BOB CONFER's OPINION COLUMNS FROM
THE NEW AMERICAN
 

Bob Confer's has a regularly-appearing column at the website of the New American magazine, at www.thenewamerican.com with some also appearing in the print edition which is distributed bi-weekly. The New American is the official magazine of the John Birch Society.

These columns, national and international in scale, follow the same approach Bob takes with with newspaper columns and they fit nicely with the Society's mission of "Less Government, More Responsibility, and - With God's Help - a Better World."

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Columns will be posted on this website a week after they have appeared online, so be sure to check back on a regular basis. If you would like to send feedback regarding any of these columns please send an e-mail to bobconfer@juno.com

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COLUMN TITLE & HYPERLINK

DATE

SUBJECT MATTER

44

THE FOOD SAFETY MODERNIZATION ACT: A WAR ON FOOD FREEDOM & FAMILY FARMS

12 Sept 2013

The FSMA has and will institute a wide variety of unconstitutional federal overreach that will harm small farms and inhibit consumers’ food freedom

43

OBAMACARE WILL KILL YOUR LOCAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

20 Aug 2013

ObamaCare’s creation and institution of health insurance marketplaces (exchanges) will put undue stress on chambers by taking away their ability to attract members solely on the basis of healthcare. A good many of the non-business enrollees will drop out of their chamber and enter the exchange, duped by government reports that insurance purchased on the alleged open market will be cheaper.

42

OBAMACARE’S DEATH PANELS FOR NUSRING HOMES

05 July 2013

Obamacare is seeking to establish new federal standards for end-of-life care in nursing homes, ultimately mandating palliative care in their halls. The point of the program is to transform elder care facilities from places where people go to be taken care of and live, to places where people go to be neglected and die.

41

ANGLERS BEWARE: ENVIRONMENTALISTS HAVE SET SIGHTS ON PLASTIC WORMS

11 Feb 2013

Environmentalists have set their sights on soft plastic fishing lures. They say that soft plastics pollute the waters and can be consumed by aquatic wildlife. Are the days of the plastic worm numbered?

40

VA HOSPITALS: EVERYTHING THAT’S WRONG WITH GOVERNMENT HEALTHCARE

14 Jan 2013

The glaring, recurring errors perpetuated by the government-run VA system shows what’s wrong with government-run healthcare --- something that may become the way of healthcare in the coming years

39

THE NRA’S MIXED MESSAGE OF LIBERTY

03 Jan 2013

Sometimes the best friends of the liberty movement are its worst enemies. This problem is most realized through organizations and people who are single-issue oriented. Quite often those who fight for the freedom of speech, parents’ rights, the Fourth Amendment and more call for the sacrifice of other rights in order to strengthen and/or maintain the rights that they deem most important. This is something that the NRA is guilty of following the Newtown tragedy.

38

NO MORE TWINKIES: UNIONS AND THE DEATH OF HOSTESS

16 Nov 2012

Long-lived bakery Hostess Products met its demise at the hands of unions that expected too much and received too much, making for a business model that couldn’t survive for the long haul

37

FARMERS BEWARE OBAMA’S SECOND TERM

07 Nov 2012

In his first term, the Obama Administration showed total disrespect for farmers. Don’t be surprised if it happens again

36

OBAMA’S CHINESE TENDENCIES

18 Sept 2012

On the campaign trail, the President blasted the Chinese government for subsidizing their auto industry. The hypocrisy! That’s what Obama did with GM!

35

FEDERAL ENTITLEMENTS: LIVING LARGE IN POVERTY

04 Sept 2012

Are the poor really poor in America? Not really, especially when you consider all of the benefits they get from the federal government. This column looks at a few of them and determines what the real income of a poor person is

34

“STAND YOUR GROUND” AND SELF DEFENSE

26 Mar 2012

The Trayvon Martin case has put self-defense in the spotlight and many people are now against Florida’s Stand Your Ground law, even though it makes perfect sense

33

LET CAPITALISM DECIDE THE MINIMUM WAGE

14 Feb 2012

For weeks now politicians in New York have debated ad nauseum Assemblyman Sheldon Silver’s proposal to increase the minimum wage in New York State by $1.25. The argument — whether to maintain the status quo or strive for $8.50 per hour — is wasteful political rhetoric in itself, for the determination of the wage scale is best left to the free markets.

32

OBAMA IS NOT AN INSOURCER

23 Jan 2012

President Obama has been taking credit for recent moves by manufacturers to bring some operations back to the US. I discuss their operations as an anomaly, for Obama is more to blame for outsourcing than he is responsible for insourcing

31

THE PAYROLL TAX CUT: WHY STOP AT $40?

27 Dec 2011

I debunk the $40 aspect of Obama's payroll tax cut and then expound on not stopping at $40.

30

NLRB PUSHES UNIONS' DESTRUCTIVE AGENDA

20 Sept 2011

Unions have long been destructive to private companies. So, why would the government - through the NLRB - mandate free advertising for unions by all employers engaged in interstate trade?

