It makes no sense to ban guns based on how they look – I own two rifles. The first is a British Lee-Enfield, manufactured in Australia in 1943. I bought it over thirty years ago in an antique shop. The second is a Ruger Mini-14 ranch rifle. I bought it new from a gun dealer [...]
Kirsten Powers, a self described liberal, provides a devastating critique of President Obama’s ongoing attack on Fox News. Being liberal, she says, means encouraging debate and dissent. Read Powers’ commentary here.
Drawing on their forthcoming book, former Florida governor Jeb Bush and Goldwater Institute vice president Clint Bolick offer a comprehensive approach to comprehensive immigration reform. For them, it does not start at the border. Read more in the Wall Street Journal commentary here.
Originally published in The Oregonian, January 24, 2013 — Barack Obama and John Kitzhaber present different visions – President Barack Obama’s inaugural address on Monday managed to rouse Democrats and Republicans alike, the former to grab their hymnals, the latter their pitchforks. As a Republican, what concerned me wasn’t so much what the president said [...]
Writing at e21: Economic Policies for the 21st Century (economics21.org), Charles Blahous, James Capretta and David Malpass explain what needs to be done to save Social Security, reform health care and entitlement policy, and achieve an effective monetary policy.
Reprinted from The New York Sun, January 9, 2013 – The death of James Buchanan takes from us the man who, more than any other, gave us the tools to understand what is happening to our country in the years of Obama. The professor at George Mason University was the leading progenitor of what is [...]
Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley has been on a four year crusade to amend the Senate’s filibuster rules. Merkley is on the right track in wanting the Senate to revert to the good old days of “talking filibusters,” when it was necessary to actually speak on the Senate floor to keep a filibuster going. Unfortunately, Merkley [...]
Writing at AEI.org, Christopher J. Conover of Forbes notes that “we’ve seen a growing disconnect between our willingness-to-pay for government and our willingness-to-spend for government.” Conover explains [here] how we got here and where we are headed due to federal funding of sky-rocketing health care costs.
Reprinted from PERC.org, January 13, 2013 – Yes: Basically, the fuel is not good. — by Andrew Morriss – For more than two decades, special interests have persuaded Congress to mandate Americans buy ethanol whether they want to or not. As a result, 40 percent of the U.S. corn crop is now used for ethanol [...]
From U.S. Department of Treasury Department’s “Financial Report of the U.S. Government for Fiscal 2012″ – Image Credit: US Treasury Department This is the balance sheet from hell. And not a great fiscal legacy for Timothy Geithner. From the U.S. Treasury Department’s just-released Financial Report of the U.S. Government for Fiscal Year 2012: Chart 4 [...]