Monthly Archives: September 2013

Indignation does little to solve the real problems

The moral indignation expressed by most members of the Democratic Party over the latest episode of looming debt ceiling conflicts is fun to watch. The fabricated anger at GOP insistence on conditioning the habitual increase in the legal federal debt limit on doing something to try to reduce the need for raising it again in a few months makes one wonder if even the kindergarten school of economics has lowered its standards. Continue reading

Think again: High noon lessons for America’s lawmakers

With several political climaxes looming, it serves to recall “High Noon” starring Gary Cooper as Will Kane, the beleaguered marshal who single-handedly confronts paroled murderer Frank Miller and his gang. As civil society’s elected protector, Kane is a reluctant hero, abandoned by his cowering and self-interested townsfolk. Improbably victorious, he departs town, flinging his badge with contempt for the citizens who wouldn’t defend the rule of law on which their freedom, prosperity and security depend. Continue reading

Obamacare does not justify a government shutdown

“First, do no harm.” That’s a phrase doctors learn as step one in ethical behavior, and members of Congress ought to have to repeat it when sworn into office. They don’t, and while they should grasp the concept nevertheless, many don’t do that, either. As a result, we the people are inflicted with overly ambitious laws like Obamacare, which is assured to do harm left, right and in between. Continue reading