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Is college debt even worth it?
By Cal Thomas

IT IS SOMETHING of a truism that whenever the federal government steps in, costs usually rise and efficiency declines.
That is especially true when it comes to a college education, which President Obama promised during the 2008 campaign to make more affordable. “We’ve got to make sure every young person can afford to go to college,” he said then. Instead, tuition costs keep rising, along with the debt owed by increasing numbers of graduates, who are now campaigning — with bipartisan approval in an election year — for Congress to stop interest rates on their subsidized Stafford loans from doubling in July.

Tuesday, May 08, 2012 3:00 PM
 
Latest salvo fired in ‘Mommy Wars’
By Cal Thomas

VIRTUALLY everything said and done in a presidential election year distorts the truth, much like concave and convex mirrors in a carnival attraction alter one’s true reflection.
That kind of distortion occurred in the recent dustup over whether women who choose to stay at home can completely understand the economic challenges and personal struggles faced by women who choose, or need, to work outside the home while raising children.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 2:24 PM
 
Care or cure?
By Cal Thomas

THE DEBATE ISN’T new, but as the country awaits the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly called Obamacare, suppose the conversation switched from a health-care system devoted primarily to caring for the sick to one that gives top priority to finding cures for disease? A healthier public would sharply reduce expenses associated with catastrophic illness.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012 2:13 PM
 
The main event set this week
By Cal Thomas

THIS WEEK, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear three days of oral arguments in the health-care lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act, otherwise known as “Obamacare.”

We now know the law was based on phony predictions about its cost. After promising the price would be under $940 billion over 10 years, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has issued a correction of its initial estimate, which appears to have been based on sleight of hand accounting tactics?by?congressional Dem­ocrats and the White House. CBO now pro­jects the measure will cost taxpayers at least $1.76 trillion over a decade.

Randy E. Barnett, the Carmack Waterhouse professor of legal theory at the Georgetown University Law Center, is troubled by the administration’s shifting rationale in its defense of the health-care law: “First they told us this was an easy Commerce Clause case. Then they (said) it was an exercise of the Tax Power. Now it is the Necessary and Proper Clause. If the mandate was so obviously constitutional, the government would not be shifting its position 10 days before oral argument.”

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 3:33 PM
 
Where’s the hope?
By Cal Thomas

YOU’VE GOT TO hand it to Democrats and the Obama re-election campaign. Like a quarterback who looks left to draw the defense away from his intended target on the right, Democrats have managed to divert our attention. Instead of debating President Obama’s dreadful record on just about everything, Democrats have managed to get Republicans talking about sex and morality. Rather than figuring out what to do about Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons, Democrats have put Republicans on the defensive over the use of vulgar words applied to liberal women. For their use of equally offensive or similar words applied to conservative women, they mostly get a pass, because this isn’t about the words; it’s about politics.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 3:14 PM
 
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