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CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE One of my first professional jobs 25 years ago was with the economic [...]


Balanced Budget Compact: An Interview with Nick Dranias Balanced Budget Compact: An Interview with Nick Dranias »

Only the states can reign in a debt-addicted Congress Nick Dranias THE FREEMAN Nick Dranias is [...]


Eliminating Waste and Controlling Government Spending Eliminating Waste and Controlling Government Spending »

ROMINA BOCCIA, HERITAGE FOUNDATION Abstract Waste and inefficiency in the U.S. government are rampant. [...]


Democrats And Jobs: Love Them Or Hate Them? Democrats And Jobs: Love Them Or Hate Them? »

MARK W. HENDRICKSON Historically, the Democrats proudly have worn the mantle of “the party of [...]


SIFIs Are LCCs (Lucrative Cash Cows) SIFIs Are LCCs (Lucrative Cash Cows) »

MARK W. HENDRICKSON Six years ago, it seemed as though the financial system of the United States might [...]


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Federalist 62. Madison reminds us that the election of U.S. Senators by their respective state legislatures secured state rights or authority. In your opinion, how might a return to this vital constitutional principle become a key element in empowering a push back against federal intrusion into powers our heaven inspired Constitution clearly retained as jurisdictionally belonging to state & local governments, to families & individuals, to private businesses, churches, & charities?


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BY CARL L. BANKSTON III The recent controversy over Ayaan Hirsi Ali's speech at Yale reminded me of a [...]


Democrats And Jobs: Love Them Or Hate Them? Democrats And Jobs: Love Them Or Hate Them? »

MARK W. HENDRICKSON Historically, the Democrats proudly have worn the mantle of “the party of [...]


Bastiat: Law’s Preexistence, Definition, and Jurisdiction Bastiat: Law’s Preexistence, Definition, and Jurisdiction »

Bastiat (1801-1850) was a French economist, statesman, & author Daily Dabble in the Classics, [...]


Emerson—The Man with the Hoe Emerson—The Man with the Hoe »

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Human Rights are More Important than Property Rights Human Rights are More Important than Property Rights »

PAUL L. POIROT, THE FREEMAN Clichés of Progressivism, Part 9 It is not the right of property [...]


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Paul Berman’s The Flight of the Intellectuals

Paul Berman’s The Flight of the Intellectuals

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III The recent controversy over Ayaan Hirsi Ali's speech at Yale reminded me of a review I published back in 2011 of Paul Berman's book The Flight of the Intellectuals. I'm posting the review here: Two criticisms lie at the heart of Paul Berman’s The Flight of the [...]

Accuracy of Macroeconomic Forecasts

Accuracy of Macroeconomic Forecasts

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE One of my first professional jobs 25 years ago was with the economic forecasting firm DRI/McGraw-Hill. It was fun work, but I noticed that the firm’s gross domestic product forecasts with models hundreds of equations long were no better than simple forecasts [...]

Democratic Voting Bloc-Heads

Democratic Voting Bloc-Heads

BY ALAN CARUBA As this is being written, Rasmussen Reports says that 48% of likely voters approve of President Obama’s performance in office while 50% disapproved. Other polls indicate far more unhappiness with Obama, but in general one must conclude that half the voters are idiots. He is an [...]

Stop Disease At the Border

Stop Disease At the Border

BY PHYLISS SCHLAFLY Americans against amnesty are not only worried about unemployed Mexicans crossing our southern border illegally to take U.S. jobs. More than ever, we need the fence that Congress voted for and President George W. Bush made a television photo event when he signed it into [...]

Balanced Budget Compact: An Interview with Nick Dranias

Balanced Budget Compact: An Interview with Nick Dranias

Only the states can reign in a debt-addicted Congress Nick Dranias THE FREEMAN Nick Dranias is Vice President of Compact for America Educational Foundation, Inc. which is a 501(c)(3) charity that focuses on educating citizens and statesmen about the power of interstate compacts to achieve [...]

When the Communists Murdered a Priest

When the Communists Murdered a Priest

PAUL G. KENGOR, CENTER FOR VISION AND VALUES It was October 19, 1984—30 years ago this week. A gentle, courageous, and genuinely holy priest, Jerzy Popieluszko, age 37, found himself in a ghastly spot that, though it must have horrified him, surely did not surprise him. An unholy trinity of [...]

