sam BlumenfeldMost Americans want less government, smaller government and lower taxes. The only way to accomplish this is by abolishing federal departments and bureaucracies. As far back as the Reagan administration, Republicans promised to abolish the Department of Education. They couldn’t do it then because they lacked a majority in Congress. But whatever happened to the plan to abolish the Department of Education when Republicans became the majority? Not only did they forget their promise, but in September 1996 they passed the single largest increase in federal education funding: $3.5 billion. Who were the Republicans trying to impress? The National Education Association?

Becky AkersLet’s pretend for a moment that the cops are telling the truth and that Darren Johnson, 43, owner of a barber shop, a Harley Davidson, and – according to police – some cocaine, ran not only a stop sign but a red light as well on his motorcycle. The officers who pulled him over also claim that he “became increasingly agitated and aggressive and struck one of them a week ago Monday in San Bernardino, California. Something in Mr. Johnson’s alleged infraction or reaction apparently suspended the rules of fair play, simple decency, and the Constitution, because the two cops ganged up against him. One held him on the ground while the other beat him with a baton “18 to 19 times.”

Heritage GuideThe Federalist Society has compiled a “Conservative & Libertarian Legal Scholarship: Annotated Bibliography” to collect what they deem to be the best legal analysis of every aspect of American law. Their recommended reading for constitutional law contains the following advice: “The Heritage Foundation has published a comprehensive Guide to the Constitution.… The Guide is so useful and concise a resource for understanding conservative and libertarian constitutional thinking that we have cited relevant pages throughout this section, in addition to other articles.”

Ralph ReilandI saw two stories recently that had diametrically opposed messages.

The first was pro-life in the broadest sense of the word, a breakthrough against cancer via a new tumor-targeted genetic medicine, Rexin-G, that produced clinical remissions in late-stage cases of three chemotherapy-resistant, otherwise intractable cancers — prostate cancer, metastatic osteosarcoma, and pancreas cancer.

Not Evil Just WrongAsk a friend or associate, “Can you explain ‘cap and trade?’” More than likely you will be astounded at what a poor grasp (if any) he or she has of the subject, even though the future of our economy and even our country hinges to a large extent on whether or not cap-and-trade legislation passes or not. Without knowledge, our citizenry will not realize this innocuous phrase “cap and trade” really means government control of an ever diminishing energy supply and the rationing that must accompany any restrictive policy implemented.

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