Sunday, May 17, 2009

Points of View

Paying With Our Sins - By Nick Gillespie - The New York Times - "Here’s a better idea — and one that will help the federal and state governments fill their coffers: Legalize drugs and then tax sales of them. And while we’re at it, welcome all forms of gambling (rather than just the few currently and arbitrarily allowed) and let prostitution go legit too. All of these vices, involving billions of dollars and consenting adults, already take place. They just take place beyond the taxman’s reach."

Earmark Nation - By Daniel Henninger - The Wall Street Journal - "Mr. Obama had campaigned against earmarks, even saying he would cut them back to levels before 1994, the start of the Gingrich-GOP interregnum. Now here was Obama as president signing a bill soaked in earmarks. In the course of explaining his way through this contradiction, Mr. Obama dropped a hard truth of modern American politics: 'Individual members of Congress understand their districts best, and they should have the ability to respond to the needs of their communities.'"

Pandemics and Poor Information - By L. Gordon Crovitz - The Wall Street Journal - "In cities across China, authorities rounded up all the Mexican nationals they could find, put them in isolation, and then shipped them by plane back to Mexico. In Hong Kong, as the Journal reported, foreign guests inside a quarantined hotel lobby held a sign: 'We will exchange information for beer and food and cigarettes.'"

Bear Necessity - Investor's Business Daily - "'George W. Bush was right' is something you won't catch Barack Obama saying in public, but his administration is making the point, though quietly, through its actions."

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