Citizens panel should set Congress’ pay

At least one group of Americans has been profiting despite the faltering economy: members of the U.S. House of Representatives. They’re supposed to be the part of the government that’s “closest to the people.” But as the saying has it, they came to do good and stayed to do well. In their cases, mostly very [...]

Black Friday not enough to revive U.S.

Freedom New Mexico The U.S. economy is looking to the figurative skies for Santa Claus to swoop down and bestow copious presents. But we don’t know yet whether the jolly old fellow judges us to be naughty or nice. On Tuesday, the U.S. Commerce Department reported that the economy grew at a 2 percent annual [...]

Congress needs to stop playing with economy

W ill the deficit-cutting supercommittee raise taxes? That’s the question of the hour in Congress. President Barack Obama and the Democrats in Congress deftly have maneuvered Republicans into a corner. This shows — for starters — why Republicans were foolish to agree to setting up the supercommittee. It’s officially named the U.S. Congress Joint Select [...]

Obama policies fail to revive economy

President Barack Obama this week finally will be addressing America’s jobs crisis. He’s been fiddling while the jobs burn. The U.S. unemployment rate remained stubbornly stuck above 9 percent for July. When Obama was inaugurated in January 2009, unemployment stood at 7.6 percent. He promised that his $767 billion stimulus bill would cap unemployment at [...]

Let’s subject CEOs to drug testing, too

Freedom New Mexico Perhaps we should test welfare recipients for drugs. Heck, do it for the economy. Much of what distorts markets, and runs our economy into the ground, is welfare. Since July, Florida has used a new tactic in its war on welfare. It enforces a law, signed by Gov. Rick Scott in June, [...]

Increasing taxes won’t stabilize U.S. economy

Freedom New Mexico That queasy feeling Americans had in September 2008 when the bottom fell out of the financial markets has returned. Is the American economy slipping back into recession? Last week, the Dow Jones industrial average lost 699 points, or 5.75 percent. After the stock market closed Friday, Standard & Poor’s, one of the [...]

Editorial: Endangered species put economy at risk

It could be a tough summer — unless one is a lizard. Fears of a stalling economy sent the Dow on a plummet last week. Housing values fell to their lowest in 10 years. Federal estimates of 180,000 new private-sector jobs in May fell short by 142,000. Pain at the pump approaches $4 a gallon, [...]

Martinez has won rewarding job

I want to offer my congratulations to governor-elect Susana Martinez. As she will soon find out, being governor of New Mexico is one of the most demanding jobs anyone can have. But it is, by far, the most rewarding job for anyone wanting to serve the people of this great state. Eight years ago, I [...]

State high school rodeo boon to local economy

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File photo Jesse Clark of Dora, shown competing in last year’s New Mexico High School Finals Rodeo, is hoping to earn his third national berth. The rodeo is set for this week at the Curry County Events Center. By Kevin Wilson While the goal is to get to Gillette, Wyo., a lot of high schoolers [...]

Easing taxes on corporations benefits economy

As the U.S. economy pops its nose up out of the whirlpool of recession, every effort should be made to keep from going back under, for a “double dip” recession. A major area of action should be the high tax rates paid by U.S. corporations. Although corporations are attacked for having “excess” profits, every dollar [...]