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|September 18, 2022||Why Do We Care About a Monarchy?Strong, stable, adaptable institutions help us navigate change while ensuring continuity.|
|July 3, 2022||The 246th Anniversary of ‘The Great Experiment’Our nation may be at its most divided, but I have great hope.|
|March 6, 2022||We are in a Difficult and Costly ConflictThe future belongs to liberal democracies, where respect for individual rights, political freedom and the rule of law are nurtured.|
|November 28, 2021||A Time to Give ThanksIf Mr. Lincoln could find reason to call us together for a day of gratitude, we can now have no cause to do otherwise.|
|September 12, 2021||Lessons from Afghan Refugees and September 11Our fight against the extremists who attacked us 20 years ago is ongoing.|
|July 4, 2021||The Ideals of Independence DayLiberty flows from the simple act of being human, not from government, religion, ancestry or race.|
|January 24, 2021||A Recap of Mr. Trump’s PresidencyLet’s review the good, the bad, and the ugly.|
|January 3, 2021||Political Economy for the HolidaysTo avoid the stain of hypocrisy, ideas must also guide our behavior.|
|July 21, 2019||Remembering Apollo 11I remember clearly the night of the landing, the grainy images on a small black and white TV, and the suited newscaster.|
|July 7, 2019||Independence Day ReflectionsPersonal liberty in the US has broadly expanded in both breadth and depth.|
|May 26, 2019||Honoring Our War Dead Demands Honoring the ConstitutionThe experiences of military service draw out the best and worst in soldiers.|
|November 11, 2018||Some Real Lessons of Veteran’s DayI think myself lucky to have been a soldier of this nation.|
|May 24, 2015||A Lesson from Guadalcanal on Memorial DayThe things that divide us matter less than those things that unite us.|
|August 3, 2014||A Century After the Great WarWWI triggered dramatic change that we can still feel today around the world.|
|May 25, 2014||The VA and Broken PromisesA promise of nearly infinite health care to any large group of people will have a nearly infinite cost.|
|April 30, 2012||The Hunger Games and FreedomWhat has kept me in a three-week state of shock is the message on values our kids are getting from this work.|
|July 5, 2010||4th of July OptimismIn truly free societies, it is the dogged optimism of small scale economic actors that propels growth.|
Increasing Importance of Summer JobsThese jobs offer an opportunity to learn as well as earn money.
Educational Attainment, the 21st Century Fund and the Future of SchoolingIndiana ranks 42nd in educational attainment.
Big Savings for Ending Prevailing WageMy statistical models show that repealing state prevailing wage laws save taxpayers money.
Re-Thinking Economic Development A large share of the most mobile families—perhaps half—no longer need to live near where they work.View archives