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COVID and Conscientious Objection

The U.S. Supreme Court last week declined to stop a state vax mandate for healthcare workers invoking religious objections. It declined to halt New York Governor Kathy Hochul’s denial of the First Amendment religious rights of healthcare workers. Only three justices stepped forward to intervene: Neil Gorsuch, Samuel Alito, and Clarence Thomas. Gorsuch was clearly disappointed with his colleagues, no doubt Amy Coney Barrett and Brett Kavanaugh chief among them.

Homeschooling Will Boom Long After COVID-19

Student enrollment in public schools has nosedived as parent disgust with school COVID-19 policies, student learning losses, and controversial education policies has gone through the roof. In the wake of this enrollment implosion, homeschooling has boomed across the country.

Green Heroin vs. the Call to Work

Addiction to government handouts continues to be a significant economic and societal issue. Recently, some authors have sounded the alarm by tagging the current CARES Act freebies as a form of “green heroin.” This addiction to green dollars has caused free-lunch addicts to lose their desire to work.

A Primer on the Vaccine Mandate: A Case of Federal Overreach

Whether you have strong convictions against vaccines, or just about the Covid vaccine, or you have no particular aversion to vaccines, understanding what is going on with President Joe Biden’s OSHA-enforced vaccine mandate is important. The OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) mandate is just one leg of a three-legged stool—the others being the vaccine edict from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services directed at medical workers and the administration’s own vaccine directive aimed at the employees of certain federal contractors.

We Need a Coordinated Global Response to the Pandemic

There is a board-game called Pandemic that has been around for years before Covid 19 circled the globe. In Pandemic, you and your fellow players are members of a disease control team. You must work together to develop cures and prevent disease outbreaks, for Pandemic is a cooperative game. The players all win or lose together.

FDA Approval of Over-the-Countyer Hearing Aids is Music to Americans' Ears

Millions of Americans may soon be able to hear a bit easier. The Food and Drug Administration just announced a new rule that would permit over-the-counter sales of hearing aids.

The Biden Administration's Ongoing Ill-Timed Battle Against Fossil Fuels

A few months ago, I wrote about President Biden’s anti-fossil fuel policies. Among other steps designed to restrict domestic production of oil and natural gas, the president canceled completion of the Keystone XL pipeline, banned drilling for oil in the Arctic Wildlife Refuge, and greatly curtailed the issuance of leases for companies to develop fossil-fuel resources underneath public lands and waters.

Celebrate All Our Rights

December 10, 2021 marks the 73rd anniversary of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). This year also marks the 5th anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Right to Peace (DRP). As we celebrate the anniversaries of these two Declarations, let’s consider their interconnectedness and how world government, world law, and world citizenship are key to their implementation.

Do I Teach at a Woke School?

“Do I teach at a woke school?” was not a question I seriously considered until one evening last week when I received an email from a friend assuring me of his prayers for me in my workplace. The reason was an article he had just read on a website, The American Reformer, entitled “Wide Awoke at Grove City College?”

What About the Other Ethan Crumbleys?

We are unfortunately informed once again of another horrific, senseless school shooting. They don’t stop. When will the next one be? Who will be the next shooter and who will be the next unsuspecting victims?

Democrats' Spending Bill Will Punish These Small Businesses

Democratic lawmakers are touting a component of their budget bill that would help small business. And indeed, some entrepreneurs will be happy to learn about the $25 billion proposal, which would provide small enterprises with new financing, training, and help with federal contracts.

Facing the Facts About Gun Violence in the U.S.

A day after yet another tragic school shooting, I just finished teaching a criminology class about gun violence and how to reduce it in the U.S. I found that my students have many misconceptions about the scope and nature of the problem. I believe they are not alone, and that these misconceptions that many others may hold work against the development of thoughtful and effective policy. Although whole volumes can and have been written about this, I share here just a few observations.

Americans Would Pay a Heavy Price for Amnesty

Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill are scrambling to find a way to amnesty illegal immigrants in their nearly $2 trillion budget bill.

Critical Race — To the Bottom

The party favor on the Republican side has been the dog whistle.

The Cracks are Showing in Roe v. Wade

Crowds gathered outside of the Supreme Court on Wednesday as the Supreme Court prepared to hear arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the most consequential abortion case in a generation.

U.S. Killer Drone Attacks Kill Innocent Civilians

As a people represented by our government, what gives us the right to go into other countries and indiscriminately assassinate people? Do we think that “American exceptionalism” gives us that right? How would we feel if the roles were reversed? Families around the world are merely trying to live their lives in peace as much as we are here in America.

For mRNA Vaccines, Thank Animals

To the delight of high school biology teachers everywhere, messenger RNA is having a moment.

Is Big Tech Bad at Business?

Google just suffered a major defeat in its legal battle with Sonos. A judge ruled that Google infringed on five of Sonos' audio patents. If the ruling is upheld, Google could pay hundreds of millions and face a ban on importing everything from Pixel smartphones to Nest speakers.