29

THE EPA AND THE COMMON DEFENSE

10 Aug 2011

This column discusses the unconstitutionality of the EPA and looks at the one area where they do have constitutional responsibility (protecting us from invasive species) and how they've failed miserably at it

28

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION SETS SIGHTS ON FARMERS' AND STATES' RIGHTS

18 July 2011

The Department of Transportation has a plan to force all farmers to have commercial drivers licenses. Bad enough. Even worse is the language of the law which would designate farming as interstate commerce. Note: This column generated tons of coverage on the internet and on-air (including WLVL and WDAY) and in political circles. The DOT cancelled it shortly after the end of the public comment period

27

ENTITLEMENTS: A DECLARATION OF DEPENDENCE

11 July 2011

Last week's Fourth of July revelers were somewhat hypocritical...based on how Americans love Social Security and Medicare, they should have been celebrating dependence, not independence

26

AMTRAK: THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAIN WRECK

07 June 2011

Amtrak -- government's foray into commuter rail - has been a fiscal nightmare, losing hundreds of millions per year...foretelling a future of the same in high speed rail 

25

OSAMA BIN LADEN WON, EVEN IN DEATH

03 May 2011

The supposed death of Osama bin Laden afforded him yet another victory in many against the American people

24

OBAMA AND NOBEL PRIZE REMORSE

22 Mar 2011

After taking us into war against Libyan forces, Obama has done yet another thing to prove he is no different than his predecessor, something the Nobel selection committee was hoping for when having selected him for the Peace Prize 

23

HERE COMES THE RECESSION

14 Mar 2011

Looking at the economy from an objectivist standpoint - rather than economic theory - I note that a new recession will be upon us this year

22

THE MORAL PROPAGANDA FOR US INTERVENTION IN LIBYA

07 Mar 2011

The federal government would have us believe that intervening in the affairs of Libya is something we are morally obligated to do. We are not

21

WHERE IS THE GM "BONUS" FOR TAXPAYERS?

21 Feb 2011

General Motors recently announced that it will be distributing $4,000 bonuses to its workers. That healthy dose of government propaganda ignores one thing: GM still owes the taxpayers billions

20

THE CLASS ACT IS NO CLASS ACT

14 Feb 2011

The CLASS Act is a portion of Obamacare that offers long-term care "insurance" to enrollees. It is anything but insurance and it will certainly harm America's fiscal health

19

THE NEXT STEP TOWARD THE NORTH AMERICAN UNION

07 Feb 2011

President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Stephen Harper have agreed to start the process for a common security and economic perimeter for the US and Canada, something certain to strip sovereignty.

18

MYTH: UNCLE SAM IS THE STORK THAT DELIVERS JOBS

01 Feb 2011

Too many people believe that it's the government's responsibility to create jobs. That's no different than believing it's the stork's responsibility to create babies

17

THE FLUORIDE DEBACLE

24 Jan 2011

The federal government has admitted that it has put too much fluoride into our drinking water supplies. I make the case not for a cutback, but a total elimination of the substance. 

16

GOVERNMENT AND ITS CULTURE OF DEATH

17 Jan 2011

The government and media have been intent on painting the American people as a violent sort since the Loughner shooting spree. That's the kettle calling the pot black: It's the government that has a culture of death

15

LOUGHNER'S ATTACK: ASSASSINATION OF A NATION'S CHARACTER

11 Jan 2011

Jared Loughner's shooting spree was damaging to America's character...it caused the Left to use it for political gain, painting the Right as enemies of our nation

14

POVERTY CREATED BY AND FOR BIG GOVERNMENT

20 Sept 2010

The nation was shook up by reports that poverty was on the rise in 2009. It's fear like that which caused LBJ to introduce his War on Poverty which had the result of creating more poverty

13

BIG BROTHER'S EYE IN THE SKY

01 Sept 2010

Various governments around the world are using aerial imagery technology to spy on their citizens and tax them more. In the US, this is an assault on our Fourth Amendment rights

12

UNEMPLOYMENT AND ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION

12 July 2010

Unemployment remains a major problem in the US, as does illegal immigration. I discuss how they are related

11

UNDER-REPORTING UNEMPLOYMENT

05 July 2010

The federal government continues to grossly underestimate the unemployment level in the US. I discuss the how and why

10

THE ETHANOL FIASCO

04 Jan 2010

This column looks at the damage that the government has put on consumers in its misguided effort to go green with corn-based ethanol

9

DOBBS BROUGHT DOWN BY HIS OPPONENTS

13 Nov 2009

CNN's Lou Dobbs surprisingly resigned earlier in the week. No one knows why for sure, but all the evidence points to the continued stress levied by those who don't admire his views against illegal immigration

8

THE US DOLLAR: A WORTHLESS PIECE OF PAPER

08 Oct 2009

This column addresses the dollar's continuous and stunning decline and just how bad things have become (and will be)

7

THE GREAT LIE ABOUT ECONOMIC RECOVERY

15 Sept 2009

Washington, Wall Street, and economists everywhere have been telling us that the recession is over and recovery is on its way. I debunk that lie

6

THE NEED FOR LETTERS OF MARQUE AND REPRISAL

11 Sept 2009

Five months after the hostage crisis surrounding the Maersk Alabama, commercial fleets are still unprepared to handle piracy. They could be prepared, though, if Congress recognized a relatively unknown part of the Constitution

5

BUYING AMERICAN

04 Sept 2009

This column calls for consumers to make a more concerted effort to Buy American, something that would truly stimulate our economy

4

OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO THE ECONOMY

11 Aug 2009

Many people are clamoring for government intervention in the marketplace. They fail to see that the responsibility for righting the economy's ship belongs in our hands

3

CASH FOR CLUNKERS IS A FAILURE

04 Aug 2009

The government's Cash For Clunkers program has been cited as a huge win for the economy. I make the case that it is not and that it will only hurt the economy. Note: This column was the centerpiece of an episode of the Bob Ney Show on the AM dial and it was quoted in Chinese newspapers

2

THE RIGHT TO SELF-DEFENSE SHOULD KNOW NO BORDERS

27 July 2009

The US Senate recently turned down a bill by John Thune which would have allowed national reciprocity of pistol permits, whereby legal gun owners could have carried their guns state to state

1

THE FOURTH AMENDMENT'S SHOCKING DEVELOPMENT

20 July 2009

Niagara Falls, NY judge Sara Sheldon Sperraza ruled that the police department was justified in using a Taser to extract a suspect's DNA. I believe she has erred in her ruling that it was not unconstitutional.