The Arena

Foolish In Seattle
Posted August 21, 2013 by Nathanael Ferguson

Gun Free ZoneIt turns out the Mayor of Seattle is encouraging businesses to place “gun free zone” signs on their windows and doors. A large contingent of vocal politicians are fiercely anti civil rights when it comes to Second Amendment issues. So much so that their reflexive ideological bias against our Second Amendment civil rights leads them to do foolish things like this. Any business that posts the gun free zone sign might as well also print in bright red block letters “Rob me, I’m unarmed and can’t defend myself.” It defies basic grade school level logic that a person would do such a thing.

Exit question: Should insurance companies be required to pay out if a business gets robbed after posting one of these signs?

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Spacemen Without A Spaceship
Posted August 20, 2013 by Nathanael Ferguson

NASA has introduced its latest crop of young and promising astronauts. Interested parties wonder when NASA will introduce a means of getting them to space that does not involve hitching a ride with the Russians.

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Sibelius vs. Biden on Texas Health Care
Posted by Nathanael Ferguson

Health and Human Services Secretary Sibelius was in Texas recently campaigning for educating us about the virtues of Obamacare. The pretext for the Obamacare sales pitch is that the health care system in America is fatally flawed and that people will only receive quality affordable health care after Obamacare is fully implemented. The reason for campaigning speaking in Texas is, of course, to rally the unwilling Lone Star State to support the Affordable Care Act. The subtext of the administration’s Texas campaign outreach is that health care in Texas is particularly bad and thus Texans stand to gain the most from the federal health care reform.

On the other hand, this week Vice President Biden and his son, Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, are in Houston so the younger Biden can….get medical tests.

The administration may badmouth Texas health care, but they sure don’t mind coming to Texas for their own medical needs. Actions speak louder than words, indeed. Welcome to Texas and get well, Mr. Biden!

 

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The Texas Juggernaut Steams On
Posted by Nathanael Ferguson

Port of BrownsvilleThe eleven maritime ports in Texas already account for some 1.44 million direct, indirect, and induced jobs in Texas and in 2011 generated $277.6 billion of economic activity in the state. Those numbers will likely go up in the years ahead as The Port of Brownsville builds a new $26 million cargo dock that will be in service by 2015. The economic outlook in Texas continues to improve while much of the nation falters.

Photo Credit: http://www.portofbrownsville.com/

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Constitution? What Constitution?
Posted by Nathanael Ferguson

In a blow to the 4th Amendment, the Obama administration wants the Supreme Court to allow warrantless searches of cell phones. Someone should remind the president, who should already know because he taught constitutional law, that the Constitution protects citizens against unreasonable search and seizure. The relevant text, in full:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

It’s getting harder these days to believe that the administration either understands or respects the Constitution. All the more reason for Congress and the states to promote renewed emphasis on the 10th Amendment.

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The High Cost of Perpetual Scandal
Posted by Nathanael Ferguson

Washington is plagued by a steady stream of scandal. Not just little scandals. Big, consequential scandals. Glenn Reynolds discusses in his USA Today Column the high cost of these scandals as they erode trust in government institutions.

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Calling In Egypt’s Debt
Posted August 19, 2013 by Nathanael Ferguson

About 25% of Egypt’s defense spending comes in the form of U.S. Aid. That’s right – American taxpayers foot the bill for a quarter of Egypt’s defense budget. Why does the Obama administration act like we have no leverage to force Egypt to put an end to religious persecution of Christians? It’s time to spend some of the influence we’ve supposedly been buying with all that military aid.

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It Seems Early For This Sort Of Thing
Posted by Nathanael Ferguson

Biden confident he can beat Hillary in 2016.

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The Daily Lincoln
Posted August 15, 2013 by Nathanael Ferguson

LincolnOn this day in 1855, five full years before being elected president, Abraham Lincoln wrote a letter to a former congressman named George Robertson. The letter is both a foreshadowing of Lincoln’s later “House Divided” speech and the bloody Civil War. Lincoln proved especially prescient in writing to Robertson when he said “there is no peaceful extinction of slavery in prospect for us.” Lincoln closed the letter saying “Our political problem now is ‘Can we, as a nation, continue together permanently—forever—half slave, and half free?’ The problem is too mighty for me. May God, in his mercy, superintend the solution.”

It was a question he would wrestle with, and ultimately answer, in the years ahead.

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The Rising Cost of Higher Ed
Posted August 14, 2013 by Nathanael Ferguson

The federal government has manufactured an artificial student loan interest rate crisis and then proceeded to solve the crisis. The problems with this are many. First, the federal government has asserted a near monopoly on student loans. This is absurd on its face. They then proceeded to place a temporary 3.4% interest rate cap on federal student loans, making the cost of the loans artificially low. The manufactured crisis comes in to play when the temporary artificially low rate is supposed to bump back up to the normal rate. Then the death screams from Washington about increased interest rates echo across the nation. But don’t worry, they’re from the government and they’re here to help! Poof….they’ve come up with a compromise and saved the day…or so they like to tell us.

The reality is, the cost of higher education will continue to rise and just about anything the federal government has done, will do, might do, or might consider doing will keep pushing those costs up. It’s the federal way!

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