Politicians feel pressure to act

Politically minded people are starting to anticipate election season. This means many of them will be asking the wrong questions of the candidates; who will be all-too willing to answer them. We are already hearing politicians detailing what they would do about things that no government, nor any politician, has any authority to be involved […]

Don’t let politicians be responsible

Believe it or not, I don’t care about politics. I would like a world where it is safe to ignore politics completely if you have better things to do, or more concrete concerns. That isn’t the world we live in, much to our detriment. Many people still think it is OK to join together to […]

Journalists should stay off payrolls

Is anyone really surprised that MSNBC commentator Keith Olbermann gave contributions to three Democratic politicians? It’s hard to summon the kind of deep outrage that drove Olbermann, host of the cable channel’s top-rated “Countdown with Keith Olbermann,” into a brief suspension. If you watch his show or listen to his frequent bloviating it becomes apparent […]

Politicians extortionists at heart

Tibor Machan It may have been Will Rogers or Mark Twain. I cannot now recall which of the two great American humorists it was who said all politicians are criminals. But it makes no difference because when something is true, its source is not the main issue. Fact is, politicians are extortionists at heart. Their […]

Candidates use fear tactics to win votes

At least two Texas lawmakers, both seeking re-election in November, have taken the political lie to disgusting new lows. By now people should be used to politicians’ lies. It’s hard to think of any official, at any level, who has kept every campaign promise. The White House issues rosy statements about a presumed economic recovery, […]

Politicians leave citizens big bill

Tibor Machan My favorite place to live in America is California. But don’t get me wrong — one size does not fit all. And how wonderful that is, that people differ so much that they could be quite happy living in very different places. I love this since it helps to confirm my individualist position […]

Public matters shouldn’t be kept private

Freedom New Mexico Some Texas politicians are working to destroy that state’s open government laws. Four Texas cities — none in the Panhandle, thankfully — and more than a dozen individual officeholders have filed suit against the state, seeking to kill part of the Texas Open Meetings Act. The lawsuit follows the dismissal of a […]

Obama failing on transparency promise

Freedom Newspapers It should hardly come as a surprise that once in office elected politicians forget about, abandon, or fudge on promises made to get elected. President Barack Obama’s record on transparency and openness, however, is more disappointing than most such instances. During the campaign, candidate Obama promised an unprecedented degree of openness and transparency, […]

Letter to the editor: Politicians elected to serve people

Politicians elected to serve people I detest polarized politics. The fact that virtually all the Republicans vote against a Democrat bill and vice versa is terrible. Political parties and their elected representatives are supposed to serve their constituents — not their party — and this is exactly what is happening at the Town Hall meetings. […]

Take time to let mom know she is appreciated

Freedom New Mexico Moms are the greatest producers of wealth among us. They are greater and more important than glamour stars, politicians, business leaders and all the people our culture worships with a misguided understanding of value and wealth. A Jewish proverb says: “God could not be everywhere, and so he made mothers.” Abolitionist preacher […]