    Decision Point: George Bush's Pro-Life Path



    George W. Bush is an interesting man with a complicated presidency that most Americans–going into Bush's final year of office–deemed a failure. At one point, Bush had the worst ...

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    Fri, November 19, 2010

    Dead Man Walking




    Editor's Note: A version of this article first appeared in American Thinker.

    To Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, deflation is regarded as Public Enemy Number One.

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, November 18, 2010

    Justice is Done in Connecticut


    Dr. William Petit stood on the steps of the New Haven Superior Court House. A jury had just recommended the death penalty for one of the men who had assaulted and murdered his wife and daughters. ...

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    Mon, November 15, 2010

    V&V Q&A: Dupes and the Religious Left (PArt 5)


    A Weekly Series of Interviews with Dr. Paul Kengor

    Editor's Note: The "V&V Q&A" is an e-publication from The Center for Vision Values at Grove City College. This is the ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, November 11, 2010

    Thank You for Your Service


    We Americans tend to look forward to the various holidays on the calendar. Sometimes we pause to ponder the meaning of these commemorative days; often we do not. Perhaps in your own experience you ...

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    Mon, November 08, 2010

    What's Next? Buckle Up!


    The Republican Party, with the help of the Tea Party, swept the House of Representatives with a massive pickup of at least 60 seats. The Federal Reserve made another historic announcement with its ...

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    Thu, November 04, 2010

    Tough Times Ahead


    Now that the elections are over, attention is turning to the economy.

    The stock market rose steadily from the end of August up to the elections. Since the stock market tends to be ...

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    Wed, November 03, 2010

    The Great Corrective


    On November 4, 2008, something incredible happened, something that will never again allow me to predict or trust the American electorate, regardless of the great corrective that happened this ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, November 01, 2010

    V&V Q&A On Dupes and the Religious Left (Part 4)



    Editor's Note:The "V&V Q&A" is an e-publication from The Center for Vision ~Values at Grove City College. This is the fourth of five installments in a series of weekly interviews of ...

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    Thu, October 28, 2010

    Dangerous Election Year Demagoguery on Trade



    As is customary in the days leading up to an election, the campaign rhetoric is getting heated. Here in western Pennsylvania, Democrats have gained points in the polls by adopting an ...

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    Tue, October 26, 2010

    'Dupes' and the Religious Left (Part 3)


    V&V Q&A:
    On "Dupes" and the Religious Left (Part 3)
    A Weekly Series of Interviews with Dr. Paul Kengor

    Editor's Note: The "V&V Q&A" is an e-publication from ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, October 22, 2010

    How the Progressives Will Win



    Karl Marx once commented that voters' choices in a democracy constituted little more than deciding which bourgeois party would oppress them the most. The old misanthrope's views on such ...

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    Wed, October 20, 2010

    Breakdown


    You've probably seen the headlines about major banks suspending foreclosure proceedings to reclaim houses from borrowers who have defaulted on their mortgages. This has the potential to be hugely ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, October 18, 2010

    V ~V Q ~A ; Dupes and the Religious Left, Part II



    Editor's Note:The "V&V Q&A" is an e-publication from The Center for Vision ~Values at Grove City College. This is the second in a series of weekly interviews with Dr. Paul Kengor, ...

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    Mon, October 11, 2010

    'Dupes' and the Religious Left


    Editor's Note: The "V&V Q&A" is an e-publication from The Center for Vision Values at Grove City College. This is the first in a series of weekly interviews with Dr. Paul Kengor, ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, October 08, 2010

    A TEA Party Cheat Sheet



    The Tea Party Movement, otherwise known as the Great Peasant Revolt of 2010, has been greeted by the country's ruling class with all the sympathy that Voltaire expressed toward the Catholic ...

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    Wed, October 06, 2010

    Jimmy Carter's Kennedy Problem


    I recently wrote about President Carter's "superiority" complex, where I objected to the former president's rather conceited claim of "superior" ex-presidential service, as ...

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    Fri, October 01, 2010

    V&V Q&A with Dr. Paul Kengor on Dupes


    Editor's Note: The "V&V Q&A" is an e-publication from The Center for Vision ~Values at Grove City College. This is an interview with Dr. Paul Kengor, professor of political science and ...

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    Mon, September 27, 2010

    Paul Kengor Releases New Book: Dupes


    AUTHOR EXPLORES ARCHIVES AND
    A CENTURY OF EXPLOITATION

    In this intensively researched new book, bestselling author Paul Kengor shines light on a deeply troubling aspect of American ...

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    Fri, September 24, 2010

    Obama and Washington: A double Standard?


    Recent reports that nearly 20 percent of Americans believe Barack Obama is a Muslim have been widely discussed and analyzed. Moreover, according to surveys, only a third of Americans believe he is a ...

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    Wed, September 22, 2010

    President Carter's 'Superiority' Complex



    Former president Jimmy Carter told NBC News on Monday that his work at home and abroad has been "superior" to other presidents. "I feel that my role as a former president is ...

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    Fri, September 17, 2010

    Could an Atheist Be Elected President?


    Last month Julia Gillard was elected prime minister of Australia. Gillard is Australia's first female and first unmarried prime minister. Even more remarkably, she won Australia's highest office ...

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    Wed, September 15, 2010

    A Dose of Capitalism and Freedom


    It has been almost 50 years since Milton Friedman, Nobel economist, released his classic, Capitalism and Freedom. The book has slowly slipped from my course syllabus, not to mention that of the ...

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    Tue, September 14, 2010

    Where Have You Gone,Ludwig von Mises


    Washington's stunning economic power grabs–healthcare centralization, Keynesian fiscal stimulus, and Federal Reserve bailouts–are creating an unintended consequence: an increasing demand ...

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    Thu, September 09, 2010

    Public Employee Union Scam


    Editor's note: This article first appeared through the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a research and educational institute headquartered in Midland, Mich. Permission to reprint in whole or in ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, September 07, 2010

    When Ford Snubbed Solzehenitsyn


    Editor's note: A lengthier version of this article first appeared in The American Spectator.

    It was 35 years ago this summer that the conservative movement found ...

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    Fri, September 03, 2010

    50th Anniversary of Historic Speech


    This September 12 marks the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's historic speech to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association in which he countered religious objections to his candidacy and ...

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    Wed, September 01, 2010

    President Obama's Faith Protectors


    I got the email in late afternoon. "In a major liberal initiative to curtail discussion of President Obama's religious identity," the email began, "over 70 Christian leaders and ...

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    Mon, August 30, 2010

    Back to School, Back to the Books


    The high price of college textbooks is getting a lot of press. Legislators are considering bills to bring down costs, such as requiring professors to use the least expensive "educationally ...

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    Fri, August 27, 2010

    Taxing Transportation


    Not long ago, Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell toured the state to highlight its crisis in transportation funding. He called on the General Assembly to resolve the crisis this year. In May, the State ...

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    Tue, August 24, 2010

    Obama Invites Confusion About His Faith


    Editor's note: This article first appeared in USA Today.

    The recent poll by the Pew Forum on Religion Public Life is generating much discussion over its provocative finding that an ...

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    Fri, August 20, 2010

    Understanding Austerity


    Editor's Note: A longer version of this article first appeared in American Thinker.

    A couple of years ago, the terms "too big to fail" and ...

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    Thu, August 19, 2010

    The Fed's Historic Announcement


    Mark it down. At 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday, August 10, 2010, the U.S. Federal
    Reserve made a historic announcement. It signaled that the central bank was
    going to "preserve the size of its ...

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    Tue, August 17, 2010

    President Obama Cites Bush and Christ - Sort Of


    The blogosphere is burning red, consumed with fury over President Obama's
    announcement–made at the end of the news cycle, with talk-radio on weekend
    break–that he supports the ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, August 13, 2010

    An Outsider's View of Christianity

    Review of The Unlikely Disciple


    "The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner's Semester at America's Holiest
    University" By Kevin Roose | Grand Central Publishing [Paperback] (June 3,
    2010) | 336 pp. | List Price: ...

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    Mon, August 09, 2010

    Global Warming: The Big Picture


    "Climategate: A Veteran Meteorologist Exposes the Global Warming Scam" By Brian Sussman | WND Books (April 22, 2010) | 240 pp. | List Price: $25.95

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, August 09, 2010

    Rethinking The Corporate Income Tax


    It is hard to find anything positive to say about the corporate income (i.e., profits) tax. Economists across the ideological spectrum agree that the corporate profits tax is woefully inefficient: ...

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    Fri, August 06, 2010

    When They Dropped the Bomb


    This week marks 65 years since the United States dropped the atomic bomb. On August 6, 1945, President Harry Truman delivered a "rain of ruin" upon Hiroshima, Japan, with Nagasaki hit three ...

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    Wed, August 04, 2010

    Are We All Ideologues Now?I


    New media have shaped our political culture. Some, like talk radio and all-news cable stations, are developments of older, established technologies. Others, like internet blogs, are based on ...

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    Mon, August 02, 2010

    Geithner Vs. Bush Tax Cuts


    I'm now convinced that the Obama administration is placing its political agenda above policies that would contribute to the economic recovery that millions of Americans so desperately need. That ...

