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.
On Wednesday, GOP Congressmen revealed the Internal Revenue Service audited 10 percent of the conservative donors it had uncovered through improper or illegal discriminatory targeting as part of its political discrimination against conservative and Constitutional groups.
House Democrats and Pentagon officials are contesting a proposed amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that, if approved, would ensure tobacco products could continue to be sold at military commissaries and bases. The amendment, introduced by Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), comes in response to a proposal by the Pentagon that aims to ban the […]
A new poll from the Family Research Council (FRC) finds that the embattled Obamacare mandate requiring employers to offer health plans that cover contraception and morning-after coverage isn’t popular with the majority of Americans. Released today, the poll targeted only the Obamacare contraception mandate, asking the following straightforward question: As you may know, the President’s […]
Reportedly, the Environmental Protection Agency has either turned a blind eye toward — or actually rewarded — employees who watch tons of porn, sell diet pills out of their offices, get paid for not working, or hire their friends and relatives into paid internships.
There’s apparently a rift among officials at the Federal Election Commission over whether to pursue new regulations against privately owned media outlets that, through story selection and/or the tone of their reporting, promote a political ideology or favor political candidates.
Polls are easy-come, easy-go, but last week’s Pew/USA Today poll gauging the mood of voters ahead of the midterm elections covered a lot of ground. The upshot, USA Today found, is that Republicans stand to gain Congressional seats this November. One takeaway that may have gotten lost in the ensuing coverage is this interesting tidbit: […]
The House of Representatives voted today to hold former IRS administrator Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress for refusing to testify about her knowledge of how the agency carried out discriminatory stonewalling of conservative nonprofit organizations as President Barack Obama campaigned for reelection. The 231-187 vote, approved by all House Republicans and six Democrats, moves […]
One day before Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) tied with Jeb Bush to top yet another hypothetical GOP Presidential poll, potential Republican competitor Rick Santorum hatched a media strategy that’s likely to be widely duplicated in some GOP factions if Paul’s Presidential stock continues to rise: making “libertarian” sound like a dirty word.
Democracy Alliance, the “philanthropic” pass-through organization that helps move secret contributions from benefactors to the campaign war chests of progressive Congressional candidates, is beginning to receive a trickle of mainstream scrutiny for the striking inconsistency between its message and its methods.
The U.S. Supreme Court reaffirmed its ongoing hands-off stance on taking up cases involving 2nd Amendment rights today, declining without comment to hear a New Jersey case that challenges the Constitutionality of a State law forbidding lawful gun owners from carrying their firearms in public. In passing on the highly scrutinized case, Drake v. Jerejian, the […]