Principles or People

Carolyn Phippen I happened to notice the other day someone blaming President Reagan for the recent recession.  Back in 2009, this was a somewhat common liberal refrain, and Paul Krugman repeatedly exclaimed that Reagan was responsible for the economic crisis because he was behind legislation (co-sponsored and passed by many …

Jobs and Tax Cuts

  As earnings reports come out, several companies are beating expectations, not only in bottom-line profits but also in sales.  While corporations have had to cut back and trim down in order to pull back on expenditures, many are finally starting to experience some real growth. Why, then, are they …

Cash and Corporations

  My husband was recently speaking with a friend who works for a large venture capital firm.  His friend informed him that while companies have mountains of cash right now, no one wants to invest and he’s never seen anything like it in his industry before.  The uncertainty of the …

Greece, US, and Economic Reality

Among weeks of civil unrest that included at least three deaths, numerous injuries, and widespread property damage, the Greek government has agreed to major economic adjustments in exchange for an IMF rescue.  Among the measures required is the opening up of private markets in crucial areas of the economy, namely health …

Free Press and Freedom

I recently came across some writings of Robert McChesney, co-founder of Free Press.  This was one of the organizations whose lawsuit to allow government intervention in the management of internet networks was struck down last week by the U.S. Appeals Court for the District of Columbia. Free Press calls itself …

Freedom and War

  Quite a few Americans, on the left and on the right, oppose US entanglements in other countries unless we have been attacked.  For the most part I would agree, but I have to ask if it’s ever permissible to enter another country and enforce our moral code when the …

Republicans and Obstructionism

We keep hearing that the Republicans are the party of “no,” that they are simply obstructionists keeping us from achieving a blissful state of progressive utopia. The latest example of this is Sen. Jim Bunning, standing in the way of a $10 billion unemployment benefits extension.  He says he supports …

Ideology, Religion, and Charity

If liberals are the charitable people and conservatives are greedy and selfish, why is it that though liberals make, on average, 6 percent more than conservatives (using numbers from 2000), conservatives give, on average, 30 percent more to charity? Why is it that religious people are twice as likely as …