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.
Republicans sitting on the House Appropriations Committee are threatening to tighten the IRS’ “purse strings” if officials don’t come clean about who was involved in orchestrating the Tea Party discrimination scandal. On Monday, Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) told acting IRS chief Danny Werfel, “I don’t need to remind you or anybody else that the power […]
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. Senator Ted Cruz’ (R-Texas) suggestion , via Twitter, to “abolish the IRS and ensure it [scandal and abuse] NEVER happens again” is picking up a little steam. […]
Fred Shayes, owner of a small tourist shop in midtown Manhattan, is going to have to go out of business if Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s office doesn’t let up. The city’s Department of Consumer Affairs is fining him $60,000 because his store was selling cigarette lighters that looked like tiny guns, even though Shayes cooperated with officials as soon as he realized the items weren’t allowed in Bloomberg’s gun-panicked nanny state.
As the January 2014 deadline looms for Obamacare to take effect as the law of the land, nearly two-thirds of Americans are still on the fence about buying insurance under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Meanwhile, the embattled IRS has released an enforcement schedule that assumes a family of five will have to pay $20,000 a year, at minimum, for health care coverage under the controversial law.
There’s been a historic number of violent attacks on gays in New York City in recent months, including the high-profile murder of gay activist Mark Carson two weeks ago. So, on Sunday, an openly gay member of the New York City Council announced a series of new self-defense classes aimed at equipping members of the city’s gay […]
Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) is lumbering toward the sobering conclusion that his allies in the Administration of President Barack Obama may not be able to dodge much more scrutiny over the IRS scandal – at least, not without some credible way of exonerating them. On the Today show Monday, McCain used his typical incomplete-sentence stammer-speak […]
Since 2006, the Minneapolis Police Department has paid out almost $14 million to the “alleged” victims of police misconduct and abuse. But seldom do those payoffs come with an admission of wrongdoing, or a disciplinary action against the offending officers. In fact, the 12 most costly cases, in terms of payouts, involved no officer discipline. […]
American and British scientists, with the help of funding through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, have developed an Internet-based global monitoring system that’s capable of mining social media sites for opinions that diverge from mainstream medical advice on the safety and urgency of getting vaccinated.
Colorado Senate President John Morse is the highest-profile legislator who supported the State’s trio of new gun-control laws in March. But he and others are now fighting to keep their seats, as residents warm to the growing nationwide push to recall lawmakers whose in-office actions don’t reflect what voters thought they were getting at election time.
Buyers of individual insurance plans in California are bracing for sticker shock as the Jan. 1 start date for President Barack Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act approaches.