This week, Congress passed a budget calling for increasing federal spending and adding $1.7 trillion to the national debt over the next ten years. Most so-called "fiscal conservatives" voted for this big-spending budget because it allows Congress to repeal some parts of Obamacare via "reconciliation." As important as it is to repeal Obamacare, it does not justify increasing spending and debt.
I don't usually live my days according to a particular theme. No planning goes into them, unless I'm celebrating a birthday or some other exceptional event. But every now and then, in a sort of strange serendipity, the day comes together around people, places and ideas that have a strange symbiosis. So it was last Tuesday.
Just nine days before becoming Leader of the Free World, President-elect Donald Trump wasn't talking about economic policy. He wasn't talking about global security or how he plans to improve the welfare of nearly 319 million Americans.
The beginning of the Obama Administration was marked by a trillion dollar experiment called economic stimulus. All we really have to show for it is a lesson learned in crony capitalism. It wasn't the jobs or projects that were shovel ready as promised. It was the insiders, who benefited financially from their political contacts.
Apparently, we now live in a country where you can walk into an FBI office, admit to being an ISIS terrorist and you aren't taken seriously, but if you make a small rounding error on your tax return, rest assured, the IRS will come calling.
I was at a Phoenix Suns basketball game in October when the PA announcer asked for a round of applause for the city's new police chief. Thousands of us scanned the arena, wondering where he might be seated.
Acclaimed actor Meryl Streep lit up social media during Sunday's Golden Globe awards in an explicitly political speech, where she harshly criticized President-elect Donald Trump without ever mentioning him by name.