John M. Crisp: Don’t feel guilty about taxing the wealthy

As our nation bumps up hard against a national debt north of $31 trillion, let’s start with the obvious: Our expenditures are greater than our revenue. And while this isn’t the crisis that Republicans imagine when a Democrat is in the White House, common sense suggests that bringing expenditures and revenue into closer alignment would be a good thing.

My Turn: We have a major infrastructure disaster facing us

Last year, the 117 th U.S. Congress cooperated in a bipartisan effort to pass the $1.7 trillion Emergency Infrastructure Bill. The allocation of funds created by this legislation will be determined according to both equity and need, with need being the primary focus.

Editorial: Colleges should stop hiding how much they cost

Whether President Joe Biden’s misguided plan to forgive some $400 billion in federal student-loan debt goes forward will ultimately be up to the Supreme Court. For now, there’s more the federal government should be doing to rein in the costs of higher education — and thus reduce how much students borrow in the first place.

US should make Iranian nuclear deal a priority as agreement within reach

International efforts aimed at reviving the Iranian nuclear deal were largely stalled in 2022, and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s remarks on Tuesday that the United States no longer considers reaching an agreement with Iran over its nuclear program a priority paint a gloomier picture for the prospects of the multilateral agreement.

VIEWPOINT 2: Is bipartisanship good? That depends

Bipartisanship is the solution to some problems, but it also helped create them. On the one hand, if you are a classical liberal with a strong preference for fiscal responsibility, bipartisanship generally gets you nowhere. Big Capitol Hill deals mean big spending. On the other hand, the only path to reforming the drivers of our current and future debt or making other important changes is through a bipartisan agreement.

Editorial: Nationwide rent control?

Ideas that start on the progressive fringes have a way of becoming government policy these days, as President Biden’s $400 billion student loan cancellation shows. Lo, Democrats in Congress are now pressing the President to impose rent control nationwide.

Editorial: Gas, electric, light and heat: Making sense of proposed state and federal curbs on gas stoves

All things being equal, burning gas isn’t the best way to cook. Not only are newfangled electric induction burners faster, but research suggests a correlation between the old blue flames and higher rates of asthma. Then there’s the global emissions problem. All of which is to suggest that, if money and labor and energy were unlimited, New York would be wise to wave a wand and switch to electric ovens (and electric heat-pumps to warm buildings, while we’re at it, but that’s another editorial).

As I See It: The war on the poor

Writing a book is the easy part, getting it published is the hard part. One has about the same odds as playing the Powerball lottery. Most publishers do not accept unsolicited manuscripts from a writer without an agent they know. Most agents are just as picky. You can’t get either one until you have the other. It is like: You can’t get loan unless you can show you don’t need the money. Most books, nine out of ten, by established authors do not sell enough copies to profit, but the tenth one is a blockbuster that covers all the losses. If the author is already famous, or infamous, they have a better chance

Editorial: Once again, Republicans are threatening to tank the economy to get their way

Like the hockey-masked villain in some cheesy horror flick, the GOP’s debt ceiling caucus just keeps coming back. Once again, the party’s more radical members are threatening to hold America’s full faith and credit hostage by refusing to raise the nation’s debt limit. The Treasury hit that $31.4 trillion limit Thursday, meaning it will have to be raised — as it routinely has been over the years, under both parties, to cover expenses incurred by both parties.

POINT: Biden gets a solid ‘A’ at his midterm

As we approach the midpoint of President Joe Biden’s first term, there is little doubt that he deserves a solid “A.” He has turned the economy around, gotten the pandemic under control, gotten inflation under control and laid the basis for a rapid transition to clean energy. No president since Lyndon Johnson has as much to show for their first two years in office. Unlike Johnson, Biden managed to push through key legislation with a tiny majority in the House and the thinnest possible margin in the Senate.