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Demos push least fairest of tax levies

No sooner had the new Democratic supermajorities in the state Legislature been sworn in than some of their members began pushing to make the least fair of all taxes easier to impose.

January 06, 2013 | By TOM ELIAS California Focus | Other Views


Let’s do lunch away from our cubicles

Do you eat lunch at your desk? Alone? Continuing to work as you chew?

January 06, 2013 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


One cheer for the cliff deal

One cheer out of a potential three is all anyone can logically give the fiscal-cliff deal. On the day after the bargain was clinched, the stock market gave a 300-point cheer. So be it.

January 04, 2013 | By LAWRENCE KUDLOW Host of CNBC’s Kudlow & Company | Other Views


Getting dirty getting bin Laden

During George W. Bush's presidency, it was a matter of liberal faith that the use of enhanced interrogation techniques on al-Qaida members "undermine our moral authority and do not make us safer," as Barack Obama once put it. According to Obama, "enhanced interrogation techniques" are wrong, and - no matter what common sense tells you - they never work. Asking nicely works best with terrorists.

January 04, 2013 | By DEBRA SAUNDERS National Columnist | Other Views


Guns and Piers Morgan

CNN's Piers Morgan writes that the pro-gun crowd's anger toward him stems from anti-British bias: "This gun debate is an ongoing war of verbal attrition in America - and I'm just the latest target, the advantage to the gun lobbyists being that I'm British, a breed of human being who burned down the White House in 1814 and had to be forcefully deported en masse, as no American will ever be allowed to forget."

January 03, 2013 | By Larry Elder Author | Other Views


Making haste to buy stuff that makes waste

At long last, our dream has come true, freeing us from the drudgery that has oppressed so many people over the past 500 years or so - namely, having to use our hands to open a bottle of wine.

January 03, 2013 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Once more unto the fiscal cliff

It tells you something about the news media that before the House vote Tuesday, talking heads were warning Americans that unless the GOP House voted for a bill to stall our going over the fiscal cliff, taxes would go up on 98 percent of Americans. President Barack Obama's big talking point matched the cable news narrative. Breaking news: Republicans were ready to raise taxes on the middle class to shield top earners from a tax increase.

January 02, 2013 | By DEBRA SAUNDERS National Columnist | Other Views


The fiscal cliff & the dropped ball

Millions of Americans watched the ball drop on New Year's Eve. The glitzy one in Times Square symbolized joy and hope for the New Year. Just a few hundred miles to the south, Congress dropped another ball - one that no doubt sent champagne glasses clinking among the richest 1 percent. But the rest of us shouldn't celebrate.

January 02, 2013 | By SCOTT KLINGER Associate fellow at Institute for Policy Studies | Other Views


Unlicensed means you’re deadlier

Unlicensed drivers are nearly three times likelier than licensed drivers to cause a fatal crash in California. Indeed, unlicensed drivers are likelier to cause fatal crashes than drivers who have had their licenses suspended or revoked. So found a new study released by the California Department of Motor Vehicles.

January 01, 2013 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Budget cuts & curbing collective imagination

It's not just about the bird.

January 01, 2013 | By SARAH BROWNING Executive director of Split This Rock Poetry Festival | Other Views


Why did he kill all those children?

The idea for massacring children in an elementary school or shooting up a mall filled with Christmas shoppers does not come from reading books, watching movies or listening to music. Does the incitement for such unspeakable acts come from hours of role-playing violent video games?

December 31, 2012 | By PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY National Columnist | Other Views


Everybody does better when everybody does better

This special day got me to thinking about America's spirit of giving, and I don't mean this overdone business of Christmas gifts. I mean our true spirit of giving - giving of ourselves.

December 31, 2012 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political Columnist | Other Views


Billionaires with no skin in game

Sometimes, the folks who aren't protesting can be just as newsworthy as the crowds mobilizing in the streets.

December 30, 2012 | By JASON SALZMAN Board chair, Rocky Mountain News Watch | Other Views


Skyfall at the edge of fiscal cliff

Abandon all hope, ye who watch the "fiscal cliff" drama.

December 30, 2012 | By DEBRA SAUNDERS National Columnist | Other Views


The real challenge: Better year in 2013

WASHINGTON - It's "Auld Lang Syne" time again. Robert Burns is credited with "collecting" the lyrics for the old Scottish drinking and dancing ballad that's become a traditional part of New Year's festivities. The most memorable verses - "should old acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind" and the chorus, "for auld lang syne, my dear, for auld lang syne, we'll take a cup o' kindness yet for auld lang syne" - are often described as reminders of "the good old times" amid new beginnings. That's a tough task this year. Saying goodbye to 2012 won't ...

