McCaleb: Public pensions in some ways mirror Madoff’s Ponzi scheme

By   /  May 25, 2017  /  Colorado, Commentary, District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Jersey, Ohio, Opinion, Pennsylvania, Pensions, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

“In a world full of lies, the most dangerous ones are those we tell ourselves.”  ― Diana B. Henriques HBO debuted its original movie on Ponzi-schemer Bernie Madoff over the weekend. Based on Henriques’ book “The Wizard of Lies,” the film (and book) tells the chilling tale of Madoff’s fraudulent investment scheme in which more than […]

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Haupt: Politics a grandiose sales pitch

By   /  May 16, 2017  /  Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Opinion, Pennsylvania, Uncategorized, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

“Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other.” – Oscar Ameringer According to a recent Gallup report, Americans regard the clergy as the most honest and honorable of all professions. And this same survey lists the bottom three […]

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Haupt: How overtaxation can kill an economy

By   /  May 3, 2017  /  Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Legislature, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio, Opinion, Pennsylvania, Texas, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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“I hate big government, but I really hate a government that doesn’t work. So when they say we either have to raise taxes or cut core services, it’s actually a false choice.” – Scott Walker During the late 1970s and continuing for a decade, America experienced unprecedented prosperity. President Ronald Reagan created wealth and jobs, […]

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‘Hope Vetoed’: How big government hurts people

By   /  November 18, 2016  /  Commentary, Health Care, Idaho, Opinion, Regulations  /  No Comments

When he was 10 years old, doctors diagnosed Josh Phillips with a kind of epilepsy that causes severe seizures. Now 19, and living with his parents in Salmon, Josh’s health future depends a great deal on how the state government chooses to treat him. Were he to live in any state contiguous to Idaho, Josh […]

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Advice about school choice: Let it be

By   /  May 9, 2016  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

School choice has been a great equalizer in Vermont for nearly 150 years, but Act 46 stands to wipe out that tradition, and residents need to understand the law before it’s too late.

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Remembering the Importance of Charity on Christmas

By   /  December 25, 2015  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

Christmas is traditionally a time of joy, family, faith, hope, and charity. It’s easy to forget the true meaning of the holiday when you’re sitting in front of the tree on Christmas morning, waist deep in wrapping paper. We forget that not everyone is as fortunate as us to be surrounded by loved ones during […]

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