Becky AkersHow many times during December’s frantic shopping did a merchant ask you for ID when you paid for your purchases? And how did you respond? Did you resent the implication that you are a criminal rather than a customer? Or did you hand over your driver’s license without thinking or protest?

Ralph ReilandJust when it looked as if employers were getting less fearful about what President Obama might do next to worsen the business climate, the National Labor Relations Board (now with its first Democratic majority in a decade, thanks to Obama’s appointees) announced on December 14 that private employers will be required to display pro-unionizing posters in their businesses under a newly proposed federal rule.

Sam BlumenfeldIt was typical of the Democrats to dump the mammoth Omnibus spending bill before the lame-duck Congress a week before Christmas. Lame-duck Congresses do not usually take up two-thousand-page bills that require intense scrutiny by the legislators and are too complex and important to be enacted without careful examination.

Chip WoodHere we are at the beginning of a new year. It’s a time of reflection, as we look back on the past 12 months and look ahead to the next 12. In fact, the month of January is named for the Roman god Janus who, thanks to two faces, was able to look forward and backward simultaneously.

Selwyn DukeWhen Roman leader Julius Caesar became “dictator for life” in 44 B.C., he had an asset all aspiring despots need: the military’s loyalty. For without boots on the ground, a totalitarian nightmare remains nothing more than an ambitious villain’s dream.