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    Tue, July 27, 2010

    Newsflash: Stalin Liberates Normandy


    Call it another Twilight Zone moment; another ignominious contribution to the
    "you-can't-make-this-up" category. First, Mao Tse-tung was honored by oblivious
    New Yorkers, with ...

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    Fri, July 23, 2010

    Lessons from History: How Obamanomics May Play Out


    The grand lesson of the 20th century is that Big Government retards economic progress.

    The evidence of this lesson goes beyond the socialist countries and their ...

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    Wed, July 21, 2010

    'Economic Justice' as 'Social Justice'


    Editor's Note: A longer version of this article first appeared in American Thinker.

    Historically, social justice has meant different things to different people, ...

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    Mon, July 19, 2010

    The Alien Among Us: A Conservative Christian Perspective


    Most of those involved in the immigration debate agree that immigration policy needs to be reformed. How to reform the system exactly is a matter of considerably greater disagreement.

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    Thu, July 15, 2010

    Three Neglected Ecoomic Lessons from American History


    In most, if not all, states, pupils must pass a course in American history to receive a high-school diploma. Unfortunately, when it comes to our country's economic history, most students are poorly ...

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    Wed, July 14, 2010

    The Blood of the TEA Party


    I've never participated in a Tea Party rally. My natural habitat is a classroom or behind a keyboard. That said, I've had a lot of contact with Tea Party people, and, of course, I hear the angry ...

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    Thu, July 08, 2010

    The Thin Culture


    My favorite section of the paper is still the comics. Lately I have been reading what seems to have become an annual theme in the "Cathy" comic strip. Not only can Cathy not find a suitable ...

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    Wed, July 07, 2010

    Libertarianism vs. American Sovereignty


    Recently, Bill O'Reilly interviewed John Stossel about the dangerous situation along Arizona's porous border with Mexico. Stossel is probably my favorite reporter. I admire the way he demolishes ...

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    Fri, July 02, 2010

    John Hancock: A neglected American Hero


    As we celebrate the Fourth of July this year, our attention will once again turn to such luminaries as George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Samuel Adams. However, ...

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    Tue, June 29, 2010

    Whatever Happened to 'General Betray Us?'


    I was in Washington last week, meaning I was able to observe, on-site and up close, the reaction to President Obama's remarkable switch in leadership in Afghanistan from the bizarre General Stanley ...

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    Tue, June 29, 2010

    Economic Information Worth Knowing


    It's easy to be overwhelmed by the bewildering array of economic data, statistics, charts, and graphs floating around. Often, we economists can't see the forest for the trees. It's hard to figure out ...

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    Fri, June 25, 2010

    Exchange Rate Mythology


    If you read the financial press or listen to what politicians say, you have probably heard many times how important it is for the Chinese renminbi (yuan) to strengthen against the dollar. Indeed, it ...

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    Wed, June 23, 2010

    Columbia Presidential Election: Not 'Too Close to Call'


    The just-completed Colombian presidential election took place in two stages.
    The first round took place on May 30. There were multiple candidates. Since
    nobody received an outright ...

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    Mon, June 21, 2010

    Is There a Message in Lincoln's Religion for Obama?


    Since the Rev. Jeremiah Wright incident during the last presidential campaign, there has been low-level grousing by many Christians regarding Obama's religious convictions. He has claimed to be a ...

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    Sat, June 19, 2010

    Yea, Though I Walk Through the Valley . . .


    Editor's Note: This article was first published by The Center for Vision Values on June 18, 2009.

    "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
    I will fear no ...

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    Mon, June 14, 2010

    Reservations About a Balanced Budget Amendment


    Calling for a balanced budget amendment has been a staple campaign issue for conservative Republicans for years. Undeniably, our nation is beset by fearful fiscal woes. However, a balanced budget ...

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    Fri, June 11, 2010

    Helen Thomas Angers Media - Finally


    This week veteran White House correspondent Helen Thomas announced her sudden "retirement." The source was an insight shared by Thomas outside the White House during a Jewish-American ...

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    Thu, June 10, 2010

    Death and Life of Great American Society


    "The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice are Undermining Education." By Diane Ravitch | Basic Books (March 2, 2010) | 283 pp. | List Price: $26.95 ...

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    Thu, June 03, 2010

    America Needs Union Competition


    I agree with President Obama that we need more labor unions. However, I disagree with his approach.

    Full disclosure: I have been a dues-payer to both the United ...

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    Tue, June 01, 2010

    First, Do No Harm


    As a psychology professor I teach students who plan to be practitioners of social science. They have been moved with compassion by the problems so many people face, such as being in a painful ...

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    Fri, May 28, 2010

    The Forgotten Battle of WWII: The Aleutian Campaign


    Editor's Note: This article was first published by The Center for Vision Values on November 6, 2009.

    Every Memorial Day presents an opportunity to commemorate ...

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    Wed, May 26, 2010

    Reflections on the Deepwater Horizon Disaster


    The explosion that sank British Petroleum's Deepwater Horizon oil-drilling vessel/platform in the Gulf of Mexico in April was an unmitigated disaster. The accident killed 11 workers and has caused ...

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    Tue, May 25, 2010

    Don't Ignore PA-3


    "Today Is the Beginning," beamed the subject head in my email box the morning after last Tuesday's election. It was a rally cry from the office of Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper (D-PA), a freshman ...

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    Mon, May 24, 2010

    Tragedy in Amish Country


    I first met Levi almost 20 years ago. He was about 12. We had just purchased our land from his parents, Jake and Nancy. Being old-order Amish, Jake and Nancy needed a ride to the attorney's office, ...

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    Fri, May 21, 2010

    Social Justice, the Needy, and the Wealthy


    Recently, The Center for Vision ~Values at Grove City College has tackled the issue of "social justice," with articles by Gary Smith, J. D. Wyneken, Mark Hendrickson, and Shawn Ritenour. I ...

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    Fri, May 21, 2010

    The Crucible of Faith, Freedom, and Learning


    The Crucible of Faith, Freedom, and Learning:
    Address to the Grove City College Trustee-Faculty Luncheon
    By David Rathburn '79

    Good afternoon, thank you for joining us here ...

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    Mon, May 17, 2010

    The Great Greek Bail-Out


    The sovereign debt crisis–centered on Greece for the moment, but bound to spread to other heavily indebted national governments–has taken an ominous turn.

    The European Central ...

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    Fri, May 14, 2010

    Commemorating Mao, but Not Mother


    Where's Anita Dunn when you need her?

    Recall Anita Dunn, who resigned as President Obama's communications director not long after Glenn Beck had the temerity to ...

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    Wed, May 12, 2010

    Good Cop, Bad Cop


    Economic error knows no partisan bounds. Republican Herbert Hoover and Democrat Franklin Roosevelt both adopted foolish, harmful policies during the Great Depression. Republican George W. Bush's ...

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    Tue, May 11, 2010

    Pro-Life, Pro-Death: Revisited


    In November 2008, just after the historic election of Barack Obama, I wrote a piece titled, "Pro-Life Death?" I noted that America's choice of Obama as president and, equally important, of ...

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    Mon, May 10, 2010

    Death's Progress


    Editor's note: A longer version of this article first appeared in American Thinker.

    Progressivism is all-the-rage nowadays, with liberals having jettisoned the ...

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    Thu, May 06, 2010

    When Regimes Reach Insanity


    On August 25, 1914, in a spate of disorder, shots rang out from the Belgian town of Louvain, instigating its German occupiers to launch a frenzy of looting and destruction. Crazed soldiers butchered ...

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    Tue, May 04, 2010

    Financial Intrigue in Greece: Should We Care?


    The intertwined worlds of government and finance are swirling with drama not
    seen since the fall of Lehman Brothers in 2008. The epicenter of the current
    crisis is Greece. The Aegean ...

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    Fri, April 30, 2010

    A Manifesto on the Manifesto


    I knew the time would come. America's public schools and ideologically monolithic universities have spawned a generation woefully uninformed in the most elementary facts about free markets, ...

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    Thu, April 29, 2010

    Financial Reform: The Problem of Leverage


    Trying to keep up with all the changes in U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd's (D-Conn.) financial reform bill has been a daunting task. Two weeks ago, it was described in the press as "the 1100-page ...

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    Tue, April 27, 2010

    Rendell and Marcellus Shale

    Taxing the Golden Goose


    Imagine that you are governor of the state of Pennsylvania, and private enterprisers discover a new, clean source of fuel within the state's borders, a source which would help reduce the costs of ...

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    Fri, April 23, 2010

    One-Sided Arms Control


    President Obama signed the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) in Prague on April 8–and did so to global accolades. It was the culmination of years of negotiations and a major triumph ...

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    Thu, April 22, 2010

    Poland: Remembering Two Tragedies


    As Americans get on with the daily business of their comfortable lives, enjoying the blossoming of spring, thinking about their summer vacations, somewhere else, half way across the world, a ...

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    Mon, April 19, 2010

    The Great American Debt "Roll"


    Financial markets function to discount the future. Usually, by the time you read about something in the newspaper, financial market pricing has already "discounted" that event weeks, ...

