Wed, June 24, 2015
Things That Make Me Laugh: Campus Edition
The University of California system has declared war on microaggressions.
What's a microaggression?
Mon, June 22, 2015
Postmodern Progressives' Disregard for Truth
Liberals hold facts subordinate to the higher "truths" of progressivism
For example, progressives insist that additional spending always improves ...
Mon, June 15, 2015
Beltway Republicans Ignoring Their Mandate
The Washington Beltway wing of the Republican Party has been dismissing the party's conservative base for far too long. If Republicans nominate another "moderate" 2016 presidential ...
Mon, June 08, 2015
Free Trade is (Usually) a Good Thing
More than 200 years ago, Adam Smith, the forefather of modern economics, promoted free trade.
In the early-nineteenth century, so did economist David Ricardo who ...
Mon, June 01, 2015
Left Fails Minorities on Jobs
For years, many young, urban black men, some high school graduates, some not, others holding General Educational Development high school certificates, have been seeking full-time entry-level work. ...
Wed, May 27, 2015
Dent Confuses Right and Wrong
On May 13, 2013, the US House of Representatives voted on a bill to ban abortions after the fifth month of pregnancy.
The vote was scheduled to coincide with the ...
Wed, May 20, 2015
Liberal Double Standards
Liberals insist that conservatives hate women and minorities.
Perhaps there's proof of their allegations:
On a May 11 national ...
Mon, May 11, 2015
GOP Doesn't Dominate Conservative Politics
Establishment Republicans know that I'm a reliable conservative, but a lousy party guy.
Where we live, most local offices are held by Republicans. If conservative ...
Mon, May 04, 2015
The Church of Global Warming
One needn't be a world-class intellect to spot holes in global warming theory, so it's baffling that many otherwise-functioning adults of average intellect cannot, or, more likely, won't.
Mon, April 27, 2015
Washington Democrats: A Lawless Minority
In February, Texas U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Hanen issued an
injunction favoring twenty-six states that challenged President Barack
Obama's November, 2014 executive order deferring ...
Mon, April 20, 2015
Kansas Tax Cutting Model for PA
Kansas tax-cutting plan model for Pennsylvania growth
By Jerry Shenk
Mon, April 06, 2015
Climate Change and World's Oldest Profession
In March, Democratic Congresswoman Barbara Lee of California introduced House Concurrent Resolution 29 which alleges that "women will disproportionately face harmful impacts from climate ...
Mon, March 30, 2015
PA's Union Quid Pro Quos
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf faces the reality of governing, but, if Wolf has his way, Pennsylvania's reality will be more and higher taxes.
Mon, March 23, 2015
Hillary Clinton: Democrats' Dilemma
Even before an assumed announcement, Democrats -- Americans -- suffer from something columnist Charles Krauthammer named "early-onset Clinton fatigue."
Krauthammer: "[W]hat did ...
Tue, March 17, 2015
Of What Use Are Republican Majorities?
Recently, liberal Democrats and media attacked House Republicans for "risking a shutdown" by withholding a tiny fraction of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funding.
Thu, March 05, 2015
Could Demographics Be Destiny?
In September, 2013, the Washington Post published an article entitled "The Northeast is getting older…" detailing state-by-state median age data.
Fri, February 27, 2015
Who Says Democrats ~Republicans Can't Agree?
There are more than 18 trillion reasons why the fiscally-conservative grassroots -- Tea Partiers, Patriots, 9-12'ers and similar groups - aren't going away.
Thu, February 26, 2015
America's Future Depends on Which Republican Wins
In 2008, candidate Barack Obama pledged to "change the trajectory of
America," to discard the political triangulation of the Clinton years ...
Mon, February 16, 2015
Dent Short-Circuits House Anti-Abortion Push
Many practical conservatives would prefer to avoid social issues, to focus on the economy and winning the White House.
In fact, some blamed Rick Santorum's 2012 ...
Mon, February 09, 2015
Why Do People Listen to Paul Krugman?
The American Enterprise Institute's Arthur Brooks often speaks about the difficulties and uncertainties of economic forecasting and the ways in which even known current and historical data are ...
Mon, February 02, 2015
Obama Sends in the Clowns
Admittedly, I sometimes find humor in things others don't, but some events are simply too ironically amusing to overlook.
For example, since Democrats suffered ...
