Paid-for Patriotism in the NFL
By Philippe Gastonne     
If patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels, the National Football League must be something even lower. Those feel-good moments in the pregame are simply nothing more than your tax dollars at work. On the other hand, we all know the NFL is in business to make money. They would have sold these promotional opportunities to someone else had the Pentagon not bought them. The more interesting question is why the Pentagon thought it was a good idea. The all-volunteer military worked well in the ...
Let the Clock Run Out on the NSA
Editorial by Sheldon Richman     
Regarding the feverish effort either to reauthorize, "reform," or abolish the National Security Agency's collection of our phone and ...
State-Run Lotteries: The Desperation Tax
Staff News & Analysis     
As taxes go, state-run lotteries seem like a good idea. No one forces you to pay, they don't infringe on your privacy, and the games ...