OP-EDs


June 20, 2009
Ronald Reagan Reconsidered

Political irony has experienced a profound illustration in the early days of the Obama administration. Seldom has a president rendered such thoughtful tribute to a predecessor whose values his every legislative effort was certain to undermine. Case in point: Two events on Capitol Hill earlier this month were coordinated to…

June 18, 2009
CIA’s Panetta, DNI Blair Must End Turf War and Switch Jobs

When Congress passed the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, it did so to better protect the American people from the breakdown of vital intelligence that left our nation vulnerable on that infamous morning of Sept. 11, 2001. Administrative coordination of the various intelligence agencies—a key provision of…

June 16, 2009
Reform is Needed, but Don’t Use Medicare Model

Somewhere between the health care extremes — no government involvement and total government control — real reform is possible. And reforming America’s health care system is one of the most pressing challenges that we face. Serious problems have emerged. Skyrocketing administrative and liability costs, cumbersome interstate restrictions and the terrible…

June 10, 2009
More Spending, Less Transparency Means Deep Trouble for U.S. Taxpayers

In those last moments before the R.M.S. Titanic gutted its hull on a jagged iceberg 400 miles south of the Grand Banks of Newfoundland, her captain ordered a full reverse of all engines and a hard starboard turn. It was – as history records – too little, too late. Contrast…

June 8, 2009
A Tale of Two Treasuries

In his debut as the nation’s 75th treasury secretary, Timothy Geithner has been a smashing success — if success is measured by more federal debt and less accountability to American taxpayers. It was never supposed to be this way. When our first treasury secretary, Alexander Hamilton, sought to establish the nation’s…

June 5, 2009
Climate Bill a Pain in the Gas

When Speaker Nancy Pelosi engineered the ouster of the House dean, Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.), from his chairmanship of the Energy and Commerce Committee to install her chief environmental henchman, Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), we knew to expect a double dose of legislative toil and trouble. Now reaching 1,000 pages —…

Town Hall: Remembering Reagan and D-Day

Five years ago today, Ronald Reagan’s long goodbye came to an end.  The former president who lifted the disheartened American people to their feet and brought the Soviet Union to its knees exited the darkness of a decade-long fight with Alzheimer’s in a perfect picture show ending – with his…

June 3, 2009
Boost to Federal Workforce in Weak Economy: Bad Bill

Added to the growing list of bird-brained schemes to increase the size of the federal government in the midst of a struggling economy is H.R. 626, the Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act, introduced earlier this year to guarantee four weeks of paid parental leave exclusively to government employees. The…

May 26, 2009
An Airport for Somebody

President Obama spent loads of political capital early in his administration to push a behemoth $787 billion “spendulous” bill through Congress. In this promised era of transparency and accountability, Americans were supposed to rest safely in the assurance that the President would hold the line against fraud, waste and political…

May 21, 2009
And the Truth Shall Set Someone Free

U.S. law stipulates that someone who “knowingly and willfully makes any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or representation” to Members of Congress shall receive a stiff fine and eight years in prison. Over the past few weeks, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has claimed that CIA briefers lied to…