More than 400 years ago, the British adopted the Poor Law system, under which local communities were made responsible for the relief of poverty. For the next four centuries the Poor Laws were amended again and again, as the following argument went to and fro: Was the system providing necessary relief or was it in various ways interfering with the natural workings of the labor market by subsidizing idleness and encouraging indolence.
With the first real votes being cast in the presidential race Monday, this is an opportune moment to do some last-minute comparison shopping on the candidates' tax reform plans.
When the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare, was enacted, Americans were promised a healthcare system in which insurance companies would be held accountable and patients would have access to affordable care.
The results from Iowa were certainly interesting. On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are virtually tied, giving both campaigns some momentum going into New Hampshire.
Last night a Bernie Sanders declared North Korea our biggest foreign threat. Clearly North Korea is a very strange situation because it is such an isolated country run by a handful of dictators, or maybe just one, who seems to be somewhat paranoid. And, who had nuclear weapons.
On Wednesday the US media interrupted its saturation coverage of the presidential primaries to report on President Barack Obamas visit to a mosque in Maryland. The visit was Obamas first public one to a mosque in the US since entering the White House seven years ago.
What the 19th century can teach 21st century conservatives.
In the last Democratic debate before the New Hampshire primary, Hillary Clinton came up with her fourth explanation for the gluttonous speaking fees and campaign contributions that the financial sector and investment firms "Wall Street," in liberal shorthand have been showering on her for so long.
It is unfortunate that the Ted Cruz campaign and Rep. Steve King sent out misleading and even erroneous information about Dr. Ben Carsons campaign plans, for which Cruz and King have apologized. But CNN is also to blame, and its self-righteous, overly-indignant condemnation of the Cruz campaign exposes its own hypocrisy.
Macklemore is the stage name of a white rapper from Seattle named Ben Haggerty. He and his publicists are currently trying to convince the hip-hop press and the music media to notice the greatness of his new nine-minute song "White Privilege II."
That's the new hot attack on Sen. Marco Rubio. Ted Cruz leveled the epithet at Rubio just days before the Iowa caucuses, which is a little ironic since Cruz has been called the same thing in the past.
Dear Gov. Bush: There are many ways to express your love of country. One is to serve as president. In your case, that path seems closed. Since April, you spent the better part of $15 million in Iowa, yet you came sixth, winning just 2.8 percent of the vote and one delegate.
I don't know how the primaries will turn out in New Hampshire next week. But I was glad to see Republican voters in Iowa prick some of the air out of the Trump balloon Monday night and lift Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio to the top of the GOP heap.
Votes are stubborn little things. Votes have none of the sparkle and shine of campaign rhetoric. Votes don't soar; they sink in. Votes are precious to, and deeply felt by, the men and women who cast them, but the candidates stop catering to votes as soon as they're cast.
For eight years now, the president has reprimanded the American people for their attitudes about Islam. And Barack Obama's big speech to the Islamic Society of Baltimore -- granted, filled with many harmless platitudes -- was no different, leaving little room for any honest dialogue about ideology or faith. Many of the president's ideas about "tolerance," in fact, are antithetical to the American experience, not something to celebrate.
New Hampshire may well be the end of the campaign trail for more GOP hopefuls, as Iowa was for Rand Paul, Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee. All three ran largely positive campaigns and comported themselves with dignity and grace when they bowed out. Unfortunately, the same can't be said for some of those hanging on by a thread in New Hampshire. Chris Christie and Jeb Bush, in particular, have decided their best chance to stay in the race is to attack other candidates.
The legions of young voters who are flocking to Bernie Sanders' socialist banner is depressing.
A small but important Second Amendment victory was handed to one aspiring cop in New Jersey last week.
The Bill Ayers-Dinesh DSouza showdown on February 3, at the University of Michigan was billed as a debate about American exceptionalism. It began with Bill Ayers giving his opening statement, Every human being is of incalculable worth.
I have, since last September, written several times that I think the 2016 campaign comes down to a race between Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. The loss in Iowa after leading in the ten polls preceding the caucuses has taken the wind out of Donald Trump's sails. He is refusing to invest in New Hampshire and will not buy expansive data to micro-target voters.
Theres a reason why nearly zero Republican Senators are rushing to the microphones to endorse Ted Cruz. Compared to his bold attempts to topple the presidents middle-class-crushing, business-squashing, government-dependency-boosting, liberty-erasing imperialism, they look like the Lollipop Guild all obediently singing to Obamas tune. So they hate Ted Cruz.
"To Muslim womens rights activists fighting for equal access to mosques as part of a broader campaign for reform from equal education for women and girls to freedom from so-called 'honor killings', the presidents visit to a mosque that practices such blatant inequity represents a step backwards."
