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The Columbus Dispatch… Leap year; After repairing state, Kasich's bold 2012 course is transforming Ohio
For Ohio and its governor, 2012 has been a transformative year. John Kasich sped through his second year with his trademark zeal for getting done the big and difficult things, hardly skipping a beat after his 2011 reforms stabilized the state. When Kasich took office that January, the state’s budget had an $8 billion shortfall and its economy was in a freefall. More than 400,000 Ohioans had lost their jobs. Former Gov. Ted Strickland clearly was in over... read more
Townhall Finance… On Being a Man, By John Ransom
This week I will be taking selections from writings I've written elsewhere regarding life and liberty and sharing them with you. Today's selection is a letter I wrote to someone who was coming of age and wanted advice about being a man. It's not that I think I'm an expert. Far from it. But he thought it helpful and it can serve as a point of discussion for Christmas Day. Dear __________, Before this last century boys your age were considered men really. They held... read more
Verities & Balderdash... Lessons of the Season from our furry friends, Bob Robinson
I received these photos from a CNO reader… it was one of those email blasts that most of us receive on a fairly regular basis. While it was sent some time ago, I was too busy to put them into the system for publication. Now I’m glad. With Christmas and the Holiday Season upon us, I figured there wouldn’t be a better time. With the posturing and partisan bickering going on in Washington, a... read more
Redstate… Here, By Erick Erickson
December 21st, 2012 - On Christmas Day of 1863, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow penned the poem “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.” His oldest son had been badly wounded in the Civil War the prior month and Longfellow’s wife had died in an accidental fire. Among the lines were these: And in despair I bowed my head; ”There is no peace on earth,” I said; ”For hate is strong, And mocks the song Of peace... read more
Townhall Finance… So What if Congress is Missing a Screw? Or Two? by Bill Tatro
It’s Christmas time and ‘tis the season to be jolly. Yet, it’s also the season that tries men’s souls. Many Christmases ago, my young daughter requested a doll and a baby carriage. Making sure that Santa Claus found the correct toys was crucial because this just happened to be a last-minute request. I called around and found that of all the stores that carried these items, only one store still had them in stock. Apparently, these were very popular toys. With minutes ticking by until closing... read more
Mail Magazine 24… Obama, Clinton escape blame in Benghazi report, by Neil Munro
The State Department’s report on the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi describes a series of strategy and management failures, but does not assign responsibility to any individual Americans — not even to the secretary of state or the president of the United States. “Systemic failures and leadership and management deficiencies at senior levels within two bureaus of the State Department... read more
Canton Repository… What will change? Probably nothing
The issue: Aftermath of Connecticut massacre; Our view: Washington won’t magically fix itself to tackle gun, mental health issues
President Obama has given Vice President Joe Biden until January to collect recommendations for proposals to reduce gun violence. It’s another sign that the senseless slaughter of 20 children and seven adults in Connecticut last week may be a tipping point in public opinion in what seems like an endless national conversation about violence... read more
Cleveland Plain Dealer… Make schools harder targets by giving them the means to fight back
By Kevin Obrien - Thursday, December 20, 2012 - After a horrific event like last week's mass murder at a Connecticut school, two questions immediately arise: "Why?" and "What are we going to do about it?" There are correct answers to both. How many such incidents it takes to drive us to them remains to be seen. Here's "why": We live in and promote a society that routinely dehumanizes people. A thriving abortion industry kills a million American children every year, because they are seen as... read more
Fox News… OPINION: The Issue Is Too Little Mental Health Care
Dec 17, 2012 - Adam Lanza, 20, who killed 20 children and 6 adults on Friday, has brought incalculable grief to dozens of families and stunned our nation. Now, the debate begins about what to do in the wake of his carnage in Newtown, Connecticut and the multiple murders in Aurora, Colorado and at Columbine High School, the Red Lake Indian Reservation in Minnesota and the West Nickel Mines School in Pennsylvania, Virginia Tech and Chardon High School in Ohio. Some will say that gun... read more
Townhall… "Forward" to the Past? By Thomas Sowell
Dec 19, 2012 - The political slogan "Forward" served Barack Obama well during this year's election campaign. It said that he was for going forward, while Republicans were for "going back to the failed policies that got us into this mess in the first place." It was great political rhetoric and great political theater. Moreover, the Republicans did virtually nothing to challenge its shaky assumptions with a few hard facts that could have made those assumptions... read more
