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Theophilus Lillie vs. Big Government

Earlier this month in a commentary for the WSJ, Daniel Henninger wrote, “Except at the far left and right, people believe security is government’s first obligation.” His context was to defend New York City’s stop-and-search measure, as well as the various NSA programs, but with that same argument persons could also defend all kinds of […]

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 […]

IRS vs. the Engelbrechts.

Peggy Noonan puts a human face on the IRS abuses: But the most important IRS story came not from the hearings but from Mike Huckabee’s program on Fox News Channel. He interviewed and told the story of Catherine Engelbrecht—a nice woman, a citizen, an American. She and her husband live in Richmond, Texas. They have […]

IRS “Customer Service.”

Here’s Charles Krauthammer: “Horrible customer service.” That’s what the newly fired IRS commissioner averred was the agency’s only sin in singling out conservative political groups for discriminatory treatment. In such grim proceedings one should be grateful for unintended humor. Horrible customer service is when every patron in a restaurant finds a fly in his soup. But when the maitre […]

Media still deflecting for Obama’s IRS & Benghazi messes.

Obama a new Nixon? Oh, get serious. By [Washington Post] Editorial Board, May 16, 2013 STANDING BEFORE reporters Thursday, President Obama declined an invitation to compare the recent scandals weighing down his administration with those that forced President Nixon to resign in 1974. So allow us to do the work for him: There is no […]

Obama hat trick of abuses vindicate the Tea Party.

Contrast these two statements: You’ve grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that’s at the root of all our problems. Some of these same voices also do their best to gum up the works. They warn that tyranny is always lurking just around the corner. […]

Obama cronies do 180 on Libya (quietly)

To say this is shameful is to insult shame. [NBC News] For the first time since four American diplomats were killed during violent protests at the U.S. consulate in Libya, the White House spokesman acknowledged that the attacks were an act of terrorism. During a gaggle with reporters on Air Force One, Press Secretary Jay […]