The Wilks brothers have been buying up land in the West and reportedly have closed access to local residents for hunting and recreation. Now, they’ve apparently purchased 172,000 acres of timberland in Southern Idaho.
Liberals have grown more and more convinced over time that welfare reform was a material disaster for the poorest among us and therefore a moral disaster for the nation as a whole. Many conservatives have pronounced the system a failure as well, claiming that its safety-net features have done little to affect poverty rates. Fortunately, both sides are wrong.
President Barack Obama finally got to flood-ravaged Louisiana Tuesday, several days after Donald Trump made the trip in an obvious attempt to shame Obama. He should have cut short his golfing vacation and made it to Baton Rouge sooner.
We’re sure the University of South Carolina, its fans and every South Carolinian would have preferred to never pay back LSU for what that school did after October’s floods here. Unfortunately, we got a chance to repay the favor just this month, and we responded in kind. The payback was heartwarming, bringing tears to more than one Louisianan.
I call foul on the naked Donald Trump statues. We can all do better. Anarchist art collective Indecline placed life-size sculptures of the Republican presidential candidate in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Cleveland and Seattle last week, showing Trump with no clothes, a bulging belly and in want of certain anatomy. The installation was titled “The Emperor Has No Balls.”
Ann Coulter has been warning that the polls were undercounting Donald Trump’s supporters ever since he started out near the bottom of a 17-candidate Republican field. The main reason, she believes, is that Trump is going to be the biggest beneficiary ever of the so-called Bradley Effect, named for Tom Bradley, a black mayor of Los Angeles who lost the 1982 gubernatorial election in California despite a seven-point lead in the polls on the eve of voting. Pollsters concluded that a lot of the people didn’t want to admit they were voting against a black candidate.
Citing that Democrats outnumber Republicans 12:1 in faculty positions at the University of North Carolina, Senate Majority leader Phil Berger suggests that Republican job candidates are discriminated against when they apply for university positions unless they “toe the line from the left.” However, it seems likely that there may be other, more objective explanations for the imbalance of party affiliation.
Suddenly everything in Trump World changed. Not only did Trump’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort resign following reports of his involvement in Ukrainian politics, but Trump hired a woman, Kellyanne Conway, to become his new campaign manager. And: He suddenly started being nice.
Donald Trump asks what black voters have to lose by trying the Republican Party. That’s a good, fair question. Too bad the guy asking it ranks as the most racially inflammatory presidential candidate since arch-segregationist George Wallace. Instead of making his black-voter sales pitch by talking to us, he’s doing it by talking about us to white audiences.
I can tell you how to make our highways safer, or make our tax code smarter, or improve our ethics law or or judicial selection law. But problems with school discipline and low test scores don’t have obvious answers, largely because critics are correct to lay them at the feet of parents who don’t do their jobs. What those critics refuse to recognize is that we have to find answers even when they aren’t obvious.
Watching CNN the other night, I heard Donald Trump call the ladies and gentlemen of the news media the lowest from of humanity. This reminded me of meeting Ted Turner, who founded TBS and CNN; he is an honorable and decent billionaire who is always outspoken and honest.