Ben Bullard Archive
Ben Bullard Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic. Email this author.
The St. Louis Tea Party has organized a series of shopping sprees at businesses in Ferguson, Missouri ravaged by more than a week of looting and rioting. Unless you live in the St. Louis TV market, it’s a human-interest story likely to be left out of mainstream media reports from Ferguson. The idea behind the […]
The head of one progressive super PAC is justifying his group’s acceptance of funds from progressive billionaire George Soros, even as he condemns conservative committees for taking contributions from the libertarian-aligned Koch brothers. The difference, he argues, is simply that he’s on the good guys’ side.
The U.S. Department of Justice received a massive settlement from Bank of America over its alleged obfuscation of the risks associated with residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) during the recent housing crisis. You won’t believe who’s getting a piece of the pie.
White House staffers had a major cleanup job on their hands after President Obama got done with his statement on a pair of global crises today. “I don’t want to put the cart before the horse. We don’t have a strategy yet,” Obama responded when asked whether he would approach Congress for authorization to intervene […]
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released an update to its ten-year budget and economic outlook report Wednesday. It begins by touting the ongoing reduction in the federal budget deficit – that is, in the simplest terms, the amount of money the government is spending each year beyond what Congress budgeted for that year. In other […]
Not pleased that Burger King is acquiring a Canadian company and relocating its headquarters to Canada, where the corporate tax rate is lower (and not universally applied to global revenues), Democratic candidate Sean Eldridge is slamming the deal — even as his spouse is benefiting from it.
The former acting director of cyber security for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services was convicted on Tuesday of several child pornography crimes, including “engaging in a child exploitation enterprise,” according to an official release from the Department of Justice.
On Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden took a stand on Twitter, where the Obama administration goes any time it really needs to take a stand. On this outing, which coincided with Women’s Equality Day, Biden’s thoughts were heavy: "I will not rest until my granddaughters have every single right my son & my grandsons have." […]
The National Science Foundation is backing the creators of a Web-based service that intends to monitor Twitter to “mitigate the diffusion of false and misleading ideas,” an effort its backers assert will “assist in the preservation of open debate.”
Two federal judges in different states have issued rulings this week striking down local and state restrictions on access to firearms, garnering a pair of small but significant victories for 2nd Amendment rights.