Traditional 4th of July fireworks displays are being cancelled like crazy this year, sometimes for fiscal reasons, sometimes because of the wildfire threat, sometimes, as in California, because environmental extremists have begun denouncing them as yet another threat to the planet. But could a day be coming when fireworks shows and 4th of July parades also get cancelled for ideological reasons, because they allegedly provide a political advantage to Republicans and conservatives?
Sounds strange, I know. But were living in strange times. And a new study by Harvard University seems to establish the justification for just such actions, by claiming that Americans who attend patriotic holiday displays are more likely to lean Republican (not that theres anything wrong with that, right, Harvard?).
Liberals are tolerant, inclusive, open-minded and diverse -- or so they'll tell you whenever they get the chance. Yet an item in today's Wall Street Journal may raise doubts about that.
The new Colorado Springs City Council failed an early test of fiscal fitness Monday, by rejecting a proposed resolution supporting efforts to defend the constitutionality of the Taxpayers Bill of Rights in federal court. A group of lawyers and politicians, mostly liberal Democrats, has taken the nearly 20-year-old TABOR amendment to court, claiming the taxing and spending limits it imposes on state legislators are incompatible with the republican form of government.
As a former Detroiter who now works for Americans for Prosperity in Colorado, I cant help but weigh-in on the manufactured outrage erupting in Michigan over the use of faux eviction notices to make a political point in the bridge debate.
The economy remains in a swoon and taxpayers are tapped-out, yet life is still relatively good, and recession proof, for government workers in this country. Some have faced cutbacks here and there, at the margins. And theyve in some cases been asked to contribute a little more to their fat health care and pension plans. But most Americans dont enjoy the handsome pay, generous benefits and unheard-of job security government workers do.