All Tell – No Ask

Ending Don’t Ask-Don’t Tell would open the door to endless lawsuits, detrimental PC-ification of military promotions, and wholly unnecessary social advocacy challenges to military family life.

Yecch.  I have not wanted to address this topic, because it is so freighted and painful for so many.  In light of Defense Secretary Gates’ statement from 30 June, however, that his department is looking at ways to enforce the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law from 1993 more selectively, with a view to its eventual repeal by Congress, now seems like as good a time as any to talk about gays in the military. Continue reading “All Tell – No Ask”

Sensibility — and Sense

Conservatives should focus on sensible concerns about potential government overreach — and federal government performance in general — as the swine flu health crisis unfolds. They should not waste time on weird Hollywood-induced fantasies.

 Conservatives and the Swine Flu Outbreak 

There’s vigilance, and then there’s crying “Wolf!”  I am in sympathy with anyone who is concerned that the Obama administration – on Rahm Emanuel’s principle of not letting perfectly good crises go to waste – might well be bent on statist overreach whenever a crisis does erupt.  The administration bears critical, skeptical watching in this regard, given, among other things, Obama’s penchant for assembling finance industry leaders and warning them that he is the only thing standing between them and the “pitchforks.”  It’s not that there is nothing to be concerned about.  Each week provides new evidence that there is.

But it behooves critics of Obama’s statist tendencies to keep their concerns – including analyses and speculations – judicious and meaningful. Continue reading “Sensibility — and Sense”

P.O.’ed

The impending bankruptcy of the US Postal Service ought to wake us up about the surreal unaccountability we have allowed our modern Congress to depend on.

I got a notice in my mailbox yesterday, from the Post Office.  It informs me of the following:

The carrier delivery routes in your Zip Code have recently been involved with route evaluations.  It is anticipated that these evaluations may result in changes to either your assigned letter carrier or your time of delivery each day.

In today’s economic times, route evaluations and associated changes are necessary to control rising operational costs and to allow the USPS to provide consistent, efficient, and reliable mail service to our customers on a daily basis.

My own – uneasy – evaluation of this announcement was, I admit, influenced by the fact that there was nothing else in my box yesterday.  It is very rare for me to receive nothing in the mail on a given delivery day.  Today’s mail was at a low count, but perhaps not suspiciously so.  Time will tell.

In light of recent news that the US Postal Service is running out of money, however, and will be bankrupt by the end of FY09, I am set to wondering what exactly is going on with our Congress, Continue reading “P.O.’ed”

The Mighty Middle

America, with our prevalent middle class and constitutional legacy, presents unique obstacles to radical activism and projects to usurp government power. We can take advantage of that, if we will.

Something to keep in mind, as we survey the proto-Bolshevist approach of the Obama administration to taking over the civil government and means of production in the United States, is that what Obama and his cohort are doing has never been tried before in a nation with a huge, independent, self-sustaining middle class. Continue reading “The Mighty Middle”

Cui Bono?

Government is the biggest loser from letting bankruptcy laws and the market take care of toxic debt. That is why government has been doing its best to prevent a debt reckoning and resolution.

… or is it Kto Kogo?

It seems that the worse things get, the more Latin comes pouring out of us.  Those old Romans had a way with suspicion and lament.  But the question, “Cui bono?” – who benefits? – is one of the most important we need to be asking right now as our national government appears to be going insane.  The latter-day Bolshevism beginning to emerge from the Obama administration also makes Lenin’s famous interrogatory formula, “Kto kogo?” – who is doing what to whom? – particularly apt.  We may not answer this second question satisfactorily today.  But we can get a good start on the first one.

The TARP bailout, the trillions-in-deficit Obama spending plan, Timothy Geithner’s new proposal for toxic asset settlement, fresh eruptions from Congress and the White House about the need for government to step in and “unwind” the dreadful practices of the US finance industry – even to the extent of violating the Constitution without any apparent brake on the headlong rush into demagoguery and mob rule —  — who is it that is going to benefit from all this? Continue reading “Cui Bono?”