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Enforcing ‘Constructive Behavioral Change’

A group of college presidents has sparked debate by signing a petition urging the drinking age be lowered to 18, the legally recognized age of adulthood. They argue that “twenty-one is not working” because it has “not resulted in significant constructive behavioral change among our students.” Several groups are opposing this campaign, among them Mothers […]

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Death and Carbon Taxes

In the early 1960s, President Kennedy challenged America to make what would be a giant leap for mankind by putting a man on the moon within the decade. Offering his own version of this challenge in a recent speech, former Vice President Al Gore called on America to transition all electricity production to “renewable” energy […]

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The Absurdity of Hope

In November 2007, Barack Obama said that as President of the United States, he would personally negotiate with Iran, offering economic incentives and a chance for peaceful relations if Iranian leaders would forego pursuit of nuclear weapons and support of terrorists. In an interview with the New York Times, he said that Iran could possibly […]

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The Ponies Made Me Do It

Former NBA official Tim Donaghy was sentenced to 15 months in prison last week for gambling on NBA games, some of which he himself officiated. The interesting thing about this case is not the question of whether or not the defendant was guilty. This was not a “whodunit?” case; Donaghy openly admitted his guilt at […]

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Science and Faith: Enemies

Billionaire investor Sir John Templeton passed away last month. A devout Presbyterian, Templeton devoted much of his fortune to the study of the relationship between religion and science. He believed that faith and the scientific method could work harmoniously to advance knowledge about the world. Such a position may seem plausible at first. After all, […]

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Mixed Economy, Decisively Bad Results

The Wall Street Journal recently ran an excellent editorial examining the bad business and corruption that arises “when you combine private profit with government power.” Created by an act of Congress in 1938, Fannie Mae is a government sponsored enterprise (GSE) that owns or guarantees nearly one half of the $12 trillion US mortgage market. […]

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Uncle Sam Is Not a Nanny

The New York Times reports that in a recent speech, Randi Weingarten, the new President of the American Federation of Teachers, offered her “new vision for schools in the 21st century”. “[I]magine a federal law that promoted community schools — schools that serve the neediest children by bringing together under one roof all the services […]

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Passing the Buck

With no end in sight to the sub-prime mortgage meltdown, hundreds of thousands of homeowners can no longer afford their mortgage payments. Every month we hear new reports detailing how many more Americans lost their homes. In the midst of this crisis, The New York Times recently published an article critical of mortgage lenders and […]

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The Next Hot Career Choice: Self-Immolation

A recent article in the New York Times (“Big paycheck or service? Students put to the test“) describes a growing trend among elite universities to push students towards careers in public service. This encouragement takes various forms, from the offering of “reflection seminars” with the stated goal of directing students away from corporate jobs, to […]

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Ending Racism through Racism

According to a recent Associated Press article, black conservatives are conflicted about whom to vote for in the upcoming presidential election. These conservatives are opposed to presidential candidate, Barack Obama’s ideology and policies, but for some reason still feel compelled to vote for him. Armstrong Williams, a black conservative talk show host, says that it […]

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