Tue, January 27, 2015
GOP: Opportunity, Conundrum
In his first formal speech, new U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said that the nation has lost faith in government and no longer trusts Washington.
Mon, January 19, 2015
Does Economic Inequality Really Harm the Middle Class?
The American left claims to care a great deal about economic inequality, but most Americans don't.
Polls have shown Americans' concern about income inequality to ...
Wed, January 07, 2015
Obama Has Wrecked Liberalism
History will record Barack Obama's presidency as the high-water mark of American progressivism, the period during which liberal governance briefly flared, then flamed out.
Mon, January 05, 2015
Racial Politics: Democrat's Shameful Legacy
The left constantly mocks rural Americans (e.g.: Pennsyltucky), regards the entire South as ignorant hicks, and then can't understand why Democrats lose elections in rural areas and the South. ...
Mon, December 29, 2014
Waterboarding Vs. Vaporization
A month ago, Democratic members of the Senate Intelligence Committee released a report on the CIA's interrogation programs after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Mon, December 22, 2014
Government Sticking Young Americans with Bill
Young Americans, most of whom voted for President Barack Obama, face a daunting, uncertain future.
But they're learning.
Thu, December 18, 2014
2016: An American Watershed
In view of our listless economy, joblessness, illegal intrusions on our southern border, soaring health coverage costs, chaotic foreign policy and national security threats, arguably, the outcome of ...
Mon, December 08, 2014
Fix Public Schools? Start with Unions
Despite facing a $1.9 billion budget deficit , Pennsylvania's union-supported incoming governor has promised more money for public education. Predictably, his priorities are misplaced.
Mon, December 01, 2014
A National Dialog on Race
Angry denunciations from the left discourage white conservatives from voicing opinions about race. For some reason, liberals don't welcome opinions on racial matters from conservative ...
Tue, November 25, 2014
A Conservative View of America, the Comical
Perhaps my sense of irony is a bit overdeveloped, but some things just make me laugh:
Is it even remotely possible that the same thing — more taxation -- is ...
Wed, November 19, 2014
GOP 'War on Women' Wrong Card for Dems to Play
Prior to the 2014 midterm election, in a political landscape defined by an unpopular president and an angry electorate, Democrats replayed one of their 2012 micro-issue distractions in a desperate ...
Thu, November 13, 2014
Fed Use Cash to Bend States to Their Will
Depending upon their definition of "balanced," up to 43 states, Pennsylvania included, have legal requirements to balance their budgets.
But in recent ...
Wed, November 05, 2014
EPA's Watershed Power Grab Bad News
Two weeks ago, U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey and U.S. Rep. Scott Perry appeared in Harrisburg to rally local citizens against attempts by President Barack Obama's Environmental Protection Agency to implement ...
Tue, October 28, 2014
Barack Obama's 'Malaise'
In July, 1979, President Jimmy Carter made a nationally televised address still known as Carter's "malaise" speech.
Intended to address energy policy, the ...
Wed, October 08, 2014
GOP Shouldn't Just Accept Senate Victory
Republicans will win a U.S. Senate majority this November, but, lacking a strategy other than "not them," the GOP may miss a larger opportunity.
Presently holding 45 of 100, ...
Mon, September 29, 2014
Where Did the Global Warming Go?
National media kept busy last week whitewashing another left-wing street theater production, this one symbolically protesting a poorly-understood, uncontrollable phenomenon. At the People's Climate ...
Thu, September 25, 2014
Harry Reid: Mouth of the Democratic Party
Amusingly, my recent column on Senate paralysis elicited blowback for "impugning the character" of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid who has stonewalled more than 350 House-passed ...
Mon, September 15, 2014
Keep Those Cards and Letters Coming
In September, 2012, I became a regular conservative voice on the PennLive/Patriot-News Opinion page. If readers' validations are writers' rewards, in two years, I've become wealthy indeed.
Mon, September 08, 2014
Progressivism Losing Wars on Poverty, Justice, Truth
American progressives share cognitive deficiencies which produce stunning examples of paramnesia.
Consider: Progressives complain about miserable conditions in ...
Mon, September 08, 2014
Left Should Not Fear Conservatives
"This article was originally published at American Thinker."
Americans are constantly barraged with liberal viewpoints by media and entertainment sources, ...
Mon, August 25, 2014
Class-Based Politics Poisons Public Discourse
Among the most troubling features of the American left's message is its incessant, thoughtless, class-based demagoguery.
