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.


February 2, 2012

The State of the Union: An Inside Report

Filed under: In The News,Politics In General - 02 Feb 2012

On Tuesday evening, I had the honor of attending the State of the Union address as the guest of Congressman Mike Kelly (PA-03). Here are my impressions in abbreviated form:

January 29, 2012

The Tax Rate Scandal

When Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney casually estimated that his effective tax rate is around 15 percent, progressives immediately pounced on the issue. To this ideological minority with its Ahab-like obsession on class warfare, a rich American paying an effective …

January 17, 2012

Sports, Concussions, and Contemporary American Culture

Filed under: Potpourri - 17 Jan 2012

If you follow professional sports, and especially if you are a football or hockey fan, you undoubtedly are aware of the rash of concussions that have rendered players unfit to play. Now there’s a rash of lawsuits being filed against …

December 26, 2011

The Five Best Christmas Movies: And the Gift of Grace and Renewal

Filed under: Potpourri - 26 Dec 2011

Let’s have a happy debate: What are the five best Christmas movies of all time? Obviously, tastes differ and change over time. Here are my five favorites, the ones I am willing to watch every Christmas season, starting with number …

December 19, 2011

Barry and the Babe

Filed under: In The News - 19 Dec 2011

Barry Bonds’ Dec. 16 sentencing for obstruction of justice is an anticlimactic addendum to a sterling, though marred, baseball career.

December 11, 2011

China’s “Superior” Economic Model?

In a recent piece for the Wall Street Journal, Andy Stern, an Obama insider and one of organized labor’s more aggressive personalities, praised what he called “China’s superior economic model.”

December 3, 2011

When Clarence Thomas Came for a Visit

Filed under: Politics In General - 03 Dec 2011

On Tuesday, November 15, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas visited Grove City College. I had a choice to make—whether to meet him or attend to the tons of work I had to finish before several looming deadlines.

November 19, 2011

Green Fiascoes and Boondoggles

Filed under: Radical Environmentalism - 19 Nov 2011

A barrage of news headlines on the Solyndra scandal continue to remind us that President Obama made green jobs one of his administration’s priorities. Those headlines also reveal this initiative to have been a costly mistake.

November 11, 2011

Veterans: What Is Seen and What Is Not Seen

Filed under: American Military,Featured Conservative - 11 Nov 2011

In economics, the first lesson I teach my pupils is the lesson of things that are seen and things that are not seen. Actions have some effects that are readily apparent and others are overlooked or not perceived.

November 6, 2011

Short-Lived Euphoria in Europe

Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011, was a giddy day for European politicians and global investors. European Union officials announced a plan for addressing the EU’s worst financial problems. There would be a partial write-down of Greek sovereign debt—a 50 percent haircut …

November 2, 2011

Looking Ahead to 2012, 2013, and 2014

Filed under: Elections & Voting - 02 Nov 2011

Whoever takes the oath of office as President of the United States in January of 2013 will inherit an economy facing multiple challenges:
Undoubtedly, still-escalating federal spending will have the government bumping up against the debt ceiling again. By then, total …

October 15, 2011

We’ve Been ZIRPed

Filed under: Economics,Featured Conservative - 15 Oct 2011

It isn’t easy to earn interest income these days. Interest rates on government T-bills, banks’ savings accounts, and certificates of deposit are microscopic. You can blame our government and central bank. They have “ZIRPed” millions of American savers. Here are …

October 1, 2011

Kaline, Colavito & Cash: The Boys of October—and Other Baseball Memories

Filed under: Potpourri - 01 Oct 2011

Having grown up three-and-a-half miles north of the Detroit city line, I have been a lifelong Tigers fan. It has been a half-century now since that magical 1961 season when the Tigers, led by the awesome trio of “Kaline, Colavito, …

September 26, 2011

Greece on the Brink

The Greek government is in a gigantic financial hole and is teetering on the brink of defaulting on its debt. It has been able to limp along since last year only with bailouts from outside of Greece.

September 18, 2011

Greece, Germany and the Fate of the Euro

Filed under: Economics,Featured Conservative - 18 Sep 2011

It has been over a year since I have written about the fragile condition of the European Union’s financial system. The financial crisis of a possible Greek default has been papered over since then, but now it is …

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