Author Archives: Blake Ashby

Liberty, License and Legalization

With the legalization of recreational marijuana use in Colorado and Washington State, the U.S. has once again extended individual liberty. But yet again it feels as if we have deferred the conversation on individual responsibility. We enjoy amazing individual liberty … Continue reading

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Wishing the President was more Presidential

I know the Republican Party has forced the government shutdown and potential default on our debt. And I know that a sub-set of the Republicans, Tea Party Republicans, are responsible for the madness going on in Washington. But I can’t … Continue reading

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Conservatives and the Affordable Care Act

Several commentators have suggested that Conservatives are against the Affordable Care Act (ACA) because they are afraid that it might work and in doing so disprove their small government philosophy. But this misses the point – It is how the … Continue reading

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The Tragedy of Grover Norquist

New commentary article in the Post-Dispatch… Sometime on Saturday, Grover Norquist, the founder of Americans for Tax Reform, will take the stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference meeting here in St. Louis. He will very likely receive a standing … Continue reading

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When School Choice Meets Reality

More than twenty years ago, as a researcher for the Missouri House Republican Caucus and State Rep. Jim Talent, I prepared a study on how to wind down the St. Louis School Desegregation program. The one option the report didn’t … Continue reading

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A response to “Give Back? Yes, It’s Time For The 99% To Give Back To The 1%”

A recent Forbes commentary by Harry Binswanger suggests that instead of asking for more from the very wealthy, we should reward them by waiving their taxes, with a nod to Ayn Rand. But Harry… interesting choice of Goldman Sachs, but … Continue reading

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Fifteen Signs of Hope

Late last week the Missouri Legislature failed to overturn Governor Nixon’s veto of a controversial tax cut bill, with fifteen Republicans supporting the Governor’s veto. The fifteen were promptly dubbed “the Flimsy Fifteen”, and area conservative radio talk show host … Continue reading

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Global Warming and Rational Republicanism

The Republican Party seems to be slowly moving back to rational, pragmatic Republicanism. But until the Republican Party acknowledges that global warming is real and that there is a need for the federal government to help ensure clean air and … Continue reading

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School Choice and Rational Republicanism

Something the Republican Party used to be known for was its hard-nosed realism. Republicans used to be skeptical of abstract theories. We believed that we could use the power of reason to think through how a theory would work in … Continue reading

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Bring Back Rational Republicanism

The Republican Party has lost its way, and our nation is suffering as a result. It is time for the party to return to its roots, to return to Rational Republicanism. Rational Republicanism is the belief that a strong federal … Continue reading

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