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Is the American Dream ended? And who's to blame?

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For generations, parents have told their children about “The American dream.” Basically it has meant building a life based on the foundational principles that created and have sustained America for more than 200 years. By doing so, one might reasonably expect a new generation to achieve a better life than their parents and grandparents experienced.

But what defines “better”? In modern times it has been defined as achieving greater prosperity and consuming more material goods. Read More»

Americans must reestablish proper role of government

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“Everybody in Vanity Fair must have remarked how well those live who are comfortably and thoroughly in debt; how they deny themselves nothing; how jolly and easy they are in their minds.” — William Makepeace Thackeray

My Apple computer has a handy icon called “Time Machine.” By clicking it, I can find data that might have been misplaced, or return the computer to a specific configuration dating back to a specific date and time. Read More»

After the fall . . .

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The cynic in me says that Democrats will learn nothing from the midterm election. They not only took a bath, they were effectively water-boarded by voters. Read More»

Priority #1 for Republicans

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For newly empowered congressional Republicans, priority one must be an extension of the Bush tax cuts. There should be enough votes not only from a new Republican majority, but also from some of the decimated and dispirited (and even newly elected) Democrats. If President Obama is smart, he won’t veto the bill.

If the tax cuts are allowed to expire, everyone who gets a paycheck and has taxes withheld is going to see less money in the “net” column starting Jan. 1. Read More»

Government goes on a diet in UK; can we?

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Thirty-six years ago when he first ran for Congress, Lake Jackson, Texas obstetrician Ron Paul rented billboards depicting a seriously obese Uncle Sam with the caption: “Put Big Government on a Diet.”

Most Americans, with the possible exception of those addicted to government benefits, would probably be happy to return to the 1975 federal debt level of a paltry $84 billion. Today, the national debt is $13 trillion and rising. Read More»

The Republican philosophy

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All public policy is founded on an underlying philosophy about humanity and the world. Some call it a “world-view,” but whatever it is called, everything government does (or does not do) derives from a philosophical foundation on which it is constructed.

While the usual suspects have criticized the Republican’s “A Pledge to America” document, I find it a refreshing reminder of the founding philosophy that “brought forth on this continent a new nation,” in Lincoln’s words, 234 years ago. Read More»

Mosque site, Koran burning obscure real issue

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Terry Jones, the Florida “minister” who threatened to burn the Koran on the anniversary of Sept. 11, is as much a distraction from the real challenge facing America as was Senator Joseph McCarthy when it came to communism. Communism was (and remains in its Chinese incarnation) a real threat. But radical Islam — rabid, advancing, intolerant, subjugating — is potentially a bigger one and must be conquered. Read More»

What revival looks like

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In calling for a spiritual revival in America at his Lincoln Memorial rally Aug. 28, talk show host Glenn Beck reached back into history and touched on a familiar theme.

What would a genuine revival look like and how did those that have transformed America several times in the past get started? Earlier revivals were not created from the mobilization of large crowds. They occurred when people did something infrequently observed in modern times: humbled themselves. Read More»

Obama’s Cronkite moment?

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President Obama may have experienced his Walter Cronkite moment over the economy.

Responding to Cronkite’s reporting from Vietnam four decades ago that the only way to end the war was by negotiating with the North Vietnamese, President Lyndon Johnson was reported (though never confirmed) to have said, “If I’ve lost Cronkite, I’ve lost Middle America.” Read More»

Ground Zero sum game

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After months of dithering by the White House about the “Ground Zero Mosque” in lower Manhattan, President Obama endorsed the project at an Iftar dinner Aug. 13. The president said, “...as a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else in this country. That includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances.” Read More»

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