Conservative talk-show host Rush Limbaugh told his listeners on Thursday that he refuses to “play villain in the Pope Soap Opera” that the left created following Limbaugh’s comments about Pope Francis’ recent exhortation. In part of the statement, the pope was critical of free market economics, though some defenders of the pontiff are saying his words were mistranslated. In response to Limbaugh’s comments, groups representing the Catholic left
This week, Senator Rand Paul, who is likely running for president, suggested that Congress act to pass legislation which would declare Detroit an economic “freedom zone.” That is to lower taxes in Detroit to near 0% levels, spurring business activity and development. We at Against Crony Capitalism wholeheartedly agree with this idea.
The latest blockbuster Edward Snowden leak, that the NSA tracks 5 billion cell phone records a day, comes with
Wildlife conservationists are livid at the Obama administration’s approval of a new rule that extends wind farms leases up to 30 years. On Friday, wildlife protection groups decried the new regulation as a “stunningly bad move” that gives wind power companies the ability to kill eagles and other birds for the next 30 years.
Think all there is to say about the War on Christmas has already been said? Think again. With her trademark fearlessness and verve, Governor Sarah Palin’s new book,
Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst announced a Texas-led three-week effort that he says reduced illegal immigration, smuggling, and human trafficking to a standstill in the Rio Grande River section of the U.S./Mexico border.
You can always tell a Harvard man; he’s the one with a series of scarlet A’s on his report card. This week, Harvard’s Dean of Undergraduate Education Jay M. Harris admitted to the university newspaper, the Harvard Crimson , that the most common grade for Harvard students is an A. What’s the median grade? Would you believe A-minus? The reason Harvard is coming clean about its grade inflation is that they were prodded by professor Harvey C. Mansfield, who said in the Crimson that the inflated grades at the university are “indefensible … a failure on the part of this faculty and its leadership to maintain our academic standards.” ABC News received confirmation that the story is true from the university, whose spokesman, Jeff Neal, defended the practice by stating, “We believe that learning is the most important thing that happens in our classrooms and throughout our system of residential education. The faculty are focused on creating positive and lasting learning outcomes for our undergraduates. We watch and review trends in grading across Harvard College, but we are most interested in helping our students learn and learn well.” Mansfield has been disgusted with the practice for years; in 2001, he told ABC News that easy A’s were simply “flattery of students to tell them they are better than they are.” In a unique coincidence, around the time Mansfield launched his initial protest, the university put a ceiling on what constituted an honors student, reducing the number of honors students from 90% to 60%.
On Wednesday, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, countering the secular war that the left has foisted on people of faith, told students at Liberty University’s convocation that there is a war on Christmas.
Catholic bishops from the border region of Mexico, Texas, and New Mexico have sent an open letter to “Catholics and All People of Good Will” to urge them to engage in advocacy for the protection of the rights of immigrants and to help keep immigrant families together. The letter , called Family Beyond Borders , which was signed by the archbishops of San Antonio, Texas, Chihuahua, Mexico, and the bishops of other border region dioceses, begins with a quote from Pope Francis who, the bishops wrote, “has often stated that our efforts to renew the Church will only have credibility when we become courageous Christians and seek out those on the margins who are most in need.” “The Holy Father has recognized the tragedy that involves millions of migrants on every continent; and the Holy Father has given expression to the Church’s responsibilities in their regard,” the bishops said . “Today, immigrant families face many serious threats,” the bishops continued. The “threats” they noted especially are a culture of increasing violence in the countries of origin of immigrants, the dangers inherent in migrating, widespread poverty and unemployment, and the abuse and exploitation of immigrants by human traffickers. “The current immigration system in the United States exacerbates these chronically difficult conditions affecting families,” the bishops wrote . In their criticism of the U.S. immigration system, the bishops stated, “Currently there is a 17 to 20 year ‘wait’ for Mexicans to acquire a U.S. visa,” and that deportations and detentions of nonviolent illegal immigrants are breaking apart families. “It is also said that immigrants and their families do not contribute to American society and culture, that they simply come to take advantage of the welfare system,” the bishops wrote . “Such perspectives lack realism, and do not perceive the demanding conditions affecting immigrants and their families; and they fail to acknowledge the contributions of immigrants to our society.” The bishops stated , “There are many misperceptions concerning undocumented immigrants and their contribution to society in the United States.” For example, immigrants do pay taxes; between one half and three quarters of undocumented immigrants pay state and federal taxes. They also contribute to Medicare and provide as much as $7 billion annually to the Social Security Fund, even though they are not eligible for Social Security benefits. Undocumented immigrants have a net benefit, not a drain, on the U.S. economy. The American Farm Bureau reports that without guest workers the U.S. economy would lose nearly $9 billion a year in agricultural production. The bishops went on to describe the drug-related violence in Mexico and Central America, the countries from which most illegal immigrants come. In addition, they stated that one of the primary problems for illegal immigrants is the fact that parents come to the United States illegally, and then have children born in the U.S. – who are legal citizens. If the parents are eventually discovered and deported, the children remain with guardians or in foster care in the U.S. while their parents return to their country of origin. The Church must “continue to welcome immigrants who bring their deep Catholic faith with them and thereby greatly enrich our Church,” the bishops wrote.
On Thursday, the Washington Examiner reported that “sources close” to former Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) “say the odds of him running