Opinion Line Extra (June 4)

06/04/2014 12:00 AM

06/03/2014 5:35 PM

Someone has their definitions of “liberal” and “conservative” confused. Liberals want more government controlling everyone’s lives. Conservatives want less government and people minding their own business.

Anyone who understands economics already knows this, but Seattle will show everyone else except registered Democrats that generally a government-mandated minimum wage is wrong and $15 an hour will be economic death.

It is true that the minimum wage has been raised many times and we still have too many poor people. However, the minimum wage in effect 40 years ago would be $16.27 per hour in today’s dollars. That would make a significant difference in diminishing the number of “working poor.”

President Obama has broken the law. He should be impeached, but the Republicans don’t have the courage to do the right thing. They are nothing but impotent blowhards.

Let Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl write his book, but the heroes here are the special forces. Step back from the military revenge involved, and we’ll see communication develop on both sides of the issue. Nobody needs crucified.

National security adviser Susan Rice said Sunday that Bergdahl served with “honor and distinction.” Only in the Obama administration is desertion considered serving with honor and distinction.

Jay Carney decides to leave his job as White House press secretary. I guess he finally got tired of lying for Obama.

What difference does it make? Four lives.

Breeding is not a right whose costs are society’s obligation to finance. Individual suffering is a motivator to make better choices. If that’s removed, the same mistakes will continue to be made.

The ink wasn’t even dry on Todd Tiahrt’s declaration of candidacy before Rep. Mike Pompeo ran his first campaign ad. A little touchy are we, congressman? I’m no fan of Tiahrt, but I wish him the best. This is going to be great fun.

Todd Tiahrt and Mike Pompeo seem to be cut from the same cloth and endorsed by the same groups. The only reason for Tiahrt to challenge Pompeo seems to be purely ego-driven. Not that this race matters much to me, since I’ll be voting for the other option in November.

A good Marine never leaves a man behind and yet Pat Roberts seems to have left our whole state behind.

Why do some people demand the city (meaning all of us through taxes) pay for their recycling? I cheerfully do my own. So should they. Or don’t.

Why must a carnival be located in the Lawrence-Dumont Stadium parking lot when the Wingnuts play? The carnival takes up one-third of the much-needed parking when carnival relocation or game rescheduling would solve the parking problem.

Is Leonard Pitts’ tiresome column really in The Eagle every day or does it just seem like it?

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