Other Commentaries

Porking out with your money, documented

Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization working to eliminate governmental waste and fraud, just released its “2017 Congressional Pig Book,” an annual publication highlighting wasteful government spending that should embarrass each and every member of ...

Trump and his Department of Justice: An unnecessary clash

During the past two weeks, President Donald Trump has made no secret of his unhappiness at the management of the Department of Justice under Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Actually, Trump seems most agitated at the growing parts of the DOJ that are not under Sessions’ management. He is ...

McCain the Patriot

In this unheroic era when prominent American males prove their abiding patriotism by prominently displaying an American flag pin in the lapel of their suit jacket, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., remains seriously out of step. McCain has never been a flag waver. With the steady devotion of a ...

Health care fight shows Washington at its worst

The story of health care policy this week, this month and for the last decade (at least) has been a tale of partisan folly. But fear not, this isn’t another earnest pundit’s lament for the vital center to emerge, phoenix-like, to form a governing coalition of moderates in both parties. ...

StateState judges: Political selection or election selection?

A number of former Pennsylvania state governors continue to beat the drum for what they erroneously call “merit selection” of state judges. The basis for that is the report authored by Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts. It is claimed that scandals and money are the reasons to eliminate ...

Should Pennsylvanians pay extra for the walking dead?

Thanks to last year’s state budget, you’re paying more to watch House of Cards. This year, The Walking Dead—and a host of other cable TV shows—could cost you more, too. Just one year ago, lawmakers passed an unpaid-for state spending plan, which Gov. Wolf let become law. To fill ...

Who owns border death truck tragedy? Mexico!

Florida truck driver James Matthew Bradley isn’t the mastermind of the human smuggling ring that led to the grisly deaths of 10 illegal immigrants in his rig, which authorities found at a San Antonio Walmart over the weekend. He’s just a cog in the machine. Bradley may now face the ...

Government broadcasters vs. the FCC?

The Hollywood Reporter unveiled that PBS and its public broadcasting brethren have written the Federal Communications Commission with a list of complaints. The headline reads, “PBS Wants the Government to Reexamine Hard Stance on Indecency.” That’s funny, since we haven’t seen a ...

Say no to severance tax – it’s a job crusher

This budget season, we’ve seen encouraging signs of true leadership from some who are committed to creating new, long-term job and economic growth opportunities for the Commonwealth. Unfortunately, we’ve also heard from some lawmakers whose only “solutions” are massive, job-crushing ...

The party of bad faith?

If the Republican attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare ultimately fails, it will be a lesson in the wages of political bad faith. The current path of the Senate bill has plenty of obstacles, including the sheer inertia of the Obamacare status quo and the fact that no one has made the ...

Natural gas severance tax would make largely negative trends even worse

It has become an annual ritual at crunch-time as the House and Senate work to find the revenue to fund a state budget: Legislators whose constituents are receiving the benefits of lower electricity prices and cleaner air propose a natural gas severance tax that will adversely factor into ...

The Netflix Revolution

While the nation’s political elites obsess over daily controversies of official Washington, a far more significant development is taking place on television screens across America. After years of steady growth, the number of subscribers to streaming video services like Netflix has topped ...

Rand Paul a man for all seasons on health care

The greatest trick any politician can pull off is to get his self-interest and his principles in perfect alignment. As Thomas More observed in Robert Bolt’s “A Man for All Seasons,” “If we lived in a State where virtue was profitable, common sense would make us good, and greed would ...

Environmentalists are birthing more and more of the climate-change hype

One of the hallmarks of the “Ugly American” is the habit of thinking foreigners will understand what you’re saying if you just shout it louder and louder. The Ugly Environmentalist does something similar. He exaggerates the challenge of global warming by using ever more hysterical ...

Reince Priebus for president

It’s been a rough week for the White House, so reportedly — yet again — Reince Priebus might get fired. Surely, no high-level government official in American history has been on the verge of ouster so early and so often. Being the subject of shake-up rumors is practically Reince ...

Here’s Ronnie! Making sense 42 years later

“The more things change, the more they stay the same.” (French proverb) While scanning YouTube videos, I came across an appearance by Ronald Reagan on “The Tonight Show,” hosted by Johnny Carson. The year was 1975 and Reagan was “between ...

Manufacturing hate for ‘Made in America’

It was “Made In America’’ week last week in Washington, D.C. You’d think this would be cause for bipartisan celebration. Who could be against highlighting the ingenuity, self-reliance and success of our nation’s homegrown entrepreneurs and manufacturers? Enter Bill Kristol. The ...

The Last Cast

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission law enforcement staff recently provided critical assistance in several water-rescue events, including one on the Susquehanna River near Lancaster in which hundreds of individuals launched a variety of floatable devices during high water.  Most of ...

Gerrymandering: Questions the courts need to ask

Politics! Today it’s everywhere or often seems so. Trump mania pervades news coverage while heated and often testy debates about health care, immigration, criminal justice and trade policy increasingly dominate the national conversation. Turn on any news program and try to escape ...

CNN’s White-Whale Russia obsession

The media’s sudden explosion over a meeting last summer at Trump Tower between Donald Trump Jr. and an alleged “Kremlin-backed lawyer” (she wasn’t Kremlin-backed) has spawned a whole new feeding frenzy. Every miniscoop gets inflated into the latest contender in the urgent liberal ...