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The cost keeps going up

The Senate is set to begin voting on dueling economic aid proposals, as senators rush to add jobless benefits and tax rebates for high earners, the elderly, and disabled veterans…

The rush to really screw things up

It's become a ritual: The economy grows sluggish and politicians rush to "do something" about it. What they do almost never has a beneficial economic impact, as any reputable economist…

No applause, please

One of the more curious habits of humankind -- one taken for granted and seldom commented upon -- is the giving of a round of applause as a sign of…

Torture? What’s that?

Attorney General Michael Mukasey refused Wednesday to define waterboarding as illegal torture, even while admitting that if he underwent the interrogation technique that he would "feel" it is torture. Fending off…

Ghosts on the farm

I have worked with ghosts for decades. They've been part of our family's fields, and on many farms across our lands. They want to remain undetected, laboring in the shadows,…

The sky really is falling

As if we didn't have enough to worry about, the government quietly passed word over the weekend that a 2-ton U.S. satellite the size of a small bus had gone…

Hunger in America

Because I'm an upper-class American, I often get expensive stuff for free. For instance, last weekend my friends Melanie and Dave took me to an NBA game. We had excellent tickets…

Elite and out-of-reach

One would think the move by the nation's most elite colleges and universities to become more affordable to the middle classes would mean opportunities for tens of thousands of needy…

Where, but where, to spend?

How would the U.S. government be spending money if it wasn't fighting the Iraq War? Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., raised the question during Monday's Democratic presidential debate in Myrtle Beach,…

A dark cloud settles over America

As America heads into perhaps its most pivotal Presidential election in modern times candidates for the highest office in the land face an angry, disillusioned, depressed electorate that fear hard…