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Jerry Shenk

    Thu, January 25, 2018

    Hillary Clinton 'Presidency,' Circa 2018

    On January 19, 2018, a day before the first anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration, my Google home page screen listed three “Trending searches” that included “hillary clinton ...

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    Wed, January 17, 2018

    Confessions of a RINO

    I am a proud RINO â€" a “Republican in Name Only.” More specifically, I’m a committed fiscal conservative, but a lousy party guy.

    Let me explain.

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    Wed, January 10, 2018

    Never Trumpers, Get Over It

    When the College Football Playoff Selection Committee chose the Alabama Crimson Tide over the Ohio State Buckeyes as the fourth playoff team, an apocryphal internet story circulated in which an ...

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    Wed, January 03, 2018

    2017: America's Worst Year Ever?

    According to progressives, a pestilence has descended upon America.

    The anguished, apocalyptic keening of Democratic operatives inside the party, in liberal media, ...

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    Thu, December 28, 2017

    Higher Ed's Reckoning is Coming

    Unsurprisingly, despite 2017’s robust job growth, the American labor market remains glutted with many thousands of under- and unemployed college graduates.

    Higher ...

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    Thu, December 21, 2017

    It's Christmas, Not Class-based Politics Season

    Christmas should be a joyous, hopeful season, but too many Americans subordinate hope to politics.

    Among the most troubling features of the American left’s ...

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    Thu, December 14, 2017

    Don't Be Offended, Get Even

    If you’re offended by prominent politicians, media personalities, actors and entertainers who emerge from their privileged left-wing cocoons to deliver lectures and speak down to their ...

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    Wed, December 06, 2017

    Troublesome Political Riddles

    Riddle me these:

    Is it merely coincidence that, for most progressives, “doing good things” always seems to require more government?

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    Wed, November 29, 2017

    GOP Congress: Unintended Consequences

    By passing Obamacare, unread, on a party-line vote, Democrats provided a case study on how to lose majorities. Congressional Republicans are foolishly writing their own study, only through ...

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    Thu, November 16, 2017

    Sixty Nails in Climate Alarmism's Coffin

    There are plenty of well-credentialed, objective, if little-publicized, climate skeptics, but few who are able to present their material in layman’s terms to an audience of curious, unschooled, but ...

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    Thu, November 09, 2017

    Hillary, We Hardly Knew Ye

    Hillary Clinton’s record has been littered with scandals, missteps and failures since 1991. Blame Bill.

    Bill Clinton announced his presidential aspirations in ...

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    Wed, November 01, 2017

    Democrats' Hangovers, Potential Perp Walks

    The American left’s collective high on Hopium, Changium, Hillarium and Bernium has left Democrats with a massive Make America Great Again hangover. Characteristically, Democrats, including allies ...

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    Thu, October 26, 2017

    'Hack' Speak for Beginners

    Speech is politicians’ stock-in-trade. Usually, words have meanings, and using words improperly has consequences -- everywhere but in places like Washington and state capitals.

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    Wed, October 18, 2017

    The 'Physics' of Political Media

    Politics and physics are fundamentally different: In physics, for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction; for every political action there are dozens of extravagantly dramatic ...

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    Thu, October 12, 2017

    Dems Gun Control Incoherence

    As they do following every shooting â€" except those causing the carnage in America’s Democrat-run inner cities â€" Democrats have seized on the Las Vegas murders to renew demands for ...

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    Thu, October 05, 2017

    I Miss Journalism

    I miss journalism. Decades ago, national political reporting seemed at least fairly objective. Not anymore.

    Understandably, Americans’ trust in media has reached ...

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    Wed, September 27, 2017

    Social Science: Taking the Pee Out of Physics

    Everyone knows that male plumbing comes in handy on hikes and picnics, but, who knew that standing up to urinate gives boys an unfair advantage in physics?

    Three ...

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    Wed, September 20, 2017

    Hillary's Public Pity Tour

    If the bomb goes off tomorrow, there will be nothing left but cockroaches and the apparently indestructible e=mc2 of American politics, Hillary Clinton.

    The woman ...

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    Mon, September 18, 2017

    Congressional Budget Gimmickry

    Back from its extended summer vacation, America’s part-time Congress prolonged a budget crunch. In December, the body will undoubtedly victimize taxpayers using the same gimmickry legislators have ...

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    Tue, September 12, 2017

    Thelma and Louise Governance

    America’s federal and state governments are heading for metaphorical reenactments of the final scene from the movie “Thelma and Louise” in which the title characters intentionally drive their ...

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    Thu, September 07, 2017

    'Jane's Law' Explains GOP Inaction

    Elected officials and the faithful core of both political parties are busy corroborating Jane’s Law: “The devotees of the party in power are smug and arrogant. The devotees of the party out of ...

