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Should Parents Be Allowed to Homeschool?

↳ Posted on February 5th, 2011 by Ben Spera

A parent has the right to home school their children if they find that their other options are unacceptable, or even nonexistent. At the foundation of the home schooling argument is the right to options. Should parents who live in an underperforming school district be forced to surrender their children to a mediocre education only because they can’t afford the tuition of a private or parochial school? The answer to that is obvious. The United States was founded on freedom and personal liberty. Now, as a matter of whether it is the right thing to do in each circumstance is a completely different argument. Under extreme circumstances it is understandable, but to pull your children into an educational  cocoon over a fear of disagreeable views is a dangerous remedy to a challenge your children will be sure to face for the rest of their lives. Read more…

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The Endless Pit of U.s. Foreign Aid

↳ Posted on February 1st, 2011 by Ben Spera

You hear politicians talk about U.S. foreign aid pretty frequently, but rarely do you hear them ever mention numbers. There is a reason for that. In 2008 we handed out a total of $50 billion dollars in foreign aid to just about every country on the face of the earth, minus North Korea, Iran and Syria. I can only imagine that in the 3 years since this report that number has only gone up. Now, there is a noticeable disparity in amounts between countries. Afghanistan is collecting a hefty $8.9 billion per year while Comoros only get’s a measly $2 million. Eritrea’s $3 million pales in comparison to Iraq’s $7.5 billion. Read more…

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Vfw Will Defeat Bachmann Plan

↳ Posted on January 31st, 2011 by Ben Spera

Maybe Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has forgotten that America is still neck deep into two wars. I can only assume, since she is pushing to cut the Department of Veterans Affairs budget by $4.5 billion dollars – all while still even more injured service members are on their way home from Iraq and Afghanistan. This department is responsible for providing American veterans with healthcare related to injuries sustained during military service, along with other Veteran’s benefits. With these two ongoing wars we are only going to see more disabled Veterans returning home, and more resources will be needed to take care of these heroes. The Veterans of Foreign Wars came out immediately rebuking her plan, and calling her out on her vapidly arbitrary plan. Read more…

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All Gave Some, Some Gave All

↳ Posted on January 30th, 2011 by Ben Spera

After doing some research I discovered an interesting statistic. The U.S. Marine Corps accounts for just under 11% of the total U.S. armed forces personnel, but Marines have claimed a whopping 21% of  U.S. deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan. There’s a reason why Marines are the few and the proud. I had published lower numbers earlier not realizing I hadn’t included reservists in the data.

This is an absolutely sobering number. Semper Fidelis Marines.

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Boehner’s Tears Reveal Truth

↳ Posted on January 30th, 2011 by Ben Spera

Today on the Huffington Post, House Speaker John Boehner defended his unusual inclination to shed tears when speaking. He explained his tendency to ‘wear his emotions on his sleeve’, and refused to apologize for being ’emotionally attached to things I feel strongly about.’

I’ll be the first to admit that Boehner’s crying makes me feel a bit uncomfortable, and initially made me dislike him due to his appearance of weakness and, well… just being strange. After some thought however, I figure we’re not asking him to join the Marines and storm the mountains of Afghanistan, what’s wrong with crying every once and a while? Maybe his tears are the first bit of genuine honesty I’ve seen come out of Washington in as long as I can remember. My instinct tells me that no self-respecting man would use crying as a political ploy. Anything that demeaning has got to be sincere, right?

Right?

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A Libertarian Case for Net Neutrality

Posted on January 25th, 2014 by Ben Spera

14137_large_net_neutralityAs a libertarian you may be uneasy with the concept of net neutrality. Like me, you feel inexplicably drawn to this neutrality but feel guilty for it. You think to yourself, “I’m a free-market libertarian, by God! Regulation is wrong! Why is my instinct betraying me?” It’s because we don’t live in perfect world. We live in an economy that is far from free and is infested with government regulations and corporate manipulation. The internet service industry is a picturesque example of this.
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Most Entertaining Shirt Ever

Posted on March 13th, 2013 by Ben Spera

f1jNKThis shirt will not make you any friends but it will keep you entertained all night long. A lot of people might not even understand the problem with it, but don this bad boy and people will crawl out of the woodwork to educate you on what’s wrong with it.

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