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Cal Thomas

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THOMAS: Sebelius is the definition of a scapegoat

President Obama’s nominee to replace Sebelius, budget director Sylvia Burwell, might turn out to be better at fixing websites, but she doesn’t have the power to fix Obamacare. No one does because it is based on a weak foundation and the notion that government can do anything.

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THOMAS: Time to focus on things that work

Most businesses conduct audits or internal reviews to make sure they are operating efficiently. Not the federal government.

THOMAS: Much ado about Noah

It wasn’t so long ago that conservative Christians believed Hollywood to be evil and some preachers instructed their congregations not to go to movies lest they be tempted beyond their ability to resist. Now Christians are debating film content. That’s progress of a sort.

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THOMAS: Fred Phelps: Satan's servant

Though Fred Phelps is gone, the kind of hate he preached remains. It is why hate must be opposed no matter which group, faith, ceremony, or individual is the target.

THOMAS: Missing: A foreign policy

American foreign policy in 2014 hasn’t been born, because under this administration it does not even appear to have yet been conceived.

THOMAS: Helping minority children key for conservatives

If conservatives really want to attract more minority voters they will help their kids. It’s positive, it’s optimistic, and it will work.

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THOMAS: A closer look at Arizona

Arizona Republican Governor Jan Brewer has vetoed the “religious freedom bill” passed by the Republican legislature. While there is no mention in the bill of same-sex marriage, or even homosexuals, most people believe same-sex marriage and homosexuals were the targets of the proposed law.

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THOMAS: Separation of government from press

After much criticism from conservative quarters, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has decided, at least for now, to withdraw plans for its proposed study of how media organizations gather and report news.

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THOMAS: Michele Bachmann says she’s undeterred and undiminished

Michele Bachmann remains confident and resolute despite many political setbacks. We met in her office while much of Congress was fleeing the Capitol Building ahead of a major storm that eventually dumped a foot of snow on Washington. The snow was a big deal to residents of the nation’s capital, but little more than flurries to a Minnesotan like Bachmann.

THOMAS: A deficit of trust

The inability by a major party to trust a president is more than lamentable; it is not good for the country and our standing before other nations and groups that wish to do us harm.

THOMAS: Retreating on illegal immigration

If Republicans fail to come up with a workable immigration plan, they will simultaneously help Democrats who rely on the Hispanic vote and lose Republican votes. As Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz told Breitbart News, they could also fail to achieve their major goal for 2014: winning a Senate majority.

THOMAS: Jay Leno: Mr. Nice Guy

Jay Leno will leave “Tonight” number one in total audience ratings and number one with the coveted younger demographic. He is living proof that sometimes — not often, but on occasion — nice guys can finish first.

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THOMAS: The shame of Benghazi

In the “alternative” media universe truth can still be found. If media elites awarded prizes to Fox News, that network’s chief intelligence correspondent, Catherine Herridge, would deserve one. Her tenacious and accurate reporting kept the Benghazi story alive when mainstream media appeared to have lost interest.

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THOMAS: A bridge (and story) that’s gone too far

Should Governor Christie be exposed as a liar about lane closures, would that be more serious than the lies the president has told about far more serious matters?

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THOMAS: When it comes to liberals, it's ideology vs. reality

Americans typically hate waste. It is why as children most of us were told to clean our plates because somewhere in the world there were hungry people. Requiring the left to prove their programs and policies are producing outcomes at reasonable cost would shift the debate from ideology and good intentions to reality.

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THOMAS: A 'Duck Dynasty' checklist

Outrage is the primary ingredient for political fundraising and political power. One must always have an enemy.

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THOMAS: 2013 marked the year of Big Brother

Freedom and security should not be contradictory, but complimentary. In an age of terrorism, this “devil” is really in the details.

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THOMAS: Culture of death continues

This is the problem when humanity does not accept an Authority higher than itself, an Authority that holds life, all life, however inconvenient, however tiresome, infinitely valuable. But if we consider ourselves nothing more than evolutionary accidents in an impersonal universe, then we are all potentially vulnerable, depending on the value assigned to us by the state.

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THOMAS: Two Mandelas

Many violent revolutionaries became peacemakers once their oppressors were removed from power. Whether Mandela experienced a “conversion” after we met him, or simply adapted a more pragmatic path to his goals, I cannot say. Let us charitably assume the best about a man revered by many who ended an evil and gave his country an opportunity to build something better.

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THOMAS: Black Friday another example of a darker turn

If things satisfied, wouldn’t Americans be the most satisfied people on Earth? We have more stuff than any generation before ours. The overflow we deposit in rented public storage units. The stock market is up substantially, but we want it to go higher with no bursting bubble this time. Then what?

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THOMAS: Obama's Munich

History can be a great teacher if the “students” pay attention. Many things in the world have changed since the disastrous Munich Pact, but human nature never does. Tyrants respect agreements only so long as it allows them to further their objectives. Munich only delayed the onset of World War II; it did not prevent it.

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THOMAS: Kennedy, Huxley and Lewis

On the 50th anniversary of his death, C.S. Lewis remains perhaps the 20th century’s most towering intellectual practitioner of the Christian faith. Lewis combined humility — rare among those who have achieved fame — with a style that relied less on argumentation than on logic and persuasion. He asks readers to join him on a journey he himself has taken and, like a tour guide, shows us a better world and a better life than the one he describes in “The Chronicles of Narnia” as being “always winter, but never Christmas.”

