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How to Corrupt Politicians Without Really Trying

In a column last January, I argued that politicians weren’t “stupid,” as Mr. Trump had loudly proclaimed — to few objections. The problem is worse: too many politicians lack honesty and integrity. They’re in the politics biz for their own lucrative ends. Six weeks ago, I declared — again,

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Settled Science?!?

You probably know that America’s sugar industry is protected, making astounding profits because of high tariffs and artificially raised consumer prices. And you likely know that government has worked hand-in-hand with agribiz interests to cook up (and regulate) a competitive sweetener, high fructose corn syrup. You understand that there are

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It’s Viral

Yesterday, around the country, flags were flown at half-staff, a sad acknowledgement of the atrocities on 9/11/2001. In preparation for the 15th anniversary, students at a California college put up signs, emblazoned with the motto “Never Forget.” At least one faculty member took it upon herself to rip the signage

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Give or Take a Million

“Angela Merkel’s ruling CDU party has been beaten into third place by an anti-immigrant and anti-Islam party in elections in a north-eastern German state,” a BBC story headlines in bold type. Indeed, Chancellor Merkel’s own constituency is abandoning her. Why? She invited in over 1.1 million refugees (and migrating pseudo-refugees)

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Did We Pay for That?

It takes a treasure trove of love for government to demand that taxpayers fund politicians and political parties, in addition to basic government services — and “handouts for everybody.” Most of us have enough horse sense to seek to reduce the scope of subsidy in society. Especially subsidies to politicians

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Greedy Union Bosses

Since the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is a union, you might assume it holds that workers should be unionized. Or, at the very least, that workers should have a right to unionize, if they so choose. But you would be mistaken. Similarly, many unions, most notably the SEIU, have

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States of the Unions

As Americans contemplate the intellectual breakdown of our two major parties, Brits and Europeans are trying to figure out what the state of their union is. Does Brexit spell disaster for Europe? Germany’s vice-chancellor is just the latest European bigwig to preach gloom and doom. According to the BBC, “Sigmar

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Venezuela’s New Firing Squad

We’ve watched Venezuela’s big-daddy socialism descend into dystopia: Arbitrary arrests of political opponents; An economy managed by government decree, in which inflation “may top 700 percent this year” and toilet paper, food and medicine are in terribly short supply; The once oil-rich country has become “the worst performing economy in

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United We Disagree

This election year? Anger and angst permeate the electorate. We are united only in frustration. Which leads to some mutual distrust. Not good. Neither the Republican nominee, Donald Trump, nor the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, will receive my vote. But that doesn’t mean I don’t respect people who will vote

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Too Dangerous x 2

“If he governs consistent with some of the things he’s said as a candidate, I would be very frightened,” former CIA Director Michael Hayden says about Donald Trump. These are the words that begin an ominous television spot from Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. The advertisement concludes that Mr. Trump is

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Governments Against the People

Is it odd to see government employees and politicians — public servants — hold onto particular laws with a death grip? Maybe not. In Texas, municipal government employees have been working mightily to prevent citizens from repealing local ordinances. According to a report by WOAI News Radio, the Texas “State

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Population to Government, “Hello”

Government “central planning”? I’m against it. But it’s socialism, fascism, and allied isms that I oppose. I’m not against “government planning.” We could use some. Take population. When government sets up complicated institutions, like Social Security or Medicare, those institutions must match the general trend of the number and make-up

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