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Millennials Choose the Path of Least Resistance

When Alexis de Tocqueville visited America in 1830, he was struck by how many Americans were participating in voluntary associations. It was quite a contrast with his native France, where power was centralized in Paris and people did not trust each o ...

Obama's Top-and-Bottom Coalition Shows Signs of Strain

America's two major political parties are inevitably coalitions, forced by the winner-take-all Electoral College and the need of candidates in single-member congressional districts to amass 50 percent of the vote, or nearly that, to win election. In ...

Obama's 'Flexibility' Leads to a Dangerous World

"This is my last election," President Obama said in words caught on an open mic. "After my election, I have more flexibility." He was speaking in Seoul, South Korea, in March 2012, almost exactly two years ago, to Dmitry Medvedev, then in his last ye ...

Democratic Strategists in 2014 Are Like French Generals in 1940

It is reminiscent of the quandary faced by Gen. Maurice Gamelin on the evening of May 15, 1940. Suddenly he realized that German panzer troops had broken through the supposedly impassable Ardennes. French troops to the north were cut off and rendered ...

Don't Write Those Tea Party Obituaries Just Yet

February marked the fifth anniversary of the reemergence of the label "Tea Party" in American politics. It was in February 2009 that Rick Santelli delivered his famous rant on CNBC, and a few days later, a group calling itself the Tea Party Patriots ...

The Disparate Impact of Racial Discrimination

Disparate impact. That's a phrase you don't hear much in everyday conversation. But it's the shorthand description of a legal doctrine with important effects on everyday American life -- and more if Barack Obama and his political allies get their way ...

Millennials Unhappy With Obama's War on the Young

What do young Americans want? Something different from what they've been getting from the president they voted for by such large margins. Evidence comes in from various polls. Voters under 30, the millennial generation, produced numbers for Barack Ob ...

The Democrats' Feckless Attacks on Income Inequality

As Barack Obama scrambles to eviscerate key sections of his own signature health care law, he and other Democrats are trying to shift voters' focus to another issue -- income inequality. Unfortunately, the solutions they advocate are pitifully inadeq ...

For Obamacare Architects, Problems are Features, not Bugs

The defects of the Obamacare website have become well known. But the problems with the law go further than the website. These problems are not incidental, but central to its design and the intentions of its architects. Many Obamacare backers, includi ...

Barone: A Devastating Poll on Obama -- and Obamacare

"The Affordable Care Act's political position has deteriorated dramatically over the last week." That, coming from longtime Obamacare cheerleader and Washington Post blogger Ezra Klein, was pretty strong language. And it was only Wednesday. That was ...


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  • "Unfortunately, the liberal "elites" running the US public schools want the bulk of the graduates they "process" to be as..." Comment by VoiceOfReason
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  • "I'm lost for words with this. It is not our colleges fault it is even earlier than that. It starts..." Comment by sffd5
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