Obamacare is in critical condition

The ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Henry E. Hudson that the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as “Obamacare,” unconstitutionally imposes a requirement that everyone carry health insurance or be taxed for not doing so, has placed the law on legal life support. Ultimately it will be up to the U.S. Supreme Court to […]

Democrats have language problems

Even Rosetta Stone, the language-learning software that promises individuals they’ll soon “dream in French,” would be hard-pressed to translate the language of Washington. The etymology surrounding the tax debate would stymie someone with a Ph.D. in linguistics. Just following the numbers, not to mention the assertions, is enough to produce blank stares of incomprehension. There […]

Don’t ask, don’t tell, don’t care

People who take polls for a living will tell you that depending on the methodology, the sample, how a question is asked and the understanding of the ones being polled, the outcome can pretty much be predetermined. If you are dependent on a superior for your job and that superior tells you he wants a […]

Is the American Dream ended? And who’s to blame?

For generations, parents have told their children about “The American dream.” Basically it has meant building a life based on the foundational principles that created and have sustained America for more than 200 years. By doing so, one might reasonably expect a new generation to achieve a better life than their parents and grandparents experienced. […]

Americans must reestablish proper role of government

“Everybody in Vanity Fair must have remarked how well those live who are comfortably and thoroughly in debt; how they deny themselves nothing; how jolly and easy they are in their minds.” — William Makepeace Thackeray My Apple computer has a handy icon called “Time Machine.” By clicking it, I can find data that might […]

After the fall . . .

The cynic in me says that Democrats will learn nothing from the midterm election. They not only took a bath, they were effectively water-boarded by voters. Democrats lost the House by a margin not seen since 1948. They lost 10 governorships while retaining two — New York and California. Both states are insolvent and can […]

Priority #1 for Republicans

For newly empowered congressional Republicans, priority one must be an extension of the Bush tax cuts. There should be enough votes not only from a new Republican majority, but also from some of the decimated and dispirited (and even newly elected) Democrats. If President Obama is smart, he won’t veto the bill. If the tax […]

Government goes on a diet in UK; can we?

Thirty-six years ago when he first ran for Congress, Lake Jackson, Texas obstetrician Ron Paul rented billboards depicting a seriously obese Uncle Sam with the caption: “Put Big Government on a Diet.” Most Americans, with the possible exception of those addicted to government benefits, would probably be happy to return to the 1975 federal debt […]

The Republican philosophy

All public policy is founded on an underlying philosophy about humanity and the world. Some call it a “world-view,” but whatever it is called, everything government does (or does not do) derives from a philosophical foundation on which it is constructed. While the usual suspects have criticized the Republican’s “A Pledge to America” document, I […]

Mosque site, Koran burning obscure real issue

Terry Jones, the Florida “minister” who threatened to burn the Koran on the anniversary of Sept. 11, is as much a distraction from the real challenge facing America as was Senator Joseph McCarthy when it came to communism. Communism was (and remains in its Chinese incarnation) a real threat. But radical Islam — rabid, advancing, […]