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The Soul of Citizen Government

Today’s federal holiday represents a truly spectacular feat of modern public administration: actual downsizing. By our federal government, no less. Where once there were two federal holidays, Washington’s Birthday and Lincoln’s Birthday, now there is just one: Presidents’ Day. There is no equal in public sector simplicity, frugality, efficiency. Stand

What’s Love Got to Do With It?

“One of the great myths in official Washington,” writes pollster and pundit Scott Rasmussen at Ballotpedia.org, “is that voters hate Congress but love their own representative.” Working for term limits, boy have I heard this assertion a lot. Oh, voters do hate Congress; this we know. Less than one in

Insiders Strike Back

It costs time, not money. Ron Calzone and others read and consider legislation on their own dime. Calzone’s all-volunteer Missouri First group, which analyzes legislation filed in Jefferson City from a constitutional, pro-liberty perspective, doesn’t even have a bank account. A small businessman outside of Rolla, Calzone devotes a great

building a divide, wall, immigration, ideology, Trump, Pelosi

The Obstruction

The federal government “shutdown” — now on reprieve — has been and continues to be a rather strange charade. Various political players make motions towards one another, and we, the people, are supposed to guess the real meaning.  Which is usually conceived as All about President Trump’s “Wall”; All about

Congress, Emergency, Presidential,

None Dare Call It Careerism

Let’s build a wall, I said last week, between the Office of the President and all these emergency powers our Congress has recklessly given away to the chief executive. After admittedly “scrambling to figure out” the emergency powers possessed by POTUS, the Washington Post’s editorial board lamented its discovery “that

Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, secrecy, transparency, negotiations

Put the Public in Public Policy

“Negotiations are impossible without trust,” wrote Leon Panetta in a Washington Post op-ed. What with all his experience, Mr. Panetta has some reason to be trusted on his chosen subject, government shutdowns. The California Democrat spent 16 years in the Congress before joining the Clinton Administration as Director of the

James Madison, quote, freedom, war, warfare

Madison on Perpetual War

“Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the

Nancy Pelosi, term limits

Mrs. Term Limits?

Do politicians oppose term limits on principle? For the answer to be yes, we would first have to explain to them what principles are. Sure, politicians adamantly oppose term limits that cut against their self-interest, i.e. apply to them. But they are often for term limits . . . when

climate, global warming, climate change, science, mistake

Settling the Science

A paper in the august science journal Nature,* on the oceans’ “thermal inertia” and the ominous temperature rise therein, has been corrected. But not before the BBC (and other media outlets) ballyhooed the results in the usual “climate change”/“global warming” narrative: “Climate change: Oceans ‘soaking up more heat than estimated’”

Snopes, fake news, Trump, Elizabeth Warren, truth

Fakes & Facts

“There was truth and there was untruth,” George Orwell wrote in his classic novel, 1984, “and if you clung to the truth even against the whole world, you were not mad.” In the Age of Trump and Fake News, way past 1984, I’m hanging on for dear sanity. Earlier this

A Fraction of a Reaction

“A little dab’ll do ya.” That was from Brylcream, not 23andme. President Donald Trump has been mocking Senator Warren, relentlessly, for her claims to native American heritage, calling her “Pocahontas.”* Some have dubbed him “racist” for doing this, but his point was plausibly anti-racist. In 1995, Harvard Law School ballyhooed

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