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    Thu, August 31, 2017

    Washington: Bipartisan Bankruptcy

    Congress’s public approval rating has fallen below twenty percent. Majority Republicans who haven’t fulfilled a single campaign promise have been especially disappointing.

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    Wed, August 23, 2017

    Remove Every Symbol of America's Racist History

    Democrats have responded to the tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia, by obsessively criticizing President Donald Trump’s statements about them, while refusing to acknowledge that far-left ...

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    Thu, August 10, 2017

    Hate Money in Politics?

    Politics runs on cash. The all-consuming goal of the American political class is to raise lots of it, so, to attract campaign funds, politicians have hidden incentives in legislation, regulations, ...

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    Wed, August 02, 2017

    Obamacare: Waiting for the Ka-BOOM!

    Democrats and their national media surrogates are working tirelessly to deflect Democratic responsibility for force-feeding Obamacare to an unwilling nation by misrepresenting it as a ...

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    Fri, July 28, 2017

    GOP National Defense Disorder

    Certain Republican members of the US House of Representatives are as confused as Democrats about the American military’s constitutional responsibilities.

    On July ...

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    Tue, July 18, 2017

    PA: Best of the Worst

    Researchers and economists at George Mason University’s Mercatus Center have released a financial solvency study ranking America’s fifty states in descending order. Pennsylvania didn’t appear ...

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    Wed, July 12, 2017

    Live, Learn, Laugh "Intersectionality"

    Thankfully, one never gets too old to learn new things. Recently, I learned two new things and relearned another. The first was an invented word, a thoughtful analysis of which revealed the second ...

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    Thu, July 06, 2017

    All is Well, Democrats

    In June, Democrats in the US House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to invalidate American immigration laws.

    Cities that refuse cooperation with federal ...

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    Wed, June 28, 2017

    Back Away From That Pizza!

    In June, a group of self-righteous crusaders from 189 countries calling themselves “indigenous advocates” met as part of “a specialized international committee within the World Intellectual ...

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    Wed, June 21, 2017

    Democrats' Gun Barrel Politics

    "Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.” -- Mao Tse-tung, 1938
    In America, though, political power has traditionally come from the ballot box. But, today, American tradition is ...

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    Wed, June 14, 2017

    No Nonsense K-12 Education

    School’s out. Grades are in: Too many public schools have failed minority and disadvantaged inner-city and rural area students. Many fail other kids, too. Quality education has become the ...

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    Thu, June 08, 2017

    Hillary's Hilarious 'Herstory'

    In May, a New York Magazine feature quoted (unemployed) Hillary Clinton: "I beat both of them."

    Not quite. In a rigged primary, Clinton outlasted Bernie ...

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    Thu, June 01, 2017

    Congress: An Entrepreneurial Opportunity

    If you're curious about how many humorless horse lovers are out there, do what I did.

    In 2010, I wrote an American Thinker article detailing some of the goofy stuff ...

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    Thu, May 25, 2017

    Planned Parenthood's 'Mission'

    In a recent event of concern to pro-life advocates, presidential daughter and advisor Ivanka Trump met privately with Planned Parenthood (PP) president Cecile Richards.

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    Wed, May 10, 2017

    Congress's Heuristic Hypocrisy

    Merriam Webster -- "[H]euristic: involving or serving as an aid to learning…or problem-solving by experimental and especially trial-and-error methods…; also: of or relating ...

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    Wed, May 03, 2017

    Obamacare's GOP Guardians

    Democrat and Republican gentry liberals, America's political class, are embarrassingly out of touch with the normal citizens they feel entitled to govern.

    Convinced ...

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    Wed, April 26, 2017

    Washington's Montagues and Capulets

    Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet featured a feud between the fictional Montague and Capulet families. Similarly, the "feud" between American political parties is mostly fictional, especially ...

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    Wed, April 19, 2017

    Overplayed the Race Card

    Slate magazine: "The Electoral College Is an Instrument of White Supremacy…"

    CNN: "Math Is Racist…"

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    Thu, April 13, 2017

    High Court Karma

    Justice Neil Gorsuch's Senate confirmation wasn't "nuclear" at all.

    Ending once-unlimited US Senate floor debates was made possible by a 1917 rule under ...

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    Wed, April 05, 2017

    'Deep State' Reform Imperative

    On his first full day in office, seeking to save taxpayers $10 trillion over ten years, businessman, now President Donald Trump froze the pay and hiring of federal workers and later announced his ...

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    Wed, March 29, 2017

    Dems Still Own Obamacare

    Listening to the left try to convince themselves and America that Democratic boondoggles are Republican problems is always funny. A perfect example is their reaction to cancelling a vote on a bill to ...

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    Mon, March 27, 2017

    Dems and GOP v. Conservatives

    There is little in modern liberalism to match the rich intellectual tradition of classical conservatism.

    America's founding documents are conservatives' ...

