Politicians feel pressure to act

Politically minded people are starting to anticipate election season. This means many of them will be asking the wrong questions of the candidates; who will be all-too willing to answer them. We are already hearing politicians detailing what they would do about things that no government, nor any politician, has any authority to be involved […]

Don’t let politicians be responsible

Believe it or not, I don’t care about politics. I would like a world where it is safe to ignore politics completely if you have better things to do, or more concrete concerns. That isn’t the world we live in, much to our detriment. Many people still think it is OK to join together to […]

Journalists should stay off payrolls

Is anyone really surprised that MSNBC commentator Keith Olbermann gave contributions to three Democratic politicians? It’s hard to summon the kind of deep outrage that drove Olbermann, host of the cable channel’s top-rated “Countdown with Keith Olbermann,” into a brief suspension. If you watch his show or listen to his frequent bloviating it becomes apparent […]

Politicians extortionists at heart

Tibor Machan It may have been Will Rogers or Mark Twain. I cannot now recall which of the two great American humorists it was who said all politicians are criminals. But it makes no difference because when something is true, its source is not the main issue. Fact is, politicians are extortionists at heart. Their […]

Candidates use fear tactics to win votes

At least two Texas lawmakers, both seeking re-election in November, have taken the political lie to disgusting new lows. By now people should be used to politicians’ lies. It’s hard to think of any official, at any level, who has kept every campaign promise. The White House issues rosy statements about a presumed economic recovery, […]

Politicians leave citizens big bill

Tibor Machan My favorite place to live in America is California. But don’t get me wrong — one size does not fit all. And how wonderful that is, that people differ so much that they could be quite happy living in very different places. I love this since it helps to confirm my individualist position […]

Public matters shouldn’t be kept private

Freedom New Mexico Some Texas politicians are working to destroy that state’s open government laws. Four Texas cities — none in the Panhandle, thankfully — and more than a dozen individual officeholders have filed suit against the state, seeking to kill part of the Texas Open Meetings Act. The lawsuit follows the dismissal of a […]

Obama failing on transparency promise

Freedom Newspapers It should hardly come as a surprise that once in office elected politicians forget about, abandon, or fudge on promises made to get elected. President Barack Obama’s record on transparency and openness, however, is more disappointing than most such instances. During the campaign, candidate Obama promised an unprecedented degree of openness and transparency, […]

Letter to the editor: Politicians elected to serve people

Politicians elected to serve people I detest polarized politics. The fact that virtually all the Republicans vote against a Democrat bill and vice versa is terrible. Political parties and their elected representatives are supposed to serve their constituents — not their party — and this is exactly what is happening at the Town Hall meetings. […]

Take time to let mom know she is appreciated

Freedom New Mexico Moms are the greatest producers of wealth among us. They are greater and more important than glamour stars, politicians, business leaders and all the people our culture worships with a misguided understanding of value and wealth. A Jewish proverb says: “God could not be everywhere, and so he made mothers.” Abolitionist preacher […]

Politicians feed ancient sqaubbles

By Tibor Machan: FNM columnist If it isn’t the Croats versus the Serbs, the Irish versus the British, the Hungarians versus the Russians, the Indians versus the Pakistanis, and so on and so forth endlessly, ethnic, national or other groups carping about each other based on ancient misconduct, ill feelings, and awful memories that have […]

Government retiree `double dipping’ targeted

By Doug Mattson Politicians and union leaders alike are taking aim at the controversial practice of “double-dipping” — public employees returning to work after retirement to collect a salary and pension. The issue comes as lawmakers consider ways to keep some of New Mexico’s biggest retirement funds from hemorrhaging money. The Public Employees Retirement Association […]

Funny guy

Argus Hamilton is poking fun at Oklahoma City, casinos and — as usual — politicians in today’s column.

Immigrants help power U.S. economy

By Freedom New Mexico Anti-immigrant tough talk has failed, once again, as it did in the 2006 election. The toughest of the tough-on-immigration candidates — Colorado’s Tom Tancredo — didn’t get to New Hampshire before his campaign fizzled. John McCain and Hillary Clinton, two of the weakest tough-on-immigration candidates, stole the show in New Hampshire, […]

Diversity would do world of good

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist Shame on our politicians! As we celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, which begins today and runs through Oct. 15, some politicians are only concerned about being re-elected and are leaving millions of concerned citizens and Mexican immigrants in limbo as they delay immigration reform. They cried “state of emergency” last […]

Money won’t fix Third World problems

By Tibor Machan: Syndicated columnist The late Peter “Lord” Bauer devoted much of his life to championing the political economy of classical liberalism for developing societies. This is what would bring them out of their wretched states, not a bunch of foreign aid and intervention by the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund or the […]

High gas prices helped avoid shortages

By Walter Williams: Syndicated Columnist With all the recent hype and demagoguery about gasoline price-gouging, maybe it’s time to talk about the basics of exchange. First, what is exchange? Exchange occurs when an owner transfers property rights or title to that which is his. Here’s the essence of what transpires when I purchase a gallon […]

Ignore the rich; they aren’t important

Walter Williams The truly rich don’t deserve all the political hype we hear; they’re only a tiny percentage of our population and not that important. According to recent U.S. Treasury statistics, the top 1 percent of income earners have an adjusted gross income that starts around $300,000. While $300,000 or $400,000 a year is nothing […]

Don’t kill the goose that lays golden eggs

Thomas Sowell It is always fascinating to see elementary economics make front-page news. It was front-page news in Wednesday’s Wall Street Journal that there are long waiting times for seeing medical specialists in Canada and in other countries with government-controlled medical care systems — but not in the United States, where some politicians are trying […]

Politicians make for quotable quotations

Ned Cantwell Kids say the darndest things. So do politicians. I am inspired by Billy McKibben, the colorful former state senator from Hobbs. That southeastern New Mexico community, its economy once pumped flush by oil production and supply companies, is drilling for new economic vitality in the fertile fields of the gambling industry. At a […]