Getting Real About the Minimum Wage

    This should be a very easy subject for the conservative and liberal to understand if we look at the issue realistically.  First off, increasing the minimum wage does not alleviate poverty.  It also has a disproportionate effect on small businesses- the main driver of job growth in this country- since they are less able to pay increased wages.  It certainly does not encourage wage growth | Read More »

    Getting Real About Campus Rape

    One of the worst crimes is rape.  The reported statistics by some groups is disturbing in this area, but like any statistic they can be skewed and parsed by any group with an agenda.  We are told that at the low end, there are 300,000 rapes every year and at the other extreme, it is 1.3 million.  Additionally, about 54% of those situations that fit | Read More »

    Getting Real on Abortion and Gay Marriage

          There is often a disconnect between the real and the ideal.  The best laid plans of the Left or the Right are often met with unintended consequences and hardships along the way.  That, however, should not prevent us from fighting the good fight.  Often that “good fight” translates into an over-arching theory of morality and personal responsibility.  But we know that not | Read More »

    What Do Voting Rights and Obamacare Have In Common?

    As everyone is aware, the United States Supreme Court has decided to take a case that challenges the subsidies for health care plans purchased on the federal exchange- King vs. Burwell.  This is not a constitutional challenge to the law, but the case is one of statutory interpretation.  Such cases are common before the Supreme Court and, in fact, make up the bulk of their cases.  This | Read More »

    Run, Hillary, Run

    I have recently taken a liking to the political analysis editorials of Harry Enten at the New York Times’ FiveThirtyEight blog.  I believe he, along with Larry Sabato, do some interesting research into political trends that have some predictive value.  Enten’s most recent article is titled “What May Persuade Hillary Clinton Not to Run in 2016.”  Sabato recently made some headlines when he predicted that there | Read More »

    The EPA and How to Stop It

    The Obama Administration is finalizing a series of regulations through the EPA that are possibly the most damaging of his presidency- to individuals, to the economy, and to the country.  Those regulations are designed to decrease greenhouse gases from power plants.  The impetus for this power grab by the EPA- an executive branch agency- is predicated on a series of deceptions by the administration.  They | Read More »

    Yet Another Commentary on Ferguson, Missouri

    Yes- the rhetoric here and elsewhere has reached a fever pitch since the grand jury refused to bring charges against Officer Darren Wilson in the Michael Brown shooting case.  I confess to not knowing the nuances of Missouri grand jury procedures or whether or not Missouri law is slanted towards law enforcement officers- a presumption of innocence + if you will.  But, I do have | Read More »

    Poor Old Justice Ginsburg

    With the well now poisoned with the stroke of the presidential pen, the chances of Obama to remake the federal judiciary- particularly the Supreme Court- take on a more serious tone.  This single action coupled with the midterm elections and a Senate with a Republican majority make Obama’s job that much more difficult.  ‘s rule change affects lower court judicial nominations and those in the | Read More »

    The December Supreme Court Docket

    In December, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in 12 cases.  The following is a summary of cases: 1. Perez vs. Mortgage Bankers-  This case is consolidated with a sister case, Nickols vs. Mortgage Bankers.  In a continuing effort to define the parameters of rule-making powers of executive branch agencies, this case asks whether those agencies must engage in notice-and-comment periods (which is required under the | Read More »

    Ignorance and Misunderstanding in the Age of Obama’s Amnesty

    Many of us on the Right are erroneously making assumptions about the recently announced Obama amnesty that are not rooted in reality.  Namely, people believe that this action automatically delivers up to 5 million people onto the Democratic column come election time.  Some have made the case- probably mostly correct- that although this is phrased as a deportation deferment program, once a new President is | Read More »