Why not outsource government?

In another country also called America, there were no credit cards and excessive debt was seen as a character flaw. In that America, my grandparents and their parents had discussions when they wanted to buy almost anything. The conversations focused on two questions: can we afford it and do we need it? If the answer […]

The American voters have made a big mistake

The latest Washington Post/ABC News Poll tells the story: Nearly six in 10 voters say they have “just some” or no confidence in President Obama to make the right decisions for the country. America — or at least the part of it that voted for Barack Obama for president — has made a big mistake. […]

The Supreme Court, clubs and discrimination

“I wouldn’t want to belong to any club that would have me as a member.” That familiar one-liner has been attributed over the years to the late Groucho Marx, but in light of the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision [last] week in the case of Christian Legal Society vs. Martinez (UC Hastings), the sentiment it contains […]

Loose lips sink generals — and wars

The World War II slogan “Loose Lips Sink Ships,” which was intended to encourage Americans to keep quiet about any information pertaining to that war, could also apply to modern generals and their staffs. Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s mistake was not indulging in — and allowing his aides to indulge in — locker room guy talk; […]

Obama’s Cairo speech, 1 year later: Middle East worse

One year ago this month, President Obama addressed the “Muslim world” from Cairo, Egypt. Some saw that speech as unnecessary groveling. Critics — and I am among them — think such displays communicate weakness and only encourage those who wish to damage our economy and kill our people. Supporters of the president’s speech think he […]

GOP ‘listening tour’: Listen to this

Hillary Clinton did it and it worked for her when she ran for the Senate in New York, so now Republicans will give it a go. It’s the listening tour, except unlike Hillary, who traveled from town to town, Republicans plan to stay in one place and invite you to come to them. House Republicans […]

To the Class of 2010: Some thoughts from a conservative

Looking at the list of commencement speakers this year, one finds them predictably liberal. Glenn Beck spoke at Liberty University, but that’s a conservative school. There is Alec Baldwin, the leftist actor/activist (New York University); Anderson Cooper, news anchor at ratings-challenged CNN (Tulane University); Rachel Maddow, lefty commentator at another unwatched network — MSNBC, she […]

Sounds of insecurity

In a TV commercial about buying gold, former Watergate figure and current radio talk show host Gordon Liddy transfers several coins from one hand to the other and says, “That’s the sound of security; that’s the sound of gold!” After the events of last week, somehow gold doesn’t seem to offer the kind of security […]

The state and the National Day of Prayer

If one tries hard enough and is clever enough, one can find a federal judge to rule on just about anything. The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a group of atheists and agnostics based in Madison, Wis., filed a lawsuit asking Judge Barbara Crabb to order the government to cease from its annual National Day of […]

Arizona takes off its ‘rainbow shades’ and faces border reality

Arizona has decided that if the federal government will not live up to its responsibility to control the border, it will. Governor Jan Brewer, a Republican, signed a bill that allows police officers to inquire about a person’s immigration status if there is reason to suspect that individual might be an illegal immigrant. The governor […]