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 Senate is ending the government shutdown. By the time you read this, the Senate will likely have voted on a bill to fund the government through January 15 of next year and to raise the Federal debt limit until February 7. The only GOP “win” in the Senate bill involves new requirements that Obamacare […]
Here is a collection of some of the stories making the Internet rounds this morning. Click the links for the full stories.
The Senate version of an agreement to end the Federal government shutdown includes a concession to appease unions whose nonplussed leaders became more critical of the Affordable Care Act — a piece of legislation they once ardently supported — in the run-up to its Oct. 1 implementation.
NPR may have had its reasons for putting together this grid explaining how the Nation’s $16.8 trillion is divvied up – it’s featured in a story that begins “If Congress doesn’t raise the debt ceiling soon, the U.S. government won’t be able to pay its debts” – but anyone who approaches the infographic with an […]
J. David Cox, president of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), is asking the White House to give Federal workers a major break during the government shutdown by declaring the Congressional impasse a National emergency. In a letter to President Barack Obama late last week, Cox asked the President to declare the shutdown an […]
A young married couple recently told me they’re trying to figure out how to make less money so they can qualify for a subsidy in order to make the Affordable Care Act “affordable” for them. Around the same time, and half a continent away, the San Francisco Chronicle published a story that reveals many middle-class Americans are awakening to the same dilemma.
Democratic California Governor Jerry Brown vetoed a slew of draconian gun bills last week, rejecting them as an “infringement on gun owners’ rights.” But he inexplicably signed four other laws that define infringement.
Sarah Palin let rip on President Barack Obama Monday afternoon, calling his attack strategy on House Republicans’ efforts to fund the government — a process the Constitution expressly allots to the House of Representatives — an “impeachable offense.” In a posting-cum-editorial titled “Obama’s Debt Default is on His Shoulders While We Shoulder His Impeachable Offenses,” […]
Three Muslim judges in Malaysia overturned a four year-old ruling Monday, finding that only Muslims have access to the word “Allah.” Under the unanimous ruling, Christian newspapers doing business in Malaysia cannot refer to a deity named “Allah.” Christians are a religious minority in Malaysia, which is predominantly a “moderate” Islamic country. Catholic newspaper The […]
The summary for a poll released last week by NBC News and The Wall Street Journal sums up the Nation’s disgust with Congress as a whole, as well as President Barack Obama: Throw the bums out. What other message can Washington hear from the results of recent polls?