MILWAUKEE — It is as remarkable as it is repulsive, the ingenuity with which the Obama administration uses the regulatory state’s intricacies to advance progressivism’s project of breaking nongovernmental institutions to government’s saddle. Eager to sacrifice low-income children to please teachers unions, the Department of Justice wants to destroy Wisconsin’s school choice program. Feigning concern about access for handicapped children, DOJ’s aim is to handicap all disadvantaged children by denying their parents access to school choices of the sort enjoyed by affluent DOJ lawyers.
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In political philosophy, they call it “The Noble Lie”: the idea that, sometimes — for the public’s own good — a nation’s leaders must engage in outright deception.
The world according to cartoonist Ken Catalino, Creators Syndicate.
Bomb the crater
This could be a rather heated winter. All three branches of government are on course to collide over partisan politics, constitutional authority and scope of power, particularly as vested in the executive branch.
Congress is like a helicopter parent when it comes to the U.S. mail. It wants the Postal Service to operate independently, without federal funding, and yet it hovers overhead, dictating every move of the organization — rate increases, days of delivery, employee benefits.
The world according to cartoonist Steve Breen, Creators Syndicate.
WASHINGTON — There are five 2014 House races still to be decided before we can answer a question of historical interest:
The executive actions reportedly planned by President Barack Obama, as outlined by Fox News, are shocking in their scope and disregard for the well-being of Americans, not to mention their contempt for the democratic process and the wishes of the public. The purported actions are not an overhaul of immigration policy, or a set of reforms, but a dismemberment of immigration law.
Many a pundit accused the 2014 midterm election of being a “Seinfeld election” — that is, an election “about nothing.” Certainly it lacked one clearly dominant issue, in the way that, say, the 2006 midterm was a referendum on President George W. Bush’s policy in Iraq. But if the just-completed campaign had no theme, it did have a context: People went to the polls — or, in massive numbers, stayed home — amid the increasingly widespread realization that, despite the U.S. economy’s gradual recovery from the “Great Recession,” middle-class family incomes are still not growing very much.
The world according to Tom Stiglich, Creators Syndicate.
The Big Island as seen by Hawaii Tribune-Herald cartoonist Gary Hoff.
Every month, we will bring you a column about community initiatives to improve the well-being of the people of Hawaii Island.
About Act 111
Americans of every stripe should echo the Associated Press’ recent demand that the Federal Bureau of Investigation never present its agents as journalists again.