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Category: Politics

Fed Up: How the Federal Reserve is Easing Out the Middle Class

This piece appeared first at Aleteia I know what you’re thinking: with far more interesting topics like crime, immigration, Obamacare, and NSA spying, why bring up such boring, eye-glazing stuff as the Federal Reserve? Why not discuss those delicious partisan questions bandied about on what passes for television “news” – questions such as “Is Barack [...]

Ukraine, the Janus of Europe

An article that first appeared at Aleteia Ukraine, a strategically located nation of 45 million, seems to be coming apart at the seams. The largely Ukrainian-speaking western part of the country desires closer ties to Western Europe, including economic and political integration with the European Union (EU). The mostly Russian-speaking eastern half of Ukraine wants [...]

The Militarization of American Policing

This article appeared at Aleteia Last April, during the manhunt for alleged Boston Marathon bombers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnayev, television viewers were able to witness first-hand the militarization of a municipal police force. Officers in full battle gear rumbled through the streets of a Boston suburb in a variety of armored military vehicles, including up-armored [...]

Is An Old Spectre Haunting Europe?

This piece appeared at Aleteia Last month, during a vacation that took us to Rome and the Amalfi Coast, an affable 27-year-old named Vincenzo chauffeured my wife and me to a private tour of Pompeii. “Vinnie,” as he preferred to be called, picked us up at our hotel on the coast and drove us over [...]

Lead Us Not Into Default … Or Austerity

This was first published at Aleteia The partial government shutdown that kicked off on October 1 has been dominating the news lately, but an even greater crisis looms beginning October 17. That’s the date on which the federal government is expected to reach what’s known as the debt ceiling – the upper limit of what [...]

The Power to Tax is the Power to Destroy

This piece originally appeared at Aleteia Late yesterday, Michael McKenney, Acting Inspector General of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), released his findings in an investigation that the agency has targeted politically conservative groups since mid-2010. The 54-page report focuses on the work of the IRS’s “Determinations Unit,” which among other things assesses the legitimacy of [...]

The Politics of Same-Sex Marriage: Republicans Being Republicans

This piece originally appeared at Aleteia The politics of “gay marriage” have always been rather complex, but they just got a little more fluid with the revelation that a large number of prominent Republicans are urging the Supreme Court to overturn California’s Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in the state in 2008. (It could [...]

Elections and Mammon: A Catholic View of Campaign Finance Reform

This artcile originally appeared at Aleteia In January 2010, the Supreme Court’s now-landmark decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (FEC) did three important things: (1) it implicitly reaffirmed the old principle in American jurisprudence that corporations are legal persons, possessing most of the same natural rights as actual persons; (2) it declared that [...]

Are American Taxpayers Underwriting Israeli Abortions?

This piece is from Aleteia On December 30, the State of Israel announced that beginning in 2014, the government would pay for pay for all abortions performed on women between the ages of 20 and 33, without exception and without regard to reason. The Israeli government already provides widespread abortion subsidies to women under 20 and [...]