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 Monday, the Seattle City Council voted unanimously and without discussion to seize the property of a 103-year-old resident so that the city could “mitigate for the loss of short-term, on-street parking during construction along the downtown waterfront and replacement of the Alaskan Way Viaduct.”
Democratic Congressman Jared Polis is planning to request an individual exemption from Obamacare for affluent residents of the ski resort communities that comprise his legislative district in Colorado. Polis, who until recently has been a firm supporter of Obamacare, told Health Policy Solutions Wednesday that even wealthy families in cities like Keystone, Breckenridge and Aspen (although Aspen lies just […]
A court has ruled that the secret placement of a global positioning system (GPS) device on a suspect’s car constitutes a search under the 4th Amendment, and that law enforcement cannot track suspects in such a manner without first obtaining a warrant based on probable cause.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is set to pack on new regulatory muscle any day now, as the announced end-of-October deadline for new regulations against the so-called “electronic cigarette” industry approaches. The FDA is attempting an end run around an earlier Federal court decision that shot down the agency’s attempt to ban the devices, […]
A small number of conservative Senators want to launch an investigation into why the Environmental Protection Agency in August orchestrated a heavy-handed SWAT-type raid to investigate an innocuous allegation that a mining company might be violating the Clean Water Act.
Now that it’s irrefutably obvious to everyone that the Oct. 1 rollout of Obamacare has been — and remains — a stillborn disaster, all the evil conservative talk about delaying the health plan during the government shutdown farce has become more palatable for Democratic leaders.
There are 316 million people – men, women and children – living in the United States. Of that number, approximately 245 million are eligible to work according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. By the bureau’s most recent count, there are 155,559,000 people working at some kind of job – and, as new numbers […]
Sharpstown, a Houston suburb, tired of property crimes and inadequate police service in their community, so the Sharpstown Civic Association got together and entered into an agreement with private security firm SEAL Security Texas to patrol its streets. What do you think happened? Even though the SEAL patrols aren’t authorized to make traffic stops, they […]
The Director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation stood before his law enforcement peers Sunday and warned them that they were all in danger of losing their technological toys in the ongoing effort to spy on non-suspects and to create probable cause out of thin air.
A Portland, Ore.-based group of young American musicians — all of Asian descent — can’t give their band the name they’ve been fighting for since 2009. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has rejected the name because of sensitivity concerns. These guys have been trying for four years, without success, to trademark the name “The Slants.”