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THOMAS: The coming betrayal of Israel

The administration pledges to watch Iran closely and if it violates any provisions in a final agreement, sanctions would be re-imposed. If sanctions and other means, such as the introduction of the Stuxnet virus into Iran’s computers, failed to deter Iran’s nuclear program, why would anyone think additional threats and more sanctions would produce the desired results? Iran is playing for time and it appears the United States is willing to give it to them.

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THOMAS: Greece, N.Y., enters debate on public prayer

If individual members of the Greece, N.Y. town board, or any other legislative body, wish to pray silently to their God before their meetings, no law or court decision prohibits them from doing so. Why would God be more impressed and more likely to respond to a public prayer than to a private one?

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THOMAS: GOP needs to put on a happy face

Too great for small dreams. What an inspirational line. Reagan believed the strength of America was not in Washington, but in the people. If the people can catch that larger vision, he believed, they could fulfill their greater dreams.

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THOMAS: Say 'no' to underwriting more debt

Rather than sending people to Washington in the vain hope the capital can be run like a state, Mike Pence says Washington should look to states “where there is innovation in health care, education, balanced budgets and taxes” and follow their lead.

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THOMAS: The 'bums' aren't the problem; we are

Nothing would change Washington faster than the transformative idea that only we can make our lives better by our financial and moral choices. It’s long past time for politicians to say “eat your vegetables, they are good for you” and for citizens to comply.

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THOMAS: A Republican response to healthcare

If the United Kingdom, whose population of slightly more than 62 million people, is experiencing severe problems and potential insolvency with its 65-year-old National Health Service (NHS), why would anyone believe a government-run health insurance system in the United States and the health care monstrosity that must inevitably follow will be any more successful with a population more than 300 million?

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THOMAS: President's U.N. speech doesn't hit right notes

There is no “community of nations.” There are individual nations with individual interests. If the United Nations could bring peace and prosperity to the world, progress toward that goal should have been made by now. Instead, 68 years after its founding, wars and rumors of wars are increasing.

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THOMAS: We've been played

Who sounds more presidential: a tentative Barack Obama, who speaks loudly and too often, but carries a small stick, or Mitt Romney, who clearly understood that for threats to be diminished or deterred a president must have credibility?

THOMAS: Syria and history

Perhaps if America had a successful track record in the Middle East, President Obama’s appeal for a “limited” attack on Syria might carry more weight. But because our attention span in the region increasingly resembles that of a fidgety 4-year-old, an examination of recent history is in order

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THOMAS: Ashton Kutcher's message

Envy, greed and entitlement are the unholy trinity of failure. What Kutcher offers young people is the opposite, leading to success, self-realization and independence.

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THOMAS: The speech, the dream and me

It was an atypical August summer day in Washington, D.C., 50 years ago next week. Temperatures were in the low 80s, about 10 degrees cooler than normal. Skies were partly cloudy. Most government officials were vacationing.

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THOMAS: What is the president's foreign policy?

It bears restating that the Ayatollah Khomeini believed in the strength and resolve of Ronald Reagan. That is why on the day of Reagan’s 1981 inauguration he released 52 American hostages held for 444 days. Strong individuals deter bullies. Strong nations deter enemies and keep the peace.

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THOMAS: The enduring legacy of Anne Frank

On the day I visit the Anne Frank House, which is actually the family’s hiding place atop Anne’s father’s business, the wait to get in is as long as three hours. Such is the attraction of this historic site, 53 years after it was opened to the public.

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THOMAS: Losing faith in government

A USA Today poll found that young people put “elected official or working for one” at the very bottom of their career choices. Given the performance of Washington’s political class, who can blame them?

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THOMAS: The president's take on race

President Obama rarely misses an opportunity to insert himself into an issue. Last Friday, he appeared in the White House pressroom to comment on the George Zimmerman verdict.

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THOMAS: Zimmerman verdict and double standards

When it comes to the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial, we are all influenced by our backgrounds.

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Cal Thomas: Islamists are not ready for democracy

Each time I visit the UK I read about NHS horror stories.

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Cal Thomas: Cautionary tales from UK's NHS to US's Obamacare

The military coup that ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi marks another failure in U.S. foreign policy over several administrations.

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Cal Thomas: Freedom comes at a price

Freedom is not the default position of humankind; otherwise more would be free.

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Cal Thomas: Affirming action

Unlike in 1965, today there are numerous anti-discrimination laws on the books. If someone can prove they were denied the right to vote based on race, legal remedies can be pursued.

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Cal Thomas: Breakout from politics of the past

Instead of more navel-gazing, Republicans and conservatives (they are not always the same) must seize the future rather than hold on to the past.

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Cal Thomas: Talking to the Taliban

After 12 years of fighting, the Taliban in Afghanistan have announced they are ready to talk peace with the United States.

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Cal Thomas: Whatever happened to consequences for bad behavior?

There was a time when bad behavior carried serious consequences.

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Cal Thomas: (Dole)ing out blame for gridlock

Who doesn't admire former Republican Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole?

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Cal Thomas: Two prime ministers

What Westerners struggle to figure out is how to distinguish Islamists from moderate Muslims and how to recognize the true Islamist when they are taught to deceive us about their radical beliefs.

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Cal Thomas: Tyranny is no longer 'lurking'

Tyranny is no longer lurking. It's here.

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Cal Thomas: Benghazi, IRS: Son of Watergate?

Journalists should do their jobs on Benghazi and IRS issues.

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Cal Thomas: Taxing Internet sales

The debate over taxing Internet sales isn't about "fairness;" it is, or ought to be, about spending,

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