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My mom for president

My Mom for President

My musing, yesterday, about Hillary Clinton’s hat throw into the presidential ring failed to recognize that yesterday was also my mother’s 81st birthday. Jane Jacob is not yet an announced presidential candidate, but when I think of a hard-working, organized, smart and always-optimistic woman — someone who keeps promises and

Hillary Clinton Campaign

Humble Hillary Heads Off

Hillary Clinton announced, yesterday, that she wants to be the next president of these United States. She made it official via an Internet video, which starts off with all kinds of normal, regular folks expressing their hopes and plans for 2015. The small boy singing about “little tiny fishes” steals

Squeezing the Taxpayer

Poor, Poor IRS

As Tax Day approaches, you can bet the Internal Revenue Service has readied itself to help taxpayers file their returns. No? “It’s abysmal,” admits IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, discussing his agency’s help for Americans trying to decipher a byzantine, ever-changing tax code. It seems only four of ten citizens ever

Rand Paul

Defeat the Machine

Standing with Rand, as Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) announced yesterday his candidacy for the U.S. Presidency? A banner: “Defeat the Washington Machine — Unleash the American Dream.” I know and like Rand, both personally and politically. I love that message. Yet, today, I come not to praise Dr. Paul but

The Tax Trick

The Taker’s Gift

Say a mugger robs Ed instead of you. Has the mugger given you a present of your stuff by not taking it? Is his non-taking a “giveaway”? No. If you possess something you have honestly earned, it is yours by right, not as a special gift from each person who

LIons and Lambs

Lions and Lambs

“March comes in like a lion, goes out like a lamb.” Tell that to Indiana Governor Mike Pence, whose signing of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) into law at the end of March created a roaring controversy. Does the law enable discrimination? Or protect religious freedom? Or both? Neither?

Counting the Commandments

Count to Ten

Yesterday I argued that the Ten Commandments can and should be promoted — privately. Promoting one’s religion is expected . . . outside of government. But do that as a government official and suddenly what most folks consider good common sense morality sows discord. Why? Simple. Your religion is yours.

Cruz Country

Cruz Country

The cultural differences between left and right may be stronger than the political. When Sen. Ted Cruz answered a question about his musical taste posed by a CBS news correspondent, and he announced that his preference switched after 2001, 9/11, the leftosphere fell of its rocker and into convulsions. Why?

Government Fixes

The Latest Big Fix

Transformer-in-Chief Barack Obama is at it again. The president’s latest tune is a variation on a very old theme: whatever government breaks “requires” a new government program. See a problem; propose and enact a government solution; the problem gets worse, some new ones pop up; blame everything on the voluntary,

Freedom of Information

What a Day for an Insult

Much of politics is timing. When you release information is key. One favorite “statesman” trick is to bury unflattering information by “releasing” it on a Friday, right before the weekend. This gives politicians a respite. Surely world events will have spewed up some worse (that is, more interesting!) story over

Privilege

My Privilege Isn’t White

“White privilege” is all the rage . . . on college campuses. But is there anything substantive to the notion? As long as some folks view individuals as nothing more than their race, I suppose one can accrue a few advantages simply by being part of the largest racial group.

ILLUSTRATION_neutrality

Non-neutral Net Neutrality

Worried about its costs, Netflix has asked millions of customers to support so-called “net neutrality” policies to curtail the freedom of action of broadband companies like Comcast. Netflix, a huge suck of bandwidth, doesn’t want to have to make deals with ISPs like Comcast to deliver service to its customers.

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