Eliminating Waste and Controlling Government Spending

Eliminating Waste and Controlling Government Spending

ROMINA BOCCIA, HERITAGE FOUNDATION Abstract Waste and inefficiency in the U.S. government are rampant. The federal government does too many things that would be done better by individuals or businesses in the private sector, or by state and local governments, or that should not be done at all. [...]

Killing Confidence in Our Government

Killing Confidence in Our Government

BY ALAN CARUBA What has been the over-riding theme of life in America since Barack Obama became President in 2008? It has been the continued loss of confidence Americans have regarding various elements of the federal government. From the Centers for Disease Control, the Veterans [...]

Democrats And Jobs: Love Them Or Hate Them?

Democrats And Jobs: Love Them Or Hate Them?

MARK W. HENDRICKSON Historically, the Democrats proudly have worn the mantle of “the party of labor.” In practice, though, there has been an interesting dichotomy: they undoubtedly are the party of organized labor, with unions being a major pillar of the Democratic Party; however, their [...]

Student’s First Amendment Suit Against U. of New Mexico Will Proceed

Student’s First Amendment Suit Against U. of New Mexico Will Proceed

SUSAN KRUTH, THEFIRE.ORG If there is a safe place to share controversial opinions without punishment, it should be a class at a public institution of higher education that professes to foster discussions by “open minds.” Yet despite the inclusion of these words in the syllabus of the [...]

The Five-Dollar Lady, the GOP & Rob Maness for U.S. Senate

The Five-Dollar Lady, the GOP & Rob Maness for U.S. Senate

LLOYD MARCUS, PROUD UNHYPHENATED AMERICAN Six years ago I wrote the song, “American Tea Party Anthem” http://bit.ly/1D155uv and was asked to perform my song at rallies across America on a Tea Party Express national bus tour. Back then, I was not politically savvy; clueless about how all this [...]

UN Gun Grab Enters New And Dangerous Phase

UN Gun Grab Enters New And Dangerous Phase

BY BOB BARR Those wild and crazy bureaucrats on the banks of the East River are at it again. The United Nations – a bureaucracy so bloated and byzantine that it makes the United States Senate appear efficient by comparison – is poised to begin tossing legal monkey wrenches into international [...]

SIFIs Are LCCs (Lucrative Cash Cows)

SIFIs Are LCCs (Lucrative Cash Cows)

MARK W. HENDRICKSON Six years ago, it seemed as though the financial system of the United States might melt down. In March of 2008, prodded by federal regulators, J.P. Morgan J.P. Morgan Chase Chase absorbed Bear Stearns. In September, JPM also took over Washington Mutual. This proved [...]

An American Decline that Must Be Reversed

An American Decline that Must Be Reversed

BY ALAN CARUBA The tendency of pundits is to address the decline in American culture and traditional moral values. The concerns addressed include the rather sudden, but widespread embrace of same-sex marriages or calls for the legalization of marijuana so anyone can get high without the fear of [...]

Politicizing a Plague

Politicizing a Plague

BY ALAN CARUBA If President Obama does not want the Ebola virus to kill Americans, why has his administration done nothing to restrict any flights from Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone, the hot spots in Africa where it appears the virus is spreading? One of the reason flights from Liberia [...]

Have you read my book –  Now Tell Me I Was Wrong?

Have you read my book – Now Tell Me I Was Wrong?

BY TOM DEWEESE You know, it’s been a couple of years since my book was published and I have sold a lot of them as I travel across the country, speaking about Agenda 21. But I took a few minutes during this past weekend to look through the book again and frankly, it still surprises me. If [...]

Why Pennsylvania should not enact a severance tax on natural gas

Why Pennsylvania should not enact a severance tax on natural gas

TRACY MILLER, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES As the governor’s race heats up in Pennsylvania, one of the central issues is whether to enact a severance tax on natural gas. Democrat candidate Tom Wolf has emphasized the fact that Pennsylvania is the only state in the country without a severance [...]

Common Core’s Growing Unpopularity

Common Core’s Growing Unpopularity

BY PHYLISS SCHLAFLY The highly-acclaimed Common Core standards are becoming so unpopular that they may soon be politically untouchable. From Glenn Beck and activist parents to the Wall Street Journal and senior academics, critics are piling on and throwing Common Core into the trash bin. One of [...]

