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Turning the president’s words into a year of action PDF Print
Saturday, February 08, 2014 9:00 PM



In last week’s State of the Union address, President Obama talked about a year of action to restore an opportunity society, one where every American can pursue his or her dreams. I couldn’t agree more with the goal, but I disagree with most of the President’s ideas about how to get there. We have tried the top down approach of more government, more regulations, more spending and record debt, and it hasn’t worked.

Uncle Sugar goes to town PDF Print
Saturday, January 25, 2014 9:00 PM

WASHINGTON -- We know what Mike Huckabee meant. Sort of. Kind of. But, really?

Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor and Republican presidential candidate, talk-show host and erstwhile Baptist preacher, was trying to demythologize the alleged Republican “war on women” so brilliantly defined by Democrats in 2012.

Speaking at the Republican National Committee winter meeting Thursday, Huckabee said it was time to “no longer accept listening to the Democrats talk about a war on women.” Republicans aren’t waging a war on women, he said. “They have a war for women.”

The alleged war on women was based essentially on the notion that people who think abortion is a bad idea -- or who don’t think the government should mandate insurance coverage for birth-control coverage -- are anti-woman. Democrats point mainly to new state laws that have limited access to abortion, not to mention the unforgettable observations of a few Republican men about “legitimate” rape and so on.

Last Updated on Friday, January 24, 2014 9:45 PM
Fighting the war on poverty 50 years later PDF Print
Saturday, January 18, 2014 9:18 PM




Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson declared a war on poverty in his State of the Union Address, saying “Many Americans live on the outskirts of hope – some because of their poverty, and our task is to help replace their despair with opportunity.” He later echoed those statements in May of 1964 while visiting Ohio University in Athens.

Today, we’re still fighting the war on poverty, but our country took a small step toward progress last week, as my Democratic and Republican Senate colleagues voted to open debate on a bill that would renew unemployment benefits.


Last Updated on Friday, January 17, 2014 9:32 PM
Honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. PDF Print
Saturday, January 18, 2014 9:17 PM




This weekend, Americans of every race and background will take a moment to remember one of our nation’s great leaders, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We do so with good reason. Throughout his short life, Dr. King overcame adversity to inspire our nation during one of the most tumultuous eras in our history. He led by example, stepping above the racism and violence he encountered, and responding with peaceful tactics and powerful words to influence change at a time when change seemed impossible.

Dr. King had a dream which he described in his famous speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial, not far from the memorial that now bears his name. But he also helped America realize its own dream, the principle in our founding documents, of equality under the law. And yet, there is still much work to do.

A rising tide PDF Print
Saturday, January 11, 2014 9:00 PM


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Some workers in Ohio received an automatic pay raise on Jan. 1 when the minimum wage increased by 10 cents to $7.95 per hour. Those workers might be feeling like they are getting the short end of the stick when they realize the same level in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island saw their lowest wage earners receive increases from 25 to 75 cents per hour. New Jersey jumped their minimum wage by $1.


Last Updated on Friday, January 10, 2014 9:30 PM

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