Mail Magazine 24… Christiana's Nightmare – for the Rest of Us, by Craig Rucker
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change ("UNFCCC") boss Christiana Figueres' dreams spell a nightmarish future for Earth's citizens. Talk about alignment of the stars!  Barack Obama based his 2008 presidential campaign on the principle of "sharing the wealth." He won, got reelected and now has, at least in his own mind, a flat-out mandate to extend his vision for wealth redistribution (and wealth destruction) planet-wide. This week, as United Nations luminaries gather in Doha... read more
Redstate… Bull—-  By Erick Erickson
December 19th, 2012 - An old joke, long attributed to Winston Churchill goes like this. Churchill asked a famous British socialite, “Madam, would you sleep with me for five million pounds?” “My goodness, Mr. Churchill. Well, I suppose we would have to discuss terms, of course,” the socialite replied. Churchill then asked, “Would you sleep with me for five pounds?” at which the socialite angrily responded, “Mr. Churchill, what... read more
Mail Magazine 24… The Massacre in Connecticut - Food for Thought, by Bright Knight
“Every time something really bad happens, people cry out for safety, and the government answers by taking rights away from good people” - Penn Jilette - Before I'll give you some “food for thought” I want to say that this tragedy makes my heart feel sick and we must do whatever possible to avoid such massacres. I know that there is NO way to totally avoid them, thinking of that is like living in Utopia, but there are ways to at least increase the safety, minimize the risk and in case that an attack... read more
The Power of the Cartoon, Bob Robinson
The old saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” pales in comparison to the potential power of a good cartoon, especially a good political cartoon. Political cartoons aren’t always “political.” They can tell a story, tell about an event… today or in history. They can capture the mood of a country, state or city. They can touch the emotions in ways that no written word ever could. And they do it with a simple... read more
Heritage Foundation… Morning Bell: What Will the Fiscal Cliff Deal Look Like? By Amy Payne
December 14, 2012 - This week, President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) have been trading secret offers on the fiscal cliff. Last night, they met for nearly an hour, and emerged with zipped lips about what progress—if any—they made on averting tax hikes across the board and automatic, deep budget cuts that would devastate America’s defenses. While action is necessary to avoid the “cliff,” that is all they should do at this late date. Patrick Louis Knudsen, Heritage... read more
Redstate… Goodwill to Men, By Erick Erickson
On Friday in Connecticut, more than two dozen, mostly children, were gunned down in an act of evil. I once read an account that young men killed on the beaches of Normandy, as they lay dying, called out for their mothers. I tear up at even the glancing thought of the cries of the children in Connecticut and dare not take the mental walk down that road. Children cry out for their mommy and their daddy. Young men on the battlefield, as death comes over... read more
Mail Magazine 24… A victory for all law abiding gun owners in Illinois
Federal Court Strikes down Illinois' total ban on carrying firearms for self-defense outside the home or business
The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled today that Illinois' total ban on carrying firearms for self-defense outside the home or business is unconstitutional. The case involves lead plaintiff Mary Shepard, an Illinois resident and a trained gun owner, who is licensed to carry a concealed handgun in both Utah and Florida. The National Rifle Association is funding... read more
Townhall… Tax Rich Liberals, by Ann Coulter
Dec 12, 2012 - Republicans have been forced into a Hobson's choice of either letting the Bush tax cuts expire for everyone or agreeing to a tax hike on the top 2 percent of income earners (not to be confused with "the rich," who have already made, inherited or married their money). If Republicans object to the Democrats' hitting job creators with a tax hike, three things will happen: Taxes will go up for everyone. Republicans will be seen as the... read more
Columbus Dispatch… Editorial: Begging for mercy, Crime victims asking for voice, accountability from Ohio Parole Board Wednesday December 12, 2012 - For nearly eight years, Robert Francis has begged the Ohio legislature to pass a bill in remembrance of his murdered daughter. But unless lawmakers vote on this important bill in Thursday’s final session of the 129th Ohio General Assembly, Roberta’s Law will die. Senate Bill 160 requires the state to attempt to notify victims of violent crimes, or their relatives, about the possible release of inmates, including those whose crimes predated the 1996 creation of a... read more… Taxpayers Suffer Where The 'Public Servant' Is King
Ohio ranks sixth on the upper end - Government Pay: Some big states get their money's worth from their workers, others could use more discipline, and California, as is all too often the case, is in a class by itself. How can you tell who really runs a state? Try following the money, especially in the rival realms of public- and private-sector pay. You'll find some sharp differences in how government work is rewarded, corresponding roughly to the fiscal and economic health of the states. Here... read more
