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Notes from the margins

By Colin Mcnickle
P resident Obama, thinking out loud last week (which can be a dangerous thing for anybody but particularly for a prompter-less Mr. Obama), appeared to endorse making voting a mandatory endeavor. He cited the Australian example in which violators even ...

Stan Evans & the conservative experience

By Colin Mcnickle
M. Stanton Evans, one of the founders of the modern conservative movement, died Tuesday last at the age of 80. But one has to wonder how many of today’s conservatives fully appreciate his contributions to conservatism or, worse, fully understand ...

Why water down Pennsylvania’s ‘paycheck protection’ bill?

By Colin Mcnickle
The Republican-controlled Pennsylvania Senate apparently is “coalescing around a more moderate proposal to advance so-called ‘paycheck protection’ legislation,” Jason Gottesman writes in The PLS Reporter. Should one consider “more moderate” to be a euphemism for capitulation? Senate Bill 501 would bar ...

Things that might have escaped your notice ...

By Colin Mcnickle
State Sen. Daylin Leach has introduced legislation in Harrisburg that would afford illegal aliens given amnesty by President Barack Obama access to driver’s licenses. The Montgomery/Delaware County Democrat says licenses will assure that these stroke-of-the-pen legalized illegals know the rules ...

Tales of gangrenous Pennsylvania government

By Colin Mcnickle
For the second time in 16 years, Philadelphia and all of Pennsylvania will be played for suckers by an American political party. Democrats announced last week that the City of Brotherly Love will host their 2016 nominating convention for the ...

The Arneson case: Politics vs. the law

By Colin Mcnickle
Perhaps lost in the ongoing court battle over Gov. Tom Wolf’s legal authority to bounce Erik Arneson as the newly installed director of the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records (POOR) are the mechanics of the politics of Mr. Arneson’s appointment. ...

The economics of the ignorami

By Tribune-Review
T he National Bureau of Economic Research has confirmed what critics of extended unemployment benefits have been saying all along: Incentivizing non-work in such a way disincentivizes work. “We find that the cut in unemployment benefit duration led to a ...

Notes on the state of things

By Colin Mcnickle
H ours after Sheldon Silver, the Democrat speaker of the New York State Assembly, was arrested for allegedly engaging in a long-running and massive multimillion-dollar bribery and kickback scandal, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called him “a man ...

Dung, deer & legislative

By Colin Mcnickle
Inaction has consequences. Just ask Zoe. Zoe is the McNickle family chihuahua. She hadn’t been feeling well for a few days. Not much appetite. And what she did eat was running right through her. Off to the vet. He asked if ...

The failed premise of the American College Promise

By Colin Mcnickle
It once was written that in stupidity there is an opulence of murky stagnancy, an inexhaustibility and a calm infinitude. Welcome to the Obama administration’s American College Promise. On Friday, President Obama bowed his program “to make two years of ...

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