Steve Rose

Upon further review, Kansas House Speaker Ray Merrick has a point about state employees

"“Government employees produce nothing. They’re a net consumer," Kansas House Speaker Ray Merrick recently said of state employees. Op-ed columnist Steve Rose writes: "I have little doubt Ray Merrick thinks state government is too big and can be shrunk further. But I do not believe Merrick is as callous as he came across in the newspaper interview."

Mary Sanchez

The moral wisdom of President Obama’s executive action

The irony of President Obama’s plan of executive action — and the rolling freak-out it has engendered among Republicans — is that it doesn’t offer a path to citizenship for the millions of undocumented immigrants residing in this country. It doesn’t solve their status in limbo but merely alleviates the threat of deportation for about half of them, about 5 million people.

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