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    Thu, April 15, 2010

    VAT Talk No Suprise


    Editor's note: This is one of many articles from The Center for Vision ~Values dealing with the topic of our two-day conference on "The Progressives," which kicked off today on the campus ...

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    Wed, April 14, 2010

    Poland: Remembering Two Tragedies


    "The crash of a Polish airplane in the Russian territory of Smolensk last weekend is a stunning tragedy, taking the life of Polish President Lech Kaczynski, his wife, and high-level figures in ...

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    Tue, April 13, 2010

    The VAT-Man Cometh?


    Editor's note: This is one of many articles from The Center for Vision ~Values dealing with the topic of our April 15-16 conference on "The Progressives." Click here for information.
    ...

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    Thu, April 08, 2010

    Buchenwald and the Totalitarian Century


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

    This spring 2010 marks some sordid anniversaries: 65 years since the discovery of the Nazi ...

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    Thu, April 08, 2010

    The Social Justice Fallacy



    Editor's note: This is one of many articles from The Center for Vision ~Values dealing with the topic of our April 15-16 conference on "The Progressives."

    Many ...

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    Mon, April 05, 2010

    How to Help the Poor


    Most Christians today acknowledge that caring for the poor is a biblical requisite. The primary debate among them is over how we can best fulfill this mandate, which more than 2,000 verses of ...

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    Tue, March 30, 2010

    Progressing Backwardj


    Editor's note: This article first appeared through the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a research and educational institute headquartered in Midland, Mich. Permission to reprint in whole or in ...

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    Fri, March 26, 2010

    How Christian Were the Founders?


    The Case of Madison and Jefferson

    Editor's note: Dr. Gary Scott Smith will be a participant in an April 15-16 conference hosted by The Center for Vision ~Values at ...

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    Wed, March 24, 2010

    Strategic Misstep or Prelude to Meltdown?


    On Thursday, March 11, during Vice President Joe Biden's trip to Israel to herald the re-initiation of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, Israel's Interior Ministry announced the construction of 1,600 ...

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    Tue, March 23, 2010

    God Gets His Health Care Bill


    Editor's note: This is one of many coming articles from The Center for Vision ~Values dealing with the topic of our April 15-16 conference on "The Progressives." Click here for information. ...

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    Fri, March 19, 2010

    The Progressives' Destruction of Constitutional Rights


    Editor's note: This is one of many coming articles from The Center for Vision Values dealing with the topic of our April 15-16 conference on "The Progressives." Click here for information. ...

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    Wed, March 17, 2010

    V&V Q&A: God, Socialism, and the Free Market


    Editor's Note: The "V&V Q&A" is an e-publication from The Center for Vision ~Values at Grove City College. This latest edition of "V&V Q&A" is an intriguing look at the biblical ...

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    Mon, March 15, 2010

    The Church and the Social Gospel


    By Dr. Gary Scott Smith ~Dr. J.D. Wyneken

    Should churches and individual Christians seek to help people with material problems and social needs, remedy social ills, and improve social ...

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    Fri, March 12, 2010

    Who is Ayn Rand?


    "Jennifer Burns' new biography of Ayn Rand, Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the American Right, is a welcome contribution to this growing body of literature. Burns has produced a thoroughly ...

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    Wed, March 10, 2010

    Gorbachev vs. The Evil Empire


    The media jumps at anniversaries of historical figures and events. For those of us who write about history, we, too, seize these opportunities to teach history, especially history Americans should ...

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    Mon, March 08, 2010

    In Memoriam:

    The Beichman Library Closes


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

    Some 2,000 years ago, the great Ancient Library in Alexandria, Egypt ...

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    Fri, March 05, 2010

    The Governing Elite vs. The Rest of Us


    The truly revolutionary American idea of government as the servant of the people may be fading away. Many of today's so-called "civil servants" are a protected, privileged class. While ...

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    Thu, March 04, 2010

    The Politics of Arrogance


    On the eve of the German offensive against France in August 1914, Kaiser Wilhelm confidently asserted to some departing troops, "You will be home before the leaves have fallen from the ...

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    Mon, March 01, 2010

    What America Needs: Young Entrepreneurs


    Compared to prior recessions, something is definitely different this time. If you've lost your job, it is harder than ever to replace it.
    The New York Times reports that 6.3 million Americans ...

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    Fri, February 26, 2010

    Hillary Clinton and the Mother Teresa Home for Infant Children


    Editor's note: A longer version of this article first appeared in The Weekly Standard.

    A few years ago, I wrote a book on the faith of Hillary Clinton. Released in ...

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    Tue, February 23, 2010

    In Memoriam: Al Haig's Charge


    Editor's note: This article first appeared at The American Spectator, February 22, 2010.

    Alexander Haig passed away over the weekend at the age of 85. A military ...

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    Mon, February 22, 2010

    The Character of George Washington


    What made George Washington the most remarkable man of an extraordinary generation? He was not an intellectual giant like Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, or James Madison. Compared ...

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    Thu, February 18, 2010

    The Founders: How Christian Were They?


    One of today's most contentious culture wars is over the religious commitments of our nation's founders. Were most of them orthodox Christians, deists, or agnostics?

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    Tue, February 16, 2010

    V&V Q&A: Outrageous Public Debt


    Editor's Note: The "V&V Q&A" is an e-publication from The Center for Vision ~Values at Grove City College. In this latest Q&A, Dr. Paul Kengor, executive director of the Center, interviews ...

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    Fri, February 12, 2010

    Econoclasts: A Book Review


    "Econoclasts: The Rebels Who Sparked the Supply-Side Revolution and Restored American Prosperity" By Brian Domitrovic | ISI Books (August 2009) | 368 pp. | List Price: $27.95

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    Tue, February 09, 2010

    Reagan ~Joe


    Editor's note: This article first appeared at National Review, February 6, 2010.
    This February 6 marks the 99th anniversary of Ronald Reagan's birth. In a telling development, Republicans around ...

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    Mon, February 08, 2010

    God and Man at the National Prayer Breakfast


    President Obama spoke last week at the National Prayer Breakfast. I've long studied the sitting president's remarks at these breakfasts, particularly President George W. Bush, President Bill Clinton, ...

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    Thu, February 04, 2010

    The Education of Sarah Palin

    A REview of 'Going Rogue: An American Life'


    "Going Rogue: An American Life" By Sarah Palin | HarperCollins (November 2009) | 432 pp. | List Price: $28.99

    Most likely, millions of copies of Going ...

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    Tue, February 02, 2010

    Taxpayers Fund Abortions, Not School Vouchers


    In my last article, a somber remembrance of Roe v. Wade, I called attention to something that shocked readers: I noted that the Obama administration and Democratic Congress "rejected funding for ...

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    Tue, February 02, 2010

    Freedom of Political Speech Restored


    Suppose you were arrested on criminal charges because you were the head of an organization that had produced a film critical of the wife of a former political leader, who was now running for office ...

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    Thu, January 28, 2010

    The Relevance of Scott Brown


    Republicans have greeted Scott Brown's victory in Massachusetts with the sort of relief expressed by Winston Churchill when he learned that Pearl Harbor had prompted America to finally enter the war; ...

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    Thu, January 28, 2010

    What's in a Word?


    Each day, political claims and terminology–astonishing or at least remarkable–pop up in the media. Consider two such current terms: "middle class" and ...

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    Wed, January 27, 2010

    Mixed Up World: Abortion, Yes; School Choice, No


    Recently, on January 22 to be exact, over 300,000 pro-lifers marched in Washington to somberly mark the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, source of the legalized abortion of over 40 million unborn human ...

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    Thu, January 21, 2010

    Remembering Roe: A Forgotten Warning from Ronald Reagan


    Given the somber anniversary of Roe v. Wade–source of 40 million abortions since 1973–I thought I'd share an excellent but forgotten speech by President Ronald Reagan. The speechwriter ...

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    Tue, January 19, 2010

    A Moment of Illumination


    We've all had those sudden epiphanies where the proverbial light bulb clicks on and understanding comes into clear focus. I had one of those moments over the Christmas holiday season. In this case, ...

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    Fri, January 15, 2010

    PA's Green Eco-Slumber



    As a poster child for liberal energy policies throughout the country, Pennsylvania's Governor Ed Rendell has issued the edict to grow the state's energy resources greener. Huge sums of ...

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    Thu, January 14, 2010

    Obama's Anti-Jobs Policy


    High and/or rising unemployment is always a political liability for a president, and so Barack Obama has taken the offensive in trying to persuade the American people that his team can get Americans ...

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    Tue, January 12, 2010

    Hanging Mao on the Tree?


    With Christmas over, it may seem late to comment on something that happened over the holiday. Quite the contrary, what happened at the Obama White House this Christmas reaches far beyond the festive ...

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    Mon, January 11, 2010

    The Uncertain Trumpet and Systemic Failure


    _In the mid-1960s, the Pittsburgh Steelers drafted Notre Dame's Rocky Bleier. Unfortunately, Steeler management failed to protect the prized rookie with the paperwork necessary to take advantage of a ...

