Oklahoma’s iron triangle resists educational choice
Survey data continually show that Oklahomans favor policies that give parents more educational options. However, enacting those policies has proven to be difficult. A simple metaphor can help explain why.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Boehner’s lawsuit against Obama is a bad move
Most Americans would agree that this nation has too much partisanship and too many lawsuits. In announcing recently that he will seek legislation for the House of Representatives to sue President Barack Obama, Speaker John Boehner embraces a double dose of negativity.
Rise of regional government may prove taxing
I recently have written about bills from the last legislative session, which mostly escape wide public purview but contain far-reaching policy. The news has been mostly positive as I have either described harmful bills that were defeated, or good policy that won approval.
Now for some bad news.
HEY HINK: Dissenters from all sides should read Hobby Lobby ruling fully before judging
This May, the Crown Publishing Group published Timothy Geithner’s book, “Stress Test,” which covers some aspects of his tenure as Secretary of the Treasury in the Obama administration. One episode he covers relates to the prep he received from Dan Pfeiffer prior to Geithner’s appearance on a series of Sunday TV talk shows. At the time, Pfeiffer was President Obama’s senior advisor.
The American way of war: It may surprise you
When you study how the U.S. goes to war, there is a prevalent though not perfect pattern. The triggering event is often a sudden crisis that galvanizes popular opinion and becomes the immediate occasion for military intervention but subsequently is exposed as a misguided perception or outright fabrication.
Get ready for an even bigger threat to Obamacare
Now that the Supreme Court has issued its ruling in the Hobby Lobby case, the legal fight over the Affordable Care Act will shift a few blocks away to another Washington courtroom, where a far more fundamental challenge to Obamacare is about to be decided by the powerful U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Indeed, if Hobby Lobby will create complications for Obamacare, Halbig v. Burwell could trigger a full cardiac arrest.
Happy birthday, America. Now legalize fireworks.
Through the smoke of Roman candles and bottle rockets, the absurdity of Americans' obsession with do-it-yourself explosives is nonetheless clear: One day each year, we gather with neighbors, friends and loved ones to blow stuff up in our backyards. Go, U.S.A.!
POWER OF PERSUASION: What does the flag symbolize?
Many pastors have mixed feelings about the Fourth of July. Some even arrange their schedules so that they will be off on Fourth of July weekend.
Worship services often feature lots of flags and patriotic songs. The flag has become a symbol that represents different things to different people. It can be divisive instead of bringing us together.
Parachutes to descend on Frederick
Much was written last month about the 70th anniversary of D-Day and of the gallant men and women who stormed the beaches of Normandy in June of 1944.
For the 60th anniversary, President Ronald Reagan journeyed to the cemetery in Normandy where many of the Americans who died during that invasion are buried and said that the only “foreign soil that we Americans claim is the final resting places of our heroes.”
How voting against a tax increase fixed the problem
I enjoy sharing the encouraging news about Oklahoma’s significant progress toward funding county roads, upgrading state highways and replacing many of its dilapidated bridges.
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