December 29, 2012 | By Oliver North Honorary chairman of Freedom Alliance | Other Views


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Best government money can buy

The Supreme Court has done it again. By a 5-4 vote, with the court's five Republican appointees on one side and the four Democratic appointees on the other, the court struck down limits on total contributions to federal campaigns that have been enforced and were specifically upheld in 1976. What the 1976 court saw in Buckley v. Valeo as a "quite modest restraint upon protected political activity" that serves "to prevent evasion" of the limits on contributions to campaigns, the 2014 court has now held violates the fundamental protection of political speech enshrined in the First Amendment.

April 03, 2014 | By Susan Estrich Political columnist | Other Views


Internet helps redefine tolerance

Mozilla's new CEO, Brendan Eich, gave $1,000 to Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot measure passed by a majority of California voters to limit marriage to one man and one woman. The U.S. Supreme Court voided the measure, but the hate campaign against its supporters lives on.

April 03, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Branding school lunches as Obamafare

Ah, progress.

April 03, 2014 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Bad week for abortion

Oh, how the tide has turned against abortion. Just last week, there were three stunning setbacks to the pro-abortion movement.

April 02, 2014 | By PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY National columnist | Other Views


Shell’s fossil-fueled bombshell

Royal Dutch Shell buried a bombshell in its recently released 2013 annual report.

April 02, 2014 | By BRETT FLEISHMAN Senior analyst, 350.org. | Other Views


Deflating Russia can be done

President Obama has ramped up his second round of economic and financial sanctions on Russia, and on Vladimir Putin in particular. Some of this is already working. But if anybody believes it will be easy to financially deflate Russia, they better think again.

March 31, 2014 | By Lawrence Kudlow Host of CNBC’s Kudlow & Company | Other Views


A repeal by any other name

Should Congress repeal Obamacare?

March 31, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


‘Shrimp Boy’ Chow, Yee, & FBI: Your tax dollars at work

Observers have likened the federal case against state Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, and 25 others to the film "American Hustle," about an FBI Abscam-like sting that used a small-time con man to win corruption convictions against public officials.

March 28, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Obama and the ‘hipster elite’

Politico reported something interesting before President Barack Obama met with Pope Francis: "The visit is a rare chance for Obama to associate himself with a world leader whose cool factor far outweighs his own."

March 27, 2014 | By L. BRENT BOZELL III Founder and President of the Media Research Center | Other Views


The Plane & evil incarnate

I admit it. I have been obsessed with the plane. Most of the stories I've read offered no new information, but I read them anyway.

March 27, 2014 | By Susan Estrich Political commentator | Other Views


Incredible, shrinking Obamacare

Obamacare is a fiasco. Why don't the media acknowledge that? And it's fair to ask: Why don't they ridicule it? After all, in the Bush years, the press reran President George W. Bush in front of the "Mission Accomplished" banner time and again, did they not? Perhaps Joe Biden at the signing ceremony saying into an open mic that this was a "big (blanking) deal" would suffice.

March 27, 2014 | By L. BRENT BOZELL III Founder and President of the Media Research Center | Other Views


Is Europe cracking up?

A week ago, in the St. George's Hall in the Kremlin, Russia's elite cheered and wept as Vladimir Putin announced the re-annexation of Crimea. Seven in 10 Russians approve of Putin's rule.

March 25, 2014 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


Cry a river over California’s drought

As a Californian, I have not gotten too much sympathy from friends and family about our rotten weather this winter. Yes, I said rotten weather. It's been incredibly pleasant- except for a few times when the temperature crept up to 90 - but we've hardly had any rain.

March 24, 2014 | By JILL RICHARDSON Author of ‘Recipe for America’ | Other Views


Death-row-optional death row series

Actor-turned-producer Robert Redford boasts that his new CNN series, "Death Row Stories," is "about the search for justice and truth." That's odd, because the series has aired three episodes and they're all about victims of prosecutorial abuse. So far, nobody's really guilty. The second episode features a woman who never spent a night on death row.

March 24, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


How about banning bossy billionaires?

Of course Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg is right to point out that "bossy," the other B-word, is often used to discourage girls - and later women - from becoming leaders. "Words like bossy send a message: don't raise your hand or speak up," says the website of her "Ban Bossy" campaign. "By middle school, girls are less interested in leading than boys - a trend that continues into adulthood. Together we can encourage girls to lead."

March 21, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


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