(Centennial Fellow) President Barack Obama’s $840 billion stimulus contained more than a million dollars to study erectile dysfunction, and yes, I know, any complaint will be identified as a war on men.
That would be in addition to a Republican war on women as alleged by zanies not liking perfectly sound criticisms of Obama’s health insurance mindlessness. Continue reading
(Centennial fellow) Almost every Friday morning, a friend and I get together for strong coffee and bracing political discussion, and sometimes he will say journalists lie. No, I respond — they make mistakes and their biases pop through their reporting, but it’s not lying. What am I to argue now that we’ve learned about NBC News and the doctored tape? Continue reading
(Centennial Fellow) The federal government wants power, far more power than the Constitution grants, because, after all, officials Don’t trust mere citizens to do the right things in their lives, and who better to instruct them than their betters in D.C.?
But there that darned Constitution sits, limiting federal sway in the interest of liberty, at least if one looks at what its words obviously mean. Continue reading
(Centennial Fellow) From small, initially unnoticed increments can eventually come whopping change, sometimes catastrophic change, change from which there is no return, no going back, no way out. We see this in all sorts of things, in illnesses that are then plagues, in personal habits wrecking lives, and we see it in history, in whole nations gone asunder. My worry here is America. I am scared. Continue reading
Hoping to find at least one thing Barack Obama did right in his first several years as president, supporters say this lifeguard jumped in the water, swam out to where it’s deep and saved General Motors and Chrysler from drowning.
They Don’t mention that another lifeguard got shoved aside, that the victims, while still afloat, are not on shore yet — or that Obama tied anchors to their feet. Continue reading
(Centennial Fellow) You’ve got to have an “able, disinterested, public-spirited press” if popular government is to be something more than “a sham and mockery,” Joseph Pulitzer once said. Is there hope?
Well, yes, there’s hope, and there are plentiful exceptions to any condemnatory conclusions. Continue reading
(Centennial Fellow) Back around 1600, a Scottish physician made so bold as to write that the king of England and Anglican church officials were answerable to a higher power. His phraseology was not kind, and the Court of Star Chamber ordered his ears cut off.
Even in the United States, there have always been those who want to shut you up one way or the other, the tradition stretching from the Alien and Sedition Acts of the John Adams administration to the campaign finance laws of today. Continue reading
Now that President Barack Obama has treated us to a madcap budgetary joke, it’s time to get serious for the sake of national survival.
To be sure, it’s a laugh for him to act like he wants to further defund Social Security by extending payroll–tax cuts, especially when you know Social Security is already in the red, and entitlements — including Medicare and Medicaid — will take up every cent of revenue by midcentury, minus restructuring. Continue reading
(Centennial Fellow) The latest embarrassment from President Barack Obama is more than an embarrassment. It’s an assault on faith that begins with a 2,500–page health care bill enacted with no one expected to read it except the bureaucrats paid to translate its obscurities into thousands more pages of regulations.
After a prolonged look at a phrase that could have been interpreted multiple ways, the president and the masters of your life in the Department of Health and Human Services bypassed the sensible and decreed we are now in the age of mandated contraception coverage, one step closer to Utopian bliss. Continue reading
(Centennial Fellow) Once while working as an assistant city editor on a metropolitan newspaper, I made the discovery that while talent is a great blessing, it’s often character that counts most at the end of the day.
An important story would bounce into sight and I would assign it to a brilliant reporter while overlooking an arrogance handicap, sometimes regretting the decision. The next time I might hand the banner opportunity to a more humble, diligent, eager, helpful reporter perhaps lacking razzle–dazzle ability and rejoice in the outcome. Continue reading