The Job of an Elected Official

Want to know why America has gone astray from its charter as envisioned by our founding fathers? Simply ask any elected official, “What’s your job responsibility?” The answer usually provides insight into where the problem begins. Three years, ago, a former county commissioner said, “Our job is to pave the roads, fund the schools, and fill potholes.”   Based on my observations, most officials give similar answers. They’re wrong. Those things are important tasks we must Read more […]

Global Warming — Not About the E-Word (Environment)

Listen to propaganda from the EPA and MDE, and you would think “Climate Change” programs are about saving the environment, but you would be wrong. I’ll start by defining a term I created: “climateer”- – Someone with a vested interest in believing in catastrophic anthropogenic climate change.   Two most interesting attributes of climateers are the facts that (a) they have no conclusive facts, but rely on anecdotal assertions like ”97% of scientists believe in climate change”; and Read more […]

The Socialist Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

“Social Justice” dispenses with real liberty and justice in order to enforce a socialist ideal. In my previous article on “Social Justice”, I began to expose the “Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing.”  I am referring to noble sounding, but ill-conceived government initiatives that insidiously displace individual rights and freedoms with collectivist goals.   This can be expected as evidenced by the fact the insignia for the Fabian Socialists is a wolf-in-sheep’s clothing. Certainly, everyone Read more […]

SOCIAL JUSTICE – The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing…

The buzzword in government these days is “Social Justice.” At a recent government event, a new caucus was established, proudly proclaiming their goal is to promote Social Justice. A real estate agent recently sent me a letter requesting contributions for a new group she established for purposes of promoting Social Justice. Seems like all you have to do these days is proclaim you are advocating Social Justice, and magically, everyone in the room applauds. Isn’t this politician wonderful? She’s Read more […]

Government Spending Cuts: A triumph of FICTION over FACT (Part 2)

In Part 1 of Government Spending Cuts, we exposed the tricky techniques government uses to increase spending while claiming it is cutting. First, we exposed the fallacy of fewer bananas and more oranges.   Government buys fewer bananas, but more oranges, and issues press release saying it cut spending on bananas. In a second example we demonstrated the fallacy of a reduced wish list.  Government creates budget that are designed to increase each year.  When the actual increase is slightly Read more […]

Government Spending Cuts: A triumph of FICTION over FACT

As we listen to our government officials at all levels, we hear many talking about spending cuts.  But, are they really cuts? For example, in Maryland, if I add-up all of the so-called spending cuts made during the past 7 years, taxes should have decreased by $3 Billion, and individual tax bills should have decreased more than a thousand dollars a year per taxpayer. Of course, that is not what has happened.  Taxes increased:  Income taxes, property taxes, flush taxes, rain taxes, fuel taxes, Read more […]

The Dangerous Slippery Slope of Prayer Restrictions

In January 2014, I sat in the United States District Court in Baltimore and listened to arguments in a prayer case against the all Republican Board of Carroll County Commissioners. The complaint was initiated by two individuals that are former and current members of the Carroll County Democratic Central Committee.  They allege sectarian prayers are offered that violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. This case raises many interesting questions. Do officials lose the right Read more […]

Nullification? Easy As One-Two-Three!

One of the prized pieces of advice I gave my children when they graduated college is this:  “MOST EXPERTS AREN’T.” So, why do “experts” on the political right insist on serving as our own worst enemy? I sit in disbelief at rallies and community meetings while attorneys, gun rights advocates, and lobbyists tell us there is no such thing as nullification, and even if there was, “there is no procedure for nullifying unconstitutional federal or state laws.” Horse hockey. It’s Read more […]

Multiculturalism: A More Critical Look

I raised two children through high school and college, and I’ve found a disturbing anti-American bias is apparent in their multicultural studies. America’s history is presented as a series of racist, ethnocentric, and colonialist abuses. Perhaps a partial undercurrent of truth exists for some of these criticisms. However, every major civilization on earth has been guilty of the same charges at one time or another. To America’ s credit, we evolved and are arguably the most tolerant nation on the Read more […]

Santa Clause, Easter Bunnies, And Catastrophic Global Warming

I never deny climate change… the climate has been changing since the beginning of time.  I simply reject hysteria and theories that suggest catastrophic anthropogenic (man made) CO2 based climate change is occurring. There’s a reason the left has changed vernacular… Global Warming is now Climate Change, and Sea Level Rise is now Storm Surge.   Scientists have not been able to demonstrate a correlation with their radical CO2 warming theories, so they now repackage their movement Read more […]

Sustainability, Smart Growth, And Other Nightmares

There are only two jobs in America where you can “get-it-wrong” on a regular basis and still keep your job: weathermen and government. Lyndon Johnson instituted Great Society welfare programs to eradicate poverty. Fifty years and $50 trillion later, we have more people on welfare than ever. Why? Because government ignores what every parent knows. If you subsidize undesirable behavior, you get more of it. In the 1970s, the Environmental Protection Agency instituted Corporate Average Fuel Economy Read more […]

Why Good Elected Officials Go Bad

A few months ago, a crew from New Jersey was recording a college campus video in my office.  I am a Constitutionally Conservative Republican, so when the interviewer asked me a question that seemed like it would have a self-evident answer she was surprised when I threw her a curveball. She asked, “Commissioner Rothschild, would you encourage young college Republicans to consider running for public office?” No, I responded, unless they answer the following questions correctly: First, Read more […]