Channeling our inner Harding

On Saturday, while I was at CPAC,  a new conservative weekly magazine came into being, Called – originally enough – Conservative Weekly, it featured news and commentary submitted by writers around the country.

Because I’ve been itching to get back into the syndicated column game, I inquired about something in that format there and it was accepted. Frankly, I wasn’t expecting my piece to show until week 2 so I was happy to see this posted in the debut.

Here’s how the piece begins.


In the last few months our nation has lived in fear of the sequester. Lamentations of doom arose from all quarters over the fact that we were going to cut a tiny portion of the budget, one which only represented a portion of the increased year-over-year spending Congress recently mandated through a series of continuing resolutions.

Earlier this week, Wisconsin Representative (and 2012 vice-Presidential candidate) Paul Ryan unveiled a budget plan which he claimed would bring the budget deficit to heel by 2023. Among the changes would be the defunding of President Obama’s historically large entitlement program, the Affordable Care Act. (Most of us refer to it as Obamacare.)

But this budget cutting exercise and the reaction sure to come from the liberals in Congress and the media got me to thinking about a President who ignored the caterwauling of Congress and various interest groups to instead focus on keeping the federal government in check.

Years after the fact, Warren G. Harding is regarded by historians as one of our worst Presidents. His was a tenure best known to those with a casual knowledge of American history as scandal-plagued with the largest, the Teapot Dome scandal, only becoming known after Harding’s death. But in 1920 then-Senator Harding was portrayed as a refreshing change from a nation weary of war and worried about the direction the economy was going. Sound familiar?

(continued at Conservative Weekly…)

All in all, Saturday appears to have been a pretty good day.