Mail Magazine 24… Grover's Missing Piece, by Michael Snyder
For years, Grover Norquist and Republicans have tried "starving the beast" of the federal government by capping taxes. While they've been highly successful at preventing tax increases, they have been less effective at addressing one problematic aspect of fiscal policy: the ability of the Federal Reserve and Treasury to borrow more and more to finance massive spending, as they have done... read more… Union Violence In Michigan Is No Tea Party
12/12/2012 - Organized Labor: The assault on a Fox News contributor protecting women and seniors in a tent is but the latest example of the civil discourse and respect for democracy the president's union supporters really have. Imagine the outrage and the mainstream media feeding frenzy had it been a Tea Party member punching an MSNBC contributor covering a protest over ObamaCare. Or if Tea Party members had descended on a tent full of Occupy Wall Street supporters, flattening... read more
Townhall Government Gone Bad, by John Stossel
Dec 12, 2012 - Politicians claim they make our lives better by passing laws. But laws rarely improve life. They go wrong. Unintended consequences are inevitable. Most voters don't pay enough attention to notice. They read headlines. They watch the Rose Garden signing ceremonies and hear the pundits declare that progress was made. Bipartisanship! Something got done. We assume a problem was solved. Intuition tells us that government is in the ... read more
Heritage Foundation… Unions Losing in Their Last Stronghold, By Amy Payne
December 11, 2012 - This is the week that Michigan’s workers will finally be freed from forced unionization. After decades of United Auto Workers control over the struggling American auto industry, the Michigan legislature’s passing of a right-to-work law is historic. Governor Rick Snyder (R) is expected to sign the law as early as tomorrow. Regardless of news reports, the people of Michigan are behind this. A recent poll showed that 51 percent of Michigan voters support right-to-work. Only 41 percent... read more
Toledo Blade, Death by regulation
Don't let the perfect become the enemy of the good: That’s the best you can say about the Ohio House’s latest effort to get rid of the Internet sweepstakes cafés that have sprung up all over the state. The cafés sell prepaid phone cards or Internet time that customers can use to play Web-based games. Winning earns them more Internet time, as well as points that allow them to win money in... read more
Mail Magazine 24… GOP Establishment Sees Rise Of Conservative Movement As Problem, Bright Knight
There is a pattern: Conservative Congressmen are getting punished for being conservative, Michele Bachmann was attacked from RINOs for asking the right questions, Allen West didn't get support. And now the GOP establishment sees the conservative movement as a problem, i.e. they see their own roots, their (now forgotten) core values as a problem. Very interesting! Actually, that's exactly what I expected. The GOP moves to center-left, hoping to get those voters who are not comfortable... read more
Townhall… Adams 2016, by Mike Adams
Dec 10, 2012 - I'm getting sick and tired of people asking me why I'm running for president in 2016. The answer is that I have to run. The GOP can't run another big government establishment candidate masquerading as a true conservative. So I'm stepping up to the plate. And I'm going to win, largely because my policies will appeal to young people, libertarians, and Reagan Democrats. But that’s enough of the generalities... read more
Cleveland Plain Dealer… A college proposal worth enacting: editorial
Saturday, December 08, 2012 - By The Plain Dealer Editorial Board - Ohio Gov. John Kasich's penchant for breaking the mold in higher education deserves applause once again. Fresh off his success having Ohio's public college presidents work collaboratively to divvy up limited construction funds, Kasich's prompting has again spurred a successful collaboration -- this time to make college graduation rates a more important factor in state funding decisions. The governor again asked E. Gordon Gee of Ohio... read more
Redstate… Why John Boehner Must Not Fold on Tax Rate Increases, By Erick Erickson
December 6th, 2012 - Often things get lost in the daily grind of politics. The fact that the GOP is willing to raise taxes gets lost by the media because the media wants the GOP to raise rates. This Politico story makes very clear John Boehner must not raise rates. Better to go off the cliff than raise rates. In a meeting with leadership staff, [Rob] Nabors reiterated the administration’s hard line that tax rates on top earners must go up, according to Republican... read more
Mail Magazine 24… Where in the world have tax increases made things better? by Matt Purple
The left and much of the center are launching a scorched-earth assault against the right's position on taxes. Republicans are being told they must hike taxes on top earners if they're serious about paying down the debt. Grover Norquist is being portrayed as a mad sorcerer, staggering around and misfiring spells in fits of pique while his entranced minions slowly come to. Here in Washington, meaningless buzzwords are fluttering through the air like dead autumn leaves. "Serious." "Hostage takers... read more
MSN Money… Why not jump off the fiscal cliff?
