'Fixing' Social Security

by Larry Elder -- As Congress debates "fixing" the Ponzi scheme we call Social Security, consider a few things: Congress established Social Security with a little-known loophole, allowing states and municipalities to more…

Bush to NAACP: maybe next year

by Larry Elder -- "I was surprised, President Clinton came every year but one, and then he sent Al Gore in his place," says an official with the NAACP upon learning that more…

Gary Condit: Moderate, conservative or right-wing?

by Larry Elder -- What is Gary Condit? Ideologically speaking, that is. Representative Condit, D-Calif., reportedly confessed to a romantic affair with missing federal Bureau of Prisons intern Chandra Levy. But the more…

'Handicapped' in Santa Monica

by Larry Elder -- You own a busy restaurant. Agile waiters and waitresses carrying hot food and coffee deftly avoid colliding with each other as they scurry from table to table. Good more…

Constitution vs. modern welfare state

by Larry Elder -- The modern welfare state: Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, farm subsidies and other so-called assistance programs for the needy, the downtrodden, and the sick – funded through taxation. But more…

Daring to question the Welfare State

by Larry Elder -- Did Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill commit a "gaffe" of epic proportions? Former Clinton Labor Secretary Robert B. Reich certainly thinks so. In an interview with Financial Times, O'Neill more…

Shackling the market

by Larry Elder -- Don't say price controls. Call it price mitigation. Call it price-hike avoidance mechanisms. Anything but price controls. In announcing a complex plan to avoid price hikes, the Bush more…

Larry Flynt: Freedom fighter or goon?

by Larry Elder -- Editor's note: Due to sexual content, some readers may find the following column objectionable.That irrepressible, lovable Hustler publisher Larry Flynt has done it again. The rabid Clinton defender more…

In praise of hard work

by Larry Elder -- Why don't they preach what they practice? Non-conservatives dominate the mainstream media. In the media magazine Content, a poll showed that nearly 75 percent of Republicans found a more…

Are energy suppliers ripping off California?

by Larry Elder -- Whatever happened to the presumption of innocence? California Attorney General Bill Lockyer apparently missed that lesson in law school. As Californians face rolling blackouts in the grip of more…