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Snowden and NSA Ironies — 25 June 2013

The case of Edward Snowden is interesting to me more for what it says about the Obama Administration than for the actual circumstances of it. Let’s dispense with the facts of the case first.  Snowden was a contractor with a … Continue reading

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Who Do You Trust? — 18 June 2013

It is a fragile thing, trust.  It can take years to build up and yet it can be lost in a breathtakingly short time.  When it comes to government, loss of trust can harm the functioning of our democracy for … Continue reading

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It Comes From the Top –27 May 2013

Imagine this: you’re a small-scale businessperson in Vladimir Putin’s Russia.  Seeing corruption and governmental incompetence at all levels around you, you decide to do something about it: you found a couple of better-government organizations.  Careful to stay within the law, … Continue reading

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Too Vast — 20 May 2013

I remember Candidate Obama saying in 2008, “it’s not whether government is too big or too little, it’s whether it works!”   This, of course, assumes a manager is in charge.  Unfortunately, President Obama is no manager, and his government … Continue reading

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All Politics All the Time — 13 May 2013

There are two disconcerting threads that connect the two hot stories in the news this week, the renewed (I would say, disgracefully belated) interest in the Benghazi terrorist attacks of last September 11, and the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups … Continue reading

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What To Do With Dzhokhar? — 22 April 2013

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev lies in a hospital bed, drifting in and out of consciousness, while the FBI waits to interrogate him.  Meanwhile, a controversy swirls around him, about whether to designate the younger of the Boston bombers an enemy combatant or … Continue reading

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What Are We Doing? — 8 April 2013

This weekend, a 25-year-old woman from the Chicago suburbs was killed in Afghanistan.  Anne Smedinghoff was a State Department officer delivering books to local schools when she and four other Americans were killed by a roadside bomb.  By all accounts, … Continue reading

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