Author: Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson

Profile: — Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson is an adjunct faculty member, economist, and fellow for economic and social policy with The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College.


October 10, 2012

The Politically Incorrect Billionaire

Filed under: Politics In General - 10 Oct 2012

Two news items about “the rich” recently popped up online within a couple of hours of each other.

Story No. 1: Pew Research Center found that non-rich Americans have ambivalent feelings toward the rich: On the positive side, there was admiration …

September 22, 2012

The Winners and Losers From QE3

Filed under: Economics - 22 Sep 2012

The only doubt about the Federal Reserve’s decision to embark on a third round of quantitative easing was about when it would begin. It was a foregone conclusion that Chairman Ben Bernanke’s Fed would resort to more quantitative easing. Under …

August 14, 2012

Obama’s Popularity With Young Voters

Filed under: Elections & Voting - 14 Aug 2012

According to a recent USA Today/Gallup poll, Americans under the age of 30 favor President Barack Obama over Mitt Romney by almost a two-to-one margin. This is a startling statistic. What explains the lopsided support for President Obama among younger …

August 3, 2012

A Book Review of Brian Sussman’s “Eco-Tyranny”

Filed under: Radical Environmentalism - 03 Aug 2012

In “Eco-Tyranny,” author Brian Sussman sounds a timely and important warning: The radical “greens” are not in retreat. With the defeat of cap-and-trade legislation in 2010 and the increasingly discredited alarmist theory of anthropogenic global warming, the greens may have …

July 4, 2012

The Euro Is a Frankenstein Currency

Filed under: Foreign Countries & Policy - 04 Jul 2012

What do Dr. Victor Frankenstein and the architects of the euro currency have in common? Answer: They both created monsters.

The euro is not “money” any more than the monster created by Dr. Frankenstein was a man. Whatever resemblances there may …

June 25, 2012

The Question of More or Less Government

Theoretically, the elemental political choice in a democratic system is between more government or less—more government control over our lives and livelihood, or less; more government spending and programs than the year before, or less; more government power, or less.

May 25, 2012

Mitt and Me: Romney at Cranbrook – a Personal Glimpse

Filed under: Politics In General - 25 May 2012

By Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson

What interesting timing. I had recently planned a column on my observations about Mitt Romney at Cranbrook. Why? Not because of anything in the news related to Cranbrook—at least not yet—but because our careers there (mine …

May 15, 2012

Reflections on the French Election

The election of Socialist Party candidate Francois Hollande to the presidency of France epitomizes the sorry state of contemporary democracy. By that, I don’t mean to imply that the French people should have voted for the incumbent, Nicolas Sarkozy. Neither …

May 11, 2012

Yo-Yo Economics?

Filed under: Economics,Featured Conservative - 11 May 2012

President Obama recently referred to free-market economics as “you’re-on-your-own economics.” It’s a catchy phrase—rhythmic, alliterative, clever. Too bad it’s bunk.

April 19, 2012

The GOP: A Party in Flux

Filed under: The Republicans - 19 Apr 2012

With Rick Santorum having dropped out of the race, Mitt Romney is apparently the Republican nominee for POTUS, barring a “black swan” event swooping down out of nowhere.

March 23, 2012

The Election-Year Politics of Energy

Realizing that his popularity may decline as the price of gasoline rises, President Obama is barnstorming the country, emphatically insisting that drilling for more oil isn’t the cure for high gas prices and that wind and solar energy represent our …

March 15, 2012

Upheavals in American Education: The Start of Something Big?

Filed under: Education & Schools,Featured Conservative - 15 Mar 2012

Reform in America’s public schools occurs with seemingly glacial slowness. In the private sector, businesses (including schools) that provide a lousy product quickly lose customers. They either correct their deficiencies or they eventually close. Similarly, if the problem is poor …

March 11, 2012

People Say the Darnedest Things

Filed under: Politics In General - 11 Mar 2012

Those of you past a certain age may remember the old Art Linkletter show “Kids Say the Darndest [sic] Things.” The one I still remember was when Linkletter asked a little boy if he looked like his daddy. “No,” replied …

February 29, 2012

A Whiff of Privatization

Three decades ago, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher implemented a policy called “privatization” to rejuvenate the moribund economy of the United Kingdom.

Like the United States today, the cost of a too-large government was sapping the vitality of the U.K.’s economy. The …

February 10, 2012

Economics: The Cheerful Science

Filed under: Economics - 10 Feb 2012

Chances are, you’ve heard economics referred to as “the dismal science.” That unflattering description is glib and catchy; it is also 100 percent wrong. Let me set the record straight and explain why economics—far from being dismal—is cause for hope, …

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