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GREG ALLEN: The Democratic party brand has become tarnished

June 17, 2015

One could conclude the Democratic Party has swung too far to the left and peril awaits them in up-coming elections. Debt is no longer fashionable; a tool many bragged was trendy. One need not look far to see citizens across the land rising in revolt to the status quo. The Democratic Party brand of broad and far-reaching government has become tarnished to say the least. And it wouldn’t be ridiculous to speculate that Democrats have cursed themselves with such labeling, and they could easily lose control of Washington for the next 20 years.

ALEJANDRO CHAFUEN: Building a legacy for freedom: Remembering Jack

June 11, 2015

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at

Dr. John (Jack) Marks Templeton, Jr. (February 19, 1940-May 16, 2015), lived an extraordinarily productive life. He made many contributions as a medical doctor, a foundation president, and as a family man. I witnessed many of his accomplishments, but it was in his role as a leader to promote free enterprise in America and around the world that I learned the most. During his tenure as president, the John Templeton Foundation became the largest supporter of innovative efforts to promote free enterprise around the globe.

GREG ALLEN: The preferred definition of public servant

June 2, 2015

What visual images cascade through your mind when you think of a public servant?  Is it a fireman dashing into a burning building to save a helpless child?  Or is it a police officer protecting us from some ruthless criminal?  How about a soldier risking it all in sacrifice of one for the freedom of many?
In pondering that, were our elected officials scarce to your thoughts?

CHRISTOPHER COYNE, ABIGAIL HALL: How U.S. police came to look like soldiers

June 1, 2015

We’ve all seen videos of Third World “police” in combat gear putting down demonstrations by physically assaulting protesters, turning heavy equipment and tear gas on them, or shooting into crowds. That’s what makes the recent events in Baltimore all the more disturbing. This time the “peace officers” in military combat gear, brandishing military-grade weapons and perched on armored military vehicles were ours.

ABIGAIL HALL: A better Patriot Act

May 28, 2015

Critical parts of the USA Patriot Act are about to expire. The reauthorization bill moving through Congress, the USA Freedom Act, has sparked controversy on both sides of the political aisle and within the civil-libertarian community, rekindling debates that began more than a decade ago. Now is the chance to implement much-needed reforms, including reforms to a provision not expiring: the one authorizing National Security Letters (NSL).

TOM HASTINGS: A day for our Mother Earth

April 20, 2015

How many holidays do we have? MLK Day in January, Valentines Day in February, Easter in March or April, Earth Day in April, Memorial Day in May, and so forth. Of those few examples, two were declared in my adulthood. New holidays take time to catch on and embed themselves in the culture. They can stray from their roots. Christmas is for consumerism. Veterans Day is to promote war. Thanksgiving is for football.

BYRON YORK: In emerging race, O'Malley new target of Clinton machine

April 7, 2015

Recently, a representative from the Hillary Clinton camp delivered a message to Martin O'Malley, the former Maryland governor preparing to challenge Clinton for the 2016 Democratic nomination.
I have some good news and some bad news, the messenger said.
What's the good news? asked O'Malley.
The good news is we're taking you seriously, the messenger answered. And the bad news is ... we're taking you seriously.

STEVE GILLILAND: How to slow down your life and enjoy the ride — right now

March 20, 2015

4 Considerations To Help You Embrace The
Moment, From Speaker Hall Of Fame Member

It’s finally Friday night, the beginning of a weekend of freedom, which also happens to include your birthday. Your family, friends and spouse all have celebratory plans for you.
You have a rewarding career and a network of beautiful people who want to rejoice in your life. As you walk out to your car to officially kickoff the fun, a giddy thrill washes over you.

DAVID LOPEZ: Avoiding a government head fake
-on retirement savings

March 19, 2015

A government rule on retirement savings may be tricking retirees into looking at their financial situations all wrong, says a financial advisor who specializes in retirement planning.
The rule says retirees can’t leave money in their IRA or 401k accounts forever. At age 70½ they must begin making minimum withdrawals, even if they prefer to leave the accounts untouched.
“You are forced to take money out whether you want to or not,” says Dave Lopez, a mathematics and computer science major who applies his analytical mind to solving retirement challenges.

VICKI E. ALGER: Personalizing learning for all students through education savings accounts

March 3, 2015

Fifteen years ago Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Freidman noted that just because we finance education through government that does not mean government should be in charge of delivering education. “Education spending will be most effective,” Friedman explained, “if it relies on parental choice and private initiative—the building blocks of success throughout our society.”

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