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Henry Ford, 1919

The right to the fruits of our labor

When you get a whole country -- as did ours -- thinking that Washington is a sort of heaven and behind its clouds dwell omniscience and omnipotence, you are educating that country into a dependent state of mind, which augurs ill for the future. Our help does not come from Washington, but from ourselves; our help may, however, go to Washington as a sort of central distribution point, where all our efforts are coordinated for the general good. Published September 4, 2016

President Ronald Reagan. **File (AP Photo/Scott Stewart, File)

Back to the future with the Gipper

Today, as we set our minds to a new season of work, we begin what I hope will be a new age of the American worker, an age in which all of us again are free to prosper. Published September 4, 2016

Exit the way you entered

To be an immigration restrictionist today is to reside in a political Groundhog Day where sensible enforcement strategies of yesteryear have disappeared into a black hole. Published September 1, 2016

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. **File  (Lou Foglia/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)  MANDATORY CREDIT, MAGS OUT, NO SALES; CHICAGO TRIBUNE OUT

Outrage in Chicago

The Labor Day weekend in Chicago is not so much celebrated as feared. Americans elsewhere are preparing to spend the end of summer at the beach or around a neighbor's barbecue bounty, but in Chicago the police are bracing for a weekend of murder and mayhem on steroids. Published September 1, 2016

Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto speaks during a a joint statement with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in Mexico City, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)

At stake south of the border

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto's invitation to the two American candidates for president to visit Mexico illustrates not only his interest in the American election, but his interest in how to use the expanding role of Mexico in domestic American politics. Published September 1, 2016

Hillary's bill's come due

I am getting tired of all of the talking heads on TV telling Donald Trump what to do to bring up his poll numbers. If he needs to bring them up, then either the American people have been influenced to the point of stupidity or the polls are lying. Published August 31, 2016

Obama 'orders' aren't law

It was appropriate that "White House defends Obama evading Senate on Paris climate deal" (Web, Aug. 29) mentions executive orders in the same context as this planned "executive agreement." President Obama has a clear history of trying to rewrite law by use of executive orders, which in reality are simple policy statements that almost universally include the stock disclaimer that they are not intended to rewrite any law. Published August 31, 2016

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during a joint statement with Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto in Mexico City, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. Trump is calling his surprise visit to Mexico City a 'great honor.' (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

Donald Trump in Mexico

Hillary Clinton and the Democrats -- and a considerable number of Republican summer soldiers who play "can you top this" with each other to see who can say the most hateful things about their party's nominee -- thought they had Donald Trump's number. Published August 31, 2016

The Maryland State Board of Elections provides instructions for hand-marking a paper ballot in a sample ballot photographed Tuesday, April 19, 2016, in Hagerstown, Md. Maryland is going back to basics, with an ink pen and paper ballot, for the presidential primary elections. (AP Photo/David Dishneau)

A vote for low-tech elections

Someone has been hacking into voter registration databases and the FBI is on it. After James Comey's blowing off the evidence collected by his agents of Hillary Clinton's email crimes, however, there's considerable cause to be afraid, very afraid, for the legitimacy of the November elections. With the push to make elections more convenient at the price of security, penetration by outside actors has become nearly inevitable. Published August 31, 2016

Members of the Graduate Employee and Students Organization-Unite Here deliver a petition bearing the names and faces of hundreds of Yale University graduate student employees during a protest on campus in New Haven, Connecticut on Oct. 15, 2015. (Associated Press)

Graduate students, organize

The National Labor Relations Board has never met a union it didn't like and now that it has a majority of very liberal Democrats, it's eager to assist in the creation of unions that go where no union organizer has gone before. Published August 30, 2016

Hillary, not Trump, the bad guy

Do millions of Americans care that Hillary Clinton just insulted them and categorized them as racists? She attacked Donald Trump, saying he is promoting "paranoia and prejudice," and lumped all Trump supporters into a despicable pool of hatred. Published August 30, 2016

Illegals deportation untenable

Any implementation of a plan to deport more than 11 million illegal aliens is a fat financial tar baby to which the Democratic Party and its statist fellow travelers would love to see a Republican candidate or administration become permanently stuck, much the way President Lyndon B. Johnson marched his party and our nation deeper into the quagmire of the Vietnam War. Published August 30, 2016

President Obama is expected to ratify the Paris climate accord by executive agreement with Chinese President Xi Jinping prior to the G-20 Summit, according to reports from the South China Morning Post. (ASsociated Press)

Looking for a legacy in China

The emperor has no clothes, and it's "we the people" who are expected to butt out. President Obama has flaunted his disdain for the Constitution, and has assumed powers he was never meant to hold. Now Mr. Obama is playing coy about whether he will set U.S. climate change policy on his own uncertain authority. Published August 30, 2016

GOP, take back social media

The Republican Party cannot win the presidential election unless every single conservative leader, regional official, local politician, Trump-Pence surrogate, and Republcian voter take back social media — ASAP. Published August 29, 2016

Clinton Foundation no charity

The annual Combined Federal Campaign is the equivalent of the United Way, enabling federal employees the opportunity to donate a portion of their salaries to a wide variety of charitable organizations. After reading Mercedes Schlapp's "Big joke: Hillary Clinton's scandals are no laughing matter" (Web, Aug. 25), I consulted the CFC's latest catalogue to see whether the Clinton Foundation was listed. It is not. Published August 29, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. **File (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

The 1 percent economy

Is this really the best that the great American economic engine can do? Is this really morning in America, as Hillary touted in her speech last month to the Democratic National Convention (stealing that famous line from Ronald Reagan's 1984 campaign)? Published August 29, 2016

FILE - In this Wednesday, May 13, 2015, file photo, Google's self-driving Lexus car drives along street during a demonstration at Google campus on  in Mountain View, Calif. As Google cars encounter more and more of the obstacles and conditions that befuddle human drivers, the autonomous vehicles are likely to cause more accidents, such as a recent low-speed collision with a bus. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File)

Taking a flyer on driverless cars

With more than 250 million vehicles clogging the American road, the joy of that open road is quickly giving way to the anguish of the gridlocked highway. The driverless car is supposed to unsnarl the backups and prevent thousands of traffic deaths caused by human error. Published August 29, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. **File  (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Hillary the conspiracy theorist

Politicians will say anything, but when Hillary Clinton took to the microphone last week in Reno to warn against a candidate who believes in paranoid conspiracy theories about the presidency, no one could figure out whether she was talking about Donald Trump or herself. Published August 28, 2016

Huma Abedin, an aide to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, talks on the floor of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Tuesday, July 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Fast and loose with secrets

Examples of the carelessness -- perhaps criminal carelessness -- of Hillary Clinton as secretary of State continue to leak from the thousands of emails just now coming to light. Some of the examples of carelessness are more, well, careless than others. Published August 28, 2016

Clinton classification malfeasance

I am a former employee at the CIA, and since the topic is being so distorted by politicians I feel compelled to give the American public a better understanding of how classified material is handled in the intelligence community. Material is usually classified Confidential, Secret or Top Secret due to its content, but some material is automatically classified upon collection due to the collection method used. Published August 28, 2016