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By Tom Fitton
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - young america's foundation
Why not celebrate the 32nd anniversary of Ronald Reagan's historic Economic Tax Recovery Act, signed Aug. 13, 1981? Yes, why not? That's the idea at Young America's Foundation, which will assemble a noteworthy crowd of conservative students and grassroots luminaries Tuesday at the former president's ranch outside Santa Barbara, Calif.
The left talks a lot about diversity and academic freedom, but it's rarely practiced. With rare exceptions, the ideological spectrum of the commencement speakers sending graduates out into the real world ranges from far left to even further left.
Inquiring minds want to know: When Rolling Thunder roars through the nation’s capital this weekend, will President Obama meet with the group’s founder and national executive director, Artie Muller, as former President George W. Bush did in years past?
The public debate over gender issues may never be the same: It's the first-ever Man Candles Collection in such he-man scents as Riding Mower and 2x4 from the Yankee Candle Co., which normally caters to the rose and gardenia crowd. Perhaps they should offer a line for Washington politicians with names such as Hallowed Halls, Power Lunch and Cloakroom.
It is rare that a contemporary political figure would generate such acclaim so soon after his time in office. The public judges President Ronald Reagan to have been one of the great presidents of the 20th century - indeed, one of the greatest of all time. Even professors are coming around.
President Obama, who rode into the presidency on a wave of youth enthusiasm, has seen his support among young people fall by nearly 30 points since he took office. Young people are disappointed that this administration's policies failed to live up to the hope-filled rhetoric of 2008, but more pointedly, America's youth are taking an economic beating.
They're almost always a minority on campus, but hundreds of student conservatives were among friends and ideological allies as they gathered in Washington to talk politics, policy and their plans for the 2012 election at the Young America's Foundation's National Conservative Student Conference this week.
Earnest graduates will not get much encouragement from conservatives in the next few days. They'll get a liberal earful, for the most part: a new analysis by Young Americas Foundation found that out of 51 high-profile commencement speakers appearing on the nation's campuses this season, only 13 were conservative.
Ann Coulter was bringing her edgy brand of conservatism to the University of Wyoming Thursday, a year after the school drew widespread criticism for its handling of an appearance by Bill Ayers, a Vietnam-era radical who is now a professor.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney said he doesn't "want to make a prediction" as to whether embattled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak can survive that nation's political turmoil, but he noted that Egypt under Mr. Mubarak has been a long-standing U.S. ally in the region.
America is on a "road to ruin" because of misguided policies in Washington and needs to get back in step with the values of Ronald Reagan, Sarah Palin said at an event honoring the former president's legacy.
Democratic candidates are the chief recipients of campaign contributions from educators during this year's midterm elections, as shown by a report published Wednesday by the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP).
Joe the Plumber, meet Flagg the Fix-it, who has political prowess and much skill with hand tools. Flagg Youngblood - director of Vets for Freedom PAC and former director of military outreach at Young America's Foundation - is competing for the title of "All American Handyman" on HGTV, one of 20 finalists on parade during the show's debut on Sunday.
A home video shows the flock of young people, hands over hearts, singing an impromptu version of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the Lincoln Memorial on a recent summer's night. It is poignant, and this group -- guests of Young America's Foundation (YAF) -- knew all the words.
The Obamaites are proving a much bigger hit than the Bushies ever were on the cap-and-gown circuit.