Monthly Archives: January 2013


Women, Not the Government, Will Close the Wage Gap

In his inaugural address, the President said, “For our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers, and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts.” He didn’t trot out his usual “women earn 77 cents on a man’s dollar” line from his campaign days or specify what he had in mind for the journey’s end but clearly he’s leaning toward the “collective” action of a government mandate.

The Real Casualties of the Government’s Welfare State

When I met her, she was high and barely conscious of the screaming two year old beside her. The dirty apartment, spare of furniture and barely lit, housed eight children and one adult. Two of the children, eight and ten year old girls, wanted me to meet their mother. They lived around the corner from my inner-city Washington, DC apartment and after helping me with my groceries one night, the girls became my constant companions.

Rome then, America now: What I told a 7th grader

(‘76 Editor) The other day I had got an unusual email from a young student whom I don’t know. Nor do I know how she happened to write me. The email said this: My name is Margaret and I’m a 7th grader at [name omitted] middle school in Ohio. I am doing a research project on violent protests in ancient Rome, versus our world today. I would like to ask for your [thoughts] on four things I had questions about.

Colorado legislators address hot issues of 2013

(CCU Student) On Monday night three Colorado legislators came to the Centennial Institute in Lakewood and discussed hot issues of 2013 that will arise in the legislative session this year. Guns, gay marriage, and health care heated up much of the discussion as Rep. Claire Levy, D –Boulder, House minority leader Mark Waller, R –Colorado Springs, and Senate minority leader Bill Cadman, R –Colorado Springs, conversed upon the implications of each.

What we can and can’t expect of congressional Republicans

(Centennial Fellow) One of the peculiarities of American politics is the astonishment that washes over some people when they realize the politicians they elected intend to act like they’ve been elected. Elections, as the oft-quoted (and just as often forgotten) aphorism goes, have consequences. We are just now starting to see those consequences — just now, that is, providing the previous four years have slipped the mind.

What five decades of abortion have cost America

Editor: On today’s 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, many perspectives could be offered on the immense cost of abortion on demand in American life. Paramount is the one-by-one tragedy of millions of babies killed in their mothers’ wombs in the course of what Malcolm Muggeridge called this “humane holocaust.” But the what-might-have-been for all those lives never lived has a massive societal impact for our country as well. That’s the dimension explored in this article by Brian Clowes, research director of Human Life International:

Reasons for hope amid America’s travails

As we recently concluded the spring semester’s first week of classes here at CCU, it dawned on me that in all of my Political Science classes we were, in some respect or another, talking about the troubles of our country and the decline of our government and culture. We have exceeded $16 trillion in debt, our education numbers are severely lacking across the board internationally, and millions of gun owners’ Second Amendment rights are increasingly being infringed upon.

Fumbled fiscal fix was the least bad deal available

(Boston) Beyond the extravagantly and justly praised Lincoln the best of the holiday movies is the riveting Ben Affleck vehicle Argo based on the true story of the daring rescue of six American Embassy employees hiding in the Canadian Embassy during the 1979 Teheran Hostage Crisis. When questioned by Secretary of State Cyrus Vance about alternatives to the bizarre scheme of creating a fake Hollywood movie as a cover for the escape the CIA agent who would lead the rescue (Affleck) replies: “There are no good ideas, sir. Only bad ones but this is the least bad one” while making clear that doing nothing would be worse still.

Head On TV: Don’t disarm the law-abiding

Since Connecticut’s strict gun control didn’t prevent the Newtown horror, policymakers shouldn’t impose new restrictions that disarm the law-abiding, says John Andrews in the January round of Head On TV debates. Just do the math, replies Susan Barnes-Gelt, and we’ll all conclude too many have died, laws must be tightened. John on the right, Susan on the left, also go at it this month over Colorado proposals to help children of illegal immigrants and shut down death row, as well as the continuing fiscal cliff drama and the Obama-Boehner standoff. Head On has been a daily feature on Colorado Public Television since 1997 and a presentation of Centennial Institute since 2009. Here are all five scripts for January:

Kerry for Secretary of State is an unfunny joke

Since the voters thought Mitt Romney could not save us from the fix we’re in, who’s going to do it? The fiscal cliff is just one of many cliffs that has threatened us with a mighty tumble over its edge, and Congress is more nearly the sneak who trips you than the guide who leads you to safety. Don’t meanwhile look for rescue from the White House amateur otherwise known as President Barack Obama. As an example of his helpfulness, this New Year arrives with five new Obamacare taxes that will add painfully to health costs and otherwise bollix up our lives.