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Forget the pipe; debate the burn

Modern political strategy rests on seeking the most flamboyant and attention-grabbing way of doing nothing. You must appear to be decisive in indecision, consequential in ineffectiveness and earnest in amorality. That is the right thing to do.

Using a bludgeon in Wisconsin

MILWAUKEE — It is as remarkable as it is repulsive, the ingenuity with which the Obama administration uses the regulatory state’s intricacies to advance progressivism’s project of breaking nongovernmental institutions to government’s saddle. Eager to sacrifice low-income children to please teachers unions, the Department of Justice wants to destroy Wisconsin’s school choice program. Feigning concern about access for handicapped children, DOJ’s aim is to handicap all disadvantaged children by denying their parents access to school choices of the sort enjoyed by affluent DOJ lawyers.

Pope calls for family resurrection

News that Pope Francis will visit the U.S. next year for the triennial World Meeting of Families brings elation to Catholics, excitement to pope watchers — and perhaps a little chagrin to some who too soon interpreted Francis’ broad compassion as a precursor to doctrinal changes related to marriage.

Boehner’s stall on immigration

Oh, please. All the melodramatic Republican outrage isn’t fooling anybody. The only reason President Obama has to act on immigration reform is that House Speaker John Boehner won’t.

Tracy Warner | Voters are smart enough, I hope

So, are voters stupid? That’s often the question asked by the losing side in the last election. Since the voters did not choose us, the thinking goes, they must suffer from cognitive disabilities, or perhaps they were wooed by the clever and devious schemes of our enemies, who know they will not win on the merit of their ideas, but only by subterfuge and tricks to lure the gullible masses.

Do all to keep our ports open

As they say in business, we are at the mercy of the supply chain. Having the best apples, hay and potatoes in the world is well and good, but not worth much unless the products can reach the customers. Close the West Coast ports and that’s it — half the customers in the world cut off.

We see their gift

You can be a hero. There are many ways. Sometimes it involves using your gifts for the good of your community and its environment, often with no return possible other than personal satisfaction.

Studded to grind

It’s that time of year, when we hear the clickety-clicking chorus of studded tires as they grind away our precious asphalt. Such a waste for so little traction.

Obama won’t fix a broken system

They celebrate already. Based on a flood of leaks, it is certain President Obama soon will take executive action granting a temporary reprieve from deportation for illegal immigrants with close family ties in the United States, and visas for high-tech workers and others. Action may come as soon as next week, says The Wall Street Journal. The president says the action is justified by the perpetual do-nothing Congress, fiddling away in a time of obvious need.

Short-changed by grade inflation

My two sons have been indoctrinated by their well-meaning public schools to believe that college is a punishingly difficult pursuit of knowledge. Around the dinner table, however, they get the skinny from their parents: “It all depends on your major.”

The Gruber confession

It’s not exactly the Ems Dispatch (the diplomatic cable Bismarck doctored to provoke the 1870 Franco-Prussian War). But what the just-resurfaced Gruber Confession lacks in world-historical consequence, it makes up for in world-class cynicism. This October 2013 video shows MIT professor Jonathan Gruber, a principal architect of Obamacare, admitting that, in order to get it passed, the law was made deliberately obscure and deceptive. It constitutes the ultimate vindication of the charge that Obamacare was sold on a pack of lies.

Common Ground | Mayor’s forum celebrates people who make things

The art of making things is making a comeback in the United States and Wenatchee Mayor Frank Kuntz is hosting a “Makers Forum” next Thursday to highlight some of the impressive efforts — both industrial and small-scale — happening in the Wenatchee Valley.