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FRENETIC INTEMPERANCE

Now here’s a thought: Rampant consumer culture and a sense of entitlement have contributed to the precarious state of the U.S. economy. So says John Horvat II in his new book “Return to Order: From a Frenzied Economy to an Organic Christian Society — Where We’ve Been, How We Got Here, and Where We Need to Go.”

It is sobering to recall the spartan, hardworking culture and the proverbial stiff upper lip of past generations that drove the nation to the exceptionalism admired by Ronald Reagan. Mr. Horvat says a different cultural force has taken over, a restless societal drive to consume and gratify — a “frenetic intemperance,” he says. Easy acceptance of debt, risky speculation and irresponsible credit has thrown the entire economy off balance.

The author says we should abandon this “Rule of Money,” and adopt a “Rule of Honor,” which focuses on leadership, integrity and excellence, plus church, family and community. Frenetic intemperance has become “unsustainable,” Mr. Horvat says. The 400-page volume was just released by York Publishing.

POLL DU JOUR

• 57 percent of Americans approve of the way President Obama is handling the threat of terrorism; 27 percent of Republicans, 80 percent of Democrats and 54 percent of independents agree.

• 52 percent of Americans overall approve of the way Mr. Obama is handling his job; 12 percent of Republicans, 86 percent of Democrats and 48 percent of independents agree.

• 45 percent overall approve of the way Mr. Obama is handling the economy; 7 percent of Republicans, 79 percent of Democrats and 38 percent of independents agree.

• 17 percent overall say there will be “more cooperation” between Republicans and Democrats during Mr. Obama’s second term.

• 6 percent of Republicans, 26 percent of Democrats and 15 percent of independents agree.

Source: A CBS News poll of 1,148 U.S. adults conducted Feb. 6 to 10.

• Claims and names to jharper@washingtontimes.com.