Craig Daliessio isn’t by nature an angry man. But recent events have brought him to the end of his rope.
“The past five years have just worn me down,” he told me over the phone. He couldn’t help but write about his experience.
After years of economic struggle, the loss of his home, and failure to find steady employment, Daliessio shared “An Open Letter to Barack Obama,” which is spreading quickly on blogs and social media.
Speaker John Boehner is trying to push a new phrase into the political lexicon. No, it’s not “twerking.”
“Fairness for all” is the tagline Boehner’s used ever since the President delayed Obamacare’s employer mandate. “[T]he House has acted to authorize the president’s delay and to provide a similar delay for the rest of America. This is about fairness. If the president’s going to give relief to businesses, he ought to give relief from these harsh mandates to families and individuals, too.”
The two groups quickest to whine about fairness are politicians and toddlers, but at least toddlers have the excuse of inexperience. As much as I don’t care for “it’s not fair” complaints, the Speaker has a point. Since Obama delayed the employer mandate it’s only proper that he also delay the mandate for all Americans.
The civil rights issue of our era is improving America’s schools. It is essential that all kids, rich and poor, have the chance to achieve the American dream.
To work toward that end, Gov. Robert Bentley recently signed the Alabama Accountability Act. The school choice package allows families with children attending failing schools to receive tax credits to help pay for attendance at a different public school or private school.
The 1970s were awful and not just because of the fashion. The decade of Nixon, Ford and Carter was plagued with skyrocketing oil prices, hours-long lines at gas stations, and ubiquitous warnings of environmental catastrophe.
Reacting to the bleak public mood, a series of hideous, fuel-efficient cars were promoted by Detroit (they used to build cars there). But the great automotive hope was the electric car. In a few short years, Americans would simply plug-in their Family Truckster, free from that expensive crude oil and the icky pollution it created.
A SWAT team broke through the gates of a small Arlington, Texas farm and led a massive 10-hour search of the property. The residents were handcuffed and held at gunpoint while they watched more than 10 tons of their property hauled off in trucks.
What dangerous contraband required this massive governmental response? It wasn’t illegal explosives, stolen vehicles or drugs, but rather organic blackberry bushes, okra plants, and sunflowers.
Two months back, dozens of Democratic congressmen participated in the SNAP Challenge. The PR stunt — sorry, “awareness-raising exercise” — sought to promote the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and demonstrate how difficult is to eat healthy on the average weekly allotment of $31.50.
Though the “S” stands for supplemental, SNAP Challenge participants pretended this was an entire personal food budget. Ignoring state, local and charity programs, the Democrats insisted that not only should we not reduce federal giveaways, we need to drastically increase them.
They scoffed at warnings that SNAP enrollment has nearly doubled in six years while the costs have more than doubled. They mocked the billions of SNAP dollars wasted for errors and fraud. How else would the poor, underemployed masses of Obama’s America find food without more dependency on plastic EBT cards?
This week, Fox News met one of the “needy” SNAP recipients and it wasn’t pretty.
There are few retail experiences worse than buying a car. Before setting foot in a dealership, I spend weeks researching makes and models, printing out price sheets and psyching myself up like I’m headed into an MMA bout.
“What if he tries to sell me the extended warranty? I’ll say no! Rustproof undercoating? Spin kick! That lease looks like a pretty good opti… Death grip!”
Despite constant promises of zero haggling and low-pressure sales, I always leave a dealership with a pronounced limp and wondering where my watch went.
In a world of one-click ordering from Amazon and iTunes, why can’t I just purchase the exact car I want on my terms? The answer is simple: Most state governments have made it illegal.
The federal government is upset that spotted owls are disappearing. So they’re going to kill 3,600 barred owls to even the score.
The Pacific Northwest has been dealing with the caprices of government for decades when it comes to the northern spotted owl. Twenty-three years ago, environmentalists noticed that the population of the birds was decreasing faster than they liked.
The owl-huggers successfully lobbied the federal government to list the bird as an endangered species and drastically reduced the logging they had blamed for the owl’s predicament. Problem solved!
There was some big news in the "Doctor Who" universe today, as Peter Capaldi was chosen as the new Doctor.
As Twitter lit up with speculation and criticism of the venerable franchise, I decided to share my exhaustive knowledge of "Who" trivia with the online world.
There are many facts about the popular series that most casual fans don’t know: