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A sobering visit

A sobering visit

By LYNDON ZAITZ I went to Los Angeles last week for some sunshine and warmth. There wasn’t much of that but I did come away thoughtful. I wanted to visit several art museums that weekend but all had lines out the door due to free admission Saturday. I eschewed art and embraced history. My friend […]

The American Dream has not been stolen

The American Dream has not been stolen

By MICHAEL GERSON   There is one issue on which the whole ideological range of campaign 2016 seems to agree. “The American Dream is dead,” says Donald Trump. “For many, the American Dream has become a nightmare,” says Bernie Sanders. Even discounting for the apocalyptic mood of many candidates, this is a justified concern. A way […]

Teach teachers better than we are now

Teach teachers better than we are now

Governor Kate Brown informs us she will appoint an “education innovation officer.”   This appointee will have no clout but will have the backing of the two state-level education agencies and must possess ears the size of an elephant as this gubernatorial appointee will have as an assignment to listen to the state’s school district officials and members of the […]

Money makes politics crazy

Money makes politics crazy

By DON VOWELL I got a word of the day desk calendar for Christmas and today’s word is kakistocracy.  It is a combination of the Greek kakistos, superlative of kakos, which means “bad,” and the English suffix “-cracy” meaning form of government. Kakistocracy literally means government by the worst people.  Many of the calendar’s words […]

Buddy, can you spare $15 an hour?

Buddy, can you spare $15 an hour?

By DEBRA J. SAUNDERS Two years ago, Thumbtack—a startup that connects consumers with local contractors—conducted a survey to see what they thought of proposals to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10, as per President Obama’s bid “to give America a raise.” The survey found that a plurality of the small businesses that […]

Stop coddling Malheur Refuge militia

Stop coddling Malheur Refuge militia

Any American with a child who wants that child to grow into a responsible, law-abiding adult knows that if the parent gives in to every demand of the child the consequence will be a monster. One does not need a college degree in psychology to figure out the result from a person raised with no […]

GOP needs both Trump, Cruz to fall

GOP needs both Trump, Cruz to fall

By MICHAEL GERSON    The outbreak of hostilities between Donald Trump and Ted Cruz may not be edifying, but it is clarifying. Cruz represents the arrival of tea party ideology at the presidential level. He espouses a “constitutionalism” that would disqualify much of modern government, and a belief that Republican elites are badly, even mainly, […]

Court decision could tie up unions

Court decision could tie up unions

Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association represents a threat to public employee unions that continue now to represent more than one-third of all government workers.  However, regarding all unions in the U.S., as determined in 2014, only 11 percent of the population still belong to unions. The issue in this case is free-speech rights of non-union public […]

Obama promised hope, but…

Obama promised hope, but…

By MICHAEL GERSON    Now let us praise laundry lists. Every year at State of the Union time, the president and his staff say the speech will not include them. But the laundry won’t keep track of itself. The union is varied and expansive, and so are the responsibilities of its chief executive. Enumerating accomplishments […]

Who encourages Harney militiamen?

Who encourages Harney militiamen?

Kate Brown became governor by Oregon’s law of succession. She wants to be governor in her own right by the election this year. However, she has not impressed this voter by her apparent reluctance to do anything that’s not in her electable interest.  Case in point here has been the standoff in Harney County by a bunch of […]

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