At a time when basic classroom subjects like writing, reading, mathematics, science and history are being discarded or underfunded by state public education authorities, toughening the requirements on the teaching of personal finance would be a waste of time and money. Politicians and school board members pushing such an agenda should be required to take and pass courses in public finance before making such demands.
No: Not when airbags are exploding in drivers’ faces Federal auto safety rules have saved many lives, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been almost criminally negligent when it comes to certifying imported parts as safe. Most notorious among them are the exploding airbags manufactured by Japanese manufacturer Takata that have killed at least seven Americans.
No: Heckling is an enshrined American freedom While interrupting a speaker or a group of speakers in public forums is certainly rude, such an action, by itself, does not meet the threshold of what the founders of the United States considered to be an abridgment of freedom of speech. The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution is very clear on this point: “Congress shall make no law ...
No: ‘Deniers’ take millions from far-right to smear scientists The capital’s right-wing lobbying legions are far off-base charging that a handful of congressional progressives are conducting McCarthy-style vendettas against climate-change deniers.
No: Actions won’t halt Putin, but may start new Cold War Considering that it was the U.S.
Yes: They may leave GOP with a bitter taste Aside from former House Speaker Eric Cantor’s ambush by mild-mannered college professor David Brat, Tea Party candidates have fared poorly against establishment Republicans this year. But the biggest threat to the GOP this fall may well come from a Tea Party disciple already ensconced in a House seat and currently leading his primary foes in north-central Florida’s sprawling 3rd District. Democratic strategists already have a small library full of videos, newspaper clips and press releases cataloging Rep.
Yes: Obama correct to protect private insurers It’s a mighty cold — and perhaps even snowy — summer day on Capitol Hill when you hear conservatives suggesting that private-sector companies shouldn’t be made whole for losses they suffer for participating in a benevolent but untested new federal program. Yet that’s exactly what many Republicans are doing because they bear a long-standing grudge against the nation’s health insurers’ coope
No: It will only widen our political divide Renewed calls by Republican hotheads for an independent special prosecutor to investigate whether the IRS engaged in criminal conduct during the 2012 campaign should fall on deaf ears. It would be silly to elevate what appears to be an egregious mistake by bureaucrats to the level of a constitutional crisis — particularly at a time when the nation faces what is arguably its