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    Mon, March 20, 2017

    The Goose Step Theory

    An online aphorism, Godwin's Law, or Godwin's Rule of Hitler Analogies, states that, as arguments get lengthier and more passionate, it becomes increasingly likely — approaching certainty -- ...

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    Fri, March 10, 2017

    Christian Charity v. Terrorist Math

    Today, one need not be genuinely xenophobic, nativist, Islamophobic or racist to be gratuitously accused of those transgressions.

    One need only agree that it's ...

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    Mon, March 06, 2017

    Democrats' Worst Day Ever

    In the last four months, the Democrats' worst day wasn't General Election Day, 2016 or even Inauguration Day, 2017. Their worst day was February 28, 2017 when Donald Trump gave his first speech to a ...

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    Fri, March 03, 2017

    Left-Wing Invective Drives Trump Right

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

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    Mon, February 27, 2017

    Tea Parties or Organized Tantrums?

    In 2009, Democrats and left-wing news media first blacked out the Tea Party phenomenon, then ridiculed it before smearing it as a racist reaction to America's first black president. Today, Democrats ...

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    Wed, February 22, 2017

    Puzzle Pieces and Disabilities

    Beginning in mid-February, the Elizabethtown College Democrats began distributing all-white pins in the shape of puzzle pieces. They are intended to be worn only by white students to make them more ...

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    Thu, February 16, 2017


    Even though it's been around before under other names, Calexit, a renewed initiative to declare California's independence, is widely thought to be a negative reaction to Donald Trump's election. But ...

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    Fri, February 10, 2017

    The Zealots Who Cried 'Big Foot'

    We all remember the young shepherd's credibility deficit in "The Boy Who Cried Wolf." Nonetheless, today, Democrats and media allies are engaged in the same adolescent behavior, but with a ...

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    Fri, February 03, 2017

    Left-wing 'Diversity' Demands Conformity

    A Google search of the words "diversity is strength" yields more than six million results.

    Progressives for whom the platitude has become unassailable, ...

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    Mon, January 30, 2017

    Kentucky Passes Labor Reforms

    Kentucky, one of four states which, upon entering the Union, kept "commonwealth" as its official designation, just passed labor reforms. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania did not.

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    Thu, January 12, 2017

    The Politics of Climate 'Science'

    The political left remembers President Dwight Eisenhower's January, 1961 farewell address to the nation for its warning about the growing influence of the military/industrial complex. But Ike also ...

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    Fri, January 06, 2017

    So Many Questions, So Little Time

    Occasionally, critical readers have objected more angrily to questions in columns than to the actual opinions. It's puzzling.

    Doesn't everyone have sound factual ...

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    Fri, December 30, 2016

    2016: Funniest Political Year Ever?

    Many Americans who voted for Donald Trump harbored reservations, but, post-election, Trump's cabinet picks and, especially, the overwrought, but entertaining paroxysms of left-wing losers vindicated ...

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    Wed, December 21, 2016

    More Problems for Democrats

    In 2018, Republicans are well-positioned to win a filibuster-proof Senate majority.

    The incoming 115th Congress will seat fifty-two Republican senators and ...

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    Fri, December 16, 2016

    Immigration Reform and Enforcement

    These is little dispute that America's legal immigration system should be reformed in order to more easily admit and naturalize educated, accomplished immigrants who are able to supplement a domestic ...

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    Mon, December 12, 2016

    The Anti-Trump Freak Out

    As they did in 2000, Democrats are contesting 2016's presidential election results — this time only one month after fretting that, following his widely-anticipated humiliating loss, Donald ...

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    Mon, November 28, 2016

    Beware of 'False Goods'

    In one of his final public appearances before about 50,000 people gathered in St. Peter's Square, Pope Benedict XVI spoke of Christ's temptation in the wilderness, saying, "The tempter is ...

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    Mon, November 21, 2016

    Democrats: What's Next?

    President Barack Obama's footnote in history is assured, but Hillary Clinton's November electoral failure set a wobbly capstone on his non-monumental legacy.

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    Thu, November 10, 2016

    Hillary Clinton: A postmortem

    On Tuesday, November 8, Hillary Clinton lost the only trial she may ever face for her crimes. The fault lies with Hilary and the Democrats who enabled, excused or rationalized her well-known ...

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    Fri, October 28, 2016

    Wikileaks Performs a Public Service

    Wikileaks has released thousands of emails hacked from Hillary Clinton campaign staff accounts and promised more disclosures. Anyone who is conflicted about the manner in which the emails were ...

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    Fri, October 14, 2016

    Left Wing Pseudo Science

    Any half-baked theory having the word "science" attached to it can gather an enthusiastic, if somewhat-gullible left-wing following. However, the noted French anthropologist Claude ...

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    Thu, October 06, 2016

    How Political Correctness Will Kill Higher Ed

    In a perfect world, everyone would always be courteous, respectful and meticulously avoid giving offense. But, although most try not to, sometimes even decent people inadvertently make minor social ...

