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Standing Still On A Down Escalator

(73) Comments | Posted November 26, 2012 | 10:05 AM

When I announced my candidacy for president in the spring of 2011, I did so as a Republican. It made sense at the time. After all, I had served two reasonably successful terms as a Republican governor of New Mexico, a 2-1 Democrat state that also happens to be the...

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Libya, Afghanistan and the Middle East -- Why Obama and Romney are Both Wrong

(693) Comments | Posted September 14, 2012 | 7:44 PM

Foreign policy is supposed to make us safer, not get Americans killed and bankrupt us. Yet, even as we mourn the loss of four Americans in Libya and watch the Middle East ignite with anti-American fervor, our leaders don't get it.

In one corner, we have the...

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I Will End the War in Afghanistan and Bring Our Troops Home Now

(58) Comments | Posted May 25, 2012 | 10:10 AM

Recent polls show that more than 60 percent of Americans believe we should bring our troops home from Afghanistan -- now. They are right. We should bring our young men and women home -- and vow to never again fight an 11-year war when our mission was complete in six...

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Privacy: Ditch the Cell Phone or Prepare to Disrobe

(22) Comments | Posted April 5, 2012 | 3:51 PM

The next time you get a parking ticket and stuff it in the glove compartment to potentially be forgotten and left upaid, remind yourself of the name: Albert Florence.

Mr. Florence was picked up by the New Jersey Highway Patrol in 2005 on a warrant for an unpaid fine,...

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Government Picking Winners and Losers = Corruption

(34) Comments | Posted October 20, 2011 | 3:32 PM

When government tries to pick winners and losers, the inevitable consequence is corruption. Yes, corruption. If not in a legal sense, certainly in a moral sense.

Right now, subpoenas are flying, hearings are being held, and accusations are flooding the airwaves over the Solyndra deal. That may be appropriate. Something...

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Dear Republican Party: Talk Economics, Not Social Issues

(45) Comments | Posted August 19, 2011 | 10:15 AM

Will the Republican Party be able to capture the White House in 2012? I believe the answer to that question will be found in how we as a party present solutions to revitalizing this current sluggish U.S. economy. The country's economic situation is just not good. The growth that we...

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A Republican Morality Play

(14) Comments | Posted July 19, 2011 | 2:03 PM

A funny thing happened this week when I had the audacity to call a so-called "Marriage Vow" pledge for candidates issued by the Iowa-based Family Leader group for what it is: Offensive and UnRepublican.

The funny thing that happened is that the...

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Here We Go Again

(4) Comments | Posted March 24, 2011 | 6:50 PM

We've seen this movie before. Spectacular photos of Tomahawk Cruise missiles being launched from American navy vessels. B-2 bombers piloted by amazing American crews making nonstop trips from Missouri to the Mediterranean... and Americans of all political stripes asking: What's the plan?

Make no mistake. Muammar Gaddafi is a very...

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Why Is It the Truth-Tellers Always Get Canned?

(5) Comments | Posted March 15, 2011 | 3:49 PM

Bradley Manning, the accused WikiLeaks leaker, is either a traitor or a patriot, depending on who is doing the judging. If he did what authorities claim he did, he most certainly broke some serious laws, and for that, there should be consequences.

Regardless of his guilt or innocence, the seriousness...

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Yes, It Is time for Pot Legalization, Mr. President

(69) Comments | Posted February 1, 2011 | 6:11 PM

The Web is humming with stories and discussion from the aftermath of President Obama's response to questions about drug legalization during last Thursday's YouTube forum. While his words this time around are a bit more encouraging than previous signals from the administration, I would strongly suggest that we all, including...

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Let's Finally End "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

(15) Comments | Posted December 17, 2010 | 2:00 PM

It is now in the hands of the Senate. The House of Representatives voted Wednesday to repeal "Don't Ask Don't Tell" is an all-too-rare example of Congress' attempting to reconcile policy (and law) with common sense.

While virtually all other significant military powers in the world have long ago lifted...

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Obama's Tax-Cut Bill: It's Just Not Good Enough

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2010 | 9:36 AM

Taxes must not be allowed to increase in 2011. However, the deal on the table today to extend the Bush tax cuts is not a good one. Americans sent a clear message on Election Day - that Republicans need to stand firm on what they really believe: the Bush tax...

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The Deficit Commission Report: A Good Start, But Only a Start

(40) Comments | Posted December 6, 2010 | 2:45 PM

Final reports from government commissions are not generally known to be stirring or often acted upon. Most of the time, that's OK. Commissions are usually government's way of pretending to address a problem without really doing so.

Last week, though, the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and...

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Don't Ask, Don't Tell Must End

(2) Comments | Posted October 15, 2010 | 4:08 PM

It is time for 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' to end.

Sometimes the Courts get it right, and when they rule against a government policy that is just wrong, the President should let that ruling stand. That is precisely the case with this week's rejection of the military's...

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Legalize Marijuana to Stop the Drug Cartels

(683) Comments | Posted August 26, 2010 | 8:57 PM

There were 72 bodies found on a ranch ninety miles south of the Texas border -- obvious victims of a drug cartel massacre. Bullets have been hitting public buildings in El Paso, and the Washington Post is reporting that at least $20 billion a year...

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