Rachel Alexander

CP Op-Ed Contributor

Dodd-Frank: Making it Hard to Get a Mortgage

The Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, sarcastically known as Dodd-Frankery and Dodd-Frankenstein, was passed into law in response to the financial crisis and recession of 2008. It contains the most drastic changes to financial regulations since the regulatory reform after the Great Depression.

Chris Christie for President?

Last week, it came out that New Jersey's Republican Governor Chris Christie refused to campaign for Ken Cuccinelli in the Virginia governor's race, which no doubt contributed to Cuccinelli's loss. The jovial, fun-loving, charismatic Christie is wildly popular, with the second highest approval rating of Republican governors. He won re-election in Democratic-stronghold New Jersey by a landslide last week, with 60 percent of the vote to his Democrat challenger's 39 percent.

America Is Not the Next Greece

The country of Greece is in catastrophic economic chaos due to a history of irresponsible spending. This is where the U.S. will be in few years unless drastic changes are made. The question is no longer if, but when. At some point, there will no longer be any low-interest credit available to continue letting Santa Claus run the U.S.; the interest owed on existing debt will exceed tax revenues.

Watch Your Guns Around Obamacare

What does gun control have to do with health care? As odd as it seems, Obamacare contains provisions that jeopardize gun ownership, especially for veterans. Anti-gun provisions were added to initial drafts of Obamacare legislation under the pretext of prohibiting people with mental illness – which can include PTSD - from owning guns.

Deja Vu: The Pretend Debt Ceiling Crisis

The impending debt ceiling vote is much more important than the budget vote of a couple of weeks ago, the delay of which allegedly "shut down government." This is because the budget vote - which is actually just a temporary continuing resolution - can be resolved by taking out the provision that guts Obamacare.

Another Pretend Government Shutdown

The media is dramatically reporting that the federal government shut down on October 1 - yet hardly anyone has noticed. This is because it is not really a "government shutdown." If only a few non-essential government functions have been temporarily halted, it is misleading to characterize it as if the entire government has shut down.

Common Core For All: Not

"The schools [utilizing Common Core]… are organized in a highly centralized government-run system. They [Common Core courses] have the following characteristics in common: they are overwhelmingly secular in orientation; a common school is provided through at least grades seven or eight; little or no tuition charge is made; schools are mostly coeducational; the curricula are tightly prescribed, as are the textbooks...students are offered few electives…"

Leftist Hysteria With Monsanto Over Crop Genetics

The left is in frenzy over the American agricultural biotechnology corporation Monsanto and other agribusinesses that tinker with crop genetics. Is there any truth to their scare stories asserting that we're being poisoned with "Frankenfood," breeding new strains of superbugs and superpests?

Political Apathy Is Destroying Middle Class Comforts

Many refuse to get involved in politics because they believe their efforts are so insignificant it is not worth the time. These cynics believe the system is so vast, and corruption so ingrained, that it is futile. Although it may be difficult to get much accomplished in government, these civic dropouts are forgetting one crucial thing.

Detroit: The Left's Model for Success

Unlike other cities that found new industries to replace their failing ones, Detroit never moved on. Instead, the city's reaction to the shrinking tax base was to build fancy new buildings, which only dug it deeper into debt.

Janet Napolitano Leaving DHS Under Cloud of Suspicion

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano suddenly announced last week that she was resigning her position at the embattled agency in order to take a $750,000-a-year job as president of the University of California system. This will more than triple her salary, which was $200,000 at DHS. The timing of her resignation is highly unusual for a member of the president's cabinet.

Marco Rubio's Sudden Decline Due to Immigration Reform

A month ago, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) was considered by many to be the GOP front-runner for president in 2016. Now, even if he secures the nomination, Republicans may very likely support him only half-heartedly like they did moderate Republican Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) in 2008, a sure recipe for losing the presidential election.

Edward Snowden: Hero or Traitor?

A whistleblower has exposed the National Security Administration's warrantless spying on millions of ordinary Americans, and conservatives are divided in their reactions. Former Vice President Dick Cheney and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) are calling former NSA contractor Edward Snowden a traitor. This may be the only time I ever disagree with them.