A common liberal view of the American Dream ...
Thu, August 21, 2014
Western Liberalism's Muslim Paradox
Americans and the world are again witnessing the unspeakable brutality of Islamist barbarians in the Middle East, Asia and Africa.
Americans' reactions to Muslim ...
Wed, August 20, 2014
Leftists Deflect Blame From Obama
Congress-bashing is a popular pastime among liberal Democrats desperate to
deflect attention from President Barack Obama's conspicuous failures.
One Daily News ...
Thu, August 07, 2014
Dems Can Kiss Senate Goodbye
The Democrats will lose the Senate this year -- and they know it.
The evidence is so obvious that even Inspector Clouseau couldn't miss it: When liberal pundits ...
Tue, August 05, 2014
Obama: Consequential, Not Serious
Based only on the White House's stubborn protestations of President Barack Obama's attentive stewardship, his surpassing competency and the pro-Obama media's "blameless" narrative, one ...
Thu, July 24, 2014
Hillary: Not Electable
Despite the aggressive "inevitability" chatter among Democratic money
people, special interests and media, Hillary Clinton will not be the next
president of the United States. ...
Wed, July 23, 2014
Ridiculing Obama Least Bad Option
"Ridicule is man's most potent weapon." -- Saul Alinsky, "Rules for
Radicals" (Rule 5)
There is no defense for ridicule, no antidote to the ...
Thu, July 10, 2014
America's Jobs Picture Remains Poor
After eight years spent castigating President Barack Obama's Republican predecessor over better than present economic conditions, it's remarkable how far the liberal American media's expectations ...
Wed, July 09, 2014
Keynesians Are Lousy Historians (And Worst Economists)
When and how did austerity become "unhealthy?"
America isn't "starved" for revenues.
America receives more ...
Wed, June 25, 2014
Fudging the Job Numbers
President Barack Obama has launched his Fifth Annual Summer of Recovery.
A recent administration jobs report trumpeted that the United States economy has reached a level of "payroll ...
Tue, June 24, 2014
The Political Science Behind Global Warming
Is the Law of Gravity settled science? One might think so, but, annually, significant investments of scientific resources are made to discover anti-gravity.
Fri, June 13, 2014
Democrats Run on Phantom Issues
National Democrats have a November election to worry about -- careers, majorities and legacies to save.
Their strategy is designed to further divide and distract ...
Tue, June 10, 2014
Obama Hype Not Passing Reality Test
Gloating over his administration's self-generated "statistics" claiming 8
million enrollments in Obamacare exchange plans, President Barack Obama,
reinforced by subservient media ...
Mon, June 02, 2014
PA Gas Industry Under Siege from Leftists
Regrettably, I don't own acreage in Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale region.
But, then, neither do most Pennsylvania legislators, public employees or citizens. Few Pennsylvanians have paid a dime ...
Tue, May 27, 2014
Obama's $1.5 Trillion Recovery Deficit
The financial crisis already averted, upon entering office in 2009, President Barack Obama inherited a poor economy.
But Obama didn't face 10.8 percent ...
Thu, May 22, 2014
Will Pro-Market Republicans Stand Up?
Being pro-business and pro-market are not the same things.
Pro-market officeholders create conditions which encourage economic growth for everybody. Pro-business ...
Tue, May 13, 2014
Government costs Americans far more than the direct taxes we pay, because taxes don't include the costs of regulatory compliance. Compliance costs are built into the prices of goods and services ...
Wed, April 30, 2014
The 'Science' Behind Liberal 'Superiority'
Nobody enjoys being lectured by self-satisfied, self-styled "superiors," especially those who disregard civil norms.
Public discourse isn't improved by ...
Mon, April 21, 2014
If Obama Won't Obey Law, Why Should We?
Public support for Obamacare cratered to 26 percent in a recent poll.
Nonetheless, the left-wing media continue to support the law, often misleadingly.
Wed, April 16, 2014
I'm An Economist, So I Tell Lies for a Living
The American Enterprise Institute's Dr. Arthur Brooks sometimes begins public talks with a laugh line: "I'm an economist, so I tell lies for a living."
There are loose corollaries to ...
Wed, April 02, 2014
GOP Must Have Obamacare Alternatives
Republicans responding to my last Daily News column objected to this statement: "Republicans who advocate repealing Obamacare must agree on a consolidated plan to replace it from a number of ...
