Telecom Act Is Overdue for Rewrite

Eighteen years ago, the Internet was a pretty different place. AltaVista had just launched in 1995 and was rapidly becoming the dominant search engine. The 56K modem was invented that year, but wouldn’t be commercially available until 1997. And Congress passed the 1996 Telecom Act, with the rare foresight to largely insulate the Internet from…

Our Clueless President

  Let me get this straight. For five years Barrack Obama has been president. For five years he’s demonstrated — with amazing consistency — that he has no clue what we need to get out of the ditch and back on the road to real economic recovery. Jeff Darcy / Cleveland Plain-Dealer He’s repeatedly demonstrated…

Congressional GOP Scramble to Find Votes for Pelosi

  Last week, something unprecedented happened in Congress. The Speaker of the Republican-controlled House, John Boehner, authorized one of his California representatives, Jeff Denham, to measure support for the Democrats’ immigration bill, H.R. 15. Boehner allowed Denham to circulate a letter among his fellow Republicans to gauge their interest in co-sponsorship of a Nancy Pelosi-led…

Don’t look for changes to housing tax breaks soon

WASHINGTON — Here’s a side effect of the 16-day federal shutdown and debt ceiling crisis that could prove popular among tax-sensitive homeowners: The stalemate removed even the remotest possibility that Congress could undertake fundamental tax changes curtailing housing breaks this year and renders it unlikely next year as well. This means that the mortgage interest…

RINOs and AINOs

Now we bore deep into the bunker that houses the triumphant Tea Party headquarters, where they are celebrating a tactical victory over the forces of complacency and complaining loudly about all the chicken-hearted Republicans In Name Only who bowed to the will of our socialist president, and voted to reopen the government and avoid a…

Congress: The joke’s on us

In 1942, the popular detective fiction writer Rex Stout published a book about Congress featuring “the silliest, stupidest and most dangerous statements that have ever been made by men laying claim to being leaders of the American people.” The book’s title told the whole story: “The Illustrious Dunderheads.” I’ve been thinking about Stout during the…

Fukushima Sushi

Which is harder to believe? The ludicrous shenanigans going down in Washington or the fact that nobody seems particularly interested in doing anything about them? Good neighbors — it looks like we got ourselves one heck of a bumper crop of official dysfunction this year. Near as high as Manute Bol’s eye. You’d think with…

A Mad Tea Party

WASHINGTON — HOW awful are Ted Cruz and his Cruzettes? They have done the impossible. They have made Americans look back at the Bush II era, the most reckless wrecking ball in American history, with relative nostalgia. With 78 percent of Americans feeling blue about the country being on the wrong track, according to a…

Obama, the Shutdown and ‘Rules for Radicals’

“Republicans are terrorists!” “Arsonists!” When President Obama chastised Americans to show restraint in political discourse, he obviously wasn’t talking to his own party … or himself. And why should he? While conservatives are reading Russell Kirk, Edmund Burke and William F. Buckley, liberals read Saul Alinsky. Saul Alinsky, whom Buckley noted may be the greatest…

Government by Tantrum

  “Waaaaa! You’re not playing fair!” “Waaaaa! You’re going to bankrupt America!” “Waaaaa! You guys started it!” The crybabies in Washington are at it again. Arguing, name-calling and throwing heated rhetoric around like “extortion” and “blow the whole thing up,” our so-called leaders are acting like out-of-control little kids in a sandbox. They haven’t begun…

What Federal Spending Are We Better Off Without?

Many in both parties agree that sequestration and the shutdown are harmful — clumsy ways to slim down the government, when more thoughtful changes are needed. But both parties also agree that some government spending is wasteful. So what have we learned, seven months into sequestration and one week into a government shutdown? Have some…