Editorials

The right’s left turn

Wall Street Journal Aug. 18 Republicans are worried about their re-election prospects in 2020, and one result is a frenzy to “do something” on high drug prices. Yet two of the latest ideas are standbys of the left: foreign importation and pricing penalties, which are more about politics than results for patients. The Trump Administration says it intends to explore ways “to allow safe importation of certain prescription drugs to lower prices and reduce out…
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Leopard cannot change its spots

“Medicare for all” sounded to a substantial number of Americans like a wonderful it, until they learned and thought more about it. Democratic candidates for president noticed the shift. Now, some who backed the proposal initially are altering their rhetoric. In essence, “Medicare for all” is exactly what the name implies. It would require all Americans to enroll in a government health-care program much like Medicare. Many who liked the idea several months ago were…
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Board of Regents should take its time

Adirondack Daily Enterprise Aug. 17 The discussion over whether or not New York state should continue requiring its students to pass five Regents examinations before graduating from high school misses a larger point. For too many students, the work they do from kindergarten through 12th grade isn’t preparing them for life after high school, regardless of whether they pass five Regents tests or use one of the state’s many alternate pathways to graduation. We know…
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Meddling should be not tolerated

Voters in every state, including ours, ought to be outraged at what is going on in Maine. There, massive outside intervention in an election is occurring — and the Russians have nothing to do with it. U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, made headlines last year when she announced she would vote in favor of confirming Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh had been nominated by President Donald Trump, and Democratic Party leaders had vowed…
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Getting results

A new complaint is coming from President Donald Trump’s critics — though the wiser politicians among them probably will hesitate before saying too much. Some analysts were predicting this week that the federal government’s budget deficit during the coming fiscal year will exceed $1 trillion. Horrors! Washington spending $1 trillion more than it takes in during a fiscal year? What is the nation coming to? Pardon our sarcasm, please. The truth is that even if…
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Tariffs may be working

Beijing just blinked. True standoffs, with both sides unyielding over their differences, seldom occur. Most of the time, one side sticks to its position for a time, then signals it may be amenable to compromising in order to avoid further unpleasantness. Sometimes we say that, in such situations, the other guy blinked. China has engaged in unfair trade practices for a number of years. Among them have been devaluing its currency, stealing intellectual property and…
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