Last August, an accident at a federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cleanup project at the long-abandoned Gold King mine in Silverton, Colorado, resulted in a gusher of heavy metal-laden water into the Animas River.
This has not been a good week for Hillary Clinton. She prevailed over Sen. Bernie Sanders in the Iowa Democratic presidential caucuses by less than four tenths of one percent of all votes cast, after having led him in polls in Iowa at one time by 40 percentage points.
In Monday's Iowa caucus, Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, the man most hated by the Republican establishment, came from behind to nab front-runner Donald Trump. Senator Marco Rubio, R-Fla., the supposed establishment favorite, came in just a point behind Trump. According to conventional wisdom, this should set up a battle royal among anti-establishment Cruz, anti-establishment Trump and establishment Rubio.
Just last week, I suggested that South Carolina would be the ultimate battleground where the Republican establishment would either stop Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, or see its domination of the GOP come to an end.
If you attend a Republican presidential event on the campaign trail, you may come to wonder if you made a wrong turn and ended up in church. If you are not a believer -- an evangelical Christian believer, that is -- you may feel ever so slightly unwelcome.
On the eve of the Super Bowl, I cannot help but compare presidential politics to professional sports. No, as the saying goes, politics "ain't beanbag." But surely there is some extent to which it can be -- and ought to be -- viewed as a team sport.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was designed to force most Americans to buy something unaffordable so a few high-cost individuals can get coverage for less than they otherwise would. The inevitable result is that the Obamacare exchange has become a high-risk pool for people who are poorer or sicker than average.
It is amazing that people today want to treat anything from the Bible as if it's asbestos, to borrow a line from Christian attorney Jordan Lorence, if it somehow shows up in a public school. Historically, it was the push to teach the Bible that gave birth to education for the masses in the first place. This was the forerunner to the public school. How ironic.
One of Donald Trump's talking points and biggest applause lines is how "they" -- Japan, China and Mexico -- are "beating us in trade" and are "taking our jobs." He proposes tariffs, for example, on Chinese goods in retaliation for that country's alleged "cheating."
Is Hillary Clinton qualified to be president? To hear some of her prominent supporters tell it, no candidate could be more qualified.
In the aftermath of Donald Trumps second place finish to Ted Cruz in Iowa, his Twitter feed was surprisingly silent for fifteen hours, a near eternity for the very vocal, Twitter-friendly billionaire. When he did resume tweeting, he did it with typical aplomb, first with positive words about Iowa, and then with one tweet that generated a lot of attention and criticism.
Latin America's Zika virus is the latest undocumented immigrant to hit our shores, but have no fear.
The campaigns will be eager to tell you the meaning of Ted Cruz's victory and the virtual tie between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in Iowa last night, but the larger significance of this election has been clear for months: The two major parties are paper tigers.
When Punxsutawney Phil, Pennsylvanias famous winter-prognosticating groundhog, emerged from his stump yesterday and decided it was safe to stay outside, he must have first checked the results of Iowas caucuses.
In October, President Barack Obama said that the Trans-Pacific Partnership his administration had just finished negotiating "reflects America's values."
North Korea's nuclear extortion drama, the repeated threat of nuclear attack followed by demands for food and financial aid, has exhausted South Korean and Japanese diplomatic patience.
Once upon an all too familiar time, it was the Jews who were desperate to flee Europe a step ahead of Hitler, but first the authorities took the precaution of relieving them of all their property, some of it still the subject of court cases all over the world.
In 1941, journalist Dorothy Parker suggested a gruesome parlor game you could play at your next dinner party, which she called Who Goes Nazi? As this game was supposed to be played before anyone knew what Hitler himself would go on to do, Parker clearly meant the born Nazi epithet as a standard political jab rather than the over-the-top insult it has become.
Recently, alarming news for those advocating for a sensible health care policy arrived courtesy of Politico Pro: The pharmaceutical industry spent more than $50 million on lobbying last year alone. And, if you can believe this, thats an increase from 2014.
Former frontrunner Donald Trump came in second in Iowa for many reasons, but the biggest one is that he is widely disliked by most Americans.
Despite living in an increasingly disenchanted world, we seem to be in the grips of a global epidemic of naivety. People are far too easily seduced by exalted words and fine sentiments, and the result is a lot of severely dysfunctional relationships.
When you think of the United States as being free, what comes to mind? The ability to speak your mind? To vote? To live and work where you please? Good answers, but theres another kind of liberty thats easily overlooked, although it affects nearly everything we do.
