Should We Sometimes Ignore Mass Murder but Condemn Lesser Sins?

by Burt September 29, 2014

Oddly, progressives often say “yes” to this question, and have been doing so for almost a century now. At the United Nations, President Obama stated: “In a summer marked by instability in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, I know the world also took notice of the small American city of Ferguson, Missouri—where a young […]

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What’s the Export-Import Bank, and Why We Will Be Happy, Happy, Happy If It’s Abolished?

by Burt September 18, 2014

“I don’t understand why my government finances my state-owned enterprise competitors in foreign countries. . . .” Thus spoke Richard Anderson, CEO of Delta Airlines, who is frustrated with the billions of tax dollars the U.S. spends to help foreign governments compete with the U.S. Anderson’s prime target is the Export-Import Bank, which was created […]

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False Ideology

by Anita September 1, 2014

Posted by Anita Folsom Seventy-five years ago today, Germany invaded Poland, plunging the world into war. In the wee hours of September 1, 1939, Nazi soldiers brought convicts from German prisons – grimly referred to as “canned goods” – to the German-Polish border. The convicts were made to put on Polish army uniforms and then […]

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The Progressives Are On The Wrong Side Of History

by Burt August 26, 2014

Who is “on the wrong side of history,” progressives or conservatives? Progressives often insist they are “on the right side of history,” but their ideas failed 100 years ago. Today, for example, progressives have opposed fracking and have halted the building of the Keystone Pipeline to bring cheaper oil from Canada through the United States. […]

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The New AP U.S. History Standards Earn a Grade of F

by Burt August 18, 2014

Sadly, the best and brightest of American high school students will be taking Advanced Placement (AP) United States history courses this fall. I say “sadly” because the AP committee has expanded its History Standards, which will guide the teaching of this course to millions of students in the fall and in years to come. These […]

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Why Do So Many Know So Little About History?

by Burt August 14, 2014

The problem starts in the schools, and with the content taught (or not taught). If, for example, most high school students today don’t know when the Civil War occurred, or why it occurred, how will they understand what it accomplished? The Advanced Placement (AP) classes in high school are important because they attract the best […]

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Who Really Cares For the Poor?

by Burt August 7, 2014

The Wall Street Journal reported today (“Stimulus for Clunkers” Aug 6, p. A12) the financial and environmental failure of the president’s “Cash for Clunkers” program in 2009. It was touted as “very nearly the best possible countercyclical policy,” but instead it was costly and ineffective. Why do the good intentions of political do-gooders always seem […]

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The Disaster That Was World War I

by Burt July 28, 2014

One hundred years ago today, Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia–which soon engulfed Europe in World War I. A complex system of alliances among the countries of Europe meant that dozens of governments had declared war within a few days. Sadly, the Great War, as it was then called, is not much remembered today. But it […]

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Let’s Celebrate Liberty!

by Anita July 15, 2014

Posted by Anita Folsom      The 4th of July has reminded us about the importance of our liberty in this wonderful country.  We have a long history of independence and personal initiative.  Our forebears didn’t look to government as the answer for all problems.  Instead, most individuals discovered solutions in the free market and prized […]

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Where Does President Obama Get His Ideas on the Constitution?

by Burt July 8, 2014

From the Progressives. And in particular from President Woodrow Wilson, who was president one hundred years ago. Wilson was the first president who explicitly attacked the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution as well. Here’s the story. Before he was president, Professor Woodrow Wilson taught history and politics at Princeton. He admired the idea of […]

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