The Haiti Kidnapped Missionaries, Consider the Costs of Such Trips

The missionaries consisting of sixteen Americans and one Canadian kidnapped by the Haitian “400 Mawozo” gang October 16, is extremely scary. The gang has threatened to kill the humanitarian Christians if a million dollar per person ransom is not fulfilled. The group consists of men, women, children and an eight-month-old baby.

Parental Educational Rights and Religious Liberty: The Yoder Case Revisited

Throughout the country, parents are concerned that some public schoolboards, administrators, and associations hold them in disdain and fear their input when they raise legitimate questions about the direction of their local schools. Just short of 50 years ago (1972), the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a decision that protects parents in the educational choices they make for their children—Wisconsin v. Yoder. Revisiting Yoder nearly a half-century later is more than a historical exercise. Yoder reminds us that children are not “mere creatures of the state” and that parents retain the right to direct their education.

A Real Day for Veterans

Some 30,000 post 9/11 service members and veterans have been desperate enough to take their own lives. A real day for veterans would provide mental and physical support services that would seek to reduce or eliminate these self-inflicted casualties.

Honor and Care for our Veterans

During World War II, on April 9, 1942, 75,000 United States soldiers and Filipino soldiers were surrendered to Japanese forces after months of battling in extreme-climate conditions.

Vote Back Better

My Dad skated for the Minnesota Gophers hockey team after he finally got done serving “for the duration” in World War II in the Philippines. So, of course, he was our coach as we PeeWees tried to learn to play hockey in Minnesota in the late 1950s. As a coach, one of his favorite go-to instructions to us was, “OK, team, back to the basics!”

Specious Theories Concocted to Justify Inflation

From an economic point of view, some of the ideas being proposed by current policymakers in Washington, particularly the president’s Council of Economic Advisers and top officials at the Federal Reserve, cause this economist to scratch his head in wonderment.

Reinforce the Pandemic's Partnerships for Innovation

Beating Covid-19 has certainly taken longer than most of us were hoping, but we've turned the corner, and it's never too early to begin the critical exercise of assessing "lessons learned."

Infrastructure Bill Should Be a Cakewalk

America needs attention to our infrastructure. It’s pathetic that our Congress and President are having so much trouble putting something together they can agree on. We managed to spend the equivalent of a trillion dollars in today’s currency on the Vietnam war. What did we get for a trillion dollars? Over fifty-eight thousand dead American soldiers. Plus, over 1500 missing in action and thousands of wounded. Many who have never recovered.

On Healthcare Reform, Don't Miss the Forest for the Trees

Sometimes in Washington, lawmakers lose sight of the forest for the trees.

Sacrificing Efficiency, Science and Multilateralism for Virtue-Signaling: The Perils of the Biden WTO Waiver

The Biden administration wants to improve America's international reputation. That's why it endorsed a proposal before the World Trade Organization to waive all intellectual property rights related to Covid-19.

Who Will Pay for the $2 Trillion Infrastructure Project?

If you are making less than $40,000 a year then you probably don’t care that single people making over $523,601 pay 37% of their income in federal taxes. Married people filing jointly making over $628,301 also pay 37%. These people make it and can afford to pay it we often say. What affects someone else doesn’t bother us that much when it comes to income and taxes.

Supply Disruptions Are Hitting Home-Based Medical Care

The days of scrambling to secure toilet paper are over. But the pandemic is continuing to wreak havoc on supply chains.

Time to Punish Big Tech's IP Theft

Owners of the Apple Watch might be walking around with stolen goods strapped to their wrist. In a complaint filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission this summer, medical device firm Masimo Corporation accuses Apple of stealing patented technology for measuring blood oxygen levels and incorporating that tech into the popular smartwatch.

Cargo Ships — America's Old Jobs Floating at Sea

Cargo ships waiting to unload at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach California could keep some of America’s store shelves bare for a while. These two ports handle the bulk of cargo coming from China. Cargo keeps coming from China, making the congestion craziness only worse. The dozens of ships floating in the pacific are carrying products that used to be some of America’s good paying jobs.

Current Tax Proposals: Critiquing Two Promises

I have written about “Washington’s Bi-Partisan Fiscal Folly” for years, caused by chronic over-spending. Regardless of which party holds the upper hand in Washington, the federal budget deficit persists. In the first two full fiscal years of the Trump presidency (when there was a GOP majority in Congress), the annual federal deficit rose from $584 billion to $668 billion in 2017 and then to $779 billion in 2018. Then, with a split Congress, it rose again to $983 billion in 2019 before exploding to a COVID-turbo-charged deficit in excess of $3 trillion in 2020.

For mRNA Vaccines, Thank Animals

To the delight of high school biology teachers everywhere, messenger RNA is having a moment.

Do Our Lawmakers Want to Hurt America's Hispanic Seniors?

Congressional lawmakers plan to use their multi-trillion-dollar reconciliation bill to make the biggest change to Medicare in generations. Specifically, they want the government to "negotiate" drug prices directly with pharmaceutical companies, a move they claim will save hundreds of billions of dollars and make patients better off.

How to Slash Americans' Electricity Bills

Whenever you hear about America's electricity system these days, it's usually some big problem that has captured the public's attention.

