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Tax Day 2018: Taxation and Representation

The Center for Vision & Values is proud to present two videos featuring 2008 Grove City College graduate Jared Walczak. Walczak ’08 is a senior policy analyst for the Tax Foundation and was a Student Fellow for the Center from 2006-2008. Walczak recently gave an American Founders address to a packed room in Pittsburgh, PA… Read more »

Whither Congress?

The news that President Donald Trump authorized the U.S. military to strike a Syrian chemical manufacturing facility is hardly surprising. Even without the potential incentive to distract the news media from Robert Mueller’s investigation and the next phase of James Comey’s “Buy My Book!” tour, almost any president would want to strike at Bashar al-Assad… Read more »

The Problem of FOSTA

The 1990s and early 2000s saw the rise of a new form of online-only marketplace. Companies like Amazon, eBay, and Craigslist became household words by providing familiar services from the convenience of a computer monitor. In 2004, joined the online advertising market; as of 2011, it trailed only Craigslist in connecting sellers with interested… Read more »

Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.

Fifty years ago, on April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed when he stepped from his second-floor hotel room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, to speak to Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) colleagues standing in the parking lot below. An assassin’s bullet ended the life of the 39-year-old activist who had helped… Read more »

25 Years Later: Volume 1, Number 1 of “Vision & Values”

In March 1993, Vision & Values, Vol. 1, No. 1 made its appearance. This endeavor was edited by Dr. John Sparks ’66, retired dean of the Alva J. Calderwood School of Arts & Letters at Grove City College, and supported by the College’s Alumni Association under the then leadership of William J. Mehaffey ’64—who is… Read more »

Biting the Bullet: LBJ’s “Withdrawal Speech,” Fifty Years Later

On the night of Sunday, March 31, 1968, Lyndon Baines Johnson began one of the most famous addresses of his long career. “Good evening, my fellow Americans: Tonight I want to speak to you of peace in Vietnam and Southeast Asia.” LBJ announced that a small contingent of reinforcements were being sent to Vietnam, and… Read more »

Credible Commitments in Columbus

Why do individuals on a weight-loss campaign often loudly announce this fact to social media friends, and how does this curious phenomenon shed light on Columbus, Indiana’s world-class architecture collection? The easier part of the question first: individuals announce their fitness plans to raise the cost of quitting. After all, foresighted individuals can accurately predict… Read more »

Sanity and the EPA: What’s the “social cost of carbon?”

When President Barack Obama wanted to curtail carbon dioxide emissions, he instructed his economic advisors to construct a way to calculate the emissions’ effect on society. The metric thus adopted by the EPA is called the “social cost of carbon” (SCC). Right from the start we should note an important distinction: Carbon is an element;… Read more »

President Trump’s Proposed Tariffs

President Donald Trump’s announcement that he plans to impose tariffs of 25% on steel imports and 10% on imported aluminum is the first major economic policy error of his presidency. What is the president’s motive? I firmly believe that Mr. Trump’s primary goal as president is to help American workers. Both his tax cut and… Read more »

Constitutional Democracy Doesn’t Debase, It Dignifies

It didn’t take long after Mitt Romney announced his U.S. Senate bid for new digs at his personality to surface. As one critique goes, Romney is mismatched to America because it doesn’t dole out titles of nobility for excellent character like some Old World aristocracy. Rather, the American political system rewards plebian traits. So despite… Read more »

Revive Us Again: Billy Graham and that Old-Time Religion

Hallelujah, Thine the glory. Hallelujah, amen. —William P. Mackay, 1863 I am right behind Billy Graham on life’s final lap. My first encounter with the evangelist was in 1953 when the Billy Graham Crusade visited the fairgrounds in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The whole team was there: Cliff Barrows led the singing, George Beverly Shea, accompanied by… Read more »

A Tribute to Billy Graham

Overstating the significance of Billy Graham is difficult. Arguably the most important religious leader of the 20th century, Graham presented the gospel to an estimated 215 million people through his many evangelistic campaigns around the world and to hundreds of millions more through radio, television, satellite broadcasts, print, and the internet. The pastor to presidents,… Read more »

Limiting the Coming War

“War is the realm of the unexpected.” — B. H. Liddell Hart, 1950 Early 19th century Prussian general and philosopher Carl von Clausewitz identified “Der Schlag,” or “the punch,” as the vital opening gambit in war. Success depends on military superiority combined with surprise and velocity to assure immediate, overwhelming, and decisive dominance. The brief… Read more »

Presidential Character and Competence: A Presidents’ Day Reflection

Donald Trump’s presidency has raised anew the question: How much does the character of the president matter? Trump has frequently been castigated for narcissism, vindictiveness, lying, sexual improprieties, and crudeness. In a July 2017 Gallup Poll, 65 percent of respondents cited Trump’s character and personality as an explanation for why they disapproved of him; only… Read more »

Another Budget Deal Bites the Dust

Back in September I wrote about our “ethically challenged” democratic system. I said, “We are caught in a downward, self-destructive [debt] spiral.” If you doubted me then, those doubts should have been exploded last week. Congressional leaders agreed to increase federal spending by nearly $300 billion above the already-rising limits stipulated by the Budget Control… Read more »

DACA Doublespeak

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at American Greatness. In an extraordinary move last month, President Trump brought congressional leaders to the White House for a vigorous discussion of immigration policy. What made the moment so remarkable is that the meeting—in a departure from the usual swampy Washington gesture reserved for scripted talking points and… Read more »

Faith and the NFL

After the Philadelphia Eagles’ thrilling victory over the New England Patriots in the 2018 Super Bowl, faith was front and center. In response to being awarded the Lombardi Trophy at the post-game ceremony, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson thanked “my Lord and savior Jesus Christ.” Tight end Zach Ertz, who scored the winning touchdown, and… Read more »

Memos, Trump, and Trust

Perhaps we should not be surprised by the hysteria over the release of Congressman Devin Nunes’ memo. After all, “memogate” has filled Washington with hysteria for weeks. Former deputy assistant to President Trump, Sebastian Gorka, claimed it showed abuses “100 times” worse than the causes of the American Revolution, while former Republican congressman Joe Scarborough… Read more »

Hate and Humility in the Social Media

I was a late adopter of Facebook. I had a nagging fear that no one would befriend me, and that my Facebook experience would become a monologue. Of course that was irrational. I currently have 257 friends, representing my connections during the various decades of my life. I have worked diligently to post interesting and… Read more »

What’s the Purpose of Higher Education? College is About More Than Simply Getting a Job

I recently spoke with a college-bound student and his mother in my career services office. These types of meetings have significantly increased in the last few years as families want to inquire about all the statistical data related to job placement. I asked the young man what his ideal college experience looked like. His answer:… Read more »

President Trump: His First-Year Economic Record

In an article written 10 days after President Donald Trump’s election victory, I commented on the drop in the price of gold, which was mirrored by a spike in the dollar index. I surmised that the markets were signaling optimism about our country’s prospects in a Trump presidency. In retrospect, we can see that the… Read more »

On Christian Higher Education: Pointing Prospective Students to Christ

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at “I Am Not the Standard.” 300 miles. The only thing standing between me and my admissions counselor. As my parents and I made the five-hour trek out to Western Pennsylvania in our Maryland-plated car, the knots in my stomach only grew tighter. Destination: Grove City… Read more »

North Korea: Avoid a Needless War

“To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill.” —Sun Tzu The recent bogus Hawaiian nuclear alert puts the smoldering crisis with North Korea in perspective. Although most experts believe it will be a year before North Korea’s ICBM capability fully matures, the threat has reached a point of criticality. Instead of dithering… Read more »