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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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?
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 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 […]
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James Capretta and Robert Moffit explain what needs to be done in Obamacare is overturned by the Supreme Court or repealed by Congress.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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
Writing at The American, Steve Conover explains why it gets us nowhere to pose the policy choices as between austerity and growth. Things are not that simple. Conover describes what he calls good and bad austerity, and good and bad government spending to promote growth. In his view, defense spending is a special case. Read more […]
This report appears in today’s Wall Street Journal Political Diary – RAYMOND ZHONG Paul Krugman vs. Estonia New York Times columnist and Nobel economist Paul Krugman is on the receiving end of numberless Twitter diatribes every day. But it’s not too often that the smack-down comes from a European head of state. Estonia (pop. 1.3 […]