The Ripon Forum

Volume 46, No. 1

Winter 2012 Issue

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by LOU ZICKAR

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Investing in America’s Workforce

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Investing in America’s Workforce

by JOHN KLINE

The Chairman of the Education & Workforce Committee discusses the effort he is leading to make sure today’s workers are better equipped for tomorrow’s job opportunities.

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The 1986 Tax Reform Debate and the Lessons for Today

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The 1986 Tax Reform Debate and the Lessons for Today

by BOB PACKWOOD

It’s been over 25 years since the U.S. last reformed its tax code. One of the architects of that reform plan, Bob Packwood, discusses how it was done – and how a similar plan could be passed today.

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The American Jobs Machine

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The American Jobs Machine

by DOUGLAS HOLTZ-EAKIN

To some, the American jobs machine is broken. But according to this leading economist Douglas Holtz-Eakin, the job stall is due not only to predictable demographic shifts, but preventable policy errors.

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Recapturing Jack

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Recapturing Jack

by D.R. TUCKER

Reminiscing about Kemp’s legacy being recaptured, describing how on April 6, 1987, a Congressman from Buffalo launched a bid to become President. His campaign was short-lived, but his legacy of inclusion, growth and opportunity still resonates today.

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“Empathy for the little guy” – A Q&A with Ed Rollins

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“Empathy for the little guy” – A Q&A with Ed Rollins

The manager of Jack Kemp’s run for the White House discusses the ’88 campaign, the promise of his candidacy, and why his bid for President ultimately came up short.

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“It’s the Courage to Continue that Counts”

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“It’s the Courage  to Continue that Counts”

by STEVE LARGENT

A Hall of Fame wide receiver and former Member of Congress looks at Kemp’s boldness and discusses how life on the gridiron prepares a person for life in politics.

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Jack Kemp’s Political Heir

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Jack Kemp’s Political Heir

by DANIEL E. LUNGREN

As one of Kemp’s closest friends, Daniel E. Lungren discusses his legacy and the individual who — in both policy positions and political temperament — is today best suited to carry Kemp’s mantle of reform.

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Finding a Positive Way to Address Immigration Reform

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Finding a Positive Way to Address Immigration Reform

by MERRILL MATTHEWS, PH.D.

Ideas to help Republicans win the fastest growing segment of the American electorate.

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Union Man

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Union Man

by JOSEPH MCCARTIN

Based on his book, a look at why Ronald Reagan fired 11,000 air traffic controllers in 1981. Joseph McCartin says, “Ronald Reagan, the beacon of modern American conservatism, believed in collective bargaining for government workers.”

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