What Tax Reform Should Mean for Families

There is a lot of talk of tax reform now.  I am concerned that what most elected Republicans in Washington want in tax reform has a lot more to do with big business than it does average Hoosiers.  I believe that repealing and replacing Obamacare may have had more of an economic benefit for many average families than whatever this US House and Senate might come up with in terms of tax reform.

I hope I am wrong in that cynicism.  I understand that improving the economy through tax reform helps families, but I hope there is some tax reform targeted directly toward reducing the burden on families.

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Who Knows Best, the Family or the Government?

A Warning About the Trend of Substituting Government for the Family

Too often those who enter government wanting to serve people begin to support policies and plans in which government displaces the roll of people.  The desire to help is not a bad thing, but it can be an intrusive thing over time.

President Lincoln once observed, “The legitimate object of government is to do for a community of people whatever they need to have done, but can not do at all, or can not so well do, for themselves – in their separate, and individual capacities.”

Interestingly, President Obama paraphrased this quote in his 2012 State of the Union address on the subject of education regulations. Whether or not either President adhered to this purpose of government does not invalidate its truth.

Recently, Indiana’s new Superintendent of Public Instruction, Jennifer McCormick, joined her two predecessors, Glenda Ritz and Suellen Reed on a panel discussion in Indianapolis.  The event was the annual meeting of the Indiana Coalition for Public Education, a group opposed to school choice, vouchers, charter schools, private schools and home education.

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Don’t Be Duped by Cultural Marxism

Virtually anyone over the age of 25 today has heard of Karl Marx and Marxism, though many remain ignorant of Marx’s history and the subsequent cultural ideology that emerged from aspects of his economic theories.

Karl Marx was the grandson of a Jewish rabbi, but his father converted to Lutheranism to escape the antisemitism endemic in Germany, and Karl and siblings were baptized in a Lutheran church in 1824.

Karl Marx’s father died in 1838, leaving the family in dire financial straits.

Like so many young people today, Marx became enamored with radicals at the University of Berlin, and in 1844 at the age of 26, Marx met the German socialist, Friedrich Engels, which sparked a friendship and collaboration.

Marx is perhaps most famous for describing religion as “the opiate of the masses.” – Read More