Elected officials fail to represent

Elected officials fail to represent If an 800-pound gorilla actually existed, it might represent the uneasily plausible political belief that with regard to big-picture economics and long-term issues of war and peace, the average person has almost no influence. But the 400-pound version in the room is real, and to me represents the pretty obvious […]

Time right to lift sanctions on Myanmar

The release of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi from the house arrest to which she has been subject since 2003 is rightfully celebrated as a small step toward a freer and more open society in Burma. The Southeast Asian country was renamed Myanmar by the military junta that has ruled the country ruthlessly since […]

Taxes not cover charge for Democracy

Freedom New Mexico Imagine opening your newspaper or Web browser and seeing the following headline: “Supreme Court declares income tax unconstitutional.” It probably seems farfetched, but America’s court of last resort dropped this very bombshell in 1895. The legal battle represents just one chapter in the story of the federal income tax, which began in […]

Regime can’t silence Burma protests forever

By Freedom New Mexico Senior Burmese general Than Shwe did deign to meet Tuesday with United Nations special envoy Ibrahim Gambari after giving him the cold shoulder for days, but he met from a position of relative strength. No public comments were made. The democracy movement in Burma seems to have been defeated, at least […]

Iraqi reports overshadowed

By Freedom Newspapers There’s a certain air of second-guessing from people who, quite frankly, are not in a strong position to be able to say “I told you so” in the 229-page report released Friday by the Senate Intelligence Committee on pre-Iraq war intelligence assessments made in January 2003. Only a few critics outside the […]

Bush reveals different side to journalists

By Mona Charen: Syndicated columnist If there is one thing about President Bush that is different in private from his public persona, it is probably intensity. Before big crowds he is folksy and self-deprecating. Before the hostile press, he is a bit wary. But in our setting — a meeting with half a dozen conservative […]

Cooperation must rule Mexico before democracy can

Mexico’s Federal Electoral Judicial Tribunal has unanimously ruled that Felipe Calderon of the National Action Party (PAN) won the July 2 election as president. In many ways this marks a triumph for democratic procedures and transparency in Mexico. International observers agreed this was perhaps the fairest election in Mexico’s history, a challenge from the losing […]

Democracy grossly unfair

By Bob Huber: Local columnist It’s spring again. Daffodils are sprouting, cranes are flying north, and you’re trying to sell one of your kids to pay for gas for your summer vacation. Oh yeah, and city elections are also taking place, which doesn’t warrant a big applause, but any psychiatrist worth his sofa will tell […]

Democracy another form of tyranny

By Walter Williams: Syndicated columnist High up on my list of annoyances are references to the United States as a democracy and the suggestion that Iraq should become a democracy. The word “democracy” appears in neither of our founding documents — the Declaration of Independence nor the U.S. Constitution. Our nation’s founders had disdain for […]

President’s call for permanent tax cuts encouraging

Freedom Newspapers President Bush’s State of the Union address Tuesday evening was workmanlike and one of the better spoken of his time in office. There was nothing sharply new, such as last year’s call for a complete overhaul of Social Security. It mainly moved his agenda toward the November election. It was encouraging to hear […]