I wasn’t going to write about taxes for a second week in a row, but then I read Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill’s interview with the Financial Times, which troubled me in light of several other recent signals indicating that the Treasury may be heading in what I consider to be the wrong direction on tax reform.
Each morning the little white UN cars appear on our TV screens tooling around Baghdad. In the afternoon, we hear from UN Secretary General Kofi Annan that all is going well. Secretary of State Colin Powell, too, assures us that the inspections are going fine.
After a month of playing cat-and-mouse with Baghdad's Mad Dog, the weapons inspectors of the United Nations Monitoring Inspection and Verification Commission (UNMOVIC) are basking in the glow of global acclaim for their sterling work.
Socialism is a wonderful idea. It is only as a reality that it has been disastrous. Among people of every race, color, and creed, all around the world, socialism has led to hunger in countries that used to have surplus food to export.
Shelby Steele, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford, recalls his childhood epiphany, the exhilarating and terrifying moment when he first recognized himself as "a separate self," with independent thoughts. It was his first sense of personal responsibility.
After Senator Tom Daschle created a stir by attacking Rush Limbaugh and other conservative voices in the media as somehow responsible for death threats to politicians like himself, his total absence of any evidence made him look ridiculous.
Al Gore has promised if he runs again for the presidency, he's not going to hold back his opinions. He's going to "let 'er rip." If what he's been saying recently is any indication of the reinvented Gore, the campaign should be loads of fun to watch.
"In Harvard Papers, a Dark Corner of the College's Past" is the headline The New York Times pasted over the story of the unearthing of Harvard's hidden sin. What was it? Did Harvard burn a heretic in the basement of the faculty club? Did Harvard condone a lynching?
My parents taught me never to say, "I told you so." But when you're right so often, you just have to tell someone. So, for the benefit of you, the loyal reader, let me enumerate exactly how right I've been these past few months.
For decades colleges and universities have been choosing their students on the basis of skin color, but that may change soon. On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court announced it would take up two cases involving the University of Michigan's admissions policy.
I can't resist sharing some of the extraordinary examples of liberal press bias tossed my way. Masochism to read them, perhaps, but as a judge for the Media Research Center's 15th annual "awards for the year's worst reporting," it's my privilege, dear reader, to share with you some of the pain.
The Justice Department's Civil Rights Division has begun a probe after getting numerous complaints from Arab- and Muslim-Americans stating that unknown individuals have "spoofed" their e-mail accounts and are sending messages, many inappropriate or offensive, in their names.
A growing conflict between some conservative Christian leaders and the Bush administration over whether Islam is a "peaceful religion" or a militaristic faith with designs on world domination is threatening the cozy relationship between the White House and some of its most loyal supporters.
Under the guise of "objectivity," virtually every major news agency, newspaper and television news network in the West is feeding its readers and viewers a morally neutral view of world events that is so distorted as to verge on mendacity.
While Sen. Barbara Boxer charges that new Bush administration air pollution regulations present "the most drastic clean-air rollback in more than 25 years," American Enterprise Institute fellow Steve Hayward is working out the details for a $1,000 bet that the air will be cleaner in America 10 years from now -- under the new regulations.
It should be elementary -- literally -- but my grade-schooler's teacher got it wrong: "Thanksgiving," the teacher wrote by way of introducing a book report assignment pegged to the national holiday, "is a time when families get together to celebrate their traditions and their heritage."
"Money exchanged is for time and companionship only. Anything else that may occur is a matter of personal choice between two or more consenting adults of legal age, and is not contracted for, nor is it requested to be contracted for, or compensated for in any manner."
In valedictory comments to fellow conservative Republican senators, retiring Sen. Phil Gramm warned of "the tyranny of the inbox" -- letting events determine their agenda. "I reminded myself every single day," he told me, "that I came here with an agenda, and my agenda was not to empty that inbox.
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