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Enslaved by Debt

By at July 20, 2011 | 2:55 pm | 117 Comments

Enslaved by Debt

“There are two ways to conquer and enslave a country. One is by the sword. The other is by debt.”

John Adams’ brilliant statement made over 200 years ago stands today as a warning – a stark assessment that is… Read the rest

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The Middle Ground

By at July 18, 2011 | 11:50 am | 1 Comments

The Middle Ground

In the midst of all of the hot air being blown about over the debt ceiling two things struck me this morning:  first, that a “dollar for dollar” cuts-to-debt-increase-ratio is a silly construct given the additional debt (and spending) is… Read the rest

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Sign the Anti-Pledge Pledge

By at July 13, 2011 | 12:07 pm | 1,163 Comments

Sign the Anti-Pledge Pledge

Every other January, Washington is witness to the swearing in of a new congress – a sort of biennial renewal of our constitutional experiment.  The oath of office is rather simple:

“I do solemnly swear that I will support and… Read the rest

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Notes and Asides – July 11, 2011

By at July 11, 2011 | 11:48 am | 7 Comments

Notes and Asides – July 11, 2011

Ladies and Gentlemen, Senator Toomey has the floor. There is a very scary game of chicken going on down in Washington, one that is both totally unnecessary and potentially devastatingly expensive.

For the past several months the White House, through… Read the rest

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Congressional End Run

By at July 6, 2011 | 6:14 pm | 82 Comments

Congressional End Run

During the great debate over the Constitution – a seminal moment in human history – the Framers’ fears and anxieties about government were laid bare, including a near mortal dread over the accumulation of too much power in either the… Read the rest

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Un-Frozen COLA

By at July 2, 2011 | 7:49 pm | 1,142 Comments

Un-Frozen COLA

There are moments in history that, once missed, cannot be recaptured – even if you try to do exactly the same thing mere minutes later.  Imagine Washington hesitating for 30 minutes before attempting to slip across the water from Brooklyn… Read the rest

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The Patron Saint of PSU

By at June 28, 2011 | 8:04 pm | 106 Comments

The Patron Saint of PSU

Now that much of the real work is done and the generic shape of the budget is coming into focus, one thing jumps out at me:  Pennsylvania higher education, and Penn State in particular, owes a tremendous debt to Sen.… Read the rest

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Notes and Asides – 6/27/2011

By at June 28, 2011 | 5:54 pm | 0 Comment

Notes and Asides – 6/27/2011

Well, summer break is over and I have returned from my travels wiser – and no more refreshed (trips with kids are rarely relaxing).  Accordingly, the return of notes and asides opens with my (favorite) piece of that newly acquired… Read the rest

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Selfish Obama

By at June 23, 2011 | 4:16 pm | 104 Comments

Selfish Obama

Toward the end of his presidency, John Adams and the infant United States were engaged in a quasi war with its former revolutionary ally, France.  The French were attacking US shipping – sometimes at the mouth of the Chesapeake itself… Read the rest

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Stand Your Ground

By at June 17, 2011 | 9:59 am | 5 Comments

Stand Your Ground

For the past week I have been traveling across New England with my kids, hitting historical sites and sacred ground.  We have viewed the Atlantic from four states, walked in the footsteps of the Pilgrims and the Sons of Liberty,… Read the rest

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