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 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!”

Capitalism In Time Saves Mine

“It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest.” — Adam Smith An interesting side debate has emerged in the wake of last week’s rescue of the thirty-three Chilean miners who were trapped two thousand feet underground forContinue reading “Capitalism In Time Saves Mine”

It’s Time To Revisit the Balance Between Freedom and Security

In the wake of last week’s 9/11 remembrances and looking to the upcoming Mideast talks, it is a good time to reflect on what we have learned — and lost — since we took that sucker punch from a small group of al-Qaeda cowards. In the nine years since 9/11, we gave up too manyContinue reading “It’s Time To Revisit the Balance Between Freedom and Security”

From Russia With Love

“History does not repeat itself, but it does rhyme.”  —  Mark Twain If you thought we were reliving the Jimmy Carter administration with oil issues, a bad economy and policies that are just making it worse, problems with Iran, and a president who is in over his head, then it just gets more “déjà vuContinue reading “From Russia With Love”

Did Capitalism Or Government Fail Us?

The inevitable pictures of pelicans covered in oil finally surfaced, solidifying this oil spill as the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history. We have not seen this many pictures of unintelligent animals covered in oil since the first season of “Jersey Shore.” Now we ask the bigger question: Which failed us more, capitalism or government?Continue reading “Did Capitalism Or Government Fail Us?”

BP Should Pay, Baby, Pay

BP disclosed yet another setback in its frantic attempts to control the oil spill that will go down in history as one of America’s worst environmental disasters. There has not been this much oil and slime spilled in a body of water since former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich went swimming in Lake Michigan. So far,Continue reading “BP Should Pay, Baby, Pay”

States’ Rights and Rainbow Warriors

“Andy, if we allow those criminals to get away with breaking the law, we’ll just get more of ’em.” — Barney Fife, Mayberry Police, second in command It looks as though the actions of Arizona lawmakers to protect its citizens from illegal immigrants has tempers running high on the left—or so it seems. When Gov.Continue reading “States’ Rights and Rainbow Warriors”

Yoga: Don’t Just Do Something—Sit There

Ever since the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock in their attempt to escape European tyranny (but mostly soccer), we have sought to adopt foreign “activities” we could make our own. Such is the case with yoga, which has swept the affluent areas of this country like Starbucks. Yoga involves spending lots of money, investing time,Continue reading “Yoga: Don’t Just Do Something—Sit There”