Author Archives: Leslie Carbone

IRS Targeted Groups Trying to “Make America a Better Place”

As with the tax code and the (un)Affordable Care Act it is tasked with enforcing, the more we learn about the latest scandal at the Internal Revenue Service, the worse it gets. The Wall Street Journal reports today that, in addition to inappropriately scrutinizing groups with the words “tea party” or “patriot” in their names […]

  • Is Tyranny Around the Corner?Politics

    It’s been a bad week for the government-is-your-trustworthy-benefactor crowd. On Wednesday, three credible witnesses torpedoed Obama Administration claims about what officials knew and when they knew it during and after the terrible September 11, 2012, attack on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya, which left four Americans dead. Then on Friday morning, ABC News reported that […]

  • Government Incompetence Strikes AgainPolitics

    Well, it’s Sequester Eve, and both Democrat and Republican bills to address the government-manufactured crisis have failed. This shouldn’t be surprising. When the alternatives are the national government getting its act together and X, X is a safer bet than Social Security. The sequester comprises $85 Billion in across-the-board (with some exceptions, of course) cuts […]

  • What difference does the role of government make?Politics

    As the quadrennial glare that hovers around the external trappings of elevated office fades, it behooves the citizens of the Republic to consider the substance behind the glare. President Barack Obama began his second Inaugural Address last week by claiming, “What makes us exceptional—what makes us American—is our allegiance to” three of the five self-evident […]

  • It’s the Culture, StupidPolitics

    What do we do now? The center-right hand-wringing in the wake of Mitt Romney’s loss to Barack Obama exceeds any in modern memory. Frankly, that’s a not such a bad thing. The voters of the United States last month re-elected one of the worst Presidents in history, and all who recognize that sad situation ought […]

  • Same-Sex “Marriage” and Big GovernmentPolitics

    It’s been big week for same-sex “marriage”. On Tuesday, the voters of North Carolina passed a Constitutional amendment asserting: “Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State. This section does not prohibit a private party from entering into contracts with another […]

  • Obama Tries Again to Spread the Wealth AroundPolicy, Politics

    Invoking the phrase “fair share” over and over again–as though repetition made it meaningful if not truthful–a smug President Barack Obama today at the White House touted his latest effort to spread the wealth around, a scheme that The Wall Street Journal expects will cost Americans $1.5 Trillion in higher taxes. Insisting “it’s … about […]

  • Same Scheme, Different SpeechCatch-All, Policy, Politics

    Raising specters straight out of the Bleeding Heart Anthology of Horror Tales–like people actually delaying retirement to send their kids to college–a graying President Barack Obama tonight touted his latest tax-and-spend-our-way-back-to-prosperity scheme, which he repeatedly urged Congress to pass “right away” now that he’s back from Martha’s Vineyard. It won’t work. It can’t work. It’s […]

  • The Immorality of Our Federal Income TaxPolicy

    George Bernard Shaw famously observed that those who rob Peter to pay Paul can always count on the support of Paul. And today, as Americans rush to file their federal income taxes, we’re reminded of how deeply modern politicians share Shaw’s cynicism, try as they might to ennoble it with smug moralizing about “shared sacrifices” […]

  • Happy 100th Birthday, Mr. President, and thank you!Catch-All

    “That reminds me of a story,” said Ronald Reagan, in his warm, smooth, low-toned voice, that voice that didn’t have to fake strength. “Everything reminds me of a story.” And the crowd gathered tightly around the monitor at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library chuckled, remembering. I had the opportunity to usher in former […]