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Reflecting Upon Another of the War in Afghanistan

Afghanistan - shutterstock_193980335October 7, 2015, marks the 14th anniversary of the War in Afghanistan. During that time, we have spent over $700 billion and more than 2,200 American lives have been lost with countless others impacted by loss of limb and PTSD. Yet, Afghanistan stands primed to return to its past state once U.S. troops are removed.

This is what happens in the absence of a cogent foreign policy… Read more

Congress Shouldn’t Get a Recess Until It Finishes Its Homework

TJO Photo - 600x400 SharpenedCongress is in “recess”… a term that seems somewhat apropos since our legislators have acted so childishly in recent years. You can almost see them on the playground arguing over whose turn it is to pick first even though you already know who’s going to end up on both teams.

This is not to say that senators and representatives don’t deserve a break… Read more

How to find Substance in These Mostly Substanceless Primary Shows

Republican 2016 presidential candidates (L-R), U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, Dr. Ben Carson, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, businessman Donald Trump, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, pose together at the start of the first official Republican presidential candidates debate of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign in Cleveland, Ohio, August 6, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder - RTX1NE3Y

It’s that time again. Time to celebrate another presidential election cycle; an event that’s inching closer to becoming a perpetual race as opposed to a process that occurs every four years.

Did you catch the first Republican debate? There were so many candidates they had to split the field into two groups. It reminds me of when they have to add a gate to the Kentucky Derby to accommodate all the horses whose owners can afford the entrance fee… Read more

Can Congress grant us a ‘pardon’ from the State of the Union

State of the UnionRANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., January 8, 2014 – As those of you who are familiar with my work already know, I examine our Government from an unusual perspective; one that assumes that it must follow the Constitution. Accordingly, I respect proposed solutions that adhere to that premise while forcing us into the uncomfortable realm of hosting “a civil assessment” of their merit. In that regard, I offer the suggestion of Scot Faulkner to bypass this year’s State of the Union Address … Read more

An ‘Unspeakable’ Way to Return the Republic to the People

Boehner at the 113th Congress in WashingtonSAN DIEGO, Ca. December 3, 2014 – Every two years, we are graced with the opportunity to either restart our Nation or reaffirm Jonathan Gruber’s hypothesis concerning our stupidity. Unfortunately, the Parties have conditioned our behavior to favor the latter. They have also been allowed to erect enormous economic barriers to ballot access that have turned our election cycles into auctions. Legitimate independent candidates with fresh ideas can’t afford the “buy in.” So, we’re stuck… or are we?

What if I told you that a solution actually exists; one that might break the gridlock in Washington, D.C.; one that can be accomplished with little or no money; one that just might return political power to the People? Do I have your attention? … Read more

FREEDOM: Is ‘government efficiency’ an oxymoron?

Policy - OperationsRANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., November 14, 2014 – One would hope that operating in an efficient and effective manner would be among the main objectives of our Government. However, those two concepts appear to be foreign to our feckless leaders. Apparently, the rule of “supply and demand” doesn’t apply when a group of individuals has nearly unilateral authority to regulate the supply of programs and services (certainly within the public sectors and, to a degree, within the private sector), control the demand (legislatively), and dictate price (via taxation). To overcome this anomaly, we need to frame an operations policy for the United States … Read more

FREEDOM: Fixing the US economy for more than just the rich (Part 2)

Policy - Economic - Part 2RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., November 10, 2014 – The United States’ economic recovery has been slowed by the absence of a well-defined economic policy. It also seems to have been limited to the rich and missed entirely by the poor; the latter of which has been supplemented by individuals who were formerly members of the ever-dwindling middle class.

Far too often, federal programs dramatically exceed their cost projections and fail to deliver their “guaranteed” savings or accomplish their stated objectives. Meanwhile, the national debt continues to skyrocket … Read more

FREEDOM: Not having an economic policy is expensive (Part 1)

Policy - Economic - Part 1RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., October 30, 2014 – Recently, China quietly overtook the United States to become the world’s largest economy on a basis of purchasing power (according to the International Monetary Fund). The President didn’t call a press conference to announce the accomplishment because it’s not exactly a favorable reflection upon his Administration. It’s also an election year, so expect it to be blamed upon a spontaneous response to an Internet video.

In reality, it occurred because China actually has an economic policy whereas the United States does not. Our Nation’s financial behavior in recent years has been somewhat less than “strategic” and the concept of “fiscal responsibility” never seems to have been contemplated … Read more

IRS and political targeting: Phony scandal or phony excuse?

IRSRANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., June 30, 2014 – The Internal Revenue Service has historically functioned as the glue that bonds Conservatives and Liberals together: No one likes the IRS. Unlike Robin Hood, who took from the rich and gave to the poor, the IRS takes from the rich and poor alike and gives to the inept (i.e., Congress). Correspondingly, its audit and confiscatory tactics would make the Sheriff of Nottingham pine with envy. Yet, it has finally found a way to split the country apart like so many of its sister agencies … Read more

Is taxation just a gateway drug to our spending addiction?

Drugs - BY-SA Nick FuentesRANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., April 14, 2014 – It’s that time of the year again: The time when people scramble to file their taxes and pray that they don’t owe anything beyond what they’ve already paid. While our Government demonstrated fiscal responsibility for the first 125 years of its existence, the Sixteenth Amendment created a feeling of euphoria and power among our elected officials that quickly became addictive.

The Sixteenth Amendment states as follows:  “The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration” … Read more

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