One of the lessons I learned in my first management course is you can't improve something unless you can measure it. Let's apply that to government.
As ambitious government programs go, it's hard to top the "Great Society," which recently marked its 50th anniversary. President Lyndon Johnson, after all, vowed "to give every citizen an escape from the crushing weight of poverty."
That's a tall order. Five decades, nearly $22 trillion and roughly 80 welfare programs later, it's fair to ask how we're doing. The short answer? Not well. more >>
Marijuana is now a retail item in Washington State, as the west coast state opened its first licensed retail stores for the controversial plant.
Monday sounded the end of the state prohibition on cannabis sales, twenty months after Washington voters passed a referendum allowing for individuals 21 and over to purchase pot.
"I voted for it, and I'm just so excited to see it come to be in my lifetime … I'm not a heavy user, I'm just proud of our state for giving this a try," said one Seattle resident to the Associated Press. more >>
A church in Arizona facing the possibility of foreclosure due to owing money on a tax it claims was illegal has raised about $68,000 to remain open.
Church of the Isaiah 58 Project was given a $50,000 tax bill from La Paz County that the congregation argues it does not have to pay.
WASHINGTON – For the conservative movement to succeed it must reach out to "average working Americans," says former United States Senator Rick Santorum.
In a speech at the "Road to Majority 2014" conference on Friday morning, Santorum stressed the need to appeal to what he has in the past called "blue-collar conservatives."
"As a movement we have not been connecting with the people who are hurting in this country and providing them a message and a plan for them to embrace and live the American dream," said Santorum. more >>
Americans are increasingly giving more to charity, but less of that money is going to the church, according to a newly released report.
An annual research report released Tuesday by the Giving USA Foundation and the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy found that Americans are increasing their donations to charities.
For the year 2013, Americans gave approximately $335 billion to charity, which represented an increase of 3 percent when adjusted for inflation. more >>
Imagine if Congress passed and the president signed a law making it a crime to utter "false, scandalous and malicious" statements "against the government." Think that would violate your right to free speech?
Of course it would. So it's startling to realize that such a law was, in fact, enacted at one time. In 1798, to be specific. The Alien and Sedition Acts were signed by President John Adams, no less. If you can't trust an actual Founding Father to oppose such an unconstitutional law, who can you trust?
Jump to 2014, and you'll find the same impulse to quash speech we disagree with is alive and well. All that's changed are the tactics. Frontal assaults are out. Today's politicians are savvier about how they propose to limit speech. more >>