Editorials

Who can out-promise who?

Most Democratic Party candidates for president seem to be engaging in a competition to see who can out-promise everyone else. Free health insurance, free college, even free money in the form of checks written out to millions of families, are among the pledges being made on the campaign trail. Ask how all this will be paid for and the liberals’ stock answer — the “rich” — is spewed forth. Never mind that analysts say paying…
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Keep economic growth going

Keeping economic growth going can be tougher than kick-starting it in the first place. With the nation’s unemployment rate at historic lows — better than ever for some segments of the workforce — the challenge now is to maintain the pace. Most Federal Reserve Board members recognize that. A few days ago, they voted to reduce interest rates by a quarter-point. That should help keep up the momentum. Critics disagree. They fear that lower interest…
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A political football

No doubt recent news about abortions will become a political football within days. It ought to be viewed as one of the great public health triumphs of the past few decades. Abortions have become less common in the United States than at any time since they became legal, through a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, in 1973, the Guttmacher Institute reports. The organization is an advocate for the availability of abortions. Much of the decline has…
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Both parties should vote

Members of Congress are on a time clock regarding appropriations bills. Unless they are enacted by Oct. 1, one more of the dreaded government “shutdowns” may occur. That sort of pressure often pushes good things through the cracks. That should not be permitted in regard to a proposal that the upcoming fiscal year include $800 million to fund research on fossil fuels — coal, natural gas and oil. During former President Barack Obama’s administration fossil…
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Trudeau and his blackface

How Canadian voters react to revelations about Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is up to them, of course. But the episode is one more demonstration of the hypocrisy demonstrated by liberal politicians who are always eager to use “the race card” in criticizing conservatives. Trudeau cultivates an image of being the new face of liberalism. At 47, he is still young, and that fact alone has helped his popularity. It has taken something of a dive…
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A reason why we call spouse ‘Better-Half’

Whether the exquisite furniture in the Blue Room at the White House is genuine antiques or department-store reproductions is nowhere near as important as, say, the war in Afghanistan. And whether the wallpaper in the Red Room is refurbished or, at high cost, replaced has no effect on the national debt. After all, the White House is merely a residence, an office complex and a location for important state affairs such as hosting foreign dignitaries.…
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