Walter Williams: Energy Manipulation – Why are there natural gas export restrictions? Just follow the money. According to OpenSecrets.org, The Dow Chemical Co. “posted record lobbying expenditures last year, spending nearly $12 million, and is on pace to eclipse that number this year.” The company has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars contributing to the political campaigns of congressmen who support export restrictions.
Rep. Devin Nunes: No More Detroits – The bankruptcy filing by the city of Detroit garnered a lot of media attention, but it was not unexpected. It’s hardly shocking to learn that after decades of chronic mismanagement by a corrupt political machine, even America’s richest city — which Detroit once was — can be laid to waste. The Motor City’s downfall stems from a lot of bad policies, but one has been especially damaging: overspending on public-sector employees.
Ben Carson: Can You Trust Anybody Anymore? – For decades in America, a guaranteed laugh line was, “I’m from the government and I’m here to help you.” As things exist now in our country, the situation has deteriorated to the point where this is no longer funny. Years ago, National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden would have almost unanimously been declared a traitor for having revealed government secrets to foreign sources.
Larry Elder: CNN Doesn’t Mention Obama in Joblessness Story – The headline at CNN Money was “Why America’s Youth Aren’t Finding Jobs.” If you expected an analysis of how and why President Barack Obama’s policies hurt the job market for the young, think again. Believe it or not, CNN wrote a piece, supposedly explaining the tight job market, without using the following words: Obama, Obama administration, taxes, regulations, “stimulus” program or, of course, Obamacare.
Adrienne Ross: Smart Girl Summit 2013 in Words and Pictures – Smart Girl Politics hosted their 5th annual Smart Girl Summit this past weekend, August 9th and 10th, in Indianapolis, IN. I was on the agenda to participate in the first panel, “Minority Outreach: Politics or Pandering.” Kira Davis, who is an actress, blogger, video blogger, and blog talk radio host, moderated the panel on which Britanny Morrett of the Libre Initiative and I participated.
Javier Manjarres: As Feared, Obamacare Now Funding Abortions – Before President Obama’s troubled healthcare bill was signed into law, Americans were warned that if Obamacare passed, the President would be able to funnel taxpayer dollars to fund abortion. Planned Parenthood is now being awarded a grant in the amount of $375,000 to “help enroll participants in Obamacare.”
La Shawn Barber: Race, Sin, and Sexual Preference – Criticizing homosexuality really riles up the homosexual lobby and its supporters in the mainstream media, the civil rights industry, and the liberal side of the aisle. The homosexual lobby has grown so powerful that it pressured Washington, D.C., Mayor Vincent Gray to disinvite a black man from a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Why? Because Donnie McClurkin called homosexuality a sin.
Michelle Malkin: The Illegal Alien Murderer of Vanessa Pham – We spend billions of dollars on homeland security, but our government can’t even track and deport repeat convicted criminal aliens. These are not the well-meaning “newcomers” who just want to “pursue economic opportunities” by “doing the jobs no one else will do.” These are foreign-born thugs, druggies, sex offenders, murderers and repeat drunk drivers who are destroying the American Dream.
Herman Cain: Harry Reid’s Racist Remarks – If all opposition to Obama is subject to suspicion about racism, why didn’t Harry Reid toss out the race insinuation when environmental groups jumped all over Obama to stop the Keystone XL pipeline? Why didn’t Reid accuse labor unions of being racist when they started turning against ObamaCare? Because when Harry Reid makes these kinds of insinuations, it is always disingenuous and always without merit.
Anthony Bradley: Seeking The Peace By Educating Children – In the end, we can’t seek the peace of city unless we address more and more of the aspects of human flourishing and an important one is education. What New York City is desperate for are Christians who are thinking “missionally” enough about making a contribution to the common good that they are willing to start schools like The Potter’s House all over the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and the remaining sections of Manhattan.
Mychal Massie: Immigres Understand Socialist Threat Of Obama – My friend is from Poland. She has been here fewer than ten years, and I value her insights. On Sunday, she made an observation I have heard other legal immigres make. But she said it with a twist. She said, “Americans have no idea or understanding what they have. How can they be expected to have any idea or understanding of what is being systematically taken from them?”
Alton Drew: Robert Reich Makes Another Push for Centralized Government – In an op-ed for The New York Times, Robert Reich, former secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor, argues about the negative impact on democracy resulting from Congress’ inability to get much done. Mr. Reich notes that Congress has only passed 15 bills this year and that Congress’ failure to address environmental and fiscal issues has resulted in these issues being pushed to the periphery, an outer edge populated by the Federal Reserve and the States.