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  • PATTERSON AND BROWN: Greece’s grim future portends Western decline

    October 16, 2012
    By Matt Patterson and Chrissy Brown, The Washington Times

    In 490 B.C., the brand-new democracy at Athens faced its first existential challenge: a vast Persian army intent on crushing the Greek city-state for supporting the enemies of the Persian Emperor Darius the Great.

    The Athenian army and...
  • Chicago strike shows unions corrupt teachers, harm students

    September 22, 2012
    The Washington Examiner

    Americans like teachers.

    We like to think of public school teachers as kindly, idealistic men and women nurturing rows of attentive, wide-eyed youths with the knowledge and values they will need to become informed, productive citizens. This image is doubtless reinforced by memories of our own favorite teachers -- the ones who made that extra effort to help us understand a subject, an idea or a book that changed our lives for the better. We rightly remember such teachers with fondness and...
  • PATTERSON AND BROWN: Unions stack the deck against job creation

    September 21, 2012
    By Matt Patterson and Chrissy Brown, The Washington Times

    If you build it, jobs will come.

    That’s what Marylanders are being promised in the push to build a new casino, the state’s sixth, in Prince George’s County. County Executive Rushern L. Baker III, for example, claims that “the expansion of gaming into Prince George’s County is about the thousands of new jobs, millions of dollars in revenue to the state and county, and growing the travel and tourism industry in Prince George’s County.”

    There’s no...
  • Wisconsin Judge to Voters: “Drop Dead”

    September 17, 2012
    Openmarket.org

    Who needs elections when you have judges?

    In Wisconsin, the voters have decided to reform their state’s collective bargaining laws. They did so by, 1) electing a governor, Scott Walker, who promised to do just that, 2) electing representatives to the state legislature who approved and passed the governor’s reforms, and 3) ratifying those reform by re-electing Walker in a union-initiated recall election in June 2012.

    Case closed, right? Wrong. On Friday, September 14, Dane County...
  • Wisconsin Judge To Voters: "Drop Dead"

    September 17, 2012
    Who needs elections when you have judges?

    In Wisconsin, the voters have decided to reform their state's collective bargaining laws. They did so by, 1) electing a governor, Scott Walker, who promised to do just that, 2) electing representatives to the state legislature who approved and passed the governor's reforms, and 3) ratifying those reform by re-electing Walker in a union-initiated recall election in June 2012.

    Case closed, right? Wrong. On Friday, September 14, Dane County Circuit Court Judge Juan Colas, in his infinite wisdom, struck down Walker's reform law in response to a legal challenge brought by a union representing Madison teachers and city employees from Milwaukee. Reuters reports:
    Colas ruled that eliminating collective bargaining rights for municipal...
  • The Teachers' Union Strikes Back

    September 16, 2012
    American Thinker



    A short time ago, in a city not so very far away, an insidious organization hijacked an entire school system, putting the education of hundreds of thousands of children at risk and demanding a king's ransom that would destroy the city's budget as surely as any Death Star super-ray.

    The galaxy: Chicago. The Empire: The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU). The Emperor: CTU president Karen Lewis.

    Yes, it all sounds like harmless science fiction, but you really couldn't make this stuff up. On Monday September 10, the unionized teachers of the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) -- 26,000 strong -- walked ...
  • Chicago Teachers Union: Overpaid Babysitters?

    September 13, 2012
    Openmarket.org

    The grand themes of the current Chicago teacher’s strike opera are broadly similar to other union-agitated public work stoppages. The union makes demands (more money, etc.) the city/company balks (“We can’t afford that!”) and then makes overly generous counteroffers that the union still manages to find repugnant.

    Ad infinitum, ad nauseum.

    However, this particular teachers’ strike has a particularly vile motif lurking beneath its the already dis-harmonic melodies. The unionized ...
  • Chicago Teachers Union: Overpaid Babysitters?

    September 13, 2012
    The grand themes of the current Chicago teacher's strike opera are broadly similar to other union-agitated public work stoppages. The union makes demands (more money, etc.) the city/company balks ("We can't afford that!") and then makes overly generous counteroffers that the union still manages to find repugnant.

    Ad infinitum, ad nauseum.

    However, this particular teachers' strike has a particularly vile motif lurking beneath its the already dis-harmonic melodies. The unionized teachers of Chicago don't want to be held accountable for their student's academic performance (as measured by standardized tests), because, they claim, teachers of inner-city youth are often tasked with educating the products of dysfunctional or non-existent family lives, crushing poverty, and violence-steeped neighborhood cultures.

    Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis put it...
  • Time for workers to take back Labor Day

    September 3, 2012
    Fox News

    On Monday, September 3, millions of Americans will celebrate Labor Day. For most, it will mean nothing more than the unofficial end of summer, a weekend for one last barbeque, campout, or trip to the beach. However,according to the United States Department of Labor, the day represents, “a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well being of our country."

    For a holiday little more than a century old, Labor Day’s origins are surprisingly opaque. Some say that Peter McGuire, co-founder of the...
  • If Demography Is Destiny, We're Screwed (So To Speak)

    August 23, 2012
    "Things will get better."

    Such sentiments frequently fall from the lips of ever-loving economic optimists who -- while noting the current distressed condition of things -- nonetheless insist that recessions have come before, and have always been followed (eventually) by recoveries. I know a few of these optimists, and they’re quite right -- to a point.

    Because what these sunny souls forget is that every recovery depends upon a plentiful supply of Earth’s most precious resource -- human beings. And it is a resource that is becoming increasingly scarce, especially in the industrialized democracies.

    Until recently, the United States was famous for bucking the plummeting birth-rate trend that has haunted other advanced countries for years. But apparently Americans are now caving to the peer pressure (“Come on, Yanks! Everyone’s -- not -- doing it!”). According to a recent report in...

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