Op-Eds

Apr 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 both difficult and necessarily tentative. Even with a well-honed intelligence network, it is impossible to understand the precise status and contours of ...

  • Defense & Homeland Security
Apr 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. Article 1 of the Constitution states unambiguously that “the House of Representatives shall be composed of members chosen every second year by the people ...

  • District of Columbia
Apr 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 increasing loan guarantees to ramp up the development of new nuclear plants, the administration’s determination to shutter the proposed nuclear waste repository at Yucca ...

  • Energy
Apr 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. Economically, the Death Tax is counterproductive. The Death Tax serves only one purpose: to supply the revenue that liberals desperately need to keep pace with their ...

  • Taxes