Bruce Walker

Thursday, 31 May 2012 07:33

June 1, 1812: Prelude to the War of 1812

Two hundred years ago, President Madison presented a case for war against Britain in our nation's first declared war. Congress, though, not the President, made the decision: just as the Constitution requires. 

Wednesday, 30 May 2012 10:24

New Kansas Law Bans Use of Foreign Law

A new Kansas law bans the use of foreign law in judicial proceedings when that law is inconsistent with federal and state constitutional principles.

Opposition to abortion is often presented as the uniquely Christian value. It is true that most denominations of Christianity, with Catholicism being prominent in the news lately in this regard, view abortion as immoral because an unborn child within a mother’s womb is considered human life. What gets less attention is that this sanctity for life, including unborn life, spans most of the world’s religions. 

Monday, 28 May 2012 05:31

The Real Unemployment Rate

The real unemployment rate is remarkably stable and it hovers around 41 percent.  Demographically, about 80,000,000 Americans are minors and about 40,000,000 are age 65 or older. That leaves approximately 190,000,000 Americans who are adults of working age. About half of those do not have a fulltime job. 

Ronald Reagan did not support the Law of the Sea Treaty over concerns that our nation would be surrendering sovereignty to the United Nations and Senator Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma thinks the former President was right. Said Inhofe: "I think it’s a tax, since it costs money. I’ve read the work of the U.S. Interagency Extended Continental Shelf Task Force and the briefs and sources there talking about how to quantify the amount of money we would be losing. This is the first time in history that an international organization — the U.N. in this case — would possess taxing authority over this country.”

 

The latest Gallup Poll shows that support for abortion, as defined by the term "pro-choice," is at a historic low. In 1995, Gallup reported that 56 percent of Americans defined themselves as “pro-choice” while only 33 percent of Americans defined themselves as “pro-life.” Since then, although the polling data is not a straight line, the percentage of Americans who are “pro-choice” has now dropped to a Gallup low of 41 percent while the percentage of Americans who are “pro-life” is 50 percent.

As state budgets are increasingly shrinking, many are getting "creative" as they look for ways to meet the spending requirements in order to receive matching federal welfare funds.

Friday, 18 May 2012 05:13

Italy Teeters on the Edge

The newest edition to the list of wobbling fiscal systems is Italy, the fourth largest economy in Europe and the seventh largest economy in the world. The Italian economy is the same size of Greece, Spain, Portugal and Ireland all combined. Italy may be "too big to fail," but the nation is still facing ever increasing — and apparently insurmountable — problems. 

On May 15, 1862, Lincoln created the Department of Agriculture, or what he called the "People's Department."  Similar special interest federal agencies have followed in its wake.

The Green River Formation of Utah, Wyoming, and Colorado may hold more oil than the rest of the known reserves on the planet put together: an estimated three trillion barrels.