Recent Viewpoints

August 20, 2019
map - global temps

Kerby Anderson Last month was the hottest month ever recorded on Earth, or was it? A number of news stories proclaimed that the month of July 2019 was even hotter than July 2016. That made it the hottest month on record. Climatologist Dr. Roy Spencer argues that July 2019 was not the warmest on record. He acknowledges that it was the hottest based on global average surface air temperatures. But he rightly explains that those temperature measurements have three major…

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August 19, 2019
handguns in a display case

Kerby Anderson In light of the publicized mass shootings, pundits and politicians are calling for action. Certainly, there are some policies that should be considered. However, these policies need to be informed by accurate numbers and statistics. Unfortunately, most Americans believe many things about gun violence that aren’t true. One article that appeared in the Washington Post earlier this year warned that “Most Americans incorrectly think gun-murder rates have gotten worse, not better.” Also, suburban and small-town women had the least…

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August 16, 2019
Candidate Joe Biden

Penna Dexter It was not a good look for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand when, on the Detroit debate stage, she challenged fellow presidential candidate, Joe Biden regarding his position, as a US Senator back in 1981, against expanding a childcare tax credit to families who could afford for one parent to stay at home.  Senator Gillibrand’s ammunition was an opinion piece he wrote for the Daily Times of Salisbury Maryland — 38 years ago. “I do not believe,” wrote then-Senator Biden,…

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August 16, 2019
Dennis Prager - hearings - google censorship

Kerby Anderson Should the government step in to make sure big tech companies respect free speech? Dennis Prager argues, “Don’t Let Google Get Away with Censorship.” He understands the reluctance many conservatives have about government regulation. So, he tries to make the case for intervention. He does know something about censorship. So far, YouTube has placed 56 of his videos on their restricted list. These videos include prominent lawyers, politicians, and researchers. Many of them have been on my radio…

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August 15, 2019
Green New Deal Rally

Kerby Anderson Many members of Congress have been talking about the Green New Deal throughout most of this year. Green Party candidates originally proposed this idea more than a decade ago. Now many Democratic presidential candidates and members of Congress have been proposing it as a way to address climate change. What would it cost? That is a question that the Competitive Enterprise Institute asked and set out to answer. They wanted to get a reasonable estimate about “What the…

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August 14, 2019
taxpayers fund abortion

Kerby Anderson As I mentioned earlier this week, the Democratic presidential candidates disagree on a number of key issues. But there is one issue where there is unanimity. All of these Democrats want you to pay for abortions. That is the argument Alexandra Desanctis makes in a recent column. There may be some disagreement among the candidates about whether to implement Medicare for All. There is even disagreement about which plans being put forward qualify as Medicare for All. But…

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August 13, 2019
Trump 2020 Keep America Great

Kerby Anderson Can a state ban a presidential candidate from the ballot? This is no longer a hypothetical question. Two weeks ago, the governor of California signed a law that would prevent Donald Trump’s name from appearing on the California primary ballot unless he discloses his tax returns. Governor Newsom argues that we live in “extraordinary times and states have a legal and moral duty to do everything in their power to ensure leaders seeking the highest offices meet minimal…

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August 12, 2019
Pandering to the crowd

Kerby Anderson Less than a month from now will be the third set of Democratic presidential debates. The field will be smaller next time, but the question is whether the debate and discussion will be motivating for primary voters. Mark Penn, writing in The Hill, referred to the previous debates as a “panderfest.” He knows something about Democratic politics since he served as a pollster and adviser to former President Clinton and has written some important books looking at social…

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August 9, 2019
I kissed dating goodbye

Penna Dexter In each season of the television show, “The Bachelorette,” a young woman successively sends bachelors home until she finally chooses one. This season, there was extra drama in that the bachelorette,Hannah Brown, openly declared she’s a Christian and was even shown praying.  One of the bachelor candidates, Luke Parker, is also an outspoken believer. Hannah eventually gave Luke the boot from the show after he told her he was saving sex for marriage and hoped she would not…

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August 9, 2019
deadly crash school bus

Kerby Anderson A generation ago, driving on American roads was much safer than in many other countries with lots of open roads (like Canada and Australia). That is not the case anymore. David Leonhardt reports that our vehicle fatality rate is about 40 percent higher than the fatality rates in Canada and Australia. He says he was unaware of this country’s outlier status until he began to report on the rise of driverless cars. As you might imagine, many people…

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August 8, 2019
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Kerby Anderson If you have ever listened to a Dennis Prager radio program, you know he often talks about the differences between liberals and conservatives. And you would also know that he dedicates one hour to what he calls “the happiness hour” where he explores why people are happy or unhappy. So it is not surprising that he recently wrote a commentary on the subject: “Liberals and Conservatives Are Unhappy for Different Reasons.” He says that unhappy conservatives generally believe…

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