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The Most Powerful Weapon to Fight Poverty

Most people might take for granted the availability and relative affordability of the energy that powers our vehicles, warms our homes in winter, cools them in summer and keeps the lights on. Growing up in China, I don’t.

My grandmother… Continue reading

War on Bake Sales is a War on the Family

And the best macaroons this side of the moon!

I remember many times when my children were small they would eagerly anticipate their birthday, any party and a bake sale at school. Why? Because those were the times when they… Continue reading

Does President Obama Really Think History Will Save Us?

This was first published at The Washington Times: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/sep/8/overbeck-misplaced-hope-in-progress/

President Obama thinks that history will magically take out all the bad guys in the world. He repeatedly lectures us that bad actors –  people like Vladimir Putin, Syria’s president… Continue reading

“Humanitarian Catastrophe” or Murder…

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to visit the Holocaust museum in Washington DC. I highly recommend visiting, if you have not been there. The museum takes the visitor through the events that led up to the atrocities, the trials and includes following life journeys of some of the survivors. A historical lens worth looking into. Continue reading

Will Mark Udall’s ‘War on Women’ Tactics Work?

Sen. Mark Udall’s campaign consultants must be scratching their heads. After months of paying for expensive ads focused almost exclusively on birth control and abortion, their candidate remains statistically tied with his opponent, Congressman Cory Gardner, in the polls. A… Continue reading

Confronting Evil in Gaza-If Not Now, When?

Asked by a convert to distill the Torah’s essence, Rabbi Hillel — Judaism’s great sage — taught, “What is hateful unto you, do not do unto your neighbor.”

Like the Golden Rule that roots most ethical traditions, Hillel’s first-century precept… Continue reading

Problem Solving Immigration

Ellis Island was the hub of United States immigration for roughly 40 years, and most Americans today will tell you they had a relative whose name can be found on those famous walls. From New York, I have a few.… Continue reading

The Situation in Iraq

The Iraq situation worsens by the day and I find myself watching the media almost as much as I did from 2003-2005. This time my approach is a little different.  Instead of just tuning in to the nightly news,… Continue reading

Butt Out of my Medicine Cabinet-It’s Not About Birth Control

The Supreme Court today sided with Hobby Lobby, and other similarly situated privately held companies, allowing them to choose not to offer specific types of birth control in their health benefits package.

The religious freedom argument is ubiquitous today, and… Continue reading

Minimum Wage, Minimum Skill

It is very sad to read the latest news on McDonald’s, which just reported its longest stretch without rising US sales in its corporate history. I wondered how much of this decline has to do with the movement to raise… Continue reading

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