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Rick Perry Is Right about Social Security 'Ponzi Scheme'

I have a great plan for “saving” Social Security. Today’s average U.S. life expectancy is 78 years. Let’s make the retirement age to collect Social Security 79. Presto. The “system” is saved (or until life expectancy increases, at which point

The Steve Jobs/Martin Luther King Jr. Connection

Two names loom large in this week’s news. Two names that ordinarily we wouldn’t think about together. But, in the great struggle now unfolding before us for our nation’s future, it seems to me these two quintessential Americans are worth

Tea Party Remains a Movement in Search of a Leader

The question on the table today is whether revolutionary Tea Party sentiments that unseated 25 percent of the Democrats in Congress in 2010 have now vanished into a whimper. Supporters of the current administration would have us believe that this

'Don't Ask Don't Tell' Repeal a Mistake; It's a Question of Values

Our 111th congress, in its lame duck session, has given America a Christmas present in the way of repeal of the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” law. Signing the repeal into law, President Obama said he’s “never been prouder.” From my

Should Michael Steele Stay as RNC Chairman?

Next month the Republican National Committee will elect a chairman to lead their party into the 2012 presidential election. Current chairman Michael Steele, who has been a source of controversy throughout his two year tenure, is being challenged by a

Charlie Rangel Is a Symptom of a Bigger Problem

Charlie Rangel, convicted of eleven ethics violations – the most ever found against any member of Congress – was resoundingly re-elected, getting 80% of his district’s vote. After 40 years representing these folks, you can’t conclude he was an unknown

Race and the 2010 Elections

Will the NAACP be celebrating the arrival of two new black faces to the U.S. House of Representatives? Don’t hold your breath. They certainly will not. These two new black congressmen are Republicans. There’s a powerful message here that should

Revisiting Clarence Thomas's Ordeal

Ginni Thomas’s call to Anita Hill has, not surprisingly, provoked columns and blogging speculating what motivated the call, some wanting to relive those hearings of 20 years ago. But how about considering the simplest and most straightforward scenario? Mrs. Thomas

Dictators, Si – Republicans, No!

Atlantic journalist and blogger Jeffrey Goldberg is trying to understand why blacks are such “very forgiving people.” Why does he think they are? Well, how could any black American be, or even think about being, a Republican when, according to

Social Security Is an Example of Government Rigor Mortis

Keeping government limited is a practical approach to governing that opens the door to growth and prosperity. Why? Consider a fundamental difference between business and government. Any businessman operating successfully is in touch with reality, with change, and acts with

Who Are the Realists and Who Are the Ideologues?

The banter continues about the Republican Party being pushed to the right by “ideologues.” Working Americans interest in politics is motivated by how to make our lives better. They don’t care about how one set of intellectuals or pundits think

More Government to Protect Us from Ourselves

Putting more and more wolves in charge of guarding the henhouse might characterize the big problems we’ve now created for ourselves. Government is growing. The private economy is shrinking. Those wielding political power see fewer and fewer problems they believe

Dr. King, Religion and Freedom

August 28 marks the 47th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream speech.” On that steamy summer day in 1963, hundreds of thousands of Americans, black and white, converged on the mall in Washington and heard

In Washington, It's the Money that Talks

Washington’s latest bailout of bleeding state governments, $26 billion worth, has gotten attention because, among other things, almost half the bailout is financed by cutting $12 billion from food stamps. But isn’t food stamps a signature program for the liberal

'Ground Zero' Mosque Is a Mistake

The “Ground Zero” Mosque project should not go forward and let’s hope that Imam Feisel Abdul Rauf that is behind this $100 million project gets this message and backs off. But given what he is hearing from the liberals in

Challenge Today Is Freedom, Not Unity

Pollsters Doug Schoen and Pat Caddell, both Democrats, took on President Obama in a column in the Wall Street Journal last week, criticizing him for not being true to his campaign promise to unify the country. “Rather than being a

Why Are We Discussing Racism?

Can anyone tell me why suddenly race is the hot topic of national discourse? According to Gallup polling of last week, the issues most on the minds of Americans are the economy and jobs followed by dissatisfaction with all aspects

Prosperity Requires Humility

In August of 2005, Houston investment banker Matt Simmons predicted in a New York Times feature article that the price of oil, then $65/barrel, would soar. Simmons, who had written a book arguing that the world is running out of

Can Republicans Win the Hispanic Vote?

New Census data shows the continued trend that the United States is becoming a nation increasingly less white. According to this latest report, 48.6% of children born in the U.S. between July 2008 and July 2009 were “non-white minorities.” That’s

A New, Emerging Black Leadership

The race issue refuses to disappear from American politics because problems tied to race persist. Just as children are often the best witnesses to the shortcomings of parents, so the ill treated are often testimony to a nation’s shortcomings. The

Who Is Governing America?

Attorney General Eric Holder testified the other day before the House Judiciary Committee. Republican congressman Lamar Smith asked him what seemed to be a pretty simple question. Regarding the perpetrators in the last three terror attacks (two, thank God, unsuccessful)