Best explanation of the HHS “compromise”: it’s a shell game

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It is the intellectual version of being short-changed. Here's what Ace says at Ace of Spades HQ:  So here's how this works.I'm an insurer. Here were your two options, before Obama's brilliant solution:I could cover your employees for x dollars.If you want birth control/abortifacient coverage, we'll add that rider for y dollars. So this option is x + y dollars.Obama's genius solution is:Hey, we'll cover your employees for x + y dollars as a baseline. But we'll toss in a … [Read more...]

Not a Good Argument for the HHS Birth Control Mandate

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In response to the new HHS regulations, about which I have written several entries (see below), some have responded by pointing out that most Catholics practice birth control in defiance of the teachings of their Church. I've got news for you: Catholics also commit adultery, lie, cheat, steal, and sometimes even become Protestant. I suspect that there are also Mormons who drink coffee, Orthodox Jews who sneak bacon bits on their salads, and Southern Baptists who make the occasional visit to … [Read more...]

The New Anti-Catholicism: Occupy the Vatican

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That's the title of my latest column over at The Catholic Thing. Here's how it begins: The old anti-Catholicism found its expression in the mid-nineteenth century when the first large wave of Catholic immigrants arrived in the United States. Some of these immigrant groups had set up their own private religious schools. Many non-Catholic Americans, however, believed that Catholic schools indoctrinated students in superstitions that were inconsistent with the principles of American democracy. … [Read more...]

Dear President Obama….

A new video at CatholicVote.org:For more on religious liberty and conscience, read the outstanding work of George Mason University law professor Helen Alvare.  … [Read more...]

President Obama: Ex-Liberal

That's the title of my latest entry over at The Catholic Thing. Here's how it begins: President Barack Obama has abandoned liberalism.  What I mean by liberalism is not the political philosophy that we typically associate with left of center politicians and candidates.  The President, of course, remains unabashedly in that camp. What I am referring to you is a particular posture concerning moral questions the President has publicly embraced on several occasions. It is from that liberalism he has … [Read more...]

Statecraft, Soulcraft, and the Politics of Envy

That's the title of my latest entry over at The Catholic Thing.  Here's how it begins: Suppose a politician suggests that increasing the sales tax on yachts and private jets from 8 percent to 25 percent will increase government revenues that will onlyaffect the wealthy (who can afford it). So with this increased revenue the government may provide financial assistance to other citizens, including college students, the poor, and public employees. Imagine that this policy is implemented but the p … [Read more...]


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