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Pat Quinn’s Term of Incompetence

Not too long ago, Pat Quinn was named the most unpopular governor in the country. He’ll have a hard time holding his office because of his incompetence…

My Picks for the Illinois Republican Primary

Tuesday is the Illinois primary election (an early one among the states), and there are several competitive primaries. Here are my picks.

Will the U.S. default on its debt?

President Obama recently made the statement, “Raising the debt ceiling… does not increase our debt.”  Thus began what has become perennial debate between the president and Congress about raising the debt ceiling. In his remarks, President Obama also said, “All [raising the debt ceiling] does is it says you got to pay the bills that…

Shutdown Update: CRs that have passed in Congress

What legislation has Congress been working on during the shutdown? What is going on? Here’s a list…

My Daily Reading Habits

Something that fascinates me is how people inform themselves–how they get their news, what books they read, who they listen to, and what they watch. I think that people are profoundly influenced by who they listen to and what they read.

What’s the alternative to Keynesian stimulus?

Stimulus spending DOES stimulate the economy (Write this down; Bob’s actually saying this), which is why the Democrats are constantly trumpeting it. Here’s the problem, though; it’s very hard to say that government stimulus actually stimulates the economy MORE than the alternative.

What’s Wrong With Universal Background Checks?

The last remaining plank of President Obama’s gun control legislative package is the “universal background check” provision, which would, seemingly, make a background check a requirement for ALL gun purchases. What could be wrong with background checks? Are background checks equal to a gun registry? Does a gun registry lead to gun confiscation?

Do Strict Gun Control Laws Work?

One of the things that has troubled me in the gun control debate is this: is there any data that suggests that strict gun control laws actually produce results? Do gun control laws reduce murders? Do they even reduce gun murders? I decided to do some very rough research. Here’s what I found.

Liberals’ Demand Economics Don’t Work

Ronald Reagan once said, “It isn’t so much that liberals are ignorant. It’s just that they know so many things that aren’t so.” One of those things, recently, that liberals are increasingly espousing is demand economics. I’m hearing it more and more, from MSNBC liberals: “We have a demand problem, not a spending problem.” Why are liberals wrong about demand-side economics?

Ten Specific Problems with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

A while back, I wrote about the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child. It was horrible. Now, a new treaty is coming before the U.S. Senate: the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. It’s equally bad, and should not be approved by the Senate.