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.
There’s government electronic surveillance, and then there’s government online stalking. In its mission to ensure the government gets every last dollar it can from people, the Internal Revenue Service is now resorting to the latter.
Less than two years after being fully and finally “decimated” by the Administration of President Barack Obama, al-Qaida has somehow managed to foment new leadership and organize into what CNN described Wednesday as “what looks like the largest and most dangerous gathering in years.”
The Obama Administration is backing a new FDA proposal that seeks to create regulatory interference where, historically, there has been none whatsoever: in the relationship brewers with leftover grain and farmers who need some extra grain to feed to their cattle. The proposed FDA rule would set the government between the brewers and the farmers, […]
The Census Bureau has been directed to change the wording of questions concerning Americans’ health coverage so that it will be impossible to compare the answers with those provided by takers of the bureau’s interim annual surveys in previous years.
If a recent survey commissioned by the Citizens United Political Victory Fund is any indication, Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) will have to double his current polling numbers with Arizona Republicans if he hopes to hang on to his Senate seat in the 2016 election cycle.
Advancing the Obama Administration’s philosophy that regards law enforcement professionals as the only legitimate response to put down an immediate armed threat, Attorney General Eric Holder tied this week’s shootings in Kansas City to an appeal to Congress to fund more police training to address “active shooter” situations. Focusing his weekly video message to Congress […]
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has been testing an innovative surveillance system that enables officers sitting in front of large electronic displays to watch people move around the city of Compton from a bird’s-eye view. The system can coordinate with static on-the-ground surveillance, such as street-level security cameras, to allow police to track a […]
The former CBS News investigative reporter who left her job after both the White House and her own employers allegedly stonewalled her investigation into the truth behind the Benghazi terror attack believes the Administration of Barack Obama poses a historically significant threat to media transparency.
It’s always easier to survey the landscape from afar than while stuck down in one of its ravines, so credit Californians with coming to the slow realization — in greater numbers than ever before — that they pay too much money to the State’s maze of governments in taxes.
One of Republican House Speaker John Boehner’s many GOP primary challengers has launched an attack ad that must be making everyone else jealous for not having thought of it first. Riffing on the pronunciation of the Speaker’s last name (as well as Boehner’s own efforts to make light of its occasional mispronunciation), Ohio GOP candidate […]