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Rational Ignorance vs. Ignorance, substance vs. symbolism

May 17, 2014 by


A little over a week ago we had primary elections here in Ohio, and despite the low likelihood of my vote mattering in an election (toward the outcome), I made sure my “expressive vote” was heard.  The idea is that while individual votes don’t matter (at least in general, national elections) our votes are very […]

The Tax Man Cometh

March 7, 2014 by


The monster that never sleeps—the Internal Revenue Service.  I am reminded of the phrase in Thomas Hobbes’ Leviathan, written in 1651, which speaks of government as being “that mortal God.”  Its purpose for Hobbes was to “overawe” everyone and bring order.  Well, it looks as if we have a different kind of “mortal God,” one […]

Reaping and Sowing applied to Obamacare

December 18, 2013 by


I am one Berean that believes there is, in general, an ethical cause and effect that we see in this life.  I say “in general” in the same sense that we view wisdom literature in the Bible; wisdom that is generally applicable while not always on our timetable (see Psalm 73 for one psalmist’s lament […]

Worst Congress ever? Or are we judging by the wrong metric?

July 8, 2013 by


Bloomberg reports that the current Congress is on pace to produce far less legislation than previous Congress’s, and suggests the problem is due to Republican ideology.  But is this a problem?  Or is the Bloomberg report itself rather a reflection of a differing ideology?  Brookings Scholar Thomas Mann says, The 113th Congress is on track […]

Holder Signed Off on Rosen Warrant

May 23, 2013 by


Attorney General Eric Holder signed off on the Department of Justice’s request for a warrant to search and seize the electronic communications of Fox News reporter James Rosen. According to NBC News‘ Michael Isikoff, based on information just obtained, Holder affirmed the decision. Meanwhile, today, President Obama claimed to be troubled by the possible chilling effect […]

Obama Administration: Scandals or Scams?

May 22, 2013 by


Originally posted on U.S. History II:
       Joe Klein actually took on the issue of scandals within President Barak Obama’s administration in his Time magazine editorial this week.  I was a little misled by his title (“Sorting Out the Scandals”) because he spent much of the article redefining what has occurred as not rising…

DOJ Targets Fox Journalist–Shocked?

May 21, 2013 by


The scandals continue to evolve. We now know the Department of Justice targeted James Rosen, Fox News’ chief Washington, D.C. correspondent, for his possible role in releasing sensitive, leaked information. After Rosen published a report on North Korea’s possible response to international sanctions, he was suspected of meeting with Stephen Jin-Woo Kim, a State Dept. […]