Endgame: elections, laws, regulations, and the future

By |October 27th, 2013|

(Sedona, Arizona) Here in one of America’s truly spectacular beauty spots it is possible to forget the outside world while hiking the remoter trails of Arizona’s Red Rock State Park lands. Occasionally “reality” intrudes (e.g. U.S. Park service personnel performing the “essential” task of towing the cars of “lawless” citizens who had the effrontery to hike into “closed” Federal Park Lands). […]

The shutdown ends, but problems persist

By |October 27th, 2013|

I’m on record as believing the federal government shutdown strategy, while legitimate, was a tactical mistake on the part of congressional Republicans. Not only did the made-for-cable-news theatrical episode detract from the unmitigated disaster that was the Obamacare rollout, but President Barack Obama and company have no more interest in negotiating over policy than they do in competently handling any other aspect of governing a free nation. […]

Shutdown showdown confirms powers still separate

By |October 11th, 2013|

Regardless of whether or not the federal government shutdown has ended or continues to drag on, I suspect a vast majority of Americans can’t tell the difference. […]

When "Yes We Can" Becomes "It Is What it Is"

By |October 11th, 2013|

In the Obama era, the future isn’t what it used to be. […]

What Obamacare means for rural Coloradans

By |October 7th, 2013|

Whether by design or coincidence, rural residents can expect to take it in
the pocketbook as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka
“ObamaCare”) takes effect over the next 15 months. […]

Public grows skeptical about costs of 'affordable care'

By |September 26th, 2013|

Nobody likes the unknown, so it’s easy to understand why Americans are
growing increasingly wary as the implementation of ObamaCare or, as it is
formally known, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, draws near. […]

Think again: High noon lessons for America's lawmakers

By |September 26th, 2013|

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. […]

Obamacare does not justify a government shutdown

By |September 25th, 2013|

“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. […]

Petition to Defund Obamacare Explodes after Ted Cruz Speaks to WCS

By |July 28th, 2013|

Earlier in Today’s Western Conservative Summit, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) called on American conservatives to start signing a petition asking for the defunding of Obamacare. Cruz explained that when the time comes to vote for another Continuing Resolution, Cruz – along with Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) – have vowed to vote against any CR that includes funding for Obamacare. After Cruz’s announcement […]

Sen. Ted Cruz: Conscience of a Constitutional Conservative

By |July 27th, 2013|

Though Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz received a rockstar welcome, the rising GOP star heaped praise on the attendees on the second day of the Western Conservative Summit. “I am humbled,” Cruz said, by all those “who are standing up to take the country back.” And while Cruz admired […]