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Want to see where your taxes go?

Millions of Americans file their federal income tax returns by April 15 each year with no idea what the government actually does with all that money.

April 16, 2014 | By ROBIN CLAREMONT The National Priorities Project | Other Views


Nevada showdown: All hat, no cattle

Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy and his well-armed supporters forced the well-armed federal government to back down and return Bundy's seized cows - which were seized because Bundy, 67, stopped paying grazing fees in 1993. How does anyone get the government to back down?

April 16, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


The end of ideology?

On our TV talk shows and op-ed pages, and in our think tanks here, there is rising alarm over events abroad. And President Obama is widely blamed for the perceived decline in worldwide respect for the United States.

April 14, 2014 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


Censorship works for Demos

On April 1, Washington Mayor Vincent Gray was denied a second term, defeated in the primary by upstart city councilwoman Muriel Bowser. The beginning of the end came on March 10, when U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen struck a plea bargain with a wealthy businessman who confessed he'd spent $668,000 on an illegal "shadow campaign" to fund get-out-the-vote efforts that helped Gray win the mayoral office in 2010.

April 14, 2014 | | Other Views


Uncle Sam just can’t say no

The Social Security Disability Insurance program is in big trouble. In 2016, the program's trust fund is expected to run out of money. When that happens, there will be "large across-the-board cuts for all beneficiaries," warn James Lankford, the Republican chairman of the House subcommittee that oversees entitlements, and Jackie Speier, the subcommittee's ranking Democrat. Those cuts will be painful for the "truly disabled," whom the system originally was designed to serve.

April 11, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


America’s high price of laziness

I know I shouldn't be, but I am shocked by Americans' laziness.

April 11, 2014 | By JILL RICHARDSON Author of ‘Recipe for America’ | Other Views


America’s new blacklist

"There is a gay mafia," said Bill Maher, "if you cross them you do get whacked."

April 11, 2014 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


Freaky April Fools’ Day stories

On a recent morning, after checking news reports, I thought: What a freaky news day.

April 11, 2014 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Close Paris Hilton loophole

Billionaires are exploiting a tax break to pass their fortunes along to their heirs and laying the groundwork for dynasties.

April 10, 2014 | By CHUCK COLLINS Senior scholar, Institute for Public Studies | Other Views


Abortion fight, 40 years later

It has been more than 40 years since the United States Supreme Court held in Roe v. Wade that a woman, in consultation with her physician, has the right to decide whether to have a child in the early months of pregnancy.

April 08, 2014 | By Susan Estrich Political commentator | Other Views


Bitcoin is not real money

Just before the bankruptcy of the Mt. Gox bitcoin digital-money (or virtual-currency) exchange, Japanese finance minister Taro Aso predicted the inevitable failure. "No one recognizes them as a real currency," he told reporters. "I expected such a thing to collapse."

April 07, 2014 | By Lawrence Kudlow Host of CNBC’s Kudlow & Company | Other Views


Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich caves in

"While painful, the events of the last week show exactly why we need the (Web). So all of us can engage freely in the tough conversations we need to make the world better." That moment of fantasy came courtesy of Mozilla Chairwoman Mitchell Baker as she announced last week that Mozilla's new CEO, Brendan Eich, had caved in to calls that he resign for the Silicon Valley sin of having donated $1,000 to Proposition 8, the California ballot measure to limit marriage to one man and one woman - six years ago.

April 07, 2014 | By Debra Saunders Political columnist | Other Views


Obama’s 77 percent lie

A quick way to kill debate is to accuse your political adversary of "lying."

April 07, 2014 | Larry Elder | Other Views


Federal lawmakers’ secret affair

How bad will it get? The public approval rating for Congress has sunk to 9 percent, the lowest level since Gallup began to ask us about it.

April 07, 2014 | by Jim hightower | Other Views


Whose side is God on now?

In his Kremlin defense of Russia's annexation of Crimea, Vladimir Putin, even before he began listing the battles where Russian blood had been shed on Crimean soil, spoke of an older deeper bond.

April 04, 2014 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


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Impeachment, a bridge too far

Increasingly, across this city, the "I" word is being heard.

July 08, 2014 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


Americans lose, immigrants gain

American-born workers have had a net loss in jobs since 2000, while all of the job growth since then has gone to immigrants, according to a remarkable new study by the Center for Immigration Studies. This revelation comes as some Republican politicians continue to flirt with amnesty and the disastrous proposal of so-called immigration reform.

July 08, 2014 | By PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY National Columnist | Other Views


Americans lose, immigrants gain

American-born workers have had a net loss in jobs since 2000, while all of the job growth since then has gone to immigrants, according to a remarkable new study by the Center for Immigration Studies. This revelation comes as some Republican politicians continue to flirt with amnesty and the disastrous proposal of so-called immigration reform.

