Ted Cruz Takes On the F.C.C.

Senator Ted Cruz, a Texas Republican who helped engineer the recent government shutdown, has a new target for his obstructionism: the Federal Communications Commission. Last week, Mr. Cruz blocked the Senate from considering the nomination of Tom Wheeler to lead the commission — a candidate who leaders from both parties had agreed would be put…

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…

How to avoid another shutdown

It is difficult to explain the recent government shutdown to citizens of other nations. In most of the world’s democracies, this kind of disruption can’t happen. Rules are in place to keep the government running even if a new budget isn’t passed on time. The U.S. needs to reform its budgetary processes to prevent the…

Weaker by the Week

A lot of people are asking what the heck is wrong with the Republican Party. What isn’t? That’s no joke. Not for the GOP, not for the country. The party of Ronald Reagan is getting weaker by the week. Republican failure, Republican infighting, Republicans caving on their principles — it’s a grim soap opera, and…

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…

Reasonable People Compromise

Reasonable people compromise. Unreasonable people do not. Instead, they trample over those around them to selfishly get their way. And the government is shut down this chilly October day in 2013 because unreasonable Democrats behaving like spoiled children would rather refuse treatment to terminally ill children, ravage the economy, disparage veterans and make the rest…

Can Obama Ignore the Debt Ceiling?

As the government shutdown continued on Wednesday, President Obama not only urged an end to that impasse but also asked Congressional leaders to avoid a showdown later this month on increasing the nation’s borrowing limit. But a growing number of observers have said the president can and should ignore the debt limit, legislation that some…