OP-EDs


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…

March 18, 2010
The Lackluster Record of Government-Run Health Care

Before the Democrats who control Congress push through a trillion-dollar expansion of government-run health care, they might want to know the facts about how efficiently the government has handled health care in the past, and how much bigger the government will grow once the bill becomes law. When all is…

March 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…

March 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…

February 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…

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…