Op/Ed – Who Watches the Watchmen in Trump’s America?

It is unconscionable that simply because one party controls the House, Senate, and Executive they can flout basic rules about conflicts of interest, perjury, and obstruction of justice. Ethics monitoring should not be dependent on electoral politics. If the Democrats have done the same in the past and the news media ignored it, shame on them, but it was wrong then and it’s wrong now. Continue reading Op/Ed – Who Watches the Watchmen in Trump’s America?

Women and the Draft: Can we Require Only Males to Register?

Since the original Rostker case military policy concerning women in combat roles has shifted from blanket exclusion to the idea that if you can meet the standards you should be able get to perform the job. Which begs the question, are women and men still not “similarly situated” when it comes to exclusion from the draft? Continue reading Women and the Draft: Can we Require Only Males to Register?

Compulsory Voting: Possible in America?

To try to bolster lackluster numbers, steps have been taken to try to increase voter turnout. These initiatives have resulted in marginally higher turnout rates, but what if they were taken a step further? What if American citizens were required by law to vote? Could one even entertain such a wild concept? Requiring one to actually exercise their constitutional rights? Continue reading Compulsory Voting: Possible in America?

FBB St. Patrick’s Day Special: Are we on the Brink of a United Ireland?

While the details of the final terms of the “Brexit” deal are yet to be seen, the uncertainty of what is to come has already resulted in major geopolitical shifts – both real and rumored. While some of these rumored shifts are more believable than others, there is one that stands out as particularly interesting given the events of the last century: the reunification of Ireland. Continue reading FBB St. Patrick’s Day Special: Are we on the Brink of a United Ireland?

Beware the Fiscal Musket

If the Department of Defense sent our troops abroad with muskets and bayonets, everyone—Republican and Democrat, from die-hard Trump supporters to the followers of Bernie Sanders and everyone in between – would scratch their heads and wonder how they could be so naïve. Why then, do the Department of the Treasury, Labor, Commerce, HUD, the SEC and all the other agencies that grapple with the most important macroeconomic forces in this country, get a free pass? How can anyone expect them to solve today’s economic problems using yesterday’s tools? Continue reading Beware the Fiscal Musket