My representative asked me, where should we get the tax dollars so we can protect property taxes from rising too quickly? I’m extremely disappointed that Steven Johnson from Assaria doesn’t appreciate that the legislature unnecessarily cut taxes a year or so ago, and now the state has a deficit. Where indeed should the dollars come … Read more

Has David Koch Gone Rogue?

Or is there a method to his madness? I believe his apparent revolt against 3 of the main tenets of modern republicanism, delivered on the night Romney gave his acceptance speech, speak to a longer-term goal. In other words, not rogue at all. My thinking below along with a link to the Politico story where … Read more

Health Care Lunacy

I’ve been sick with a slight fever all week, so maybe I just don’t understand what’s going on regarding the proposed Health Care Reform bill, but here’s what I see as of this date. To cut to the chase, I believe the proponents of this bill are, as my British colleagues might say, barking mad! … Read more

Abe Lincoln: Words of Wisdom

200 years ago, one of America’s best presidents was born in a one-room cabin in Kentucky. Abraham Lincoln was the U.S. president during the American Civil War and is most famous for issuing the Emancipation Proclamation, a set of executive orders that served to end slavery in the United States. Lincoln’s words of wisdom covered … Read more

Honor, Again

This week, America took the first steps back towards realizing the ideals “for which it stands.” We have once again declared that our policy and practice does not permit torture. America has historically been known as a country that behaved with honor and dignity. We didn’t “play dirty.” Americans fought and won the hard fights, … Read more

It’s a New Day

This post could have been titled Tears of Joy! I find myself getting weepy as I watch the ceremony and celebration that marks this most American of traditions, the peaceful transition of power. The historic significance of the election, and today, the inauguration, of Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States of … Read more


Yes we did.

Now is the Time

Walt Whitman, 1884, A Poem for Election Day (excerpt): If I should need to name, O Western World, your powerfulest scene and show, Twould not be you, Niagara – nor you, ye limitless prairies – nor your huge rifts of canyons, Colorado, Nor you, Yosemite – nor Yellowstone, with all its spasmic geyserloops ascending to … Read more

An American Conservative Speaks

I was, as my British friends might say, gobsmacked, when I heard that the son of conservative icon William F. Buckley, Christopher Buckley, endorsed and plans to vote for Barack Obama in the upcoming presidential election. Well, it’s true, I’ve always said I have no problems with honest conservatives, being one half the time myself. … Read more

Scenes from the Campaign Trail

I came across these photos this weekend and just felt like sharing. I really like this one, taken moments before the debate began on Friday. The quiet confidence, the last minute deep breath and getting centered reminds me of how I approach big challenges. :: Here we see the next first couple, right after Friday’s … Read more