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In 2012, the federal government paid some $5 billion in direct payments to farmers of wheat, corn, barley, oats, cotton, rice, soybeans, peanuts and other crops - except the recipients cannot all be farmers. According to the Environmental Working Group, 116 of those tillers of the earth reside in San Francisco. For their farming activities, they pocketed $446,302.

September 14, 2013 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


America says ‘no’ to a Beltway War

Earlier this month, hell came to the tiny Christian village of Maaloula where they still speak Aramaic, the language of Jesus.

September 13, 2013 | Pat Buchanan | Other Views


No right or wrong vote on Syria

If you cobble together every major decision that President Barack Obama has had to make since he entered the Oval Office, none has been more perplexing and difficult as the decision to strike Syria for using chemical weapons on its own people.

September 12, 2013 | BY ROLAND MARTIN Author | Other Views


Obama’s & Syria: Now what?

Sen. Barack Obama snatched the 2008 democratic nomination from Sen. Hillary Clinton for many reasons, none more important than Obama's opposition to the Iraq War.

September 11, 2013 | By LARRY ELDER Author | Other Views


Idaho’s reclusive promised land

I haven't heard such enthusiastic, downright raucous applause since Texas Gov. "Oops" Perry suggested in 2009 that his state just might withdraw from the union. Unfortunately for him, the applauders weren't Texans. They were the people of the other 49 states.

September 11, 2013 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Pelosi’s rocky road to peace

In 2007, then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi led a congressional visit to Damascus, where she met with Syrian President Bashar Assad. "We came in friendship, hope, and determined that the road to Damascus is a road to peace," Pelosi famously proclaimed. She met with Assad in defiance of then-President George W. Bush and his efforts to isolate Syria for its role as a "state sponsor of terror."

September 09, 2013 | | Other Views


From a line to a debate in Congress

I was just fine with the line in the sand. In a civilized world, there must be some line. If not chemical weapons, where?

September 03, 2013 | By Susan Estrich Political commentator | Other Views


Freeing inmates is criminal

Why would someone who opposes draconian federal mandatory minimum sentences oppose efforts to cut California's prison population by about 9,600 inmates? Because the federal system and the California system are two different animals.

September 02, 2013 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Crossing the line: Chemical weapons

There have to be lines.

September 02, 2013 | Susan Estritch | Other Views


Freeing inmates is criminal

Why would someone who opposes draconian federal mandatory minimum sentences oppose efforts to cut California's prison population by about 9,600 inmates? Because the federal system and the California system are two different animals.

August 31, 2013 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Bay Bridge’s comedy of errors

As mayor of Oakland, Jerry Brown wanted an "icon" to replace the seismically challenged eastern span of the Bay Bridge and to highlight the "splendor" of the East Bay. "It's unfortunate that pencil pushers, bureaucrats and political yahoos don't understand quality and try to block quality to save a few bucks," observed the Oracle of Oakland.

August 30, 2013 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Fire fees don’t pay for new services

In a recent column ("If $150 fee goes away Cal Fire needs 'George Runner Rule'"), Dennis Wyatt questions my opposition to the Fire Prevention Fee, stating "one shouldn't expect government services for nothing."

August 30, 2013 | By GEORGE RUNNER Board of Equalization | Other Views


Water, the Delta and prosperity

The latest comprehensive economic analysis of the governor's plan for fixing the state's aging water system and restoring the environmental health of the Delta estimates that the project will yield roughly $5 billion in net benefits for California residents and preserve more than a million additional jobs over the next 50 years.

August 29, 2013 | By GERALD MERAL Deputy Secretary California Natural Resources Agency | Other Views


Listen to doc: Weed really can heal

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta admitted earlier this month that he had been wrong in his opposition to medical marijuana during the rollout for his documentary "Weed." Gupta reported on research that demonstrated the proven benefits of marijuana in treating neuropathic pain. Medical marijuana was the only drug that helped a 5-year-old girl with Dravet syndrome live without constant seizures. It calmed the constant hiccuping of a 19-year-old. Israelis use it to treat Parkinson's disease and other ailments.

August 29, 2013 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Cultural revolution’s dead souls

Christopher Lane, a 22-year-old Australian here on a baseball scholarship, was shot and killed while jogging in Duncan, Okla., population 23,000. He died where he fell.

August 27, 2013 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


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New front in the CEO pay wars

Have you heard about Domino's Pizza CEO J. Patrick Doyle? He pocketed $43 million over the last three years running an operation that stiffs low-wage workers and rakes in taxpayer subsidies.

June 11, 2014 | By Sam Pizzigati Institute for Policy Studies | Other Views


Endless invasion of America

For 10 days, Americans have argued over the wisdom of trading five Taliban senior commanders for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

June 10, 2014 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


Fast food wage theft disturbing

No matter how small the haul, a thief is a thief, right?

June 10, 2014 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Endless invasion of America

For 10 days, Americans have argued over the wisdom of trading five Taliban senior commanders for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

June 09, 2014 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


Fast food wage theft disturbing

No matter how small the haul, a thief is a thief, right?

June 09, 2014 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


The hero and the bad guys

On Saturday, Bowe Bergdahl was a hero, and the five members of the Taliban being freed in exchange for him were the worst of the worst.

June 07, 2014 | By Susan Estrich Political commentator | Other Views


Obama forging a secret legacy

Edward Snowden is trying to set the record straight about what exactly he was doing before he blew the whistle on widespread government snooping.

June 07, 2014 | By William A. Collins Columnist | Other Views


The year of name brands

You've got a Nunn running in Georgia, a Pryor in Arkansas and a Landrieu in Louisiana.

June 06, 2014 | By Susan Estrich Political commentator | Other Views


VA: Window into the future

The problem with the U.S. Veterans Affairs giving inferior and delayed care to veterans is a good window into the future of Obamacare. Both the VA and Obamacare suffer the endemic problems of a government-run single-payer system (aka socialism) - no choice of doctors or hospitals, no insurance companies, broken promises, lengthy waits and bureaucratic cover-ups.

June 05, 2014 | By PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY National Columnist | Other Views


War hero or deserter?

"We needed to get him out of there, essentially to save his life."

June 04, 2014 | Pat Buchanan | Other Views


Putting Main Street in driver’s seat

As we know, the barons of Wall Street haven't hesitated to raid our public treasury and haul off trillions of dollars worth of government bailouts and special tax breaks to subsidize their "free market" ventures.

June 04, 2014 | | Other Views


ISLA VISTA MURDERS

Elliot Rodger's story is not one of an untreated, mentally ill, white mass-killer who illegally acquired fully automatic "assault weapons." This mixed white and Asian 22-year-old bought his firearms legally, did not use a long-arm or "high-capacity" weapon and had been in therapy since the age of 8. Half his murder victims were killed by knife. Several of the injured were run over by Rodger's car.

June 02, 2014 | Larry Elder | Other Views


How America treats sick rich folks

In these trying times of health care austerity, it reaffirms one's faith in humanity to learn that many hospitals are now going the extra mile to provide top quality care for all.

June 02, 2014 | | Other Views


Is democracy failing?

On Memorial Day weekend, scores of thousands of bikers arrived here for their annual Rolling Thunder tribute to America's veterans, especially those lost in our wars or left behind.

May 30, 2014 | | Other Views


Striking gold for doing Wall Street’s bidding

First, Wall Street's government bailout restored the banksters who wrecked our economy to full prosperity. Now, it's paying off very handsomely for the bank overseers who orchestrated the bailout.

May 30, 2014 | JIM HIGHTOWER | Other Views


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