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Why Chaos in Congress is Good for America by Oliver DeMille

by Oliver DeMille “Why can’t the two parties in Washington just get along?” “Why can’t the politicians just stop bickering and work together?” “With the factional divides in the Republican Party, no Speaker of the House can get anything done.” “Shutting down the government is a failure of leadership.” “I wish Washington would just stop … [Read more...]

Obama’s (Disastrous) “Small Stick” Foreign Policy Doctrine

by Oliver DeMille I. The Disaster In the last few weeks, Putin has rapidly reversed many of the major gains Reagan garnered for the United States when he faced down the USSR in the Cold War. Amazingly, Russia is now arguably the major power in the Middle East, having moved significant military assets into Syria and created an alliance between … [Read more...]

An Obama, Adams, and Jefferson Debate by Oliver DeMille

(Should Presidents be Treated Like Royalty?) by Oliver DeMille News and Fans A strange thing happened recently. President Obama visited my state, just a quick flight and a few meetings. But to watch the state news reports, you would think the most important celebrity in all of history was visiting. The media simply fawned over the president. The … [Read more...]

Will College Get in the Way of Your Kids’ Education? by Oliver DeMille

by Oliver DeMille Will College Get in the Way of Your Kids’ Education? What a controversial question! In fact, it’s downright politically incorrect. For many in the current generation of parents, this is akin to cultural heresy. But let’s think about it. The top colleges depend on the SAT, or in a few cases, the ACT, and later, once students … [Read more...]

Frederic Bastiat, Foreign Affairs, and the Future of Success

Guest Post by Ian Cox “Across the entire innovation chain, from basic research to commercialization, governments have stepped up with needed investment that the private sector has been too scared to provide. This spending has proved transformative, creating entirely new markets and sectors, including the Internet, nanotechnology, biotechnology, … [Read more...]

The Hillary Clinton Emails (A Different View) by Oliver DeMille

The Curve If you follow my articles on a regular basis, you’ve probably noticed that I seldom write about topics that are in the current news cycle. I usually address such issues a week or more after they stop dominating the nightly news. There is an important reason for this. The way the television news presents many political topics can be … [Read more...]

The Fall of Institutionalism by Oliver DeMille

by Oliver DeMille A Major Change in America We have a trust crisis in America. Specifically, we don’t trust our major institutions. For example, consider the current American view of government. A Gallup poll asked, “How much of the time do you think you can trust government in Washington to do what is right?” The response? Only 19% of … [Read more...]

President Obama’s Free College Tuition Plan by Oliver DeMille

Some (Widespread) False Traditions about College, Grades, and Career A Good Plan? President Obama proposes making two years of community college free for everyone. As The New York Times reported (“Expanding Community College Access”), the Administration’s “preliminary plans…call for an estimated $60 billion in new spending over ten years…” That’s … [Read more...]

How Freedom Might Win in 2016 by Oliver DeMille

 The New Field I was wrong. I thought Mitt Romney would run in 2016, but he declined. Where does this leave the election? More importantly, with a large field of potential candidates, is there a path for freedom? Meaning, can someone like Rand Paul who really believes in applying the Constitution in our modern times actually win? The definite … [Read more...]

The Main Source of the American Decline by Oliver DeMille

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Land of the Free  Land of Decay These days, the word “decline” is frequently used to describe the United States. Where “China” is often paired with words and phrases like “rising,” “new superpower,” and “number one,” a different set of adjectives show up when the U.S. is discussed. This trend recently reached a new low when the cover story on … [Read more...]