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EDITORIAL: President going after middle-class money

Drilling “the rich” with ever-higher taxes is problematic because there aren’t nearly enough wealthy people to pay for everything government wants. President Barack Obama finally has figured this out. But instead of reining in government, he tried to go where the big money is: the middle class.

EDITORIAL: Obamacare tax hit

Get ready for another Obamacare surprise. As if canceled policies, dropped doctors, higher premiums, higher deductibles and enrollment nightmares aren’t enough, millions of people who were supposed to be most helped by the law are about to be hit with a tax bill. As reported by The Wall Street Journal’s Stephanie Armour and Louise Radnofsky, as many as half of the 6.8 million people who received Affordable Care Act subsidies in 2014 may have to return some of that money to the government.

EDITORIAL: Legislature must halt binding arbitration

The unsustainable growth of Nevada’s local government payrolls is a predictable result of local governments lacking direct control of their pay scales. More often than not, an unelected arbitrator in another state has the final say on what you pay your unionized public servants. More often than not, that arbitrator is sympathetic to labor’s interests, not yours.

EDITORIAL: The not-so-supertax

Those who believe the United States can tax its way to prosperity should consider the latest news from France. President Francois Hollande had that same belief when he took office in 2012. So he and the Socialist government pushed through a 75 percent “supertax” on individuals who earn 1 million euros or more annually ($1.2 million U.S.).

EDITORIAL: 25 legislative proposals in 25 days

The pencil outlines of Gov. Brian Sandoval’s vision for Nevada were drawn Monday, when he gave his inaugural address to launch his second and final term. The picture will become much clearer Jan. 15, when Gov. Sandoval unveils his two-year budget, presents his policy priorities and delivers his State of the State address.

EDITORIAL: One VA construction boondoggle after another

The Department of Veterans Affairs has become a symbol of federal incompetence. In addition to neglecting our veterans through unacceptable delays in processing disability and compensation claims, the VA has routinely harmed them by making them wait months for appointments for routine care and covering up excessive wait times.

EDITORIAL: Access to records

This page writes about public records issues so frequently because government can get away with just about anything if it succeeds in blocking access to documents and data. Two stories from last week are instructive in the lengths agencies will go to deny scrutiny of public-sector shortcomings.

EDITORIAL: Poll shows we get government we deserve

We live in amazing times. We have access to an unprecedented amount of technology, which gives us equally unprecedented access to information. We can find out virtually anything we want or need to know, anytime, virtually anywhere we go, and we can share our findings — and our thoughts and opinions about those findings — with countless people, many of whom are doing the same exact thing.

EDITORIAL: The next bubble?

The rising cost of higher education is a crisis, but in more ways than you might think. Yes, ever-higher tuition bills price many students out of a university education. But increasing college costs also compel students to take out ever-higher amounts of taxpayer-backed student loans. And, as Jason Delisle pointed out in a Wednesday Wall Street Journal op-ed, an ever-higher number of those loans will never be fully repaid.

EDITORIAL: More Keystone stonewalling from president

The Keystone XL pipeline appears dead for the duration of Barack Obama’s presidency. After dancing around the topic and delaying any sort of action on the project for years, the president provided a concrete position during his year-end White House news conference on Dec. 19, saying that Keystone XL would provide “not even a nominal benefit” to U.S. consumers.