- U.S. Navy to start giving gay couples marriage benefits in Japan
- Sen. Harry Reid goes to hospital as a precaution
- Fla.’s Trey Radel exits rehab, ‘excited’ to resume congressional role
- U.S. nuclear general boozed it up, chased ‘hot women’ in Russia: report
- 45 Calif. students at one school test positive for tuberculosis exposure
- Rob Ford on women: Give them cash ‘and they are happy’
- Ku Klux Klan group holds recruitment meeting in Maryland
- Airport assassination: Mayor, 3 others killed at Manila airport
- Tea party-type lawmakers take mysterious, off-books trip to Mideast
- North Korea warns South: We’ll attack ‘without warning’
Latest James Madison Items
Scarcely a day goes by that we aren't treated to reports of some new folly or outrage from the federal government. One thinks, for example, of the Environmental Protection Agency's willingness to kill jobs and raise electricity prices through regulation, all the while giving hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars to China in the form of federal grants.
Two recent, seemingly unrelated events weigh heavily on the question of whether America will remain able to protect its national security or languish in failed policies and a federal debt crisis that has led to our credit rating being downgraded.
Can an amendment to the U.S. Constitution fix the deficit problem? Polls show most Americans think we need a balanced-budget amendment. Yet serious scholars of the issue understand that the deficit is merely a symptom of the problem; people want more benefits from government than they wish to pay for.
When was the last time you cursed a Chinese-made light bulb that glowed for a week or two (if at all) instead of five or six years? Sadly, that's just an example of the vast invasion of inferior Chinese goods for which there are no longer American-made counterparts. Where is our outrage, and who is to blame? The silence on this issue is deafening.
T he United Kingdom, whose history is most closely associated with our own, naturally also provides a harbinger of our dystopian future if our regulatory pathologies continue unchecked. From the country that gave us George Orwell's "1984," a cautionary tale about the dangers of rampant statism, and the National Health Service, whose rapacious rationing of medical treatment foretells the folly of recently passed Obamacare, now comes the News of the World scandal, an allegory about the unintended consequences of ham-fisted campaign finance regulation.
President James Madison said, "Each generation should be made to bear the burden of its own wars, instead of carrying them on, at the expense of other generations."
Last month, the Maryland State Board of Education adopted a policy requiring students to exhibit "environmental lit- eracy" to graduate from high school. In other words, students will be required to take courses on such topics as "smart growth," conservation and, undoubtedly, the adverse effects of climate change. In his statement announcing the change, Gov. Martin O'Malley applauded the new requirement and remarked how important it is for our graduates to have "a keen understanding of and connection to the natural world."
As Benjamin Franklin was leaving Constitution Hall on Sept. 17, 1787, he heard a lady ask, "Well, Doctor, what have we got - a republic or a monarchy?" To which he replied: "A republic, madam - if you can keep it."
Glenn Beck, the radio host and former Fox News talking head, apparently needs to capitalize one last time on his dwindling fame. His solution: publish a redundant book on the Federalist Papers.