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NYC Gun Permit Scandal: Graft is Inevitable in a Corrupt System

NYC Gun Permit Scandal: Graft is Inevitable in a Corrupt System

. By Thomas L. Knapp “Two corrupt cops from the NYPD licensing division were plied with strippers, wined, dined and taken on lavish vacations to Mexico and the Bahamas,” reports the New York Daily News. Why? Because in return for nice things, they were allegedly willing to “expedite” the process of applying for and receiving […]

Why Trump is Doubling Down on the Voter Fraud Fraud

Why Trump is Doubling Down on the Voter Fraud Fraud

  By Thomas L. Knapp “In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide,” US president-elect Donald Trump tweeted in late November, “I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.” Kind of a sore winner. And now that he’s no longer just president-elect but actually president, he’s […]

Reagan Redux? The Federal Budget Battle Shapes Up

Reagan Redux? The Federal Budget Battle Shapes Up

  By Thomas L. Knapp It’s Donald Trump’s first work week as president of the United States and already, The Hill reports, he “may be headed into a big fight with Republican lawmakers with his plans for dramatic cuts to federal spending.” Dramatic cuts? Not really: “Team Trump is relying on proposals outlined last year […]

Rick Perry’s Sudden Change of Heart is Business as Usual

Rick Perry’s Sudden Change of Heart is Business as Usual

. By Thomas L. Knapp When Rick Perry sought the Republican Party’s 2012 presidential nomination, eliminating the US Department of Energy was part of his campaign platform. Granted, he had trouble remembering its name, but he wanted the department gone. Completely. On January 19, Perry appeared before the US Senate’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee, […]

A Reminder: What Insurance Is

A Reminder: What Insurance Is

. By Thomas L. Knapp “Elections have consequences,” outgoing US president Barack Obama once told Republican congressional leaders, and “I won.” He was right. One consequence of the 2016 election, in which the Republican Party maintained its House and Senate majorities and got a president of their own party, is the near-certain, near-future repeal of […]

Bitcoin Isn’t The Corpse. It’s The Undertaker

Bitcoin Isn’t The Corpse. It’s The Undertaker

  By Thomas L. Knapp Every time the market value of Bitcoin drops as measured by its exchange value against government fiat currencies, the same people who declared it dead last time, and the time before that, come out of the woodwork to declare it dead again. The world’s most popular cryptocurrency, which just celebrated […]

Who’s More anti-American, Russia Today or the US Director of National Intelligence?

Who’s More anti-American, Russia Today or the US Director of National Intelligence?

. By Thomas L. Knapp Someone should take US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper aside for a talk. He desperately needs to be told that when you’re deep in a hole, the first step toward getting out is to stop digging. Clapper’s been in such a hole since 2013, when he got caught lying […]

Term Limits: Painkiller, Not Cure

Term Limits: Painkiller, Not Cure

. By Thomas L. Knapp US president-elect Donald Trump called for congressional term limits during his campaign. He’s not yet been sworn in, but Congress is already back in session and answering that call. On January 3, US Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) — one of Trump’s opponents in last year’s GOP primaries — and US […]

New Boss(es), Same as The Old Boss(es)

New Boss(es), Same as The Old Boss(es)

  By Thomas L. Knapp Donald Trump ran for president in part on a promise to “drain the swamp” that is Washington, DC. He positioned himself as a political outsider, beholden to no one and capable of bringing sweeping  changes to a federal government set in its ways. But as Inauguration Day approaches, it’s becoming […]

Russian Hacking Report: All Hat, No Cattle

Russian Hacking Report: All Hat, No Cattle

. By Thomas L. Knapp In early 2003, US Secretary of State Colin Powell took the stage at the UN “to share with you what the United States knows about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction.” Powell justified the impending US invasion of Iraq on the claim that Saddam Hussein’s regime continued to produce and stockpile […]