Thinking Out Loud

Bruce’s perspective on today’s news, public policy issues and political controversies, with an emphasis on how they relate to America’s founding principles

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A knowledge of history, especially the origins of our constitutional republic, can have a profound effect on one’s understanding of today’s politics and public policy issues. Thinking Out Loud is Bruce’s (mostly conservative) take on the modern-day issues related to the Constitution, governmental power, politics, the law, culture, religion and the like.

This is where you’ll find commentary on issues making today’s headlines, such as Obamacare, immigration, government shutdowns, the current state and future of the Republican party, gun ownership and the Second Amendment, and more. In Thinking Out Loud, Bruce deftly juxtaposes the laws and principles on which our country was founded with today’s current events and controversies — the result is what everyone is talking about! 

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Thinking Out Loud: High-End (and High-Dollar) Dog Heaven

Do you need to board your dog while you take a trip or vacation, and have an extra $1,000 to spend?  Then we’ve got the place for you because the business of boarding pets has really gone high-end.  The following are actual services now offered to people needing temporary care...Read More »

Thinking Out Loud: The Media on Trump: What Hath We Wrought?

As I have written often, Donald Trump lacks the temperament, judgment and character necessary to be a good president, as his outrageously inappropriate Tweet about Mika Brzezinski, co-host of “Morning Joe,” illustrates.  He is his own worst enemy.

That said, the mainstream media, overwhelmingly liberal (in one poll 90 percent of...Read More »

Thinking Out Loud: An Occupational Hazard

Occupational licensing, in which one must be licensed to perform a job, has become, literally, an occupational hazard.  It has resulted in the loss of nearly 3 million jobs, and has cost consumers an additional $200 billion.

In its original form, occupational licensing was the perfectly reasonable attempt to ensure that...Read More »

Thinking Out Loud: I Am Woman. Hear me Score.

“This is a man’s world,” the Godfather of Soul, James Brown once sang, and for most of human history that was true.  “You see,” Brown sang, “man made the cars to take us over the road/ Man made the train to carry the load/ Man made the electric light to...Read More »

Thinking Out Loud: Loyalty Can Lose Elections

Hillary Clinton’s defeat in the 2016 presidential election sparked countless theories regarding how she lost to a megalomaniac with a checkered past and suspect character.

According to the book that had all of Washington abuzz, Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign, a big reason she lost was her obsession with loyalty....Read More »


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In Defense of Lobbyists” was the best argument I have heard so far in praise of lobbyists. Well done”. – John Hoskinson

Reading Thinking Out Loud, if anyone asks me what your real area of expertise is, I would say without question, the Constitution.” -Frank Allen

Your [Thinking Out Loud] on the stifling bureaucracy was spot on. I can only hope that somewhere there is a solution to today's stultifying bureaucratic load. Please keep on writing. You have an excellent style and you are filling a need.” - Paul F. Davis, LTC USAF Retired Chemical Engineer

Your Thinking Out Loud satire on Secretary Sebelius writing a letter explaining to the millions of people why they have lost their current insurance coverage thanks to Obamacare was both funny and sad. What a monumental mistake that was, and what a bunch of lies Obama and the Democrats told the American people.” – Mike Decker

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