July 07, 2014 | By PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY National Columnist | Other Views


Great Pacific garbage patch hoax

A new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences could mean bad news for environmental doomsayers. Forget all those warnings about the million tons of plastic debris floating in the ocean. Ignore the photos that you think show the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Andres Cozar of the University of Cadiz in Spain is the man who once extrapolated the 1 million-ton estimate. Since then, however, he has led research that collected samples at 141 ocean sites. Cozar's new estimate: Between 7,000 and 35,000 tons of plastic are floating in the ocean.

July 07, 2014 | Debra Saunders | Other Views


Give business chance to comply with ADA

Recently the towns of Manteca, Ripon and Tracy among others have seen a sharp rise in the number of lawsuits from out of town lawyers targeting local businesses for allegedly violating portions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Many of these are small, family owned businesses who are ill equipped to afford the vast legal fees to fight a professional trial lawyer and have been forced to shut down. It is a problem that has been growing for years, especially here in the Valley and most acutely in minority and immigrant communities where lawyers target those who learned English ...

July 07, 2014 | JEFF DENHAM | Other Views


Obama’s anti-media tantrums

President Barack Obama treats the press like a spoiled child treats his parents. Despite the pampering, he just keeps complaining about them until he gets his way. As America tires of his inflated sense of self-importance while the economy limps and his foreign policy crumbles, Obama travels around the country complaining that the mean old media aren't complimentary enough.

July 04, 2014 | Brent Bozell | Other Views


Free to choose vs. cost-free access

How did women get birth control before President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act? Before Obamacare, a woman could go to a doctor and get birth control. She often had to pay or make a copayment for contraception. But in the 2014 political lexicon, that means she had no access.

July 04, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


‘The great adventure continues’

Ok. President Obama decreed that federal workers can extend their lunch hours by an hour to watch the U.S. play in the World Cup. Big deal. The president of Costa Rica gave all workers a full day off to watch their team.

July 03, 2014 | By PHILIP BOOKMAN Woodbridge Writers Group | Other Views


Justices & their cellphones

Since the nomination of Robert Bork to the Supreme Court went up in flames back in 1987, every appointee to the court has understood that when asked at confirmation hearings about how your personal experiences might affect your decisions, the right answer is "balls and strikes." Just an umpire, they all say, and even though no one - on the left or the right - believes this to be true, we all understand the necessity of the charade.

July 02, 2014 | By Susan Estrich Political commentator | Other Views


Tell President: No more wars!

Barack Obama has asked Congress for $500 million to train and arm rebels of the Free Syrian Army who seek to overthrow the government.

July 02, 2014 | Pat Buchanan | Other Views


Brown socks, fathers & sons, & being kinder

I spent part of Father's Day reflecting on my late father.

July 01, 2014 | By PHILIP BOOKMAN Woodbridge Writers Group | Other Views


Kaiser’s Modesto, Manteca hospitals operate as one to provide best care

At Kaiser Permanente, we understand the community sentiment that led to the Manteca City Council's June 3 adoption of a non-binding resolution regarding the medical services offered at our Manteca Medical Center. Faced with a question about the operation of an important hometown institution, it's only natural to want that institution to have all services.

July 01, 2014 | By Melanie Hatchel Public Affairs Director, Central Valley Area, Kaiser Permanente Northern California | Other Views


Manteca Kaiser members paid for & deserve full service hospital

My name is Amy Glass and I am a Manteca resident and an RN in the Kaiser Modesto ICU. I was one of the many Manteca residents who spoke at the Manteca City Council on June 3 in favor of a resolution asking Kaiser to immediately restore the services that it cut from the Kaiser Manteca Medical Center in January 2013.

July 01, 2014 | By AMY GLASS Manteca resident RN Kaiser Modesto | Other Views


Highway funding runs out of gas

Lawmakers writing the transportation spending bill have a problem. Actually they have 89 billion problems, because that's how many dollars they are short between what they want to spend over the next six years and the revenue bean counters expect.

July 01, 2014 | | Other Views


Shakedown on the bridge!

When I think of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, I think of the decadeslong building of the new eastern span, the shameless political grandstanding for a project that ran $5 billion over budget - and the construction headaches that live on. Brian Maroney, Caltrans' chief engineer for the bridge, sees something entirely different. He sees a visual stunner that delights drivers as they emerge from Treasure Island to gasp at a skyway with twinkling lights curling toward the East Bay hills. He thrills at the experience to the user, especially at night. Most importantly, he sees a bridge that is safe.

June 29, 2014 | | Other Views


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