• Our Identity Crisis

    Our Identity Crisis

    According to a recent report in The New York Times, Health and Human Services Department officials have been circulating a proposal to define sex.

    Their memo says, “Sex means a person’s status as male or female based on immutable biological traits identifiable by or before birth.” They add, “The sex listed on a person’s birth certificate, as originally issued, shall constitute definitive proof of a person’s sex unless rebutted by reliable genetic evidence.”

    I think the latter statement lacks complete rigor. READ MORE...

  • 2018 Midtern Election Reveals Opening for Republicans With Young Blacks

    2018 Midtern Election Reveals Opening for Republicans With Young Blacks

    Buried in the mounds of data fleshing out what happened in the midterm elections is an interesting take on blacks.

    Nationwide data on black voting in this election cycle do not point to much change. Various polls over recent months seemed to indicate that blacks were starting to warm up to Republicans and President Donald Trump.

    But blacks went 90 percent for Democrats and 8 percent for Republicans. Pretty much business as usual.

    However, digging down, we find something interesting.

    Blacks ages 18 to 29 voted 82 percent for Democrats and 14 percent for Republicans. That seems to point to change taking place among young blacks. READ MORE...

  • 430 More VA Medical Staff (at No Cost to Taxpayers)

    430 More VA Medical Staff (at No Cost to Taxpayers)

    Believe it or not, the Department of Veterans Affairs has 430 medical professionals who, instead of performing their duties as nurses or doctors, spend some or all of their time working for their federal employees unions.

    All of that happens on the taxpayers’ dime.

    Not anymore, according to the VA’s recent announcement.

    As of Nov. 15, the VA will repudiate part of its master collective-bargaining agreement. In particular, it will eliminate all forms of taxpayer-funded “official time” for its roughly 104,000 Title 38 medical profession employees. READ MORE...

  • Poor Land Management Is Leading to Bigger California Fires

    Poor Land Management Is Leading to Bigger California Fires

    Another year, another set of deadly fires burning up California.

    The devastation is heartbreaking. The “Camp Fire” has almost completely obliterated the Northern California town of Paradise. It’s now officially the deadliest fire in California history. Over 40 people have died.

    Heartbreaking photos capture what Paradise looked like before and after the #CampFire ripped through the Northern California town. https://t.co/WVVuN1hyiP pic.twitter.com/vNWRtohKxU READ MORE...

  • The Path Forward on Health Reform for Conservatives

    The Path Forward on Health Reform for Conservatives

    Last week’s election results show that health care is still a top concern for many Americans. Members of Congress must now decide how to move forward. Their task: providing a coherent answer to our national anxiety over health care.

    Americans care, immensely, about health care. A Washington Post study found that health care was the most Googled subject in nearly every single county. Polls repeatedly showed that the No. 1 issue voters wanted their elected representatives to address was the high cost of health coverage. READ MORE...

  • 2 Problems Democrats Face After Election Wins

    2 Problems Democrats Face After Election Wins

    We are about to find out whether Democrats meant it when they lamented the loss of civility in Washington.

    Having won the majority in the House of Representatives in Tuesday’s election, will they cooperate with Republicans and “reach across the aisle,” or will they pander to their base, which wants President Donald Trump’s blood?

    Guess which scenario I’m betting on?

    Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., who will likely head the Financial Services Committee, has promised to seek revenge on the banks, which she notes loaned money to people in the ’90s so they could buy houses they couldn’t afford. When the banks foreclosed, she says, some of her constituents became homeless. READ MORE...

  • Postelection, Rebuilding the US Military Just Became That Much Harder

    Postelection, Rebuilding the US Military Just Became That Much Harder

    With Democrats regaining control of the House of Representatives, the path to rebuilding America’s military just became more challenging.

    For the past two years, Pentagon officials have laid out in stark detail how the military had deteriorated over the past decade, owing to underfunding and overuse in two protracted conflicts.

    Shortly after he arrived at the Pentagon, Secretary of Defense James Mattis testified that he was shocked at the poor state of the military’s readiness.

    Many people are surprised to learn that the Army, Navy, and Air Force are the smallest they have been since 1950. Some recall how capable our military was during the first Gulf War in 1991, but don’t realize that the military that so ably ejected Saddam Hussein from Kuwait is now two-thirds the size it was then. READ MORE...