Category Archives: federalism

A YEAR AFTER NEWTOWN

A year after the Newtown school was devastated by a gunman, our state and federal governments have still failed to address gun violence.  New York passed a gun law targeting mentally ill patients.  In Congress, a gun control law was … Continue reading

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FEDERAL SENTENCING GUIDELINES

They say that bad facts make bad laws.  One weekend in the 1980’s, Tip O’Neill, then Speaker of the House, heard of the sudden death of a famous basketball player.  The athlete had died of drugs.  In quick response to … Continue reading

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RETHINKING FEDERALISM

Recently I saw Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma promote his book Waste Book on CSPAN2.  Coburn spoke of the corrupt and counterproductive procedures of Congress.  Besides being financially wasteful, he said, the federal government is too large. Coburn proposes a return … Continue reading

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