And They Want to Be a State?

Global markets, media, and politicos will be closely watching Greece this week as it seeks to find a solution (i.e., another bailout) to its close to $400 billion headache. Yet right here in the Western Hemisphere, we have a mini-financial crisis in the making. In 2014, the Heritage Foundation called it America’s Greece. I think …

Increasing The Gas Tax…Seriously?

The new Congress was convened this past week. It was a week to see new members get sworn in and people starting complaining after the first vote. One of the more interesting topics that floated around DC is the idea of increasing the gas tax. With the price of oil and gasoline falling, there has …

Tron, Maybe Coming to a City Near You

Driving on glass embedded with solar cells? Heated roadways and sidewalks? Highway roads or sidewalks that “talk” to one another? It even melts snow and ice. It was this last item that caught my attention. Scott Brusaw, a Marine and electrical engineer, along with his wife Julie, a therapist and environmentalist, co-invented and co-developed the …

‘Hating’ Tom Clancy

I was reading a few stories on Tom Clancy’s passing last week, when I found a blog post at Bacon Rebellions on the subject. BR is a great blog that focuses on Virginia public policy. Most postings are non-partisan in tone; however, every now and then someone says something that crosses the line. Consider this: …

Before the Tea Party, There Were Angry Seniors

Suggestion to folks not in the Washington, DC Metro area: tune out the media coverage on the federal government partial shutdown as best you can. There is a lot of sensationalist reporting going on right now by reporters (and talking heads) who need a few lessons in the federal budget process as well as in …

Virginia, America’s First International Trade Hub, Keeps Making History

Over at the Bacon’s Rebellion blog, they posted a summary of a recent CATO study that, among other things,  finds that Virginia is one of the leading states in the country where welfare benefits do not exceed the value of an entry-level, minimum-wage job. Bacon Rebellion‘s bottom line: Poverty sucks in Virginia. But that means people are more …

Guest Dispatch: Deal Or No Deal?

This week’s Guest Dispatch post comes from Arthur Freyre, an attorney and conservative activist in South Florida. Next week the 112th Congress will tackle its last item of legislative business, finding a solution to the fiscal cliff that, if there is no agreement between the political parties, will result in mandatory federal budget spending cuts …