Author: Terence Ford

My Time at CPAC

A couple weeks ago, I had the pleasure of traveling with the Penn State College Republicans to National Harbor, Maryland to attend this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference. I had an absolutely wonderful time. As much as I love Penn State, it was nice to be engulfed in conservatism for a change. I encourage anyone who is considering attending next year to go; this conference is something all conservatives should be a part of at least once in their lifetimes. Here’s my take on this year’s conference: Best Speaker: Ted Cruz Like usual, the Senator from Texas spoke without...

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Bushcare?

In regards to the debate over the Affordable Care Act, one argument Democrats keep making is that they at least have a plan to address the health care needs of hardworking Americans. They say over and over again that Republicans have no alternative to Obamacare, and therefore Obamacare must be preserved. At this point, the debate over the ACA itself ought to be over. The President’s signature domestic legislative achievement has created one of the most counterproductive government reform measures in American history. Whether it be a website that operates slower than the U.S. postal service, a drastic reduction...

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Minimum Opportunity

If there is one thing the politicians in D.C. are good at it’s overlooking the indirect effects of their policies. To most voters, a proposed increase in the minimum wage sounds like a simple yet effective solution to the problems of low-income Americans. It is as if the government is doing them a favor by making sure they get paid a fair wage. They’re not. Continuous hikes in the minimum wage hurt everyone except labor unions. Plenty of Americans would be willing to work for less. But labor unions everywhere force employers to keep the employees they already have, now...

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Endless War

50 years ago this month, President Johnson declared an “unconditional war” on poverty in America. With the help of Congress, he passed over 200 pieces of legislation to battle the startling statistic of 37 million Americans in poverty. This war on poverty is most infamous for its formation of a welfare state in America, a state which has sapped innovation and productivity in the private sector. Despite this clear fact, progressive liberals point to a substantial reduction in the poverty rate during Johnson’s term in office as evidence that increased government aid really does work. By the time LBJ...

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Velocity and Discipline

According to Jeffrey Zients, President Obama’s advisor on the repair of the online federal health insurance marketplace, the team behind the repair of the Obamacare website has been “working with the velocity and discipline of a high-performing private sector company.” Henry Chao seems to think differently. He is the chief digital architect for the federal website, and his testimony before Congress on November 19 suggests that up to 40 percent of the federal insurance marketplace is still under construction. “The back-office systems, the accounting systems, the payment systems” all still need work, said Chao. These functions are critical to the success...

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