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US Needs Truth & Reconciliation

Men might be from Mars and women from Venus, but at least we're in the same solar system. When it comes to politics, liberals and conservatives can't agree on what the problems are much less solutions. We can blame the politicians for not making progress on the big issues of our time, but until Americans share a common truth about what those issues are we won't move an inch.

August 17, 2014 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


A Big New Tax Coming to Your Internet Bill

Since 1998 it has been prohibited by federal law for states and localities to tax Internet access. This policy, known as the Internet Tax Freedom Act, has been extended three times with broad bipartisan support. But it is set to expire again on November 1, and some Senate Democrats appear willing, this time, to allow it to actually expire if they can't use it to leverage an unrelated tax issue. It's a dangerous game that could cost taxpayers billions of dollars and worsen the digital divide by pricing some lower income Americans off of the Internet entirely.

August 15, 2014 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Ebola Ignorance and the Marketing of Fear

It takes a special kind of jerk to market fear and exploit public ignorance in the midst of a health emergency - and, sure enough, members of this repellent American subspecies are already flapping their yaps.

August 15, 2014 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Expect Less, Be Happy

Get this: Low expectations are the key to happiness.

August 14, 2014 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Testing a Lousy Way to Hold Schools Accountable

The problem with a lie-even one that everyone agrees with-is that eventually you can't ignore the truth. Enron can't paper over debt and crashes. The housing bubble pops. Now, as the rush towards using standardized test scores to evaluate teachers turns into a retreat, it might be time to face that standardized tests are a lousy way to hold schools accountable.

August 14, 2014 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


The Slacker Congress

More fun than fourteen barrels of flunkies watching our elected officials exit Washington like scared rats streaming out of a sewer to escape Godzilla. And really, who can blame them. Anybody who's ever spent a summer in DC can tell you the climate is real similar to Hell. With humidity. Then again, not sure even Hell has winged insects the size of footstools. It's not called Foggy Bottom because that's the first thing that springs to mind when Diane Feinstein walks away, you know.

August 13, 2014 | Will Durst | Columnists


US Sanctions on Russia May Sink the Dollar

The US government's decision to apply more sanctions on Russia is a grave mistake and will only escalate an already tense situation, ultimately harming the US economy itself. While the effect of sanctions on the dollar may not be appreciated in the short term, in the long run these sanctions are just another step toward the dollar's eventual demise as the world's reserve currency.

August 13, 2014 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Now that’s a messy diaper

Happy Tuesday, everybody, and God Bless America.

August 12, 2014 | Argus Hamilton | Columnists


Americans Love Downton Abbey but Not Real Monarchy

It is said that Americans don't like titles.

August 12, 2014 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Building better biofuel: Collaborative research cultivates camelina as sustainable oil

A Kansas State University biochemist is improving biofuels with a promising crop: Camelina sativa. The research may help boost rural economies and provide farmers with a value-added product.

August 10, 2014 | | Columnists


What Do You Actually Know About ISIS?

Imagine our government issuing a law requiring women to surgically remove their external genitalia.

August 10, 2014 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Why Won’t Obama Fire the Liar?

We're taught as kids that lying is bad, that liars should be held accountable. But in Washington, lying is so endemic and so flagrant that the perpetrators are rarely even rebuked.

August 10, 2014 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Will The Sarah Palin Channel Rival Comedy Central?

This just in! If you're willing to spend more money than you currently drop on Netflix, you can now get the Sarah Palin Channel online, which promises to "discuss the great issues of the day and work towards solutions."

August 08, 2014 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists


The Panama Canal Turns 100: A Family Affair

On August 15 the Panama Canal (which greatly enhances maritime trade by providing a shortcut between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans) celebrates the 100th anniversary of its opening.

August 08, 2014 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Let Boy’s Be Boys this Summer

Ah, summer. What a great time for boys to read "The Dangerous Book for Boys."

August 07, 2014 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


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The Quiet Death of an Exiled King

2017 began on a bad note.

January 19, 2017 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Will Trump Continue the Bush-Obama Legacy?

This week, Congress passed a budget calling for increasing federal spending and adding $1.7 trillion to the national debt over the next ten years ...

January 19, 2017 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Trump Isn’t Going to Play by the Media’s Rules

Another bedrock of conventional wisdom has been overturned. During the Trump administration it is okay to shoot the messenger.

January 18, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Millennials Need to Own Homes

Get this: The share of millennials who own a home has fallen to a 30-year low.

January 18, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


A Woman’s View

This past weekend was a wake up call for many of us. No internet, no land line, no electricity. Going without electricity, even for a ...

January 18, 2017 | Judi Tabler | Columnists


Navigating the Seas of Racial Differences

I don't usually live my days according to a particular theme. No planning goes into them, unless I'm celebrating a birthday or some ...

January 17, 2017 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


The Circus is Now the Standard

Just nine days before becoming Leader of the Free World, President-elect Donald Trump wasn't talking about economic policy. He wasn't talking about global ...

January 17, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Obama’s Lost Legacy

The Obamas have said their goodbyes to America.

January 16, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Trump is Sabotaging His Own Presidency

During Wednesday's choleric press conference, Donald Trump compared the intelligence community to the Nazis. Not a good idea.

January 16, 2017 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Crony Capitalism Masquerading as Infrastructure Reform

The beginning of the Obama Administration was marked by a trillion dollar experiment called economic stimulus. All we really have to show for it is ...

January 14, 2017 | Peter Roff | Columnists


Why Rick Perry is Actually a Good Cabinet Pick

Let's consider what former Texas Gov. Rick Perry brings to the table as a member of President-elect Donald Trump's Cabinet and as the ...

January 14, 2017 | Matt Mackowiak | Columnists


Fort Lauderdale Shooting: Another One Slips Through?

Apparently, we now live in a country where you can walk into an FBI office, admit to being an ISIS terrorist and you aren't ...

January 12, 2017 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Save Our School Talent Shows

It seems there's a shortage of the old Hollywood Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland "Hey, kids - let's put on a show!" exuberance.

January 12, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Women Rise as Top Cops

I was at a Phoenix Suns basketball game in October when the PA announcer asked for a round of applause for the city's new ...

January 11, 2017 | Peter Funt | Columnists


About that Meryl Streep Takedown

Acclaimed actor Meryl Streep lit up social media during Sunday's Golden Globe awards in an explicitly political speech, where she harshly criticized President-elect Donald ...

January 11, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


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