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BY MARK W. HENDRICKSON Thanksgiving Day is the traditional American holiday when we are given the opportunity to pause from our normal routines and take time to count our blessings. It can be a fun and refreshing time, full of family, feasts, and football. For those who choose to acknowledge God as...
BY MARK W. HENDRICKSON Do you remember the band Chicago’s 1970 single, “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?” I thought of it the other day in connection with the U.S. debt problem, except I tweaked the lyrics: “Does anybody really know how much debt there is? Does anybody...
BY MARK W. HENDRICKSON For the baby-boomer generation (or at least the counterculture segment within it) the summer of 1967 became known as The Summer of Love. Actually, most of us boomers never experienced it. Certainly, 1967 wasn’t a blissful, carefree summer of love for the hundreds of thousands of Americans...
BY MARK W. HENDRICKSON Mary Sennholz—a Grove City College legend and the widow of another GCC legend—passed away peacefully in her sleep early Sunday morning. She was 103, she was ready, and she did it her way: She never moved into a nursing home, but lived out her days in...
BY MARK W. HENDRICKSON May was a poignant month for those of us who were avid Detroit sports fans in the late ‘50s and early ‘60s. Three of our heroes passed on within two weeks of each other: five-time All-NFL and Hall of Famer Yale Lary; his teammate, three-time All-NFL...
BY MARK W. HENDRICKSON Facebook founder and billionaire Mark Zuckerberg’s Commencement speech at Harvard made a big splash. It was a warm-hearted, encouraging, interesting address, enriched by some endearing personal vignettes. It was also politically progressive to the core: It included the obligatory (for progressives) statement condemning the unfairness of...
BY MARK W. HENDRICKSON The Republican-proposed American Health Care Act (AHCA) that the House of Representatives is expected to vote on this Thursday has been called a bill that everybody dislikes for one reason or another. Democrats are hoping that the AHCA will be as unpopular as the 2010 Affordable...
BY MARK W. HENDRICKSON On January 27, the Commerce Department reported that the U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of only 1.9 percent for the fourth quarter and that the overall rate of growth for 2016 was a feeble 1.6 percent. During the eight years of Barack Obama’s presidency,...
BY MARK W. HENDRICKSON President Barack Obama’s executive actions during the two and a half months of his lame duck, post-election time in office provide the perfect exclamation point to his entire presidency. His antipathy for private property has never been clearer. Look at these two actions: On December 20, President...
BY MARK W. HENDRICKSON This article first appeared in TheBlaze.com, several days before the election. As things have panned out, Mark Hendrickson was right on target. Except for the utterly naive and willfully ignorant, we all know that there are people in our country seeking devious ways to cast fraudulent ballots....
BY MARK W. HENDRICKSON Last month, retired Rep. John Linder wrote a clear-headed article about the benefits of trade. A week-and-a-half later, FedEx founder and CEO, Frederick W. Smith, gave a detailed explanation in The Wall Street Journal about “How Trade Made America Great.” The freer the flow of international trade, the higher...
BY MARK HENDRICKSON The “affluenza” family is back in the news again. We first learned about the Couch family from Texas in the winter of 2013-2014 when 16 ­year­ old Ethan Couch received a sentence of 10 years of probation — a sentence that many people, myself included, thought was too lenient...
BY MARK HENDRICKSON I can’t believe that I’m writing an article about going to the bathroom! But then, I can’t believe that at a time when our country is faced with immense challenges – such as international Islamist terrorism and fiscal and monetary insanity in Washington – the current presidential administration...
BY MARK HENDRICKSON If you haven’t read research psychologist Robert Epstein’s bombshell article “The new mind control” yet, here’s a link. The article’s subtitle, “The Internet has spawned subtle forms of influence that can flip elections and manipulate everything we say, think and do,” point to the Orwellian applications and...
BY MARK HENDRICKSON I abhor the name calling that degrades our political discourse, especially in election years; hence, the question mark in the title. I am not employing the word “bigot” emotionally, but clinically, in accord with the dictionary definition: “one who regards or treats the members of a group…with hatred...
BY MARK HENDRICKSON It’s a familiar political scenario: Behind the fig leaf of compassion and fairness, progressives and the union-dominated Democratic Party want the federal government to raise the minimum wage. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton favors a $12 per hour federal minimum wage, while her competitor, Senator Bernie Sanders, one-ups...
BY MARK HENDRICKSON “Phishing for Phools: The Economics of Manipulation and Deception,” is a trivial work from two bright, kindly, likable scholars, Nobel Prize-winning economists, George Akerlof and Robert Shiller. The title effectively captures the tenor of the book. Akerlof and Shiller seem to want to revive the undeserved reputation of...
BY MARK HENDRICKSON Life in the 16th century was bleak. Unless you were lucky enough to have been born into the sliver of the population that held all the political and economic power, you were more or less doomed to a life of poverty. If you were born poor, you...
(But Possibly an Accurate Forecast) MARK W. HENDRICKSON, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES Once again, a scholar with impressive credentials is broadcasting the gloomy notion that Americans face a job-poor future. The insufficient-jobs scenario appeared in George Mason University economist Tyler Cowen’s book “Average Is Over” a couple of years ago....
BY MARK HENDRICKSON Exclusive to The Moral Liberal In a case of painfully ironic timing, between the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta on June 15 and our annual Fourth of July celebration three weeks later, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) issued three decisions which fundamentally altered the legal...