David Corbin

So, while President Jackson also vetoed a bill funding a public works project with only local benefits, President Obama has staked his economic recovery plan on an expansive system of (not quite) shovel-ready crony capitalism (Solyndra, Tesla, Fisker, and the rest) and deepened his party’s commitments to its favorite favor-seekers: non-profit universities with multi-billion dollar endowments, hucksters of anything “green,” Big Labor, Big Media, and, most of all, Big Government itself. Whereas Jackson minimized government spending to limit the burden on the common laborer, President Obama has established a new (health care) entitlement and expanded old ones.

The results have been very different too. President Jackson didn’t just balance the budget; in 1835, he paid off the entire national debt. President Obama, on the other hand, has added more than $40,000 to the national debt for every household in America, while unemployment has stubbornly remained above 8% and dependency on government programs reaches well into the American middle class.

The United States needs a forward-thinking party (or two) that knows from history and experience, like Jackson, that “the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their selfish purposes.” It needs a party to remind Republicans that protecting enterprise is different from promoting Big Business and that the President’s job is to protect the Constitution, not manage the economy. It needs Jackson’s Democrats, not Obama’s.

David Corbin

Dr. David Corbin taught courses in political philosophy, American politics, and international relations at the University of New Hampshire and Boston University before coming to teach at The King's College. His areas of academic interest include classical political philosophy, politics and literature, and American political history. Prof. Corbin has written a book on Thucydides' History of the Peloponnesian War (VDM, 2009) and has co-authored Keeping Our Republic: Principles for a Political Reformation (Resource Publications, 2011) and a book on Aristotle’s Politics (Continuum, 2009). He is currently working on a manuscript titled Shakespeare’s Prince.

Prof. Corbin has participated in numerous academic and civic endeavors, including serving a term in the New Hampshire State Legislature (1998-2000), involvement in the Henry Salvatori Fellows program at the Heritage Foundation (1998), the study of liberty and literature at the Liberty Fund (1999), touring Switzerland with a delegation of 20 outstanding young American diplomats to further American-Swiss relations in the summer of 2000, as a candidate for the governorship of New Hampshire in 2002, his appointment as the 2007-2008 Julius Stratton Adams fellow by the Friends of Switzerland, Boston, and as a Lehrman Institute Fellow in 2010. He was commended for his outstanding teaching by former University of New Hampshire president Joan Leitzel in May of 2001.

Prof. Corbin's analysis of political, cultural and social trends has appeared in the Investors Business Daily, The New York Times, The Washington Times, the Associated Press, First Things "First Thoughts", Radio Free Europe, the French News Agency, New Hampshire Public Broadcasting, New England Cable News, and WCVB's "Chronicle," along with various news organizations in the New England area. He resides with his wife Catie in New York City and Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, and has four children: Alex, Catherine, Patrick, and Eliza.