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    Fri, January 08, 2010

    Bulldozed in New London


    Pfizer, the huge drug company, has announced that it will be leaving a large research complex in New London, Connecticut and moving several hundred jobs to nearby Groton. Such belt-tightening in ...

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    Thu, December 31, 2009

    Latest 'Human Made Disaster" Attack Succeeds


    History holds that during World War II the Army executed only one American soldier, Private Eddie Slovik. There was another, a footnote to history.

    In 1944, B-24 Liberators taking off ...

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    Tue, December 29, 2009

    Norman Borlaug: An American Hero


    Editor's note: A version of this article first appeared with the Mackinac Center. Permission to reprint in whole or in part is hereby granted, provided that the author and the Center are properly ...

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    Thu, December 24, 2009

    A Candle for Iran?


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

    Twice in this space last summer, I wrote about Iran -- specifically, the dramatic June protests against the ...

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    Wed, December 23, 2009

    Combating Recessions:

    The search for the right macroeconomic policy


    What should governments do to combat recessions? In the United States, before the Great Depression of the 1930s, the answer was "very little."
    Of course, the federal government was ...

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    Tue, December 22, 2009

    Grove City College Establishes Home School Leadership Scholarship


    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Grove City College Establishes Christopher J. Klicka '82 Home School Leadership Scholarship

    GROVE CITY, Pa. (Grove City College) December 21, 2009 -- On ...

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    Thu, December 17, 2009

    Jefferson's Warnings About Money and Banks


    In 1962, President John F. Kennedy hosted a dinner for 49 Nobel laureates. The occasion provided the opportunity for JFK to display his keen wit in the memorable quote, "I think this is the most ...

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    Mon, December 14, 2009

    O' Unity Tree, O' Unity Tree


    'Tis the season…. That is, to not refer to the Christmas Season as the "Christmas Season."

    Of course, that's old news. But what's new news, or recent news, is the ...

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    Sun, December 13, 2009

    The Theory of Moral Sentiments:

    Adam Smith's Timely and Timeless Classic


    2009 marks the 250th anniversary of the publication of Adam Smiths masterful
    treatise on ethics, The Theory of Moral Sentiments. Smith, primarily known today for his hugely influential 1776 work ...

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    Wed, December 09, 2009

    V ~V Q ~A With Dinesh D'Souza on Life After Death: The Evidence


    Dr. Paul Kengor: Dinesh, your last book was "What's So Great About Christianity," which did quite well, and which we profiled in a series of Q&As last year (Part I). It led to, among other ...

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    Mon, December 07, 2009

    Government Intervention and High Prices


    What kind of prices do you prefer to pay when you go shopping–high or low? Unless you're trying to show off for someone by spending a bundle, I'd bet that you prefer low prices. I've never met ...

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    Fri, December 04, 2009

    The Berlin Wall and Me: Reflections on the Fall

    Reflections by Thomas O'Boyle


    Editor's note: As part of its Freedom Readers lecture series, Center for Vision ~Values' Executive Director and Ronald Reagan biographer, Dr.
    Paul Kengor, interviewed Thomas F. O'Boyle on the ...

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    Thu, December 03, 2009

    Deploying the Soldier-Entrepreneur


    Earlier this week, President Obama announced his decision to send 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan by mid-2010. The president chose to address the nation from the U.S. Military Academy in ...

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    Wed, December 02, 2009

    Finally, An Honest Con Game


    "This is not funny, this is serious stuff!" intones a flock of furrow-browed politicos about that well-dressed couple who conned their way into a White House shindig. Yes and no, in that ...

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    Tue, November 24, 2009

    Barack and the Buchanan Precedent


    Presidential comparisons that greeted Barack Obama's election ranged from the sublime to the transcendent. He was variously described as the second coming of John F. Kennedy, a re-embodiment of ...

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    Mon, November 23, 2009

    Obama and Reagan Go to China


    Obama actually gave a pretty good speech, one directed at Chinese college
    students. I was pleasantly surprised to hear him refer to basic American values of liberty and free enterprise. Obama ...

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    Thu, November 19, 2009

    Mr. Obama, Go To That Wall!


    In my previous commentary for American Radio Journal, I commended the
    profound historical event that was fall of the Berlin Wall, the 20th
    anniversary of which took place on November 9. The ...

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    Wed, November 18, 2009

    Who Was Nels Konnerup?


    America honors its deceased presidents, its fallen troops, its late senators, and even its musicians and movie stars. But what about its veterinarians?

    Well, theres one veterinarian who ...

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    Mon, November 16, 2009

    The Coming of Caesar


    We have a problem. This could be "the big one"–bigger than coping with the Ahmadinejads, Kims, and Chavezes of the world and bigger than our current economic woes. Our republic, our ...

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    Thu, November 12, 2009

    Psyching Out the Stock Market


    There's something about stocks that turns us upside down. For example, normally when something goes on sale, we tend to buy more of it; yet, when stock prices fall, many investors want to buy ...

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    Thu, November 12, 2009

    Vision ~Values Q ~A


    V&V Q&A:
    George Schroeder, M.D.:
    Witness to the Wall and to Socialized Medicine

    Editor's Note: The "V&V Q&A" is an ...

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    Mon, November 09, 2009

    The Forgotten Battle of World War II


    Every Veterans Day presents an opportunity to commemorate those who served in some faraway place long ago, many of whom paid that ultimate sacrifice. World War II offers its share of remembrances: ...

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    Fri, November 06, 2009

    Berlin Wall Fell 20 Years Ago


    The credit for that collapse goes to multiple players: Lech Walesa and his Solidarity movement in Poland, Vaclav Havel and his Charter 77 movement in Czechoslovakia, dissidents like Alexander ...

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    Wed, November 04, 2009

    Sex, Life and Death


    Two summers ago, while passing through an airport, I caught a TV news
    story: double homicide in Ohio. The victims were a young woman and the nine-month-old fetus she was carrying. The murderer ...

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    Fri, October 30, 2009

    Washington's Masque of the Red Death


    New administrations normally inspire commentators into rummaging through a thesaurus to extract that single phrase or word that is apposite to the times. Instead musing about a reincarnation of The ...

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    Wed, October 28, 2009

    Cap and Trade Update


    On Sept. 30, Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and John Kerry (D-MA) unveiled their proposal for cap-and-trade (C&T) legislation. The Senate bill calls for a 20 percent reduction of U.S. CO2 emissions by ...

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    Tue, October 27, 2009

    Hope vs. Appeasement


    In his inaugural address, President Barack Obama reached out to the world's rogue leaders, telling them, "We will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist."

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, October 23, 2009

    The Philosophy of Mao and Mother Teresa?


    "[T]he death of ten to twenty million people is nothing to be afraid of."
    –Mao Tse-tung

    "Human rights are not a privilege conferred by ...

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    Wed, October 21, 2009

    Vision ~Value Q ~A with Dr. Charles Hull Wolfe


    Editor's Note: The "V&V Q&A" is an e-publication from The Center for Vision Values at Grove City College. Each issue will present an interview with an intriguing thinker or ...

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    Mon, October 19, 2009

    Gold, Geopolitics, and the Carry Trade


    The price of gold has recently spurted to a new all-time high in terms of U.S. dollars. I'm neither an expert nor a market timer, but let me offer a few perspectives on this event.

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, October 14, 2009

    Christopher Klicka: Warrior for Educational and Religious Freedom


    A young dark-haired student, Chris Klicka, sat in my U.S. Constitutional History class at Grove City College, Grove City, Pennsylvania around 1980. He was an excellent student with a particularly ...

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    Mon, October 12, 2009

    Honduras and the United States


    As this is being written, Manuel Zelaya, the ousted and exiled ex-president of Honduras, is holed up in the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa, the Honduran capital, having been smuggled there on Sept. ...

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    Fri, October 09, 2009

    The Nobel Committee Dishonors Itself


    Even CNN was shocked. Even the Obama White House was shocked.

    "Only nine months into his presidency," reported a baffled CNN news anchor this morning. ...

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    Wed, October 07, 2009

    Ludwig von Mises: Economist for the Ages


    It seems that when an economy goes bad, the temptation for intellectuals to go and do likewise is too much for them to resist. Public thinkers across the spectrum, from Paul Krugman to Richard ...

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    Mon, October 05, 2009

    A Teachable Moment on Communist China


    When I first heard it, I didn't believe it. Alas, it's true.

    Last week, New York City's Empire State Building was aglow in red and yellow. Why? To commemorate the ...

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    Fri, October 02, 2009

    The Dollar at the Precipice


    If you've seen the movie "Thelma and Louise," you'll never forget the
    ending: In the last scene, the two main characters head down a dirt road in their top-down convertible. The road ...

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    Tue, September 29, 2009

    Got Hope? The Theological Virtue of Obama


    As someone who teaches and writes about international politics, I can confidently say that last week was one of the strangest in memory, from the G-20 circus in my backyard (Pittsburgh) to the ...

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    Mon, September 28, 2009

    The G-20 Meeting is Over (Thanks Goodness!)


    Count me among the cynics when it comes to G-7, G-8, and now G-20 meetings. They seem to involve little more than photo ops and platforms for politicians to bore us with platitudinous ...

