Thomas L. Knapp

Thomas L. Knapp

"Failed gun legislation is the norm," reads the headline at Axios, "after mass shootings like Buffalo tragedy." Further down in the story, we read that an October 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas "prompted fresh calls from lawmakers on both sides to pass gun control legislation."

Why did Payton Gendron (allegedly, but he live-streamed it, so it's not like there's much doubt) murder 10 people at a Buffalo, New York, grocery store on May 14?

In the wake of a leaked draft Supreme Court opinion which, if it represents a final vote, would overturn Roe v. Wade, pro-choice advocates are marshaling their best — and worst — arguments against removing that ruling's protections for abortion.

On May 2, Politico hit America with a bombshell scoop: A leaked Supreme Court draft opinion overturning the last 50 years of federal jurisprudence on abortion, discarding Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, and returning the matter to the states.

On April 22, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill dissolving the Reedy Creek Improvement District. Put that way, it sounds rather routine, but it isn't.

A mismatch between the title and subtitle to Matt Lewis's April 18 column at The Daily Beast — "Canceling Student Loan Debt Only Leaves a Broken System in Place," and "Democrats are delusional if they think student loan debt forgiveness is going to save them and Biden at the ballot box" — perfectly illustrates the fallacy of mistaking bad policy for bad politics.

As I write this, BBC reports that U.K. Foreign Secretary Liz Truss is "urgently" investigating reports of a chemical weapons attack in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol. The U.S. Department of Defense finds the reports "deeply concerning."

Tuesday, 05 April 2022 14:13

OPINION: Attention! Deficit disorder!

On March 28, U.S. President Joe Biden unveiled his 2023 budget proposal. It totals $5.8 trillion, which would bring federal spending and deficits back below their pandemic-era heights (although not back to 2019 levels). Biden's ask comes to nearly $18,000 for every man, woman, and child in America.

Supreme Court associate justice Clarence Thomas "faces growing ethics questions," The Hill's John Kruzel reports, "after recent reports of his wife's aggressive effort to overturn former President Trump’s electoral defeat and participation in the Jan. 6 'Stop the Steal' rally have renewed scrutiny of the justice’s refusal to step aside from related disputes that have come before the Supreme Court."

If my picture appeared in the dictionary next to a word, that word would likely be "anti-government." Or perhaps "pro-gridlock." I don't like government much, and I'm happier when it's not getting anything done. Especially anything described as "bi-partisan," which usually means something incorporating the worst instincts of Republicans and Democrats alike.

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