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October 29, 2010

A Clear and Present Threat By Howard Rich

A new Gallup poll shows that forty-six percent of Americans believe the federal government “poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens.”

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October 22, 2010

Obama’s “Big Lies” Get Bigger by Howard Rich

While you can’t fool “all of the people, all of the time,” it is surprisingly easy to fool a sufficient number of them to get elected.

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October 15, 2010

The Folly of “Stimulation” by Howard Rich

No public official has been more integrally involved in the federal government’s “Great Intervention” than U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.

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October 9, 2010

The “Toxic” Truth About TARP By Howard Rich

As the infamous Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) winds down this week, Republicans and Democrats in Washington, D.C. are patting themselves on the back for a job well done. Not only are they claiming to have saved the nation from a “Second Great Depression,” this so-called economic miracle was apparently purchased at a bargain basement price.

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September 28, 2010

“Superman” and Silver Bullets by Howard Rich

There may be no such thing as a silver bullet in public policy, but universal parental choice is the closest thing we have to one — assuming our politicians summon the courage to run with it.

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August 20, 2010

“What’s good for the GOP goose…” By Howard Rich

There’s a disturbing hypocrisy emerging from within the “establishment” wing of the Republican Party lately – a belief that it’s okay to work against fiscal conservatives who garner the support of the vast majority of GOP voters, just not fiscal liberals.

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August 13, 2010

Obama’s Transparency Charade Continues By Howard Rich

The more things “change,” the more they stay the same in Barack Obama’s Washington, D.C. – especially when it comes to government transparency.

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August 6, 2010

Rangel Scandal Reveals Extent of Capitol Corruption By Howard Rich

Four years ago, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi promised to “drain the swamp” of corruption in Washington, D.C., but after failing miserably to do so it now appears she’s choosing to ignore it – while letting her colleagues sweep it under the rug.

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July 20, 2010

“Financial Reform” And America’s March to Marxism By Howard Rich

Contrary to Barack Obama’s rhetoric about protecting consumers, his new financial reform law represents a dangerous big government power grab that willfully ignores the true roots of the recent financial crisis.

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July 9, 2010

Inadequate Spending? By Howard Rich

In a column published last week in The New York Times, Princeton economics professor Paul Krugman condemns recent attempts to inject some common sense into what has become an epidemic of mindless government growth in America and around the world.

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June 24, 2010

Is the Welfare State a Ponzi Scheme? By Howard Rich

Ponzi schemes rely on people falling for promises that are literally too good to be true – but the outcomes are never really in doubt for the perpetrators of these scams, are they?

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June 18, 2010

Barack Obama’s Bogus Budget Cuts By Howard Rich

In its latest attempt to mitigate public outrage over out-of-control government growth, the administration of President Barack Obama has instructed a handful of federal agencies to cut their budgets by five percent.

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June 12, 2010

Politicians Cause Downsizing By Howard Rich

Of all the myths helping to sustain the unsustainable status quo in Washington, D.C., among the most widely accepted is the belief that a politician’s seniority translates into tangible economic benefits for his or her district.  In fact, this perception works hand-in-glove with another central government myth – the one about politicians being able to create private sector jobs with your tax dollars in the first place.

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May 21, 2010

America’s Repudiation of the Obama Agenda Continues By Howard Rich

It began last November instatewide races in Virginia and New Jersey. Then it swept through Massachusettsin a stunning U.S. Senate special election this January.

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May 12, 2010

Obama's Internal Reporting Service? By Howard Rich

America’s Founding Fathers envisioned a limited government in which laws were fairly and evenly enforced and justice was blind.

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May 5, 2010

Russia and America: Turning the World Upside Down By Howard Rich

A little over a year ago, a columnist for the newspaper that once served as the official communications organ of the Central Committee of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) had some choice words for what remains of America’s free market economy.

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April 28, 2010

Goldman: Creeping Socialism Finds A Convenient Enemy By Howard Rich

In its quest to ram perpetual bank bailouts and draconian new government regulations through the U.S. Congress under the guise of “financial services reform,” the administration of Barack Obama and its allies have seized upon a convenient new enemy – Goldman Sachs.

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April 22, 2010

John Stossel and the Media’s “Statist Syndrome” By Howard Rich

When he first began his career as a crusading consumer journalist in the 1970s, John Stossel believed fervently that higher taxes and greater government involvement in the marketplace were integral checks against corporate greed and malfeasance.

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March 24, 2010

Obamacare: "The Bigger The Lie" By Howard Rich

Lost amid the partisan sniping and procedural jousting over the passage of “Obamacare” is a fundamental, unavoidable hypocrisy - one that’s worth unmasking as Washington politicians continue to ignore the will of the American people and plunge our nation deeper into full-blown socialism.

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March 17, 2010

The Sestak Scandal: This is "Draining the Swamp?" By Howard Rich

In addition to promising an end to Republicans’ out-of-control spending, Democrats vowed to “drain the swamp” of corruption in Washington D.C. prior to winning their Congressional majorities in 2006. Of course that was just an entrée for the real “hope and change” to come, as Barack Obama stormed to victory in the presidential election two years later promising to “change Washington” – and cut taxes for a majority of Americans.