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Is hyper-specialization killing the US Economy and ruining lives?

I studied to be a pastor in college.  That is, I majored in pastoral ministry and minored in biblical languages.  But it was basically a liberal arts degree.  It was basically an expansion of the ‘liberal arts’ education I received in high school, which I suppose was similar to most people’s.  You learn a smattering of a whole bunch of stuff and the idea is that this prepares you to do just about anything you want down the road.  Such an education is supposed to give you a well rounded experience to serve as a foundation for your eventual career … continue reading...

Bubblegum and Suckers a short children’s story for adults

Bubblegum and Suckers

A Children’s Book for Adults

(Illustrations to come?)

Copyright 2010, Anthony Horvath, All Rights Reserved

I originally wrote this almost a full year ago but it seems to remain relevant and even though the ‘Father’ alluded to in the last paragraphs is drawing closer (ie, the last election), it is my view that he has not yet quite arrived.


Bubblegum and suckers, fudge and cookies for all! This among other things was their rallying cry and no one can cry louder than seven and eight year olds deprived of supper and sleep. A sleepy populace heeded their… continue reading...

Social Issues and Economics Go Hand in Hand

Worldnetdaily.com published a column I wrote.  Read the whole thing.

Apparently, a letter has been written to GOP leaders by conservative homosexuals and some tea-party activists requesting that the GOP lay off its traditional pro-life stance. That would be horrible for many reasons. One reason: In actuality, de-emphasizing life issues is a threat to conservative notions about limited government and individual liberty.

The very first thing that has to be made clear is that those in the culture of death themselves strongly believe that social issues and economic issues are linked. The pro-death camp is perfectly able to present their … continue reading...

Chicago Trib Author takes Issue with Hidden Taxes: Says Hide them Even Better

The headline I read today was “New charge on dinner tab is in bad taste.”  The opening paragraphs seemed to set the stage for the article:

Nothing succeeds in the travel industry like a bad idea. The latest hidden mandatory add-on is a “health” charge added to restaurant bills. As far as I know, this scam cropped up first in San Francisco, but you can count on it to spread.

The rationale for this one is to cover the employers’ mandatory contribution to the City’s “Healthy San Francisco” health-coverage system. The charge actually is levied on employers, but at … continue reading...

Do Christians Need to Think Theologically about Economics?

I had an article published with Worldnetdaily.com today that essentially answers in the affirmative.  Here is a snippet:

Can it really be said, though, that all taxation represents a reduction in freedom? The answer to this must be yes, even if we recognize that the effect on freedom might be slight in some cases. To illustrate, imagine a small income tax of a dollar. It might be an easy matter to get by without that dollar, but it is still one more dollar that you cannot spend according to your own priorities. Consider what the impact is if instead the … continue reading...

Tea Parties About Liberty not Just Taxes

In my last post I tried to explain that there is always a connection between freedom gained/diminished when governments tax.  I was trying to make the point that one can’t speak of an economic system- any economic system- as freedom neutral.  It was not my point, as some wags have suggested, to argue that all government is tyranny.  It was only to ensure that we realize there is a connection.

One fellah went so far as to argue that on my reasoning stop signs decrease our freedom, too.  And what about the four walls in our house, don’t they … continue reading...

Breaking: Obama Votes ‘Present’ on Stimulus Bill

*Flash* Today Barack Obama voted ‘Present’ on the Stimulus Bill *Flash*

Washington D.C., Today Barack Obama voted present for the stimulus bill in what he joked was a “knee jerk reaction born of habit” and proof that he was, contrary to reports, “…not a, uh, uh, um,  divine being or, uh, eh, uh, uh promised Messiah, but eh, uh, a human being like the rest of you mere uh, mortals…”  Reportedly,  Rahm Emmanuel was quick to remind the president that he was no longer a senator and didn’t have to worry about voting at all.

Obama was heard to quip, … continue reading...