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The Louisiana Senate Race: Can Republicans Close The Youth Gap?

The Louisiana Senate Race: Can Republicans Close The Youth Gap?

Michael Kurth August 20, 2014 0

On Nov. 4, voters in 36 states will go to the polls to choose a U.S. senator. Republicans currently control the House, but Democrats hold the Senate.  The result is congressional gridlock. But if

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PRIVATIZE V.A. HOSPITAL SYSTEM

PRIVATIZE V.A. HOSPITAL SYSTEM

Michael Kurth August 11, 2014 0

I am writing this on Memorial Day, the holiday when we remember the soldiers who died defending our nation.  It is also a time to remember those who survived, but were wounded or disabled

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CRUISIN’ THE CARIBBEAN

CRUISIN’ THE CARIBBEAN

Michael Kurth August 7, 2014 0

I don’t know what happened in the world in the past two weeks; Cathy and I have been cruising the Caribbean.  To paraphrase Kenny Chesney: No news, no politics, no problems … almost. The

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TIME TO REFORM OUR LABOR LAWS

TIME TO REFORM OUR LABOR LAWS

Michael Kurth March 5, 2014 0

The United Auto Workers union was dealt a stunning defeat last week when workers at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga rejected their bid to organize the plant. The vote was relatively close — 712

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CAN GOVERNMENT FIX THE GENDER WAGE GAP?

CAN GOVERNMENT FIX THE GENDER WAGE GAP?

Michael Kurth February 23, 2014 0

President Obama declared in his State of the Union address that “today, women make up about half of our workforce.  But they still make 77 cents for every dollar a man earns.  That is

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THE MIDDLE CLASS: INCOME, WEALTH AND SOCIAL MOBILITY

THE MIDDLE CLASS: INCOME, WEALTH AND SOCIAL MOBILITY

Michael Kurth January 23, 2014 0

President Obama and the Democrats are fond of talking about the need for government to “build the middle class.” Building the middle class is an easy sell in America, because we are a middle-class

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LEGISLATING HIGHER WAGES: WINNERS AND LOSERS

LEGISLATING HIGHER WAGES: WINNERS AND LOSERS

Michael Kurth January 8, 2014 0

Fifty years ago, I was working after school as a “soda jerk” in a drug store when the minimum wage was increased to $1.25 an hour. I was pretty happy about it at the

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TOYS YOU WON’T SEE FOR CHRISTMAS

TOYS YOU WON’T SEE FOR CHRISTMAS

Michael Kurth December 21, 2013 0

Christmas is just around the corner, and Santas are making out their lists of toys and gifts. Here are some items I think would make great gifts. But you won’t find them on any

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DEMOCRATS ABANDON SINKING SHIP

DEMOCRATS ABANDON SINKING SHIP

Michael Kurth December 4, 2013 0

A month ago, Sen. Ted Cruz led a last-ditch effort by conservative Republicans to derail, or at least delay, the implementation of Obamacare. The Democrats protested that the Affordable Care Act was the law

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THE DREAMS OF PRESIDENT OBAMA

THE DREAMS OF PRESIDENT OBAMA

Michael Kurth November 20, 2013 0

The Affordable Care Act (AKA “Obamacare”) was to be President Obama’s signature program — the one that defines his presidency. I suspect it will be, but not in the way he envisioned. The botched

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