RANCHO 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
RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., April 7, 2014 – Politically speaking: Whatever happened to the truth? In a country of more than 315 million people, you would think we could find a few good men and women who were familiar with that concept and capable of delivering upon it. Yet, we seem unable to attract a sufficient number of individuals with the character to turn the tide against the more corrupt, “win at all costs” mentality that permeates our political Parties.
Instead, we are forced to choose among candidates who promise the world, then deliver little more than a dirt path that leads to nowhere. It’s all about manipulating the system to maintain and expand the political power of their Parties while paying back the surreptitious individuals and organizations that fund the debacle … Read more
RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., March 3, 2014 – Our political system is dysfunctional if not completely broken. It has become so corrosive that many citizens have abandoned any hope of changing it for the better. Others are inclined to commit their blind allegiance to a particular Party; convinced that it occupies the moral and intellectual high-ground while the other Party is comprised of only slightly-evolved Neanderthals. To paraphrase Eldridge Cleaver: Neither behavior represents part of the solution, but rather, both are part of the problem … Read more
RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., February 24, 2014 – With the recent Olympics in Sochi, Russia, many of us are reminded of the Cold War: A political, ideological and economic struggle for supremacy between two super powers. Oh … not the one between the former-Union of Soviet Socialist Republic and the United States; the one that’s still raging between the Democratic and Republican Parties.
The other Cold War began in 1947 at the end of World War II and concluded on December 26, 1991, when the USSR was disbanded. That pales in comparison with the “D and R” Cold War, which has been going strong since 1854 when the Republican Party was founded … Read more
RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., February 17, 2014 – While many Americans wonder where the apostrophe goes in President’s Day, the official title of the holiday is George Washington’s Birthday. What better way to celebrate the occasion than to interview George Washington?
How would he view the United States today? What advice might he offer?
[The following is an interpretation of how such an interview might go, almost exclusively using his actual words (which are italicized for clarity).] … Read more
RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., February 10, 2014 – Our election process is broken. In truth: We no longer hold elections; we conduct auctions. We have tragically allowed the Parties to craft the best Government that money can buy.
Meanwhile, President Obama recently proclaimed, “We’re not just going to be waiting for legislation in order to make sure that we’re providing Americans the kind of help they need. I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone.” Having already demonstrated that he’s not afraid to issue Executive Orders at a pace that exceeds that of his often maligned predecessor, we should take him at his word … Read more
In the spirit of the season as well as to pay deference to the buzz around Twitter’s public offering, here is a list of “proposed” resolutions for our political illuminati; all of which conform to 140 characters or less and may be tweeted as you please. They may even be slightly educational with respect to the structure of our Government, but please don’t let that get in the way of their humor … Read more
Some will argue that a few of the eleven Constitutional Amendments that have been ratified during that 100-year period may rival the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — the law’s real name, or ACA for short — but they would be wrong … Read more
RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., November 4, 2013 – Given its current trajectory, the Obama Administration might well be remembered for the tenacity with which it prosecuted an anti-trust campaign. “Anti-trust” isn’t to be confused with the term “antitrust.” The former has nothing to do with the Sherman Act or illegal activities that interfere with the free market system. It refers to a destructive force more akin to a different Sherman’s March to the Sea. It deals with what appears to be an intentional obfuscation of the truth … Read more