Insight on the News

Insight on the newspaper is a magazine specializing in General topics.

Articles from Vol. 9, No. 39, September 27

Don't Put Much Weight on Historical Revisionism
I hereby call on Attorney General Janet Reno for a retrial of Benedict Arnold, falsely accused of treason. As a people living under the rule of law, offering ourselves as an example to both the free and not-so-free worlds, we owe it to history to clear...
Label-Less Media Shade Policy Issues
We are about to embark on one of the most important debates in American history: Should the federal government control a national health care system in America? To the liberal media, chopping off one-seventh of the economy and handing it over to the...
NAFTA Battle: Nationalism vs. Globalism
After eight less-than-euphoric months in office, the Age of Clinton is witnessing a slow return of the political themes - and even the players - of 1992. This is part of a historical process that the stale interlude of the Clinton presidency can't...
Open Bar Leaves Society Intoxicated with Litigation
Once upon a time, in the shining city on the hill, scholars, senators, clergymen and knights in shining armor represented the future to which the earnest young aspired. Time moves on, and Progress with a capital P transforms shining cities on hills...
Reagan Ought to Get Oscar for Star Wars
The allegation that Star Wars was smoke and mirrors intended as much to fool and bankrupt the former Soviet Union as to establish an antimissile defense system places President Reagan in that special pantheon reserved since the founding of the republic...
Regulation: Bad Medicine for Doctors
Summary: Physicians who already are fed up with government regulation of health care services say they can see the handwriting on the wall when it comes to the Clinton administration's soon-to-be-unveiled national health care plan. They and some economists...
Rules of the House Don't Get in the Way
Summary: in the House of Representatives, there are rules to govern nearly everything that happens. But impatient lawmakers find ways of getting around those rules, by waiving them outright or by attaching legislative riders that bar procedural challenges....
The Right Arises in Black Politics
Summary: For decades, blacks in the United States have voted overwhelming Democratic; but scratch below the surface, and it becomes clear that many blacks are conservative at heart. Social stigma, even the threat of ostracism from their peers, has...
Transfer Taxes Sap Vitality from America's Economy
The federal government levies taxes on transfers of property at death (the estate tax), property transfers during life (the gift tax) and transfers to grandchildren or more remote descendants (the generation-skipping transfer tax). Referred to collectively...
Washington Orthodoxy Allows Serious Issues to Be Buried
In most Washington squabbles, the dust settles quickly. The pressies bore easily and, after extracting maximum feasible fuss, pant off briskly in pursuit of a fresh fracas. The feeble national attention span means that we often do not consider an...