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Monthly Archives: June 2013

Be wary of the NSA programs.

I wouldn’t say I’ve done a 180-degree turn upon learning that the NSA is capturing yottabytes (or 10 to the 24th power of bytes) of metadata from its citizens, but I’ve definitely done a 90. At some point you either believe in limited government, or you don’t. Last month former Clinton-era adviser David Axelrod spoke […]

Holder spying on Congress?

Here’s Mark Steyn:  Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois asks the attorney general if he’s spying on members of Congress and thereby giving the executive branch leverage over the legislative branch. Eric Holder answers: “With all due respect, senator, I don’t think this is an appropriate setting for me to discuss that issue.” Senator Kirk responded […]

Our (cold) Civil War.

Peggy Noonan on the IRS scandal — she’s right too. It’s a game changer, affirming everything everyone fears about the tyranny of the leviathan state, unchecked power, unending growth and the bureaucrat’s tendency for self-preservation and self-aggrandizement. But this scandal is different and distinctive. The abuse was systemic—from the sheer number of targets and the […]

Tyranny of unelected bureaucrats.

Consider some recent headlines: Workers turned EPA warehouse in Landover into personal rec rooms, audit finds EPA acknowledges releasing personal details on farmers, senator slams agency The Lois Lerner state George Will: Wayne Crews of the Competitive Enterprise Institute has recently published his “Ten Thousand Commandments: An Annual Snapshot of the Federal Regulatory State.” This […]

A 501(c) primer.

WSJ: Oh, yeah, before getting started we can thank Sens. John McCain and Russ Feingold for this convoluted but utterly predictable mess that the campaign finance laws gave us. It’s another lesson in government hubris and the limits of power — money, like rivers of water, will cut their own path when blocked. It’s arrogance […]