We're now just weeks away from the "fiscal cliff" -- an austere package of tax hikes and spending cuts set to kick in Jan. 1, 2013, and worth $720 billion next year alone. Yet the politicos in Washington look miles away from even a short-term extension. President Barack Obama, charged up by his re-election, opened negotiations by offering a deal (similar to his 2013 budget proposal) that also includes... read more
Mail Magazine 24… Food stamp advocates misconstrue program, by Jim DeMint
Newark Mayor Corey Booker’s self-imposed challenge to subsist solely on foods purchased on a food stamp budget might be interesting if it were intellectually honest. Booker’s sacrifice is supposed to demonstrate how hard it is to rely solely on food stamps for adequate nutrition and why the government should increase those benefits. That suggests food stamps are supposed to pay for complete meal replacements. Not so. Food stamps are funded through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance... read more
Miss me yet? A surprise for returning troops, From Bob Robinson
I got these from a reader. I’d seen it before but didn’t do anything other than enjoy the photos. This time I checked it out just to make sure it was legit… Why? Because quite frankly, the way things are going today I miss the guy. And yes, the photos are legit. I didn’t like a few of the things our 43rd President did, but he did it with good old-fashioned “down-home” style. And he was passionate. He misspoke some words here and there, but his grin... read more
Heritage Network… Morning Bell: Obama Wants Power to Raise Debt Limit By Himself, Anytime
By Amy Payne - December 5, 2012 President Obama wants to do away with Congress when it comes to raising the country’s legal debt limit. Instead of getting permission from the people’s elected representatives to borrow and spend more money, he wants to do that all by himself. It seems typical of the President Obama we know, but just a few years ago, he spoke vehemently against putting America in debt. Here is then-Senator Barack Obama on March 16, 2006: The fact that we are here today ... read more
Townhall… Future Generations, by Walter E. Williams
Dec 05, 2012 Is there any reason for today's Americans to care about what happens to tomorrow's Americans? After all, what have tomorrow's Americans done for today's Americans? Moreover, since tomorrow's Americans don't vote, we can dump on them with impunity. That's a vision that describes the actual behavior of today's Americans. It would be seen as selfish, callous and ruthless only if it were actually articulated. Let's look at it. Businesses,... read more
Heritage Network… Morning Bell: House Republicans Cave on Tax Increases and Punt Entitlements
By Amy Payne - December 4, 2012 - When President Obama put forth his first offer on the fiscal cliff, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said, “You can’t be serious.” We could say the same thing to the Speaker after his counteroffer yesterday. In a letter signed by House Republican leadership, including Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) and Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI), Boehner offered to raise taxes by $800 billion and cut spending by $1.4 trillion, with no substantive... read more
H.R. on Board… Fallen Soldier, From Fly Guy, an airline pilot
July 4, 2008 - Another 4th of July is here and all across the nation, millions of us will celebrate in thousands of different ways.  Our military members around the world will miss out on hometown celebrations, instead, performing the duties assigned to them.  This story is in honor of them. As a commercial pilot, I too see the effects of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Last month I showed up to start a trip and... read more
Edgefield Daily… 16-Year-Old's Reaction to Obama's Reelection More Mature than News Anchors
By: Hannah P. Mosley - web posted November 9, 2012 - GUEST OPINION - I am writing to you today because I feel an enormous burden to do so. As we all know, President Obama was reelected [Tuesday] night. In the past years as I’ve gotten older it has become evident that many of the people I encounter don’t understand why I hold the political views that I do as an African-American. I pray that you will take the time out to read what I want to say. This election, in my opinion was significant not... read more
