September 2, 2005
The High Cost of Political Capital
If you’re an average American, the Iraq War will cost you at least $1,000 in taxes. If you’re in the Army or Marines, it may cost you an arm and a leg. Is this war worth it?
August 26, 2005
The Fighting Democrats
All over the country, veterans of the Iraq war are coming forward to run for Congress – as Democrats. We’ve even got a “Dem Vet” candidate here in Frederick County: Iraq war veteran Andrew Duck.
August 19, 2005
The Despicable Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton was the worst president in the history of the United States. He came in unprepared for the job, and then made a lot of god-awful decisions that seriously damaged our country. We'll all be reaping the rotten fruit of his incompetence for a very long time.
August 12, 2005
A Dog-Gone Shame
Should Frederick curb the power of the Historic District Commission and adopt some new preservation rules? Judging from the HDC's recent treatment of a downtown pet shop owner, it might be time to do that.
August 5, 2005
Brains, Brawn, and Berlin
Ken Berlin, candidate for alderman in The City of Frederick, is showing that he has both brains and brawn. His brains have generated some interesting new ideas for Frederick. His "brawn" is his willingness to expend a lot of effort to turn these ideas into reality.
July 29, 2005
A Call to Honor
If you consider yourself a patriotic Marylander, and your voter registration starts with an "R," you won't support Lt. Gov. Michael Steele for United States senator.
July 22, 2005
Back to the 1890s?
My grandmother went to work in a Philadelphia sweatshop when she was nine years old. The floor manager picked a different girl to molest each day. If a girl refused, she got fired, and her family suffered. That’s life when business regulation is weak.
July 8, 2005
Most Americans voted for the president a few months ago because they thought he’d done a good job leading our country in the “war on terror” and would make us more secure against terrorists. That’s because they hadn’t done their due diligence.
July 1, 2005
Screw-ups and Scapegoats
Last week Republican Party leaders said that I want to help America's enemies and hurt our troops. What took them so long? I'd been expecting them to start badmouthing people like me, because whenever they screw up they try and scapegoat someone else.
June 24, 2005
The Unintended Consequences of Torture
The prisoner felt something dripping onto his head. It was blood and pus, oozing from his wrists where the handcuffs had cut into them.
June 17, 2005
Our current national leaders are so crooked, they need servants to help twist their pants on in the morning. Since 2001, they’ve treated us to a whirling carnival of corruption and graft, but in terms of scandal, last week was livelier than most. It was a veritable Corruptapalooza!
June 10, 2005
Welcome to the New Chinese Century
Hello. My name is Li Po, and I'm a student of economics at Tsinghua
University. Please let me tell you, with respect, why my country will
dominate this century.
May 27, 2005
Down The Primrose Path
I’m looking forward to the fall of 2006, when voters in our state will likely elect a governor who will let Maryland be Maryland again.
May 20, 2005
Tough Guys Tell the Truth
David Hackworth died last week. Often described as "America's most decorated soldier," he was wounded eight times in combat. He always took pains to
distinguish "showing up" medals from "doing something dangerous" medals, such as the Combat Infantry Badge. Mr. Hackworth thought a medal should mean something because he cared deeply about telling the truth.
May 13, 2005
The Hardest Working Candidate
Ken Berlin is one of several new candidates for alderman in Frederick.
Grinding down the soles of his wingtips as he walks door-to-door canvassing for votes, it looks like shoe leather will be his biggest campaign expense.
May 6, 2005
Good Marketing, Bad Products – Part IV
In my previous article, I continued explaining to my friend, in business terms, why I couldn’t join his political party. I told him that most of its products are defective.
April 29, 2005
Good Marketing, Bad Products - Part III
In my previous article, I told my friend that his political party was no longer the sort of party I could join. I explained, in business terms, how his party's products are designed to benefit only its preferred customers.
April 22, 2005
Good Marketing, Bad Products - Part II
In my previous article, I related how a friend of mine asked why I wasn't a member of his political party. I explained it in terms of business: I didn't like the fact that his party lies to its customers in order to sell them products that don't benefit them.
April 15, 2005
Good Marketing, Bad Products
The other day a friend of mine asked me why I wasn't a member of his political party. "You're a businessman," he said. "A lot of businessmen are
members of my party. So why aren't you?"
April 8, 2005
Destroying the City In Order To Save It - Part II
In last week's article, I explained how Frederick's current historical
preservation rules aren't working. In this one, I'll explain why they don't
work, and offer an alternative that might solve the problem.
April 1, 2005
Destroying The City In Order To Save It – Part I
A big issue in Frederick these days is historical preservation. A growing number of citizens fear and loathe the way the Fredericktown Historic District is managed. These citizens are onto something.
