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.


    A time for testing

    During an appearance on Megyn Kelly’s Fox News show Wednesday night, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 100% (R-TX) emphasized that President Obama’s impending executive orders on amnesty represent a threat to the Constitutional order, as well as imposing a policy the American people clearly do not want.  “This last election was a referendum on amnesty, and the American people overwhelmingly rose up and | Read More »

    Amnesty and the minimum wage make strange bedfellows

    As amnesty becomes Barack Obama’s latest Bright Shiny Political Object, let’s not forget the previous one: hiking the minimum wage.  The Obamanomics argument for  minimum wage hike is that wealth redistribution creates jobs.  Any law that forces money to disperse from The Few to The Many supposedly creates jobs, because The Many run out and spend it like crazy, creating bountiful opportunities for business formation | Read More »

    The government needs to start respecting us

    Jim Geraghty at National Review takes note of an ad for Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA)‘s runoff, in which Republicans are charged with showing Barack Obama “so much disrespect,” and sees a bigger lame-duck Democrat campaign theme struggling to crack out of its eggshell: Watch for this maneuver more in the coming months. Barack Obama has lost the Democratic control of the House of | Read More »

    Those who work hard and play by the rules

    To my ear, the most grating cliche of the Obama era is when he professes his love “those who work hard and play by the rules.”  The core element of Obama’s philosophy is to screw those people over, good and hard, every chance he gets.  What he really sees them as is chumps. This is not new to Obama, of course.  Every form of collectivism and redistribution is | Read More »

    ObamaCare and the tyranny of lies

    Ron Fournier at National Journal – a self-professed ObamaCare supporter who is still struggling mightily to pretend the disastrous health-care law was something more than a monumental act of fraud against the American people – nevertheless says all these tapes of ObamaCare architect Jon Gruber gleefully admitting lie after lie are starting to wear him down: “Those comments have struck a nerve on the right,” wrote Jose A. DelReal | Read More »

    Voting is for adults

    An impending Democrat loss brings out all sorts of panicky complaints from the media that democracy urgently needs renovation.  Lower the voting age!  Register everyone to vote automatically when any government bureaucrat so much as looks at them!  Abolish the midterm elections, because they’re just static that obscures the pure message voters send during presidential runs, at least when the Democrat wins!  Force people to | Read More »

    Capitalism kills poverty

    “It’s the greatest achievement in human history, and one you probably never heard about,” trumpets Mark J. Perry at the American Enterprise Institute.  He knows exactly why you never heard about it: the achievement he refers to is a hundred-megaton left-wing narrative-killer.   To put it simply, the spread of capitalism around the world over the past 25 years has caused the fastest, deepest reduction | Read More »

    Clinton, Crapitalism, and the Fear Machine

    It must be somewhat disturbing to the less devoted supporters of Hillary! For President that she can’t seem to make a single public appearance without dropping a gaffe bomb that takes days to defuse.  It’s a good thing that Democrats are given endless opportunities to “clarify” their remarks by their friendly media.  Hillary spends as much time clarifying as she does speaking. Our Lady of | Read More »

    The Ferguson powder keg

    “Tensions are rising in Ferguson as new details about the fatal shooting of Michael Brown emerge,” reports CBS News in St. Louis.  That would seem odd to the proverbial man from Mars, hopping out of his flying saucer and getting up to speed on the crisis, because the new details reveal that what they were protesting over didn’t happen.  Rejoice, good people of Ferguson!  Michael Brown | Read More »

    ObamaCare: failure at any price

    It was rather refreshing to see the very brief return of cost/benefit analysis to the American Left during the Ebola crisis.  You had to listen carefully to hear it, but the muddled arguments against imposing a travel ban on the West African outbreak nations boiled down to an assertion that the safety benefits would not be worth the costs, which would be paid primarily by | Read More »

    Some things we’re not allowed to know until after the election

    If you’re wondering who the next Attorney General of the United States might be, following the departure of Eric “Stonewall” Holder, you’ll have to wait until after the elections.  Senate Democrats demanded the White House keep the name under wraps until they drag themselves past the 2014 midterms.  That tells you the names they’ve been hearing through back channels from the White House wouldn’t bring | Read More »

    Representative self-government is going out of style

    The latest Hollywood salute to the joys of enlightened despotism is nothing new.  They’ve been fantasizing about an Obama dictatorship since the first year of his presidency, and swooning over the idea of Wise Leaders With Total Power for a long time before that.  Part of this is due to the romantic allure of the Great Man fantasy.  What an amazing character the maximum leader must be – a man of | Read More »

    ObamaCare, that most callous of ‘reforms’

    The next wave of ObamaCare insurance cancellations is under way, flying largely under the national media radar… until Wal-Mart announced it would be dropping coverage for all its part-time employees.  The Associated Press reports: Starting Jan. 1, Wal-Mart told The Associated Press that it will no longer offer health insurance to employees who work less than an average of 30 hours a week. The move, | Read More »

    ‘Don’t panic over Ebola!’ they screamed

    The threat of Ebola certain has produced a wave of unreasoning panic!  Not among the people of America, mind you.  They’re actually taking it fairly well.  They’re concerned by what they’ve seen so far.  People who have valid reasons to fear exposure for themselves, or their children, have taken some actions that the authorities dismiss as excessive, such as Dallas parents keeping their kids home | Read More »

    Rise of the ineptocracy

    I made a living for many years teaching small business owners and their employees how to use a powerful and intricate computer program.  “You must think we’re stupid,” they would occasionally say with a rueful chuckle, after making mistakes.  Often the person making such a self-deprecating comment had recently one of those behind-the-scenes websites filled with anecdotes from computer-support techs about their goofy clients.  (As | Read More »

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