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Minimum wage and welfare

The Democrats have selected raising the minimum wage as THE issue to protect them from public opposition to the Obamacare fiasco, which is dimming their prospects for retaining the Senate in the 2014 elections. But raising the minimum wage may actually be worth considering if it has the side benefit of cutting the gigantic total of our hidden welfare programs.

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


California scheme bad for your health

In this wicked world of woe, there are hucksters, flimflammers, plain ol' crooks…and Republican members of the California Assembly.

January 07, 2014 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Is America going to pot?

Smoking Marlboros is now forbidden in Irish bars in New York City. But buying, selling, and smoking marijuana is legal in Colorado.

January 07, 2014 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


Good news for independent judiciary

My friend Greg Jarrett from Fox News was the first to point out the irony. A few days earlier, I had made the point that it was a George W. Bush appointee on the federal bench who struck down the National Security Agency surveillance program that the Bush administration (as well as the Obama administration) relied upon. Three cheers for an independent judiciary. So what happens next? A different federal judge, this one a Bill Clinton appointee, has now declared that President Barack Obama's NSA plan does not violate the Constitution. As I told Greg, I really do love ...

January 06, 2014 | Susan Estrich | Other Views


Enough happy talk about legalized pot

There was way too much giddiness in the media about the first day of legal pot selling in Colorado. Instead of all the happy talk, I think it's time for some sober discussion and a strong dose of education about the addiction risks of smoking marijuana - particularly among young people. It may start out as a party, but it often ends up as something much, much worse.

January 06, 2014 | Lawrence Kudlow | Other Views


Obama should go to Sochi

With twin suicide bombings in Volgograd, at a train station and on a trolley, 34 Russians are dead and scores are injured and hospitalized.

January 03, 2014 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


Leasing out integrity to Coca-Cola

Irony is dead. It has been garroted by reality.

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


Global warming researcher stuck in ice

A funny thing happened during Australian climate change professor Chris Turney's venture to retrace a 1912 research expedition in Antarctica and gauge how climate change has affected the continent: Two weeks into a five-week excursion, Turney's good ship MV Akademik Shokalskiy got trapped in ice. It turns out, global warming notwithstanding, that there's so much ice down under that two ice-breaking vessels sent to rescue the research team cannot reach the Australasian Antarctic Expedition.

January 01, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


The debate about gays goes ducky

"Don't be deceived," Duck Commander and A&E reality television star Phil Robertson insisted, when asked to define what he considered to be sinful behavior. "Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers - they won't inherit the kingdom of God. Don't deceive yourself. It's not right."

January 01, 2014 | By Susan Estrich Political commentator | Other Views


Inequality — Crisis or scam

When President Richard Nixon arrived in Beijing in 1972, Chairman Mao Zedong - with his Marxist revolution, Great Leap Forward and Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution - had achieved an equality unrivaled anywhere.

December 31, 2013 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


Pre-K: For bureaucrats, not kids

In an attempt to shift public discussion from the Obamacare train wreck, President Barack Obama is again promoting universal tax-paid daycare for preschoolers. But spending $75 billion on free preschool for all won't work any better than the numerous times it's been tried before.

December 30, 2013 | Phyllis Schlafly | Other Views


NAFTA: 20 years of unfulfilled promises

Twenty years after it took effect, NAFTA has failed the vast majority of Mexicans.

December 30, 2013 | MANUEL PÉREZ-ROCHA | Other Views


2013 cultural winners & losers

Let's assess the winners and losers in American culture for 2013. Our first obvious winner is "Duck Dynasty" and its Phil Robertson. He's a winner for standing by his Christian principles after some offensive remarks about homosexuality.

December 28, 2013 | Brent Bozell | Other Views


Holy words of mass destruction

Here's a twist on Christmas that would make Jesus weep.

December 28, 2013 | JIM HIGHTOWER | Other Views


‘Duck Dynasty’ & new blacklist

Pope Francis' call for a truce notwithstanding, the culture war rages on in America.

December 25, 2013 | Pat Buchanan | Other Views


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Let them eat tips

Just when you thought the plutocratic profiteers running America's exploitative, low-wage economy couldn't get any more clueless, self-serving, pious, and mingy - along comes Lady Maria of Marriott, magnanimously saying: "Let them eat tips."

October 06, 2014 | | Other Views


Barack Obama, outside agitator

In his U.N. address, President Obama listed a parade of horrors afflicting our world: "Russian aggression in Europe," "terrorism in Syria and Iraq," rapes and beheadings by ISIL, al-Qaida, Boko Haram.

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


He’s not in Manteca anymore. . .

EDITOR'S NOTE: Lawrence Silveira is a Sierra High graduate now living in Chicago. In this column, penned on Sept. 5, he writes about the differences between the two locales, and what he's learned in his first few weeks at Columbia College.

October 02, 2014 | By Lawrence Silveira Sierra High graduate | Other Views


Is Burger King an economic patriot?

"Merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains."

October 02, 2014 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


Rich man hails middle class job creators

Here's an unusual super-rich guy with a strange message for his fellow 1-percent-of-the-1-percenters.

October 02, 2014 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Some serious potty talk

There's a photo-word montage on the Internet in which a little boy, presumably from Africa, looks skeptically at a woman who is apparently from somewhere else. The boy asks, "You mean to tell me you have so much clean water, that you (poop) in it?"

October 01, 2014 | By JILL RICHARDSON Author of ‘Recipe for America’ | Other Views


Peace protests, R.I.P.

Where are the peaceniks? Why aren't they marching on Capitol Hill to protest President Barack Obama's use of military force in Syria and Iraq? The San Francisco Chronicle's Kevin Fagan interviewed peace activists who told him that their ranks are numb, in part because America has been at war for more than a decade. Some even wonder whether the Islamic State is so barbaric as to merit airstrikes.

September 30, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


The media: People who live in glass houses

"I see the media is at it again," an acquaintance said referring to the deluge of coverage after the Ray Rice assault on his wife. True, a ton of coverage on what became a national, if not international story.

September 25, 2014 | By PHILIP BOOKMAN Woodbridge Writers Group | Other Views


Enough is enough: Time for corporations to share

For those of you who read my last column and thought I had crossed over to the dark side, this one should tilt the world back on its proper axis.

September 25, 2014 | By DAVE CAMPBELL Local columnist | Other Views


Crush grapes, not vintners

"You'll never meet anyone who says, 'I want to be a millionaire. I think I'll start a winery,'" owner Bill Smyth tells me from his small office over the tasting room of Westover Vineyards, nestled in Palomares Canyon. Smyth has worked in a number of fields. He made some money. He bought the vineyard property when he was young. His ex-wife bought him a kit to make wine, and his labor of love turned into a small business.

September 25, 2014 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


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