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EDITORIAL: Government Motors repayment fraud

General Motors lost $3.4 billion in the fourth quarter of 2009 and is still struggling to reorganize so the company can try to eke out a profit. This grim reality didn't stop GM from making hay last week for supposedly paying back a $6.7 billion government loan five years ahead of schedule. What was left unsaid was that the automaker used another kitty of taxpayer cash to pay off the earlier government loan. This is an accounting shell game, not progress. Published April 23, 2010

EDITORIAL: Public-sector unions bankrupting America

Usually it takes a national government to spend itself into a debt measured in the trillions. Yet it comes as little surprise that the same profligacy that pervades the corridors of federal power infects this country's 87,000 state, county and municipal governments and school districts. By 2013, the amount of retirement money promised to employees of these public entities will exceed cash on hand by more than a trillion dollars. Published April 23, 2010

Political Scene

Pay raises? Not in election year Published April 23, 2010

Culture briefs

"Welcome to the simplicity movement, the ethos whose mantras are 'cutting back,' 'focusing on the essentials,' 'reconnecting to the land'." Published April 23, 2010

EDITORIAL: Big-government extremism

The rising wave of popular activism in the United States is ritually derided by liberal commentators, politicians and academics as fringe-movement politics. But recent polling reveals that skepticism about government is broad and deep. Discontent with Washington has become the mainstream position; those who defend big government are the real extremists. Published April 23, 2010

EDITORIAL: The left's flair for solar

The Obama administration's use of tax incentives to spur purchase of energy-saving solar panels has drawn the attention of China's hungry manufacturing dragon, and the monster is now ravaging America's renewable-energy industry. Published April 22, 2010

EDITORIAL: Obama's climate of fear

The purported science behind the global-warming fad is in full retreat these days, but word has yet to reach the White House. President Obama is determined to promote the alleged climate crisis as a lever for pushing through his big-government agenda. The O Force doesn't believe in wasting a crisis, even if it's a mirage. Published April 22, 2010

EDITORIAL: A gasoline-fueled Earth Day

The green movement would be a lot funnier if it didn't have access to our pocketbooks. Unfortunately, devotees of "alternative energy" have harnessed the greatest of all sources of renewable power - government taxation - to fulfill their fantasies. The results are as tragic as they are comic. Published April 22, 2010

FIELDS: Making war over history

Texas is big. Everybody knows that. Texans, who boast about their diversity and productivity, are usually big, too. Texas produces more beef and cotton than any other state. Texas has a lot of snakes and flowers, and producers of nearly everything everywhere are determined to make a market in Texas. Published April 22, 2010

EDITORIAL: Setbacks for speed cameras

Proponents of traffic cameras in legislatures and city councils around the country share a fundamental flaw: They underestimate the people who put them in office. A fine example of this will be on display in Sykesville, Md., next month as the Carroll County town of 4,200 holds the region's first referendum on outlawing speed cameras. Published April 21, 2010

EDITORIAL: Liu beholden to foreign law

President Obama is trying to pack courts with far-left judges who are hiding their fringe opinions from the public and congressional oversight. Front and center is 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals nominee Goodwin Liu. Published April 21, 2010

EDITORIAL: Tinseltown civics lesson

Actress Janine Turner is best known for starring in the TV shows "Northern Exposure" and "Friday Night Lights." Published April 21, 2010

EDITORIAL: Gitmo is primo

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. complained Wednesday that he can't move enemy combatants from the Guantanamo Published April 20, 2010

EDITORIAL: Obama's jobless crisis

Forty-four percent of America's unemployed have been jobless for more than six months. That's the highest rate since the Great Depression. The previous high was 26 percent in June 1983. No matter what the White House says, an economic recovery has not arrived. Published April 20, 2010

EDITORIAL: Obama's secret shame

At last week's nuclear summit, President Obama said it is a vital U.S. national security interest to reduce conflict, "because Published April 20, 2010

EDITORIAL: TSA to download your iTunes?

Federal security workers are now free to snoop through more than just your undergarments and luggage at the airport. Thanks to a recent series of federal court decisions, the digital belongings of international fliers are now open for inspection. This includes reading the saved e-mails on your laptop, scanning the address book on your iPhone or BlackBerry and closely scrutinizing your digital vacation snapshots. Published April 18, 2010

EDITORIAL: Institutionalizing Wall Street bailouts

Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher J. Dodd accuses Republicans of lying when they warn that the banking regulation bill will allow government bailouts of Wall Street. "It's just a Wall Street lie," the Connecticut Democrat said on Wednesday. "This bill ends bailouts." The senator doth protest too much. The problem with Mr. Dodd's accusation is that the bill puts aside a $50 billion fund for bailouts. Published April 17, 2010

EDITORIAL: America doesn't have a prayer

If there is one thing this country needs right now, it is prayer. Thus, it was a singular case of bad timing last week when Judge Barbara B. Crabb of the U.S. District Court in Madison, Wis., ruled that the National Day of Prayer is unconstitutional. The observance was established in 1952 as a day when presidents issue proclamations asking Americans to pray, and the Freedom From Religion Foundation brought suit in 2008 on the grounds that the law violates the First Amendment ban on establishment of religion. Judge Crabb agrees. We dissent. Published April 16, 2010