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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Triad marriage: the latest Fox News talking point

As a libertarian, my approach to most political issues (to steal a line from activist and occasional talk show host Ernest Hancock) is, “Freedom’s the answer–now what’s your question?”

Opposed to this approach is, well, just about everyone in the two major parties.

Particularly illustrative of the theory of “freedom’s the answer” is the rather silly debate over gay marriage.

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What do we do with the Unemployed?

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It’s a simple question, but….?

There are millions of unemployed Americans.

There are millions of Americans on unemployment insurance benefits.

There are millions of Americans on extended unemployment insurance benefits.

There are millions of Americans who no longer can receive unemployment insurance benefits.

So, where are the jobs or additional extended unemployment insurance benefits for these and the millions more who soon will run out of extended benefits?

What do we do with the Unemployed?

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Democrats rush to capitalize on torture memos

Casting aside their president’s misgivings, Democrats are racing into hearings to criticize newly released Bush administration memos justifying harsh terrorism interrogations.

So far, however, the biggest embarrassment has engulfed a Democrat, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

As Pelosi keeps trying to clarify when she initially learned of the interrogation techniques, a Senate Judiciary subcommittee scheduled a hearing Wednesday that was billed as the "first public hearing on torture memos since their release."

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U.S. borrowing 46 cents on every dollar spent

The government will have to borrow nearly 50 cents for every dollar it spends this year, exploding the record federal deficit past $1.8 trillion under new White House estimates. Budget office figures released Monday would add $89 billion to the 2009 red ink — increasing it to more than four times last year’s all-time high as the government hands out billions more than expected for people who have lost jobs and takes in less tax revenue from people and companies making less money.

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Time to take deficits seriously

The Bush administration said deficits didn’t matter and proceeded to rack up a record string of deficits. The Obama administration professes to believe the contrary, the president telling his Cabinet recently, "We can no longer afford to spend as if deficits do not matter … We can no longer afford to leave the hard choices for the next budget, the next administration, or the next generation."

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Democrats: Hypocrites on torture?

The continuing hue and cry over the use of torture on suspected terrorists seems to have set a new standard for hypocrisy even in this town where it always has been considered an art form, practiced at the highest levels without a hint of shame.

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Gates tries to reboot Afghan war

Taking a cue from voters who elected a president promising a different approach, the Obama administration is replacing the general overseeing the war in Afghanistan with a commander who has special-forces experience.

Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal, a senior administrator with the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will take the place of Gen. David McKiernan once he is confirmed by the Senate. Lt. Gen. David M. Rodriguez will become McChrystal’s deputy with the Senate’s approval, which Defense Secretary Robert Gates asked be granted as soon as possible.

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Afghanistan: Deja vu all over again?

Why is Afghanistan starting to make me nervous?

After 9/11, Afghanistan seemed like the right war in the right place.

Even Americans who are knee-jerk-skeptical about military action recognized that we couldn’t let a terrorist attack at America’s heart go unanswered.

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Is there a right balance in Afghanistan?

Public attention to civilian deaths in Afghanistan underscores the challenging nature of the vexing ongoing guerrilla war. On May 4, according to allegations, civilians were killed during an Allied operation. Taliban insurgents entered a village in Bala Bulak in western Afghanistan and beheaded three civilians. When Afghan police responded, they were ambushed.

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