A lot of us pay our taxes online. We type in our dangerously private, personal information and trust government computers to protect us. State and federal revenue agencies don’t have a problem taking in money this way. It’s fast, efficient, and cheaper than paying people to sift through mountains of paper. That’s one of the great things about the digital age.
Instead of wasting time debating whether guns or people do the killing, we can agree that the recent mass murder sprees Obama talked about on Thursday were the works of crazy people. That’s not something Congress can do much about. No matter how much regulation we dream up, we can’t root out all the crazies or come up with explanations for their actions.
When you have a problem and don’t know how to solve it, should you give up? Giving up seldom fails to bring failure but it works in Washington, where crisis government seems to be the only kind we have and the best we’re going to get.
When your business is government, faking a crisis has its advantages.
When I crossed paths with Dodd-Frank’s conflict minerals compliance rule I found new disrespect for how little Washington understands about business in general and manufacturing in particular. The Democratic Republic of Congo is a long way away, but the people responsible for Dodd-Frank suddenly seemed even more distant.
Do U.S. businesses deserve to be held accountable for what is happening in the DRC because wrongheaded liberal activists like the idea?
During his press conference with Kenya’s President Kenyatta, Barack Obama mentioned that he didn’t meddle with travel advisories. This was an uncomfortable topic, occasioned by our State Department’s warnings about terrorist activity from Al-Qaeda and Al-Shabaab in the African nation. Regardless of the lost tourist revenue, in the eyes of the Kenyan people Obama made good, but they only heard his side of the story.
There is enough theft of government assistance going on that benefits cheaters don’t need much help, but a new government report shows that some thieves aren’t cheating at all. Instead, they have fallen victim to our overgenerous government not doing its job.
When Washington sends you money you didn’t ask for, what do you do?
Social Security Disability: the money just keeps coming
One of our favorite cash for doing nothing entitlements, Social Security Disability overpaid over $11 billion between 2005 and 2014.
Hopeless legislative stalemate happens when lawmakers don’t do their jobs. When they are too indebted to their big money backers or too obsessed with personal agendas and vendettas to perform their task of managing government, government fails. That’s when the courts step in.
Failed government means orders and outrage
Frustration from failed government causes the kind of outrage that Obama committed last November when he decided to throw the gates open wide for illegal immigrants.
Abusing political opportunity is like spreading a plague. When it gains a foothold it can be impossible to stop. That’s what we should be thinking about as Obama revives his working class war. The fanfare over his 2016 budget request put Republicans on the defensive when they should be dictating policy to the White House. Will a working class war attack us like some virulent disease, or will the public figure out the truth before they cast their 2016 votes?