Op-Eds

Mar 10, 2010

Obama: the New Nixon?

Richard Nixon is back. Or so it seems from much recent press coverage and punditry. In December, John Feffer of the Institute for Policy Studies argued in The Huffington Post that the current administration’s professed commitment to realism in international relations meant that Barack Obama is “shaping up to be a true heir of Richard Nixon.” Time’s Peter Beinart echoed that sentiment last month when he declared “Obama’s foreign policy, in fact, ...

  • Defense & Homeland Security
Mar 4, 2010

EPA: Regulatory Mess, Economic Massacre

The Environmental Protection Agency announced on December 7, 2009, that greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide emissions, contribute to air pollution that may reasonably be anticipated to “pose a threat to our health and welfare.” If this finding is allowed to become law, the Obama Administration will succeed in gaining greater control over everyday life in America, at a time when small businesses are already struggling. After the endangerment finding was announced, an unnamed ...

  • Energy
Feb 25, 2010

Obama Must Push Tort Reform to Lower Health Care Costs

As the administration and Congress try to hit the restart button on health care reform, it’s worth noting that one glaring omission from the debate has been tort reform. For all of the talk about making health care more affordable and lowering premiums and costs, it is inexplicable that this promising mechanism for cost-savings continues to be ignored by the president and Congressional Democrats. Defensive medicine, frivolous lawsuits and multimillion-dollar jury awards in malpractice cases ...

  • health care
Feb 25, 2010

Bipartisan Health Care Reform Must Include Tort Reform

Now that his yearlong partisan push for government-run health care has so far failed to produce legislative results, President Barack Obama wants Republicans to join him for another White House summit to see if he can salvage his proposals. But unless the president and congressional Democrats address the need for tort reform as a critical component of cutting health care costs, a bipartisan solution seems unlikely. The unsustainable path of rising costs is a serious national problem. ...

  • health care
Feb 19, 2010

No Civilian Trials for Gitmo Terrorists

The White House can't seem to figure out what to do with the terrorists in U.S. custody at Guantanamo Bay, but the administration still wants the American people to cough up more than $230 million to transfer them to the Thomson Correctional Center in northwest Illinois and an additional $200 million to pay for increased security in cities where Guantanamo detainees will go on trial in civilian courts. On top of that, the president's 2011 budget includes a little-noticed provision that ...

  • Defense & Homeland Security
Jan 7, 2010

Geithner’s Time to Give Answers

Secretary Timothy Geithner needs to start giving some answers. Will the Congress compel him to start answering questions? In recent weeks, Republican investigators on the House Oversight Committee unearthed troubling evidence that the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, while under the leadership of Secretary Geithner, pressured American International Group (AIG) to conceal critical information from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) about billions of dollars in counterparty payments ...

  • Executive Branch
Nov 30, 2009

The Energy Debate’s Missed Nuclear Opportunity

Next month, global leaders will gather in Copenhagen to demonstrate their commitment to reducing carbon emissions and creating ecologically sustainable solutions to power our economy in the 21st century. Indeed, a moment has arrived when the world is looking to the United States to set the tone and serve as a model worthy of emulation – to be, as it were, a carbon-free city upon an ever-green hill. That is, if we can keep the lights on. America’s economic strength was forged on the back ...

  • Energy
Nov 24, 2009

Census and Sensibility

In the face of the growing challenges, Congress must scrupulously guard its Constitutional responsibility to ensure a fair, accurate and trustworthy count for the 2010 Census.    Since antiquity, nation-states have needed a reliable headcount of the population to know what size of army could be raised, what taxes could be levied, and to keep governing officials apprised of the customs, habits and social structures of the citizens living in remote areas of the ...

  • Politics & Elections
Nov 18, 2009

Fake Job Numbers Vital to Stimulus Propaganda

Since President Obama took office, the American people have been subjected to an aggressive propaganda campaign designed to convince them that the $787 billion stimulus bill is working. Month after month, as unemployment continues to rise, the administration has sent its spinmeisters out to trumpet an altogether dubious number of jobs "created or saved." Vice President Biden -- the man appointed by the president to oversee the recovery effort -- has shamelessly continued to claim credit ...

  • Wasteful Spending
Nov 9, 2009

Walls Can Fall

Twenty years ago, at 6:53 PM on November 9, 1989, a spokesman for the East German government announced the Politburo's long overdue decision to allow unrestricted travel between East and West Germany. Within hours, thousands of East Germans converged on Checkpoint Charlie and the Brandenburg Gate. By midnight, they were pulling one another over the twelve-foot-high reinforced concrete slabs, joining loved ones from the West whose embrace they had been denied for more than forty years of ...

  • Conservatism