Those of us on the right tend to be more defensive about the Pentagon than most organs of the federal government, and with good reason: it's unquestionably a legitimate function of the federal government to maintain a military and protect America's security interests, both at home and abroad. Too often, however, we get caught in a false dichotomy about the Department of Defense, with hawks unwilling to entertain the notion of the military seeing its budget cut by even one red cent and a certain strain of libertarians wanting to cut the military to the bone.
In between those two poles is a more sensible position: the military should receive absolutely everything it needs to discharge its core mission of defending the country and our interests abroad … and should be brought to heel like…[more]
Underneath the fights that have raged in recent years over the future of public employment – from right-to-work laws to education reform to collective bargaining – is a deeper question about the nature of modern government: Is government employment still synonymous with “public service”?
That this question even arises owes to fundamental discrepancies between establishing the value of workers in the public sector and the private sector.
Employers in the private economy make personnel decisions on the basis of a rather straightforward calculus: Does the benefit arising…
"Barack Obama is not just late to discover the most elementary workings of government. With alarming regularity, he professes obliviousness to the workings of his own government. He claims, for example, to have known nothing about the IRS targeting scandal, the AP phone records scandal, the NSA tapping of Angela Merkel. And had not a clue that the centerpiece of his signature legislative achievement…[more]