Media has the power to halt mudslinging

Mona Charen Every election year, politicians massage, manipulate and sometimes outright distort the facts in order to get elected. When the contest is over, journalists gather at jaw jaws like the Joan Shorenstein Barone Center at Harvard and gravely pull their chins over this lamentable phenomenon. But the journalists are the very people who can […]

U.S. in danger of losing already modest tax cuts

Freedom Newspapers T he House Budget Committee recently rejected legislation that would have prevented future tax cuts unless they are “paid for” by spending cuts or increases in other taxes. If the proposal had passed, it would have made it almost impossible to extend or make permanent the modest tax cuts the administration pushed through […]

House must halt any middle class tax increases

Editorial Y ou could pay more federal taxes next year, because of legislation enacted by the U.S. Senate last week. The new rule would make it much more difficult for President Bush to extend three of his tax cuts that are set to expire this year: the phase-out of the so-called marriage penalty; raising the […]

No one is safe when Legislature is in session

Freedom Newspaper During an election year, especially a presidential election year, Congress usually engages in more discussion and posturing than actual legislating — which is probably a blessing for beleaguered ordinary Americans. During election campaigns, the partisanship that is a normal feature in closely divided legislative bodies is heightened and intensified, and neither side wants […]

Presidential big spenders are burden on future

Freedom Newspapers A hundred billion here, a hundred billion there, and pretty soon you’re talking real money, to paraphrase the late Sen. Everett Dirksen. There’s a lot of real money — all of it borrowed on the promise that taxpayers will repay it — in a federal deficit expected to be a record $477 billion […]

Republicans’ buy-off strategy not the answer

Freedom Newspapers Perhaps the most significant trend as the current congressional session lumbers toward an end — a December session to pass an omnibus $820-billion spending bill is still in the offing — is the extent to which the Republican Party under President Bush and the current congressional leadership has become the party of big […]

Bush, GOP should match deeds to words

Freedom Newspapers Serious small-government Republicans are no doubt going through cognitive dissonance right now. Their party generally espouses the philosophy of limited government, especially on fiscal matters, but now that Republicans control the presidency and both houses of Congress, they are spending more wildly than liberal Democrats. As The Washington Post reported Wednesday, “Confounding President […]

Random thoughts on the passing scene

Thomas Sowell If you have a right to respect, that means other people don’t have a right to their own opinions. My computer operating system is so out of date that people don’t even write viruses for it any more. If the debate among candidates for governor of California did nothing else, it gave a […]

Congress should end veterans’ disability tax

Freedom Newspapers Congress may be close to correcting an unfair policy that reduces the retirement pay of disabled military veterans by the amount they receive in service disability payments. If those published reports are true, that would be good news for retired veterans who devoted and risked their lives to preserve and protect our freedoms […]

Money not a cure for education problems

Thomas Sowell Everyone knows that black students in general do not perform as well in school as white students, much less Asian American students. But few realize how painfully large the gap is. Even fewer know that there are particular black schools, even in low-income neighborhoods, where students perform above the national average. Discussing racial […]

Government needs to focus on affordability

The most important thing to remember about Congressional Budget Office projections that the U.S. government faces a record deficit next year and more deficits until at least 2012 is that these deficits are driven not by tax cuts but by increased spending and economic sluggishness. Rolling back the Bush administration’s modest tax cuts — most […]

Tyson bankrupt in more than finances

By Leonard Pitts Jr. So, how much do you need? Would a million do it for you? Could you get by on 10? A hundred? How about $400 million in cash? It is, of course, the all-American daydream. We’ve all had it, all stood in the shower or driven down the highway mentally spending some […]

Tax cut not deep enough, but it will do – for now

President Bush’s tax cut should be just what the economy needs to get moving again. As passed by Congress, the plan to cut $350 billion over 10 years is less than half what the president originally called for. But it’s still a significant reduction in the burdens borne by citizens and businesses. The tax package’s […]

Self-esteem almost antithetical to honesty

By Walter Williams How many times have we applauded those who “made a difference in the lives of others” and been admonished to do the same? On the face of it, that has to be one of the more mindless generalities of our modern era. After all, didn’t Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot and Castro also […]