Mon, March 24, 2014
Obamacare Will Flip Senate
The Washington Post's Eugene Robinson urges 2014 Democratic candidates to run on Obamacare, because "Wishy-washy won't work."
Robinson's column cited the ...
Mon, March 17, 2014
OK, pay attention. This gets confusing:
Unhappy with how they're labeled, some members of Congress hope to ban useful labels and discourage those who label them by ...
Mon, March 10, 2014
Establishment Ignores GOP Grassroots at Thsir Peril
Thirteen months ago, Pennsylvania Republican State Committee Chairman Rob Gleason published a self-congratulatory op-ed, in which he wrote:
"[T]he Republican Party is ready to reinvigorate ...
Wed, February 26, 2014
Left Getting the Red State Blues
A smug, self-satisfied email is making the liberal digital circuit. It proposes breaking the United States into two parts, the progressive, or "Blue," portion of which would be designated ...
Thu, February 20, 2014
Those Who Fail to Learn From History Make Policy
"There is usually only a limited amount of damage that can be done by dull or stupid people. For creating a truly monumental disaster, you need people with high IQs." - Thomas Sowell
Mon, February 10, 2014
Farm Bill Hurts 'Sweetest Place on Earth'
If you thought Soviet-style central planning ended when the Iron Curtain fell, think again.
In January, the US House passed another five-year farm bill "to ...
Wed, February 05, 2014
The Income Inequality Con
The three things progressives commonly disregard in pursuit of their policy preferences are the ones which argue most persuasively against them: History, human nature and math.
Mon, February 03, 2014
World Debt Crisis Still Building
Another American debt ceiling is fast approaching. Persistent government profligacy has already moved its arrival sooner than projections following the last debt ceiling "crisis."
Wed, January 22, 2014
Political, Fiscal, Social and Cultural Conundrums
Why do many people who eagerly offer strong political or cultural opinions become angry and refuse to respond to questions or requests for expansion, clarification, references or hard data? Is smug, ...
Mon, January 20, 2014
There is nothing in this column that's new.
But, because too many readers ignored the message or refused to believe it the first through one-thousandth times they ...
Tue, December 31, 2013
Who Was Intolerant in 'Duck Dynasty' Flap?
Americans, including conservatives and Christians, freely tolerate, even admire and patronize openly-gay entertainers like Ellen DeGeneres and k.d. lang who, as a result, enjoy lavish lifestyles. ...
Fri, December 27, 2013
If Only Our Energy Dollars Made Sense
Mon, December 16, 2013
Are Conservatives Being Fair to President Obama?
Daily, conservative media outlets spend incredible amounts of column inches and air time criticizing President Barack Obama and his administration.
Wed, November 27, 2013
Europe, Investors Tell U.S. Hard Truths
Another phony debt ceiling crisis is inevitable, as are familiar progressive arguments favoring greater government spending.
Since 1980, the American left has ...
Wed, November 13, 2013
It's Raining Violets
In June, 2009 -- and frequently since -- President Barack Obama said, "No matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise to the American people: If you like your doctor, you will be ...
Wed, October 30, 2013
Republicans Won't Destroy Obamacare
In arguably the most amusing and ironic political development in years, the united front displayed by congressional Democrats during the government shutdown dissolved in five days.
Thu, October 24, 2013
Here's What the Shutdown Taught Conservatives
The government shutdown taught conservative Americans some useful lessons:
First, it takes guts, so, in order to stand on principle, a Republican officeholder must have some — of ...
Fri, October 11, 2013
Crashing the Debt Celing
The 2011 congressional debt-ceiling deal was billed as the best possible, but it solved nothing. Now, America faces another debt ceiling.
A special commission ...
Thu, September 26, 2013
Obamacare: Pride Goeth Before a Fall
An overriding law governs the results of the legislative process, but it wasn't passed by a legislature, signed by an executive or reviewed in the courts. Enforcement is simple: The Law is ...
Wed, September 25, 2013
Next Generation Will Thank Tea Party
Junior members of Congress are among the least powerful people in Washington - less powerful than their seniors in both parties; less powerful than many unelected bureaucrats in executive branch ...
Wed, September 18, 2013
How Politics Tortures Language
In an address delivered to about 50.000 people gathered in St. Peter's Square for one of his final public appearances, Pope Benedict XVI spoke of Christ's temptation in the desert, saying, "The ...
