Looking Back At 2010

As I do at the end of each year (which usually elicits many e-mails, but I am going to do it again anyway), here is my look back at 2010. England’s Prince William became engaged to long-time girlfriend Kate Middleton, whose charisma reminds many of Princess Diana. The Royal Family hopes Kate does not upstageContinue reading “Looking Back At 2010”

Pork Bill Showdown: A Win For the GOP

The resounding win by the Republicans in November holds the promise of getting some control on spending in Washington. It seems, for the moment, that Congress is focusing on this goal, thanks to its members’ feet being held to the fire by the Tea Party. Like the 2006 election, the 2010 midterms were decided byContinue reading “Pork Bill Showdown: A Win For the GOP”

WikiLeaks — Danger or Disinfectant?

“Which country is suffering from too much freedom of speech? Name it, is there one?” — Julian Assange, 2010 WikiLeaks upset and embarrassed world leaders by recently publishing another round of secret government documents. If the Democrats really want our intelligence data to be secret, they need to hide them where they hid Obama’s SAT scoresContinue reading “WikiLeaks — Danger or Disinfectant?”

The Angle Of the Rangel

The Democrats’ main tax-writing congressman and for years head of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, Charlie Rangel (D-NY), finally had to accept the terrible punishment for his ways and means of getting money by being the first congressman censured in about thirty years. For the record, as the Congressional Ethics Committee sees it, there hasContinue reading “The Angle Of the Rangel”

Where We Let Terrorists Really Hurt Us

With the TSA handling more packages than Fed-Ex this holiday season, we need to revisit our overreaction to the sucker punch that was 9/11. We know that the 9/11 hijackers were a loose band of religious zealots carrying out the commands of Osama bin Laden. They had no army and not many followers. The onlyContinue reading “Where We Let Terrorists Really Hurt Us”

The Debt Ticking Time Bomb

Politicians will always spend every penny of tax raised and whatever else they can get away with.” — Milton Friedman The bipartisan debt commission headed by Democrat Erskine Bowles and Republican Alan Simpson was tasked with recommending ways to reduce the national debt. These seasoned Washington insiders came up with some reasonable recommendations which will beContinue reading “The Debt Ticking Time Bomb”

The TSA: We Do Chicken Right!

Government, which grows not out of necessity but by insisting upon itself, needs to slow down. We need to revisit the balance among freedom, cost and security and not continue to double down on bad policies. The latest is the TSA’s (stands for “Thousands Standing Around”) directive to be more intrusive in its new “enhancedContinue reading “The TSA: We Do Chicken Right!”

Charlie Sheen In Two and A Half Ounces

With the elections over, politicians can now go from lying about their opponents in attack ads back to their normal pastime: lying to the American people. This allows me a respite from purely political commentary to opine on one of the recent uber-liberal, celebrity slow-motion train wrecks: the curious case of Charlie Sheen. On aContinue reading “Charlie Sheen In Two and A Half Ounces”

Midterm Elections: A Red Wave

Facing historic losses in the midterm elections, President Obama took to urban radio to reassure his base and whine his case. He said he does not get enough credit for all he has done. He took a situation that was in trouble and terrible disrepair two years ago and brought it back from the brinkContinue reading “Midterm Elections: A Red Wave”

No Juan Left Behind At NPR

Political correctness can lead to some kind of paralysis where you don’t address reality….I mean, look, Bill, I’m not a bigot. You know the kind of books I’ve written about the Civil Rights movement in this country. But when I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who areContinue reading “No Juan Left Behind At NPR”