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January 10, 2014
The GOP's Worst Idea to Fight Poverty? Federal Block Grants to the States

Their losing 2012 presidential ticket warned that America is becoming a nation of "makers and takers" as self-identified "victims" seek "free stuff" from their government. In 2013, Republicans in Congress voted to gut food stamps, blocked the extension of jobless benefits to 1.3 million long-term unemployed Americans and supported drug testing for recipients. Now on […]

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July 15, 2013
The Great Nullification Crisis of 2017

For most Americans now living, those long-ago events were as unthinkable as they were forgotten. In Little Rock, Arkansas (1957), Oxford, Mississippi (1962), and Tuscaloosa, Alabama (1963), Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy dispatched federal troops to enforce the law of the land in the face of local segregationist officials proclaiming "states' rights" as their rallying cry. […]

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July 9, 2013
Blue States Should Get a Refund Under Roberts' "Equal Sovereignty" Doctrine

Among the many disturbing arguments in John Roberts' Voting Rights Act (VRA) decision, the most pernicious may be his invention of the "equal sovereignty" doctrine. In his Shelby County majority opinion, the Chief Justice struck down the VRA's Section 4 formula for determining which jurisdictions must be subject to "preclearance" in part because the VRA […]

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October 11, 2012
10 Things Paul Ryan Doesn't Want You to Know

There's a saying that the only second chance you get in life is the chance to make the same mistake twice. As he prepares to debate Joe Biden, Paul Ryan will almost certainly confirm that adage. After all, following his first big moment in the national spotlight, the GOP vice presidential nominee was pilloried for […]

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August 16, 2012
Mitt Romney's Voucher Madness

Ever since Mitt Romney tapped Paul Ryan as his running mate, all eyes in Washington have been on Medicare. At the center of the debate has been what Romney called his "close to identical" proposal to Paul Ryan's to dramatically shift the costs of health care to future American seniors by transforming the popular insurance […]

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June 12, 2012
Romney's $25 Billion Voucher Plan Puts Public Schools at Risk

For Mitt Romney, the love that dare not speak its name is "vouchers." Two weeks after he delivered a major address on education policy in which he never mentioned the V word, the New York Times detailed Romney's proposal to divert $25 billion in taxpayer dollars to religious, private and for-profit schools. But voters don't […]

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March 13, 2012
In Mississippi, the Republican Future is Now

Republicans have seen the future and it is in Mississippi. But the GOP's Magnolia State crystal ball has little to do with whether today's primary shows that Mitt Romney's cheesy grit eating sealed his nomination, ends Newt Gingrich's viability as a "credible candidate" or even aborts Rick Santorum's White House dream altogether. Instead, the state's […]

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February 10, 2012
Will GOP Candidates Back 'Tebow Bill' for Home Schoolers?

This week, the Virginia House of Delegates passed a "Tebow bill" allowing home-schooled children to participate in sports and other activities at public schools. For the Republican presidential candidates, the Tebow bill is a two-fer that lets them score points with evangelical voters while riding the wave of the religious right's biggest cultural icon in […]

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February 8, 2012
The Heritage Foundation's 'Government Dependency Index' Scam

For decades, the conservative Heritage Foundation has provided a thin academic veneer to the Republican project of dismantling the post-New Deal social safety net. Last year, for example, Rep. Paul Ryan tried to sell his draconian budget plan by citing a comically flawed Heritage analysis declaring the GOP scheme would magically reduce unemployment to an […]

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July 4, 2011
Everything I Know About the Founding Fathers I Learned from Republicans

Every Fourth of July, we Americans celebrate our independence and pause to reflect on the enduring wisdom of our Founding Fathers who envisioned the cherished liberties we so often take for granted. But this year, the commemoration is tinged with sadness as evidence mounts that Americans don't know their own history. While a new study […]

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Jon Perr
Jon Perr is a technology marketing consultant and product strategist who writes about American politics and public policy.

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