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  • Commentary posted September 17, 2014 by Mike Gonzalez The Perfect Storm: Coming to (a New) America

    Though it was almost exactly four decades ago, I remember vividly everything about the day I arrived in this country. Everything was oddly familiar because like most people around the world, I had seen America, especially New York, on both the small and the big screen. My Cuban grandfather had gone to boarding school here in 1905, and my Spanish grandfather had vacationed…

  • Commentary posted September 17, 2014 by Mike Gonzalez Can America Still Win the Information War?

    The U.S. Congress heard recently from the President that the world is a dangerous place and that we may need to defend our national security soon. That is as it should be. But before the first bullet is fired in most contests, there’s usually an information war that must be won, and there the Senate has dropped the ball by not taking up a House bill that reforms U.S.…

  • Commentary posted September 16, 2014 by Mike Gonzalez Obama to Latinos: I'm not that into you

    In the annals of cynical political maneuvers, President Obama’s decision to postpone executive action on immigration until after the election must win some sort of prize. It’s not just the rawness of the political calculation but also the chutzpah of insisting that the decision came because acting now would have doomed long-lasting reform. Nobody believes that, and the…

  • Commentary posted September 9, 2014 by Mike Gonzalez For Hispanics, the Lone Star State beats the Golden one

    The world provides us with countless case studies on the relative merits of free markets and central planning. In Asia and Europe we have seen the controlled experiments of the Koreas and the two postwar Germanys, admittedly extreme examples. In South America, we have consistently successful Chile and perennially chaotic Argentina. In this country, we have Texas and…

  • Commentary posted September 8, 2014 by Mike Gonzalez Conservatives must better understand recent history of Latin-Americans to win their support

    Half a century ago we saw the spark of powerful ideas that changed the face of America. Some became legislation, such as the War on Poverty. Others became potent cultural trends, like the sexual revolution. Less noticed but no less impactful was the onset of a radical change in our nation's demographic makeup. That millions of immigrants, the majority from Latin America,…

  • Commentary posted September 8, 2014 by Mike Gonzalez The perfect storm that changed U.S. politics

    Half a century ago, we saw the spark of powerful ideas that changed the face of America. Some became legislation, such as the War on Poverty. Others became potent cultural trends, like the sexual revolution. Less noticed, but no less impactful, was the onset of a radical change in our nation's demographic makeup. That millions of immigrants, the majority from Latin…

  • Backgrounder posted August 25, 2014 by Mike Gonzalez America Is Ill-Served by Its Government-Funded Area Studies and Foreign Policy Programs

    Midway through President Barack Obama’s second term, the United States finds itself besieged by explosive foreign policy crises, one of which has reached its own border. Despite White House spokesman Josh Earnest’s claims that the Administration has “substantially improved the tranquility of the global community,”[1] chaos is erupting all over the world. Tens of…

  • Commentary posted July 17, 2014 by Mike Gonzalez Why America Must Stand Up for Hong Kong's Democracy Movement

    Loath to become the world’s policeman, the Obama administration has turned instead into its fireman. Hither and thither, the administration runs to different corners of the world trying to put out fires—today Central America, tomorrow Jerusalem, next week Syria. Such an approach may rack up air miles for the Secretary of State, but clearly, it’s no substitute for a…

  • Issue Brief posted July 7, 2014 by Mike Gonzalez The U.S. Must Fulfill Its Responsibility and Support Democracy in Hong Kong

    Hong Kong is the world’s freest economy and has been for many years.[1] With almost zero tariffs, the city is completely open to international trade, has a small and efficient government with a professional civil service, and a light regulatory regime. Consequently, Hong Kong’s gross domestic product (GDP) per capita of $36,796 is one of the highest in the world, four…

  • Commentary posted July 1, 2014 by Mike Gonzalez Obama's Central American Follies

    Chaos has erupted at the border with a sudden influx of Central American children entering America—illegally and alone. Initially, the Obama administration tried to blame the exodus of adolescents on their desire to flee violence in their home countries. Only lately has the White House bowed to reality and finally conceded what Democrats in Congress, The Washington Post…

  • Commentary posted April 23, 2014 by Mike Gonzalez Sotomayor’s demeaning views on race

    Tuesday’s Supreme Court ruling that Michigan voters had the right to ban racial preferences in university admissions didn’t sit well with the court’s self-described “Wise Latina,” Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Her 58-page-long dissent made clear that she’ll be the last line of defense for affirmative-action policies at the highest court in the land. But a look at the dissent…

  • Commentary posted April 10, 2014 by Mike Gonzalez Sending Ideas to Cuba

    Cubans have lived on an information desert island for more than 50 years. Ten million people, once a vibrant part of the world — in tune with it and contributing to it, receiving information and even immigrants — were cut off soon after Fidel Castro took over in 1959. That the world has done nothing to help them after five decades of oppression is an outrage. What is not…

  • Commentary posted March 19, 2014 by Mike Gonzalez Intolerance and Stanford’s Free-Expression Tax

    There’s tolerance aplenty on today’s campuses. Too bad it runs only in one direction. Last week, we learned that at universities such as Duke, making pornography is something that administrators don’t just refuse to condemn, but now even affirm. Meanwhile, this week, we learn that places like Stanford consider speaking in defense of traditional sexual ethics and…

  • Commentary posted March 13, 2014 by Mike Gonzalez Do You Like to Be Nudged?

    Do you want society’s so-called best and brightest “nudging” your decisions about what to consume – whether it’s for news, soft drinks or light bulbs? If so, chances are you call yourself progressive. If you snort at the mere notion, however, you are almost certainly a conservative. In fact, throw out all the other Rorschach tests. This is the one that separates one…

  • Commentary posted March 4, 2014 by Mike Gonzalez The Marriage Imperative

    Search President Obama’s speech to minority youths last Thursday for the word “marriage,” and you will find just one reference, and in a throwaway line at that. There are nine references to “men of color” and three to the minimum wage, but none at all to out-of-wedlock birth rates. There are also zero appeals for more two-parent families, not even of the “LGBT” variety,…