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The Kochocracy

In the bad old days, medieval German Lords figured out how to pocket some quick coin by charging a toll on the primitive paths meandering across their lands. The money wasn't used to improve the roads or better the lives of the peasants or clean the rivers their pigs pooped in but rather heighten the piles in their treasury. Even back then, you just couldn't have enough pewter candlesticks.

June 03, 2014 | Will Durst | Columnists


Mass Murder Knee-Jerks

You all know who he is.

June 01, 2014 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


The Imprinting of Elliot Rodger and Us

When the news first hit that 22-year-old Elliot Rodger killed six students in Santa Barbara, it didn't foreshadow the horrific details yet to come.

June 01, 2014 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists


D-Day At 70: Some Nagging Questions

I generally pay no attention to 70th anniversary observances, saving up my energies for the 75-year "diamond jubilee" milestones.

May 30, 2014 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Speech to the Best Graduating Class Ever

Exclusive Excerpt from: "Comical Sense: A Lone Humorist Takes on a World Gone Nutty!" by Tom Purcel

May 30, 2014 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Why Spy, China?

Sheesh, China, you sure know how to kick a country when it's on its way down.

May 29, 2014 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


The Best Argument Against Term Limits The Voters

The idea of limiting the number of terms anyone can serve in Congress has been around for a long time, but recently I have heard it proposed as a solution to gridlock in Washington. It would almost certainly have exactly the opposite effect, but I've also got other reasons to be against term limits.

May 29, 2014 | Ted Kaufman | Columnists


Obamacare’s Economically Destructive Welfare Expansion

The Supreme Court struck down Obamacare's mandatory Medicaid expansion as an unconstitutional commandeering of the states, setting off bruising battles over the issue in state capitals. No place has been more brutal than Maine, where a liberal attack group actually sent out a mail piece criticizing Dale Crafts, a wheelchair-bound state legislator, because he "failed to stand up to Gov. LePaige."

May 28, 2014 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Welcome to the Real World

And now, an open letter to all you new grads. Congratulations. Good job. Way to go. Bet you thought this day would never come. And if memory serves, it probably almost didn't. Anyhow, welcome to the real world. And please be aware that we use that term very loosely.

May 28, 2014 | Will Durst | Columnists


Innocence Stolen and Unbridled Abuse

Behind the green curtain is where my world began to end. It was where my innocence was forever washed away in a porcelain pan filled with developer. Grainy images brought into strong relief on white paper that would become forever etched on my soul.

May 27, 2014 | Michael Reagan and Jerome Elam | Columnists


For Memorial Day - Tomb of the Unknowns

Exclusive Excerpt from: "Comical Sense: A Lone Humorist Takes on a World Gone Nutty!" by Tom PurcellHurricane Isabel struck Washington, D.C. hard that night.

May 25, 2014 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Graduation Day: The Untold Story

I auditioned, but I didn't get the part.

May 23, 2014 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Independent’s Eye

There's an old joke about a skunk who lifts his tail and, as bystanders hold their noses, says, "So do you!" Once again, Bush-era Republican maven Karl Rove has lifted his tail and altered the (ahem) atmospherics in America's political room -- while simultaneously conducting a new and old media symphony as if he were a world-famous maestro.

May 23, 2014 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists


A Memorial Day message: Time to fix the VA

While many view Memorial Day as the official start of summer vacation, let's not forget to pause and remember the men and women who "gave the last full measure of devotion" serving our nation. It is a day to remember those who died defending the freedoms we hold dear and acknowledge the debt of gratitude we owe to our service members and their families.

May 23, 2014 | | Columnists


Tax Reform Useless Without Spending Reform

Recently, Republican leaders in Congress unveiled a "tax reform" plan that they claimed would provide the American people with a simpler, fairer, and more efficient tax system. While this plan does lower some tax rates and contains some other changes that may make next April a little less painful for Americans, there is little in it to excite supporters of liberty.

May 22, 2014 | Ron Paul | Columnists


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Pope Francis Challenges Our Apathy

Few papal encyclicals have been as anticipated as Laudato Si', and Pope Francis has not disappointed. The encyclical articulates a compelling moral vision intended to address the ecological crisis gripping our world.

June 24, 2015 | Michael Stafford | Columnists


Should I buy a card?

Masters champion Jordan Spieth won the U.S. Open in a thrilling manner at Chambers Bay Golf Club. Afterwards he wished everyone a Happy Father's Day, which came off as a bit insensitive to people in Los Angeles. Father's Day is the most confusing day of the year for Kendall and Kylie Jenner.

June 24, 2015 | Argus Hamilton | Columnists


Who Has the Worse Idea: Obama or Trump?

There are some very stupid ideas emanating from powerful people and political wannabes.

June 23, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Donald Trump’s Circus Act

Poor Jeb.

June 23, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


For Father's Day, Counting Our Blessings

I was swapping dad stories with a friend and laughing hard. Then my friend got quiet and said something that hit me hard.

June 21, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Fatherhood Nation

Our image of an ideal father has been shaped in part by father figures at the national level-starting with George Washington as the Father of our Country. His strong leadership shepherded us through a war with weak, tepid support from half the country-a collection of colonies which desperately needed to be glued together. He was the glue.

June 21, 2015 | Dr. Jim Burns | Columnists


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