Off to a Bad START

The world is hardly becoming a safer place these days. Missile threats are proliferating at a disturbing rate in places such as North Korea the danger from the North’s nuclear program is now at an ‘alarming’ level,” The Washington Post recently noted. So now is hardly the right time to be tying our hands on […]

CEObama: The Car Czar

As the saying goes, be careful what you wish for — you just might get it. Just ask American car makers. In December, the CEOs of General Motors and Chrysler flew, hat in hand, to Washington. They needed billions of taxpayer dollars to stay out of bankruptcy court, company executives said. Unfortunately for all of […]

Maybe U.N. doesn’t have to stand for Utterly Negligent

In recent years, the United Nations has often gone out of its way to avoid getting involved in the world’s trouble spots. It ignored genocide in Darfur. Pulled out of Iraq in 2003. Done nothing to stem Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Can an organization this compromised do much to improve things? Well, the world body is […]

A Tour of Guantanamo Prison

GUANTANAMO BAY — At least two detainees at the holding facility here skipped lunch today because they’re on a hunger strike. Which is a pity for them — the food was delicious. By contrast, the steady stream of news about “Gitmo” tends to leave one with a bad taste. On the day I toured the […]

U.S. Shouldn’t Back New Plan for U.N. Human Rights Panel

Franklin D. Roosevelt coined the term “United Nations” in 1942, when an alliance of democracies (with the help of the Soviet Union) was fighting the totalitarian Axis powers. FDR dreamed of a post-war world in which free people would help promote peace and make everyone safer. So how has the actual United Nations measured up […]

How To Prevent Confiscatory Taxation: Cut Spending to Save Needed Tax Cuts

If you say, “I have good news and bad news,” people usually ask for the good news first. So here’s the good news: Our economy is growing, easily outpacing the tepid performance of other industrialized nations. Unemployment, according to the Labor Department payroll survey, holds low and steady near 5 percent. Even Hurricane Katrina, which […]

Senate Hearings on Energy Prices: Putting the Squeeze on Big Oil

Who can resist good theater? Certainly not American lawmakers. All the pieces were in place on Nov. 9, as the Senate held hearings about the soaring price of energy. The CEOs of the five largest oil companies were the guest stars, called in to endure lectures from a host of lawmakers. Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, […]

The Rest of the Story on Paul Harvey: Still Panning For Gold After 87 Years

“May I have your undivided for just a moment,” veteran radio newsman Paul Harvey will say, before announcing what “this day’s news of most lasting significance” is. As Harvey frequently notes, it probably isn’t found on the front page of your newspaper. Well, the biggest story of Nov. 9 may be this: Paul Harvey won […]

Keep the Death Tax Dead

In Washington, nothing’s certain except death, taxes and special-interest lobbying groups. So it makes sense that the death tax has its own lobbyists. That’s right. “Americans for a Fair Estate Tax” knows a Senate vote is coming soon, and they’re hard at work. Their Web site describes the group as “a coalition fighting to preserve […]

Congress Should Repeal the Byrd Amendment.

Have you heard? There’s a war on. No, not the war against terror. Everyone’s heard of that. But we’re also in the midst of a trade war — and chances are it’s affecting your wallet. Last month, Canada slapped a 15 percent tariff on several American exports, including farm products and cigarettes. The European Union […]

The Pros and Cons of Federalization

When the federal government was small, it thought big. Indeed, it focused exclusively on big issues. For example, when the Constitution was written, it listed only three federal crimes. Today there are more than 4,000. Where once our national government concerned itself with preventing only counterfeiting, piracy and treason, it’s now involved in measuring the […]

Protecting Your Property From Stupid “Smart Growth” Socialists

A man’s home is his castle. Or at least it used to be, before years of property rights started being eroded. But the tide finally may be turning back in the right direction. A little history is important here. Until about 90 years ago, there was no zoning in the United States. The Fifth Amendment, […]