The twin revelations of the Internal Revenue Service targeting conservative political organizations and, now, that the U.S. Justice Department was spying on the Associated Press all in a few days mean this: It is time to air the dirty laundry of this administration's intelligence and surveillance programs and it is way past time for heads to roll in Washington.
Suppose that the Environmental Protection Agency were to admit offhandedly that the fluoridation of water had only modest communist mind-control effects.
What do the re-establishment of California's tule elk, conservation of salmon and the protection and maintenance of more than 285,000 acres of wildlife habitat have to do with Assemblyman Anthony Rendon's bill, AB 711 that would ban traditional lead ammunition? Sadly, one of the unintended consequences of Rendon's bill will likely be a huge reduction in California's share of federal conservation and wildlife restoration funding.
Bubbles can be bad for your financial health and bad for the health of the economy, too. The dot-com bubble of the late 1990s left behind many vacant buildings and many more failed dreams. When the housing bubble of the next decade burst, the result was the greatest economic crisis since the 1930s a crisis from which we have yet to emerge.
Those who are trying to make the Benghazi tragedy into a scandal for the Obama administration really ought to decide what story line they want to sell.
Dan Morain got it wrong on the oil severance tax ("Calculating the profits, pitfalls of an oil tax, May 1). Like other Capitol insiders, he is laboring under the notion that an oil severance tax is a free lunch. It's not. It's a huge tax increase on energy production and it will result in a decline in oil production here and an increase in the oil we import from foreign countries. It will result in the loss of thousands of California jobs and put upward pressure on the prices we pay for gasoline and diesel.
Along with a boosted Buick LeSabre, another incident listed on a crime report Sunday in Arlington County, Va., was a creepy attack by a man on a woman.
The opponents of immigration reform have many small complaints, but they really have one core concern. It's about control. America doesn't control its borders. Past reform efforts have not established control. Current proposals wouldn't establish effective control.
For all the armchair generals advocating U.S. military intervention in Syria, I have a few questions: