There was a painful irony when France's immediate response to the terrorist attacks in Paris was to close the borders. If they had closed the borders decades ago, they might have avoided this attack. And what about us? When, if ever, are we going to close our borders?
Every four years, many good Americans put significant time and money into trying to elect a president who will rescue America from the downward spiral our country is now in and return America to greatness. But how much good does this work on presidential politics actually accomplish? In particular, how much does it accomplish compared to putting similar time and money into other efforts to preserve our freedom outside the presidential arena?
A recent, widely publicized incident in which a policeman was called to a school classroom to deal with a disruptive student has provoked all sorts of comments on whether the policeman used "excessive force."
What has received far less attention, though it is a far larger question, with more sweeping implications, is the role of disruptive students in schools.
Last week Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen hinted that the Federal Reserve Board will increase interest rates at the board’s December meeting. The positive jobs report that was released following Yellen’s remarks caused many observers to say that the Federal Reserve’s first interest rate increase in almost a decade is practically inevitable.
However, there are several reasons to doubt that the Fed will increase rates anytime in the near future.