Ron Hart

Op-Ed Contributor

Bread and Circuses: Signs of a Crumbling Empire

The Roman Empire crumbled when politicians pacified citizens with superficial forms of government hand-outs (bread) and shallow forms of distractions like vast stadiums where Christians were thrown to the lions (circuses). In modern times Tim Tebow was sent to play in New York.

Who Really Has a 'War on Women'?

Democrats are allowed to paint the narrative that they are better to women. I do not want to mock the myth that defines Democrats (but it is kind of what I do), but let's look at the way major Democrats treat women.

Liberal Policies Turn Motown Into Notown

It was a nice summer day. Kids were enjoying their summer break, diving for murder weapons in the Detroit River, when news of the city filing for bankruptcy broke. "I am shocked" — said no one. Even Motown's Stevie Wonder saw it coming.

Bankruptcy Gone Wild

There is sad news for hormone-driven boys nationwide. The Girls Gone Wild empire went into bankruptcy, brought down by hubris, missteps, litigation and changing technology.

Libertarians Praise DOMA Ruling

With the Supreme Court effectively ruling in favor of gay marriage, options have narrowed for its opponents. We libertarians praise the ruling, as does your nephew who TIVOs "Glee," can never quite throw a spiral, and refers to "Top Gun" as "Oh, that volleyball movie."

Is Snowden a Hero or a Traitor?

While our angry and embarrassed U.S. government plays "Where's Waldo?" trying to capture NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, the jury is still out on whether he is a hero or traitor.

Economic Stagnation Through Regulation and Litigation

Dollar stores have done more to keep down what we pay for basic goods and helped more struggling families than any government action ever has. For that, and because they are based in the South, Obama's O-bots in the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) are going after them.

Obama Data 'Under-Mining' Undermines American Values

In the wake of revelations that the IRS was used as a thuggish enforcement arm of the Obama campaign come further allegations of snooping by the NSA. Suddenly we feel we have a creepy stalker. George Orwell's foretold world of an all-intrusive government is upon us.

Obama Comparisons to Nixon Are Fair

Much has been made of Obama using the coercive power of government to go after political opponents and to intimidate dissenters. I've been out of the country, so allow me to make even more of it — assuming this column is not seized by Eric Holder's Department of "Just-Us."

Obama-bots Abound

Near the 2012 election, and after bragging about killing bin Laden based on intelligence gained by water boarding (a tactic he campaigned against), Obama and his O-bots lied to us about Benghazi.

Lil' Kim Jong-un; Like Father, Like Son

Evil dictator-in-training Kim Jong-un was running a little short of cash and attention last week, so he announced plans to nuke the United States. The 30-year-old Lil' Kim inherited his evil dictating business from his dad, Kim Jong-il, who got it from his dad, Kim Il-Sung, who acquired North Korea in a hostile takeover in 1948.

Re-branding the GOP: Make it Libertarian

Most old school Republicans remind me of a man running for mayor on a platform of outlawing dancing at the high school prom. Obama reminds me of the guy you have dinner with who orders an expensive wine and then makes sure he's in the bathroom when the bill comes.

Our Petulant POTUS

Congratulations to all sequester survivors! I know it was tough getting through the 2.2 percent cut in growth of "non-essential" government "services," even with one fake Washington snow day thrown in last week.

Sequestration Drama Queens

Sequestration happens - and it is the only way Washington can be forced to cut the growth of spending. Remember, the $85 billion politicians are howling about (out of a $3.7 trillion dollar budget) is only a 2.2% cut. It is a reduction in the growth of spending, not in spending itself.

Pelosi's America and the Declaration of Dependence

Watching Nancy Pelosi spend our money is like watching the "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" justify their decadent shopping sprees. After the largest tax increases in history were pushed through by Democrats at year's end, Pelosi and her insatiable tax-and-spend liberals want more.

The Statist of the Union Address

In his State of the Union address Tuesday, President Obama did what he does best: blame others to divert attention from his own failings on the economy. Every ill we have, per him, is because of a bill of his Congress won't pass. Where is that "you lie" when you need him?

Amnesty and a Wink: Another Bad Idea Whose Time Has Come

Washington has decided it is time to put pandering to illegal immigrants into legislative form. It wants to provide a "pathway to citizenship" (other than the historic one, the break in the border fence between Tijuana and California) for the 12 million illegal immigrants already here.