For taxpayers, this is a grim day in history

by Bill Federer -- Withholding taxes from paychecks began June 9, 1943. Congress passed it as an emergency measure during World War II to get money to fight Hitler. Withholding taxes was more…

Andrew Jackson: The good, the bad and the ugly

by Bill Federer -- His Scots-Irish parents emigrated from Ireland two years before his birth. At age 13, Andrew Jackson joined a local militia to fight during the Revolutionary War. His eldest more…

How tulips helped create Wall Street

by Bill Federer -- Spain's "Iron Duke," the Grand Duke of Alba, fought the Ottoman Muslims in 1535, recapturing Tunis, North Africa. Spain financed its war with gold from the Inca Empire. more…

This is why religion is critical to democracy

by Bill Federer -- Just six weeks after the battles of Lexington and Concord, Harvard President Samuel Langdon, May 31, 1775, spoke to the Massachusetts Provincial Congress. Samuel Langdon's address was titled more…