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Here is where the Old Contrarian (me) seeks to diminish the importance of what Old Yeller (not the 1956 children's book, but the 45th president of the U.S.) did the other day by traveling to Iowa and proclaiming that the 2020 election was "rigged" and that Washington Democrats are taking the…

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This week, the Biden administration received just the latest slap in the face from cruel reality: An economic report showing just 194,000 jobs added in the month of September, short of the 500,000 jobs forecast by most economists. The unemployment rate dived to 4.8 percent from 5.2 percent —…

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Fiona Hill knows something about how democracies die, and she worries that ours may be in critical condition. The working-class girl from an English mining town immigrated to America and became a Russia expert, advising Republican and Democratic presidents alike. Hill rose to prominence duri…

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PITTSBURGH — In Dec. 1833, a young man from Chester, New Hampshire moved to Washington to take up a position as a clerk in the House of Representatives, spending his first day touring the city with Rep. Franklin Pierce, who later would become president and a profoundly divisive figure in the…

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This week, the University of Virginia Center for Politics released a poll surveying Americans' feelings about their political opponents. According to the poll, 80 percent of Biden voters and 84 percent of Trump voters believed that elected officials of the opposite party present a "clear and…

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This week, President Joe Biden made the incredible statement — sycophantically repeated by the press — that his $3.5 trillion budget bill, which includes major spending initiatives on everything from climate change to Medicare, would be "free." Biden tweeted, "My Build Back Better Agenda cos…

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The single element that Canadians most resent about Americans' views toward their northern neighbor may be the conviction in the U.S. that Canadians are just like us. This week, in the wake of a Canadian national election that Americans all but ignored, it is time to turn the tables — to say…

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This week, President Joe Biden attempted to inject life into his ailing presidency by dragging out of the closet the hoariest of political cliches: "fairness" in taxation. Touting his new $3.5 trillion tax and spending bill, which would radically increase corporate taxes, personal income tax…

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Greek mythology tells the tale of Erysichthon, the powerful King of Thessaly. The story goes that Erysichthon, seeking wood, ordered the trees in a sacred grove to be cut. When his workers refused, fearing divine retribution, he did it himself; for this he was cursed. The curse placed upon E…