Stories by John Vecchione

John Julian Vecchione, a litigator, lives with his wife and two sons in Falls Church, Virginia. Originally from New York and its suburbs he has lived inside the Beltway and been involved in conservative causes for over twenty years.  The views expressed here are solely his own, which he views as unfortunate.

You Read it First at FrumForum

January 3rd, 2012 at 6:09 pm 31 Comments

Well, however tonight turns out it appears Rick Santorum is being given his chance. I particularly liked the analogy that makes the boyish Santorum Luke Skywalker, but whether the X-Wing takes down the well-coiffed Death Star Santorum’s doggedness and convictions appear to be paying off. And for those of you who comment at FrumForum even David Brooks is now on board! Only a month later than your humble scribe.

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Vaclav Havel Was a Champion of Freedom

December 18th, 2011 at 3:21 pm 9 Comments

Vaclav Havel has died. I did not spend time on his plays but read his essays avidly. He was a great hero of the free. One of the things I admired about him, as noted in this piece, is his disregard for his own crowd’s leftist pieties. He never ceased to criticize Castro and Cuba for the elimination of human rights and self-government. He also supported the removal of the tyrant Saddam Hussein.

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Maybe Obama Doesn’t Need the Middle Class

December 9th, 2011 at 12:00 am 34 Comments

I have not commented on the recent Tom Edsall piece on the Democrats abandoning the white working class but Michael Barone does so here. An interesting nugget in that article is that Obama won a greater share of the vote than all but three Democratic Presidents but:

[H]e did it without capturing the vast middle of the electorate. He won with a top-and-bottom coalition, carrying voters with incomes over $200,000 and under $50,000 and losing those in between. He carried voters with graduate school degrees and those with no high school diplomas and ran only even with the others.

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I Don’t Think Mitt Enjoys that Drink

December 8th, 2011 at 10:11 am 16 Comments

Ok Axelrod, whatever the Mormon Mitt Romney may be, it’s not a member of a Martini Party.

Obama Can’t Bring Back the 1900′s.

December 7th, 2011 at 1:25 pm 35 Comments

Walter Russell Meade captures something about the current moment that can be overlooked to easily. Ron Paul and Barack Obama are forces for Americas that don’t and can’t exist anymore. The America where 90% of the people farm is not coming back.

But less acknowledged is that the post-war America that dominated manufacturing, could spend on social programs and where most people trusted the Government and large institutions to solve problems, and had many more young people than old, is not coming back either.

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Freedom Can Still Come to Catholic University

December 6th, 2011 at 11:07 am 8 Comments

Here is an update my article on Catholic University and same-sex dorms.

Via Ed Whalen at Bench Memos I have learned that the D.C. Human Rights Commission has rejected the claim that Catholic University can not have same-sex dorms. While not the last word on the law the DCHR is highly influential in the DC Courts on this topic. Its a win for religious freedom and common sense.

Give Santorum His Chance

December 5th, 2011 at 12:00 am 59 Comments

Well the punditry has pretty much come down to determining that Republican choices are Gingrich or Romney. Here’s the big Kahuna of Conservative Commentary on that very subject.

In my quest to avoid voting for Romney I have pretty much picked through the remainders of announced candidates this year. In that piece I ruled out Perry and Huntsman and my criticisms are only more justified now. The best candidate for my money left early. In that piece I dismissed Bachman as unelectable and so she remains. I left Herman Cain before he claimed to be a man who, unbeknownst to his wife, paid the monthly bills of a woman he never slept with. Newt is not my guy either. Paul is obviously not for me.

But I never came back to Rick Santorum.

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Great Leap Backwards

December 2nd, 2011 at 11:00 am 20 Comments

The head of a major union lauding a model where striking gets you shot?

Lord I miss George Meaney and Lane Kirkland.

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Make Schumer and Pelosi Defend Tax Deductions for the Rich

November 22nd, 2011 at 1:04 am 67 Comments

Michael Barone points out the three big tax deductions which are hard to eliminate: the charitable deduction, the home mortgage interest deduction, and the state and local tax deduction.

I agree with him that elimination of the charitable deduction is wrong for Republicans. Home mortgage deductions could be eliminated for loans over $500,000 without eliminating middle class home ownership. (Though it would affect the building trades). But the real gold and political opportunity for Republicans is in State and local taxes.

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Why Gingrich is Not for Me

November 18th, 2011 at 12:01 am 64 Comments

It was November 1994. I was in Greece at the Temple of Delphi. As I walked the grounds of the ancient pagan oracle I saw a news kiosk. Approaching it, I spied the International Herald Tribune. Across its pages was the monumental news that after 50 years the Republicans had taken the House!

I vaulted into the air with a yell. Finding no drachmas on me (in that pre-Euro age) I cajoled my liberal democratic friend to give me the means to buy the paper. He hesitated. “Well, ok if we abide by a 24 hour gloat period and that’s it.”

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