OP-EDs


November 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…

November 4, 2009
Dem Proposals: Legislative Delusion

After widespread disapproval of their 1,000-page proposal for government control of health care, congressional Democrats have responded by producing a 2,000-page bill that leaves many Americans wondering why these “reforms” seem oddly familiar to failed experiments already tried at the state level. Strange indeed is the fact that many states are…

October 13, 2009
A Bipartisan Health Care Proposal that Makes Good on Officials’ Promises

When it comes to healthcare reform, most Republicans and Democrats agree on many of the key issues: protecting patient choice, promoting portability and providing tax incentives for small businesses and the self-employed. There is another bipartisan proposal that, if enacted, would make good on the campaign promises of President Barack…

Mozilo’s Friends on the Hill

Angelo Mozilo has lots of friends. Or at least, he used to. The former chief executive of Countrywide Financial now faces a series of federal lawsuits, including one brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission for fraud and insider trading. Suddenly, some of the most powerful Washington politicians are eschewing…

September 25, 2009
Acorn, Lies and Videotape

A dark cloud, years in the making, has fallen over ACORN. This left-leaning syndicate of labor unions and political agitators is fighting efforts to shine light on its structure, finances and political activities. Public outrage has reached fever pitch, and last week both the House of Representatives and the Senate…

September 22, 2009
Obama’s Missile Defense Decision Weakens America

In an increasingly familiar display of Carter-era defeatism, President Obama has acquiesced to Russian demands and dismantled long-standing U.S. plans to counter the threat of Iranian missile attacks. The cancellation of military deployments in Eastern Europe that were designed to protect both the U.S. and our allies from Iranian aggression…

September 17, 2009
Waste and Fraud Hard to Root Out

Earlier this month, President Barack Obama predicated a $900 billion government expansion of health care on a promise to eliminate waste and abuse in Medicare. “[W]e’ve estimated that most of this plan can be paid for by finding savings within the existing health care system — a system that is…

September 15, 2009
Presidential Lip Service to Choice and Competition

President Obama wanted to set the record straight on his health-care agenda, so he made a trip to Capitol Hill last week. During his primetime address to a joint session of Congress, the president explained that his “guiding principle is, and has always been, that customers do better when there…

September 10, 2009
TARP and the Demands of Democracy

The concern among the American people about the size and cost of government continues to grow, and the Obama administration is beginning to experience a crisis of confidence doubtlessly owed to its aggressive expansion of the federal bureaucracy and deepening of the national debt. Members of Congress — who have…

August 9, 2009
Americans Should Get Affordable, Dependable Care

Between the rising cost of heath care and the expanding role of government, Americans are frustrated. Economists predict that we will be spending 20 percent of our gross domestic product on health care by 2017. Now the president wants Congress to approve a scheme that effectively repeals Medicare and puts…