Women and the Draft: Can we Require Only Males to Register?

Since the original Rostker case military policy concerning women in combat roles has shifted from blanket exclusion to the idea that if you can meet the standards you should be able get to perform the job. Which begs the question, are women and men still not “similarly situated” when it comes to exclusion from the draft? Continue reading Women and the Draft: Can we Require Only Males to Register?

Beware the Fiscal Musket

If the Department of Defense sent our troops abroad with muskets and bayonets, everyone—Republican and Democrat, from die-hard Trump supporters to the followers of Bernie Sanders and everyone in between – would scratch their heads and wonder how they could be so naïve. Why then, do the Department of the Treasury, Labor, Commerce, HUD, the SEC and all the other agencies that grapple with the most important macroeconomic forces in this country, get a free pass? How can anyone expect them to solve today’s economic problems using yesterday’s tools? Continue reading Beware the Fiscal Musket

Revisiting America’s Best Idea: Access vs. Preservation

These NPS goals of preserving our national wonders and providing access to them have coexisted virtually since the beginning of the Parks Service, but times are ever changing. With a record high of over 300 million park visits in 2015, and with every indication of more record-setting years to come, the National Parks are silently falling into crisis at the same time that they are trumpeting some of their greatest successes. Continue reading Revisiting America’s Best Idea: Access vs. Preservation