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Religious Freedom and Healthcare

The federal government’s new administrative law governing contraception coverage in health insurance plans has caused a great deal of controversy. For some, it is truly a troubling issue. Others are displaying some serious faux outrage in yet another attempt to paint President Obama as some left wing radical. For those of us who have retained the abilities to think rationally and have an adult conversation, this little dust-up has provided us with the opportunity to discuss government power and individual freedoms.

Mitt Romney: A Case Study in "Out of Touch"

So Mitt Romney finally decided to bite the bullet and release his tax returns. They were worse than we could have imagined. He paid just a 14% tax rate on an annual income of 42.5 million dollars. That's less than half of what his primary rival Newt Gengrich says he paid. It is half of what President Barack Obama paid. We could argue how flawed a tax policy needs to be to let something like this happen, but that's not the discussion we need to have right now.

The Rush Towards Right-to-Work

Just a few short years ago, we were told by Governor Mitch Daniels and his party that Indiana was “an island of prosperity” in the Midwest. Compared to other Rust-Belt states, Indiana was doing extraordinarily well. We were told that Indiana was one of the best states in the Union for businesses. So what has changed?

Want and Ignorance

“From the foldings of its robe, it brought two children; wretched, abject, frightful, hideous, miserable. They knelt down at its feet, and clung upon the outside of its garment. 'Spirit. are they yours?' Scrooge could say no more. 'They are Man's,' said the Spirit, looking down upon them. 'And they cling to me, appealing from their fathers. This boy is Ignorance. This girl is Want. Beware them both, and all of their degree, but most of all beware this boy, for on his brow I see that written which is Doom.”

A Response to Mr. Adkins

Abortion, Corporations, Personhood, and Your Rights

As many voters in Indiana, Kentucky, and surrounding states went to the polls to elect their next mayor, city councilman, and governor, the voters in the state of Mississippi faced a very different question on their ballots. They were asked to decide if a fertilized egg should be considered a constitutional person in their state. This is no ordinary matter of public policy. Mississippi’s proposed “personhood” amendment to the state constitution would have very broad and serious ramifications for every current citizen in the United States.

A Few Efforts That Deserve Recognition

After a little hiatus the Politics and Government Blog is back up and running. It’s great to be back writing for The News again. As always, feel free to join the conversation in the comments section!

End the Corporate Income Tax

End the corporate income tax. That’s right. I, me, the liberal/progressive/socialist/Marxist/leftist all you conservatives hate, I’m saying end the corporate income tax, and here’s how I say we do it.

Another View of the Libya Question

In today’s edition of The Perry County News (6/27/2011), the editorial takes the Obama Administration to task for its legal interpretation and treatment of the War Powers Act of 1973. The editorial presents the Obama Administration’s stance on the law as dishonest and dismissive of our system of government. The editorial presents a sound factual argument for adherence to the act. However, there is also a sound factual argument for the Obama Administration’s position.

The Medicare Scare

Medicare is bankrupt. That’s the line we always hear, right? Well, apparently Medicare has been bankrupt many times over the successful program’s long life, at least if news stories are to be believed. That’s right. The Medicare bankruptcy scare has been ongoing since 1969. That’s the year the zombie lie began.

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