OP-EDs


July 1, 2010
Political and Economic Suicide

President Lincoln once warned that our greatest danger, “if it ever reaches us, must spring up from among us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot,” Lincoln said, “we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of free men, we must live throughout all…

June 23, 2010
Government Needs Oversight Too

If you go to the Democratic Web page for the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, it reads: “The Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is the main investigative committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. It has jurisdiction to investigate any federal program and any matter with federal…

May 28, 2010
Can a President Make it Legal?

President Richard Nixon uttered one of the most infamous quotes in U.S. political history on April 6, 1977, defiantly declaring, “When the president does it, that means that it is not illegal.” This sentiment embodies all that is wrong with politics. It explains why, more than 30 years later, the…

May 6, 2010
Bailouts are not Smart Reform

America needs smart financial reforms that protect investors from fraud, address government regulatory failures and keep the government in the role of an unbiased quality-control technician instead of a corporate owner or bailout backstop. But if the Democrats in Congress get their way, we can expect more bailouts, more centralized control…

April 29, 2010
Nuclear-Armed Mullahs Are Not and Option

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad seems hell-bent on enriching uranium and developingthe other complex components and specialized parts necessary to deliver and detonate a nuclear weapon. President Obama’s policy in response is far from clear-cut. We recognize that any assessment of the secret activities of a closed society like Iran is…

April 22, 2010
Constitution Says ‘No’ to District Seat in Congress

The debate about Congressional representation for the federal city presents neither an instance of political novelty nor an occasion of constitutional ambiguity. Consistently, the people and the courts have rejected efforts to grant the privileges of statehood to the District and have instead affirmed the plain meaning of the Constitution….

April 20, 2010
Nuclear Power and our Energy Future

Recently, President Barack Obama pledged more than $8 billion in loan guarantees that could help give the United States its first license for a new reactor since the Carter Administration. Yet the first glimmer of hope for America’s nuclear industry faces both new and familiar challenges. Despite a commitment for…

April 15, 2010
Kill the Death Tax

A brief window of sensible tax policy has opened for 2010, though if Congress doesn’t take action to permanently eliminate the Death Tax—now at zero percent—the rate will return to a whopping fifty-five percent next year. Any proposal by Republicans or Democrats other than a zero percent taxation is unacceptable….

March 29, 2010
If White House Won’t Investigate, Special Prosecutor Will

On six different occasions, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs has offered six different responses to straightforward questions regarding Rep. Joe Sestak’s, D-Pa., accusation that he was offered a plum appointment in exchange for his withdrawal from a primary challenge to Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa. Sestak has been clear. For…

March 21, 2010
Health Care Bill Offers No Real “Reform”

The time for choosing has arrived in Washington. For months, the phone lines at the Capitol have been jammed with constituent calls, and the halls of Congress have been teeming with concerned citizens, lobbyists and news reporters. The entire nation is counting votes to see whether Speaker Nancy Pelosi succeeds…