Mon, August 26, 2013
Tax Cuts Would Restore Prosperity
To stimulate economic recovery, America needs tax rate reductions and an even larger reduction in government spending.
Tax cuts worked for Democratic President John ...
Thu, August 22, 2013
Ethanol Mandate Hoses You at the Pump
If you pay taxes and buy groceries, every time you insert the nozzle to fill your tank with ethanol-blended fuel, you get hosed six ways.
Federal crop subsidies and ...
Mon, August 12, 2013
A Handy Political Lexicon
It's silly season for the political media. Congress and state legislatures are on summer hiatus. The president is squandering millions on yet another posh vacation. The halls of power are empty and ...
Wed, August 07, 2013
Which PA City Could Be Next Detroit?
Detroit's demise had several related causes. Matthew Brouillette of The Commonwealth Foundation notes the "fiscal cliff" caused by government unions in a commentary he wrote for Investor's ...
Tue, August 06, 2013
Antiquated Farm Policy Fiscally Foolish
In June, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives rejected, 195-234, a trillion-dollar farm bill that included agriculture provisions and food stamp funding. Local Reps. Charlie Dent and ...
Tue, July 30, 2013
Some Hard Questions
Doesn't everyone have sound factual and/or logical foundations for their viewpoints and the intellectual confidence to consider and respond to reasonable questions? Or do some people just ...
Thu, July 18, 2013
Obamacare is a Snafu for the Ages
The White House is spinning its recently announced delay in enforcing Obamacare's employer mandate as evidence of the administration's "flexibility" — of its determination that ...
Thu, July 11, 2013
Be Thankful for a Do Nothing Congress
Liberal Democrats and left-leaning independents call the current Congress "do-nothing" and "lazy."
One liberal critic wrote: "The 112th ...
Tue, July 09, 2013
Finally, A Smoke Free America
After 25 years of blowing smoke to blur ideological lines, Republicans and
Democrats have emerged from their self-generated haze and confessed to
holding contrasting visions for America. No ...
Tue, July 02, 2013
Fixing America Will Take Sacrifice
Profligate, dysfunctional political operators are destroying American governments, but with a complicit citizenry.
To win and hold office, generations of American ...
Tue, June 11, 2013
For Keynesians, Too Much Spending is Never Enough
"The stimulus wasn't nearly big enough to restore full employment - as I warned from the beginning.
"Here's the narrative you hear everywhere: President ...
Mon, June 10, 2013
A Few Tough Questions
Why are so many normally polite and courteous people willing to insult others simply for not sharing their political views?
What words are reserved to ...
Thu, May 30, 2013
We Deserve Truth on Presidential Scandals
"Never ascribe to malice that which can adequately be explained by incompetence." — variously attributed.
"We're portrayed by Republicans as ...
Mon, May 20, 2013
Farm Policy Foolishness
Redistricting and retirement have introduced most Central Pennsylvanians to less-familiar representatives in Congress. Todd Platts retired and, in 2013, was replaced by Scott Perry. After Tim Holden ...
Mon, May 13, 2013
Triage for Obamacare
In a January column, I declared Obamacare to be greatly flawed, unsettled and at risk of collapse. Readers who wrote angry denunciations of the evidence presented in it should redirect their ire to, ...
Wed, April 17, 2013
Young Americans, Free Yourselves!
Kids, you're screwed, but you bought the scam - and you're still buying it. Whassupwiddat?
American conservatives and liberals differ fundamentally on ownership: ...
Mon, April 08, 2013
Unions Get Unusual Legal Passes
Are stalking or harassment ever acceptable practices? In Pennsylvania, the answer is yes — to both. Pennsylvania legislators who passed anti-stalking and harassment legislation made exceptions ...
Wed, April 03, 2013
Sequester? What Sequester?
Households do it. Businesses do it. If there's one outfit that could easily cut its budget, it's one that spends other people's money.
Federal government ...
Fri, March 29, 2013
Who Will Stand Up for the Old White Man
Sure, most of us vote "wrong," but when and how did peace-loving, law-abiding, elderly, white, conservative, heterosexual males become politically disreputable? And why do many on the ...
Tue, March 19, 2013
Economics: The Keynesian Failure
Historical studies are enlivened by court intrigues, gossip and warfare. Language studies, including English, introduce students to rich literary traditions. The study of science or engineering ...
