Where Would We Be Without Social Security?

Where Would We Be Without Social Security?

Nearly every single American is intimately connected with the earned benefits of Social Security and Medicare — as either a contributor, a recipient, or both. In fact, a recent national poll indicated nearly 90 percent of us favor taking strong measures to preserve...
An Endangered Species Up in Arms

An Endangered Species Up in Arms

As many of you already have intuited, I don’t know everything. Nobody does, I suppose. More importantly, I don’t know everything about anything. I’m what used to be called “a generalist,” someone whose knowledge in any direction is a mile...
Fantasy Budgeting Won’t Make Us Safer

Fantasy Budgeting Won’t Make Us Safer

The watchword in Washington has been “cut” for some time. But the House of Representatives headed in the opposite direction when it adopted its version of the National Defense Authorization bill. The bill authorizes $552 billion in military spending next...
A Radioactive Waste of Money

A Radioactive Waste of Money

Can a single example illustrate why the federal budget is so hard to get under control? A somewhat obscure nuclear processing plant on the Savannah River in South Carolina might do the trick. The Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility, known by the awkward acronym MOX,...
Flying Over an Act of Monumental Stupidity

Flying Over an Act of Monumental Stupidity

I knew that Congress would come to its senses eventually, that it would realize that the ham-handed budget cuts ordered by the so-called “sequester” weren’t going to work, that some government functions were too important to be cut. And I was right,...
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