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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
 
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