Little Sisters vs Goliath

It’s a story about how freedom is all. I speak of the Little Sisters of the Poor, an international congregation of Roman Catholic nuns who have devoted their lives to caring for the elderly poor. I am lucky to know more about this remarkable organization than many. Nate Beeler / Columbus Dispatch In 2007, I…

House Leaders, Chamber of Commerce Double-Team Unemployed Americans

Congress no sooner reconvened than the-all out push for comprehensive immigration reform picked up where it left off. For clarity’s sake, I’ll define “reform” the way Capitol Hill interprets it—legalizing and granting amnesty to 11-20 million illegal immigrants, giving them instant work authorization and tripling legal immigration to more than 30 million high and low-skilled…

Our Irrational Immigration System

  The state of California tossed the conservative media another hunk of red meat last week when its Supreme Court granted an illegal alien a law license. You probably heard plenty of outrage on your favorite talk-radio show about how the liberal Left Coast judges rewarded a lawbreaking immigrant instead of deporting him or throwing…

Employers Can Take ‘Personal Responsibility’ For Poverty Wages

Brace yourself America—Republicans have discovered poverty! Right here, right under their noses, 48 million Americans are, as Senator Marco Rubio puts it, “soon-to-haves.” Because nothing says you understand institutional and generational poverty like using corporate-ese to describe it. David Fitzsimmons / Arizona Daily Star Now that Republicans have acknowledged one-fifth of the wealthiest country in…

Why Do You Vote the Way You Vote?

Have you ever wondered why you vote the way you vote? It seems it is a little more complex and a little less comical than some would like to make it. Take the recent study by National Media Research Planning and Placement suggesting there might be a link between Republicans, Democrats and the type of…

The Commish, the 2nd Time Around

William J. Bratton was sworn in by Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday. Can he shape up stop-and-frisk? BILL BRATTON’S biggest problem right now might not be stop-and-frisk. It might be stop-and-sulk. Given a new mayor who catapulted into office by castigating the police, given a City Council that passed two punitive bills related to…

Make Obamacare Voluntary

Just before Christmas, the Obama administration issued a blanket waiver for millions of Americans from the individual mandate requiring purchase of government-approved health insurance. The waiver, whose announcement was choreographed to give political credit to Democratic Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, was limited to individuals and families whose health plans were canceled by Obamacare. As…

The Big Puff: Obama’s Shrinking Deficit

“Congratulations, Mr. Obama, sequestration has been your most successful federal program!” That’s what some pundits are saying in response to the President’s report that our national deficit is less than half of what it was four years ago. Nate Beeler / Columbus Dispatch On the surface, this certainly would be worthy of national applause for…

OK, GOP, Defend Speech You Don’t Agree With

As the dust settles over A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson’s interview in GQ, I’d like to offer a challenge to all who defended his right to wax nostalgic about how happy black people were before the civil rights era (also stating that Shintoism is basically Nazism and homosexuality is basically bestiality). To all those…

Where the jobs are

A friend recently got stuck when he tried to explain to his son, who was struggling to find a job, how our economy got to be the way it is. He asked my help since I am a well-known crank on the matter. I offered him three short anecdotes: Last summer I was in a…

Obama Channels Nixon

President Obama, despondent over his low poll numbers and the lack of trust many Americans have for him and his policies, did something drastic. He met with the psychic medium who once helped Hillary Clinton contact the spirit of Eleanor Roosevelt. With the medium’s help, Obama summoned the only presence in America who could help…

WILL DUR$T’$ 2013 XMA$ GIFT WI$H LI$T

  It’s the most wonderful time of the year. And finally over. Thank the maker. Because if The Little Drummer Boy was played within my immediate vicinity one more time, somebody was going to have a bacon-flavored candy cane crammed into an orifice that doesn’t naturally accommodate candy canes. Bacon or otherwise. Adam Zyglis /…

Suggestions for Liberals in 2014

Because things are not going well for liberals who have driven the Democrat Party out of the American mainstream, I thought it would be helpful to come up with a list of suggestions for them to consider in 2014. So here goes: Eric Allie / Cagle Cartoons Touch a gun. Guns do not bite, nor…

The Year That Will Be

Late December is traditionally a time to recap the year’s news, but do we really have the stomach for it in 2013? Let’s look ahead, with a precap of news sure to happen in 2014. Jan. 1 A White House brunch ends abruptly as participants fail to agree on a New Year’s toast. Democrats reportedly…