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Commentary: Hard way to celebrate the bicentennial

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Commentary: Hard way to celebrate the bicentennial

By Dan Carpenter TheStatehouseFile.com Well, we survived another one, the estimable Hoosier Abe Martin would say. And it’s always tempting to believe him. Let’s just head on back to our shops and fields and pray that the system, with its relentless tendency toward the equilibrium of mediocrity, will render the winners no more harmful than […]

Commentary: Our leaders: Like it or lump it

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Commentary: Our leaders: Like it or lump it

By Dan Carpenter TheStatehouseFile.com I guess all we can ask at this point from the Statehouse Republican junta, and the “journalists” who carry their message, is some honesty. Just say it: “Religious freedom” legislation, coming on the heels of the victory for marriage equality, is meant, not to protect minorities, but to oppress them. Tax […]

Commentary: MLK, GOP and the price of lunch

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Commentary: MLK, GOP and the price of lunch

By Dan Carpenter TheStatehouseFile.com The remarkable new film “Selma” is rich in small moments of insight and ambiguity, and none is more provocative than the scene in which Rev. Martin Luther King. Jr., as played by David Oyelowo, laments to Rev. Ralph Abernathy (Colman Domingo) that winning black people seats at a lunch counter means […]

Commentary: What we talk about when we talk school

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Commentary: What we talk about when we talk school

By Dan Carpenter TheStatehouseFile.com When a pro sports team or a retail chain, owned by billionaires with plenty of cash to spare, comes to the taxpayers for a handout, grumbling may ensue from public officials and the news media; but ultimately it’s agreed that a) we can’t afford to lose them and b) the free […]

Commentary: If I must have Scott, make it free

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Commentary: If I must have Scott, make it free

By Dan Carpenter TheStatehouseFile.com  As a Christian, I find it repugnant, indeed sinful, to allow my tax dollars to fund the salary of State Sen. Scott Schneider, who, along with the majority of his colleagues, is a chronic and professional liar in violation of the Law of Moses.   Christians do believe in repentance and […]

Commentary: No war on Christmas?

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Commentary: No war on Christmas?

By Dan Carpenter TheStatehouseFile.com Fear not! was the very first thing humankind was told upon the birth of Jesus Christ; and on this 2014th anniversary of that historic event or world-changing legend, it’s about the last thing we remember. That’s certainly the case in this country, where the overwhelming majority are members of one of […]

Commentary: Immigrants: Assets as enemies

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Commentary: Immigrants: Assets as enemies

By Dan Carpenter TheStatehouseFile.com If Gov. Mike Pence wants to damage the Hoosier economy, he’s on track by attacking the president’s measure to grant a reprieve to some of the immigrants who are here working, spending, paying taxes, attending church and otherwise carrying on productive lives without proper papers. My colleague John Krull pretty much […]

Commentary: The electorate’s one constant: constriction

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Commentary: The electorate’s one constant: constriction

By Dan Carpenter TheStatehouseFile.com What do you make of an election (I know you’re dying to read another of these) in which red states vote to raise the minimum wage, blue states elect hard-right GOP senators and governors, the most government-dependent states bite the hand that feeds them, a Congress with a 9 percent approval […]

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Commentary: How politics, greed take us to school

By Dan Carpenter TheStatehouseFile.com Following the education money in Indiana is easy. Just find the rabbit with the pocket watch and dive down the hole behind him. Where to begin? How about with Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and the City-County Council jockeying over a tax increase to leverage donations to provide preschool to a couple […]

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Commentary: Malala, Nabila and the face of struggle

By Dan Carpenter TheStatehouseFile.com How do you solve the problem with Malala? How do you begin to pay adequate homage to this tiny pillar of prophetic courage while retaining the necessary reservations about celebrity politics and skepticism toward the Nobel establishment, the U.S. government, and their bundle of motives? You might consider Nabila. Nabila Rehman […]

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