Tax ‘Em If You Got ‘Em, Boys

Today's Greenville News has an op-ed piece about the effort to raise the cigarette tax in South Carolina, penned by Don Weaver, President of the South Carolina Association of Taxpayers. Mr. Weaver maintains that raising the cigarette tax and using the money for health care is a "welfare plan" and that it violates politicians "no … Continue reading Tax ‘Em If You Got ‘Em, Boys

Betrayers All

A Meditation for Palm SundayHe never thought of himself as a betrayer. He really despised Caiaphas and Annas, those corrupt old religionists, in league with the Empire. He despised all the priests, but these two were worthy of a special sort of hatred. He carefully laid a trap, using their own hatred of Jesus against … Continue reading Betrayers All

Eliot Spitzer and the Deacon’s Rule

And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? (Matthew 7:3)Let's call it the Deacon's Rule: No matter who it is, no matter how holier-than-thou, no matter how beloved, no matter how high the hopes nor deep the passion, none of … Continue reading Eliot Spitzer and the Deacon’s Rule

Once Upon a Time with John McCain

Way back in 2000, when the world was new, John McCain was something different: a Republican who stood up to the radicals that had taken over the party of Lincoln and Goldwater; a man of principle, whose triumph over his Viet Cong captors was the stuff of legend and the faith of whose "fathers" was … Continue reading Once Upon a Time with John McCain