John Hayward began his blogging career as a guest writer at Hot Air under the pen name "Doctor Zero," producing a collection of essays entitled "Doctor Zero: Year One." His work has also appeared at Human Events, the Daily Caller, Breitbart News, and the New York Post. His journey from prolific evening commenter in blog forums, to full-time professional writer, took just under two years. Prior to this mid-life career change, he had a long career in the computer software industry. John has an extensive background in technical writing, with an enduring interest in issues related to the Internet, technology, economics, and individual liberty.


    Congress’ fiduciary duty to repeal ObamaCare

    As I was putting together the latest roundup of horrible ObamaCare news, I found myself wondering how Congress could reconcile a failure to repeal or defund this disaster with their basic fiduciary duty to the American taxpayer.  I know this will sound hopelessly quaint, but the government is supposed to be a careful steward of our public treasury.  The treasury is filled with property confiscated | Read More »

    America’s need for immigrants

    Al Cardenas, chair of the American Conservative Union, teamed up with John McLaughlin to produce an essay entitled “Do We Need More Immigrants?”  By “we” they mean America in general, and the answer they provide is “a resounding yes.” The essay has two major sections.  In the first, Cardenas and McLaughlin cite an Opiniones Latinas survey that shows “the majority of Hispanics, particularly registered voters, | Read More »

    The Hillary Clinton conundrum

    It is widely assumed that Hillary Clinton is the front-runner for the 2016 Democrat nomination, if not a virtual lock on the candidacy.  The only real question is whether Joe Biden puts his boss in a tough spot by launching a doomed campaign to wrestle the nomination away from Hillary.  Our “objective” “news” media is already pumping up the Clinton candidacy by scheduling glowing biographies | Read More »

    Low tide for the ocean of tomorrows

    Barack Obama’s latest “pivot to the economy” speech will soon fade from memory, just like everything else he says, except for the words he really needs us to forget, such as “If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.”  But before all the gassy rhetoric and silly claims of a roaring economy only he can see have been lost | Read More »

    Reign of the man-child

    There’s a common thread running through Anthony Weiner’s latest sexting escapades, Barack Obama’s 19th pivot to the economy, and much else that’s going wrong in America today.  This is the reign of the man-child, the era of perpetual teenage indulgence.  Nothing is my fault, man.  Nobody understands me.  Everyone keeps hassling me about little stuff.  Nobody can see the superhero I really am.  Consequences are | Read More »

    Over and out for the middle class

    The latest gaudy repackaging of Barack Obama’s cobwebbed economic “ideas” is to declare them a “middle-out” approach to growth.  It doesn’t really mean anything – it’s just the latest effort to make the Sainted Middle Class feel as if Democrats really, really, really care about them.  Republicans use such language, too.  The entire political class speaks always and only to the Sainted Middle Class.  A | Read More »

    Spending tomorrow’s money is easy

    The short explanation for the demise of Detroit is that time caught up with it.  Decades of corruption built a mountain of liabilities, while scaring off the taxpayers needed to finance those promises.  It’s like a movie trailer for the blockbuster disaster film to come, when America’s declining demographics catch up with the federal government’s vastly higher mountain of unfunded commitments.  Detroit is the city | Read More »

    How to be stupid

    Scientists spend a lot of time studying intelligence, and arguing over how it can be measured.  They should invest more effort in studying stupidity.  Intelligence is largely potential and theoretical, but stupidity is practical.  As a great philosopher once explained to her son, “Stupid is as stupid does.” The key ingredient in applied stupidity is lack of effort.  Intelligence without effort is a high-performance engine | Read More »

    Jobs are the answer to social questions

    In this hour of social unrest, let me take a moment to trumpet free-market capitalism as the answer to most of the big vexing questions. Capitalism is the practical expression of freedom.  It is also fertile soil for cooperation. Cooperation is the universal solvent for unrest.  People who are cooperating are not at war with one another.  They may still harbor unfriendly thoughts about each other, but | Read More »

    Trayvon mythology and anti-civilization

    The “Justice for Trayvon” crowd is perpetuating a number of myths that have nothing to do with the facts of the case, beginning with the fashionable new notion that “justice” was not served at George Zimmerman’s murder trial.  On the contrary, the law was bent and warped out of shape to allow that trial to exist at all, leading celebrity lawyer Alan Dershowitz to say | Read More »

    Rubio calls for balanced budget, ObamaCare defunding

    It’s time for our more-or-less annual Debt Ceiling Joust, in which Democrats tell us the national debt has to keep growing forever, while a few Republicans briefly threaten to keep the debt ceiling right where it is, unless they receive a balanced budget promise… which would probably end up being another one of those 10-year plans that dissolves into a mass of wet tissue paper | Read More »

    Living in the small spaces around the State

    Like Erick, I hate the hyper-politicization of American life.  I despise totalitarianism, no matter what uniform it wears, or how popular its leaders profess themselves to be.  I don’t understand why people with a birthright of dignified liberty are so eager to indulge the totalitarian impulse for supposedly benevolent ends.  How many enforcers of any blood-spattered total State did not claim to act in the best interests | Read More »

    Freedom is resistance

    As ObamaCare collapses into a pile of flaming garbage on the eve of full implementation, there’s a cottage industry of liberals screaming that it’s all the fault of those dastardly Republicans, because they won’t fix the idiotic program that none of them voted for.  We’ve heard this sort of complaint throughout the Obama presidency, of course – his endless failures are always the fault of | Read More »

    Very special interests

    The quest for “clean” energy has involved a lot of expensive jousting runs at windmills, but that’s nothing compared to the even more ruinous quest for “clean” Big Government.  The great and disastrous fantasy of the Twentieth Century was the dream of a wise central government, staffed by selfless and brilliant public servants, who could honorably employ coercive power to accomplish what individuals are too | Read More »

    Trust in government dies with the rule of law

    As far as I know, Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID) became the first elected official to say what a lot of conservative bloggers and editorial writers have thinking, ever since Barack Obama claimed the new trans-Constitutional power to rewrite legislation on the fly… something our unitary executive ironically chose to do on the very eve of our great national Independence Day holiday. Speaking on NBC’s Meet the | Read More »