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Fixing The Spirit of America

Sunday, February 14, 2016  |  posted by John Schroeder

Victor Davis Hanson talked economy on Friday.  He goes through a litany of problems and attempted fixes and then writes:

In short, something has gone fundamentally wrong with the U.S. economy.

So, what to do?  Well, Hanson has a good economic prescription, but when you talk about things being “fundamentally” wrong, you have to ask about the intangibles as well as the tangibles.  When he discusses how cheap money is and how low the cost of energy – factors that can usually buoy an economy over pretty liberal policy – one has to wonder.  There is something else missing.  People need confidence to borrow money.  They need hope and vision to put the money they borrow to good use.  Confidence, hope, vision – these are things policy can at best encourage, but it cannot produce.  People must have the seeds of these things in them or no policy will help.

One could argue that the overbearing nature of the Obama administration strangles vision, and you’d have a point.  It does feel like any innovation will be quickly surrounded by regulatory burden, but still it seems like something deeper is at play.  Good innovation has overcome such obstacles in the past.  One could argue that the “helicopter parenting” so prevalent these days has made a generation so risk averse that they would rather live in their parent’s basement than buy a home.  But really helicopter parenting is a phenomena limited to the middle and upper-middle class.  All it does is create opportunities for others to take the risk and do better – but they are not taking advantage.

Yes, we need to improve policy, but something is broken in the spirit of the nation.   We need the seeds of vision, hope and confidence.  Until we fix that, better policy can only accomplish so much. Continue Reading

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Less Is More (Where GOP Candidates Are Concerned)

Friday, February 12, 2016  |  posted by Garrett Fahy

By Brian Fahy & Garrett Fahy

Let the winnowing begin. The day after Donald Trump dominated the New Hampshire primary by taking 35% of the vote and ten delegates, New Jersey governor and former federal prosecutor Chris Christie and former Hewlett Packard chief Carly Fiorina dropped out. Given their poor showings in New Hampshire, Christie received 7.4% and Fiorina received just 4.1%, this was not surprising. Continue Reading

From The Archives: Ohio Governor John Kasich 2010 Interview On His Autobiography “Every Other Monday”

Thursday, February 11, 2016  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Suddenly Ohio Governor John Kasich is a subject of the sort of intense scrutiny that the other major contenders have been under for months.  I always try and help my colleagues in the MSM out, so here is an id-depth interview the governor and I conducted before he was governor, on the occasion of the publication of a memoir about his faith and family: Every Other Monday: Twenty Years Of Life, Lunch, Faith and Friendship:

The audio:

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Let The Joker Beat Himself

Thursday, February 11, 2016  |  posted by John Schroeder

The anger is this election cycle frightens me – on both sides of the aisle.  Bernie Sanders should be unthinkable – that he won New Hampshire as convincingly as he did is testament to a) what an awful candidate Hillary is, and b) how much anger there is in this cycle.  People are so upset that they are entertaining the unthinkable.

Analogously, in the world of comics there is an unthinkable – Batman killing the Joker.  The debate is endless in fan sites throughout the internet, and with good reason.  There have been entire miniseries/graphic novels dedicated to the question – it is pretty much the question that drives every Joker story line written, and not just with Batman.  It is not uncommon for Batman to show up at the last minute and prevent some other hero from doing what he won’t.  We’ll explore the “why’s” in a minute, but Batman never succumbs to his anger.

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