“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animated contest of freedom, go from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen!” – Samuel Adams

Archive for November 15th, 2010

Minority Leader McConnell Plays Follow the Leader

Minority Leader McConnell Plays Follow the Leader

According to The Hill, Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has now gotten with the program and will support a ban on congressional earmarks. How nice of him to finally join his fellow Republicans. Senator McConnell missed his chance to “lead by example” by opposing the efforts of Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) to end earmarks. This is why a new Minority Leader is needed in the Senate.

Christianity and the Courts

Christianity and the Courts

America’s legal foundation once sat squarely on Christian principles. As the founders noted in our founding document, the Declaration of Independence, the basis for our rights and freedoms rests with the Creator, who is “the Supreme Judge of the world.” The judiciary was intended to be the weakest of the three branches of government, but as Thomas Jefferson feared, our lack of vigilance has empowered the courts to make our Constitution “a mere thing of wax” they can twist into their own distorted image.

Kristi Noem Has Competition for Freshmen Leadership Post

Kristi Noem Has Competition for Freshmen Leadership Post

Last week it was reported that South Dakota’s Congresswoman-elect Kristi Noem was considering and being considered for a new leadership post for the incoming House freshmen. Now it seems she has come competition: Rep Tim Scott of South Carolina, another Tea Party-friendly candidate.

Quantitative Easing and the Politics of Debt for Dummies

Quantitative Easing and the Politics of Debt for Dummies

Remember earlier this morning Dr. Robert Owens’ article on America’s debt problem and the “solution” of what is called Quantitative Easing? Dr. Owens did a marvelous job of breaking this down for those of us who are a bit challenged when it comes to subjects like this, but this video puts the issue in terms anyone can understand and appreciate.

A Principle for Peter in the 21st Century

A Principle for Peter in the 21st Century

What happens if you have a bond sale and nobody comes? I guess you buy the bonds yourself. This brings us back to the world not lining up to buy our debt and to the definition of monetizing our debt. This is the government version of paying your MasterCard with your Visa. It may relieve current stress, but it portends future catastrophe. Debtors may appreciate moving their debt around, but creditors want to get paid.

To feed, or not to feed: That WAS the question!

To feed, or not to feed: That WAS the question!

As I understand the law, food served during political rallies is OK, but food served if the voters would then accept rides from volunteers to the polling places is wrong. And, again, according to newspaper stories, that is exactly what happened. There is also a time element in all of this. the food-for-votes on the rez took place during the day when the early voting booths were open and the Noem-Daugaard hotdogs were served during the evening when the voting booths were closed for the night.

Coping with College Expenses

Coping with College Expenses

An old axiom states that nothing is certain except death and taxes. But now we have to add the skyrocketing costs of a college education. In the last 10 years, in-state tuition and fees at public four-year colleges increased 5.6% annually on top of a CPI growth of 2%. The average estimated total expenses for a current public in-state four-year student are an astounding $81,356.