The White House — Home to the People’s Choice (Part II of III)

How Low Can You Go? REALLY!!!  The arrival of Donald Trump on the political stage coincided with the media’s anointing of Hillary Clinton as the next President. She would be the first woman President (Presidette?), she’d been a senator, Secretary of State, had lived through the vast right wing conspiracy and was hailed as the.. read more →

03 Feb 2022

The White House — Home to the People’s Choice (Part I of III)

(For Better or Worse) How in Heck Did It Get THIS Bad? Political discourse (dis-coarse!) continues descent to the depths of the chasm separating our nation’s two political parties. Can it go lower than a snake’s butt in a wagon rut? Sure. The animus goes beyond invective — elected officials (Maxine Waters, et al.) and political.. read more →

31 Jan 2022

Rx for the USA: More Indiana…REALLY!!

How in the world did this nation arrive at the point that a rather vanilla state – an island of bland tranquility residing in the middle of chaotic Great Lakes states – could be the model to remedy our national malaise? The PolicySmith offers the following for consideration.  Tumult is not Indiana – it has none.. read more →

Nine & a Half Minutes

What time has not been consumed in media by the pandemic in the recent past seems to have been devoted to policing, racism (real and perceived), resulting riots and looting…and immigration gets what little time remains. The George Floyd tragedy in Minnesota has captured media worldwide, and as media focuses so do our electeds. Officer.. read more →

Carbon Tax Follies

The PolicySmith has long admired the conservative commentariat that frequents the pages of the Wall Street Journal, National Review and the late Weekly Standard. New conservative voices, among them Candace Owens and Charlie Kirk, assure conservative perspectives will be given voice long into the future. Surgical skewering of the Left by Rich Lowry, Jonah Goldberg,.. read more →

A Pandemic of Hustlers…

After a year and a half of silence, the PolicySmith welcomes you. If you’ve visited previously, welcome back. If this is your first time, thanks for your interest. In previous posts we’ve examined issues ranging from government overreach, to the role of energy in our society and even the joys of ice cream and the.. read more →

Swan Song

For the past two years this space has carried essays on topics ranging from climate hysteria, vengeful bureaucracies and the failings of media, to the wonders of ice cream and tributes to Charles Krauthammer and Chuck Berry.  It has been a delight to share with you experiences across the spectrum. In my 40+ years in and around the upstream oil and gas industry, it.. read more →

Reform the Endangered Species Act?  Cue the Outrage/Hysteria/Handwringing *yawn*

In the 45 years since the Endangered Species Act was visited on the U.S., it has simultaneously ranked as the most revered environmental initiative and the most reviled.  How can such a well-intended statute run afoul of its laudable goals?  Easy, the devil as always is in the details. ESA enjoyed near unanimous support when.. read more →

Election Follies – Madness 2018 Edition

With mailboxes full of campaign drivel, the airwaves sopped with bilious ads and an electorate either ambivalent or outraged – Election 2018 is less than one month from ringing in Campaign 2020.  Yes, election cycles run one into the next with the monotonous droning barely pausing. While the main event is two years off, this.. read more →

Two Kinds of People – One Digs the Ditch, the Other…

The standard joke posits that there are two kinds of people – those who believe there are two kinds of people and those who don’t.  In today’s politically charged environment almost any issue will have two kinds of people – two willful camps squaring off… Liberal / Conservative Climate change panicked / climate change ambivalent.. read more →