Proposal to Change Donor-Advised Funds: "Fixing" What Isn’t Broken

“A solution in search of a problem.” That’s the best summary we’ve heard of the recent proposed legislation to increase mandates and regulations for charitable giving through donor-advised funds.

Vaccinating the Globe, One Jab At a Time

The word "awesome" is overused. But few other words seem apt when describing the fact that the world has now administered more than 6 billion doses of the Covid-19 vaccines.

Going Woke: An Insider's Look at Corporate America’s "Social Justice Scam"

Coca-Cola, Google, Delta Airlines, Blackrock, Unilever, and Facebook. On its face, this list may sound like a great investment portfolio. Instead, as shown in a new book by former biotech CEO Vivek Ramaswamy, these companies serve as the posterchildren of woke capitalism.

American Innovators, not Regulators, Will Solve Climate Change

President Biden has pledged to cut America's greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030. He intends to meet this ambitious target through a wave of new federal spending and government programs. Yet, our best hope for reducing carbon emissions isn't new government spending. It's a technological sea-change -- one that can only come from the private sector.

Gutting IP Rights Will Upend University Research, a Font of Innovation

The Biden administration recently announced support for a push by the World Trade Organization (WTO) to strip intellectual property protections from Covid-19 vaccines.

Opioid Deaths Continue to Rise as Delta Looms

Tens of thousands of American lives end prematurely every year due to opioid overdoses, leaving families shattered. Dr. Paul Christo, an Associate Professor in the Division of Pain Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, wants to remind those battling addiction to make use of telemedicine and tele-mental health services that emerged as valuable resources in 2020, and he adds, clinicians need to advocate to their patients that online treatment options are available.

ACA Paperwork Poses a Big Problem for Businesses

Fewer and fewer employers are offering health benefits. In 2001, 68 percent of firms sponsored health plans. Last year, that share dropped to 53 percent.

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Defiant, Unapologetic: Biden's Marathon Presser
President Biden, frustrated but defiant in the face of layered domestic and international crises, held forth for nearly two hours Wednesday in just his second solo press conference at the White House, breaking historic records while blaming Republicans and defending the results of his first 12 months in the Oval Office.
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An Awkward Racial Truth for Democrats
The Left preaches tolerance but excoriates those who disagree with it. It claims to seek equality or its conveniently and endlessly malleable derivative, equity, but gives preferences unequally to favored groups. It brags that it's a passionate defender of democracy but works to cancel legitimate votes by making fraudulent voting easier. It arrogates "science" to its partisan causes but rejects the facts of gender, abortion, genetically modified foods, COVID-19, economics, and much else. The list of hypocritical disparities stretches to somewhere over the rainbow.
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I'm Furious About Dems Taking Blame--It's Time to Fight Back
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Biden's Disastrous First Year Drives Voters Into GOP Arms
"Don't underestimate Joe's ability to [foul] things up," cautioned Barack Obama during the 2020 Democratic presidential primary campaign. It's a warning the nation should have heeded. Even Obama must be surprised by President Biden's disastrous first year in office, which has been characterized by a war on small businesses, promises made and promises broken, and lies about COVID, the economy, and voting.
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After Months of Doom, I'm Finally Feeling Hopeful
With the debacle of healthcare.gov's rollout and his experience as the parent of a child on Medicaid on his mind, David Perry says he was skeptical of covidtests.gov. After navigating it with ease, Perry argues that the program's strong start leaves him more hopeful for the future - but also asking why federal government hasn't been doing more all along, and what more they could do to help Americans with the challenges they face.
01/20/2022 08:59 AM
Democrats and the Cult of Masked Schoolchildren
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Durham vs. Horowitz: Tension Grips the FBI Reckoning
As he documents the role of Hillary Clinton's campaign in generating false allegations of Trump-Russia collusion, Special Counsel John Durham has also previewed a challenge to the FBI's claims about how and why its counterintelligence investigation of the Trump campaign began. At stake is the completeness of the official reckoning within the U.S. government over the Russiagate scandal - and whether there will be an accounting commensurate with the offense: the abuse of the nation's highest law enforcement and intelligence powers to damage an opposition presidential candidate turned president,...
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How Dems Can Dig Themselves Out of Current Hole
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Tale of Two Senators--AZ's Kelly Opts for Early Retirement
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Mayors Confront Today's Challenges, Build a Better Future
As the nation's mayors gather in Washington, D.C., for their annual winter meeting, I am excited about reconnecting with friends and colleagues on both sides of the political aisle. Having had time to reflect after completing three terms as mayor of Columbia, S.C., at the end of 2021, I can faithfully say the role of a mayor has never been more important in addressing the most pressing economic, health, public safety and climate priorities facing our nation's communities.
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Woke Racial Segregation Under the Guise of 'Equity'
Progressives are re-segregating American institutions under the guise of "racial equity."
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Democrats' Voting Rights Debacle
Did the party waste a year on a doomed Senate push? Or was this their best chance?
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The Killer Reform Our Elections Need
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No, Biden Is Not Putting Harris on Supreme Court
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