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Being Right Doesn't Always Win Elections

Being Right Doesn't Always Win Elections

At the Grand Forks Herald, opinion editor Tom Dennis uses the occasion of President Obama’s second-term inauguration to argue that Republicans haven’t been winning a lot of elections of late because they aren’t sufficiently caring. After referencing one of Scott Hennen’s columns here on SAB, Dennis writes that the problem with Republicans is that we

After Re-Electing A Bunch Of Incumbents, Americans Demand Term Limits

There is nothing that baffles me more than the term limits issue. On one hand, term limits are a pretty popular concept among Americans. Proposals to end term limits for the President are routinely panned. Voters talk about term limits endlessly, suggesting that “fresh blood” in Washington from time to time is a good thing.

Government Benefits Have Reduced The Incentive To Be Employed

In the Wall Street Journal, Richard Vedder writes about America’s declining work force: In recent decades there was a steady rise in the employment-to-population ratio: For every 100 working-age Americans, there were eight more workers in 2000 than in 1960. The increase entirely reflects higher female participation in the labor force. Yet in the years

Dalrymple Slips Obamacare Implementation Into Budget

There are two aspects of Obamacare that are optional for the states. One is the creation of the health care exchanges, which are the instrument through which the government will control the insurance market. The states can either implement their own exchange (which the federal government must approve), partner with the feds on an exchange

As Price Of College Goes Up, Value Of A College Education Drops

This is what happens when government promotes something like higher education with subsidies in the form of “easy money” government loans. We get a bubble, just like the housing bubble which saw the government promoting home ownership with “easy money,” government-backed mortgages. Soaring tuition costs, a weak labor market and a glut of recent graduates

It's A Spending Problem

Courtesy of Yuval Levin at National Review, here’s another look at the “fiscal cliff” deal’s impact on the nation’s debt and deficit problem: And then there’s this comparison of spending and revenue, each as a percentage of GDP: Going back to 1973, we’ve never been able to hold federal revenues much above about 18% of

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