The New York Times is again on the warpath against what it calls “predatory lending.” Just what is predatory lending? It is lending that charges a higher interest rate than people like those at the New York Times approve of.
Here’s how my Aug. 11, 2003, column began: “Anyone who believes President Bush’s Africa initiative, including sending U.S. troops to Liberia, will amount to more than a hill of beans is whistling Dixie. Maybe it’s overly pessimistic, but most of Africa is a continent without much hope for its people.”
On Oct. 19, this paper urged Denton’s residents to vote “no” on the fracking ban, because “we can come up with a better plan” and write “reasonable regulations.”
Denton County voters will be going to the polls to decide if they want to stand up to protect private property rights or if they want to restrict peoples’ right to benefit from their ownership of assets they rightfully own.
Goddard College’s recent decision to have its students addressed from prison by a convicted cop killer is just one of many unbelievably irresponsible self-indulgences by “educators” in our schools and colleges.
The story of Brittany Maynard has revived the debate over Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act. The law lets terminally ill patients end their lives with the aid of a doctor.
So as to give some perspective, I’m going to ask readers for their guesses about human behavior before explaining my embarrassment by some of my fellow economists.
Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes is running for U.S. Senate in the great state of Kentucky. She is a woman of conviction, of substance, of principle. “I’m not an empty dress,” she insists, “I’m not a rubber stamp, and I am not a cheerleader! I am a Clinton Democrat.”
Americans are living under a dire threat that could quickly escalate into a national emergency. No, not Ebola or the Islamic State but the hugely overhyped fear of them. The public resembles one of those cartoon elephants perched on a chair in trembling terror of a mouse.
On Nov. 4, Denton residents will have the opportunity to vote for four city of Denton bond propositions that will make major capital improvements to our city.
WASHINGTON — Now, now, let’s not panic. Yes, we have a second Ebola patient infected after treating the Liberian man who apparently concealed his exposure to this often-fatal disease, but this is no reason to panic.
A federal judge recently told us what we already knew. Namely, that police in Ferguson, Missouri, violated the rights of protesters demonstrating against the shooting death of Michael Brown.
Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill once said, “All politics is local.” That may have been true in Tip O’Neill’s day, but some elections are decisively on national issues — and the congressional elections this year are overwhelmingly national, just as the elections of 1860 were dominated by one national issue, namely slavery.
I’ve had stomachaches for as long as I can remember. As a kid, I called it an “uncomfortable feeling.” As an adult, it was sometimes downright painful. But they came and went, and I chalked it up to stress and overwork and my long family history of stomachaches.
The Food and Drug Administration can make two types of errors. It can approve a drug that has dangerous unanticipated side effects, or it can reject or delay approval of a drug that is safe and effective.
It should come as no surprise that Turkey so far refuses to put boots on the ground to fight the ISIS takeover of Kobane, a beseiged Kurdish town across Turkey’s border with Syria.
With the first diagnosed case of the deadly Ebola virus in the United States located in Dallas, Texans are understandably alarmed. The patient just died. Gov. Rick Perry has established a task force to address the Ebola threat.
The Syrian Kurdish leader’s voice on the telephone sounded desperate recently. He told me the Islamic State is on the verge of defeating Syrian Kurds, who have been fighting fiercely for weeks to defend the town of Kobani near the Turkish border.
Let us give Sean Groubert every benefit of the doubt. Let us assume he is a good person. Let us assume he is kind to children, well liked by neighbors. And by all means, let’s assume he has a black friend. For good measure, let’s assume he has two.
I have been getting on a plane here in Texas and flying to Washington for a decade to talk to legislators or testify before Congress. And what I tell them is that one corner of our economy looks more like the old Soviet Union than the free market that created the biggest economy on earth.
Barack Obama had a choice between liberalism and the Democratic Party. He chose the latter and it cost him dearly.
Let’s hope Secret Service mistakes don’t spark even more attackers — or maybe I’m being paranoid.
It’s easy to ignore, rarely making headlines or causing the average American lost sleep, but North Korea deserves our attention. This week, the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University released a report showing satellite images of construction of what appears to be an intercontinental ballistic missile launch site.
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is both a danger in itself and a wake-up call for Americans — about President Obama, about the institutions of this country and, most important, about ourselves.
Students at several Jefferson County, Colorado, high schools walked out to protest the school board’s recently proposed curriculum review committee that seeks to promote patriotism, respect for authority, free enterprise, plus the positive aspects of U.S. history.
Julia Pierson’s head has been delivered on the proverbial platter. She resigned as head of the Secret Service recently, voicing the platitudes that generally come with such things, avowing that stepping down is “in the best interests of the agency.”
Young people may find it hard to believe, but going to war used to be a big deal. When the United States started bombing Iraq in January 1991, Americans somberly watched President George H.W. Bush address the nation, followed by live video of Baghdad being bombed. The Bush address drew the biggest audience TV had ever had.
WASHINGTON — It has long been accepted by the conventionally wise that the Republican Party is waging a “war on women.”
MOBILE, Ala. — It’s been noticed by just about everyone except what we call the “liberal establishment” that of the eight Senate seats now up for grabs, four are in the South — Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana and North Carolina.
It’s funny how President Obama is always talking about “I’’ and “me” whenever it makes him look good, but suddenly it’s “they” and “we” when mistakes are made.
For some of the people in New York demanding action on global warming recently, the menace is not just carbon dioxide. The real Tyrannosaurus Rex is the American economic system.
The spectacular failure of incumbent Alaska Sen. Mark Begich to use a “Willie Horton-style ad” (it’s being called that) would almost be amusing for this veteran of the real Willie Horton ad were it not so pitiful on so many levels.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), sometimes called ISIS or IS, is a Sunni extremist group that follows al-Qaida’s anti-West ideology and sees a holy war against the West as a religious duty.
In the U.S., one in eight women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer during her lifetime. Over the past decade, news and information about breast cancer has helped increase awareness about the disease tremendously.
What a difference a year makes. In September 2013, President Barack Obama bragged to the United Nations General Assembly in New York, “The world is more stable than it was five years ago.” Recently, the president again addressed the U.N. delegates, but claims that the world is somehow more stable thanks to his leadership were, understandably, missing.
If you think the NFL’s domestic violence problem has been talked to death, there’s one interested party that begs to differ.
The White House recently announced its “It’s On Us” initiative aimed at combating sexual assaults on college campuses.
AU.N. initiative called HeForShe hopes to encourage male involvement in the fight for women’s rights. Men should join the cause.
Republicans were berating Secretary of State John Kerry recently for calling the fight against ISIS a “counter-terrorism operation” rather than a “war.”