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    Mon, September 26, 2016

    No Labels

    OK, pay attention. This gets confusing: Unhappy with how they're labeled, in order to discourage those who label them, some members of Congress have proposed banning useful labels, formed a coalition ...

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    Thu, September 08, 2016

    Teplitz 'Reforms' Won't Work

    State Senator Rob Teplitz has proposed a budgetary "process" and penalties, including financial penalties, for failure to reach on-time state budgets.

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    Fri, September 02, 2016

    Capitalism: Pro-Market, Not Pro-Business

    There are long lists of large American businesses, the lobbyists they hire, the industry-promotion organizations they fund and the politicians they buy -- all to pursue their special interests -- who ...

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    Thu, August 25, 2016

    The Worst PA Legislative Proposal

    No sober business professional ever opened a critical, high-stakes negotiation by announcing, "Let's get this over with. I have a 2:00 flight to catch."

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    Mon, August 22, 2016

    American Wages Are Dropping - Again

    In what has become an embarrassingly common occurrence, another federal agency has revised -- w-a-y downward -- earlier, rosier, administration economic propaganda.

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    Fri, August 12, 2016

    PA: Time for Difficult, Practical Decisions

    The United States Constitution's 10th Amendment is under assault from symbiotic devil's bargains in which Washington acquires coercive powers by allowing state politicians to expand, while obscuring ...

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    Thu, August 04, 2016

    Dems in Philly: Truth-lite and Consequences

    The Commerce Department just reported 2016's first and second quarter economic growth at only 0.8 and 1.2 percent respectively. In the past seven, there hasn't been one year during which the economy ...

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    Mon, August 01, 2016

    America's Political Dysfunction

    An unhealthy gap separates the American people and the nation's governing elite.

    Anti-intuitively, on some important issues, Bernie Sanders supporters have more ...

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    Wed, July 27, 2016

    Charlie Dent's Corporate Welfare Revival

    With market capitalization exceeding $82 billion, Boeing is the world's largest aircraft manufacturer.

    In 2015's first eleven months, Boeing delivered 709 commercial aircraft. Competitor ...

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    Tue, July 26, 2016

    Negligent, Incompetent, but Unindicted

    In a July 5 statement, FBI Director James Comey laid out an ironclad case which exposed and eviscerated every lie and evasion Hillary Clinton has told or made about her use of a private email server. ...

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    Fri, July 08, 2016

    Dems Take Street Theatre to the House

    Politicians tend to pay the most attention to issues that command public fascination. And the public's attention is most easily commanded when the public is given someone to hate… The NRA is ...

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    Sat, July 02, 2016

    Higher Ed Hysterics

    Unintended comedy on American campuses is amplified by how earnestly, authoritatively and hysterically (in every sense of the word) emotionally-adolescent undergraduates express trivialities while ...

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    Mon, June 27, 2016

    Feedback Etiquette: A Guide

    Writers tend to have thicker skin than most politicians and, unlike the latter, can handle criticism. In fact, publishing email contact information encourages reader feedback. With few exceptions, my ...

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    Thu, June 16, 2016

    Beginning A Dialog About Race

    "The history of all hitherto existing societies is a history of class struggles." -- Karl Marx. Does the left perpetuate a myth of pervasive racism in America to exploit Marx's political ...

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    Thu, June 02, 2016

    PA Congressmen Reject Religious Freedom

    On May 25, area U.S. Representatives Charlie Dent and Ryan Costello were among 43 Republicans who helped pass a Democratic amendment to an unrelated bill, the 2017 Energy and Water Appropriations ...

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    Tue, May 31, 2016

    GM: Manufacturing Success Story?

    In February, 2011, the Detroit News reported, "General Motors Co.'s hourly workers can expect…the largest profit-sharing checks ever, when the automaker pays bonuses for the money earned ...

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    Mon, May 23, 2016

    Obama Legacy is Written

    Prior to the 2014 midterm election, President Barack Obama issued a
    fundraising appeal which branded Republicans as the party of billionaires: "If the Republicans win, we know who they'll ...

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    Tue, May 03, 2016

    Work, Not Welfare, Provides Dignity

    Any Introductory Economics student understands that the things you want more of you subsidize, what you want less of you tax. Since the mid-1960s, though, America has subsidized unwed mothers and ...

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    Mon, May 02, 2016

    Western Progressivism's Islamist Paradox

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

    Americans' reactions to Muslim violence tend to ...

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    Mon, April 11, 2016

    Does PA Face Economic Doom Loop?

    Today, public sector unions number four of the six biggest contributors to national political campaigns, and they exert the same or, in some cases, even more influence in some states, including in ...

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    Wed, April 06, 2016

    Democrats’ Immigration/economics Enigma

    Democrats' immigration/economics enigma

    In a recent Arizona radio interview, Hillary Clinton made the incredulous claim that America's southern border is secure, ...