Wed, March 06, 2013
The Chumps Are Wising Up
In President Barack Obama's America, responsible citizens who follow the rules, work hard and pay their bills, in full and on time, are chumps. The chumps are wising up.
Wed, February 27, 2013
Gasoline Prices: 'Nothing to See Here Folks'
In mid-2008, the average price of a gallon of gasoline briefly broke the $4 barrier before dropping back to $1.89, the price on President Barack Obama's 2009 Inauguration Day.
Fri, February 15, 2013
SOTU - Deja Vu
Unsurprisingly - and against all evidence - on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, President Barack Obama told a joint session of Congress and America that the state of our union is strong.
Wed, February 13, 2013
A Modest Proposal to Improve Public Education
For years, academic excellence in American public schools has been progressively subordinated to artificial notions of fairness, diversity and social justice — and to union interests.
Fri, February 01, 2013
Democrats Undone by Tax Hike 'Victory'
Political truth is seldom self-evident, because when truth doesn't fit preferred narratives, many political practitioners willfully obscure it.
For example, since the enactment of the 2001 ...
Thu, January 17, 2013
PA Will Prosper with Right-to-Work
Unions have poured millions of dues-payers' dollars into the campaigns of Pennsylvania politicians who pass and preserve laws favoring unions, and who approve pay and benefits - especially pensions - ...
Fri, January 11, 2013
Still Nothing Certain on Obamacare
The U.S. government once confiscated and planned to run a legal Nevada brothel to recover delinquent taxes. It was forced to auction the business.
Now, the same ...
Wed, December 12, 2012
Liberals Shout Because They Can't Debate
American political discourse has been debased.
Many liberals, or "progressives," tend to hold common political and social assumptions seldom challenged ...
Wed, November 21, 2012
Term Two: From Bad to Worse
First the good news: America has vast untapped reserves of conventional energy sources - petroleum, natural gas and coal - that could reduce energy costs and make the nation energy independent. ...
Mon, November 12, 2012
As Ron Fournier of the National Journal wrote on Election Day, "Barack Obama won a second term but no mandate. Thanks in part to his own small-bore and brutish campaign, victory guarantees the ...
Thu, October 25, 2012
We Must Stop it Now
Four years ago, American voters elected as president a man who offered "Hope and Change," but no specific plans for America. Barack Obama's campaign vagueness created a blank canvas upon ...
Fri, October 12, 2012
Universities Shield Liberal Thinkers from Reality
"There is usually only a limited amount of damage that can be done by dull
or stupid people. For creating a truly monumental disaster, you need people
with high IQs." - ...
Wed, September 26, 2012
Big Media's Credibility Tied to Obama
ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, PBS, NPR, AP, NYTimes and Washington Post, the core of
the national, or mainstream, media that went all in for Barack Obama in
2008, have doubled down on Obama's ...
Sat, September 08, 2012
Grievances and Condescension
Despite other commitments and a desire to avoid, live, the overwrought grievance-mongering and arrogant condescension of certain speakers, speech transcripts provided details of the recent ...
Wed, August 29, 2012
Obama Campaign Fears Ryan Pick
Since Mitt Romney selected Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate, the
Obama campaign, its shills and America's national left-wing media echo
chamber (forgive the redundancies) have ...
Thu, August 16, 2012
Regrettably, there's a history of religious bigotry in my family -- Germans on both sides -- some of whom continued to fight the Thirty Years War until their deaths. My maternal grandparents (long ...
Wed, August 08, 2012
Unraveling Liberals' Understanding
In any dispute, a refusal by one side to understand or even acknowledge an opponent's argument renders that side incapable of effectively challenging or disproving their opposition.
Sun, July 15, 2012
Election May Not Even Be Close
It may not even be close
Aside from the logically-strained Supreme Court opinion preserving
Obamacare, President Barack Obama has nothing to show for more than ...
Mon, June 25, 2012
Walker Challenged Unions, Survived
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker just won a first term in office for a second
time - by a margin greater than his 2010 victory.
In his first election, Walker beat ...
Mon, May 21, 2012
Economists Are Not Historians
It's past time for some economic myth-busting: the American government is not "starved" for revenues, but it should be. The Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Treasury collect more ...
Fri, May 18, 2012
Gay Marriage Debate Needs Honesty
President Barack Obama has ended months of equivocation about gay marriage by coming out in favor, a potential election-year game-changer, but while his position was "evolving," other ...
