“Equal Justice Under Law” – Four words to truly set in stone
America / U.S. Domestic Policy

“Equal Justice Under Law” – Four words to truly set in stone

There are four words etched in stone above the entrance of the Supreme Court building. “Equal Justice Under Law.” The essence of this engraving will permeate the highest court in the land this week as the nine justices hear arguments that could effectively reshape how the United States defines marriage. I want to give you … Continue reading

The Sequester: A perplexity inside and outside Washington
America / Economy / Fiscal policy

The Sequester: A perplexity inside and outside Washington

And so we enter another manufactured financial crisis here in Washington. The U.S. government is on the precipice of implementing massive spending cuts to federal programs. Totaling $1.2 trillion over the next decade, these cuts, known as (cue the headline buzzword) the “sequester,” will cut nearly every federal program’s budget by 8.2%. Both the left … Continue reading

Let He Who Is Without Sin Cast the First Stone
America / Debt / Economy / Fiscal policy

Let He Who Is Without Sin Cast the First Stone

By Chris Hartline The American political system is broken.  Congress is broken.  Our representatives don’t represent us.  These are common refrains you hear particularly outside of Washington – though inside as well – and they possess some semblance of truth. The 112th Congress was the most unproductive Congress in 60 years and the 2nd year of … Continue reading

A Democratic Conundrum
America

A Democratic Conundrum

There exists an interesting dilemma in democratic society involving a citizenry’s ability to make intelligent decisions in how society should be governed. Kay Lehman Schlozman explores this at some length in her piece “Vox Populi: Public Opinion and the Democratic Dilemma,” namely how democratic societies find an appropriate balance between governance based on citizen preferences … Continue reading

The Moderate: “Our Hope is in the ‘Burbs”
America / Politics / Presidential Race 2012

The Moderate: “Our Hope is in the ‘Burbs”

Suburbia. A place of white picket fences and well-manicured lawns. A place where people go to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, settle down, raise a family, and live peacefully. Unless it’s election season. As we enter the final days of the 2012 Presidential campaign, both the Obama and Romney camps are focusing … Continue reading