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THOMAS: Immigration deformed

There's the story of a woman with five kids who was asked if she had to do it all over again, would she have five children?. "Yes," she said, "just not these five.". That's the way I feel about the immigration "reform" bill introduced by the Senate's bipartisan

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THOMAS: The downside of orthodoxy

Gov. Chris Christie is no liberal. He is proving his ideas work, which is why, according to a recent Quinnipiac University poll, he has a 74 percent approval rating in one of the bluest states in the country. Most politicians would, as they say, "kill" for a number like that, but instead CPAC organizers "killed" Christie from their list of speakers.

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THOMAS: The perfect gift

NOTICE: Cal Thomas is on vacation. This is a "classic" Thomas column originally released on Dec. 17, 2009.. Most people who haven't finished their shopping are starting to worry about what gifts to give a friend, relative or spouse. Quick, what did you give or receive last year? How about

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THOMAS: Eat more chicken

Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy is in hot water with the LGBT community because he committed the cardinal sin in an age of political correctness: Thou must not speak ill of anything gays, lesbians, bisexuals or transgenders wish to do.. In an interview with the Baptist Press and later

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THOMAS: College, loans and the road to success

It is something of a truism that whenever the federal government steps in, costs usually rise and efficiency declines. That is especially true when it comes to a college education.

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CAL THOMAS: Give 'em 'L' Mitt!

In the 1993 movie "Dave" the faux president (played by Kevin Kline) calls in his best friend (played by Charles Grodin) and they stay up all night balancing the federal budget, not by raising taxes, but by cutting unnecessary and wasteful spending. If only it were that easy.

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CAL THOMAS: The war is over? Not even close

"The war on terror is over," or so claims an unnamed senior State Department official, as reported by National Journal's Michael Hirsh in his recent article "The Post al-Qaida Era." Really? Well, if the war is over, I must have missed the peace treaty signing ceremony.

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CAL THOMAS: Colson got only pardon he needed

Unlike Nixon who sought to transform himself by his own political strength and for an earthly agenda, Charles Colson was transformed by a higher power and not by his own efforts.

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THOMAS: Not so Secret Service has lost discipline, honor

If allegations are true that at least 11 Secret Service agents and several members of the U.S. military consorted with prostitutes prior to President Obama's arrival in Cartagena, Colombia, it should make a lot of people nervous.

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THOMAS: Latest salvo fired in 'Mommy Wars'

Virtually everything said and done in a presidential election year distorts the truth, much like concave and convex mirrors in a carnival attraction alter one's true reflection. That kind of distortion occurred in the recent dustup over women who choose to stay at home.

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THOMAS: Rick Santorum's impossible dream

Santorum's dream seemed improbable, if not impossible, from the start.

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CAL THOMAS: Inspiration plus perspiration equals success

Republicans can learn from Horatio Alger's example.

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CAL THOMAS: Care or cure?

Suppose the conversation switched from a health care system devoted primarily to caring for the sick to one that gives top priority to finding cures for disease?

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THOMAS: Obama unleashed

Politicians and presidents of both parties have occasionally suffered from open-mic syndrome, saying something when they thought the microphone was turned off they wished had not been made public.. The latest to fall prey to that amplification of the mouth is President Obama.

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THOMAS: For government: No limits

Are there no limits on government's power, no place where it cannot go?

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THOMAS: 'Obamacare:' The main event

Next week, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear three days of oral arguments in the healthcare lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act, otherwise known as "Obamacare."

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THOMAS: Republicans must try to inspire hope

You've got to hand it to Democrats and the Obama re-election campaign. Like a quarterback who looks left to draw the defense away from his intended target on the right, Democrats have managed to divert our attention.

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THOMAS: Ultrasound, ultra-truth

Opponents of the ultrasound bill passed last week by the Virginia legislature and expected to be signed soon by Gov. Bob McDonnell, thought they could stop the measure because they said it would require an invasive vaginal probe to determine the age of the fetus in an early-stage pregnancy. The bill passed after it was modified to mandate only a non-invasive procedure.

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THOMAS: Is censorship the new pluralism?

When Buchanan was let go last week after 10 years as a commentator at the network, no one was surprised. I don't agree with some of Buchanan's ideas, but he has every right to his ideas, as we all have the right to our own. It's called free speech.

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THOMAS: Black (liberal) history month

Black (liberal) history month. While black history is important, the way it is most often presented through a liberal political lens skews the contributions and examples of blacks who do not toe the liberal line. One especially sees this in the civil rights establishment's response to Justice Clarence Thomas and

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THOMAS: Rachel Maddow and my lesson in basic civility

Last week at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, I failed to live up to one of my highest principles.

