James L. Payne Archive
By James L. Payne • Tuesday December 16, 2014 at 12:43 AM PST
I recently exchanged letters with Joe Davidson, columnist for the Washington Post, about the Social Security program, in which I raised a central problem with this program, a defect consistently ignored by all its supporters. (Incidentally, the $1,000 reward I promised Mr. Davidson—which he did not attempt to claim—remains open to any staff member...
By James L. Payne • Wednesday November 17, 2010 at 8:48 AM PST
Proposed law: “Be it enacted, etc. etc. that the total personnel count of the Internal Revenue Service may not exceed 80,000 for the fiscal year 2011 and henceforth.” As every American knows, and more importantly, feels, the IRS is big brother. The IRS collects private information on every one of us; the IRS pays...
Tags: Big Government, budget, Budget and Tax Policy, college loans, Economics, farm subsidies, federal spending, government employees, IRS, Medicare, Politics, Social Security, The State, welfare state
By James L. Payne • Saturday October 30, 2010 at 12:46 PM PST
Recent electoral tides have brought conservatives to the fore—again. The last time this happened, in 1994, the overall effect of a “conservative revolution” was precisely . . . nil. Today the country is still lurching toward big government. Unless a new approach is adopted, the conservative surge in the 2010 election is likely to...
Tags: Budget and Tax Policy, Civil Society, conservatism, conservative revolution, Constitution, Culture, individual rights, libertarianism, Liberty, Morality, Personal Liberty, political expediency, Politics, slippery slope, statism, Taxation, Tea Party
By James L. Payne • Monday June 7, 2010 at 2:16 PM PST
How bad is the BP oil spill? Remember, many people make big bucks scaring you!
Tags: American History, Big Government, crisis mongering, Disaster Management, disasters, Economics, Energy, Environment, fear-mongering, Media, oil spill, Politics, Propaganda, regime uncertainty, special interest, Terrorism, War
By James L. Payne • Thursday March 11, 2010 at 8:27 AM PST
The form letter in the mail today from the Census Bureau—which I suppose everyone in the United States has received—urged me to participate in the upcoming census. “Your response is important,” it said, because “Results from the 2010 Census will be used to. . . .” Can the reader guess how the sentence ends?...
By James L. Payne • Wednesday March 3, 2010 at 11:17 AM PST
“The federal government is supposed to protect us from terrorism.” This may have been a plausible theory at one time, but now, after a decade of goofs and lapses, it sounds more like the opening line of a late-night comedy routine. The latest revelation about government’s anti-terrorism programs makes for rather dark comedy indeed....
Tags: anthrax attack, Bruce Ivins, Criminal Justice, Drugs, Fort Detrick biodefense lab, Fort Hood, government competence, Homeland Security, Middle East, Military, Next Generation Anthrax Vaccine, Nidal Hasan, radical Muslim, Science, Terrorism, The State, USAMRIID, War, Weapons