Posts by Melancton Smith
An Open Letter to Washington on the Debt Ceiling


Over at Forbes, there is a pithy letter to our D.C. politicos on the debt ceiling. Here is a snippet: The upcoming debt ceiling fight isn’t just about “paying our already committed bills,” as the President suggested in his most recent press conference. It’s about addressing the underlying causes of our debt and quitting our…
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Lower the Debt Ceiling


From the New York Sun: That is the headline on the 30th anniversary issue of Grant’s Interest Rate Observer, which this morning is, as it has been every other week for the past generation, being savored among the savvy. The latest headline sits atop one of the newsletter’s classic editorials. “Since 1917,” it quotes…
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What If She Had Been Unarmed?


Melinda Herman was a victim of a home invasion. With two children under her care, and a husband many miles away, she fortunately had a weapon. Although under the castle doctrine, she had no duty to retreat from the invader, she ran with her children to the attic and tried to hide. Her back to…
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No Surprise: U.S. Urges Britain to Warm to Brussels’ Centralization


According to the London Evening Standard, Prime Minister David Cameron is planning to announce a referendum to be held after the 2015 general election on Britain’s relationship with the EU. Conservatives hope to negotiate a looser membership in which fewer powers are ceded to Brussels, and hold a referendum on the outcome. In other words, Britain…
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Tax Code Is Longer than the Bible


From the Associated Press: At nearly 4 million words, the U.S. tax law is so thick and complicated that businesses and individuals spend more than 6 billion hours a year complying with filing requirements, according to a report Wednesday by an independent government watchdog. That’s the equivalent of 3 million people working full-time, year-round….
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Can the State Take Your Blood Without a Warrant?


Today, the Supreme Court hears argument in Missouri v. McNeely. The issue presented is whether a police officer may obtain a nonconsensual and warrantless blood sample from a driver the officer believes is drunk. The petition for certiorari can be found here. Essentially, the cops stopped McNeely late at night and McNeely did poorly on…
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Those Versatile Government-Issued EBT Cards


Back in the day, the federal government issued needy people books of food stamps with which they could buy approved items such as milk, bread, and meat. Of course, an easy trick for the recipients was to present a $20 coupon for a small purchase. They would then receive cash back. With that cash,…
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ObamaCare Litigation and the Christian’s Conscience


This year, litigation proceeds about the ObamaCare requirement dealing with health insurance and abortion drugs. The mandate requires employers to provide health insurance coverage that includes abortion-inducing drugs, contraception, and sterilization. Employers are compelled to provide these in spite of religious beliefs about abortion. Failure to comply results in fines of $100 per employee per day….
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Hammers, Clubs, and Fists: Making Our Streets and Schools Safe


Over at Breitbart, there is a very good article about the number of deaths caused each year by rifles vs. hammers and clubs. Here is a snippet: For example, in 2011, there was 323 murders committed with a rifle but 496 murders committed with hammers and clubs. . . . Another interesting fact: According…
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Escape to … Russia??


Remember, the “good old days” of the Cold War when the Berlin Wall stood as a monument to communist oppression? I vividly remember pictures of East Germans vaulting over the barbed wire as it was first constructed. An escape from oppression to freedom. Just a look across the Wall to the eastern side showed dilapidation and poverty. Such it was…
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