Category Archives: Government

things that keep me up at night (cont.)

The U.S. Department of Education, in concert with the U.S. Department of Justice, have produced an outline of principles they intend to apply to universities covering allegations of sexual harassment. Regrettably, their outline, if implemented, will effectively criminalize a substantial … Continue reading

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Take a deep breath

I take second to no one (excluding loons like Alex Jones) in my skepticism about the expansive state apparatus in the United States. Still, the story out this morning of the NSA collection of Verizon phone records doesn’t rise to … Continue reading

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The country’s in the very best of hands*

I’m pretty sure this passage describes the work of Congress in a lot more cases than just Obamacare: Congress started by trying to pass a massive bureaucratic overhaul of nearly one-fifth of the American economy, stared blankly at thousands of … Continue reading

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They want out of it

now that they’ve seen what’s in it. Regulations, like taxes and consequences, are for the little people. Update: According to a report in The Hill, Congress is disavowing plans to exempt themselves and their staffs, claiming it was a misunderstanding … Continue reading

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still waiting to see what’s in it

Three years ago, to promote the passage of the PPACA (“Obamacare”), Nancy Pelosi famously said, “We have to pass it to see what’s in it.” (I quote from memory.) Three years later, the country still has no idea what’s going … Continue reading

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social (in)security

The federal entitlement known as “Social Security” epitomizes the approach to society that sees a prominent role for the federal government in providing for its citizenry. Launched during the administration of Franklin Roosevelt, it has developed into program regarded as … Continue reading

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how do you solve a problem like San Bernardino?

Having lived in San Bernardino for 12 years through 90’s into the 00’s, I try to stay aware of what’s going on there. Since last year, most of the reporting has been about its fiscal failings and its efforts to … Continue reading

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tomorrow’s (US) news today (from Cyprus)

Imagine, if your finances are anything like mine, having a checking account balance of $2000 this weekend. Monday is a holiday, so no bank transactions will be processed until Tuesday. The first transaction on Tuesday, you learn, will be to … Continue reading

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Federal spending is a moral issue

It’s become a bit of a trope among some to remark that the U.S. federal budget is a moral document. Curiously, I haven’t noted much moral concern that there is currently no functioning federal budget, since no budget resolution has … Continue reading

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Sequestration nonsense

Yes, federal spending is out of control: “Since 2002, total federal spending has increased nearly 89% while median household income has dropped 5% and median wealth has dropped 23%. In other words, while families have been doing more with less, … Continue reading

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