Private sector should fund space missions

Freedom New Mexico A merica’s future in space is entrepreneurial. President Barack Obama partly has recognized that reality in his recent speeches and policy changes on NASA and American space policy. “I give Obama mixed reviews on his space policy,” said Ed Hudgins, author of “Space: The Free Market Frontier.” There were positive elements, he […]

Pressuring banks to lend more initial problem

Freedom New Mexico Those of us who had anticipated the possibility of a de facto nationalization of the banking and finance sector of the economy after the meltdown last fall and the government’s bailout reaction, may have to rethink our scenarios and happily so. With the announcement that Citigroup will pay back $20 billion in […]

Federal job sector needs to scale back

Freedom New Mexico The federal government “needs” to hire 270,000 more employees in the next three years. We’re told this, unsurprisingly, by the federal government, which surveyed 35 agencies representing 99 percent of its workforce. We wish they’d asked us instead. Such a purported need might seem like a solution to 9.7 percent national unemployment, […]

Fed seeking permanence in private sector

Freedom New Mexico We’re glad to see Republicans gear up to fight the Obama administration’s unprecedented insertion of federal authority into areas of life that had traditionally and appropriately been reserved to the private sector. The nation, indeed, is heading down a dangerous road from which it might be hard to ever return. But we’re […]

Unemployment lowest in state in 31 years

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico’s jobless rate was 3.1 percent in January, which state labor officials say is the lowest since 1976. The unemployment rate was down from 3.2 percent in December. In January 2007, the state’s jobless rate stood at 3.8 percent. That’s according to the state Department of Workforce Solutions. The […]

Federal workers see exponential wage increases

By Freedom Newspapers Here’s an easy way to double your salary: Go to work for the U.S. government. GovExec.com reported earlier this month that in 2005 average compensation for federal employees was “double that of private sector workers for the first time,” according to figures released by the Commerce Department’s U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. […]

Salary/benefits spike put leaders out of touch

Freedom Newspapers An alarming study by the libertarian Cato Institute suggests that a new class is being created in America — a government working elite with special privileges, quickly outpacing the private sector in the salaries and benefits it receives. The study found that average federal government workers’ total compensation — salary and benefits — […]

Congress should oppose proposed extra spending

Freedom Newspapers President Bush played Jekyll and Hyde in his State of the Union speech Tuesday. For each small-government conservative idea — making tax cuts permanent, for example — he offered at least one awful statist proposal — new subsidies for alternative-energy research. The pattern was no more apparent than in what he called his […]

New pay system focused on merit better for all

Freedom Newspapers Americans are almost unanimous in carping about big, wasteful, unresponsive government. Yet almost every effort to improve the way federal agencies function comes to naught, due in part to resistance from government employee labor unions. The unions were out in force again last week, protesting proposed changes in personnel and pay systems at […]

Economy in debt to Volcker, Greenspan

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated Columnist When the history of the Federal Reserve is written, one of its most important chapters will cover the period from 1979 to 2006, when the Fed was under the stewardship of Paul Volcker and then Alan Greenspan. That chapter will have a simple title: The Conquest of Inflation. For those […]

Here’s when we need that stitch in time

To be fair, it is beginning to look as if the response to the flooding of New Orleans, particularly from the federal government, is beginning to turn around. National Guard troops from 20 states have been called in, and recovery efforts have been redoubled. However, the initial response, along with subsequent spinning until President Bush […]