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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.

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    Reparations and perpetual shame

    Reparations made it back into the news briefly last week, thanks to Ta-Nehisi Coates writing an Atlantic cover story on the subject.  Kevin Williamson at National Review did a great job of deconstructing Coates’ argument, which was itself made with greater care than racial activists generally employ.  Even someone wholeheartedly and unalterably opposed to reparations can find some food for thought in how Coates describes the lingering effects of | Read More »

    Accountable government is impossible, according to liberals

    No sooner did I encourage Republicans to make accountability one of their primary campaign themes then I came across Ron Fournier at National Journal tearing into lefty Ezra Klein for arguing that accountable government is a superhero fantasy: “Presidents consistently overpromise and underdeliver,” he begins, a fair start. Surely, the editor-in-chief of Vox is going to make the obvious point that presidents and presidential candidates should know | Read More »

    Running against the System

    The latest bad-news poll for Democrats is a Politico poll of battleground states that shows Republicans leading by a historically wide margin on the generic ballot: In the congressional districts and states where the 2014 elections will actually be decided, likely voters said they would prefer to vote for a Republican over a Democrat by 7 points, 41 percent to 34 percent. A quarter of | Read More »

    The criminal population

    Most people accept the basic proposition that a law-abiding citizen shouldn’t be harassed or punished by the government.  The almost universal initial reaction to contact with a government entity is, “But I didn’t do anything wrong!”  The vast majority of Americans would consider it outrageous if they were personally hassled, fined, or imprisoned without any legal violation.  In fact, leaving aside legal principles about how “ignorance | Read More »

    ObamaCare’s wasted millions

    Politico tallies up the financial damage from four failed ObamaCare state exchanges, coming up with $474 million in taxpayer money for nothing: Nearly half a billion dollars in federal money has been spent developing four state Obamacare exchanges that are now in shambles — and the final price tag for salvaging them may go sharply higher. Each of the states — Massachusetts, Oregon, Nevada and | Read More »

    The curse of self-interest

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) was interrupted in the middle of his latest deranged rant against the Koch Brothers – law-abiding private citizens whose destruction is apparently the sole reason for the Democrat Party’s existence – and asked why he doesn’t direct similar calumny at Sheldon Adelson, another rich Republican donor, who is indisputably more influential in Republican circles than the Kochs are. The | Read More »

    Doomsday arrogance

    Even as the White House rolls out its new two-fisted climate-change agenda and dares anyone to stop them from cranking up the cost of energy, we learn California is pitching in by finding new ways to humiliate and control its citizens, courtesy of CBS News in Los Angeles: The California Legislature is looking at a voluntary program that would tax motorists for every mile they | Read More »

    2014: Victory on a diminished battlefield

    Polls pop up here and there, auguring an even worse shellacking for Democrats in 2014 than they received in 2010.  The problem is that Republicans stand to win a bigger victory on a diminished battlefield.  The Left has worked hard to contract the boundaries of change.  Much of what has happened since 2010 was meant to be irreversible. The American people should not accept that, | Read More »

    Government by sympathy

    The controversy around L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s racist remarks was well past the boiling point before anyone in the media thought to ask an obvious question: “Was it a violation of his privacy rights for his young girlfriend to tape her conversations with him?”  I believe it was none other than Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, writing for Time,  who first raised the subject. Kareem is no defender of | Read More »

    Wealth cannot be destroyed with surgical precision

    The worse things look for global-warming hysterics, the more shrill and offensive they become.  We’ve got Al Gore comparing himself to Martin Luther King Jr. (immediately after saying he would never make such a comparison, of course) and MSNBC host Chris Hayes explicitly comparing “climate deniers” to Civil War-era slave masters (immediately after saying he would never make such a comparison, of course.)  The only | Read More »

    A rising stock market does not lift Obama’s poll numbers

    Every now and then, the media will scratch its head and wonder why President Obama’s poll numbers are so awful, when there’s good economic news he should be benefiting from.  This almost invariably refers to the stock market, the lone bright spot of the long non-recovery we’ve been slogging through for the past five years.  The latest befuddlement over Obama’s inability to benefit from market | Read More »

    Reports from the front line in the War on Wives

    No sooner did I write about the War on Wives than a member of the American aristocracy walked right into the crossfire.  We do indeed have an aristocracy – people who are allowed to be fabulously wealthy without facing a single word of class-war criticism, and whose every utterance is given enormous weight by media courtiers.  Many of these aristocrats can be found in Hollywood. | Read More »

    Opening our eyes on Tax Day

    There’s no experience quite like filling out quarterly estimated taxes for the first time.  All of the mechanisms designed to make taxation as painless as a mosquito bite are disabled.  You calculate a very sizable percentage of your income – fingers crossed that you’ve got enough salted away to cover it! – and write a big check to the government. Of course, the people who | Read More »

    The war on wives

    “The Democrats have a marriage problem,” Investors Business Daily asserted, when unveiling the results of a new poll this week.  The survey found that “on issue after issue, single women are more liberal than their married counterparts – often by wide margins.”  Such issues included the overall direction of the country, the economy, President Obama’s approval rating, taxation, the minimum wage, and Big Government. On | Read More »

    Paying for your freedom

    In the early stages of the Hobby Lobby religious liberty lawsuit against ObamaCare, the justices installed by Barack Obama, Sotomayor and Kagan, had a little conversation about how the owners of the company could easily get their right of conscience back, if they would just pay a nice fat surcharge for it.  ”Hobby Lobby would choose not to provide health insurance at all,” Justice Kagan | Read More »


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