2011: A Republican Opportunity to Define the Debate
Republicans are poised to take control of the House in November and with a little luck may well pick up the Senate too. The last time this situation occurred was November 1994 when Newt Gingrich and the Republicans picked up 54 seats and took the House for the first time in 40 years. They also picked up 8 seats in the Senate, enough to take | Read More »
Cold War lessons never learned by Duffer in Chief Obama
In a nod to President Obama’s attempted pivot on Tuesday from Iraq to jobs, on this Labor Day I’d like to pivot from jobs to national defense. I’m a child of the Cold War. Born in the 1965, I spent 12 of my first 24 years living outside the United States. My family spent five years in Naples, Italy, where both parents worked on a | Read More »
A Shameless Obama Snow Job
Shame and public humiliation used to be very effective forms of social conditioning. In Middle Age Europe an offender would often be placed in a pillory or stock and be subject to public humiliation and ridicule for their offense. The idea was that after being subjected to such humiliation the offender would mend their ways in order to avoid a repeat performance. Such discipline was | Read More »
Prosperity is not a birthright…
The Michael Crichton thriller Rising Sun was published to much fanfare in 1992. Ostensibly a murder mystery, the book was seen by many as a thinly veiled tale of alarm at the Japanese taking over the planet – economically. The book came after a decade of headlines chronicling the rise of the Japanese juggernaut. In 1987 Sony bought CBS Records and in 1989 Columbia Pictures. | Read More »
Will Republicans have the stones to put Uncle Sam in the unemployment line?
The federal government is big, unwieldy and incompetent. Is there something about large organizations that by definition make them incapable of operating effectively and efficiently? No. Wal-Mart is the largest private employer in the United States and one of the largest in the world. It employs 1.8 million Americans and another quarter of a million people in countries from China to Argentina to the United | Read More »
Do we really want to redefine marriage?
States across the country are in the midst of debating the idea of changing the definition of marriage as a union between one man and one woman. Five states have legalized the practice through legislative or judicial action, but despite thirty-one attempts, not a single time has a majority of citizens of a state approved such a change. Not that this is an argument for | Read More »
Julian Assange should be sent to Guantanamo Bay
Julian Assange doesn’t look like your typical Taliban operative. He’s an Australian born blond haired pasty white guy who looks like he’s quite unfamiliar with the sun. Truth be told, he’s not actually an operative. In all honesty he probably doesn’t like those guys much. Nonetheless, he is working for them as much as if he were on their payroll. Last week, the website he | Read More »
1099: A jobs program for the IRS and the Post Office
This President has said for months that jobs and the economy are his number one priorities. ObamaCare has demonstrated his sincerity… just not in the way we might think. While American shores are littered with the carcasses of millions of octopi who sacrificed their lives so that their ink might be used to expound upon the disaster that is ahead, one of the most damaging | Read More »
The Obama administration’s race colored glasses…
The Obama administration last week gave one of its strongest denunciations to date of al Qaeda. The administration didn’t refer to them as Islamo-Fascists, didn’t call them radical Muslims, indeed, did not even call them murderous thugs… no, instead, they used the most important and powerful invective this administration can conger; they accused al Qaeda of being racist. Despite having killed 3,000 Americans of all | Read More »
Barack Obama’s NASA saves America!
Sometimes it’s helpful to take a step back and get some perspective in order to be able to evaluate something that is right in front of you today. Sometimes that perspective goes back 40 years sometimes it goes back 40,000 years. When Neal Armstrong stepped on the surface of the Moon in July of 1969 it was the culmination of one of the swiftest periods | Read More »