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Airline ticket pricing

February 17, 2012 • EditorialComments Off

Baffled and bewildered travelers are getting a break this month, but airlines want to take it away. A welcome federal rule for more disclosure of fares faces industry opposition and a challenge from airline allies in Congress. The subject is a familiar one for frazzled ticket buyers: What is this trip really going to cost? [&hellip...

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Grading Congress

February 17, 2012 • EditorialComments Off

Congress recently received an overall grade of C-minus from 40 top academic experts who make it a habit to study that legislative body. In the old days a C was considered average, so a C-minus would be slightly below average. And “slightly below average”...

Tax hikes will slow growth

February 14, 2012 • EditorialComments Off

Denying the impact of taxes on the economy should be a lot harder for lawmakers now that the Congressional Budget Office has spelled it out in the most precise terms. The nonpartisan CBO took a look at the future of the budget deficit and came up with some...

Obama plan would prolong pain

February 7, 2012 • EditorialComments Off

It was predictable that President Barack Obama would pander again to entitlement sentiments. This time it involves the misguided belief that everyone is entitled to homeownership, even at the government’s — the taxpayers’ — expense. But the...

Obama has greens squirming

January 31, 2012 • EditorialComments Off

When President Barack Obama promised last week to open 75 percent of potential offshore gas and oil resources to drilling and praised the controversial fracking method for extracting untapped oil reserves on land, a collective shudder went through his green...

Politics of the pipeline denial

January 24, 2012 • EditorialComments Off

By denying a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline last week, President Barack Obama may succeed in delaying until after November’s election the politically difficult decision of which loyal constituency to offend, big labor or environmental activists. What...

Merging government agencies

January 20, 2012 • EditorialComments Off

Merging government agencies Maybe it’s an election-year maneuver crafted for maximum voter appeal, but President Barack Obama’s proposed merger of six large agencies seems like a prudent cost-cutting move in financially trying times. The White House...

Iran’s nuclear program

January 20, 2012 • EditorialComments Off

Iran’s nuclear program Talking is always preferable to shooting. The greatest skill in international diplomacy is knowing when to talk and when to shoot. The second greatest strength is believing that there is always at least a faint glimmer of hope that...

Be wary of war with Iran

January 17, 2012 • EditorialComments Off

As tensions mount between Iran and most of the other nations of the world over Iran’s nuclear-related activities, so do the risks of war — either a war of perceived necessity or an accidental conflagration. It is a dangerous situation that may well get...

European summits

January 14, 2012 • EditorialComments Off

European summits Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy must be getting sick of each other’s company. Certainly, the familiar sight of them sharing a joint press conference is starting to breed, if not quite contempt, then acute frustration. For despite their...