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For the second year in a row, government was the largest problem facing the nation, according to Gallup polls. Based on Gallup’s monthly polls of the most important issues facing the U.S., an average of 16 percent identified government as the top problem, followed by the economy with 13 percent...
A table at DrugWarFacts.org rates the addictive qualities of drugs. The criteria are the severity of withdrawal symptoms, the drug’s reinforcement or “hold” on users and its tolerance, dependence and intoxication properties. Heroin, alcohol, nicotine and cocaine, by that metric, are considered...
In their final months in office, presidents typically focus on building a legacy. One way President Obama is doing that is by tightening federal gun laws. While wiping back tears in a Tuesday speech from the White House, he announced several executive actions he claimed would reduce gun crimes, in...
Hundreds of miles from the Chinese coast, in international waters no country should control, a sneaky effort by Beijing is underway to claim much of the South China Sea. Put it on your list of potential hot spots for 2016. China’s game plan involves dredging massive amounts of sand to turn a...
Is America still the land of the free and the home of the brave? Do we really live up to those words from our national anthem? For a few years now, columnist George Will has been writing about how rulemaking-obsessed governments at all levels are creating an infantilized citizenry. In a recent...
Two observations about President Barack Obama’s announcement Tuesday that he would bypass Congress and use executive action to strengthen background checks on gun buyers: — Two decades’ worth of polling suggest that at least 70 percent, and possibly up to 92 percent, of Americans agree with him...
The Justice Department gave civil liberties advocates an early Christmas present last week when it announced that it would be suspending indefinitely its “equitable sharing” asset forfeiture program, which notoriously allowed state and local police agencies to bypass restrictions on forfeiture by...
The new year brings another major shock to California’s wage system, with the state minimum wage rising to $10 an hour. The previous minimum, to $9, took effect July 1, 2014, up from $8. So, in 18 months, the minimum wage will have jumped 25 percent. Nice work if you can get it. The problem is...
Far be it for us to bestow guilt for any overindulgence during the holiday season. It’s not like we haven’t done the same thing. We’re expected to overdo it a tad, right? Now, Christmas has just appeared in the rearview mirror and the new year is dead ahead, meaning that pork, cornbread, black-...
As economist Henry Hazlitt observed in his classic, “Economics in One Lesson,” thoughtful economic or public policy analysis requires looking not only at the most immediate and obvious effects of a policy, but at also examining the hidden costs, long-term effects and unintended consequences....

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