Michael Boldin discusses the latest federal spending record, set in August. Plus a new spending bill – that’s close to $1 Trillion, and includes funding for Obamacare – had almost no opposition from Republicans or Democrats.
I spend a lot of times studying what the founders wrote. After all, that’s an important part of how we determine the original, legal meaning of the Constitution. But it’s important to always consider context. One of the foundations of constitutional originalism is that it has a fixed meaning. In a letter to William Johnson, […]
Today’s public transit police departments offer a frightening glimpse into the future of commuter surveillance. The feds, with the willing cooperation of state and local law enforcement, are building a giant surveillance network on the U.S. transportation system. Last year the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) was accused of creating an app that spied on […]
As we’ve said before, give government an inch and it will always take a mile. Especially when it comes to war powers. The U.S. dropped over 44,000 bombs during Trump’s first term – all without any declaration of war. If bombing people doesn’t bother you, perhaps the cost of these undeclared wars will. According to […]
George Washington warned us about turning a blind eye to violations of the constitution, no matter how small
Instead of following the foreign policy trajectory blazed by Bush Clinton, Bush, Obama and Trump, perhaps it would serve us consider the wisdom of a former president who is generally overlooked: Calvin Cooledge. While some U.S. presidents receive the praise and adulation from modern establishment historians, others are often overlooked for one reason or another. Either […]
Originally drafted by James Madison, the address contains advice and warnings – on political parties, violations of the Constitution, and foreign policy.
In this episode, I tackle all 14 republican constitutions of the newly-created American states. In the process, I illustrate the similarities and differences between them, explain their purpose, and their influenced western civilization in general. In addition, I discuss the inception of the Articles of Confederation, the first constitution of the United States, which was […]
I’ve come to a conclusion: there is a segment of Trump supporters out there who are delusional. They are so blinded by the cult of personality that they can’t objectively look at reality. Last month, the Trump administration broke the one-month record for spending. In other words, Trump and his Republican colleagues in Congress are […]
Paul Craig Roberts
For a number of years I have emphasized that 9/11 was used by Dick Cheney to significantly reduce the public’s, the judiciary’s, and Congress’ access to information about what the executive branch is doing, there…
An unconstitutional federal mandate to government schools getting unconstitutional federal funding to teach about the Constitution?
Today in 1787, representatives in Philadelphia signed the finalized United States Constitution. This occurred after a summer filled with contrasting proposals and rigorous debate. The convention decided upon a league of states rather than a national government, settling on “a more perfect union.” Throwing monarchy to the wayside, the body embraced the separation of powers […]
One of my readers suggested I treat the ‘relativity theory of truth’ that many generation Y people have adopted. This morality “theory” is often expressed this way, “What works for me is true for me and what works for you is true for you.” It strikes me first of all as a simple, true statement. We […]
The Grapes of Wrath and its vision of enslavement to big agribusiness isn’t just our past—it is our present too.
By Gracy Olmstead • September 10, 2018
“It’s like watching a state circle the drain.”
Since his whistle-blowing, the United Kingdom has granted itself even more power to snoop on citizens.
Scott Shackford|Sep. 13, 2018
When Edward Snowden revealed that the government was secretly collecting and storing mass amounts of our pri…
Politicians in D.C. have created a vicious cycle of skyrocketing debt and borrowing that is only likely to accelerate
Chuck Schumer’s evil schemes to hold up the Kavanaugh SCOTUS nomination are beginning to remind me of Havey Korman’s Hedley Lamarr in Blazing Saddles. It seems Schumer dispatched Diane Feinstein to send the FBI a secret letter from a secret…
This Election Results Map post looks at the GOP runoff for Governor. Previously, I posted the maps for the GOP State Auditor, Attorney General, Corporation Commission, Labor Commissioner, Lieutenant Governor, and State Superintendent&…
Only democratic pressure can fight government abuse, as a recent case in Idaho demonstrates.
By PHIL HAUNSCHILD • September 14, 2018
Most of the time, Boise State University’s claim to fame is its blue turf football field.
But now BSU …
There are 62 clinics in Oklahoma known to be willing & confident to treat ill patients with the newest ‘old medicines’ coming back to Oklahoma. That’s a very small fraction of the entire medical community. In June the voters strongly a…