“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animated contest of freedom, go from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen!” – Samuel Adams

Archive for March 14th, 2011

Spending More on Incarceration Than Education: An Answer

Spending More on Incarceration Than Education: An Answer

A new study has found that the states are spending far more money on incarcerating criminals than they are on educating students. Could there be a correlation between education and incarceration? Signer of the Declaration of Independence Benjamin Rush and his contemporaries had an answer for this problem over 200 years ago…but we are much smarter than the men who founded this country, aren’t we?

The Waste of Daylight Savings

The Waste of Daylight Savings

I’ve always hated the stupid exercise of “spring forward, fall back” every spring and fall. I’ve always wondered if someone had ever done a study to actually see how much savings all this gyration results in…if any at all. It turns out the National Bureau of Economic Research has done a study of Daylight Savings Time and confirmed what most of us knew: any time the government “fixes” something, they make it worse.

Evil Can’t Triumph When Good People Do Something

Evil Can't Triumph When Good People Do Something

Last week the homosexual activists and their “useful idiots” in the Maryland legislature were poised to defeat marriage and allow it to be counterfeited. But then something interesting happened: Christians got off their rear ends and started doing something. By the end of the week, the bill was down in flames. In a welcome change, we have seen the Church in Maryland get off its duff and prove the inverse of a famous axiom: All that is necessary for the defeat of evil is that good men do something.

Cutting Through the Smog of the Green Agenda

Cutting Through the Smog of the Green Agenda

The logic of climate change-driven policy continues to elude anyone with a rational mind who is actually concerned about the environment. If greenies truly wanted less global pollution, they would be pushing for eliminating corporate taxes on all items produced in the U.S. and encouraging the manufacture of goods in a place where dumping waste in the streams and the air is frowned upon, instead of places where it is accepted and ignored.

DICIPLESHIP SERIES: Empowered to Act: Why Christians Should Change the World

DICIPLESHIP SERIES: Empowered to Act: Why Christians Should Change the World

The idea that Christians are to bring healing into the world—the restoration of people and the reformation of systems that hinder them—seems reasonable enough (in thought, anyway). It is certainly biblical. Reality, however, is another story. The moment one ventures out into the world—either physically or through the lens of the media—you will no doubt be thrown back by the overwhelming suffering, injustice, and evil that frequently seems to rule the day.

Japan Relief Effort: Check out the Charity Before Writing the Check

Japan Relief Effort: Check out the Charity Before Writing the Check

South Dakota Secretary of State Jason Gant says people who are thinking about donating money in the wake of the deadly earthquake and tsunami in Japan should first “check out the charity,” and make sure that they are reputable and registered. Links are provided so you can verify South Dakota and national charity efforts for validity.

Where Does Herman Cain Stand?

Where Does Herman Cain Stand?

The more I hear about and from Herman Cain, the better I like him as a presidential contender in 2012. You can find out more about this conservative patriot at his website, but if you want to hear him articulate the kind of conservative views and policies we’ll need to save our ailing republic, check out these videos where he talks about the economy, energy independence, socialism, spending and cutting government, and more.

What Will You Do When the Lights Go Out?

What Will You Do When the Lights Go Out?

We’ve allowed demagogues preaching a false gospel of man-made global warming chanting songs of pollution hysteria while serving sacraments of social guilt to give our enemies a chokehold on our energy artery. The next time you pull into a gas station, as you pump your fuel look at the price. Remind yourself we have a Secretary of Energy who thinks the price should be at European levels and a President who has said energy prices will skyrocket under his programs. Now ask yourself, “If that’s their plan, what’s mine?”

Multiple Accounts: An Essential Wealth Management Tool

Multiple Accounts: An Essential Wealth Management Tool

To build real wealth, you need specific wealth management tools. One of these is opening the right accounts and using them correctly. Most families have less than half of the accounts they really need, and young newlyweds often only have a checking account. Here is a description of each wealth-building account, roughly in the order a young couple would need them.

Harping doesn’t seem to get issue off back burner

Harping doesn't seem to get issue off back burner

South Dakota was once known as the state of infinite variety. Observing the Legislature over the past several weeks South Dakota is more like the state of infinite issues. From playing with the state’s abortion ban to raising car license fees were a couple of examples like this facing us. Still, there is another issue that has been on the back burner far too long. That’s the issue of the millions of tax dollars our state government is losing to Internet and catalog sales.