Hunter Baker

Hunter Baker is associate dean of arts and sciences and associate professor of political science at Union University. He is the author of The End of Secularism and winner of the 2011 Michael Novak Award. His personal website is www.hunterbaker.wordpress.com.

A Novel Solution to the Immigration Problem: The NAFTA Angle

 

Immigration is heating up again as a political issue with the second term president and others discussing possible answers to the low level chaos which currently characterizes the movement of workers between Mexico and the United States.  The basic outlines of plans to address the problem shift to fit familiar lines of argument.  I would […]

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Keeping Eastern Europe in Mind

 

The Obama administration has proclaimed its interest in a pivot to the Pacific, but Europe grows more interesting all the time.  Governments are falling left and right in response to the European Union (and the Eurozone) effort to impose budget discipline and pull back the countries on the brink.   At the same time, the […]

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Why Some Government Spending Is Better Than Others . . .

 

We are hearing a great deal at the moment about government austerity, especially in Europe, as various states attempt to deal with massive budget crises resulting from a combination of low growth, bad demographics, and overly rich welfare programs. European Central Bank president Mario Draghi recently gave an interview to the Wall Street Journal in […]

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The End of Secularism and the HHS Mandate

 

The primary point of my first book, The End of Secularism, was to demonstrate that secularism doesn’t do what it claims to do, which is to solve the problem of religious difference.  As I look at the  administration’s attempt to mandate that religious employers pay for contraceptive products, I see that they have confirmed one […]

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The Reversal of Proposition 8: A Dangerous Precedent

 

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has acted to reverse the democratic decision of the people of California to confine marriage to its traditional parameters of a man and a woman. In making this decision, the court decided that it could overturn the will of the people of California on the basis of what is […]

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Huntsman’s Team on Why They Lost

 

Press secretary Tim Miller gives the answer, “Mitt Romney beat us,” and then goes on to explain the things Mitt Romney has done well. That’s fine. Mitt Romney probably has been a better candidate this time than in 2008, but the answer regarding Huntsman’s own campaign is far from sufficient.   It is probably too […]

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Barack Obama: Mayor of Portlandia

 

The president has ruled against granting permission to build the Keystone Pipeline in the United States. In so doing, he makes a decision against the oil of our friendly, democratic, and peaceful neighbors to the north and for the oil of tyrants in the Middle East and a dictator in Venezuela. Perhaps more important, he […]

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Thoughts on Last Night’s Debate

 

Jon Huntsman betrayed South Carolina’s largest newspaper, The State, by getting out of the race, but did everyone else a big favor. Getting the field down to five candidates was an improvement.  Rick Perry came through with one of his best outings. He gave South Carolinians a strong performance which could spur voters to provide him […]

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Chris Matthews’ Deep Unfairness to the Tea Party

 

I tuned in to the Washington Ideas Forum on C-Span recently to see Chris Matthews talking about Mitt Romney and the tea partiers. Matthews described Romney as a happy robot who has never had a bad day and who doesn’t hate anyone. He contrasted the tea partiers to Romney. Unlike him, according to Matthews, the […]

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Is Making Money Evil, Harry Reid?

 

I was listening to news radio and heard an update in which the senate majority leader Harry Reid gave his interpretation of events on the debt ceiling negotiation. The part that really got my attention was where he insisted that further committee work would go after those “millionaires and billionaires.” I wondered, “What is he […]

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