With the information we have in front of us today, there is every reason to believe that 2016 will be a year of opportunity for Republicans to run a serious and exciting reform-minded candidate â€“ a candidate who is ready and able to provide the kind of leadership it will take to breathe life back into our faltering nation.
Every day Americans see more clearly what a disaster Obamacare â€“ the Affordable Care Act â€“ is. If Republican leadership would have unified clearly around the efforts of Cruz and Lee, and the American people got a clear picture of Republican unity and commitment to slay the Obamacare monster, it would have helped the party and Cuccinelli.
A report from the chief actuary of the Social Security Administration discusses factors that have led to the drop in birthrates. These include more use and availability of birth control, more women working, postponement of marriage, increased prevalence of divorce and more women choosing to remain childless.
With all the crocodile tears about inconvenience that this shutdown may cause some nonessential government workers, the real tears should be for the massive loss of jobs in our economy due to a barely recovering economy, larded down with government, debt and a welfare state culture.
The founders of the United States drew up a constitution to serve as an operating manual, in its checks and balances, for peaceful, deliberative government. They understood human nature and set up a system in which competing interests would have to give in. Compromise, they understood, is a necessary lubricant for the wheels of government â€śof the people, by the people, and for the peopleâ€ť to turn and allow us to move forward.
Only in Washington is it considered abnormal and obstructionist for a member of Congress to ring the alarm about the loss of freedom in America, to take a stand to restore it and suggest that Americans, particularly low-income Americans, should be able to decide what kind of school they send their child to and to keep and save more of their hard-earned income.
The president cast his rationale for wanting to take action in moral terms. But the very dubious moral record this president has established, both regarding respecting the sanctity of life and traditional moral principles, seriously undermines his credibility for moral leadership.
In 2010, the Wall Street Journal published a study done by analysts William Shipman and Peter Ferrara that analyzed what an average-income earning couple would have accumulated over a 45-year working life if they could have put that 12.4 percent of their income in an investment account instead of paying Social Security taxes.