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. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee sat down Lois Lerner, who’s in charge of the Internal Revenue Service’s Exempt Organizations Unit, for questioning early Wednesday, despite forewarning from her attorney that she would invoke the 5th Amendment right to avoid self-incrimination by not answering any questions. Later in the afternoon, committee chairman Darrell […]
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.
A poll released Tuesday estimates that a majority of Americans blame the Internal Revenue Service hit job on deliberate targeting ordered by someone or coordinated by a group. And there’s a corresponding bump in the proportion of Americans who, according to a separate poll released Monday, approve of the Tea Party and its small-government message in the wake of the IRS scandal.
Early this month, the sheriff of Palm Beach County, Fla., announced a new, Orwellian “violence prevention” program designed to pit neighbors against each other by having people anonymously call the cops on anyone who doesn’t like the government or takes a picture of a bridge.
Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) told a New Hampshire audience Monday that Congress shouldn’t let those responsible for perpetrating the IRS Tea Party-targeting scandal get away with a wrist-slapping from the Inspector General for Tax Administration. Rather, said Paul, the politically-motivated stymieing of conservative nonprofits under the guise of IRS enforcement demands an investigation fully independent […]
Organized labor leaders are the latest in a growing group of liberal special interests to take a pass on President Barack Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The president of a labor union representing the construction trade called on the repeal of Obamacare in its entirety last month. Now, bosses with the 1.3 million-member […]
Risk management firm Aon, which sells insurance to companies that seek to establish an international footprint, released its global “Terrorism and Political Violence” assessment map for 2013 last week, revealing that countries in North and South America, generally, are among the Earth’s most politically stable, most terror-free and most friendly to new business.
One day before the Internal Revenue Service began its now-infamous hit job on Tea Party nonprofits, the leader of the labor union representing the agency’s employees — a vocally anti-Tea Party group — met with President Barack Obama at the White House.
A new poll by the American Action Forum reveals that, if President Barack Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — also known as Obamacare — ends up failing, the President will have simple market forces to thank. That’s because young people, who typically incur lower healthcare costs as a demographic far less exposed to health […]
Researchers writing in the journal Nature Geoscience are perplexed that the theory of global warming isn’t holding sway over what the Earth has actually been doing for the past 14 years. Revising one’s views about such an inconvenient truth isn’t easy, so the international group of scientists who published the report is being cautious in […]