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My Father’s 1959 Tax Return

I stumbled upon my father's 1959 income tax return a few years ago. Oh, how I long for the simplicity he enjoyed when he filed his taxes that year.

April 17, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


The New Militarism: Who Profits?

Militarism and military spending are everywhere and on the rise, as the new Cold War propaganda seems to be paying off. The new "threats" that are being hyped bring big profits to military contractors and the network of think tanks they pay to produce pro-war propaganda.

April 16, 2015 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Give Ted Cruz a Gold Star

The key to understanding Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz is not that he is a fighter or that he is an unwavering ideologue. To highlight his intelligence points the spotlight in the right direction but misses the mark. The man can give a speech, but that's not quite the thing, either. The thing that explains Cruz, at least to me, is this: He is a debate nerd.

April 16, 2015 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


A Capitulation to Iran

You know there's a problem with the Iran nuclear agreement when The White House releases a fact sheet to the press outlining the agreement, and Iran issues a statement claiming the fact sheet is false... within 15 minutes.

April 15, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


End the Taxpayer-Funded Lobbying Scam

Since President Obama's first year in office, the federal government has been illegally using your federal tax dollars to pay lobbyists at the state and local level to lobby for tax hikes, zoning restrictions, and other nanny state policies that pick your pockets and limit your freedom. Every time a scandal breaks or Congress tries to crack down on abuses, the grant-making program changes its name and keeps on going.

April 15, 2015 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Why Rand Paul is Doomed to Lose

Rand Paul's prospects of ever being president are on a par with the Philadelphia Phillies' odds of winning the pennant. If he somehow makes it to the Oval Office, I will personally climb Mt. Everest and chisel his curly locks into the rocks.

April 14, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Ted’s Cruise to the Far Right

Texas stereotype shattered. Texas stereotype confirmed.

April 14, 2015 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists


Slow-Motion Justice

Justice has been done in Boston, but it's not finished.

April 12, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


California’s License Scheme Punishes Its Poor

Imagine if a doctor struggled to pay a small debt and as punishment the government took away his stethoscope. Or, if a ballerina owed money and was forced to surrender her toe shoes. Makes no sense, right?

April 12, 2015 | Peter Funt | Columnists


FAQ: Religious Freedom Restoration Act

Q. Governor of Indiana, Mike Pence, signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. What's the big deal?

April 10, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists


Marco Rubio: Style Over Substance

Over the last several months, Marco Rubio has been mentioned by the national media so many times one might think he was just elected president.

April 10, 2015 | | Columnists


I'd Forgotten Peace Was Possible

The President of the United States of America announced a peace deal with Iran. It's been so long that American leadership in the world sought peace through diplomacy I forgot we had it in our foreign policy tool box. The last time that occurred to me was on a Spring Break trip to Arkansas, which, granted, is also not an idea that occurs to many people.

April 09, 2015 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Tax-Time Misery

When I came to, I was on my back on the floor of my accountant's office.

April 09, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Political Pandering over Religious Freedom Bill

Apple CEO Tim Cook should know better than to freak out over Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). His company was also the victim of media alarmism and hyperbole.

April 08, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Obama and Iran: The Upside of Talking to Adversaries

The president was talking to America's enemy, extending his hand in the interests of peace, and the war hawks were going nuts. One conservative leader assailed "a weakened president, weakened in spirit as well as in clout." Another conservative leader denounced the president as "a useful idiot for (enemy) propaganda." A top conservative columnist lamented the president's "moral disarmament."

April 08, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists


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President gives wrong message at UN

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September 25, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


A Woman's View: Traveling abroad

Out of money, energy, and clean clothes, we three women of the "older" set are back from our two weeks in Great Britain. Thought you ...

September 25, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Beyond Trump - can Americans survive each other?

Two essays this week, by two very different authors, take us deep into the tribalism that marks our politics. Both should serve as a wake-up ...

September 24, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


They grow up so quickly – or do they?

According to Agence France-Presse (AFP) news service, researchers have found what they call a "broad-based cultural shift" in teen behavior.

September 23, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Why NFL games are unwatchable

"National Football League TV ratings down 13 percent in Week 1."

September 21, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Ban cars because they’re too fast?

Imagine getting a letter from the U.S. Department of Transportation saying your car is banned from public roadways because it's too fast.

September 21, 2017 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Global warmists need to lose the arrogance

Natural disasters are no laughing matter, but you'd never know that recently watching God-denier Bill Maher and his "Real Time" show audience. Maher appeared ...

September 21, 2017 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Afghanistan strategy is the only hope for education reform

The federal government is currently enmeshed in two gigantic, expensive reform projects, one domestic and one foreign. Both are failures even though the tactics couldn ...

September 20, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Republican’s have a bew heath care bill worth considering

The introduction of the new Senate health care bill – authored by senators Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Dean Heller of Nevada ...

September 19, 2017 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Where was this Hillary last year?

There's a line in Hillary Clinton's new memoir of the 2016 campaign that may be among the most searingly honest utterances of her ...

September 19, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


We should politicize Harvey and Irma

With historic floodwaters still receding in southeast Texas and Florida recovering from a huge storm propelled through Florida by unprecedented windspeeds, certain topics are particularly ...

September 18, 2017 | Graham F. West | Columnists


Beware overregulation of online gaming

In America, gaming is a very serious business. It's made a lot of people very wealthy and provided quite a few states with new ...

September 18, 2017 | Peter Roff | Columnists


Desperate for tax reform that simplifies

"Help!" said the fellow, surrounded by a pile of papers. "I don't think I'm going to make it through this 1040 tax form."

September 16, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


How they spent their summer vacation

And so we bid a hearty "Welcome Back" to our elected representatives as they reluctantly trudge back to Washington following their annual summer recess, and ...

September 16, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


It’s time for the government to protect tech consumers

Global business practices are now under scrutiny like never before thanks to President Trump's pledge to pull the U.S. out of bad trade ...

September 14, 2017 | Peter Roff | Columnists


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