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Teens not working doesn’t work for America

By Tom Purcell
Here’s a trend that may not bode well for the future of our country: According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 40 percent of 16- to 19-year-olds have summer jobs — down from 75 percent of teens …

An oath for Obama

By Tom Purcell
“I say it’s high time we update the wording of the presidential oath of office, which is specified in Article II, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution.” “Update it?” “That’s right. Our current president isn’t following it much anyhow, so …

About those dirty Little Sisters of the Poor

By Tom Purcell
Boy, our political debate is getting crasser by the moment. And so it is that the National Organization for Women has put the Little Sisters of the Poor, an international congregation of Roman Catholic nuns who have devoted their lives …

The right to paid vacation?

By Tom Purcell
Ah, summer is here. We all know what that means: The rights crowd will demand that our politicians pass new federal laws to make paid vacation mandatory. It is true that the United States is the only advanced economy that …

Fast Fourth facts

By Tom Purcell
“I’m confused. I thought July 4 was the day our country declared independence from King George III of Great Britain.” “Actually, according to ConstitutionFacts.com , that’s not so. The Continental Congress declared independence from Great Britain on July 2, 1776.” …

Defensive response

By Tom Purcell
Ring, ring. “Hello, this is Tom.” “Hello, Tom, this is the federal government. We are going to audit your taxes and want to see all of your records for 2011.” “Sorry, federal government, but my computer crashed in 2011. All …

When government runs health care

By Tom Purcell
No wonder I am so cynical about government health care. Unless you live under a rock, you probably know that the Department of Veterans Affairs is facing some care-delivery challenges. As it goes, according to the VA’s internal audit report …

How to live with your parents

By Tom Purcell
Hey, young adults, living at home with Mom and Dad isn’t the end of the world — if you follow the right advice. As it goes, reports the U.K.’s Daily Mail, nearly 30 percent of adults under age 35 are …

Dogs can’t root out root cause of stress

By Tom Purcell
Our country is going to the dogs. I speak of a recent article on the Fast Company website that touts the benefits of employees bringing their dogs to work. According to various studies, the article reports, dogs in the workplace …

Why spy, China?

By Tom Purcell
Sheesh, China, you sure know how to kick a country when it’s on its way down. I speak of recent reports that your state-sponsored computer whizzes have allegedly been using their skills to steal intellectual property from American businesses. I …

Not missing out this time

By Tom Purcell
President Obama is going to make me rich. That’s because the Obama administration, which has done everything in the government’s power to hamper economic growth, just loosened lending standards so that people with poor credit can buy homes. Why not? …

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