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Thomas SowellFor more than 200 years, the political left has been coming up with reasons why criminals should not be punished as much, or at all. The latest gambit in Missouri is providing judges with the costs of incarcerating the criminals they sentence.

Gary BenoitWhen President Obama spoke to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute on September 15, he recited well-known words from the Declaration of Independence to describe what makes America unique and strong. He did so without identifying where the words came from or that he was even referring to something famous. But there was little need to, since the words in question should be recognized by any schoolchild who has even a rudimentary knowledge of American history.

As Pat Buchanan pointed out in a recent column, it is time once again for the Revenge of the Rockefeller Republicans in Delaware, where the party establishment has gone bonkers over U.S. Senate candidate and Tea Party heroine Christine O'Donnell's primary victory over Mike Castle, a former two-term Governor and nine-term Congressman.

Samuel L. BlumenfeldKarl Rove’s recent trashing of Christine O’Donnell, the winner of the Republican primary in Delaware having defeated the so-called moderate Republican Mike Castle, is the first significant sign that a civil war is now raging within the Republican party between the establishment members, or Ruling Class, and the Tea-Party conservatives.

The Census Bureau recently shook up the nation with its report that the poverty rate for 2009 had increased dramatically over that of the previous year. The federal government considers one to be impoverished if one’s income is $10,830 or less, or $22,050 for a family of four.

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