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.


    Defining terrorism

    On Monday night, President Obama pointedly refused to use the word “terrorism” in connection with the Boston Marathon bombings, but he got around to deploying it on Tuesday morning.  “Any time bombs are used to target civilians, it is an act of terror,” the President declared. Then why not call it an “act of terror” on Monday night?  It was perfectly clear that bombs had | Read More »

    Every day is Tax Day

    April 15 is upon us: Tax Day, our national day of introspection about the burden of government.  It has been said that if elections were held right after Tax Day, we wouldn’t be in this economy-crushing fiscal mess. But is that really true any more?  Half of us aren’t paying any taxes on April 15.  Many Americans receive a tax refund, which they understandably but | Read More »

    Moral government, inadequate people

    John Adams sized up the Constitution as suitable “only for a moral and religious people; it is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”  To some extent, this is true of every body of law.  People can change the law, after all, or rebel against it entirely.  The Constitution can be altered by amendment, so even if America had remained utterly faithful to the | Read More »

    Chained CPI and unbound illusions

    Tucked into the morass of accounting fraud and tax increases that form the bulk of President Obama’s 2014 budget proposal is an endorsement of “chained CPI,” a new way of using the Consumer Price Index to calculate inflation.  It’s one of the few truly serious elements of Obama’s otherwise delusional budget and its $744 billion deficit.  (But that’s only half the size of the last | Read More »

    Carterism revisited, Thatcherism needed

    Kevin Williamson has a great piece at National Review explaining why the Left hates Margaret Thatcher so much.  (Enough to throw parties celebrating her death, followed up by a bit of light rioting and looting.)  In short, Williamson says Thatcher earned the undying animosity of the Left by making them look silly, and having a good time doing it.  In other words, she challenged their legitimacy. The Left | Read More »

    Children of the collective

    William Jacobson at Legal Insurrection juxtaposes two recent incidents to conclude there is “something wrong in the water” over at MSNBC.  First, the left-wing network offered an extremely creepy segment in which host Krystal Ball coaxed her 5-year-old daughter into offering a politically correct “from the mouths of babes” endorsement of gay marriage.  Among the many things wrong with this segment, it was necessary for | Read More »

    The American workforce collapses on top of the young

    Here’s a simple media analysis tool for you: if you hear a “news report” describing the March unemployment report as good news in any way, you are listening to a propaganda operation, a political organ of the Democrat Party, not a “news organization.”  Make a note, and treat all further “news” from this source with great suspicion, at least until you receive word of large-scale staff turnovers. | Read More »

    Compulsion is a limited resource

    CNN Marketwatch offers a glimpse of our paper-pushing future under ObamaCare: If you thought nothing could be more tedious than filling out your tax forms, just wait until you try to apply for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s new exchanges. The draft of the paper application is 15 to 21 pages, depending on whether someone is applying individually or for their family. And | Read More »

    Border security is national security

    A big, and terrible, story has been brewing about a wave of deadly attacks on prosecutors in Texas, coupled with the murder of prison chief Tom Clements in Colorado.  (Another violent incident involving a home invader shot by a Colorado prosecutor and her sheriff’s deputy husband is not currently believed to be connected to the rest of the killing spree.) These attacks are widely described | Read More »

    Obama wants to try that whole “subprime mortgage” thing again

    To combine a few old chestnuts into one grand expression of Whiskey Tango Foxtrot amazement: those who refuse to learn from history are condemned to repeat it, first as tragedy, then as farce.  The Washington Post brings word that President Obama wants another crack at the same policies that nearly crashed the financial system of the Earth in 2008, not coincidentally fueling his own rise to power: | Read More »

    The ObamaCare tax credit trap

    Then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi encouraged us to pass ObamaCare to find out what was in it.  Here’s the latest grisly surprise, courtesy of the Associated Press: Millions of people who take advantage of government subsidies to help buy health insurance next year could get stung by surprise tax bills if they don’t accurately project their income. President Barack Obama’s new health care law will offer | Read More »

    Beware the gun tax

    David Addington at the Heritage Foundation reports on a little something-something slipped into the rough beast of gun control laws slouching toward the Senate to be born, courtesy of majority leader Harry Reid: Title I of the Reid gun control bill purports to “fix gun checks.” The proposed “fix” in section 122 of S. 649 is to take away an individual’s right to sell or | Read More »

    In search of equality equality

    Last week, Rush Limbaugh said he thought the battle over marriage was lost as soon as rhetorical concessions such as “same-sex marriage” versus “traditional marriage” were made: The language game, the left really excels at changing the language to benefit them politically, and they do it in such a way that a lot of people on our side have no idea what’s happened until it’s too | Read More »

    Forward, and downhill

    It is commonplace for liberals to sneer at “slippery slope” arguments – the fear that some infringement upon liberty will lead to further loss of freedom down the road.  (For some reason, there seems to be little fear that “slippery slopes” can lead in the other direction.)  Talk about the assault weapons ban leading to more stringent gun control, for example, and gun-control zealots will | Read More »

    ObamaCare’s “family glitch”

    The most disastrous legislation in modern history continues to unravel before our eyes, as Reuters reports on yet another loose thread plucked from the hem of ObamaCare: the IRS has issued rulings that mean the tax credits necessary to make President Obama’s ridiculous plan “affordable” to low-income families won’t be available to many of them. Tax credits are a key component of the law and | Read More »