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.


    The people who broke immigration will not help fix it

    One aspect of my growing skepticism about the immigration reform proposals advanced by Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and his Gang of Eight partners is that our immigration system did not break by accident.  It was mangled, deformed, defanged, and abused on purpose, by both government and private interests.  Rubio’s earnest enthusiasm would be appropriate for someone cleaning up after a natural disaster, but he’s dealing with | Read More »

    Obamanomics: Spending $2.5 million per job created, losing half a million on each car sold

    More wild and crazy adventures in Barack Obama’s command economy, courtesy of the Washington Examiner: It’s more than a little disheartening when the chief executive officer of one of America’s most storied Fortune 500 corporations is “comfortable” with the fact that his company created a mere 10 jobs with a $25 million grant under President Obama’s economic stimulus program in 2010. The CEO in question is | Read More »

    Government without objective

    Big Government programs never seem to have any definite objectives.   There are no victory conditions, no exit strategies, no test a program could fail that would result in its termination.  This is one of the many reasons it is obscene for socialists to appropriate the language of business and “investment” to peddle their schemes.  Investment is voluntary, and every investor envisions some level of failure that | Read More »

    Hunt for the elusive Tea Party murderer continues

    Liberal hopes were dashed with the revelation that the Boston Marathon bombers were a couple of Chechen Muslim immigrants.  The Left was so sure they had finally bagged the elusive Tea Party murderer!  The bombings occurred in Boston on Tax Day.  Surely, at long last, the opportunity to smear libertarians, small-government conservatives, anti-tax crusaders, and the whole hellish tri-corner hat crowd was at hand!  “Two plus two | Read More »

    We, the citizens of the United States

    Ann Coulter tears into Marco Rubio today, and it’s not pretty… but speaking as a longtime fan of the Senator from Florida, I have to admit I’ve been having similar thoughts lately. Here is how Rubio explained the powerful border-enforcing mechanism in his bill on “Fox News Sunday,” which he denied was merely a meaningless goal: “Basically, Homeland Security will have five years to meet | Read More »

    The gun control bait and switch

    The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA), which styles itself the second largest gun-rights group after the National Rifle Association, broke from the rest of the Second Amendment movement to endorse the Toomey-Manchin compromise with remarkably effusive praise: If you read the Manchin-Toomey substitute amendment, you can see all the advances for our cause that it contains like interstate sales | Read More »

    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 »