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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
 
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