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  • Restauranteur: Meaningful immigration reform needed this year

    BY ROBERT ROSS | Published: Wed, Aug 6, 2014

    In Oklahoma, immigrants are making a significant mark in starting new businesses. Despite accounting for 5.5 percent of the state’s population, 7 percent of the state’s business owners are foreign born. Oklahoma’s foreign-born entrepreneurs generate more than $475 million in annual revenue, according to the Partnership for a New American Economy. Economic contributions such as this demonstrate the importance of immigration reform. We must implement common-sense reforms that will boost the economy. New businesses are responsible for a majority of the creation of new jobs in this country. As Oklahoma continues to struggle against a recession along with the rest of the nation, entrepreneurs are a critical component to

  • Cal Thomas: People, not politicians, improve world economies

    Published: Wed, Aug 6, 2014

    STRATFORD-UPON-AVON, England — “Neither a borrower nor a lender be; for loan oft loses both itself and friend, and borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.” — “Hamlet,” Act I, Scene III William Shakespeare is not known for his economic expertise, but the advice he gives through Polonius in “Hamlet” may be the best counsel ever offered for individuals and governments. After years of debt (90.6 percent of GDP in 2013) and deficit spending, Britain’s ruling Conservative Party is crowing about the latest economic figures that show the country has outpaced the developed world in its economic recovery. Reuters reports that the International Monetary Fund recently upgraded Britain’s projected economic growth this

  • Washington Examiner: An example of why the U.S. Senate needs new leadership

    Updated: Tue, Aug 5, 2014

    HOUSE Republican leaders last Thursday had to pull from the floor their bill to deal with the current crisis of child migration at the border. The Beltway media pounced instantly with a stale narrative about how this was an embarrassment to the new House leadership team. Then late Friday, the House actually passed a border bill. It won’t become law as written, but it’s still one bill more than the Democrat-controlled Senate — by then already out of town for the August recess — had approved in response to the deteriorating situation on the border. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., had already declared that the border was secure and no legislation was needed. He followed through on his stated indifference by

  • David Ignatius: Time for Netanyahu to make peace

    Updated: Tue, Aug 5, 2014

    WASHINGTON — Now it’s Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s turn to show that he has the vision and leadership to build a durable cease-fire that could empower moderate Palestinian moderates and begin building a pathway from the hell on earth that is Gaza. Many people, including me, sharply criticized U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry a week ago for seeking a quick Gaza cease-fire that would have strengthened Hamas and its allies, Qatar and Turkey. Hamas didn’t deliver, the fighting resumed, and the process had the effect of undermining moderate Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Kerry was widely attacked, especially in Israel. Kerry isn’t the problem today, however.

  • George F. Will: A progressive with punch

    Published: Sun, Aug 3, 2014

    WASHINGTON — If Ohio’s senior senator were named Sharon Brown instead of Sherrod Brown, progressives would have a plausible political pin-up and a serious alternative to the tawdry boredom of Hillary Clinton’s joyless plod toward her party’s presidential nomination. Drop one of Brown’s consonants and change another, and a vowel, and we might be spared the infatuation of what Howard Dean called “the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party” for Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Sherrod Brown won’t be considered because the Democratic Party’s activist core is incurably devoted to identity politics — the proposition that people are whatever their gender is (or their race or ethnicity or sexual orientation or whatever seems

  • Paul Greenberg: And the war came

    Published: Sun, Aug 3, 2014

    The innocent American could only read the headlines and shake his head sorrowfully at the continuing carnage in Gaza — a pillar of fire by night and a cloud of smoke by day. How did this happen again? Simple: Hamas renewed its indiscriminate attacks on Israel through overhead rockets, underground tunnels, words and deeds — and Israel finally responded in force. Not just the innocent but the sophisticated observer has to wonder: Why? What’s the sense of it? There seems none from the rational — that is, the conventionally Western — point of view. Which may explain why generations of Western diplomats, denizens of think tanks, and Deep Thinkers in general, have failed to make sense of this ever-renewed conflict, let alone

  • Panel chairman: Let Oklahoma Workers' Compensation Commission realize its potential

    BY TROY L. WILSON | Published: Sun, Aug 3, 2014

    Over the past week, critics of Oklahoma’s new Workers’ Compensation Commission (WCC) have raised issues about everything from office furniture to staff structure. What they’ve lost sight of is the purpose and mission of the new workers’ compensation structure: the delivery of a more efficient and effective system for injured workers and their employers. The WCC began operation less than six months ago. Like any startup, it’s passing through a stage of infancy before transitioning to a growth mode. Rather than allowing critics to impede the infant’s organizational development, we should recognize the considerable successes already realized by this newly reformed system and the positive impact it has and will have on