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    Mon, March 28, 2016

    Mizzou: A Lesson for Higher Ed

    The University of Missouri provided higher education a general object lesson by capitulating to last fall's student demonstrations over an unsubstantiated "racial crisis" consisting of a ...

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    Tue, March 15, 2016

    Toward a More Compassionate Pennsylvania

    Are Pennsylvanians who wish to curb welfare, food stamp and unemployment benefit fraud just hateful people who enjoy taking things from others?
    No, they're practical and compassionate. They ...

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    Tue, March 15, 2016

    Washington's Aesopian Blunder

    Once upon a time, in the belief their government no longer represented normal, hard-working citizens, a movement of fiscally-conservative grassroots Americans — Republicans, Independents and ...

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    Wed, March 02, 2016

    The Democrats' Supreme Dream

    Washington Democrats are demanding confirmation of a Supreme Court nominee
    to replace the late Antonin Scalia before President Barack Obama leaves

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    Mon, February 29, 2016

    Trump, Clinton and 'Pam's Dream'

    A storyline in the long-running 1970s and '80s primetime soap opera "Dallas" distressed loyal viewers by featuring the divorce of popular show characters Bobby and Pamela Ewing. Ratings ...

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    Tue, February 16, 2016

    Hillary's E-Mail Scandal is Different

    For nearly twenty-five years Bill and Hillary Clinton's numerous scandals have headlined or provided a persistent backdrop to American politics. But, Hillary Clinton's email scandal is ...

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    Tue, February 09, 2016

    Labor Policies Threaten PA's Future

    Pennsylvania is functionally, albeit unofficially, bankrupt. Local
    governments, school districts and the Commonwealth have been impoverished,
    partially because unions such as PSEA and ...

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    Fri, January 15, 2016

    Iowa Caucuses: Eulogy for Special Interests?

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

    Federal crop ...

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    Mon, January 11, 2016

    Higher Ed's Perilous Year

    Beginning in the 1960s, many American universities have strayed from teaching into political and social indoctrination. Cores of radicalized faculty members and bloated, ideological administrations ...

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    Mon, January 04, 2016

    'Old White Man' Conundrum

    Sure, most of us vote "wrong," but when and how did peace-loving, law-abiding, elderly, white, conservative, heterosexual males become politically disreputable?

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    Tue, December 29, 2015

    Double Standards Damaging GOP

    I'm no Donald Trump fan and doubt he will be the nominee, but Trump's presence in the GOP presidential race has had a beneficial effect.

    Trump has forced ...

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    Mon, December 21, 2015

    2016's Ronald Reagan

    I've never been impressed by the term "RINO," or "Republican in Name Only."
    If one is a registered Republican, one is, indeed, a Republican. There are
    significant ...

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    Mon, December 14, 2015

    Debunking the Racist Myth

    Electing a black president didn't reduce racial tensions in America, because, for some, racial conflict is essential to gaining and maintaining political advantage.

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    Fri, December 04, 2015

    Donald Trump: His Eminence's Domain

    Developer Donald Trump has a history of attempting to abuse eminent domain for his personal financial benefit.

    "Eminent domain" is a legal term meaning ...

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    Mon, November 30, 2015

    When 'Right' is Really Left

    As a college history major with a keen residual interest in history, I've never understood why, today, "Nazism" is considered a right-wing phenomenon.

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    Mon, November 23, 2015

    Budgeting Gimmicks Legislators Love

    A reader questioned a statement in a recent column -- "Congress should introduce zero-based budgeting, stop blanket appropriations, and demand that, annually, every agency, by department, make a ...

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    Tue, November 17, 2015

    America's Future Depends on Which Republican Wins

    In 2008, candidate Barack Obama pledged to "change the trajectory of America" and transform the Democratic Party. President Obama has remade his party.

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    Sat, November 07, 2015

    I Will Gladly Pay You Tuesday

    "I will gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today" - Wimpy, of Popeye
    cartoon notoriety.

    That was the offer presented to conservative members of ...

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    Wed, October 28, 2015

    Obama Has Exposed, Sabataged Political Liberalism

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

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    Mon, October 26, 2015

    PA Congressmen Back Corporate Welfare

    US Representatives Ryan Costello and Charlie Dent want to revive the Export-Import Bank.

    Along with only forty other Republicans (of 247) and 170 Democrats, ...

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    Mon, October 19, 2015

    The GOP's Big Choice

    One of the most repellent features of state and national politics is the proprietary control the major parties exert over elections and governance.

    Rather than ...

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    Mon, October 12, 2015

    Speaker Boehner Should Go Immediately

    After House Speaker John Boehner's departure, it's doubtful a more conservative successor could bring harmony to the GOP caucus, because old guard House Republicans are angry.

