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By Cal Thomas | July 14, 2012
In order to get the correct answer to anything, one must ask the right question. That is what former ABC News and current Fox News TV host John Stossel does on his weekly program. If ever there was "must-see TV," this is it. Mr. Stossel's show on June 30 was a classic. It was called "Government, Incorporated" and focused on what private industry can do less expensively and more efficiently than government. After watching it, I wondered why this isn't happening. Why does inefficient, costly and unresponsive government continue to grow while the people and companies that could do the work much better are regulated and taxed to death?
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By Cal Thomas | April 26, 2014
Honestly, unless you are a big government liberal, how many people think the federal government should have more power than it already exercises over its citizens? Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, 94, thinks the Constitution needs at least six amendments in order to bring the country more in line with what he believes is good for us. He outlines them in his new book, "Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution. " It is a revealing look into liberal thinking and the ideological opposite of radio talk show host Mark Levin's book, "The Liberty Amendments: Restoring theAmerican Republic.
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May 9, 2013
Religious Right pundit Cal Thomas wants to limit the right to vote for the first 10 years of newly minted citizens ("Immigration deformed," May 4). This is his way of addressing the electoral imbalance created by the obvious reluctance of new Americans to vote for Mr. Thomas' political party, which is still asking immigrants to "self-deport. " What an appalling ignorance this shows of American history regarding the franchise. There were times past in which blacks, women and even Native Americans were denied the right to vote.
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By Cal Thomas | February 15, 2014
"If at my convenience I might break them (laws), what would be their worth?" -- Charlotte Bronte, "Jane Eyre" We've come a long way since Justice Charles Evans Hughes remarked a century ago that "the Constitution is what the judges say it is. " Or have we? According to the Galen Institute, a nonprofit public policy research organization based in Alexandria, Va., "more than 27 significant changes already have been made to Obamacare: at least 10 that President Obama has made unilaterally, 15 that Congress has passed and the president has signed, and 2 by the Supreme Court.
NEWS
August 6, 2012
I must respectfully call out Cal Thomas and The Sun on Mr. Thomas' recent column onChick-fil-Athat appeared on the op-ed page ("Chick-fil-A gets busted by the thought police," Aug. 2). Boston Mayor Thomas Menino expressed his displeasure, and made his opinion clear, that Chick-fil-A is not welcome along the Freedom Trail (opinion being the key word). He most certainly did not make threats of any kind against Dan Cathy's fast food corporation. Mayor Menino made his letter public, and The Sun can easily view and publish it. To publish Cal Thomas' piece without providing the actual content of the Boston mayor's letter is inflammatory and irresponsible.
NEWS
August 17, 2012
Finally, someone who sees things clearly! Cal Thomas hit the nail on the head by asking "why would you think you would be better off in four years [under Obama] when you're worse off today than you were four years ago?" ("A winning pick," Aug. 15). I was happy to see a change four years ago, hoping that a new administration was the answer to some of our many problems. But I haven't seen any movement in the right direction. Can we seriously blame the Bush administration forever? A change every four years sends a serious message: Get it cleaned up during your first term and we will happily vote you in for a second.
NEWS
June 22, 1994
Out of ControlThere are quite a few parents upset at the prospect of a curfew for the children of Baltimore. They claim it's too hot to stay in an unheated rowhouse, and the children are awake anyway.But toward the end of an article June 17 in The Sun, they finally get to the point. They can't control their children.The real crime is parents raising children they can't control, children they and the society they belong to are afraid of.Perhaps "raising" is misused in this context. Maybe "growing" would be a better word.
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By RICHARD REEVES | May 16, 1995
Washington. -- Running for president is an endless series of small humiliations for Sen. Bob (used to be Robert) Dole, as he twists and turns to fit into the changing fashions of newly young Republicanism.It was bad enough when he, or someone in his office, gave the Los Angeles Times old political love letters from Richard Nixon. It seems that the late president was saying in public that California Gov. Pete (used to be Peter) Wilson would be the Republican nominee for president in 1996, while privately assuring the Senate majority leader from Kansas that he would be the president -- as long as he had the wit and balance to run as a crazed-as-possible right-winger to win the party's nomination and then declare conversion to moderation in the general election.
NEWS
May 16, 2006
Time to reconsider Medicare drug plan It was bad enough that Congress, bowing to the drug and insurance companies, passed one of the most confusing pieces of legislation since the last tax code update, creating a drug benefit system with dubious benefits and mind-numbing complexity ("Medicare penalty fight seen," May 15). Worse, to stampede the befuddled seniors and their families into this confusing mess, Congress also enacted a deadline of May 15, after which a participant in the plan will incur a severe lifetime penalty.
