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 U.S. Department of Agriculture won’t disclose which retailers profit most from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (aka food stamps), despite pressure from some health and media organizations to reveal where the money’s going. Unlike Medicaid and other public-spending juggernauts, which do reveal statistics on where the free money ends up, the food stamp program’s […]
Here is a collection of some of the stories that Personal Liberty staffers will be keeping an eye on throughout the day. Click the links for the full stories. It’s already begun: a university track coach near the scene of Monday’s Boston Marathon explosions told his local TV station he thought it was strange that […]
If you see a stray wallet orphaned on the ground and pick it up, aiming to call the Department of Public Safety or simply to drop the wallet, intact, off at the local sheriff’s office, would you think twice for fear of being arrested for theft?
Governors and legislatures in Texas and other Red States have differentiated themselves from their liberal peers in New York, Connecticut, Maryland and even Colorado by rolling out very public welcome mats, all in the hope that outbound gun manufacturers will land in their backyards.
A Michigan judge already renowned for being a stickler about cellphones in court administered himself even sterner justice than he’s meted out to others who’ve broken his ringtone policy: He found himself in contempt and slapped himself with a $25 fine. District Judge Raymond Voet heard an annoying ring during closing arguments in a domestic […]
Minnesota police are the latest to inadvertently demonstrate that the majority of Americans who live some part of their lives within the information grid are so absurdly susceptible to privacy breaches, abuse and warrantless government scrutiny that it would all be funny if the implications weren’t so alarming.
PTR (Precision Target Rifle) Industries, makers of the PTR-91 series of rifles, released a statement on its website last week announcing its principled departure from its corporate home in Bristol, Conn.
Through White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, President Barack Obama announced the release of his family’s 2012 tax returns Friday. The 32-page tome can be accessed here. The Obamas reported an adjusted gross income of $608,611, $400,000 of which came from the President’s salary, and almost all of the remainder coming from book sales. The […]
Here is a collection of some of the stories that Personal Liberty staffers will be keeping an eye on throughout the day.
If you add up all the money the government is spending and divide that amount by the number of households in the United States, you get a figure that now exceeds the median amount of money those households collectively earn.