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    Mon, October 05, 2015

    Congressional Republicans Timid, Not Principled

    Republican House Speaker John Boehner is leaving Congress. He won't be missed.

    In January, 2015, after the GOP took the Senate majority, new Majority Leader Mitch ...

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    Mon, September 28, 2015

    Budgets, Spending and Government Shutdowns

    In May, following "weeks of work" by Republican leaders, and a week after a House vote, the Senate adopted the first bicameral budget agreement in a decade. Hooray, right?

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    Tue, September 22, 2015

    Shut it Down!

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner, both Republicans, have squandered their negotiating leverage by repeatedly promising that, unlike 2013, there will be no 2015 ...

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    Mon, September 07, 2015

    Progressives Have Nothing To Fear

    Americans are constantly barraged with liberal viewpoints from media and
    entertainment sources, public and higher education. Attentive conservatives
    are familiar with liberal orthodoxy and ...

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    Fri, August 28, 2015

    Republican Congress Must Act on Spending

    For years, much of America's investment in government has yielded negative returns.

    The Claremont Institute's William Voegeli wrote: "Liberals sell the ...

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    Mon, August 24, 2015

    Hillary Clinton's Train Wreck

    Following the trajectory of Hillary Clinton's presidential bid is like watching vintage film of a train wreck…one…frame…at…a…time.

    You ...

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    Mon, August 17, 2015

    Establishment Can't Unite GOP by Dividing It

    Associated Press writer Will Weissert recently published a column entitled,
    [L]f15.html>[EL] "Can George P. ...

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    Mon, August 10, 2015

    The Minimum Wage Illusion

    The New York Times reports that New York State will increase its current $8.75/hour minimum wage to $15.00 - butonly for fast-food workers. Inexplicably, thousands of other low wageearners are ...

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    Mon, August 03, 2015

    Obama Ignores the Lessons of History

    The Obama administration has all the whimsy of "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure," but none of the film's humor or intelligence.

    In the movie, to pass a ...

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    Fri, July 10, 2015

    Ban One, Ban All Symbols of Racist Past

    BImmediately following the horrifying Charleston church shootings, demands arose to remove a vestigial symbol of the old slave-holding South -- the Confederate flag.

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    Mon, July 06, 2015

    Bill Clinton: Undeterred by Evidence

    By all accounts, Bill Clinton, Rhodes Scholar, twice governor and two-term
    president, is a smart man.

    Intelligent, perhaps, but he's too clever by half. ...

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    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?

    "Microaggression" ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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. ...

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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.

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

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    Mon, April 20, 2015

    Kansas Tax Cutting Model for PA

    Kansas tax-cutting plan model for Pennsylvania growth

    By Jerry Shenk


    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

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    Mon, March 30, 2015

    PA's Union Quid Pro Quos

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

    Here's why:

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    Mon, March 23, 2015

    Hillary Clinton: Democrats' Dilemma

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

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    Tue, March 17, 2015

    Of What Use Are Republican Majorities?

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

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, March 05, 2015

    Could Demographics Be Destiny?

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

    In ...

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    Fri, February 27, 2015

    Who Says Democrats ~Republicans Can't Agree?

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

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, February 26, 2015

    America's Future Depends on Which Republican Wins

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

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    Mon, February 16, 2015

    Dent Short-Circuits House Anti-Abortion Push

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

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

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    Mon, February 09, 2015

    Why Do People Listen to Paul Krugman?

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

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, February 02, 2015

    Obama Sends in the Clowns

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

    For example, since Democrats suffered ...

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    Tue, January 27, 2015

    GOP: Opportunity, Conundrum

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

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, January 19, 2015

    Does Economic Inequality Really Harm the Middle Class?

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

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

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    Wed, January 07, 2015

    Obama Has Wrecked Liberalism

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

    [View Full Article]

    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. ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, December 29, 2014

    Waterboarding Vs. Vaporization

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

    In ...

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    Mon, December 22, 2014

    Government Sticking Young Americans with Bill

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

    But they're learning.

    Polls ...

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    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.

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, November 25, 2014

    A Conservative View of America, the Comical

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

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

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    Wed, November 19, 2014

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

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

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    Thu, November 13, 2014

    Fed Use Cash to Bend States to Their Will

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

    But in recent ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, November 05, 2014

    EPA's Watershed Power Grab Bad News

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

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    Tue, October 28, 2014

    Barack Obama's 'Malaise'

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

    Intended to address energy policy, the ...

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    Wed, October 08, 2014

    GOP Shouldn't Just Accept Senate Victory

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

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    Mon, September 29, 2014

    Where Did the Global Warming Go?

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

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    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.

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, September 08, 2014

    Progressivism Losing Wars on Poverty, Justice, Truth

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

    Consider: Progressives complain about miserable conditions in ...

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    Mon, September 08, 2014

    Left Should Not Fear Conservatives

    "This article was originally published at American Thinker."

