It is possible to take the middle ground

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Syndicated columnist I’m not sure Rush Limbaugh is, as the title of the best-selling book would have it, “a big, fat idiot.” The man has, after all, lost a considerable amount of weight in recent years. But he is a major reason I’d rather hammer a spike through my ears than subject […]

Funding artists by government can destroy art

Freedom Newspapers Whether one wants to be practical or philosophical, President George W. Bush’s plan to dramatically increase funding for the National Endowment for the Arts is wrongheaded. Practically speaking, U.S. taxpayers cannot afford a 15 percent hike in a federal agency that subsidizes artists. Perhaps in the world of Washington, where money is thrown […]

Where are sensitivity police for Dems?

By Mona Charen Need I say it? If a Republican had made the sort of joke Sen. Hillary Clinton made at a Missouri fund-raiser, it would have been front page news for days. Introducing a quote from Mahatma Gandhi, Sen. Clinton said, “He ran a gas station down in St. Louis.” After the laughter subsided, […]

Freedom of association works both ways

Walter Williams Suppose you want to deal with me but I don’t want to deal with you. Should I be forced to? You might ask, “What are you talking about?” Here’s a short list. Suppose you want to marry me, but I don’t want to marry you. Or, suppose you want to play tennis with […]