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GOP needs winning formula
By Cal Thomas

KATHLEEN WILLEY is back. For people who have forgotten, she is the former volunteer aide to President Bill Clinton who claims he sexually harassed her 20 years ago. She wrote a book about it called “Target: Caught in the Crosshairs of Bill and Hillary Clinton.”
What, you say you didn’t read it? Neither, it seems, did most of America,

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 12:03 PM
 
A trust deficit
By Cal Thomas

MOST PEOPLE accept the notion that politicians don’t always tell the truth. Some lies are harmless enough; others more consequential.
Lyndon Johnson skirted the truth when he promised during the 1964 presidential campaign not to send any more American troops to fight a land war in Southeast Asia. He knew then that American intervention would eventually be necessary, but the lie helped him win the election. After the election, Johnson sent additional troops, more American lives were lost and the war escalated.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 2:23 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, February 11, 2014 2:25 PM )
 
Conservatives asked to leave?
By Cal Thomas

EVERYONE “KNOWS” it is conservatives who are mean-spirited, intolerant, censors of speech with which they don’t agree, anti-gay, anti-black and anti just about everything else, right? We know this because the left keeps telling us so.

Which is why in this era of increasingly corrosive language — note the overuse of the f-word in the film “The Wolf of Wall Street” — and acidic political discourse, recent comments by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D-N.Y., ought to shock and outrage everyone, regardless of party affiliation or ideology.

In a radio interview on WCNY, Cuomo commented on the battle

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 9:50 AM
 
Ideology vs. reality
By Cal Thomas

FRENCH PRESIDENT Francois Hollande has been confronted by the glaring light of reality — sort of.

On New Year’s Day, as his massive tax increases began taking effect, Hollande, a member of the Socialist Party, admitted that taxes in France have become “too heavy, much too heavy.”

Indeed, as of Jan. 1, French households now must contend with a new value added tax on many goods and services and, writes International Business Times, “French companies will be required to pay 50% tax on all employee salaries in excess of 1 million euros .?.?. The effective tax rate will amount to 75%.” Unemployment,

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 12:08 PM
 
A ‘Duck Dynasty’ outrage checklist
By Cal Thomas

THE OUTRAGE industry was in high dudgeon just before Christmas over remarks “Duck Dynasty” family patriarch, Phil Robertson, made to GQ magazine about homosexuality. Outrage is the primary ingredient for political fundraising and political power. One must always have an enemy.

Let’s go down the “I Take Offense” checklist and make sure all the boxes are checked before considering a larger point.

•?Liberal New York writer goes slumming among the hayseeds in Louisiana and deliberately creates a controversy by asking a Bible-loving Christian to define sin. Check.

•?Bible-reading Christian quotes from that book and is condemned by those

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 9:48 AM
 
Income ‘inequality’
By Cal Thomas

IN A DEC. 4 speech, President Obama declared income “inequality” to be “the defining challenge of our time.”

It is time for me to come clean; to own up to a dark secret I have been hiding most of my life. It is embarrassing to admit it, but I suffer from income inequality.

Yes, there are hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions of people who make more money than I do and it has affected my life in ways too numerous to recount.

Starting with my first summer job as a bellhop and kitchen worker at a hotel in Maine

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 12:59 PM
 
Obama finds way to ruin holidays
By Cal Thomas

FOR SOME, Thanksgiving was difficult enough with abrasive relatives gobbling up your food without a scintilla of gratitude. Now President Obama comes along with a proposal that could cause turmoil in even the happiest of homes.

The president wants us to discuss politics, immigration reform and ObamaCare at our holiday tables. Imagine the scene. One of your kids is home from college, having been indoctrinated by liberal-leaning professors with politics mired in the ’60s, and he or she begins lecturing Grandpa Joe or Aunt Marie about the necessity of visiting the ObamaCare website (if they can get on) and buying health insurance.

Let the bickering begin!

The only thing worse than discussing politics at the dinner table is discuss­ing religion there.

Tuesday, December 03, 2013 11:05 AM
 
Lewis was big for his tim
By Cal Thomas

THREE FAMOUS MEN died Nov. 22, 1963. The one getting the most attention, understandably, is John F. Kennedy. Less so the other two: Aldous Huxley, author of the futuristic novel “Brave New World,” and Clive Staples Lewis.

Of the three, it was Lewis who not only was the most influential of his time, but whose reach extends to these times and likely beyond. His many books continue to sell and the number of people whose lives have been changed by his writing expands each year.

On the 50th anniversary of his death, C.S. Lewis remains perhaps the 20th century’s

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 1:16 PM
 
The GOP needs those ‘glory days’
By Cal Thomas

“BYE BYE BIRDIE” is an old musical that survives in high school productions and in some people’s memory bank. It debuted on Broadway in 1960 and was made into a film in 1963. One of the songs from the show might serve as an inspiration, if not a theme, for Republicans in the winter of their discontent over President Obama and congressional Democrats: “Put on a Happy Face.”

A problem Republicans have had since the “glory days” of Ronald Reagan is that too many have forgotten how to be positive and affirming. Nobody likes to be around a sourpuss.

Polls indicate that a growing number of us are

Tuesday, November 05, 2013 11:57 AM
 
Many fed up with government
By Cal Thomas

A new Associated Press-GfK (AP-GfK) poll reveals some troubling statistics for members of both major political parties, if they can be troubled, given what looks to be their lack of concern for what they are doing to the country.

The poll finds fewer people approve of President Obama’s job performance (confirmed by a new Gallup Poll, which shows a 37% approval rating), but that Republicans score even worse at 5% approval. The AP-GfK poll “finds few people approve of the way the president is handling most major issues and most people say he’s not decisive, strong, honest, reasonable or inspiring.” It looks like hope has vanished. We can’t say we weren’t warned.

The poll also shows many people are fed up

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 2:57 PM
 
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