EDITORIAL: Spending cuts offer an alternative to ruin

Managing money is a fundamental skill, but Washington is a slow learner. Without a healthy respect for the perils of overspending, an irresistible temptation lurks to wear out the Treasury’s credit card. As the nation stands at a fiscal crossroad, President Trump has signaled a desire to part ways with the past and choose the often-neglected road to financial sustainability. The alternative route leads to ruin. (Wash Times)

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EDITORIAL: Why Ralph Northam’s proposal to raise the gas tax is a good idea

When Virginia lawmakers enacted a major increase in the state’s subsidy for Metro two years ago, to match identical bumps from Maryland and the District, they did it mainly by raiding funding for other transportation projects in Northern Virginia. That move, engineered by Republicans who then controlled the state legislature, crystallized the state’s long-standing tradition of shortchanging vital infrastructure with stopgaps and financial legerdemain. (Wash Post)

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EDITORIAL: The startling Equifax hack

Here’s something to not think about shortly before bed: Your sensitive personal data is probably sitting on a server somewhere in Beijing — a server that is the property of the People’s Liberation Army, i.e. the military wing of the Chinese Communist Party. “In one of the largest data breaches in history four Chinese hackers broke into the computer networks of Atlanta-based Equifax, stealing 145 million Americans’ names, birth dates, and social security numbers, the driver’s license numbers of at least 10 million Americans, and the credit card numbers of about 200,000 U.S. citizens, according to a nine-count federal indictment returned last week,” Voice of America reported this week. (Wash Times)

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EDITORIAL: Transgender children need options and support. Lawmakers are doing the opposite.

Lawmakers in more than half a dozen states are considering ways to block medical treatment for transgender teenagers. They cast their efforts as a crusade against forced sterilization, “mutilation” and child abuse. Yet the greatest harm to these adolescents may come from the rules purported to protect them.South Dakota’s Republican-supermajority House of Representatives recently passed a bill that would ban medical professionals from providing hormones or gender confirmation surgery to children younger than 16, with a penalty of one year’s jail time and a fine as high as $2,000. (Wash Post)

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Olsen: Trump got rid of Vindman and Sondland. So what?

President Trump’s removal of U.S. ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland and reassignment of National Security Council staffer Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman on Friday has been roundly attacked as vindictive retaliation against the two impeachment witnesses. To which the proper response is: So what? Both men — and Vindman’s identical twin, Lt. Col. Yevgeny Vindman, who was also reassigned from his NSC position — served in their positions at the president’s pleasure. None were protected by civil service laws. (Wash Post)

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EDITORIAL: Why can’t Baltimore’s top cops live in the city?

Every subdivision in Maryland except for one has the authority to require its police department’s senior commanders to live in that jurisdiction. The one exception isn’t some far-flung locale like Garrett County in Western Maryland or Somerset County on the Eastern Shore; it’s Baltimore City. Why? For the most legalistic of reasons. Technically, the Baltimore Police Department is a state agency, so it requires the General Assembly to give the city permission. (Balt Sun)

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EDITORIAL: And the Oscar for irony goes to

Self-styled communists aren’t only misguided; they evidently have no sense of irony. At the Academy Awards Sunday night, the makers of the film “American Factory” won the trophy for Best Documentary. The sensitive film chronicles what happens when a Chinese industrialist opens a manufacturing plant in the American heartland. “American Factory” was distributed by Netflix, the lavishly capitalized Hollywood entertainment giant, and produced by none other than the production company belonging to Barack and Michelle Obama. Its pedigree is about as elite as they come. (Wash Times)

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EDITORIAL: A Hobson's choice for Democrats

As the 2020 presidential election draws closer, Americans are zeroing in on their favorite Democratic contender. The closer they look at the likely effect on their finances, the more obvious it is they face a Hobson’s choice: Take it or leave it. No matter who they choose, they’ll be voting for higher taxes. Sen. Bernie Sanders recorded a virtual tie with former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg in last week’s dysfunctional Iowa caucuses, and he holds a lead in polls going into Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary. (Wash Times)

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