The Kagan Hearings

This week hearings to confirm US Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan began. Although Kagan will likely be easily confirmed, the moment nonetheless gives Republicans an opportunity to thoroughly examine her ideology. While Kagan has been overly judicious in her responses and has attempted to show no bias, even suggesting that she may recuse herself of cases where obvious bias…

Up in Smoke

Michigan businesses are fighting back on the smoking ban with a lottery boycott and it’s about time. Since the ban went into effect on May 1st many businesses have lost revenue. The smoking ban has had many unintended consequences. There may be less smoking in public due to the ban, but there is also less spending…

More Taxes

Though the health care is yet unavailable, the first taxes of the Health Care Reform Bill are beginning to take effect. For instance, Michiganders now face a 10% tax on tanning. This will increase prices and some have worried that it will result in salons closing, leaving even more people unemployed. The resoning behind this…

Gulf Oil Spill and Government Irresponsibility

The following is a letter I wrote to The Telegram & Gazette. It is in response to this editorial: (http://www.telegram.com/article/20100620/NEWS/6200411/1020)    After reading “Not What’s Needed Now” (“Anger a Poor Substitute for Leadership,” Telegram & Gazette, June 20), my conviction in government ineptitude, especially in preventing potential disasters, was confirmed. The debacle during Thursday’s House…

The Battle of Springfield: June 23, 1780

In answer to their ranked, ordered folly, We gave them musket and rifle volley; And when lack of wadding silenced our noise, Our minister then said, “Give them Watts, boys!” Known as the “forgotten victory,” the Battle of Springfield demonstrated the American spirit and English animosity more than perhaps any other battle in the American…

Internet to be regulated

The arrogance of the FCC just spews from the mountain tops in this video. His points are reminiscent of the same tired and worn-out talking points that have been used to justify myriad regulations. The internet does not need fixing. The internet is perhaps the only agent of communication that the government has not intervened in and I…

North Korea lifts restrictions on markets…

With the devastating starvation the North Korean people have suffered the government may have finally realized that categorical command-and-control economic planning has been a massive failure.  With this realization, the North Korean government has apparently opened its markets in hopes doing so will curb its food crisis and prevent North Korean citizens from starving. From…

Biden coming to Midland

My fellow residents of Midland Michigan can be prepared for a great celebration – one so big that Vice President Joe Biden will be coming to our very town. What is the occasion for this visit and the huge celebration? Obama and Biden have launched “Recovery Summer”- six weeks for them to highlight their stimulus…

Michigan Unemployment Decreases

The unemployment figures for the month of May recently decreased throughout Michigan from 14% to 13.6%. The administration and michigan legislators are pointing to these numbes as proof that intense government action, in the form of stimuli and bailouts, actually improves our standards of living. But nothing could be further from the truth and it…