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CAL THOMAS: Fudging the numbers on unemployment

The Obama administration is touting the latest unemployment numbers released last week by the U.S. Department of Labor as proof its policies are working. But a closer look at the actual number of able-bodied people who are willing to work, but are not, reveals a different picture.

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CAL THOMAS: The president's 'social gospel'

The president quoted Luke 12:48: "From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked." The president sees this verse as a command for him to raise taxes on the successful.

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CAL THOMAS: Near decision time to strike Iran, or not?

One of several casualties of the vitriolic name-calling between Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich is what to do about Iran.. In interviews, Romney has spoken about tougher sanctions, but it's been difficult to consider the candidates' positions on

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CAL THOMAS: Instead of 'peace through strength,' will it be 'war through weakness?'

Reagan believed a strong defense was a safeguard against enemy attacks and the best hope of victory should America go to war. President Obama is taking the opposite approach.

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CAL THOMAS: Obama reading the same old tired script

Instead of a credible assessment of the state of the union, which is not good, the president delivered a slightly toned-down campaign speech.

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THOMAS: Searching for the perfect candidate

As Republican presidential candidates rise only to fall when their imperfections are brought to light, Republican voters risk disappointment in 2012 by playing the left's game on their turf and by their rules. What they must do instead is to protect their "product" at a time when the opportunity to

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THOMAS: Puerto Rico's two-year revival from $3.3B debt

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Since the congressional super committee appears unable, or unwilling, to take a lesson from Indiana or Virginia -- where Republican governors have made spending cuts and delivered budget surpluses without damaging the social safety net -- members might wish to consider Puerto Rico and what its governor

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THOMAS: Could what if be what now for Democrats?

The great ‘‘what-if’’ looks like it is about to happen. With all of the media attention focused on Tuesday’s midterm election, Republicans are faced with a greater task than winning a majority in the House of Representatives or getting at least close enough to a majority that they will be able to halt or slow the Obama agenda.

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THOMAS: Time for us to put the government on a diet

The co-chairs of President Barack Obama’s Debt and Deficit Commission painted a gloomy picture of the economy last weekend when they appeared at the closing session of the National Governors Association meeting in Boston. Former Wyoming Republican Sen. Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles, former White House chief of staff under Bill Clinton, called the current budgetary trends a cancer ‘‘that will destroy the country from within’’ unless checked by tough action in Washington.

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THOMAS: Think before spending

Last weekend as America celebrated the 234th anniversary of its independence from Britain, there was a reminder of how increasingly dependent too many Americans have become on our government.

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THOMAS: Communism's mistaken enablers and excusers

On Nov. 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall was pulled down to the consternation of leftists, who still had faith socialism could work with the right leaders, and to the delight of conservatives, who believed that socialism and communism guaranteed mutually shared poverty.

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THOMAS: Can the 10th Amendment save America?

Does the U.S. Constitution stand for anything in an era of government excess? Can that founding document, which is supposed to restrain the power and reach of a centralized federal government, slow down the juggernaut of czars, health insurance overhaul and anything else this administration and Congress wish to do that is not in the Constitution?

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THOMAS: You can't opt out of a bad monopoly

Does anyone in Washington tell the truth? Why should Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid be believed when he promises states can ‘‘opt out'' of a public option on health care? This isn't like opting out of sex education class. Individuals won't be able to avoid the consequences of national health care once the government puts the insurance companies out of business, because there will be no other choice than the government program.

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THOMAS: Put America back in our public schools

Some conservatives are prematurely salivating over President Barack Obama's declining poll numbers. According to a recent Gallup daily tracking poll, ''the nine-point drop in the most recent quarter is the largest Gallup has ever measured for an elected president between the second and third quarters of his term, dating back to 1953.'' That may comfort some Obama opponents, but three years is a long time until the next presidential election so conservatives and Republicans (not always the same) had better think of a long-range strategy if they want to save the country from the long-term consequences of what many call ''socialism.''

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THOMAS: Fox News is just reporting real stories

During the Cold War, the Voice of America and Radio Free Europe were among the broadcast entities that effectively penetrated the Iron Curtain to deliver truth to the ''captive nations'' that were being fed a steady dose of propaganda by their communist rulers. Those dictators did everything they could to ''jam'' the signals so that their people would only hear what their unelected overseers wanted them to hear. Contemporary versions of jamming and other forms of censorship occur today in Venezuela, Cuba and many other places where dictators believe public ignorance is essential to their unchallenged rule.

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