Commentaries

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Clinton selling us an economic clunker

As Congress and the public look under the hood of the Clinton economic plan, they’re finding a clunker. Despite initial public optimism about the plan, the University of Michigan’s index of consumer sentiment showed increased public anxiety about the economy’s long-range prospects following the President’s speech. The Clinton Plan is a familiar tax and spend…

Rangeland Reforms Spawn Babbittowns

Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt’s Aug. 9 announcement of his sweeping “reform” of grazing on public lands is pretty familiar stuff: a 130% tax increase to ranchers in the form of increased grazing fees; a federal takeover of many Western water rights; and establishment of new government bureaucracy to manage public lands, descriptions of which sound…

Crime coddlers in high places

Following a week of senseless shootings and spreading problems of gang violence in America’s largest cities, the Clinton administration’s response is to “do something about drug treatment” (the president), license guns (Attorney General Janet Reno), and understand that crime is a public health problem like polio and AIDS (Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala).…