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Aux Armes Citoyens!

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Yesterday, France elected Francois Hollande as its next president. As I discussed last week, I believe that this is a good thing for France and for the European economy. The incumbent, Nicholas Sarkozy, was far too committed to following German Chancellor Angela Merkel's austerity programs within the Eurozone, and austerity programs never work unless paired with growth policies. Hollande's victory, combined with the still murky results of elections in Greece, should help Europe move away from the policies that were doomed to fail.

DFLA Calls For \"Big Tent\" in Dem Platform

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The group Democrats for Life of America (DFLA) has launched a petition drive calling on the Democratic Party to introduce “big tent” language into its platform on the issue of abortion. This is an important, and commendable, effort and I encourage everyone to sign the petition. I wrote about DFLA in a column in the print edition of NCR that you can read by clicking here.

Here is the text of the proposed language:

We respect the conscience of each American and recognize that members of our Party have deeply held and sometimes differing positions on issues of personal conscience, like abortion and the death penalty. We recognize the diversity of views as a source of strength and we welcome into our ranks all Americans who may hold differing positions on these and other issues.

+Blaire on Budget & Much Else

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My colleague Joshua McElwee has called attention to an interview with Bishop Stephen Blaire over at the other NCR - the National Catholic Register.

A couple of thoughts come to mind. First, you can almost hear Blaire's calm, pastoral voice speaking through the computer page. Rightly, I believe, he does not indulge a jeremiad, he does not compare Cong. Ryan to Hitler or Stalin, his sense of the Church's role in politics and society appropriately careful and even modest. This is the kind of priest I like to go to confession to - calm, pastoral, gentle.

Please Remember to Give

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We are winding down our Webathon. If you enjoy coming to this blog, please remember that we at NCR our doing our part day-in and day-out, to bring you news and analysis and commentary. Now, we need you to do your part. None of us at NCR are about to move up into the 1% in this country - which is as it should be for a Catholic organization - but we do need to cope with the costs that go with running an independent newspaper and website. Please be as generous as you can. Thank you.
Here is the link.

Obama Needs to Stop With False Narrative

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According to a report in The Hill, President Obama recently said that the controversy surrounding the HHS mandates was like being in a "time machine."
He went on: "Republicans in Congress were going so far as to say an employer should be able to have a say in the health care decisions of its female employees. You know, for a party that prides itself on being rabidly anti-regulations of almost any kind, for folks who claim to believe in freedom from government interference and meddling, it doesn’t seem to bother them when it comes to a woman’s health."

Commenting on the General Election campaign of 1935, Churchill wrote: "Neither side usually has much to be proud of at election times."

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