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    Wed, September 23, 2009

    Vision ~Values Q ~A With Dr. John J. Fry


    Editor's Note: The "V&V Q&A" is an e-publication from The Center for Vision ~Values at Grove City College. Each issue will present an interview with an intriguing thinker or opinion-maker ...

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    Tue, September 22, 2009

    New Life for the Comprehensive Test Ban Tready


    The Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), an agreement which would ban all nuclear tests, may soon be revived from its purgatory in the Senate.
    It was signed by President Clinton in 1996 and ...

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    Mon, September 21, 2009

    Truth and Politics


    Many of us are cynical about promises made by politicians. "Campaign promises are made to be broken" is a venerable truism of American politics. There are "truth-in-advertising" ...

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    Wed, September 16, 2009

    A plea to the President to Attend Church


    Dear Mr. President,

    Remember all the analysis immediately after your election this past November regarding where you and your family would attend church?

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    Mon, September 14, 2009

    America Remains a Conservative Country


    The huge "9/12" protest in Washington was the latest expression of discontent over President Obama's leftward policy thrust. The discord is evident from the "Tea Party" movement ...

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    Thu, September 10, 2009

    Coping with Losing:

    Confessions of a Frustrated Fan


    During the turmoil of the 1970s, Pittsburgh became known as the city of champions. Led by two very charismatic and colorful players–Roberto Clemente in 1971 and Willie Stargell in ...

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    Wed, September 09, 2009

    Monetary Madness


    China, Russia, et al. are talking about shifting their monetary reserves out of U.S. dollars. Gold has hit $1000 per ounce, even though wholesale and retail prices exhibit a deflationary bias. The ...

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    Tue, September 08, 2009

    Millions of Jobs Would Vanish With Energy Bill


    By David N. Taylor and Jay Timmons

    This Labor Day, America is in its 20th month of recession, making this the longest and deepest economic downturn since the Great ...

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    Fri, September 04, 2009

    On Kennedy, Andropov, and KAL 007


    Over the last week-and-a-half I've gotten an overwhelming number of inquiries relating to the death of Senator Ted Kennedy. Why me? Because of my report back in 2006 of Kennedy's confidential offer ...

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    Fri, August 28, 2009

    Round Two on Bush and AIDS


    Last week I wrote about former President George W. Bush's unprecedented work on behalf of the African AIDS epidemic. That $15 billion package, first proposed in January 2003, was entirely Bush's ...

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    Wed, August 26, 2009

    Credit Cards and Predictable Unintended Consequences


    Imagine being a contractor and regularly using your credit card to purchase building materials for your job. Without warning you receive a notice that effective immediately your credit limit has been ...

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    Fri, August 21, 2009

    A Nuclear Japan?


    Sixty-four years ago this month, the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were devastated by the first and only wartime use of nuclear weapons. The death toll totaled approximately 200,000. The ...

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    Thu, August 20, 2009

    Bush Quietly Saved a Million Lives


    Editor's note: This article first appeared at NCRegister.com.

    What if a president, on his own initiative, under no demands from staff or from supporters or ...

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    Tue, August 18, 2009

    A Trillion Here, A Trillion There


    About 50 years ago, Sen. Everett Dirksen (R-IL) uttered his famous quip, "A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you're talking about real money."

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    Mon, August 17, 2009

    Christianity and Depravity in the Afterglow of Hiroshima and Nagasaki


    Each year, in early August, debate reemerges over the use of atomic weapons to end World War II. Some historians justify their use given the prospects for a long, bloody invasion of Japan. ...

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    Wed, August 12, 2009

    Saving Obama from Himself

    The Machiavellian thing vs. the moral thing on health care


    The late Republican political strategist, Lee Atwater, a brilliant Machiavellian, used to invoke what he called "The Napoleonic Maxim:" Never interfere with the enemy when he's in the ...

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    Wed, August 12, 2009

    'Health Care Reform" America Can't Afford


    The healthcare reform bill pending in Congress is called "America's Affordable Health Choices Act." It is supposed to provide "affordable, quality health care for all Americans and ...

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    Wed, August 05, 2009

    Sleepy, 'Lazy' Teenagers?


    We are now well into summer vacation, and it is time for a quiz. How many hours per night does your teen sleep during vacation? How many hours of sleep does your teen get on school nights during the ...

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    Tue, August 04, 2009

    Happy Birthday, President Obama!


    Editor's note: This article first appeared at WORLDmag.com. Reprinted with permission of WORLDmag.com. To read more news and views from a Christian perspective, call 800-951-6397 or visit ...

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    Tue, August 04, 2009

    The Next Great Depression, Updated


    "There is nothing inevitable about another depression. We have a simple choice: We can repeat the errors of the past or we can avoid them."

    Those were my words, Feb. 8, 2008. ...

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    Tue, July 28, 2009

    The Minimum Wage: Keeping Prosperity Around the Corner


    The last thing we need in the midst of our current recession is what happened last Friday: the third increase in the minimum wage in only two years.

    Contemporary labor markets throughout ...

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    Fri, July 24, 2009

    Detroit: The Triumph of Progressive Public Policy


    Editor's note: This article first appeared through the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a research and educational institute headquartered in Midland, Mich. Permission to reprint in whole or in ...

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    Wed, July 22, 2009

    Iranian Aftermath: Can Obama Close the Deal?


    Editor's note: A longer version of this article first appeared in American Thinker.

    On December 7, 1978, President Jimmy Carter was asked if he thought the Shah of ...

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    Fri, July 17, 2009

    Remembering July 20, 1969


    For those of you above a certain age, do you remember where you were on July 20, 1969? I certainly do. Just as many of us will never forget where we were when we learned about 9/11 or heard President ...

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    Thu, July 16, 2009

    The Nuts and Bolts of Cap and Trade


    The purpose of cap and trade (C&T) legislation is to reduce Americans' consumption of fossil fuels–coal, oil, and natural gas–and to speed up the transition to alternate forms of energy, ...

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    Mon, July 13, 2009

    Critical Differences Between Non-Embryonic and Embryonic Stem Cells


    By Dr. Jan F. Dudt, Jonathan D. Moore, Dr. Durwood B. Ray

    We hear a lot about "stem cells," which are front-and-center as a major policy debate in America, one that involves ...

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    Mon, July 13, 2009

    Gore Unhinged


    "How can ANYONE take this man seriously?" writes Marilyn, a frequent reader of our Center for Vision ~Values articles.

    Attached to Marilyn's email was ...

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    Thu, July 09, 2009

    Upheaval in Honduras: A Defining Moment for the Obama Presidency


    Quick, what's the capital of Honduras? Probably fewer than 10 percent of Americans could answer that question prior to the recent news that Honduran President Mel Zelaya was sent packing to Costa ...

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    Wed, July 08, 2009

    Kind of Like Star Wars All Over Again


    Editor's note: This article first appeared at WORLDmag.com. Reprinted with permission of WORLDmag.com. To read more news and views from a Christian perspective, call 800-951-6397 or visit ...

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    Thu, July 02, 2009

    Prudence at the American Founding - And Today


    Will you be celebrating prudence this July 4th? Maybe you should. Or, at the least, it's worth pausing to think about.

    Prudence is a timeless virtue never more ...

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    Thu, July 02, 2009

    No Laughing Matter


    Who won the Cold War? That's a no-brainer. The United States prevailed while the Soviet Union collapsed, and the People's Republic of China dumped Marxism; capitalism (free markets and private ...

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    Thu, July 02, 2009

    'Thinking' Cal Coolidge on the Declaration of Independence


    Textbooks have pictured President Coolidge (1923-29) as an accidental, dim-witted president who said little, and thus, was dubbed "Silent Cal." Actually, he was the most popular political ...

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    Thu, June 25, 2009

    Something's Rotten in Farrell


    Editor's note: This article first appeared at WORLDmag.com. Reprinted with permission of WORLDmag.com. To read more news and views from a Christian perspective, call 800-951-6397 or visit ...

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    Tue, June 23, 2009

    Bush Unplugged and Unappreciated


    Editor's Note: Attention readers, please check out Paul Kengor's weekend exclusive from American Thinker, "'Freedom Fighters' and the American President."

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, June 18, 2009

    With Father, Through the Valley of Death


    "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me." (Psalm 23:4)

    My family and I drove aside the ...

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    Tue, June 16, 2009

    Detroit: A Glimpse into America's Future


    Wouldn't it be wonderful if, like Ebenezer Scrooge, we could have a preview of the future so that we could change our course if necessary? This can happen in real life. Such a dispensation was ...

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    Mon, June 15, 2009

    Team Obama's Auto Coup


    In assessing Team Obama's semi-nationalization of the auto industry, a slight alteration of the famous verse by Elizabeth Barrett Browning encapsulates my reaction: "How do I [not] love thee? ...

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    Mon, June 15, 2009

    Talking Jesus: Obama vs. Bush


    There's an important article in the Politico, titled, "Obama invokes Jesus more than Bush." President Barack Obama, says the article, has mentioned Jesus Christ "in a number of ...

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    Wed, June 10, 2009

    Why Don't Students Like School?


