(Interior at Arcachon, Edouard Manet, 1871)

Just one suggestion this week: Ten Conservative Principles by Russell Kirk.  It is short but insightful.  You can read it here.

The “Debt Ceiling” was suspended by Congress (at the urging of the White House) in October.  Since then, the federal government has been borrowing and spending at a ferocious rate.  In three weeks, the feds added $430 billion in public debt and $140 billion in intra-government IOU’s.  The current total debt is $18.72 trillion.  Read more here.

We’ve gone astray from first principles. We’ve lost sight of the rule that individual freedom and ingenuity are at the very core of everything that we’ve accomplished. Government’s first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives. – President Ronald Reagan

Full speech available here: Audio or PDF

President Obama called applying a religious test to refugees from Syria, “shameful.” But National Review’s Andrew McCarthy points out that IT IS THE LAW. McCarthy cites the relevant federal code here.  Actually, what is shameful is a President who fails to meet his Constitutional mandate, fails to enforce the law, and fails to keep his country safe from Islamist terrorists.

Under new Obama administration sentencing guidelines, about 6100 federal inmates convicted of drug-related crimes will be released early and not serve out their full sentences. The Washington Post has a breakdown of where those prisoners will be going after release here.