Climate Change Insanity

Climate Change Insanity

BY ALAN CARUBA I went out for a walk today and enjoyed seeing how the autumn leaves are changing color because autumn, simply stated, is one of the four seasons that affects the Earth. It is part of the change that occurs as it has for billions of years. The notion that humans have anything to do [...]

Abandoning Kurds and Jews

Abandoning Kurds and Jews

BY ALAN CARUBA Watching the events affecting the Kurds in Kobani, Syria, under attack from the Islamic State (ISIS), it occurred to me that they have much in common with Zionists, Jews who established Israel in 1948. Turkey’s president Recep Tyyip Erdogan dislikes Kurds and Jews with equal [...]

A Supreme Court, Not Supreme Wisdom

A Supreme Court, Not Supreme Wisdom

BY ALAN CARUBA I am not a lawyer, but I have read the Constitution and I cannot find any indication that the Founding Fathers intended the guarantee of “equal protection of the laws” in the 14th Amendment to include same-sex marriage. The idea would have been regarded as an abomination to the [...]

We need some regulatory patriotism!

We need some regulatory patriotism!

BY PAUL DRIESSEN ~President Obama condemns tax inversions, but pillages America with his regulatory agenda. “My policies are on the ballot, every single one of them,” he reminded voters on October 2.~ It’s no mystery why American companies have stockpiled over $2 trillion of overseas [...]

NEA and God: A Partnership In Denial

NEA and God: A Partnership In Denial

BY STEVE FARRELL Missing the Mark With Religion, Part 12 A little secret is out. Maybe you’ve heard? The enter stage left ‘let’s kick God and morality out of the classroom’ National Education Association was once a ‘wee’ bit more in God’s camp then they’d ever admit [...]

Human Rights are More Important than Property Rights

Human Rights are More Important than Property Rights

PAUL L. POIROT, THE FREEMAN Clichés of Progressivism, Part 9 It is not the right of property which is protected, but the right to property. Property, per se, has no rights; but the individual—the man—has three great rights, equally sacred from arbitrary interference: the right to his [...]

Governor Brownback’s Tax Cuts

Governor Brownback’s Tax Cuts

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) has become a punching bag for liberal pundits. They particularly dislike his tax reforms, which they say are causing a state budget disaster. Nicole Kaeding and I awarded Brownback an “A” on our “Fiscal Report Card.” So [...]

Why the U.S. Should Oppose the Creation of an International Anti-Corruption Court

Why the U.S. Should Oppose the Creation of an International Anti-Corruption Court

BRETT D. SCHAEFER, STEVEN GROVES, JAMES M. ROBERTS, HERITAGE FOUNDATION Abstract Advocates believe that “grand corruption” (extensive, large-scale corruption by high-level government officials) should be classified as a crime against humanity, subject to jurisdiction under the International [...]

Common Core the Hottest Issue

Common Core the Hottest Issue

BY PHYLISS SCHLAFLY The hottest issue at the grassroots in America is the attempt to force the Common Core curriculum on all students. That was proved again at the summer meeting of the Republican National Committee when the 168-member Committee passed two Resolutions denouncing the Common Core [...]

War: A Matter of Semantics

War: A Matter of Semantics

EARL H. TILFORD, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES “Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind.” —President John F. Kennedy For most people war is an unthinkable horror. While generals must think realistically about war, an important duty for a political leader is to [...]

Terri Lynn Land Remembers

Terri Lynn Land Remembers

LLOYD MARCUS, PROUD UNHYPHENATED AMERICAN Hello Folks. Lloyd Marcus here reporting in from the road with my CCC (Conservative Campaign Committee) team. Ultra-liberal Democrat Congressman Gary Peters who is running for U.S. Senate Michigan is an Obama agenda enforcer. Whenever someone made [...]

Rise of the Professional Slut

Rise of the Professional Slut

BY SELWYN DUKE “There was a time when you knew who the bad girls were,” someone close to me once said. “Now you know who the good girls are.” And I hear that all three of them are beside themselves over today’s state of affairs. “Lena Dunham: I Was Raped By a ‘Campus [...]

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