NEWS
September 3, 1993
Rush Limbaugh says the effort to revive the Fairness Doctrine VTC is an attack on him specifically and radio talk show hosts generally because they are conservatives. Ditto says syndicated columnist Cal Thomas (Opinion * Commentary page, Sept. 1), ditto says the Wall Street Journal editorial page, and ditto say lots of local radio talk jockeys.Whack-o, we say. Paranoid fantasy. Consider:* The leader of the effort to codify the old Fairness Doctrine is Sen. Ernest Hollings, D-S.C. Americans for Democratic Action says his "liberal quotient" in Senate votes last year was 35. By comparison, Paul Sarbanes and Barbara Mikulski got 100. Even Sam Nunn, D-Ga.
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By Cal Thomas | August 30, 2013
"Oh, when will they ever learn? Oh, when will they ever learn?" -- Peter, Paul and Mary By the time you read this, U.S. missiles and bombs may be falling on Syria. Why? Syria hasn't attacked us. It does not pose a security threat to the United States. These were arguments made against the Bush administration's intervention in Iraq by some who now urge us to make war on Syria. Secretary of State John Kerry, who as a senator was for the funding of U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, before he was against it, says the United States is certain that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has used chemical weapons on his own people, thus crossing a "red line" established by President Barack Obama.
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By Cal Thomas | June 29, 2013
"For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh. " -- Genesis 2:24, NIV The problem for people who believe in an authority higher even than the Constitution is that in our increasingly secular and indifferent society, it has become more difficult to persuade those who do not subscribe to an immutable standard to accept that view. It is nearly impossible to restrain a people intent on throwing off any and all restraints.
NEWS
By Cal Thomas | June 22, 2013
After 12 years of fighting, the Taliban in Afghanistan have announced they are ready to talk peace with the United States. The Taliban opened a political office in Qatar. The talks will take place there, but without the Afghan government, which is refusing to take part in the "peace" talks. President Barack Obama says there will be "a lot of bumps in the road" during the talks. More like sinkholes. The history of talks with Middle East terrorist groups, apparently, has taught us little.
NEWS
By Cal Thomas | June 8, 2013
The annual ritual known as the Scripps National Spelling Bee came and went last week, with kids spelling words that, I suspect, many with graduate degrees couldn't spell. The winner was Arvind Mahankali, a 13-year-old eighth-grader from Bayside Hills, N.Y. Arvind is the first boy to win the title since 2008. There is a lesson to be learned from the success of these young people, including the ones who came close to winning but didn't. It is the value of persistence. Arvind won this year by spelling the German word "knaidel.
NEWS
By Cal Thomas | May 25, 2013
President Barack Obama gave two commencement addresses in one to graduates of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga., last weekend. It would be easy for this conservative to critique the political and social elements of his speech. Instead, I choose to focus on the inspirational part. The president struck the right note at the historically black, all-male college. African-American men in America need more role models and encouragement to counter the reality, reinforced by much of the media, of too much failure, crime, imprisonment, out-of-wedlock births, a disproportionate abortion rate and other social maladies affecting many in the black community.
NEWS
May 9, 2013
Religious Right pundit Cal Thomas wants to limit the right to vote for the first 10 years of newly minted citizens ("Immigration deformed," May 4). This is his way of addressing the electoral imbalance created by the obvious reluctance of new Americans to vote for Mr. Thomas' political party, which is still asking immigrants to "self-deport. " What an appalling ignorance this shows of American history regarding the franchise. There were times past in which blacks, women and even Native Americans were denied the right to vote.
NEWS
By Cal Thomas | November 3, 2012
This election will tell us what kind of America we believe in. Is it the one our Founders bequeathed, of limited government, or is it the one re-made in the image of liberal, paternalistic government? The choice, as President Barack Obama has said, could not be clearer. Is our country a giant ATM, dispensing money and benefits to increasing numbers of people while requiring little, if anything, of the recipients? Or, is America a land of opportunity where people can rise as far as their skills and desire to work will take them, with a safety net for those who need it?
NEWS
August 17, 2012
Finally, someone who sees things clearly! Cal Thomas hit the nail on the head by asking "why would you think you would be better off in four years [under Obama] when you're worse off today than you were four years ago?" ("A winning pick," Aug. 15). I was happy to see a change four years ago, hoping that a new administration was the answer to some of our many problems. But I haven't seen any movement in the right direction. Can we seriously blame the Bush administration forever? A change every four years sends a serious message: Get it cleaned up during your first term and we will happily vote you in for a second.
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