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CEOs critique Obama

By Ralph R. Reiland
Bernie Marcus co-founded Home Depot in 1978, a bad economic time of rising unemployment, accelerating inflation and Jimmy Carter’s downhearted feelings of malaise. Home Depot prospered, but in an interview with Investor’s Business Daily (IBD) in July 2011, the third …

Obama on ‘rights’ & reason

By Ralph R. Reiland
“If you look at what’s happened over the last four or five years, the folks who don’t have a right to complain are the folks at the top,” President Obama said in a recent interview with The Economist magazine. It’s …

Cheer up, Pittsburgh

By Ralph R. Reiland
I’m not happy about Pittsburgh being ranked as the second unhappiest large city in America, exceeded in the level of sadness of its residents only by the top-spot sad sacks of New York City. I shouldn’t say I’m unhappy about …

The jobs picture, unfiltered & grim

By Ralph R. Reiland
Joe Biden last Tuesday declared that America’s jobs picture is outstanding. “Businesses are hiring at historic rates, with 52 consecutive months of net private sector job growth,” he stated. But Biden’s upbeat assessment isn’t backed up by the facts or …

‘Burrito’ logic at the border

By Ralph R. Reiland
Here’s a recent and supposedly racist message from the labor union that represents U.S. Border Patrol agents, as posted by the National Border Patrol Council: “New annual job rating areas: Babysitting, Diaper Changing, Burrito Wrapping, Cleaning cells. Law Enforcement? What’s …

A misfire in New Kensington

By Ralph R. Reiland
Regarding a recent incident in Westmoreland County, here’s the June 6 headline at Reason magazine’s blog: “First-Grader Finds Toy Gun, Turns It In, Gets Suspension.” Reason staff writer Robby Soave provided the details: “Pennsylvania first-grader Darin Simak brought a different …

Poor, poor Hillary

By Ralph R. Reiland
The shenanigans in our political establishment have been especially bizarre and devious in recent weeks, even more dysfunctional than the usual ineptness and self-serving crookedness that we’ve become accustomed to seeing in the nation’s three-ring government circus. Flailing around in …

Obama’s economic dogmatism

By Ralph R. Reiland
In Commentary magazine, Peter Wehner, senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, quotes Walter Russell Mead, a professor of humanities and foreign affairs at Bard College and the editor-at-large of The American Interest magazine, who provides a stinging …

Censorship & tyranny

By Ralph R. Reiland 9:00 p.m.
“Any dictator would admire the uniformity and obedience of the U.S. media,” warned MIT professor Noam Chomsky. Succinctly, and perhaps unintentionally, Joseph Stalin disclosed the danger to liberty of a subservient media. “Print,” he said, “is the sharpest and strongest …

Why Obamanomics earns an ‘F’

By Ralph R. Reiland
What’s President Obama’s record regarding economic growth during his five years in office, compared with the average growth rate in economic recoveries from U.S. recessions since the 1960s? Answer: GDP growth in the Obama recovery is half the growth rate …

Doctors caught in Leviathan’s maw

By Ralph R. Reiland
A surgeon declared war against health care’s central planners last week in The Wall Street Journal. “So when do we say damn the mandates and requirements from bureaucrats who are not in the healing profession?” asked Dr. Daniel F. Craviotto …

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