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Weakening reform

August 14, 2012 • EditorialComments (0)

The Obama administration may not be “gutting” welfare reform, as Mitt Romney has accused it of doing. But it is opening the door to some potentially major surgery. Those who long for the days of bipartisan legislating in Washington, and for when federal policies actually did some good, should lionize the 1996 welfare reform bill [&hellip...

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Mars landing rekindles patriotism

August 12, 2012 • EditorialComments (0)

The first and sure-to-be-enduring image of Mars from the Curiosity rover looks like something out of a post-apocalyptic novel. Dusty, mountainous, orange-tinged and deserted. What the Mars landing means, however, is anything but. It’s not about the end of...

World Opinion

August 11, 2012 • EditorialComments (0)

Sports in schools Australia’s poor performance in the pool at the London Olympics has raised concerns that a lack of compulsory sport in schools may be partly to blame. Sport may become compulsory under a planned national curriculum, if all the states...

National Opinion

August 10, 2012 • EditorialComments (0)

Wall Street When is bad employment news widely perceived as good news for investors? When it’s so bad that Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke responds by pumping more money into the economy. Thus, the paradoxical spectacle of many financial firms...

Olympic taxation

August 9, 2012 • EditorialComments (0)

Michael Phelps, Missy Franklin, Gabby Douglas and other victorious U.S. Olympians in London haven’t just won medals and fame in London. They’ve earned potentially hefty tax bills. Under U.S. law, American athletes must add the value of their Olympic...

Congress eyes online sales tax

August 8, 2012 • EditorialComments (0)

The Internet continues to be a major engine for growth for America’s otherwise-limping economy. So, naturally, Congress is swinging, into action — to tax it. The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation scheduled hearings on the supposed...

Women in uniform deserve better

August 1, 2012 • EditorialComments (0)

Military justice is an oxymoron when it comes to women in the armed forces. When a woman volunteers to serve in the military, it doesn’t mean that she volunteers to be sexually assaulted by enlisted men or officers. But as the eighth Department of Defense...

World Opinion

July 28, 2012 • EditorialComments (0)

U.S.-Japan defense cooperation When a country comes under attack, its allies can regard it as an attack against themselves and try to stop it by using military force under the Charter of the United Nations, which grants the right of collective self-defense to...

National Opinion

July 27, 2012 • EditorialComments (0)

Dispiriting times Yes, the latest Gallup poll numbers showing the public’s lack of confidence in some of our country’s major institutions are distressing. A nation needs to believe that its political and economic leaders have the character and vision to...

Syrian tragedy

July 26, 2012 • EditorialComments (0)

As the weekend began, it had become apparent that Syria’s horrific 17-month uprising against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad had entered its final stages. It remains only to be seen how many people must die before Assad realizes that and what, if...