Author’s note: a lot has happened since this post was published. The Trump Administration is backing off from mandatory school lunch regulations Michelle Obama insisted would give us healthy, hunger-free kids. There is one thing that hasn’t changed, though. Too much money for school breakfasts and lunches still slips through the Federal Government’s fingers. If Mrs.
Is Janet Napolitano a bad boss, or is the strain of trying to reconcile law enforcement and the demands of idiotic social policy straining employee happiness at Homeland Security? The Government Accountability Office reports that ICE and the TSA are depressing Homeland Security worker morale scores.¹ Those involved in immigration enforcement and removal showed especially low job satisfaction.² Why should we be surprised?
Do we want to be protected by our government or from our government? There is a fine line between being bullied by Washington and being shielded from bullies by an overaggressive nanny state. The villain of choice for Democrats is still Wall Street, but the Democratic Party seems to be doing most of the bullying these days.
When do our rights and liberties need an expiration date? Do gray areas need to be reconsidered and renewed every ten or twenty years? Once our government confers rights and freedoms those liberties are all but impossible to take away. Even rights that have no constitutional sanction, like collective bargaining rights for public employees or the guarantee of a prevailing wage conferred by the Davis-Bacon Act, become so entrenched that they stick to us like some very toxic glue that injures the common good.
Is Islam fundamentally at odds with the notion of religious freedom? Under what circumstances do the needs of other countries come before the needs of the American people? These are the kinds of questions our leaders should be answering instead of wasting our time reinterpreting current events or reciting hackneyed position statements. The first presidential debate took place over half a century ago.