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Supreme Court, NPC, packing the court, FDR, law, justice, constitution

The Court-Packers

“What if there were five justices selected by Democrats,” presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke explored at an Iowa campaign stop, “five justices selected by Republicans, and those ten then pick five more justices independent of those who picked the first ten?” Beto, meet FDR. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt tried something similar

Government Property, draft, selective service, slavery, commission,

There’s a Word for It

The word is “effrontery.” With shameless boldness, two gentlemen testifying for mandatory “National Service” at a recent hearing of the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service pitched the notion that social dysfunction and directionlessness among the young could be best solved by forcing them to work for government

Trump, deficit, spending, military, cuts, budget

Seriously Not Serious

While one segment of the voting public regards President Donald Trump as a heaven-sent savior, a louder mob treats Trump as the Beast, a veritable Anti-Obama.  I am in neither tribe. To me, Mr. Trump must be judged on what he does. Nominating Neil Gorsuch? A-plus. But The Donald has

Donald Trump, 4d Chess, strategy, Michael Cohen, investigation, Russia

The Cohen Conspiracy?

The whole “Russia conspiracy” charge, relentlessly picked at and hyped since Donald Trump’s election in 2016 — and, more relevantly, since Hillary Clinton’s loss — suggests that Trump’s an evil mastermind. The infamous “dossier” that included tales of Russian harlots in a suite Barack Obama stayed in, suggests that Trump’s

NEA, 1976, National Emergenncy Act, Congress, standards,

A Congress-Proof Wall?

When members of Congress run for the Presidency, they often talk a good game about acting within the boundaries set by the Constitution . . . but maybe we should roll our eyes, at least a bit, when senators like Elizabeth Warren and Corey Booker complain about President Trump’s Executive

Elizabeth Warren, housing bubble, crash, regulations, finance

Warren’s No Socialist

Senator Elizabeth Warren knows that when people trade, both sides gain. She made that clear last year, in a fascinating interview in The Atlantic. But then she went blithely on, saying that she could fix markets by creating a “level playing field.” Markets create value, but Mrs. Warren asserts that

Paul Jacob, draft, registration, selective service, slavery, freedom

National Disservice

Common Sense focused on the draft, last week, specifically the idea of “national service,” too often portrayed as a wonderful enriching experience. My midweek commentaries “Old Codger Draft,” “The Opposite of Freedom,” and “Green New Conscript?” pinpointed the plethora of problems with enslaving folks.  On Thursday, I traveled with two

selective service, draft, slavery, submissive dog, freedom, involuntary servitude

Green New Conscript?

It can happen here. Congress could simply identify a group of citizens and pass a law forcing them into servitude. At least, Congress thinks it has this incredibly abusive power . . . even though the 13th Amendment specifically prohibits it.* In fact, the idea of conscription — not merely

service, mandatory, draft, slavery, hearings, involuntary servitude

The Opposite of Freedom

Do your young adult children need the government to take over their lives for, say, a year, to whip them into tip-top citizenship shape? Forced service could be the new rite of passage into adulthood. Right after our kids finally get through high school or college, slap 12 months of

President's Day, George Wahington, term limits, power

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

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, New Green Deal, socialism

Greenlighting Socialism

Can we blame U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), really?  A decade of quantitative easing, along with trillion-dollar annual deficits run up recently by congressional Republicans, have paved a debt-ridden road upon which she hopes her massive Green New Deal (GND) might glide. We can derisively point to the now-withdrawn FAQ,

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