Entitlement issues

GOP: How about some constructive ideas?

Like him or hate him, there is one think you have to admit about Sen. Ted Cruz. You know exactly where he stands. Columnist Cal Thomas (no relation) aptly described it this way: What the establishment and the left really dislike about Cruz is that he paints in bold colors. You know where he stands, whether or not you agree with his positions. There is little chance Cruz will say one thing on...

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Is there a solution for poverty?

Sociologist Michael Zweig defines poverty “as a state of privation, or a lack of the usual or socially acceptable amount of money or material possessions.” You do not have to be a conservative to question the effectiveness of government antipoverty programs. According to the Census Bureau, which defines a poverty level for statistical purposes, in 1966, the poverty rate was 14.7%. Fifty years...

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Winning the Hunger Games

The mission of A Bit Political is to encourage everyone to get involved in one political issue at the local, school district, state, or national level, so we can make government more accountable. However, many non-governmental organizations also need your help. During the Christmas season, the needs of those less fortunate are brought to our attention. The spirit of the season kindles in us the...

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The Pope’s exhortation and American politics

On Monday, I gave a review of Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, which has excited considerable comment and some controversy here in the United States, from both conservative and progressive commentators. Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson richly praised the exhortation in his column Nov. 28. It is understandable that paragraph 54 in particular would appeal to Mr....

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The Pope and Society

Last week, Pope Francis published a vision of the Church concentrating its effort on preaching the Gospel and helping the poor. The work, known as Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of Evangelizing), is in the form of an “apostolic exhortation,” which in essence is a book-length sermon. As published by the Vatican, the English edition is 217 pages long, excluding a table of contents at the end of the...

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