Donald B. Hawthorne

Go Bama

By Donald B. Hawthorne | May 26, 2010 |

Some things speak for themselves: Rick Barber, Congressional candidate. Les Phillip, Congressional candidate. Dale Peterson, Ag Commissioner candidate.

An ad and a spoof of another ad

By Donald B. Hawthorne | May 19, 2010 |

Dale Peterson for Alabama Ag Commissioner. (More on the ad here.) Another interpretation of GM CEO’s recent ad. (Full story here.)

Challenging the increasing momentum toward a nanny state

By Donald B. Hawthorne | May 15, 2010 |

It seems increasingly relevant so here is a re-run of a February 7, 2009 post, with some updates: As Obama, Pelosi and Reid accelerate the implementation of statist practices in America – building on what Bush started – it is helpful and necessary to reacquaint ourselves with fundamental economic principles and some specific significant issues…

A refreshing change

By Donald B. Hawthorne | May 14, 2010 |

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie destroys reporter for calling him confrontational. No painting with bland pastels. Courageous. A good thing in times of uncertainty.

Big government, crony capitalism and the latest from Government Motors

By Donald B. Hawthorne | May 2, 2010 |

Big government, whom some foolishly think is the pathway to so-called social justice for the little guy, actually has the opposite effect. It incentivizes big corporations, big unions and other powerful organizations to feed at the enlarged government trough to buy favors at the expense of those unable to pay for a place at the…

Who gets to play God?

By Donald B. Hawthorne | April 29, 2010 |

Obama: Now, what we’re doing, I want to be clear, we’re not trying to push financial reform because we begrudge success that’s fairly earned. I mean, I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money. What does “success fairly earned” or “enough money” mean? Who defines “success fairly earned” or “enough money”? What…

On Citizens United v. FEC Supreme Court Decision: Reflections from April 30, 2005 on Correcting the Bizarre Incentives Created by Campaign Finance Reform Laws

By Donald B. Hawthorne | January 23, 2010 |

A nearly five year old blog post, reposted here in response to this week’s Supreme Court decision about free speech: Andrew has a terrific, focused posting entitled First They Came for the Radio Talk Show Hosts… that gets to the heart of the latest fallout from campaign finance reform here in Rhode Island. Once again,…


By Donald B. Hawthorne | January 7, 2010 |

Thomas Sowell: …It may seem strange that so many people of great intellect have said and done so many things whose consequences ranged from counterproductive to catastrophic. Yet it is not so surprising when we consider whether anybody has ever had the range of knowledge required to make the sweeping kinds of decisions that so…

Re: A New Year Begins…

By Donald B. Hawthorne | January 4, 2010 |

Trying to effect change in Rhode Island at even the local level has been a monumental struggle with almost no success to show for it. Frankly, after years of trying, I have concluded it is not worth the effort. I crossed the state border again this Fall, this time leaving Rhode Island permanently. I recommend…

Are key portions of Obamacare going to be unrepealable?

By Donald B. Hawthorne | December 22, 2009 |

It is worthwhile to listen to Senator Jim DeMint discuss one critical aspect of the Senate Obamacare bill: Sen. Jim DeMint (R., S.C.) has thumbed through Harry Reid’s manager’s amendment and discovered some “particularly troubling” rule-change provisions, especially with regards to the proposed Independent Medicare Advisory Board, which he finds could be unrepealable John McCormack:…