Last week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was criticized for adding controversy to what should have been an uncontested military defense policy bill by including an amendment that would provide amnesty to illegal aliens, and a provision that suspends “Don’t ask, Don’t tell.” Democratic Senator Roland Burris further complicated the passage of the bill with the inclusion of an amendment that would end a longstanding ban on military abortion at overseas hospitals.

On September 18, a Doctors Tea Party took place at Utah State Capitol Plaza in Salt Lake City. It was a gathering of approximately 100 doctors who are determined to defeat the Obama Health Care Legislation. (The event's slogan was "Doctors United Against ObamaCare.") Some members of the Doctors Tea Party group have been traveling from state to state in an effort to garner support for legal opposition to the Obamacare mandates that threaten their profession.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation national survey released September 14 indicates that only 25 percent of the public trusts the government to do what's right most or all of the time. Of the remainder, 66 percent say they trust fedgov to do what's right only some of the time, with eight percent saying they never trust the government.

Not surprisingly, it was the Nestor of the Founding Generation who made the most lasting and dramatic impact on the final day of the Constitutional Convention of 1787. Benjamin Franklin, hobbled by gout, was the central player in three scenes of the final act of this history-changing event.

Last Tuesday, September 7, when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said he intended to focus the current lame duck session on "mopping up" leftovers from the previous session, these included a national renewable energy policy, a small business jobs bill, and another stimulus bill. Reid said, "We are still going to be in Congress, working, after the election. There are things that we have to do. There is a lot of mopping up to do." Reid failed to mention one small item that his lame duck session is determined to ignore altogether: the Bush "tax cuts" which are set to expire without Congressional action by the end of the year.