    The beginning of June brings the onset of summer vacation for children across the United States. The excitement bubbling in their young hearts is easy to understand yet also offers a valuable ...

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    Mon, June 08, 2009

    Opening Pandora's Box: Classifying CO2 as a 'Pollutant'


    A few days before "Earth Day" (which happens to be the same day as Lenin's Birthday), America's ideological greens and reds received a present they have been desiring for many moons: The ...

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    Mon, June 08, 2009

    What I Saw at the Rotunda

    Carrying the torch for America, the beautiful


    I was at the Rotunda at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, June 3, for the dedication of the statue to President Ronald Reagan. I was there because Bill Clark was there. Judge Clark, as readers of my ...

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    Wed, June 03, 2009

    Interfaith Dialogue: Let's Talk Persecution


    President Barack Obama plans to call for an improved dialogue with Islam in his upcoming speech in Egypt. All faiths would benefit from greater understanding. Yet no conversation will be complete if ...

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    Tue, June 02, 2009

    Buy American, but Exclude Farrell, PA


    Editor's note: This article first appeared at WORLDmag.com. Reprinted with permission of WORLDmag.com. To read more news and views from a Christian perspective, call 800-951-6397 or visit ...

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    Fri, May 29, 2009

    Limited Options for Dealing with North Korea


    Kim Jong Il, North Korea's psychotic "Dear Leader," specializes in "guerrilla diplomacy." He backs it up with a half-dozen or so nuclear weapons squirreled away deep inside ...

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    Thu, May 28, 2009

    The U.S. Constitution:

    Living, Breathing Document or Dead Letter?


    In the concluding paragraph of my article about President-elect Obama's constitutional philosophy, I opined: "Our Constitution has been terminal for a long time." President Obama's ...

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    Tue, May 26, 2009

    Meet John Podesta: Architect and Salesman for the New Progressivism


    Editor's Note: Be sure to mark your calendar for April 15-16, 2010, when The Center for Vision ~Values hosts its sixth annual conference on "The Progressive Surge and Conservative ...

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    Tue, May 26, 2009

    A Closer Look at the IPCC


    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is widely regarded in the media as the ultimate authority on climate change. Created by two divisions of the United Nations, and recipient of the ...

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    Fri, May 22, 2009

    The American Cause this Memorial Day


    "Based upon our observations of American soldiers and their officers captured in this war, the following facts are evidenced," a foreign intelligence officer wrote. "There is little ...

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    Mon, May 18, 2009

    Barack Obama and Religion


    Americans have long been fascinated with and sometimes disturbed by the faith of their presidents, and Barack Obama's faith is no exception. U.S. News and World Report recently claimed that ...

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    Fri, May 15, 2009

    Economic Strangulation


    The "greens" must be thrilled with the new Obama/Pelosi/Reid (OPR) troika in charge of the federal government. Three times already, the troika has blocked the development of domestic oil ...

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    Thu, May 14, 2009

    Obama, Notre Dame, and the Character Thing


    In May 1995, his first year as Pennsylvania governor, Tom Ridge was invited by Gannon University, a Catholic college in Erie, Pa., to give the commencement address and receive an honorary degree. But ...

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    Fri, May 08, 2009

    The Riskiest Merger


    Bumpy though the last decade has been, most Americans have continued to trust in the basic institutions that undergird the nation's economy. Until now.

    Recent ...

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    Wed, May 06, 2009

    Obama's Two Achilles' Heels


    In my recent article "Checkmate," I made the case that President Obama's grand strategy has outfoxed the opposition, dooming us all to a massive increase in the scope and power of Uncle ...

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    Tue, May 05, 2009

    When Biden and Rudman Wept


    Is he pro-life or pro-choice? That was the giant unknown hanging in the balance one day in 1990 as President George H. W. Bush nominated a mystery man named David Souter for a Supreme Court seat. ...

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    Mon, May 04, 2009

    Obama, Looking More Like Nixon than FDR


    The Bush administration subjected us to a deluge of fiscal and monetary expansion, the likes of which we haven't seen since the 1960s. The federal budget ballooned 112 percent from $1.86 trillion in ...

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    Thu, April 30, 2009

    Checkmate?


    Some people I know react with incredulity when they hear television commentators remark on President Barack Obama's brilliance. "How can he say that?" they expostulate. "He doesn't ...

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    Thu, April 30, 2009

    Joan Clark, a 20th Century Life


    Joan Clark, a 20th Century Life
    By Dr. Paul Kengor

    Every American, obviously, has heard of Ronald Reagan, and Reagan historians have heard of Bill Clark. Clark ...

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    Mon, April 27, 2009

    FDR: Then and Today


    Economic historian Burton Folsom's "New Deal or Raw Deal?" is a truly important book. Thoroughly researched, well organized and fluently written, this reader-friendly study of President ...

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    Wed, April 22, 2009

    Tom Dillon vs. the Relativists


    Last week, as we at Grove City College held a conference on "Faith, Freedom, and Higher Education," in which we underscored the struggle against rampant secular relativism in our ...

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    Tue, April 14, 2009

    V&V Q&A

    With Dr. Jason R. Edwards


    Editor's Note: The "V&V Q&A" is an e-publication from The Center for Vision ~Values at Grove City College. Each issue will present an interview with an intriguing thinker or opinion-maker ...

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    Tue, April 14, 2009

    Why Not Manage Universities, Mr. President?


    I hear it repeatedly, even from pro-business conservatives:

    Hey, I have no sympathy for AIG and the automakers and banks. When you take government money, you can ...

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    Wed, April 08, 2009

    Economic Stimulus 101: Reaganomics vs. Obamanomics


    President Obama says the economy is the worst since the Great Depression. Actually, it is the worst since the Reagan recession of 1982-83. Further, the 2009 market crash is not the worst since 1929 ...

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    Tue, April 07, 2009

    Baseball, America, and the 21st Century


    "Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball"
    —Jacques Barzun

    Right off the bat, Jacques Barzun's pitch ...

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    Fri, April 03, 2009

    Two Americas?


    One of the favorite refrains of the class-warfare left has long been to lament what it perceives as a division in America between economic haves and have-nots. From the standpoint of egalitarian, ...

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    Thu, April 02, 2009

    God and Man at Notre Dame


    This May, Notre Dame University will host President Barack Obama to inspire its graduates as they are sent into the world. Obama will be awarded an honorary degree. For the record, this will be a ...

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    Tue, March 31, 2009

    In Praise of Capitalist Exploitation


    For well over a century, socialists, progressives, and even many Christians have railed against the capitalist exploitation of workers. They denounce capitalists–whether the Carnegies and ...

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    Mon, March 30, 2009

    More Bailouts, More Fed


    In the last week, the Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve each announced a major policy initiative for the stated purpose of reversing our economic woes. Don't hold your breath.

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    Mon, March 23, 2009

    Communicating Obama's Fiscal Disaster


    Newsflash, March 20, 2009: The Congressional Budget Office today forecast a U.S. budget deficit of $1.8 trillion for this year.

    For many Americans, including some ...

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    Mon, March 23, 2009

    V ~V Q ~A with Dr. Jeffrey M. Herbener

    On Booms, Busts, and America


    Editor's Note: The "V&V Q&A" is an e-publication from The Center for Vision ~Values at Grove City College. Each issue will present an interview with an intriguing thinker or opinion-maker ...

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    Thu, March 19, 2009

    Anger at AIG


    A raw nerve was struck this week. Reports that employees of the insurance giant AIG–the recipient of four federal bailouts totaling more than $170 billion–were now receiving $165 million ...

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    Mon, March 16, 2009

    The Employee Free Choice Act: Why Unions Will be Hurt


    The Obama administration is pushing again for the adoption of a bill with the misleading title, the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA). One of its major provisions would make employers recognize unions ...

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    Fri, March 13, 2009

    The Ghost of John Maynard Keynes


    The Ghost of John Maynard Keynes
    By Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson

    The British economist John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946) turns out to have been something of a ...

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    Wed, March 11, 2009

    Crisis, What Crisis?


    "Dear Iranians, your children have put the first indigenous satellite into orbit…. [T]he Islamic Republic of Iran has officially achieved a presence in space."
    –Iranian ...

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    Tue, March 10, 2009

    Rush and Rick


    I was in the third row as Rush Limbaugh spoke for nearly 90 minutes to a wildly exuberant audience as he closed this year's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, D.C. I was ...

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    Fri, March 06, 2009

    Into the Fiscal Abyss


    The U.S. Treasury recently released its "2008 Financial Report of the United States Government." In case you had any doubts, our government's finances are in a terrible mess. According to ...

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    Thu, March 05, 2009

    Where Have You Gone, Bill Casey?


    "We win and they lose."
    –Ronald Reagan, January 1977

    As an unprecedented, colossal "stimulus" package was passed by the new president ...

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    Mon, March 02, 2009

    Three Books for the Current Crisis


    When my friend Paul Kengor, the executive director of The Center for Vision ~Values here at Grove City College, asked me what three books I would recommend to students if they wanted to broaden their ...

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    Thu, February 26, 2009

    Slumdogs and Slavery


    By Jane Marie Smith Dr. Gary Scott Smith

    On the Monday morning following the Oscars, U.S. news websites splashed the
    announcement that the "little film that could," ...

