Amtrak trains make passes by my office a few times day as they travel to and from Niagara Falls and points north, including Toronto. Despite the fact that the Falls is one of the most popular tourism destinations on the planet and the rail system stretches across an international border to a region ripe with economic activity, it’s very rare that I see anyone in the passenger cars. It’s patently obvious that public transportation via rail is unpopular, if not useless, in the United States.

Thomas SowellTwo unrelated news stories on the same day show the contrast between government decisions and private decisions.

Jack KerwickIn his, “Ron Paul, Hookers, and Heroin,” nationally syndicated talk-show host Michael Medved has once more indulged his obsession with Ron Paul.

Barack Obama is a socialist, and since socialists consolidate power in government and unrestrained government kills, socialists end up being accomplices to mass murder if not mass murderers themselves. Witness the mass killings committed by the totalitarian "isms" during the 20th Century. It is quite conceivable that Obama could end up taking America down the same totalitarian path. But who will be the victims of the total state this time? At present, the only vulnerable group ready for mass slaughter in Obama’s America is the elderly.

I recently received an email from a Jewish reader charging me with “anti-Semitism.” Since, being a mere Christian, I lack those unique insights into the dark recesses of the Gentile psyche with which many Jews are apparently gifted, I can only speculate as to what it was I said that compelled my critic to arrive at his verdict concerning my feelings.