Editorials

Manage Social Security

Seventeen billion dollars is a drop in the bucket compared to the long-term fiscal challenges facing the Social Security program. Still, it is serious money, and Congress should demand answers about how the system managed to pay it out improperly.More to the point, lawmakers should insist on ...

Protect farmers from attacks

I don't spend a lot of time scrolling through Facebook because I have better things to do than be bombarded with misleading clickbait stories and personal drama of the sort some people insist on sharing with the global Internet community. But the other day a friend of mine posed an interesting ...

Who really lost Iraq?

After the pro-Western government of China was forced to flee to the island of Taiwan in 1949, when the Communists took over mainland China, bitter recriminations in Washington led to the question: "Who lost China?" China was, of course, never ours to lose, though it might be legitimate to ask ...

Dealing with imperial overstretch

Toward the end of the presidency of George H.W. Bush, America stood alone at the top of the world - the sole superpower.After five weeks of "shock and awe" and 100 hours of combat, Saddam's army had fled Kuwait back up the road to Basra and Bagdad.Our Cold War adversary was breaking apart into ...

Get ready for a great summer

This past weekend was a time of new beginnings in the Magic City.More than 400 seniors graduated from Minot High School and to them we say congratulations and good luck as they embark on a new chapter in life.On Sunday, the new beginning came in musical fashion. The annual concert series held ...

To keep good workers, some employers are trapping them

In olden days, the way you kept good workers was to pay them more. That's no longer the case in many jobs. Companies have been using "noncompete" agreements to stop these workers from seeking better compensation at rival companies.Originally designed to stop tech whizzes from taking company ...

The politics of Caitlyn Jenner

WASHINGTON - Barring a terror strike or an Ebola outbreak to distract us, the 2016 presidential election seems headed for a gender identity showdown.Within days of Caitlyn Jenner's Vanity Fair cover photo, Republican presidential candidates were being asked to comment, while conservative ...

Dancing to the super PAC minuet

WASHINGTON - Campaign finance "reformers" think America would be better governed if the government could thoroughly regulate campaign speech, which is speech about the composition and comportment of the government. Reformers scold the Supreme Court for construing the First Amendment as though ...

Evaluating complaints from Iraq

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's attitude in demanding more help in the fight against an Islamic State terrorist army should worry U.S. officials and their counterparts in the 24 other countries that have been aiding Iraq.During a visit to an international conference in Paris this week, ...

Socialist ‘justice’

Protestors demand "social justice." I hate their chant. If I oppose their cause, then I'm for social "injustice"? Nonsense.The protesters usually want to punish capitalism. "Spread those resources," says Hillary Clinton.Even capitalists often make the mistake of talking about "social justice" ...

Outflanking Democrats on college costs

Many political debates in the upcoming presidential race will play out this way: The Democrat will offer "X for all," and the Republican will respond, "Do you have any idea how much that's going to cost?" That's the way nearly all political debates are engaged - usually to the disadvantage of ...

Who built the Brooklyn Bridge?

How many times have you heard President Obama and his minions pat themselves on the back for their noble "investments" in "roads and bridges"? Without government infrastructure spending, we're incessantly reminded, we wouldn't be able to conduct our daily business."Every single great idea that ...

FBI spying cause for concern

Claims of "black helicopters" spying on us for the government are not just wild conspiracy theories, it turns out. Although the truth may involve blue Cessnas rather than dark-colored helicopters, the federal "eye in the sky" is very real.As we have reported, an Associated Press investigation ...

Paying the price

Baltimore is now paying the price for irresponsible words and actions, not only by young thugs in the streets, but also by its mayor and the state prosecutor, both of whom threw the police to the wolves, in order to curry favor with local voters.Now murders in Baltimore in May have been more ...

Lawfare is killing the death penalty

Last week, the Nebraska legislature voted to do away with the death penalty. I think that was a mistake. But that's a conversation for another day. Instead, I want to talk about a lesson we might take from the decision.Charles Murray (my colleague at the American Enterprise Institute) has ...

Cultural cleansing of Christian males

The culture war against Christianity is picking up speed.Last week came word Saint Louis University will remove a heroic-sized statue of Fr. Pierre-Jean De Smet S.J. from the front of Fusz Hall, where it has stood for 60 years.The statue depicts Fr. De Smet holding aloft a crucifix as he ...

Enough intrusions already

Intelligence agencies want unfettered authority to invade our privacy. It is in the very nature of spying organizations such as the National Security Agency.But we Americans rightly resent intrusions into our private lives.For years, the NSA has had - and used - sweeping authority to collect ...

President Obama declares war on climate change

President Barack Obama is less than stalwart in the fight against ISIS and doesn't seem overly concerned about Vladimir Putin's predation in Ukraine or China's aggression in the South China Sea. It is the fight against climate change, an allegedly dire threat to the nation's security, that ...

Caitlyn Jenner’s coming-out party

WASHINGTON - It wasn't quite "Call me Ishmael," but "Call me Caitlyn" made a whale of a splash.One could hardly find a news channel the past couple of days that wasn't touting the former Bruce Jenner for her courageous transgender metamorphosis or admiring her "gorgeous" new look.Within moments ...

Bernie Sanders’ socialist charade

WASHINGTON - Does any stricture of journalistic propriety or social etiquette require us to participate in Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' charade? Is it obligatory to take seriously his pose of being an "independent" and a "socialist"? It gives excitable Democratic activists a frisson of ...