Ignoring the Constitution — Yet Again

Ignoring the Constitution — Yet Again

Writing in The Washington Times, Judge Andrew Napolitano argues that President Obama’s exclusion of young, undocumented aliens from potential deportation is just one more case of the Obama Administration ignoring the law and the Constitution.

Government Management of Health Care Without Obamacare

Government Management of Health Care Without Obamacare

According to Robert Goldberg, writing in The Washington Times, one of the most pernicious aspects of Obamacare will survive whether or not the Supreme Court invalidates some or all of the law.  According to Goldberg, reliance on Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) will continue to dictate what procedures are available and what kind of research is […]

Krauthammer on Our Kowtowing President

Krauthammer on Our Kowtowing President

Last week we were reminded of President Reagan’s “tear down that wall” speech in Berlin.  Yesterday President Obama spoke about Russia’s role in the ongoing human rights crisis in Syria.  The contrast could not have been greater.  Reagan spoke truth to the leader of the Soviet Union.  Obama kowtowed to a Russian leader who is […]

Is It Still a Tax Cut 10 Years Later?

Is It Still a Tax Cut 10 Years Later?

Originally published in The Daily Caller — June 18, 2012 – The real problem with the Bush tax cuts – When does a tax cut stop being a tax cut and become the existing tax rate? Apparently never. Ten years after President George W. Bush signed his 2001 tax cuts into law and more than […]

Greece Steps Back from the Cliff

Greece Steps Back from the Cliff

A plurality of Greek voters gave New Democracy a chance to form a government that would continue to work with Europe and Germany to keep Greece in the Euro Zone.  But leftist Syriza is not far behind and will be waiting in the wings should New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras fail to establish a coalition […]

Shut the [blank] Up!

Shut the [blank] Up!

Writing in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal, Peggy Noonan recounts several of the many security leaks of the past few months.  To know where they are coming from, she suggests, we should consider who benefits.  Could the President and his campaign be responsible?

What’s Next for Obamacare?

What’s Next for Obamacare?

The New York Times editorial board argues that Republicans need to get their act together on what comes next for health care policy.  Whether or not the Supreme court invalidates the Affordable Care Act or part of it, there will be much legislative work to be done.  Do  the Republicans have a plan?  Read the […]

A Greek Laments His Loss of Freedom

A Greek Laments His Loss of Freedom

Writing in the New York Times, Nikos Konstandaras recounts the many ways in which Greek politicians have brought on a crisis for freedom in the land where democracy was invented.

A Risk Worth Taking

A Risk Worth Taking

Jack Roberts writes in The Oregonian that Governor Kitzhaber’s appointment of Rudy Crew of Oregon education czar is a risk worth taking.  Of course, as with all risks, time will tell.  Read Robert’s commentary here.

Obama’s Real Spending Record

Obama’s Real Spending Record

A couple of weeks ago we commented on President Obama’s claim that he has been the most frugal President in decades.  At the time we pointed out that the President’s trick was in not counting any of the spending that occurred in the first several months of his presidency on the theory that the prior […]

How to Replace Obamacare

How to Replace Obamacare

Writing in the Spring issue of National Affairs, James Capretta and Robert Moffit explain what needs to be done in Obamacare is overturned by the Supreme Court or repealed by Congress.  We do have problems in our health care systems, the authors say, but Obamacare only makes them worse.  The full article can be read […]

How Not To Be Poor

How Not To Be Poor

Brookings Institution Senior Fellow Ron Haskins testifying before the Senate Finance Committee, June 5: I want to emphasize the importance of individual initiative in reducing poverty and promoting economic success. Young people can virtually assure that they and their families will avoid poverty if they follow three elementary rules for success—complete at least a high […]

Setting the Record Straight on Who Benefits from Citizens United.

Setting the Record Straight on Who Benefits from Citizens United.

In today’s Wall Street Journal, former federal judge Michael McConnell sets the record straight on how Citizens United affected the Wisconsin recall vote.  By McConnell’s calculations, Democrat Tom Barrett would have been at an even bigger financial disadvantage with the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United.

All Campaign and No Leadership

All Campaign and No Leadership

Peggy Noonan, writing in today’s Wall Street Journal, discusses the implications of the Wisconsin recall election for President Obama in his race against Mitt Romney: “People wonder about the implications for the presidential election. They’ll wonder for five months, and then they’ll know. President Obama’s problem now isn’t what Wisconsin did, it’s how he looks […]

Wisconsin’s Recall Election Was About More than Collective Bargaining

Wisconsin’s Recall Election Was About More than Collective Bargaining

Writing in today’s Wall Street Journal, Kimberly Strassel observes that the Wisconsin recall election was about far more than collective bargaining.  Strassel says that ending collective bargaining for public sector workers was just part of much broader structural reforms allowing government to better spend its existing resources.  Strassel provides several examples of cost savings with […]

A Huge Defeat for Public Sector Unions

A Huge Defeat for Public Sector Unions

Charles Krauthammer, writing in The Washington Post, argues that the true significance of the failed effort to recall Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is the now inevitable demise of the public sector unions.  Because much was a stake for the unions (namely mandatory dues), the unions took a big gamble and lost.  Read Krauthammer’s commentary here.

Obamacare, Federalism and Liberty

Obamacare, Federalism and Liberty

Originally published in Defining Ideas — June 7, 2012 –   Does liberty depend on the grace and generosity of government power? Given the controversy arising from President Obama’s preemptive strike against the U.S. Supreme Court—the President said he was confident the court would uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) because it […]

A Voter’s Advice for Mitt

A Voter’s Advice for Mitt

Originally published at Renew America — June 5, 2012 – Dear Mitt:   By Mark Ellis   Where do I get off offering advice to you, Mitt Romney? I represent just one vote, but at the risk of seeming presumptive I’m going to respectfully exercise my right to free speech in an attempt to clarify […]

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