  • Oklahoma City resident: City needs more blacks working in urban planning, development

    BY MARCUS HAYES | Published: Sat, Aug 2, 2014

    Oklahoma City has grown handsomely in the past decade. I watch with pride as the city I’ve known as home virtually all of my life blossoms into a city that people desire to relocate to and grow and raise their families. It’s a constant joy reading about new hotels being constructed. New boulevards being envisioned. Whole new communities and neighborhoods being planned and built. Bricktown is expanding. Midtown is developing. The Wheeler District is making its debut. The Paseo district and the Plaza district continue their respective renaissance. It’s an exciting time to be in Oklahoma City.

  • Air Force colonel: Modernization, readiness are musts for U.S. military

    BY MARK TARPLEY | Published: Sat, Aug 2, 2014

    The future for national security includes a strategic question on how to best use scarce, if not diminishing, funding. For the U.S. Air Force, the conundrum can boil down to allocating between the needs to invest in modernization and readiness simultaneously. Current funding, however, limits the ability to meet objectives to fully fund the Air Force needs in both areas. To have an Air Force capable in the next several decades to protect America’s national security interests, modernization and readiness investment are essential. However, budget pressures can lead toward choosing one in favor of the other. Modernization is the primary means of addressing the future challenges that may confront the United States in both the

  • Charles Krauthammer: Kerry the Clueless

    Published: Fri, Aug 1, 2014

    WASHINGTON — John Kerry is upset by heavy criticism from Israelis — left, right and center — of his recent cease-fire diplomacy. But that’s only half the story. More significant is the consternation of America’s Arab partners, starting with the president of the Palestinian Authority. Mahmoud Abbas was stunned that Kerry would fly off to Paris to negotiate with Hamas allies Qatar and Turkey in talks that excluded the PA and Egypt. The talks also undermined Egypt’s cease-fire proposal, which Israel had accepted and Hamas rejected. “Kerry tried through his latest plan to destroy the Egyptian bid,” charged a senior Palestinian official quoted in the Arab daily Asharq Al-Awsat — a peace plan the PA itself had

  • Oklahoma PTA president: Time to begin working to make every student's potential a reality

    BY JEFFERY CORBETT | Published: Fri, Aug 1, 2014

    Oklahoma’s public school students are like children caught in the middle of a messy divorce. Their embittered “parents” (legislators, administrators, bureaucrats) are parties in what appears to be a custody battle — a battle raging full bore over public school academic standards that must be developed since the repeal of Common Core. Hanging in the balance are the future of the state and the children and youth of Oklahoma. Those who have seen these domestic dramas play out know that in the end there are no winners. We can’t afford for the children to be subjected to one more day of the non-communicative, one-upmanship mentality that dominates Oklahoma’s education and legislative systems.

  • Leonard Pitts Jr.: Paul Ryan breaks the silence surrounding poverty in America

    Published: Fri, Aug 1, 2014

    Cover your eyes and hide the kids: A Republican is talking poverty. This has not been a pretty picture in the recent past. Who can forget then-South Carolina Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer likening poor people to animals one feeds from the back door and Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning calling them stray raccoons? And let’s not even get into Mitt Romney’s wholesale slander of the so-called “47 percent.” So one receives with a certain trepidation the news that Romney’s running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, has issued a proposal aimed at curbing poverty. But Expanding Opportunity in America, produced by the House Budget Committee Ryan chairs, is a surprise — serious, substantive and sprinkled with interesting ideas. Not that you

  • George F. Will: A middle course on foreign policy

    Published: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    WASHINGTON — With metronomic regularity, there is a choreographed minuet of carnage. Israel is attacked. Israel defends itself. Perfunctory affirmations of Israel’s right of self-defense are quickly followed by accusations that Israel’s military measures are disproportionate. Then come demands for a cease-fire, and the attackers replenish their arsenals. The accusations and demands are ascribed to something fictitious, the “international community.” The word “community” connotes a certain cement of shared values and aspirations. “International community” is empty cant that bewitches the minds of earnest diplomats such as John Kerry but does not interest Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

  • Washington Examiner: 'Occupy Washington' idea makes sense for U.S. House

    Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    CONGRESS is scheduled to begin its August recess next week. In most years, August is a time when Americans can breathe easy as Washington politicians suspend their usual routines for a few weeks. Not this year, thanks to an urgent humanitarian crisis of child immigration on America's southern border. The situation is dire enough to demand immediate congressional input. Last week, Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren asked a senior House Republican, former House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., why Congress shouldn’t stick around for the month in something resembling an “Occupy Washington” protest. “I love protests,” Van Susteren said.

