Author Archives: Dr Snyder

Even the Census Bureau Is Being Politicized

The Constitution requires that a census be taken every ten years. Representation in Congress is based on that census. In recent years, there has been controversy over the taking of the census, with some groups claiming bias, and therefore being underrepresented. Those groups happen to be strongly Democratic. Micheal Barone Now, the Obama administration is making noises about moving the responsibility for overseeing the census from the Commerce Department. Where will it be moved? Where else, but to the White… Read more »

Lincoln Book Recommendation

Whenever I read a good book, I’d like to pass on a positive review. Last week, I commented on Lincoln, as his 200th birthday was upon us. I am presently reading Harold Holzer’s new Lincoln book (Holzer is a LIncoln scholar and a fine writer), Lincoln, President-Elect: Abraham Lincoln and the Great Secession Winter, 1860-1861. It is fascinating. What did Lincoln go through, what did he have to deal with, as he awaited his succession to the presidency? From November 1860… Read more »

A Little Perspective on the Stimulus Bill

So Congress has now agreed on a $790 billion stimulus bill. One wonders how some of our past presidents would have responded to this news. I would say that’s about right. Another cartoonist provides even more perspective on the changes taking place. I sincerely hope he is wrong, but it’s hard not to sense that this is the direction things are going.

More on Obama's Priorities

When you peruse the White House website and look at the President’s agenda items, often the language is rather vague, allowing one to read into it what one prefers. Yet, on some issues, the wording is quite clear. For instance, when addressing the stem cell research issue, it states, Obama is a co-sponsor of the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007, which will allow research of human embryonic stem cells derived from embryos donated (with consent) from in vitro… Read more »

Arrogance Is not a Christian Character Trait

When we elect someone to public office–a public trust–it is essential that the person have the character to go along with that trust. Arrogance is not one of those traits we should desire. Yet look at what we have done. It has often been stated, and truly, I believe, that an elected official is a reflection of the people who have elected him. In the same vein, many have commented that a nation deserves the government it chooses. If that is… Read more »

Twisting Lincoln's Legacy

Yesterday, I spoke of my respect for Abraham Lincoln. Today, I want to make sure it is understood that I respect Lincoln’s actual words and deeds, not some new interpretation of what he believed. President Obama has wrapped himself in the Lincoln legacy ever since his train ride to the inauguration. Yet he is using Lincoln for his own political purposes. For instance, on Lincoln’s birthday, he spoke in Springfield, Illinois, Lincoln’s home. He used the occasion to say that… Read more »