Regulating Toward Lawlessness

 “If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law,” Winston Churchill Churchill reportedly said that in 1949 in the House of Commons as he defended free markets from the overregulation prone post-World War II Labour government.  If he were alive today, I wonder what he would say when he learned that in the United …

Stay Away from Here if You Can, Do Your Homework

The Washington, DC Metropolitan area was in the news yesterday, but not for the reasons we would like. Twelve people were killed at the Navy Yard near the Washington Nationals ballpark, about a mile from the U.S. Capitol. Events such as this shooting are a sad commentary on how cruel our fellow man can be; …

NSA Leaks: Drip + Drip + Drip = Political Flood

Even during the summertime, political Washington, DC is abuzz with something or other. This summer it has mostly been the National Security Agency (NSA) leaks. It is process like Chinese water torture. One drip, one leak at a time, until the entire dam breaks. There will be political consequences. It is only a question of …

America Needs to Come to Grips with Mental Illness, its Connection to Violence

When bad things happen in our country such as the mass murder in Newton, Connecticut this past week, I am reminded of a quote by Founding Father James Madison. Madison penned in Federalist 55: As there is a degree of depravity in mankind which requires a certain degree of circumspection and distrust: So there are …

Lawyers and Politics

I was recently asked by a practicing lawyer friend why I talk national and international politics with clients, “Isn’t it bad for business?”. To which I responded, it’s a political town, I enjoy it, understand it, and most of my clients do as well. It is not something I recommend to every DC lawyer, but, …