  • Michael Gerson: The GOP as the party of reform

    Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    WASHINGTON — Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair came to prominence in the 1990s as an expert in political renovation, transforming the Labour Party from a creaky, socialist relic to a modern, center-left, governing institution. Before Blair, Labour had not won back-to-back victories in a hundred years. Blair secured three. In his recent Philip Gould Lecture, Blair described the substance of that overhaul: the need, driven by globalization, to decentralize economic decision-making; to recognize the essential social roles of business and the voluntary sector; and “to be iconoclastic in reshaping public services.” “No political philosophy today,” he argued, “will achieve support unless it focuses on individual

  • Ruth Marcus: The other guys did it

    Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    WASHINGTON — Ted Cruz must be Texan for chutzpah. The Texas Republican gave an interview to NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell the other day during which he was asked about political dysfunction in Washington. Without a trace of irony, embarrassment or self-awareness, Cruz placed the blame for political dysfunction solely on Democrats. “It should embarrass all of us, and it’s the result of a deliberate partisan decision,” Cruz lectured. “Let’s take for example the crisis on the border. The crisis on the border, unfortunately President Obama and Harry Reid have demonstrated no interest in solving it. ”President Obama a couple of weeks ago was down in Texas.

  • J.C. Watts: Oklahoma can't afford to settle when it comes to education

    BY J.C. WATTS | Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    In a few weeks, Oklahoma students will return to the classroom amid a lot of uncertainty given recent actions by the Legislature and Gov. Mary Fallin to repeal education standards. Five months ago, I couldn’t have told you the difference in Common Core and uncommon core, but I could have convinced you that Oklahoma school kids were being left behind. So regardless of what we think of Common Core, school districts and teachers have been relegated for the next two years back to the old standards that have failed. Under these status quo standards, referred to as PASS, only 25 percent of Oklahoma eighth-graders demonstrated proficiency in math and only 29 percent of eighth-graders demonstrated proficiency in reading. We

  • Cal Thomas: No more aid to the Palestinian Authority

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    The anti-Semitic “tradition” of blaming Jews for the world’s problems mostly took a temporary back seat in light of the indiscriminate rocket attacks on Israel by the terrorist group Hamas. Major newspaper editorials condemned Hamas, but their condemnation was hedged by calls for “restraint” on “both sides” and “proportionality” in Israel’s response to the attacks. There is little or no mention of Hamas’ directive to ignore Israel’s warning to leave homes in areas where the rockets have been placed among civilians. The Hamas strategy is to parade the bodies of the dead before TV cameras to demonstrate Israel’s ”cruelty” and uncaring attitude toward innocent lives. Still, there was room for the

  • Paul Greenberg: Like a hotel burglar ...

    Published: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    Our president and his crew of Great Minds have managed to “reset” relations with Russia, all right — all the way back to Cold War times. With an America sick of all those entangling alliances once known as the Free World, and turning its back on old friends and the world in general, the stage was set for Moscow to start grabbing pieces of other countries again. First came a nibble of Georgia, then the whole Crimean peninsula, and now the swath of eastern Ukraine just across what used to be an international border. Emerging from hibernation, the Russian bear’s appetite was only whetted with every course.

  • George F. Will: In Oregon, a doctor calls

    Updated: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    PORTLAND, Ore. — “Are you kidding?” This is Monica Wehby’s amiable response to people who wonder whether she will be able to bear the pressures of office if she wins her race as a Republican Senate candidate. For 17 of her 52 years she has been a pediatric neurosurgeon, holding in steady hands sharp steel and the fate of children’s brains. She probably can cope with the strains of legislative life. Today, her task is to persuade Oregonians to act on the cogent exhortation of her campaign’s bumper stickers: “Keep Your Doctor. Change Your Senator.” She is trying to take a Senate seat away from freshman Democrat Jeff Merkley, who was elected in 2008 with 49 percent of the vote when Barack Obama carried the state with