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Federal Bureaucrats Misbehave & Taxpayers Are Punished

| October 24, 2014
Federal Bureaucrats Misbehave & Taxpayers Are Punished

  Give The Washington Post credit for its expose that criticizes a large portion of its declining subscriber base: Federal employees. According to the Post, “Tens of thousands of federal workers are being kept on paid leave for at least a month — and often for longer stretches that can reach a year or more […]

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Ebola the Clown: A CDC Production

| October 20, 2014
Ebola the Clown: A CDC Production

  Dr. Tom Frieden, head of the Center for Disease Control, is sorry. Now instead of one Ebola patient, we have a dead Ebola patient and a newly infected nurse, with a third showing symptoms as she flies about the country. Frieden laments, “I wish we had put [an Ebola containment] team like this on […]

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Obamacare Forces Retailers to Drop Coverage

| October 14, 2014
Obamacare Forces Retailers to Drop Coverage

  Four years into Obamacare, taxpayers are still discovering ways the ACA is expensive in both tax dollars and damage to the healthcare system. Isn’t it ironic you can sue a doctor for negligence when he damages your health, but you can’t sue politicians for negligence when they damage a healthcare system? Trial lawyers could […]

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USPS – Delivering Deficit Spending Since 2006

| October 5, 2014
USPS – Delivering Deficit Spending Since 2006

  I’m old enough to remember when milkmen drove the streets before sunrise delivering dairy products in sweating glass bottles to customer doorsteps. My family’s last delivery was when I was in the 6th grade, because mom said it was cheaper to buy the milk with the rest of the groceries. Now the United States […]

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More Misguided Spending Won’t Deter ISIS

| September 29, 2014
More Misguided Spending Won’t Deter ISIS

Our famously detached president has recently decided to become very hands-on in the application of air power. Obama, like LBJ in Vietnam, is personally choosing the targets where he will employ U.S. aircraft. The first display of Air Force One might that we have the figures on was a $700,000 close-support effort in Denver for […]

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NIH Makes Monkey’s Uncles Out of Taxpayers

| September 22, 2014

The National Institutes of Health has billions of tax dollars to give away each year in the form of research grants. I’m sure that senior bureaucrats have the really famous diseases and maladies already booked up. That means the newbies have to identify their own causes and studies to make sure that every last penny […]

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Bob McDonnell Gives Ingratitude a Bad Name

| August 22, 2014
Bob McDonnell Gives Ingratitude a Bad Name

The Bob & Maureen McDonnell corruption trial is not proving to be the unmitigated disaster for the McDonnell family that I first assumed. As the trial continues Maureen is looking more and more like her official portrait, currently on display at the Richmond Salvation Army Store. She can’t do anything about the age difference — […]

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Peer Pressure Crushes Silicon Valley Entrepreneur

| August 5, 2014
Peer Pressure Crushes Silicon Valley Entrepreneur

Anne Wojcicki is one of those Silicon Valley entrepreneurs that started a “disruptive” company aiming to change how we view an established industry. But she’s not one of those brain–rich, resource–poor visionaries passing the hat among bored World of Warcraft players window–shopping on Kickstarter.com. No, she and her partners, Lucy Page and Laura Arrillaga–Andreessen — […]

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No Longer the World’s Policeman, We’re Now the World’s Social Worker

| July 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

It’s 9AM late July and already the day is shot to hell. The temperature is over 80 and the humidity would wilt a Puritan’s collar. You’re supposed to be taking Migra, your Mexican Water Spaniel, on a 400–hundred-mile car trip. The dog’s 14–years–old if he’s a day, and who knows if he’ll live long enough […]

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Government Motors & Close Enough for Government Work

| July 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

 Times have been tough at Government Motors. For a while there it looked like both Osama and GM were going to be dead after encountering the Obama regime. Just recently GM announced the recall of 8,200,000 vehicles over problems with faulty ignition switches. When added to earlier North American recalls, the total for 2014 is […]

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