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 New York Times has a lengthy Sunday piece on the continuing militarization of America’s municipal police, which you can read here. The article questions the need for, and the possible motives behind, the wholesale adoption of military tactics and gear in cities and communities whose violent crime problems, where they exist at all, typically […]
The Obama Administration doesn’t fare well among the general public on the question of whether the U.S. made the right call in exchanging five Taliban detainees for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s freedom. But among veterans, Obama fares even worse. A USA Today/Pew poll released today reveals the vast majority of American military veterans aren’t pleased with […]
You can’t win for losing with the effete, fearful, gun-obsessed, progressively-correct adults overpopulating the ranks of the Nation’s public school teachers and administrators. One kid who realized he’d accidentally brought a toy gun to school inside his backpack recently tried, and was promptly slapped with a suspension for violating the school’s gun-replica policy. Darin Simak, […]
What’s going to be on the agenda in Washington this week? The topics discussed on the Sunday political talk shows often serve as an indicator of the hot topics to come. Here’s what was discussed yesterday.
A majority of Americans believe the Obama Administration is a less competent occupant of the White House than either of President Barack Obama’s two Presidential forebears: one a Democrat; the other a Republican.
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) revised – if you can call it that – its forecast on the long-term impact Obamacare will have on the Federal deficit, all but abandoning any attempt at assigning a concrete dollar figure after reporting in 2010 that the law would trim the deficit by $120 billion over ten years. […]
Because bad weather will happen only if the President doesn’t get his way, automakers will be financially better off just biting the bullet and accepting the Environmental Protection Agency’s new proposals to curb carbon emissions.
Even as State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf continued to insist today that the handover of five Taliban detainees in exchange for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl wasn’t a bad deal for U.S. interests, multiple reports continued to emerge that paint the exchange as a multi-tiered disaster for the Obama Administration. From anecdotes describing Bergdahl’s extended […]
A new CNN poll out Tuesday demonstrates a continuing decline in President Barack Obama’s policy approval rating across nearly all American demographic categories. Obama’s general disapproval rating debuted at 23 percent in February of 2009, but shot to 50 percent for the first time in December of that year, outpacing his approval rating (48 percent) […]
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, a Republican, signed into law earlier this year a bill the State Legislature passed that makes passing a drug test an eligibility contingency for some recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits – aka food stamps. Now, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which administers the ever-expanding SNAP program, is […]