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Contrasts in black and red

THE CONTRAST between what Illinois Democrats did last week and what Republicans have done in Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, Virginia and New Jersey could not be clearer.
In Illinois, Democratic legislators and a Democratic governor pushed through a massive 67% personal income tax hike (and a 46% boost in corporate taxes), claiming an accompanying “cap” would mean no new spending. Sure.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011 2:37 PM
Explaining evil

IN THE aftermath of the senseless wounding of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Democrat of Arizona, and the murder of six others, including U.S. District Judge John Roll and 9-year-old Christina Green, there will be many who will use this tragedy to advance their own political agendas.
Explanations will be sought and blame assigned. Necessary questions will be asked: Did the clerk at the Sportsman’s Warehouse in Tucson violate any laws in selling the Glock 19 9mm gun

Tuesday, January 11, 2011 2:27 PM
She told us so

SARAH PALIN deserves an apology. When she said that the new health-care law would lead to “death panels” deciding who gets life-saving treatment and who does not, she was roundly denounced and ridiculed.
Now we learn, courtesy of one of the ridiculers — The New York Times — that she was right. Under a new policy not included in the law for fear the administration’s real end-of-life game

Tuesday, January 04, 2011 1:52 PM
Cure or care?

WHICH DO you think is less expensive, not to mention preferable: a cure for cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes, or caring for people with these diseases? Wouldn’t it be better medical and public policy to direct more resources toward finding a cure for diseases that cost a lot to treat than to rely on a government insurance program, such as ObamaCare, which seeks mainly to help pay the bills for people after they become ill?

Tuesday, December 28, 2010 2:40 PM
ObamaCare in critical condition

THE RULING by U.S. District Court Judge Henry E. Hudson that the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as “Obamacare,” unconstitutionally imposes a requirement that everyone carry health insurance or be taxed for not doing so, has placed the law on legal life support.
Ultimately it will be up to the U.S. Supreme Court to either pull the plug on this unaffordable monstrosity, or uphold it and put taxpayers in the equivalent of a persistent vegetative economic

Tuesday, December 21, 2010 2:15 PM
Don't ask, don't tell, don't care

People who take polls for a living will tell you that depending on the methodology, the sample, how a question is asked and the understanding of the ones being polled, the outcome can pretty much be predetermined.
If you are dependent on a superior for your job and that superior tells you he wants a certain conclusion reached about a policy he wishes to implement, that, too, can affect the outcome.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010 2:27 PM
Needed: A part-time Congress

“I wanted the music to play on forever.
Have I stayed too long at the fair?” -- Barbra Streisand lyric

The finding by the bipartisan House Ethics Committee that Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) is guilty of financial misconduct and the conviction of former Texas Republican Rep. Tom DeLay by a jury in Austin, Texas, on charges of political money laundering brings a question: Are we getting the Congress we’re paying for?
I’m with Louisiana Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal, who told Human Events (

Tuesday, December 07, 2010 1:45 PM
Is the dream over?

For generations, parents have told their children about “The American dream.” Basically it has meant building a life based on the foundational principles that created and have sustained America for more than 200 years. By doing so, one might reasonably expect a new generation to achieve a better life than their parents and grandparents experienced. But what defines “better”? In modern times it has been defined as achieving greater prosperity and consuming more

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 2:39 PM
Time machine

“Everybody in Vanity Fair must have remarked how well those live who are comfortably and thoroughly in debt; how they deny themselves nothing; how jolly and easy they are in their minds.” — William Makepeace Thackeray

My Apple computer has a handy icon called “Time Machine.” By clicking it, I can find data that might have been misplaced, or return the computer to a specific configuration dating back to a specific date and time.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010 4:18 PM
A freshman, not a rookie

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Rep.-elect Bill Huizenga, is a freshman Republican congressman who will assume the seat held for 18 years by Rep. Peter Hoekstra. Their western Michigan district is mostly Republican, white and Protestant.
In an interview, I asked Huizenga what he thinks of Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s intention to run for minority leader. “I guess we can only hope she

Tuesday, November 16, 2010 4:04 PM

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