Wall Street Journal

In Illinois, Tax Increases Become an Article of Faith

The Wall Street Journal, April 26, 2014 - In Illinois—a state plagued by epic budget woes, a pension crisis, byzantine taxes and the nation’s second-highest unemployment rate—politics is rarely associated with godliness. Four of the past seven governors, most recently Rod Blagojevich, have been sent to prison. Locals will tell you that corruption is practically a […]



Is Ayn Rand Bad for the Market?

Published in the Wall Street Journal, December 4, 2009 Say what you will about Ayn Rand, but one thing is certain: She had no use for common niceties. A grimly precocious, friendless Rand declared her atheism at age 13. “Atlas Shrugged,” Rand’s secular sermon-as-novel, boils with revulsion toward the “looters” and “moochers” who consume public […]



Anything Goes:
The Presbyterian Church gets into the 9/11 conspiracy business

Published in The Wall Street Journal, September 8, 2006 Presbyterians in America aren’t known for preaching fire and brimstone. “No frenzy, no fanaticism, no skirmishing,” Mark Twain wrote of his mild-mannered denomination in 1866. “You never see any of us Presbyterians getting in a sweat about religion and trying to massacre the neighbors.” Now, however […]



Strange Bedfellows:
Evangelicals learn to love big government

Published in The Wall Street Journal, May 28, 2006 When Al Gore’s film on global warming, “An Inconvenient Truth,” arrived in theaters on Wednesday, it had the usual endorsements from Hollywood stars, left-leaning politicians and radical professors. But it also had a blurb from a more surprising figure: Richard Cizik, the vice president of government […]



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Heather Wilhelm is an Austin, Texas-based writer with experience in marketing, public relations, corporate communications, online news, web development, magazine editing, and print journalism. Her written commentary has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, RealClearPolitics.com, the Washington Examiner, and the National Review Online. She currently serves as a senior fellow at the Illinois Policy Institute.
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