Author Archives: Tim Donner

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Obama on Immigration: It’s the Legacy, Stupid

Lost amidst the uproar over President Obama’s unilateral action on immigration is the real reason he did it. While Obama has always favored an amnesty of some sort, supported the senate immigration bill that never came to a vote in the house, and is perfectly happy to further strengthen his party’s already strong support among […]

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    Common Core on TrialColumns, Featured, Policy

    Do you support or oppose Common Core?  Do you know what it is?  If you’re like most Americans, you don’t know what it is or whether it is good or bad – or why it is controversial. The developers of the federal Common Core education standards tell it this way:  ”The Common Core is a […]

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    What Gillespie ProvedPolitics

    In an election which could objectively be termed a tidal wave if not a tsunami for the Republican party, how ironic it is that a race lost by the GOP (pending a possible recount) may have served as the best indicator of the nation’s latest mood swing. Starting almost 30 points behind, hitting the fall […]

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    Referenda RoundupPolicy

    While America is a constitutional republic, distinct from the democracy so many believe it to be, ballot questions across the land always remind us of how different things might be if voters were asked to decide on the big issues of the day directly, rather than through their legislative representatives. Almost everything you have seen, […]

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    Forfeiting FreedomColumns, Featured, Policy

    Innocent until proven guilty.  We all know that is the very bedrock of the American criminal justice system.  But the most powerful and feared agency of our government has now admitted engaging in activity that is not only based on the opposite premise, that you are to be presumed guilty until proven innocent, but is […]

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    If Not Obamacare, What?Columns, Featured, Policy, Politics

    On this first anniversary of its implementation, Obamacare has become like the weather.  Everyone complains about it, but it seems – at least to the citizenry – no one is doing anything about it.  But Ed Gillespie may be helping to change that. Now, it’s not like the GOP has just been passive aggressive about […]

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    Lockdown NationColumns, Policy, Slider

    Imagine your whole neighborhood is unreachable for the night.  Your children are in their early teens – certainly able to be left alone while you run some errands, but not to spend the night by themselves.  The area is on lockdown because someone believed to be a homicidal psycho is thought to be in or […]

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    Ebola: Panic and PoliticsColumns, Politics

    It is human nature to take the most dire forecasts either more or less seriously than the more routine ones.  When the weatherman predicts showers, or a politician warns of the consequences of an otherwise inconsequential piece of legislation, we tend to process those claims in reasonably responsible fashion.  But when we are faced with […]

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    The Left’s Morality PoliceColumns, Politics

    Every couple of weeks a story appears in the news about some crazy lawsuit.  The kind that lead to the ever-growing universe of jokes about lawyers and politicians.  Cato Institute’s Walter Olsen, for one, never seems to have any trouble finding enough of these tails from litigation wonderland to fill up his blog Overlawyered.  Stories […]

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    The Party FaithfulColumns, Politics

    A choice, not an echo.  That was the slogan for the 1964 presidential campaign of GOP nominee Barry Goldwater, describing his vision of a Republican party distinct rather than compliant in its ideology.  And as we face the upcoming election, the question is whether the two major parties have provided acceptable choices for the voters […]