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

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    Mon, August 25, 2014

    Class-Based Politics Poisons Public Discourse

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

    A common liberal view of the American Dream ...

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    Thu, August 21, 2014

    Western Liberalism's Muslim Paradox

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

    Americans' reactions to Muslim ...

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    Wed, August 20, 2014

    Leftists Deflect Blame From Obama

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

    One Daily News ...

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    Thu, August 07, 2014

    Dems Can Kiss Senate Goodbye

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

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

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, August 05, 2014

    Obama: Consequential, Not Serious

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

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    Thu, July 24, 2014

    Hillary: Not Electable

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

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, July 23, 2014

    Ridiculing Obama Least Bad Option

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

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

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    Thu, July 10, 2014

    America's Jobs Picture Remains Poor

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

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    Wed, July 09, 2014

    Keynesians Are Lousy Historians (And Worst Economists)

    When and how did austerity become "unhealthy?"

    America isn't "starved" for revenues.

    America receives more ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, June 25, 2014

    Fudging the Job Numbers

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

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    Tue, June 24, 2014

    The Political Science Behind Global Warming

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

    In ...

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    Fri, June 13, 2014

    Democrats Run on Phantom Issues

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

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

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, June 10, 2014

    Obama Hype Not Passing Reality Test

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

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    Mon, June 02, 2014

    PA Gas Industry Under Siege from Leftists

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

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, May 27, 2014

    Obama's $1.5 Trillion Recovery Deficit

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

    But Obama didn't face 10.8 percent ...

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    Thu, May 22, 2014

    Will Pro-Market Republicans Stand Up?

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

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

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, May 13, 2014

    Regulatory Taxation

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

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, April 30, 2014

    The 'Science' Behind Liberal 'Superiority'

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

    Public discourse isn't improved by ...

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    Mon, April 21, 2014

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

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

    For ...

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    Wed, April 16, 2014

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

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

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    Wed, April 02, 2014

    GOP Must Have Obamacare Alternatives

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

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    Mon, March 24, 2014

    Obamacare Will Flip Senate

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

    Robinson's column cited the ...

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    Mon, March 17, 2014

    No Labels

    OK, pay attention. This gets confusing:

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

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    Mon, March 10, 2014

    Establishment Ignores GOP Grassroots at Thsir Peril

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

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    Wed, February 26, 2014

    Left Getting the Red State Blues

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

    [View Full Article]

    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

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, February 10, 2014

    Farm Bill Hurts 'Sweetest Place on Earth'

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

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

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    Wed, February 05, 2014

    The Income Inequality Con

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

    [View Full Article]

    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."

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, January 22, 2014

    Political, Fiscal, Social and Cultural Conundrums

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

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    Mon, January 20, 2014

    What Gridlock?

    There is nothing in this column that's new.

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

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    Thu, January 09, 2014

    More Obamacare Follies

    Tue, December 31, 2013

    Who Was Intolerant in 'Duck Dynasty' Flap?

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

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    Fri, December 27, 2013

    Conservatives Needs Leaders Who Will Fight

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

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, December 27, 2013

    If Only Our Energy Dollars Made Sense

    Mon, December 16, 2013

    Are Conservatives Being Fair to President Obama?

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

    Conservatives ...

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    Wed, November 27, 2013

    Europe, Investors Tell U.S. Hard Truths

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

    Since 1980, the American left has ...

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    Wed, November 13, 2013

    It's Raining Violets

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

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    Wed, October 30, 2013

    Republicans Won't Destroy Obamacare

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

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, October 24, 2013

    Here's What the Shutdown Taught Conservatives

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

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    Fri, October 11, 2013

    Crashing the Debt Celing

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

    A special commission ...

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    Thu, September 26, 2013

    Obamacare: Pride Goeth Before a Fall

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

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    Wed, September 25, 2013

    Next Generation Will Thank Tea Party

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

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, September 18, 2013

    How Politics Tortures Language

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

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    Mon, August 26, 2013

    Tax Cuts Would Restore Prosperity

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

    Tax cuts worked for Democratic President John ...

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    Thu, August 22, 2013

    Ethanol Mandate Hoses You at the Pump

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

    Federal crop subsidies and ...

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    Mon, August 12, 2013

    A Handy Political Lexicon

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

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, August 06, 2013

    Antiquated Farm Policy Fiscally Foolish

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

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    Tue, July 30, 2013

    Some Hard Questions

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

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    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, ...

    [View Full Article]

    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: ...

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, April 03, 2013

    Sequester? What Sequester?

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

    Federal government ...

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    Fri, March 29, 2013

    Who Will Stand Up for the Old White Man

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

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    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.

    [View Full Article]

    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.

    [View Full Article]

    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.

    [View Full Article]

    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.

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    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 - ...

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    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. ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, November 12, 2012

    No Mandate

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

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    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." - ...

