William Murchison

Politics and other basic irrelevancies

A new presidency looms — U.S. Rep. John Lewis of Georgia notwithstanding. (Question: Was Lewis, in denying, in heralded fashion, the legitimacy of Donald Trump’s Nov. 8 victory, applying for a thank-you note from Trump Tower? Was he startled not to get one?)
A new presidency brings new faces, new ideas, new events, new crises. But we can sort out all that as it happens. I advance a different point — an anti-political point, if you please.

Jim Brown

New gimmick to raise taxes in Louisiana

You would think that in the New Year, following a year when the Louisiana Legislature raised taxes by over $1 billion, lawmakers would sense the public’s anti-tax fervor and would be averse to mining every nook and cranny for more taxes. But now Gov. John Bel Edwards, with full legislative support and in a desperate attempt to send more revenue to state coffers, is quite willing to stick purchasers with sales taxes for whatever they buy online.

Thomas Sowell

Present opportunities, dangers

We are now in a kind of political no-man’s-land between an administration on its way out and a new administration taking shape. Predictions are always risky — and nowhere more so than in times like these.
What we can do, however, is assess where we are, and what some of the opportunities and dangers are.
The opportunities are many, which is to say that many things are in desperate need of changing, beginning with rebuilding our dangerously neglected and undermined military forces. The monstrosity of ObamaCare needs to be gotten rid of, not just cosmetically adjusted.

Rick Jensen

In defense of Ben Carson’s appointment

How do we know Dr. Ben Carson is unqualified to be Secretary of Housing and Urban Development?
Because House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said so, calling him “disturbingly unqualified.”
 “There is no evidence that Dr. Carson brings the necessary credentials to hold a position with such immense responsibilities and impact on families and communities across America,” Pelosi said.


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