Thu, May 03, 2012
Theft by Another Name
The governmental action of taking assets from its citizens under a threat of civil or criminal action for noncompliance is, by definition, confiscation. Taxation, then, is legalized ...
Fri, April 27, 2012
Blue Dog Blues
In July, 2009, before the watershed health care vote, the Blue Dog coalition consisted of fifty-two Democratic members of the United States House. Formed in 1995, the Blue Dogs self-identify as ...
Tue, April 10, 2012
The Chumps Are Wising Up
In President Barack Obama's America, responsible citizens who follow the rules, work hard and pay their bills in full and on time, are chumps. And the chumps are wising up.
Fri, March 30, 2012
Health Care Defines 2012 Presidential Race
This year, for the first time in many years, Pennsylvania has the chance to
be a factor in nominating a presidential candidate. The outcome of the
Pennsylvania GOP presidential primary will ...
Tue, March 13, 2012
Obama Hasn't Put His Foot on the Gas
Unsurprisingly, the price of gasoline has doubled since President Barack Obama's January 2009 inauguration and is forecast to go significantly higher. In three years, the costs of other forms of ...
Sun, January 29, 2012
Spending Cuts Vs. Tax Hikes
Do you remember the old saying about paying your taxes with a smile? Neither
do I. The folks at the IRS don't accept smiles. They want our money. If
we're not careful, they'll get more of ...
Thu, December 22, 2011
Cynically and opportunistically, New York University has announced that it will offer two courses on Occupy Wall Street. Given the current state of higher education, and especially of liberal arts ...
Mon, December 19, 2011
Campaign Funding Corruption
The United States House of Representatives recently voted to cancel the Presidential Election Campaign Fund, the check-off option on federal tax returns that allows the dwindling numbers of Americans ...
Fri, December 02, 2011
Stimulus Was a Failure
A politician's admonishment to "Look it up!" inspired some research and a postmortem on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, a/k/a, the stimulus.
Fri, November 18, 2011
America's Bill of Rights expresses no right of occupation, no right to take
over private property and no right to disregard federal, state or local
Thu, October 27, 2011
Tea Parties ≠ Occupiers
(This article first appeared in The American Thinker
Tea Parties and the Occupiers have a few commonalities, but, although many media outlets have ...
Thu, October 20, 2011
£¥$€ capitalism! It’s, like, not fair and stuff!
Who are the Wall Street protesters, and why are those at the media-styled core of Occupy Wall Street protesting? There are plenty of misfits among the protesters, but others are more conventional ...
Mon, October 10, 2011
The Dance Masters
As a long-time observer of and occasional participant in the national dialogue on a range of political and social issues, I am interested in how the opposing sides engage -- or fail to.
Thu, October 06, 2011
Old Energy, New Applications
(This article first appeared in the American Thinker)
An old energy source has the potential to drive down the cost of gasoline, thanks to new technology. ...
Thu, September 22, 2011
European Woes Telling U.S. Hard Truths
Since 1980, America's left wing has disparaged the Laffer Curve, a tax theory that postulates that some tax-rate reductions will "pay" for themselves by stimulating additional economic ...
Fri, September 09, 2011
Future Americans will Celebrate Tea Party Focus n Debt
New members of Congress are among the least powerful people in government – less powerful than their seniors in both parties; less powerful than many unelected bureaucrats in executive branch ...
Tue, September 06, 2011
Three Congresses: A Study in Worldviews
(This article first appeared in the American Thinker.)
The 112th Congress is on summer hiatus. It's a good time to reflect on the recent activities of the body and ...
Fri, September 02, 2011
Voter ID: Racist or Prudent?
When the Legislature returns later this month, the Pennsylvania State Senate will consider a bill, thought to be controversial by some, that would require each voter to be identified at the ...
Sat, August 06, 2011
One Cheer for the Debt Ceiling Deal
It's billed as the best deal possible, but nothing was solved. A modest
start, the debt-ceiling deal merely flattens the trajectory of America's
Sun, July 24, 2011
Obama: A Whole Lot of Nothing
This article first appeared in the American Thinker
That was then; this is now: Now America is facing a sovereign debt crisis
caused by excessive government borrowing and ...
Thu, July 14, 2011
Are Conservatives Being Fair to Obama?
(This article first appeared in the American Thinker)
Every day conservative media outlets devote incredible amounts of column inches, pixels, and air time to ...
