Saturday, February 13, 2016

Feds Look to Own Your Children: Seek Home Visits and Consider Parents as “Equal Partners” with Feds in Raising Children - Freedom Outpost

From the article: 
As reported by, "the federal government is seeking to create a new bureaucracy that would intervene in family life and could even see state-appointed monitors conduct routine home visits to assess a child's well-being." The draft document published by the US Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services outlines a plan that creates families as "equal partners" in raising children. Let that sink in for a bit.

Really?  The Feds are going to intervene in the family structure and parental rights?  

Friday, February 12, 2016

Liberty's Torch: The Personal Ethic And The Decline Of The West

From the article: 
Unfortunately, as has become all too evident, the personal ethics Americans once shared are no longer as uniform as they once were – and you cannot empower some lawbreakers without empowering all lawbreakers. That doesn't stop at those who smash windows, litter, and scrawl swastikas on church walls. It goes beyond them to highly placed political figures who use their offices to cheat, steal, oppress, protect other lawbreakers, and generally run roughshod over every defensible notion of justice. This does not bode well for the rule of law, nor for any form of government reminiscent of American Constitutionalism.

So, what of the chicken and the egg?  What came first?  "Which is the cart and which is the horse? Did the corruption of law bring about the decline in personal ethics, or was it the other way around? It's extraordinarily difficult to tell."

Mike Roark

The Hard Questions About the Selective Service Have Nothing to Do With Women in Combat

From the article: 
Yet a much larger threat to an effective U.S. military is the influx of conscripts into the force. Let the progress provided by data-driven standards serve as a catalyst for the next iteration of a market revolution in military recruitment and personnel management, and take Selective Service off of the table.

Pretty good article.  The author alludes to the growing rift - "Proponents of the draft rightly highlight the growing divide between the nation and the force that defends it. This civil-military divide has pernicious effects on decisions regarding the use of military force."  This, I suspect, is an even more root problem than Selective Service.

Mike Roark

Thursday, February 11, 2016

A Clear-Eyed Focus on Our Interests: A Guide for the Next President

From the article: 
U.S. foreign policy needs to get back to basics. A smart national security strategy starts with three guiding principles and focuses on three key strategic challenges: Russia, China, and "black swan" threats comprised of biological, nuclear, and cyber dangers.

This guy makes a lot of sense.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Pentagon Hints at Stuffing B-52s With Lethal High-Tech Weapons | The National Interest Blog

From the article: 
It's a smart concept—it kills two birds with one stone. First, it solves a fundamental problem with stealth aircraft like the Lockheed Martin F-22 and F-35, which is that low observable aircraft tend to have relatively tiny payloads because of the need to carry weapons and fuel internally. Secondly, it solves the major problem that afflicts long-range stand-off weapons—which is targeting.

Sounds pretty interesting.  Someone is thinking.  It might even be cost effective.

This Is How the Pentagon Wasted $17 Billion in Afghanistan | Americans for Tax Reform

From the article: 
$17 billion may not even be the full extent of the Pentagon's wasteful spending in Afghanistan. Last week, ATR reported on a failed $800 million Pentagon budget meant to produce growth and stabilization in the Middle Eastern country. This is why an audit of their books is more important than ever. Until the Pentagon and other agencies become transparent with their spending, the taxpayers will never know.

Why the heck is the DoD doing this kind of work?  This is mostly nation building.  It really should be an entirely different agency with their own budget.  The Military is not trained or designed to do this kind of work.  Not surprising we are really very bad at it.  

Mike Roark

Monday, February 1, 2016

The Absurdity of Regulation | FreedomWorks

From the article: 
When we allow black and white regulations to cover every aspect of life, whether or not an individual is subject to punishment or left alone becomes merely a matter of authorities' discretion, having very little to do with the individual's behavior or whether anyone has actually been harmed. This is why it's so important to hold regulatory agencies accountable and roll back some of the overcriminalization that is in danger of making us all guilty in the eyes of the law.

Do regulatory agencies have too much power?  Does the government try to control too much of our lives?  

Mike Roark