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.
“I’ve got a pen, and I’ve got a phone.”* That’s how President Barack Obama phrased his open threat Tuesday to bypass Congress in 2014 if his agenda suffers the same legislative opposition it met last year. “We are not just going to be waiting for legislation to make sure that we’re providing Americans with the […]
Last September, Arizona GOP Legislative District 26 called out Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) for supporting President Barack Obama’s Federal appointees. In the new year, it’s the Maricopa County Republican Party — the local arm of the GOP that’s right in McCain’s backyard.
One conservative psychologist says it’s time for the Republican establishment to stop apologizing for the party’s core values and to start putting progressives on the political defensive. And if they don’t, regular folks who are fed up with spineless GOP leaders can effectively ostracize the party’s chicken wing.
The U.S. Department of Energy will introduce new software tomorrow that allows volunteers to begin assessing energy consumption in their homes by using “scoring” criteria created by the government. The software, dubbed the Home Energy Scoring Tool, is one tool in the Obama Administration’s effort to soft-sell energy consumption to private individuals. But the President’s […]
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is up for re-election along with the rest of his House colleagues this year, and conservatives jaded by his penchant for playing politics down the middle are mobilizing a search for a conservative candidate to defeat him in the GOP primary.
A Republican Oklahoma legislator has just about had it with silly media reports of kids getting kicked out of school for making pistol shapes with their fingers or eating their Pop Tarts into the shapes of guns. So she’s drafting a State bill that would prevent schools from disciplining kids for being… well, kids.
According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the American economy added 74,000 jobs in December of 2013 – and yet the unemployment rate still managed to fall from 7 percent to 6 percent. How can that be? Because nobody’s looking for work. The civilian labor force in December shrank again, this time from 155.3 […]
Wonder why the U.S. Department of Justice’s purported criminal investigation into the Internal Revenue Service discrimination scandal, which involves the targeting of Tea Party nonprofit groups during the 2012 Presidential election season, doesn’t seem to be going anywhere?
In an effort to minimize any negative publicity surrounding the rollout of Obamacare in his home State, Senator Mark Udall attempted to get the Colorado Division of Insurance to lie about the number of Coloradans whose existing policies were being canceled. But one DOI staffer wasn’t going to be bullied.
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, […]