Donald B. Hawthorne

The altered terms of the political debate in America

By Donald B. Hawthorne | December 17, 2010 |

It is the day after the 237th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party. How appropriate. Over most of our lifetimes, the terms of the political debate were centered around who would give more goodies to the American people. Human nature being what it is, most people gladly took whatever the government gave them. Few thought…

What a difference: Chafee versus Christie

By Donald B. Hawthorne | November 10, 2010 |

RI governor-elect Chafee. NJ governor Christie. Night and day. Prepare yourself for the next generation of Kremlin-style lies from the RI NEA and recall how Anchor Rising publicly destroyed their lies several years ago in East Greenwich – here and here. ADDENDUM #1: More Christie here, here, here, and here. You just have to watch…


By Donald B. Hawthorne | November 8, 2010 |

Glenn Reynolds writes: With the election over, Republicans are arguing about whether they should address Democrats via compromise, or confrontation. Both have their places, but I have a different suggestion. Clarity. With the deficit and the debt ballooning, with the economy remaining in the tank, and with tough choices on the horizon, what Americans need…

Reflections on the nature of free markets, different ways of being pro-business, liberty and the attributes of a healthy democracy

By Donald B. Hawthorne | November 7, 2010 |

2+ minutes of pithy comments by Milton Friedman on greed, enlightened self-interest, and how societies and free markets work. A succinct summary on the two meanings of being pro-business from Don Boudreaux, who writes for the Café Hayek blog and is a professor of economics at George Mason University: There are two ways for a…

Welfare queens and their pimps: Why the November 2 election matters

By Donald B. Hawthorne | October 28, 2010 |

They come in all shapes and sizes. Don’t like any of them. Yes, indeed, not then and not now (and now). The labels or times may change but not the fundamental issue that any government big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away. More on bizarre incentives…

Just say no to Barney

By Donald B. Hawthorne | October 28, 2010 |

One of the unanticipated benefits of leaving Rhode Island is that I moved into Barney Frank’s congressional district. Which means I get to vote for his opponent, Sean Bielat. Just in case you needed some reminders about Mr. Frank’s legacies: Jeff Jacoby Russ Roberts Thomas Sowell Thomas Sowell Larry Kudlow Larry Kudlow Washington Times Sheldon…

A tribute to our country

By Donald B. Hawthorne | July 4, 2010 |

Happy Birthday, America.

“The fight is about who is going to run public education”

By Donald B. Hawthorne | June 8, 2010 |

New Jersey Governor Christie The fight is about who is going to run public education in New Jersey. The parents and the people they elect or the mindless, faceless union leaders who decide that they’re going to be the ones who run it because they have the money and the authority to bully around school…

Les Phillip, Alabama congressional candidate

By Donald B. Hawthorne | May 27, 2010 |

The video quality may be poor but the words from Alabama congressional candidate Les Phillip are some of the best I have heard in a long time. Rainy Day Patriots Speech Highlights. Here, again, is his ad posted earlier. His campaign website is here.

From December 5, 2008: Anyone want to bet on what direction Obama wants to take America?

By Donald B. Hawthorne | May 27, 2010 |

Reposting a December 5, 2008 post entitled Even Lenin would be impressed: Melanie Phillips: Trevor Loudon has got hold of a fascinating analysis of Prez-elect Obama’s administrative appointments by Mark Rudd and Jeff Jones, two former Weather Underground terrorists (chums of Obama’s old ally [chance acquaintance], the unrepentant former WU terrorist William Ayers). The two…