Author: Aaron Kidd

How Unions Are Harming The Economy

Last week, 160 West Virginia coal miners learned they would no longer have a job after August.  The company, Alpha Natural Resources, cited poor market conditions as a reason for their closure.  While the rest of the country attempts to recover from the so-called “Great Recession,” West Virginia coal miners find their opportunities shrinking every day.  It is true that President Obama hasn’t been a proponent of the coal industry (he said electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket under his energy policies).  However, a major problem with the Appalachian coal industry is Union leadership doing their best to shut down...

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How Republicans Can Win in 2014

As most know, the world of politics is ever-changing.  A new week can mean a substantial shift in polls and public opinion.  This was demonstrated throughout the 2012 presidential election. President Obama and challenger Mitt Romney remained close throughout the length of the campaign. After his “47% comment,” Romney fell in the polls, but rebounded after a fantastic opening debate performance.  If this volatility says anything, it’s that predicting the political future can be difficult. However, there are indicators that demonstrate what the political landscape might look like.  History is certainly on the side of the GOP.  The party...

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Welfare and Statism

“I believe the best social program is a job.” These famous words, as uttered by the late President Reagan, still echo with conservatives and the Republican Party today.  However, these aren’t ideals strictly beholden to conservatives or the right of center.  Our founding fathers believed that free will and the ability to work were freedoms we all should hold sacred.  Men like Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson believed that a person’s career shaped their character.  President John F. Kennedy, an inspirational leader for both the Democratic Party and the United States, famously stated in his inaugural “Ask not what...

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Appalachian Conservatism

Here in West Virginia, caring for yourself, your family, and your neighbor is a way of life. No, it isn’t required care by the government – no bureaucrat forces an individual or a company to be generous.  Instead, neighbors know you by name. They’re willing to lend a hand, and aren’t shy about sharing in their good graces.  When a loved one passes away, friends and family will say “let me know how I can help.” This isn’t a light hearted statement – fellow church members, coworkers, and others will take food to family members, donate their time and...

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The Value of Individualism

Last week, MSNBC anchor Melissa Harris-Perry made waves with the controversial statement that children don’t belong to their families, but rather belong to the community.  Specifically, she stated “…we have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents, or kids belong to their families, and recognize that kids belong to whole communities.” There’s something about this statement that should be particularly unnerving. It’s not that it hasn’t been made before (former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said “It takes a village to raise a child”).  Instead, it’s the fact that it went unnoticed...

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