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    Mon, February 23, 2009

    Hugs and Kisses from Iran


    Arguably, the world's leading apostle of hate is Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad–few do the task better, especially toward Jews. On Dec. 12, 2006, at a two-day gathering of Holocaust ...

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    Fri, February 20, 2009

    V&V Q&A: On Fed Distortions and Bailouts


    Editor's Note: The "V&V Q&A" is an e-publication from The Center for Vision ~Values at Grove City College. Each issue will present an interview with an intriguing thinker or opinion-maker ...

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    Thu, February 19, 2009

    Tough Times for Wise Virgins


    The biblical parable of the 10 virgins (Matthew 25:1-12) is particularly relevant today. As you may recall, the five wise virgins behaved responsibly and prudently, making sure they had enough lamp ...

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    Fri, February 13, 2009

    An Obama-Reagan Presidency?


    What's the state of the republic–and its citizens–this Presidents' Day 2009? It is a state of deep confusion. Here are some polls to ponder, as America considers presidents past and new. ...

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    Thu, February 12, 2009

    Breakfast in America


    My wife and I tag-team to get our four kids ready for school in the morning. She manages the lunch-packing process and I make a hot breakfast. Rarely does a lively morning pass that I don't gaze upon ...

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    Wed, February 11, 2009

    Team Obama: Ready to Rock 'n Roll


    Ready for some political and economic rock and roll? It's happening. In 2008, Americans were rocked by the beginnings of a deflationary credit collapse and Uncle Sam's extraordinary ...

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    Tue, February 10, 2009

    The Legacy of Abraham Lincoln


    On Feb. 12 we celebrate the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth. The relatively short history of our nation makes this a particularly momentous milestone. Of all of our leaders after the ...

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    Fri, February 06, 2009

    Obama's 'Change We Can Believe In':

    Paying off the unions


    Barack Obama has surprised supporters and opponents alike by choosing centrists for his Cabinet. The leading exception is Labor Secretary-designate Rep. Hilda Solis, a long-time supporter of coercive ...

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    Fri, February 06, 2009

    The Employee Intimidation Act


    The Obama administration will make every effort to pass a key piece of pro-union legislation. The bill has a misleading label: The Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA). In the interest of truth in ...

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    Wed, February 04, 2009

    Freedom Works:

    Speaker Pelosi's teachable moment


    Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) recently provided a stark illustration of the fundamentally divergent worldviews of big-government liberalism and free-market conservatism. She told ABC's ...

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    Tue, February 03, 2009

    Love That Economic Pain


    What would you think if you heard a prominent physician being interviewed and the topic of discussion was the breakout of a serious epidemic, and then the physician started enthusing about how great ...

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    Fri, January 30, 2009

    V ~V Q ~A: Dr. Jeffrey Hebener



    On Economic Depressions–Then and Now?

    Editor's Note: The "V&V Q&A" is an e-publication from The Center for Vision ~Values at Grove City ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, January 28, 2009

    Viva La Revolucion


    Viva La Revolucion
    By Dr. Paul Kengor

    Editor's note: An earlier version of this article first appeared in American Thinker.

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    Tue, January 27, 2009

    The Sparkle of Irony:

    When Presidential politics and poetry collide


    What is it with Democratic inaugurations and poetry? Poetry and politics do not mix. Never have. One or the other never fully measures up to the task of the historic moment. Alexander the Great ...

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    Thu, January 22, 2009

    A Tale of Two Inaugrals


    Watching the inauguration of President Barack Obama, I was impressed by the graciousness and civility by the two presidents at the platform during the transition. To tepid applause, Obama began his ...

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    Wed, January 21, 2009

    Media Lied, Kids Died?


    I first heard it in an email from a professor in Illinois. We were arguing about something I wrote on Barack Obama. I asked if he agreed that the media had been breathlessly, transparently biased in ...

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    Tue, January 20, 2009

    Assessing the Presidency of George W. Bush


    George W. Bush had the misfortune to become president when two long-term trends that predated his presidency reached historical tipping points: First, decades of militant Islamic ferment culminated ...

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    Fri, January 16, 2009

    Not the Great Communicator:

    On Bush, Berlin, and Moses


    As the country considers the inauguration of Barack Obama, I'm mindful of another inauguration that seems a long time ago, and which speaks volumes to the presidential transition we are about to ...

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    Thu, January 15, 2009

    'Only Government Can . . . . ?'

    Parsing Obama's speech on the economy


    Last Thursday, President-elect Barack Obama delivered a major speech on the economy. I didn't know if it had that legendary tingling effect on its listeners, but reading the text in black and white, ...

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    Tue, January 13, 2009

    Obama's Trillion Dollar Gamble


    President-elect Obama is considering an economic stimulus package that will include increases in government spending and tax cuts of approximately one trillion dollars. Many fear a prolonged ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, January 07, 2009

    Operation Cast Lead:

    A Necessary, Just and Legal Response


    As soon as Israeli air strikes began striking Hamas-controlled Gaza, many American church leaders started calling for an immediate ceasefire based solely on human suffering rather than the political ...

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    Mon, January 05, 2009

    'Fed' Up? Money Lessons for the New Year


    Could 2009 be the year the United States of America starts to go subprime? Just as subprime mortgages wrecked the economy in 2008, 2009 might be the year we begin to see problems associated with the ...

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    Wed, December 31, 2008

    Safe, Legal and Rare?


    The common mantra of pro-choice politicians is that they do not favor abortion. Quite the contrary, they want abortion to be "safe, legal, and rare." Pro-choicers generally hold to this ...

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    Tue, December 30, 2008

    Israeli Attacks on Hamas Justified


    The Hamas Charter proscribes peace with Israel. Ceasefires are possible only when advantageous to Hamas and always are temporary. Accordingly, as soon as the latest ceasefire expired, Hamas ...

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    Mon, December 29, 2008

    Lessons from the Oil Market


    The longer I study economic phenomena, the more I learn two truths. The first truth is how little I know. This is very humbling. There is just too much information out there for any one human being ...

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    Mon, December 22, 2008

    Christmas Behind Bars


    Every time it seems the so-called Democratic People's Republic of Korea is about to join the "world community," the regime in Pyongyang reminds us of its criminal nature. A North Korean ...

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    Fri, December 19, 2008

    The Real Saint Nick


    Given the decision-making power of Santa Claus on the matter of gifts, my children make sure they leave Mr. Claus some seriously good cookies on Christmas Eve. However, most children don't know that ...

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    Thu, December 18, 2008

    The Problem with Monotheism


    When an author argues that there is no God, that's his personal business–something between him and the Creator. But when an author, in addition to denying God, asserts that monotheism is a net ...

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    Tue, December 16, 2008

    Obama's Abortion Socialism


    Conservatives rightly fear that President Obama will produce the Democrat Party's third great expansion of the welfare state, extending Leviathan beyond FDR's and LBJ's most fertile imaginations. ...

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    Mon, December 15, 2008

    Remembering an Unknown Hero

    Morris Childs, America's Greatest Cold War Spy


    If you're looking for a book as a Christmas gift, I suggest an oldie but goodie, and in honor of the fact that it was 20 years ago that this nation quietly honored the subject of the book: a hero, a ...

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    Mon, December 15, 2008

    V&V Q&A

    America's Economic Illiteracy Epidemic


    Editor's Note: The "V&V Q&A" is an e-publication from The Center for Vision ~Values at Grove City College. Each issue will present an interview with an intriguing thinker or opinion-maker ...

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    Thu, December 11, 2008

    Five Years Ago:

    The Beginning of the End for Saddam


    Five years ago this week, something remarkable happened, which has been conveniently forgotten: On December 13, 2003, one of history's worst dictators, Saddam Hussein, was captured by U.S. ...

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    Tue, December 09, 2008

    Dancing with Fred or Frankenstein:

    Free Markets, Socialism, and the Bailout


    Washington's $700 billion bailout plan is making a lot of people unhappy. The Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), as the implementation of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 has come ...

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, December 05, 2008

    Shades of Reagan: Sarah and the Leakers


    The trashing of Sarah Palin continues. Some of the shots have been downright ugly, such as the "Retarded Republican Babies for Sarah Palin" t-shirts. Equally notable, however, is the odd ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, December 02, 2008

    Barack Obama and the Church


    The question of where Barack Obama and his family will go to church after he takes office is attracting a lot of media attention. As the author of "Faith and the Presidency: From George ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, December 02, 2008

    Educational Choice for the Obamas: What About Others?


    Where will the Obama kids attend school in Washington? That question has been answered as it should be: by the new president and first lady.

    There is no argument about that. Sasha and ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, November 26, 2008

    The Big Three: Assigning Blame ~An Alternative to a Bail-out


    I've already explained the problematical economics and ethics of a federal bailout for the Big Three (see "A Bailout for Detroit"). The demise of the pillar of metro Detroit's economy ...

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    Wed, November 26, 2008

    Thanksgiving Thoughts 2008:

    The challenge of affluence


    Throughout recorded history, most human beings have been poor. Poverty has been the norm and affluence the exception. Given a choice, most of us would rather be affluent than poor, but in this year ...

