Paul Jacob

Posted October 04, 2015

n the classic Democracy in America, Alexis de Tocqueville expressed astonishment at Americans proclivity to form associations to get things done. Causes from parks to roads to clean-up to libraries . . . Americans were organized. Indeed, they organized themselves. Whereas in Europe the common folk would wait for a magistrate to start the job, in youthful democratic America, the people did the work.

Posted September 27, 2015

According to the experts, any day now a civil war will break out in California.

Posted September 20, 2015

The Washington Post headline, Black teachers flee schools, leading to concerns about diversity, left me less concerned about diversity and more with why teachers black or otherwise would flee.

Posted September 13, 2015

Ron Calzone has committed the most shocking political crime possible: daring to actively participate in his states legislative process as a private citizen and as leader of an NGO (non-governmental organization).

Posted September 06, 2015

Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clintons main opponent on the Democratic side of Campaign 2016, is a demagogue.

Posted August 30, 2015

Ah, when insiders let their hair down! The biases become apparent.

Posted August 23, 2015

Its only one less caregiver. A single compassionate doctor, expert in treating the scourge of addiction, beloved by patients, will likely be blocked from providing care to people who need her.

Posted August 16, 2015

Thank you, Seattle, for being one of the most progressive cities in the United States of America, socialist-cum-Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders shouted to the large crowd in the City of Goodwill.

Posted August 09, 2015

Nothing surprising happened in Grand Rapids last week.

Posted August 02, 2015

Beijing won the right to host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games on Friday. But Boston topped that earlier in the week, winning the right not to host the 2024 Summer Olympics.

Posted July 26, 2015

In the 15 states where voters have enacted term limits for their state representatives and senators, those politicians along with the lobbyists and heads of powerful interests seeking the favor of those politicians constantly complain that the limits are a big problem.

Posted July 19, 2015

Sometimes the good guys win . . . but only when they stand up to the bad guys. Nowhere is this more true than in politics, especially with the increasingly vicious partisan attempts to criminalize opposition.

Posted July 12, 2015

Most folks think minimum wage laws exist to help the poor in particular and everybody in general. But most economists have known better, and for a long time.

Posted July 05, 2015

The American Dream is dead.

Posted June 28, 2015

The Missouri General Assembly ended its 2015 legislative session about a month ago.

Posted June 21, 2015

Hes back. And hes not running for president. (Not yet?)

Posted June 14, 2015

Free, at last! Free, at last! Thank the Maryland Social Services Administration, were free at last!

Posted June 07, 2015

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) doesnt secure much of anything; it is mere security theater.

Posted May 31, 2015

Early last Wednesday evening jurors communicated to the judge that they were split on a number of the charges against Dr. Annette Bosworth. And yet later that night they found her guilty on all counts.

Posted May 24, 2015

At some point on this Memorial Day weekend, stop a minute to remember all those Americans who have fallen in all the wars this nation has waged. And then, next, lets contemplate what we ought do, if there is any action we might take, in memory of those who didnt come home alive.