Fri, July 08, 2011
Break Incumbents' Protection Rackets
No matter how witless or mediocre, no matter how thin their legislative records, once elected, members of Congress have a far better chance of re-election than challengers have of unseating ...
Wed, June 22, 2011
Market System Works for Schools, Too
Fifty years after graduation, I have no residual nostalgia for public school, though I remain mindful of the value I received from some excellent teachers during my 12-year hostage ordeal.
Fri, June 10, 2011
A Nation of Government Dependents
(This article first appeared in the American Thinker/
Most of us are in some way dependent upon the central government. It's only ignorance of our ...
Thu, June 02, 2011
Is PA Next Union Target?
Governments have commonly raised taxes to cover increasing costs. But in most large governments, tax increases are often an indication of mismanagement, of government taking on never-envisioned ...
Mon, April 18, 2011
A Consequential Man
(This article first appeared in the American Thinker.)
What would you think of a man who knew he was not well for more than a year, then assembled a team of experts ...
Thu, April 07, 2011
(This article first appeared in the American Thinker)
Government costs us more than the taxes we pay, because taxes do not include the cost of regulatory ...
Fri, March 25, 2011
The Energy Myth That Won't Die
(This article first appeared in the American Thinker)
The renewed prospect of $4.00 or even $5.00 per gallon gasoline has brought greater urgency, if not clarity, ...
Sun, March 13, 2011
Challenging the Teacher Unions
(This article first appeared in the American Thinker.)
The public school monopoly on taxpayer education funds is under challenge,
and the unions are ...
Tue, March 08, 2011
Quids and Quos, but Never a Pro
(This article originally appeared in the American Thinker.
In recent media coverage, a congressional mover-and-shaker and a back-bench congressional ...
Tue, February 15, 2011
Don't Expect Grassroots Movement to Exit
Following some successes in the general election of 2010, tea parties, Patriots organizations, constitutional and similar groups, cumulatively described as the grassroots, are again facing ...
Mon, February 07, 2011
Energy Dollars and Sense
(This article initially appeared in the American Thinker.)
One of the most pressing problems for businesses, individuals and families is the cost of energy. ...
Fri, February 04, 2011
Washington Glossary and Phrasebook
Words have meanings, and using words inaccurately has consequences - everywhere but in Washington.
There, ordinary words are used, probably intentionally, in ways ...
Mon, January 24, 2011
The 'Business' of Government
Government is not and never will be a business -- although we would certainly benefit from having it run like one. Most politicians are not and never will be businesspeople. Yet neither of those ...
Thu, January 13, 2011
Pay/Go, Cut/Go, No Go
Among the most deceptive measures passed in the 111th Congress was the Statuary Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010, or, in Washington vernacular, Pay/Go.
Democrats passed Pay/Go in February 2010 ...
Mon, January 03, 2011
National Debt Exemplifies Immorality
Elected national politicians have spent or committed trillions of dollars of wealth Americans - including many millions of unborn Americans - have yet to earn and saddled future generations with debt ...
Mon, December 13, 2010
America's Political Class: In Business for Themselves?
(This article origionally appeared in the American Thinker.)
Many citizens living outside the Beltway correctly think Washington is a swamp. Our capital city pulls ...
Mon, December 06, 2010
Playing Chicken with Seniors
(This article first appeared in the American Thinker)
Last February, President Obama named Clinton White House staffer Erskine Bowles and former ...
Wed, December 01, 2010
Earmarks: Embracing and Ignoring a Message from Voters
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As the installation of a new Congress with a Republican House majority and a larger ...
Sat, November 20, 2010
America in Need of a Contest of Ideas
A problem with both national parties is that, too often, they appear to be
more interested in the accumulation and exercise of power than they are in
pursuing the legitimate interests of ...
Wed, November 03, 2010
For TEA Party: Now What?
For tea party and grassroots, the question is: Now what?
Grassroots enthusiasts are learning that attracting attention and gaining power are not the same things.
Fri, October 15, 2010
The Keys to Success Aren't Mysterious
One of the most negative and troubling features of the message of the American left is its constant, thoughtless class warfare; its class-based demagoguery; its anti-rich, anti-privilege silliness. ...
Sat, September 04, 2010
Spending and Debt
Depending upon their definition of "balanced," up to forty-three states,
Pennsylvania among them, have an obligation to balance their budgets, but,
in recent years, very few, ...