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    Dirty Harry Knows: The EPA’s Got to Know Its Limitations

    Clint Eastwood’s iconic Dirty Harry Callahan uttered one of the greatest movie lines of all time: “A man’s got to know his limitations.” It would appear no one in Washington, D.C. has ever heard of Harry or his weighty wisdom. No one in our nation’s capitol seems to think they are limited in any way. Not by any personal shortcomings – it’s like everyone who | Read More »

    We Don’t Need ‘Great’ Leaders – We Need Constitutional Ones

    The Founding Fathers knew what Lord John Dalberg-Acton knew. And far too few of us know the totality of Lord Acton’s sage sentiment: “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.” “Great men are almost always bad men.” America as envisioned and designed by the Founders was absolutely great. Subsequent men and women striving for a legacy | Read More »

    Why Conservatives Object to Leftist Patent ‘Reform’

    The following is in response to Mytheos Holt’s Townhall “The Three Dumbest ‘Conservative’ Objections to Patent Reform.” —- The Left, along with huge Leftist companies, are pushing to fundamentally transform – radically undermine – the Constitutionally-protected intellectual property known as patents. As the Left is wont to do, they are looking to thoroughly alter the Constitution – without amending it. Passing legislation that guts a | Read More »

    Status Quo Government Meddling and Cronyism Is…Progress?

    It hasn’t been a great year from the perspective of shrinking government. In fact, it’s been terrible. Really awful, pork-and-cronyism-filled programs are being refunded, renewed – and even resurrected. Since November – when We the People delivered Republicans another historic landslide victory – what have they delivered us? Laura Ingraham Blasts Republican Leadership Over $1.1 Trillion CR-Omnibus Budget Bill “A 1,600 page bad joke.” Congress | Read More »

    The Private Sector Giveth – and Government Taketh Away

    It is – sadly, always – a clash of two titans. The private sector and government. There are claims made that it is – or can be – a symbiotic relationship. The free market and government – walking hand-in-hand into a brighter tomorrow. But it is never symmetrical – it is always adversarial. In large part because it isn’t a fair fight. The government gets | Read More »

    Government Slowly Kills the Private Sector – And Blames the Victim for Its Sputtering Demise

    One of the advantages Big Government advocates have in their efforts to end the private sector – is the size of the victim. A $17-trillion-a-year economy is so huge – it almost always takes a lot of time to dismantle. It’s like taking down those giant oliphants in the “Lord of the Rings.” Our economy can take a LOT of government arrows – and continue | Read More »

    The Donald Trump Rule: ‘Flip-Flopping’ to the Right Position Can Be a Very Good Thing

    We hear the charge leveled all the time: “Flip-flopper.” When someone fundamentally changes their position on an issue. We are naturally left to wonder if the move is genuine. Are they are saying what they think – or what they think we want to hear? Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has rocketed to to the top of the sixteen-candidate heap – in large part because | Read More »

    Chris Farley Government: Remember When It Was Congress That Made Law? That Was Awesome

    Remember that recurring Saturday Night Live skit where the late Chris Farley was the ultimate fanboy – interviewing those for whom he was the ultimate fanboy? Sniveling and sweaty, he would bring up some of his favorite memories of his interviewees – pretending they were questions by prefacing them with “Remember…?” And when the interviewee said he did in fact remember, Farley would blurt out | Read More »

    Bad Bills Are Like Bad Relationships: We Don’t Need a Break – We Need a Break-Up

    Just about all of us have been there. Dating someone – and it isn’t working. You don’t get along. The person doesn’t give you what you want. You aren’t happy. You each try to change the person, hoping a tweak here or there will suddenly, magically make it work. It doesn’t. You’re friends don’t like the person. Heck – THEIR friends don’t think you two | Read More »

    Why Are Republicans Resurrecting Failed Green Energy Subsidies?

    Thank goodness we last November gave the Republicans the Senate majority. Who besides the GOP would resurrect government money for ridiculous “green” “energy” – which is neither green nor energy? To the tune of tens (if not hundreds) of billions of dollars more down the juice-less rat hole. Oh yeah – every Democrat on the planet. Senate May Revive Expired Green Energy Tax Subsidies The | Read More »

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