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.
President Barack Obama designated five areas Thursday as Economic Promise Zones: three in cities, one in rural Kentucky and one on the Choctaw Nation in Oklahoma – and nearly all of them offer Democrats stronger political inroads with resistant local voters. Obama described the ‘Zones as places where kids would, with the Federal government’s help, […]
As President Barack Obama attempts to stave off an election-year repeat of the public relations disaster he saddled his own party with in 2013, he’s kicking his policy rhetoric into community-organizing mode. Launching an income inequality initiative is Obama’s way of bailing incumbent Congressional Democrats out of the Obamacare debacle.
Republican Wyoming Governor Matt Mead issued a statement Monday blasting the Environmental Protection Agency for unilaterally ignoring Congressionally established law in order to take roughly 1 million acres of property out of State jurisdiction and hand it over to two Indian tribes.
President Barack Obama demonstrated his commitment to ending income inequality in America this week by asking the Senate to lavish five major Democratic donors with cherry ambassadorships in conflict-free countries like Iceland, New Zealand and The Netherlands. Obama sent his picks to the Senate on Monday for confirmation, even though the nominees knew before Congress […]
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) knows that 2014 could be a long year for himself and other Congressional GOP colleagues who’ve variously attempted to conceal their RINO hearts with occasional weak overtures toward highly self-willed Tea Party conservatives.
The Government Accountability Office released a report Monday that reveals major carmakers are collecting information about where motorists travel, and that they retain that info indefinitely — without any legal obligation to dispose of it.
On Monday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told CBS News’ Major Garrett that the demographic mix of Obamacare enrollees was a crucial determinant of the health care law’s long-term viability. He’d kind of been backed into a corner, because Garrett was after him about the Obama Administration’s deafening silence on just how far short […]
A mother and father in coastal North Carolina called the police to help get control of their teenage son, who suffered from depression and schizophrenia. He allegedly was experiencing a psychotic episode and had grabbed a small screwdriver.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture said last week it will permanently relax rules that limit public schools’ lunchroom options, including calorie count and portion sizes, affirming the agency’s face-saving 2012 decision to temporarily lift those same requirements in the face of public backlash.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) set a welcoming, bipartisan tone to kick off the new year today, noting that the only ideological ambition his Republican Senate foes harbor is to “make President [Barack] Obama look bad.” Reid followed that up with a call for cooperation between both political parties – because, of course, only […]