I know it was you, Fredo

Reading Time: 6 minutesFredo Corleone: I’m your older brother, Mike, and I was stepped over! Michael Corleone: That’s the way Pop wanted it. Fredo Corleone: It ain’t the way I wanted it! I can handle things! I’m smart! Not like everybody says… like dumb… I’m smart and I want respect! —The Godfather: Part II I’m sure John Brunner …

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I was an immigrant

Reading Time: 2 minutesMaybe I’m remembering this wrong. Maybe not. I met my best high school friends at the lunch table. Scott Oppelt, John Clancy, Christian Saller, Tom Newport, and . . . and dude with curly blond hair who was in Scott Oppelt’s band. John. John Martin. I met them early in my junior year. We had …

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I Might Abandon the GOP in 2016

Reading Time: 2 minutesWhy have conservatives and right-leaning libertarians made so little progress since 2009? Consider that the GOP was written off for dead following the 2008 election. Republicans disappeared from the press. When a Republican popped up on a Sunday talk show, he was talking about compromise and getting along. Then the Tea Party happened, and all …

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How Missouri’s Legislature Can Increase Highway Funds

Reading Time: 2 minutesNow that Amendment 7 has gone down in flames, let’s look at highway funding in Missouri. Amendment 7 would have authorized a 3/4 cent sales tax increase in Missouri. The money was intended for transportation in the broadest sense of the word. Parks with dirt paths qualify, since people can walk on the paths. Even …

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We Are the RINOs

Reading Time: 4 minutesYou, dear reader, you and I are the RINOs. We can now stop calling the crony capitalists and their legislative puppets RINO. They are the TRUE Republicans. It’s their party; a lobbyist bought it for them, not for us. They own it. We are the impostors, the fakes, the interlopers into an intimate mating dance between …

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4 Steps To Negotiating With a Politician

Reading Time: 7 minutesHave you ever said, “vote them all out?” Do you sometimes think anybody would do a better job than the incumbent? Do you feel you have no influence in Jefferson City, Springfield, or Washington? Do you feel that way because you don’t have thousands of dollars to donate and rich friends with oodles of cash you can …

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Know When To Fight Your Own

Reading Time: 1 minutesI can be pretty hard on Republicans. Not hard enough for some. Too hard for others. But I, at least, try to time my battles for ideological consistency. As a general rule, odd-numbered years are for cleaning up the GOP. Even-numbered years are for cleaning out Democrats. This is an odd-numbered year. Right up to …

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4 Reasons Why House Republicans Should Pass a Clean Debt Ceiling Bill Now *UPDATE*

Reading Time: 6 minutesYeah, I know. Obama’s childish, petulant, and tyrannical tantrums over the continuing resolution makes me want to fight like an angry cat, too. But I don’t actually want to fight. Fighting isn’t in our interest. As Sun Tzu said: Hence to fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in …

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