Townhall… 20 Observations About Human Nature That Liberals Would Probably Disagree With
By John Hawkins - Dec 01, 2012 - 1) Working hard, being self-reliant and taking responsibility for your own life are good for you and will make you much happier than having too much leisure time, being overly dependent and giving others responsibility for your life. 2) The more a behavior is rewarded with attention, fame, sympathy or money, the more of it we'll see. We recognize this almost instinctively when it comes to good behaviors, but we also tend to... read more
Mail Magazine 24… The Fiscal Cliff: Another Crisis the Dems Won’t Let Go to Waste, by Bruce Thornton
As the economy hurtles towards the Fiscal Cliff, President Obama on Wednesday scheduled a campaign event. There he recycled the class warfare rhetoric of rich people paying their “fair share” and the need to take a “fair and balanced” approach to the looming disaster. Ignored was the biggest driver of our impending bankruptcy: the runaway entitlement spending that for decades has been identified as our biggest fiscal challenge. Yet so far, the Democrats have taken a hard line against any reforms of... read more
Townhall… Five Percent, by Rich Galen
Nov 30, 2012 - The good news about coming to the end of November is that we will soon embark on December meaning the clock will be clicking toward January by which time the Fiscal Cliff business will dealt with. Until the long scythe of the grim reaper signals the looming end of 2012, the parties to a potential solution will spend as much time posturing in public as parleying in private. I gotta tell you. I don't understand all this anyway. I know my taxes are... read more
Mail Magazine 24… Obama demands $1.6 trillion tax boost, and an unlimited credit card
Neil Munro writes at the Daily Caller ( President Barack Obama has dramatically upped his demands in the fiscal crisis negotiations: He wants Congress to levy twice as much in extra taxes from Americans as he urged during the election campaign, give up its control over the nation’s debt limit, and fund an immediate $50 billion stimulus for his political priorities. In exchange, Obama offered to consider — but not necessarily accept — GOP proposals for cutting $400 billion... read more
Townhall… An Overdue Book, by Thomas Sowell
Nov 28, 2012 - If everyone in America had read Stephen Moore's new book, "Who's The Fairest of Them All?", Barack Obama would have lost the election in a landslide. The point here is not to say, "Where was Stephen Moore when we needed him?" A more apt question might be, "Where was the whole economics profession when we needed them?" Where were the media? For that matter, where were the Republicans? Since "Who's The Fairest of... read more
Columbus Dispatch… Short takes
Dispatch editorials express the view of the Dispatch editorial board, which is made up of the publisher, the president of The Dispatch, the editor and the editorial-writing staff. As is the traditional newspaper practice, the editorials are unsigned and intended to be seen as the voice of the newspaper. Comments and questions should be directed to the editorial page... read more… Obama Sets GOP Trap With Fiscal Cliff Strategy
11/28/2012 - Fiscal Cliff: President Obama is back in fifth-gear campaign mode, in an around-the-country push to get Republicans to cave in on taxes. But his "My2K" strategy offers no concessions of his own. It can't be stressed strongly enough: What President Obama is now up to seeks to destroy the Republican Party as it has existed since the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980. That revitalized political institution became a party of ideas based on economic freedom, such as fighting for... read more
Mail Magazine 24… Obama Tax Hike on Small Business Would Chill Hiring, by Romina Boccia
“Would raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans have a chilling effect on hiring in this country?” When asked this question by Today’s Matt Lauer, Warren Buffett confidently answered, “No.” How could this be, when the tax hikes desired by President Obama would fall directly on some of America’s most successful job creators? As Kris Roglieri wrote in The Washington Post: What policymakers fail to realize is that most small business owners, who also employ most of the country... read more

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