Month: October 2009

Healthcare Plan Unveiled

We now see the House version of healthcare, Pelosi-style. It includes the public option. Actually, I disagree with that term—if it goes into effect, there will be no option eventually. The government will take over in time. We’re also told how, quite miraculously, this more than one-trillion-dollar masterpiece of legislative sausage-making will pay for itself via penalties and cuts in spending elsewhere. How amazing that you can spend over one trillion dollars and not really spend anything. We must have… Read more »

Education's Historic Shift (Part IV)

The somewhat strange-looking man on the left is Robert Owen. He’s the next major figure in my retrospective on how education changed in America. I’ve already noted that Unitarians sought to wrest control of education from orthodox Trinitarian Christians, but although they had some success in Massachusetts, they had little support in the rest of the nation. Owen arrived in America from Britain as a believer in utopian communism. He was also a bitter foe of Christianity. Once here, he… Read more »

Not-So-Stimulating News

A few days ago, the president’s chair of the Council of Economic Advisers, Christina Romer, said that the stimulus had leveled off, and that it would have no real impact next year. She tried hard to paint this as a positive thing, but the admission was tantamount to acknowledging failure. The so-called stimulus, which was supposed to jumpstart the economy, has accomplished one thing primarily—it has jumpstarted the most massive debt in American history, while unemployment, which we were promised… Read more »

SEU Forum

I’d like to take this space on the blog today to praise the university where I work. Last night I participated on a panel dealing with the current economic crisis. Four professors shared from their areas of expertise, which allowed students to see this crisis from different angles. Yet the message was pretty unified. This economic forum was sponsored by the Department of Historical, Legal, and Leadership Studies, which I have the privilege to chair. The room where it was… Read more »

Our Invaluable News Media

The administration’s war against Fox News continues. In fact, it seems to be taking priority over another war. Obama’s people prefer real news channels . . . Who know how to present the news objectively . . . After all, they’ve been so effective at ferreting out the important news . . . How can we not have confidence in our media? What’s wrong with us? I guess we’re just too concerned with getting the facts—such an old-fashioned notion, don’t you… Read more »

Education's Historic Shift (Part III)

Unitarians wanted to remove education from the hands of the orthodox Christian churches. They sought to make all education the responsibility of the state; they were able to impose their will on Massachusetts by the 1830s. The first secretary of the state board of education was a man by the name of Mann. Horace Mann was a Unitarian who was placed in control of Massachusetts state education in 1837. He exhibited all the beliefs of the Unitarians with respect to… Read more »

Philippians 2:1-4

If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from His love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.