‘An Irresponsible Exercise in Political Chicanery’

On Tuesday, the Senate voted 90-9 to approve the landmark Homeland Security bill. What follows is the full transcript of Sen. Byrd’s remarks during the conclusion of the Homeland Security debate. We have come to the end of a long, long road. For nearly five months this chamber has engaged in discussions about homeland security. … Continue reading “‘An Irresponsible Exercise in Political Chicanery’”

‘An Irresponsible Exercise in Political Chicanery’

On Tuesday, the Senate voted 90-9 to approve the landmark Homeland Security bill. What follows is the full transcript of Sen. Byrd’s remarks during the conclusion of the Homeland Security debate. We have come to the end of a long, long road. For nearly five months this chamber has engaged in discussions about homeland security. … Continue reading “‘An Irresponsible Exercise in Political Chicanery’”

The Incoming Hu Era

The culminating change in China’s 20 year transition from a communist country paralyzed by revolution and poverty to a capitalizing golden child of businessmen around the world is passing before us this month. Jiang’s era is ending and a new group of leaders – controlled by the Elders most likely, but nevertheless, new faces – … Continue reading “The Incoming Hu Era”

Making the Balkans Connection

In two commentaries this past week, Empire’s Balkans adventures were brought up in connection with the planned invasion and occupation of Iraq. They didn’t say, though they could have, that the new UN resolution paving the way for weapons inspectors was akin to the establishment of Kosovo Verification Mission, tasked in 1998 with finding a … Continue reading “Making the Balkans Connection”

Unintended Consequences

Government efforts at benevolence always backfire. Inevitably, unintended consequences overwhelm the short-term and narrow benefits of authoritarian programs designed to make the economic system fair, the people morally better, and the world safe for democracy. One hundred years of intense government "benevolence" in the United States has brought us to the brink of economic collapse, … Continue reading “Unintended Consequences”

The Homeland Security Monstrosity

Congress spent just a few short hours last week voting to create the biggest new federal bureaucracy since World War II, not that the media or even most members of Congress paid much attention to the process. Yet our most basic freedoms as Americans – privacy in our homes, persons, and possessions; confidentiality in our … Continue reading “The Homeland Security Monstrosity”