Archives for November 2012

A Republican woman to watch for

The House of Representatives has more than its share of loons. While firebrands of both genders are found there, one would like to think the Senate considers itself to be the “grown-ups table.” Republican Congresswomen all too often seem as if they fill character parody roles crafted by late night comedy writers. North Carolina is usually good for a couple of crazy grannies.… [Read more]

Broadening the Dem’s Big Tent – Attention Liberals: You Blew It.

“In every political community there are varying shades of political opinion. One of the shadiest of these is the liberals. An outspoken group on many subjects. Ten degrees to the left of center in good times. Ten degrees to the right of center if it affects them personally.”

-Phil Ochs

 

As you might recall if you’re not new to my column, I feel so alienated from mainstream liberalism that I was reluctant to even drag my ass to the voting booth.… [Read more]

If they don’t want to be part of the social contract, let them go.

I met a woman recently and she asked this question: Why should the government have the right to tax people and tell them how much they should pay in taxes for things they do not want, like feeding the poor?

She did not believe the government should be in the business of taking care of poor people.… [Read more]

Going Beyond Giving Tuesday

The season of giving has just gotten started.

With Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday over, we as Americans may be out of the shopping spirit. Even though we might not be hitting the malls or online outlets so hard from here on out, I’d like to encourage us to embrace the spirit of giving, as you might have done on this year’s Giving Tuesday.… [Read more]

Obama: On Education, Is The President Liberals’ Piñata?

While the rest of us offered thanks for family and friends on Thanksgiving, one D.C. teacher told a colleague, “I am thankful Obama won, now I can go back to hating him for what he’s doing to public education.” You mean like pumping almost $100 billion in new funds into federal education programs and another $60 billion into saving teacher jobs?… [Read more]

The Norquist “tax pledge” exodus: Further proof there’s no Republican leadership

Some might look at the Republican flight from Grover Norquist’s legendary “tax pledge” as evidence that, finally, Republicans are stepping up and doing what’s best for Americans. Some might see this Republican exodus as proof that, finally, Republicans are done being guided by zealots and are frankly tired of losing elections. Some might see this Republican rejection of Norquist as courageous.  … [Read more]

Tyranny in the Private Sphere

The large, tyrannical state has always been one of the greatest threats to freedom and liberty. And even in our current age, unchecked government power continues to stifle human progress and expression, not only abroad but in the United States as well. For, in even in our country, the state, both at the federal and local level, still punishes its citizens for indulging in the “wrong” types of narcotics—it still denies equal rights to those of a different sexual orientation, it still retains the unchecked, lethal authority of one person, the executive, to sentence death upon any citizen the president deems a “terrorist.”

Yet, although the illiberal actions of the state still need to be combated  government is not the only source of tyranny—it is not the only enemy of freedom.… [Read more]

Reagan and the Law of Unintended Consequences, a.k.a. Today’s Mess in the Middle East

Yes, hindsight is always 20-20 and, no, this is not a post to bash Ronald Reagan. The Reagan administration certainly did what they had to do and they managed the challenges presented at the time. What they could not see were the consequences of their actions as they were unintended.

How does a country that was a sweetheart of the free world and a defender of democracy end up being the object of hate for so many?… [Read more]

Salvaging and Growing the U.S. Economy: Moving on with Lessons Learned

Ask most and they will tell you there are two ways to salvage an economy: the revenue side, by way of taxation or fees, or on the the spending side, by way of expenditure reductions. Determining where and how much is the point at which negotiations and compromise get bogged down.

The President re-elect has released his budget for 2013 that the administration believes is fair;  at another time in history the budget would be viewed as pragmatically centrist.… [Read more]

Why is This News? Should Some Things Be Considered “Newsworthy” At All?

I’ll admit it. I’m probably the least political writer on this site.

I write a lot about education, and occasionally I’ll get fired up enough to write about my political leanings in areas like abortion and women’s rights.  I’ll write political leaders letters when I feel like they have taken a wrong turn, which is often since you know…government.… [Read more]