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Williams: Do blacks need favors?

By Walter E. Williams Earlier this month, the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act was celebrated. During the act’s legislative debate, then-Sen. Hubert Humphrey, responding to predictions, promised, “I’ll eat my hat if this leads to racial quotas.” I don’t know whether Humphrey got around to keeping his promise, but here’s my question: Is […]

Pruden: A deadly enemy within exacerbating immigration crisis

By Wesley Pruden Pogo, the possum-philosopher from the Okefenokee Swamp of the comics page, got it right: “We have met the enemy, and he is us.” Everything is spinning out of control, and this is where the passionate pursuit of pleasure has brought us. Everybody is eager to go somewhere else, anywhere else, but there’s […]

Jenkins: Oil tax debate reflects philosophies of more or less government

By Paul Jenkins The nettlesome brawl over oil taxation in Alaska at its core is no more than a clash between radically different, competing political ideologies. It is not a small divergence, mind you; it is a Grand Canyon among philosophical divides. At one end of the spectrum, government is an all-powerful decider, a provider […]

Brennan: Legal pot separates hard drugs

By Tom Brennan Colorado residents have noticed one important result of legalization of marijuana, a step their state took at the beginning of the year. Pot users, most importantly young adults, can now buy marijuana from dealers who are not also selling –and often pushing — cocaine, heroin, methamphetamines and other drugs. Legalization doesn’t exactly […]

Tanner: Is Obamacare working?

By Michael D. Tanner Two recent surveys have shown a significant reduction in the number of Americans without health insurance since the start of Obamacare in October 2013. According to the Commonwealth Fund, the uninsured rate fell from 20 to 15 percent, while Gallup found a decline from 18 to 13.4 percent. Both surveys indicate […]

Pruden: The president finds his legacy in border invasion

By Wesley Pruden That noisy flutter above the rooftops is the sound of chickens coming home, trying to find a place on the crowded Democratic roost. Chaos on the border grows noisier, with a backlash in unexpected places: The governor of Connecticut, a Democrat and a fully credentialed liberal, tells President Obama to keep his […]

Sowell: Lawsuits and impeachment

By Thomas Sowell Whenever Democrats are in real trouble politically, the Republicans seem to come up with something new that distracts the public’s attention from the Democrats’ problems. Who says Republicans are not compassionate? With public opinion polls showing President Obama’s sinking approval rate, in the wake of his administration’s multiple fiascoes and scandals — […]

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