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    Wed, November 26, 2008

    I'm Positive About Parenting


    Both our media and our politicians tell us that it is a terrible time to rear children. As parents, we are tempted to sing, "Why can't they be like we were, perfect in every way?" We ...

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    Tue, November 25, 2008

    Ignorance is Not Bliss


    Quick, attempt the following: Name the three branches of the federal government. Recognize the speech where the words "of the people, by the people, and for the people" come from. Identify ...

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    Wed, November 19, 2008

    Barack and the Bishops


    A potential big battle has begun, one of special interest to all Christians and guaranteed to generate a lot of attention from all Americans.

    The United States ...

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    Mon, November 17, 2008

    The End Game


    If you wanted to turn the United States of America into a socialist country, what strategy would you adopt? Joseph Stalin, the world's top communist from 1924 to 1953, is reputed to have advocated ...

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    Fri, November 14, 2008

    The Threat Within


    Human nature has a blind spot. We often detect external flaws faster than internal ones–seeing the speck in our neighbor's eye sooner than the beam in our own, to use the biblical metaphor.

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    Tue, November 11, 2008

    I'm Pagan and I Vote


    Old Town Alexandria, Northern Virginia–Jogging through this gorgeous, historic town the first Saturday after the Tuesday vote, which elected the most leftist presidential candidate in American ...

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    Thu, November 06, 2008

    Obama, FDR, the Constitution, and Rights


    Earlier this year, in "The Next Great Depression," I noted several parallels between the political economy of the early 1930s and today. Another intriguing parallel between then and now is ...

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    Thu, November 06, 2008

    Pro-life Death?


    The victory for Barack Obama and the Democratic Party on Tuesday is the death of the pro-life movement as we know it. The pro-life movement has sought to reverse abortion through legislative action ...

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    Mon, November 03, 2008

    Whatever Happened to the 'Education President?'


    The last three presidents clamored for the title but in 2008, the economy, terrorism, and "Saturday Night Live" skits have pushed education out of the media's election circus.

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    Fri, October 31, 2008

    Sarah Palin's Real Record on Special Needs


    Last week, in a major speech on disabilities in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, delivered to several groups of medical professionals, Sarah Palin promised that she would be an advocate for special needs ...

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    Thu, October 30, 2008

    Testing Presidential Mettle: JFK and Obama


    Democratic vice-presidential nominee Senator Joe Biden recently predicted that within the first six months of an Obama administration the freshman president would be tested by a contrived ...

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    Mon, October 27, 2008

    Can Obama Win the Values Voter?


    Editor's note: This is part two of a two-part series on Barack Obama and Christian voters.

    In 2000 and 2004, it was the churchgoing moral-religious "values ...

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    Fri, October 24, 2008

    God ~Barack Obama


    Editor's Note: This is part one of a two-part series on Barack Obama, his faith, and Christian voters.

    Let me begin with what I hope is a credibility enhancer: For ...

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    Thu, October 23, 2008

    Hatred and Politics


    Politics in America is a contact sport. Passions flare and the rhetoric can get heated and nasty. Political parties stoke these fires, playing on people's fears as a key fund-raising tactic.
    ...

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    Wed, October 22, 2008

    General Powell's Endorsement


    Many conservatives wonder why retired Army Gen. Colin Powell endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. The quick answer–and the most inadequate one–is that Powell is ...

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    Mon, October 20, 2008

    We're Broke


    Global stock markets have been plummeting. Where the bottom is, nobody knows. There will be gut-wrenching zigs and hopeful zags along the way; they will be of larger magnitude and–in our ...

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    Fri, October 17, 2008

    Red Herring: The Great Depreession and the American Communist Party


    (Editor's Note: "It goes without saying that the Great Depression was the worst economic crisis in American history, and no doubt one of the worst crises ever to face the nation–wars ...

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    Thu, October 16, 2008

    Spreading the Wealth:

    Obama, Joe, and the Democratic Socialists


    By now, almost everybody knows "Joe the plumber." Mentioned about 15 times in Wednesday's presidential debate, Joe Wurzelbacher, a plumber from Toledo, questioned Barack Obama at an Ohio ...

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    Wed, October 15, 2008

    Joe Biden's Church Troubles


    Certain elements in the news media are attacking Sarah Palin's religious beliefs. This has included several bizarre articles, in mainstream publications, highly critical of her local church. One ...

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    Wed, October 15, 2008

    Vision ~Values Q ~A with Dr. Steve Jones

    Palin, Pentecostals, and Evangelicals


    Editor's Note: The "V&V Q&A" is an e-publication from the Center for Vision ~Values at Grove City College. Each issue will present an interview with an intriguing thinker or opinion-maker ...

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    Wed, October 15, 2008

    The Dominant Campaign Question


    What issue(s) dominated the presidential campaign two months ago–foreign policy, taxes, health care? That seems like ancient history now. The one question that everyone wants Barack Obama and ...

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    Fri, October 10, 2008

    Why November 2008 Looks Like March 1936


    Near the conclusion of Tuesday night's second presidential "town-hall" style debate, a questioner from the audience asked each candidate what he would do if Iran attacked Israel. Both ...

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    Wed, October 08, 2008

    Message to Obama: We Were Greeted as Liberators


    A casualty of the left's hatred for President George W. Bush has been a destructive inability to separate fact from fiction in the ongoing history of the war in Iraq. The latest case, which, sadly, ...

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    Mon, October 06, 2008

    Critical Mass:

    Economic Leadership or Dictatorship


    Economic and political destabilization ranked high on al-Qaeda's list of strategic objectives in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Washington, DC. In addition to killing nearly 3,000 ...

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    Fri, October 03, 2008

    V&V Q&A with Earl Tilford


    Editor's Note: The "V&V Q&A" is an e-publication from the Center for Vision ~Values at Grove City College. Each issue will present an interview with an intriguing thinker or opinion-maker ...

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    Thu, October 02, 2008

    Governor, Who's the Leader of Angola?

    Biden prepares for Palin


    I would like to share a story on Senator Joe Biden that happened 27 years ago. It involved his international humiliation of a good man, and it became a habit for Biden. I'm confident Biden will ...

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    Wed, October 01, 2008

    Stop the Bailout


    When facing a major financial problem, it is not uncommon to face the temptation to do something foolish at best or something evil at worst. Our elected officials and un-elected monetary and ...

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    Wed, October 01, 2008

    Thoughts on the Bailout


    The biggest bailout plan (so far) will continue to be revised in an attempt to win approval of a congressional majority. The goal of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 is to put the ...

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    Mon, September 29, 2008

    Freedom of Choice vs. Born Alive


    In a presidential campaign issues arise and then fade from view. The emergence of new media preoccupations may make it seem as though yesterday's controversy has been resolved. This is rarely ...

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    Fri, September 26, 2008

    V ~V Q ~A

    An Interview on America's Founding Fathers


    V&V Q&A:
    "Where Have You Gone, Thomas Jefferson?"
    (An Interview on America's Founding Fathers and Modern Presidents)
    With Dr. Paul Kengor

    ...

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    Thu, September 25, 2008

    Blaming the Free Market


    It's finger-pointing time, folks. Whose fault is the ongoing financial crack-up that has hurt, angered, and frightened so many people? There is plenty of blame to go around, and the American people ...

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    Tue, September 23, 2008

    Economic Nonsense


    It saddens me when I see a member of my profession go over to "the dark side," that is, to politics. Politics replaces voluntary action with compulsion, private contract with coercion. ...

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    Thu, September 18, 2008

    A Tale of Two Narratives -- And the Palin Paradigm


    Reactions to Governor Palin's selection as Senator McCain's running mate ranged from laughter to incredulity and then from alarm to panic. Indeed, editorials on the danger she poses to Senator ...

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    Tue, September 16, 2008

    Another One Bites the Dust


    September 15, 2008. Lehman Brothers, the giant Wall Street firm, declares bankruptcy. Merrill Lynch, the most famous stock brokerage company in the country, avoids the risk of eventually suffering a ...

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    Tue, September 16, 2008

    Is Sarah Palin the Next Ronald Reagan?


    Sarah Palin and Ronald Reagan appear poles apart in their backgrounds. Before coming to the center stage of national politics, Palin was a small-town mother of five and governor of Alaska, and ...

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    Tue, September 16, 2008

    Hating Palin: Words of Wisdom from Ronald Reagan


    It has taken me a couple of weeks but I think I've finally gotten handle on why Sarah Palin's bravado Republican convention speech was such a smash among conservatives: After nearly eight years of ...

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    Fri, September 12, 2008

    When Does a Baby Get Human Rights?


    When Pastor Rick Warren asked Barack Obama "at what point does a baby get human rights," Sen. Obama hesitated and answered, "Well, you know, I think that whether you're looking at it ...

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    Thu, September 11, 2008

    For Whom Does the Bell Toll?

    Remembering September 11, 2001


    Seven years ago, Sept. 11, 2001, we all remember where we were and with whom and what we were doing. I was rushing off for my 9:25 AM class; it was my first semester as a tenure-track professor. ...

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