Ted Cruz, who won the Republican caucus in Iowa on Monday, says he has always opposed legalizing the 11 million people who live in the U.S. without the government's permission. Donald Trump, who finished second in Iowa, has promised to deport them all, while Marco Rubio, who was a point behind Trump, has renounced the "path to citizenship" he used to support and wants to double the size of the U.S. Border Patrol, even as net migration from Mexico has dropped below zero.
Something is definitely rotten in the state of Michigan. And its not just the lead-poisoned water coming from the corroded pipes undergirding Flints public water system. The rottenness goes to the very core of an attitude of managerial expediency unfettered by moral leadership.
On March 8, 2005, nearly eleven years ago, the Center for a Just Society published its first Ideas in Action column. The title was, "Fight for Terri Schiavo Comes to Capitol Hill," and the column was intended to inform the American public about the ongoing fight to save Terri's life after she was, without due process, sentenced to death by starvation and dehydration by the Florida court system.
Gold rose again last week to close January at $1,118 per ounce, up 5.3% in January. Meanwhile, the Dow Jones and S&P stock indexes were each down over 5%, averaging a 5.3% loss.
Regardless of who wins the presidency this November and it could be a narcissist, a felon, or a socialist Congress must return to normal order.
On 9/11, one of my roommates was a Turkish pilot. Not only was he sent home that day, he didnt work again for weeks. In one moment he was just a guy with a religion that most Americans had no strong opinions about. In the next, there were people who thought he was potentially dangerous because of what he believed.
Donald Trump was absent from Fox News' Republican debate Thursday night, presiding at his own event seven minutes' drive away featuring cameo appearances by the two previous Iowa Republican caucus winners exiled now to the undercard debate, Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum. But the issue Trump raised to high-decibel level at his announcement last June was front and center at the main event: immigration.
In the beginning there was a combative media. Dating back to Colonial America, as Eric Burns has chronicled in his book, "Infamous Scribblers," politicians and journalists have mostly had a love (for Democrats)-hate (for Republicans) relationship. It is television and the advent of the celebrity culture -- from "TMZ" to "Entertainment Tonight," to now even broadcast news -- that has taken the process to new depths.
For me, the big question isn't which team wins in that football thing this weekend. The real big question is whether local anarchists and malcontents will try to shut down any big-name bridges, freeways or otherwise jam up the Bay Area's Super Bowl festivities.
The earth on which we live is a spinning globe. Vast though it seems to us, it is a mere speck of matter in the greater vastness of space. Thats the beginning of H.G. Wells The Outline of History (1920), a history of the world that helped to move me toward atheism and socialism when I was a teenager.
Holed up during the Blizzard of 2016, I was a grateful recipient of our DVD-collecting neighbors brand new copy of the Matt Damon film The Martian.
On the eve of the Iowa caucuses, where the first ballots for the next president are cast, Senator Jeff Sessions, R., AL, who has not endorsed a candidate, gave a round of interviews declaring that 2016 "is the last chance for the American people to take back control of their government."
When grassroots parents discovered big-education elitists had kept them in the dark about the Common Core (CC) experiment being conducted on their children, they helped to shine a bright light on the gross deception perpetrated by some educators and government officials who desire to radically transform the way the nations children are educated.
Since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) became law in 2010, millions of Americans have been forced to obtain a new, often inferior health insurance plan; health insurance premiums have risen dramatically, especially for young adults; and many health insurance companies operating in the Obamacare exchanges have lost millions of dollars.
Government by ideological fantasy - at the expense of actual facts - is a terrible idea. So too is government of, by, and for the donors.
The Girl Scout cookie season is upon us which means people with nothing better to do will criticize Girl Scout cookies. According to the International Business Times, one critic, a professor of medicine and public health at the University of Arizona, says it makes no sense for the Girl Scouts to sell something so unhealthy.
Before Obamas election in 2008, in the halls of American academia, among the deans of international studies, the concepts of soft power versus hard power had been well-established bipolar modes of operation by which America conducted its foreign policy.
Inconsistency on healthcare and abortion helped Mitt Romney lose in 2012, especially among young voters. Iowa caucus and New Hampshire primary voters: heres what you need to know to elect a winner.
I dont like worthless, empty slogans, but I have a real problem when those worthless, empty slogans are used to justify a moral or theological position.
I feel dj vu all over again, just like Yogi Berra. Once more time, I am defending my current top pick for President, explaining to readers and voters (hopefully, the same) that my candidate is not pro-amnesty, but pro-America, a consistently conservative candidate to secure the country and put the needs of American citizens first.
Political correctness has invaded our culture so thoroughly there are essentially two tiers of justice in this country. If you are a white, progressive, privileged hippy Millennial, or a Black Lives Matter activist, law enforcement and the legal system will bend over backward to accommodate your protests and acts of civil disobedience.
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