Resurrection of the welfare beast

There is only one explanation why the Obama administration was bold enough to drastically expand the welfare state: His political advisors know that criticism over suspending welfare work requirements and increasing food stamps will invoke an emotional debate over the “callous versus the caring.” Democrats will love this discussion—Republicans not so much. But this great […]

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The content of Obama’s political character

Some black leaders are accusing President Barack Obama of not being black enough. Others are accusing whites of believing he’s too black. Either way race will be an unfortunate factor in the 2012 presidential campaign. You won’t hear President Obama confirming or denying its existence. He risks alienating conservative whites by heavily courting black voters. […]

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Ban the Box: A twisted concept

“Ban the Box” mania sweeping across Michigan is a classic case of misplaced priorities. Instead of removing questions about prior felony convictions from employment application forms, our focus should be on  preventing youngsters on the fringes of society from becoming criminals in the first place. Not only has Detroit banned the requirement that applicants for […]

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