Thad Cochran Showing Early Signs of Desperation


With less than four months until the primary election for US Senate in Mississippi, the political season is now in full swing.  And like clockwork, the long-anticipated attacks against Senator Chris McDaniel by allies of the Thad Cochran camp have begun in earnest, and sadly, in dishonestly, if not downright hilarity. Finding themselves in whatContinue reading “Thad Cochran Showing Early Signs of Desperation”

Ranking President Kennedy


Was JFK a great President?  As the nation marked the 50th anniversary of Jack Kennedy’s tragic assassination, new polling shows that many Americans consider him to be among our very best, ranking higher than any President in the last half century according to the latest Gallup survey.  Two years ago, he rated fourth all time,Continue reading “Ranking President Kennedy”

The Constitution and the Income Tax


Americans love anniversaries and this year marks some pretty remarkable ones, most notably the sesquicentennial of the battle of Gettysburg and the fall of Vicksburg, two events that dealt a crippling blow to the Confederacy in the summer of 1863, and the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination.  But 2013 also marks the centennial ofContinue reading “The Constitution and the Income Tax”

Prosperity in the Hands of Fools


The richest and wisest man who ever lived, Solomon, counseled us in the Book of Proverbs that “the prosperity of fools will destroy them.” Notice that Solomon did not say prosperity will ruin anyone, but the fool only.  So his wisdom is simple:  If you have wealth, don’t be a fool with it and youContinue reading “Prosperity in the Hands of Fools”

Marching with Marx


Last week I wrote a column about living in an emerging authoritarian state.  Yet I am certain most readers probably believe I have lost my mind and probably need some meds. But before we go that far, allow me to continue on this path by examining a 165-year-old political pamphlet of remarkable influence.  It is,Continue reading “Marching with Marx”

Why do Americans have to learn the hard way?


It seems we never learn. Every now and then, the American people hand some poor soul, undeserving in many cases, the national levers of power.  And in each and every instance, it has cost us dearly.  There are several historical periods of note. John Adams, himself a political giant, was imminently qualified for the presidency,Continue reading “Why do Americans have to learn the hard way?”

Early Episodes of American Socialism


In last week’s column, I posed the question of whether Barack Obama was a socialist or not, given the current definition of the ideology.  I think the evidence is clear that he is. Obama likes to boast that we, as a nation, have learned from our history.  But, as he seeks to implement more socialism,Continue reading “Early Episodes of American Socialism”

A Lesson in ‘Kenyan’ Economics


Is Barack Obama a socialist?  Many on the right say yes; most on the left say no.  It is a major question that has pervaded our politics for the last four years with no definitive answer either one way or the other.  But I think the answer is obvious, if one will only look objectivelyContinue reading “A Lesson in ‘Kenyan’ Economics”

The Truth About Wealth Re-Distribution


A recurring theme throughout this campaign season has been the distribution of the nation’s wealth, stirred by President Obama and the Occupy movement.  A new phrase has entered the American political lexicon:  the 99 percent versus 1 percent. Mitt Romney stirred up the political waters recently with remarks about wealth distribution and government dependency. “ThereContinue reading “The Truth About Wealth Re-Distribution”

The Re-Distribution of Wealth Debate in 1894: An Excerpt from The Last Jeffersonian


On December 19, 1893, William L. Wilson, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, rolled out a new tariff reform bill, which passed the House on February 1, 1894 by a significant margin, 204 to 140.  Tariff duties were modestly cut by 15 percent.  However, to make up for any projected loss of revenue,Continue reading “The Re-Distribution of Wealth Debate in 1894: An Excerpt from The Last Jeffersonian”