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Magical thinking Americans

WASHINGTON, August 6, 2014 —  A Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll found 60% of respondents think the United States is in decline, while 71% believe Washington is directly responsible for the nation’s economic woes. President Obama receives a 40% approval rating, a new low, while Congress stands at a meager 14%. The poll also found that ...

Congressional greed, public disapproval, and the power of incumbents

WASHINGTON, May 22, 2014 — The latest public opinion polls show that 84.7 percent of Americans disapprove of the way Congress conducts business. Despite this incredible disapproval rating, members of Congress have an uncanny knack for getting reelected. From 1964 to 2012,  incumbents retained their positions in droves. The lowest return rates were in 1970 and ...

Lobbyists are destroying the American Dream

OCALA, Fla., May 20, 2014 — The power of special interest groups on politics cannot be understated. Lobbying is such a lucrative profession that federal legislators have abdicated their offices for it. While lobbyists supposedly exist for the purpose of presenting arguments to lawmakers and nothing more, reality indicates something altogether different. Roughly eight years ...

George Washington: America’s last non-partisan President

RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., February 17, 2014 – While many Americans wonder where the apostrophe goes in President’s Day, the official title of the holiday is George Washington’s Birthday. What better way to celebrate the occasion than to interview George Washington? How would he view the United States today? What advice might he offer? [The following ...

Mr. President: Use your pen and phone for election reform

RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif., February 10, 2014 — Our election process is broken. In truth, we no longer hold elections; we conduct auctions. We have tragically allowed the Parties to craft the best government that money can buy. President Obama recently proclaimed, “We’re not just going to be waiting for legislation in order to make ...