Category Archives: Military

Department of Military Affairs creates increase cost for State Budget

When I looked into the creation of a new department after the Governor’s budget suggested it, I thought – how could they create a new department and not spend any more money? Well I was right, bureaucracy is continuing to grow and cost the taxpayers more money. In the House budget (page 120), they specificallyContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on a new state audit that reveals N.C. Medicaid management abuses, including $1.6 million in excessive pay, nepotism, lax oversight, and failure to follow state policy. Michael Lowrey’s Daily Journal examines the quirks in Air Force rules that led to a recommendation to deactivate the 440th Airlift WingContinue Reading

Stirring conservative and libertarian ideas into ‘conservatarian’ stew

You’ve doubtless heard — perhaps even participated in — debates about what conservatives and Republicans need to do to win national elections in the future, especially after consecutive presidential losses to Barack Obama. Charles C.W. Cooke of National Review makes his book-length contribution to the debate with The Conservatarian Manifesto: Libertarians, Conservatives, and the FightContinue Reading

Another look at Club Gitmo

More than six years into his presidency, Barack Obama still has yet to close a terrorist detention facility at Guantanamo in Cuba. Arthur Herman examines the reasons for the president’s foot-dragging in a Commentary magazine feature. Among Herman’s most interesting passages is one that contrasts the 44th president’s policies with those of his predecessor. ThereContinue Reading

Balancing the ‘sequester’ and U.S. defense needs

Daniel Wiser reports for the Washington Free Beacon about the internal debate among congressional Republicans over maintaining defense spending within the limits set by sequestration cuts. Republicans admit that while the spending caps have helped to reduce deficits in recent years and ensure fiscal responsibility, defense spending has also declined during a period of globalContinue Reading

Bolton takes aim at GOP isolationists

Alana Goodman reports for the Washington Free Beacon that former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton is preparing to put his money where his mouth is when it comes to fighting isolationism within the Republican Party. Republican isolationists could find themselves under fire in the 2016 primaries from John Bolton’s Super PAC, as the hawkish formerContinue Reading

Tata: ‘We’re in trouble’ in the Middle East

Before his work as N.C. transportation secretary, Tony Tata was a career military officer who retired as a brigadier general. Tata relies on that experience to write military-related thrillers and to offer defense-related commentary to news organizations. While promoting his latest thriller, Foreign And Domestic, in a speech for the John Locke Foundation’s Shaftesbury Society,Continue Reading

The high cost of military strength

Thomas Donlan devotes his latest Barron’s editorial commentary to sobering news linked to federal defense spending. A poignant Washington joke has it that the federal government is really an insurance company that also operates the world’s strongest military, just in case anyone tries to mess with the benefits from Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and theContinue Reading