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    Sat, September 08, 2012

    Grievances and Condescension

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

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    Wed, August 29, 2012

    Obama Campaign Fears Ryan Pick

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

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, August 16, 2012

    Liberal Bigotry

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

    [View Full Article]

    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.

    [View Full Article]

    Sun, July 15, 2012

    Election May Not Even Be Close

    It may not even be close

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

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    Mon, June 25, 2012

    Walker Challenged Unions, Survived

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

    In his first election, Walker beat ...

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    Mon, May 21, 2012

    Economists Are Not Historians

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

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    Fri, May 18, 2012

    Gay Marriage Debate Needs Honesty

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

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    Thu, May 03, 2012

    Theft by Another Name

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

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    Fri, April 27, 2012

    Blue Dog Blues

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

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    Tue, April 10, 2012

    The Chumps Are Wising Up

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

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    Fri, March 30, 2012

    Health Care Defines 2012 Presidential Race

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

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    Tue, March 13, 2012

    Obama Hasn't Put His Foot on the Gas

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

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    Sun, January 29, 2012

    Spending Cuts Vs. Tax Hikes

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

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    Thu, December 22, 2011

    Boola Moolah

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

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    Mon, December 19, 2011

    Campaign Funding Corruption

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

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    Fri, December 02, 2011

    Stimulus Was a Failure

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

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    Fri, November 18, 2011

    Occupy This!

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

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    Thu, October 27, 2011

    Tea Parties ≠ Occupiers

    (This article first appeared in The American Thinker

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

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    Thu, October 20, 2011

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

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

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    Mon, October 10, 2011

    The Dance Masters

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

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    Thu, October 06, 2011

    Old Energy, New Applications

    (This article first appeared in the American Thinker)

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

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    Thu, September 22, 2011

    European Woes Telling U.S. Hard Truths

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

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    Fri, September 09, 2011

    Future Americans will Celebrate Tea Party Focus n Debt

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

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    Tue, September 06, 2011

    Three Congresses: A Study in Worldviews

    (This article first appeared in the American Thinker.)

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

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    Fri, September 02, 2011

    Voter ID: Racist or Prudent?

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

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    Sat, August 06, 2011

    One Cheer for the Debt Ceiling Deal

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

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    Sun, July 24, 2011

    Obama: A Whole Lot of Nothing

    This article first appeared in the American Thinker

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

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    Thu, July 14, 2011

    Are Conservatives Being Fair to Obama?

    (This article first appeared in the American Thinker)

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

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    Fri, July 08, 2011

    Break Incumbents' Protection Rackets

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

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    Wed, June 22, 2011

    Market System Works for Schools, Too

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

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    Fri, June 10, 2011

    A Nation of Government Dependents

    (This article first appeared in the American Thinker/

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

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    Thu, June 02, 2011

    Is PA Next Union Target?

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

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    Thu, May 12, 2011

    Puddle Power Grab

    (This article was first published in the American Thinker.

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

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    Mon, April 18, 2011

    A Consequential Man

    (This article first appeared in the American Thinker.)

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

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    Thu, April 07, 2011

    Regulatory Dysfunction

    (This article first appeared in the American Thinker)

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

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    Fri, March 25, 2011

    The Energy Myth That Won't Die

    (This article first appeared in the American Thinker)

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

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    Sun, March 13, 2011

    Challenging the Teacher Unions

    (This article first appeared in the American Thinker.)

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

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    Tue, March 08, 2011

    Quids and Quos, but Never a Pro

    (This article originally appeared in the American Thinker.

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

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    Tue, February 15, 2011

    Don't Expect Grassroots Movement to Exit

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

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    Mon, February 07, 2011

    Energy Dollars and Sense

    (This article initially appeared in the American Thinker.)

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

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    Fri, February 04, 2011

    Washington Glossary and Phrasebook

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

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

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    Mon, January 24, 2011

    The 'Business' of Government

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

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    Thu, January 13, 2011

    Pay/Go, Cut/Go, No Go

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

    Democrats passed Pay/Go in February 2010 ...

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    Mon, January 03, 2011

    National Debt Exemplifies Immorality

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

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    Mon, December 13, 2010

    America's Political Class: In Business for Themselves?

    (This article origionally appeared in the American Thinker.)

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

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    Mon, December 06, 2010

    Playing Chicken with Seniors

    (This article first appeared in the American Thinker)

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

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    Wed, December 01, 2010

    Earmarks: Embracing and Ignoring a Message from Voters

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

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

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    Sat, November 20, 2010

    America in Need of a Contest of Ideas

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

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    Wed, November 03, 2010

    For TEA Party: Now What?

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

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

    Grassroots ...

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    Fri, October 15, 2010

    The Keys to Success Aren't Mysterious

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

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    Sat, September 04, 2010

    Spending and Debt

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

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