Paul M. Weyrich is the late Chairman and CEO of the Free Congress Research and Education Foundation. He served as President of the foundation from 1977 to 2002. From 1989 to 1996, Mr. Weyrich served as President of the Kreible Institute of the Free Congress Foundation, responsible for training democracy movements in the states comprising the Former Soviet Empire. He is a founder and past director of the American Legislative Exchange Council, the founding president of the Heritage Foundation, and the current National Chairman of Coalitions for America. A former reporter and radio news director, Mr. Weyrich is a regular guest on daily radio and television talk shows. A sought-after writer, Mr. Weyrich has published policy reports and journals on a variety of conservative issues and has contributed editorials to The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. He has been described by The Economist as "one of the conservative movement's more vigorous thinkers." Voted three years in a row from 1981 - 1983 by readers of Conservative Digest as one of the top three "most popular conservatives in America not in Congress," Mr. Weyrich has been named by Regardie's Magazine as "one of the 100 most powerful Washingtonians." He has been married since 1963 to the former Joyce Smigun, is the father of five children, and serves as a deacon in his church.
Many conservatives agree that since the mid-20th Century the Federal Government has grown too large, its bloated bureaucracies unaccountable to the American people and its oversight too broad vis-à-vis its Constitutional prerogatives.
Is there growing opposition to re-imposition of the so-called Fairness Doctrine or is there a clever effort - maybe a plot? - to convince opponents of the Doctrine that they need not worry?
Forget the election for the moment. We will know the outcome in two weeks. The question one ought to consider seriously is what to do with one's money.
The debates are concluded. In a few weeks voters will decide who will occupy the Oval Office for the next four years.
I have always disliked the "goo-goo" types. That stands for good government, the people who want everybody to vote.
As soon as Congress passed the $700 billion bailout, California's Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson, Jr. asking for a $7 billion loan to make up for the enormous gap between the California budget and projected revenues.
I asked Bill Wichterman, Special Assistant to the President for Public Liaison, if there would be a public ceremony when President George W. Bush signed the Rail Safety Bill, a five-year authorization for Amtrak and new money authorized for the Washington, D.C. Metro.
One radio listener dubbed the second Presidential debate as a contest between the Fresh Prince of Bel Air and Fred Mertz. Talk about boring. I had a difficult time keeping awake.
An important event occurred this week, though it went largely unnoticed because of the economic turmoil on Wall Street.
Economists, House Republicans led by Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) and millions of Americans across the country are questioning the prudence of the Federal Government's bailout of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and AIG.
I was among the estimated 80 million who watched the entire debate last Friday evening. Who won? There was no knock-out blow as some debates have produced in the past.
Remember in grade school when we first were introduced to the Pledge of Allegiance?
In Pennsylvania, Democratic Governor Edward G. Rendell and the Republican-controlled Legislature achieved a breakthrough by agreeing to permanent funding of the two largest transit systems in the State, PAT in Pittsburgh and SEPTA in Philadelphia.
Judging from what I can tell of the current financial and economic woes of the nation, I am beginning to believe that this Presidential election may be a "no-win" proposition - the loser might very well be the lucky one, indeed.
For the most part ABC News anchor Charles Gibson's interview with Governor Sarah Palin was fair.
With every indication that the Presidential race will be close, the question that is far from settled is what will happen to the contests for the Congress.
The year was 1920. A huge crowd gathered downtown to listen to a loud speaker. The city was Pittsburgh. The reason for the crowd? It was election night.
I am in a position to state without contradiction that there has been no election like this one in the past half century.
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