It’s hard to believe that the entire federal budget in 1960 was $76.5 billion, which is a little less (just $500 million less) than the $77 billion the Department of Education is currently spending. By 1970, that federal budget had tripled to $194.9 billion. Why? The liberal Johnson administration passed a whole bunch of Great Society programs, increasing the size and cost of government dramatically. In four short years, LBJ’s budget went from $97.9 billion in 1964 to $186 billion in 1968.
Justice Brennan: Liberal Champion, by Seth Stern and Stephen Wermiel, Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010, 547 pages, hardcover.
On April 18, 1906, a devastating earthquake struck the San Francisco Bay area, sending shockwaves from southern Oregon to points south of Los Angeles. Exactly one week later, on the other side of the continent, William Joseph Brennan, Jr. was born. Judicial conservatives might well consider Brennan the greater disaster.
Ralph Peters is one of the New York Post’s best columnists. After serving over twenty years in the U.S. army, he retired in 1998, which permitted him to write and speak freely on subjects he knows a great deal about. One of them is U.S. foreign policy. He views Barack Obama’s performance as catastrophic. He writes:
Right up to the final days of the Bush administration, rogue states stepped lightly, casting a careful eye at Washington over their hunched shoulders. Today, the world’s worst actors are playing Dictators Gone Wild.
As the editor of a daily e-zine which focuses on a defense of the religious and moral foundations of the American republic, I am daily confronted by the same hostile complaint, often in the most colorful of terms: “Stop shoving your religion down my throat!”