Protectionist measure hinders investment

Editorial Whenever Congress passes something unanimously you can be sure it is either entirely innocuous or utterly stupid and harmful. In the case of a bill the House passed 423-0, to give the government broader powers to review foreign investments in certain kinds of U.S. industries and facilities, it is the latter. The bill is […]

Progress overseas leads to limited liberties at home

Editorial It has been a long, hard slog, but Republicans in Congress may finally be coming to terms with the primary reason why they enter the 110th Congress as the minority party rather than the majority. To paraphrase Bill Clinton’s electoral guru James Carville, who notably reminded his troops back in 1992 that “It’s the […]

Country needs deep discussion about core values

Editorial Congressional Democrats are almost unanimously opposed to President Bush’s plan to increase the number of U.S. troops actively engaged in Iraq. They are less united when it comes to explaining what they would do instead, and even less so on what they will do — given that they now control both houses of Congress […]

President Bush’s op-ed piece too little too late

Editorial President Bush took the unusual step, for a sitting president, of releasing an op-ed article in the Wall Street Journal last week to announce his hopes of working together with the Democratic majority in Congress “to accomplish important things for the American people.” Good luck. If he were just starting a term facing a […]

Five-day work week not unreasonable

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Not that anyone missed me or even knew, but I have been out of New Mexico for the past few days. I left the office Thursday night and flew back to see my family in Montana, then flew back on Monday morning so I’d be ready for work on Tuesday. […]

Health savings accounts best thing to come from medical cost debates

Editorial The lame-duck session of Congress that also marked the end of 12 years of Republican domination of the legislative branch ended Saturday morning with more of a whimper than a bang. Nine of the 11 “normal” appropriations bills remained unpassed, leaving the federal government to rely on “continuing appropriations” that will fund agencies at […]

Water authority gears up for next congressional session

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — With 2007 being touted as the year of water by Gov. Bill Richardson, the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority is optimistic it will get maximum support for the Ute Water Project from the 2007 New Mexico Legislature. The Authority hopes for the same optimism from the 110th […]

Earmarking funding sure to end in scandal

Editorial If anyone still believes the changing of the guard in Congress will curtail the annual raids on ye ol’ pork barrel, or end the practice of earmarking special expenditures for the home district or state, they didn’t read last Sunday’s story in The New York Times, “As Power Shifts in New Congress, Pork May […]

Timid gestures won’t slow congressional spending

Editorial Just as it took the anti-Communist Richard Nixon to go to China, because anyone else would have been accused of cuddling up with the Reds, perhaps it will take congressional Democrats — a party never associated with fiscal discipline — to help put a halt to the abuse of pork-barrel earmarks. Or perhaps Speaker-in-waiting […]

Political expert sees interesting general election

Timothy Krebs is an associate professor of political science at the University of New Mexico. Krebs, who earned his Ph.D. in 1997 from Loyola University Chicago, has been at UNM since 1992. His research interests include urban political campaigns and elections and local political institutions. The following is an interview with him about the General […]

Ex-spouse law defies efforts for change

By Tom Philpott: Military Update A 1982 law that allows state courts to divide military retirement as marital property in divorce proceedings has grown skin of armor, making it impenetrable to court challenge or legislative change. That, at least, is how it must seem to long-time critics of the Uniformed Services Former Spouses Protection Act […]

Foley’s e-mails another example of excessive power

Editorial The media and the blogosphere are brimming with comments on the sad story of Mark Foley, the Florida Republican who resigned from Congress after ABC News made public some of the suggestive — and well beyond suggestive — e-mails and text messages he had exchanged with young male congressional pages. Did the leadership fail […]

Gaining approval for Ute water project not easy task

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority members expect an uphill battle in their latest attempt to gain federal approval on the Ute Water Project. Sens. Pete Domenici and Jeff Bingaman introduced a bill two weeks ago authorizing the Bureau of Reclamation to provide financial assistance to the Eastern New Mexico […]

Congress should help small business have fewer fines

Editorial While the movers and shakers in Congress, always with an eye to November elections, are deciding higher-profile matters, a small but significant reform that deserves support is wending its way through the committee process in Congress. HR5242 would give small-business owners a chance — for the first time — to correct unintentional paperwork mistakes […]

It may be too late for Republicans to save sinking ship

Editorial It may be too late for Republicans to restore their lost luster as the party of fiscal responsibility, at least in time to prevent a drubbing in the coming elections. But at least some of them are trying. A few senators are pushing the SOS bill, the Stop Overspending Act of 2006, which attempts […]

Bush’s use of signing statements presidential powers cop-out

Editorial It has long been viewed as an anomaly, even a curiosity, that President Bush, who has been more jealous of the powers and prerogatives of the presidency than any recent inhabitant of that office, has not used his power to veto a single law passed by Congress. Recent surveys of his use of what […]

DeLay legacy already determined despite outcome of legal issues

Editorial Seen from a liberty perspective of the American people, Rep. Tom DeLay’s career was a failure. The Texas Republican, undergoing a trial for alleged ethics violations, announced this week that he would not seek re-election this fall. There’s no doubt Rep. DeLay is a talented, tough political infighter. He is a major reason Republicans […]

Editorial

Get ready for some squealing. The “Congressional Pig Book,” an annual exposé of some of the worst pork barrel projects conceived by Congress, is due out this week. The report’s release is never a happy occasion inside the Beltway, but this year it’s even less so, given the spotlight that lobbying scandals have shone on […]

Shaming Congress away from pork barrel won’t work

Editorial There’s a serious flaw in the thinking of reformers who believe congressional pork-barrel spending can be curbed by forcing members to attach their names to the pet projects (or “earmarks”) they slip into appropriations bills, in circumvention of the normal budget procedures. They hope bringing more transparency and accountability to the process will shame […]

Puerto Rico’s statehood comes into question again

Freedom Newspapers The question of statehood for Puerto Rico is again bobbing to the surface like a mossy coconut, as it seems to with annoying regularity. Some Republicans — including a few in the Bush clan’s inner circle — apparently have convinced themselves this would mean a political windfall for the GOP, in terms of […]