Frederick’s current preservation policy makes it difficult to renovate old buildings, while destroying the culture that makes downtown Frederick unique.
March 25, 2005
Bad Marketing, Good Products – Part II
In my last article, I explained, in business terms, why the Democratic Party is like a company with weak marketing but strong products. In this one, I’ll put forward a “market position” that might do justice to the Democratic Party and its policies.
March 18, 2005
Bad Marketing, Good Products - Part I
The Democratic Party, seen in business terms, is like a company with weak
marketing but strong products. Think of it as the Honda Motor Corporation of
March 11, 2005
The Golden Age of Garbage
On January 17, 1991, I saw my mother crying as she watched the green-tinted
television images of anti-aircraft shells fired against U.S. bombers above
Baghdad. It was the start of the Gulf War. She thought I'd be sent to fight
in that war, because I had graduated from Army Officer Basic Course a week
March 2, 2005
The Party of Lincoln
One hundred forty-five years ago, on February 27, 1860, Abraham Lincoln delivered a speech at New York's Cooper Union. In this famous speech, he addressed the Southerners attacking his Republican Party. Would Lincoln still be a Republican today?
February 23, 2005
The Lessons of History
The ancient Greek historian Thucydides described how Athens began treating
its longtime allies badly, setting in motion a process that destroyed it.
The ancient Roman historian Livy told how Rome's expanding military
operations brought about the decline of the Republic.
February 17, 2005
Is the GOP Still Conservative?
Many conservatives think the Republican Party is no longer conservative, that it has betrayed its traditional principles. A growing number of conservatives, in fact, believe that its leaders are beginning to show fascist tendencies.
February 11, 2005
The Party of Entrepreneurship - Part 2
In my previous article, I showed how entrepreneurs are flocking to the Democratic Party because of Democrats' support for innovation, and because entrepreneurs dislike aristocracy. These aren't the only reasons that entrepreneurs are becoming Democrats. Republicans' support for unsound policy ideas has also played a part.
February 3, 2005
The Party of Entrepreneurship
During the 2000 presidential election, entrepreneurs - people who start and
run their own companies - were pretty much split between the parties. In Silicon Valley, socially liberal entrepreneurs pushing for education reform
supported Democratic Candidate Sen. Al Gore, while those who leaned Libertarian supported Texas Gov. George W. Bush because they liked his "lower taxes, less government" stance.
January 28, 2005
When Republicans Marry Democrats
What would happen if a Republican congressman married a Democratic congressman? Their conversations at home might go something like this.
January 12, 2005
A Blueprint for Successful Entrepreneurship
Last week I wrote about the benefits of entrepreneurship for Frederick County, and how difficult it is for us to harness its power. Fostering entrepreneurship is difficult, but not impossible. There is a lot that Frederick County can do to grow new companies here, and get the numerous, high-paying jobs that successful startups bring.
January 4, 2005
Entrepreneurship: Frederick's Silver Bullet
Wells Fargo Mortgage has outsourced your call center job to India. You spend two hours in the morning driving down Route 270 to your job in Washington, D.C., and then you do it again at night. Your employer, Alcoa, is cutting your pay: aluminum fabrication is much cheaper in Russia than in Buckeystown, and they have to make staying worth their while.
December 30, 2004
The Old Guard Sounds The Alarm
Republicans are heir to a great legacy. The Republican Party was the party of Theodore Roosevelt, the man who rode up San Juan Hill against enemy fire, busted corporate trusts, and established the national parks.
December 17, 2004
Professor Limbaugh, History Teacher
If you listen to the WFMD radio station during the day, you'll get a history lesson – from Rush Limbaugh. A local linguist pointed out that he uses the same rhetorical techniques used in 1930s Germany.
December 8, 2004
Frederick Needs Gays
Last week some guy wrote a letter to the local daily paper about how he helped run a gay bar out of Frederick. If we let that happen, we're fools.
We should make it easy for gay people to live here.
December 2, 2004
Blame the Liberals
Your neighbor has replaced his car's motor oil with sewing-machine oil, and is about to start it. You tell him, "You shouldn't do that. Your car might blow up."
November 26, 2004
While driving around the county recently, I saw a bumper sticker that read:
"First al Qaeda, then the Democrats."
November 18, 2004
Taxes: Investing In Us All
Folks who get their ideas on tax policy from sources like FOX News and Rush Limbaugh often say, "It's your money! Don't let the government take it!"
November 12, 2004
Beware of Instincts
Should a leader trust his gut? It's an important question now. When the
United States invaded Iraq, Sen. Joe Biden, of Delaware, told the president
he was concerned about winning the peace. The president assured him all was