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Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson

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The New-Old Barack Obama

The 2012 presidential campaign has begun. Not being a political junkie, it gives me no pleasure to report this phenomenon. And no further...

Hu’s in Town, Time to Talk “Money”

China's President Hu Jintao is visiting the United States this week. This means we can count on two things: 1) a proliferation of...

Aftershock Economy: Gridlock and Quantitative Easing Are Not Enough

Now that the elections are over, attention is turning to the economy.   The stock market rose steadily from the end of August up to the...

A Hodgepodge “Pledge to America”

Last week, 13 Republicans released a “Pledge to America. What is most surprising to me is its length. At 21 pages, it was many...

Reflections on the Deepwater Horizon Disaster

The explosion that sank British Petroleum's Deepwater Horizon oil-drilling vessel/platform in the Gulf of Mexico in April was an unmitigated disaster. The accident...

Desperate States and Decaying Federalism

In the past, I have written about poor governance at the city and national levels and of course, the “government disease” afflicts states also,...

Upheaval in Honduras: A Defining Moment for the Obama Presidency

Quick, what’s the capital of Honduras? Probably fewer than 10 percent of Americans could answer that question prior to the recent news that Honduran...

The U.S. Constitution: Living, Breathing Document or Dead Letter?

In the concluding paragraph of my an article I wrote in 2008 about President-elect Obama’s constitutional philosophy, I opined: “Our Constitution has been terminal...

Economic Strangulation: The Environmentalist and Democrat War Against Energy

The “greens” must be thrilled with the new Obama/Pelosi/Reid (OPR) troika in charge of the federal government. Three times already, the troika has...

Obama’s Two Achilles’ Heels

In my recent article “Checkmate,” I made the case that President Obama’s grand strategy has outfoxed the opposition, dooming us all to a massive...