Taxpayer dollars don’t belong to automakers

Freedom New Mexico The Big Three U.S. automakers were busy at the political conventions of both major parties this year, lobbying for more gravy from the taxpayers. Specifically, they’re not satisfied with the $25 billion in low-interest loans Congress voted to grant them last year, ostensibly to help them develop new fuel-efficient cars and retool […]

Heritage should not be issue in political races

Freedom New Mexico It’s a common theme at the convention. If Barack Obama wins, we’ll have our first “African-American” president. It seems Democrats didn’t get the memo: Hyphenated heritage became pass

Mandates not proper solution for health care

Freedom New Mexico As election time nears, the presidential candidates move toward the political center. This can make the differences between Barack Obama and John McCain seem smaller. But on one issue — health care — the contrasts are stark and indicate the difference between the two candidates: Obama is all about mandates while McCain […]

Money has great political impact

By Will Cockrell: Guest columnist Money is perhaps one of the greatest innovations of mankind.

Helms holds place in U.S. political history

Freedom New Mexico Some politicians are controversial without being important. The history books and newspaper pages are littered with the names of also-rans who managed to snag a few headlines by virtue of scandal rather than substance. You can’t say the same about Jesse Helms. Love him or hate him — and quite a few […]

Environmental move political, not scientific

Freedom New Mexico As we feared, the government has decided that polar bears are at risk because of melting arctic ice. Radical environmentalists are elated because they insist ice is melting from global warming. What’s certain to follow is a flurry of lawsuits to stop everything from oil exploration to building projects anywhere in the […]

Political question? Try Mad Libs

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist Two things I always get in trouble for discussing too passionately are sports and politics. I never learn. • My favorite episode of “Cheers” prominently involves the Boston Celtics, as former Celtic great Kevin McHale loses his on-court focus due to a bar-room conversation about the number of bolts in […]

Political gains will pave way for exit strategy

Freedom New Mexico Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker were impressive in Tuesday’s hearings regarding the current situation in Iraq, a year-plus into the “surge” and a few months into the inevitable drawdown of the additional troops provided by the surge. Their sober demeanor, stressing not only the reality but the fragility and reversibility […]

Political query raises questions about ethics

Freedom New Mexico No question, there has been a satisfying sense of what-goes-around-comes-around pleasure in the downfall of resigned Democratic New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, as there is when almost any politician is made an object of public disgrace. Spitzer was notorious as a confrontational, even bullying kind of character who as New York’s attorney […]

Buckley made excellence seem effortless

Freedom New Mexico Just a listing of his accomplishments is a bit wearying, causing one to marvel that he packed so much into what in context seems like a mere 82 years of William F. Buckley Jr.’s life. The godfather of modern American conservatism wrote at least 55 books, ranging from serious political treatises to […]