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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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    How not to handle internal party divisions

    While others in these parts have teed off with admirable vigor on House Speaker John Boehner’s oddly shrill anti-conservative budget deal offensive, I’d like to offer a little something to study in contrast: Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) pulling the rip cord and trying to blast herself clear of the ObamaCare tailspin.  Here’s the Landrieu ad: This is all a bit much to swallow given the | Read More »

    The forgotten war

    On Wednesday, three of what the Wall Street Journal describes as “the Obama Administration’s top Afghanistan specialists” trudged into the House Foreign Affairs Committee chambers, where they were flummoxed by a question from Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA).  What super-complicated query from the Congressman stumped these highly trained and knowledgeable representatives of the most wise and wonky Administration in history – better able to run every industry than | Read More »

    The pathology of dissent

    A few weeks ago, I went to see “12 Years a Slave,” a movie retelling the harrowing experience of Solomon Northup, a free man from the North kidnapped and sold into slavery for the agonizing twelve years referenced in the title.  I found it a somewhat difficult film to review, in the same way that some very effective horror movies are tough to review: is | Read More »

    The War on Misfortune

    It’s always wise to assume the worst when you hear politicians declaring war on a vague notion, such as “inequality.”  Inequality is replacing “injustice” as the eternal socialist crusade of choice.  ”Injustice” had too many connotations of actual law enforcement – something the Left generally dislikes.  They really hated it when their quest for cosmic, redistributive “social justice” was conflated with the mundane business of | Read More »

    Beware the menace of unity

    The House Judiciary Committee held hearings on Barack Obama’s abuse of power this week, leading to a good deal of dismissive commentary and general neglect from the media, because apparently it’s not even worth talking about the proper checks and balances of government power if you’re not ready to impeach the President as the grand finale.  It’s too bad more attention was not paid to | Read More »

    Poverty and competition

    Think of this as a companion piece to “Poverty and Free Will” from yesterday, because now President Obama has jumped on Pope Francis’ remarks and used them to bash capitalism, so there’s more to say on the subject. Obama loves to use the language of markets and choice, stealing the trappings of capitalism to conceal socialist compulsion and political corruption.  Challenged on the point, he | Read More »

    Poverty and free will

    Once again, Pope Francis has criticized what he perceives as the excesses of capitalism, offering a challenge that every champion of economic liberty should respond to.  In fact, we should be grateful for these challenges.  The Pope gives us a whetstone upon which our reason and moral arguments can be sharpened. I don’t mean to be too critical of Pope Francis – whose comments, delivered | Read More »

    Giving thanks to the family

    Michael Barone suggests that conservatives will probably never be able to re-run plays from the Ronald Reagan playbook, because the increasing “progressivism” of the tax system – a smaller group of wealthier people paying all the obvious taxes, while nearly half the population takes a “free ride” – makes it just about impossible to propose growth-oriented tax cuts without getting clubbed to the ground by leftists mobs | Read More »

    Above politics, above dissent

    The White House furies were swiftly unleashed across social media in the wake of the Supreme Court agreeing to hear Hobby Lobby’s case against the ObamaCare mandates, which force the owners of the craft superstore to violate their religious beliefs.  Democrat politicians and their volunteer lefty auxiliaries bleated the “War on Women” line that mean old religious fanatics want to tell free-spirited women how to | Read More »

    Stranded at the gates of Paradise

    Of course there’s a big tug-of-war over the legacy of JFK on the 50th anniversary of his assassination.  He’s a sainted figure on the Left, holding one of the highest seats in their pantheon, even though conservatives have accurately pointed out that several of his policy stances were far more in line with modern-day teabagging right-wing extremism.  Both sides can agree that the center of | Read More »

    ObamaCare’s “branding” problem

    Yesterday morning, a peevish White House adviser, Dan Pfeiffer, snapped under the burden of explaining why President Obama was blowing off the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address.  At first he claimed the snub was due to an unavoidable scheduling conflict, but the merest glance at the President’s daily agenda (which his political team sometimes seems to forget is available to the public) showed that | Read More »

    Meek citizens, reduced expectations

    The sad tale of Jessica Sanford is sadly instructive, as well as a monumental P.R. disaster for the White House.  The story seems to have pushed some normally Obama-supporting media spinmasters over the edge, notably CNN, which is covering the fiasco in minute detail, including regular updates on its website.  Or are they trying to set Sanford up as a damsel in distress that Obama | Read More »

    This lawless era

    Not only does President Obama lack the legal authority to impose the “fix” for insurance cancellations he described on Thursday, but his entire proposal boils down to inviting insurance companies to violate federal law, and promising not to prosecute them for it. That’s not an oversimplification – it’s literally true.  The Affordable Care Act – which Obama has previously been fond of describing as “the settled | Read More »

    Capitalism can succeed where ObamaCare has failed

    There was a lot going on during President Obama’s shamefully tardy press conference today.  In the course of an hour, he packed in a ton of excuses, a weird takedown of his entire philosophy of government – don’t blame him, blame the system he demands your absolute obedience to! – a pile of gaffes that we’ll soon be seeing in Republican ads, and a last-ditch | Read More »

    Honest freedom

    At the New York Daily News, Michael Cohen presents the strongest form of a talking point liberals have thus far been cautious about deploying: Obama had to lie to us, for our own good, to bring us the wonder and glory of ObamaCare. In selling the health-care plan that bears his name, President Obama has, according to the fact-checking website Politifact, said at least 34 times that “if you like your | Read More »