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  • Commentary posted October 30, 2014 by Hans A. von Spakovsky An Honor Flight Welcome

    This morning offered one of those spontaneous events that renews your faith in the patriotism and good will of the American people. It also illustrated their appreciation for the servicemen and women who have risked their lives for our nation. It was in the C Terminal of Reagan National, one of three airports serving Washington, D.C. I had just passed through security…

  • Commentary posted October 30, 2014 by Hans A. von Spakovsky Here Comes the 2014 Voter Fraud

    In the past few months, a former police chief in Pennsylvania pleaded guilty to voter fraud in a town-council election. That fraud had flipped the outcome of a primary election. Former Connecticut legislator Christina Ayala has been indicted on 19 charges of voter fraud, including voting in districts where she didn’t reside. (She hasn’t entered a plea.) A Mississippi…

  • Commentary posted October 30, 2014 by Stephen Moore Reinflating the Housing Bubble

    The headline in newspapers one recent weekend read like an April Fool’s joke, but it wasn’t April 1. The Obama administration announced it wants to provide a little more juice to the now-lackluster housing market by bending the home lending rules to make it easier for banks to make loans and marginal buyers to take on a mortgage. One of the big changes: The Federal…

  • Commentary posted October 30, 2014 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. The Facts Behind Obamacare’s Numbers

    “Is the Affordable Care Act Working?” reads a recent headline in The New York Times. The editors then consider a series of questions, the first of which is pretty basic: “Has the percentage of uninsured people been reduced?” Their answer: yes. So, problem solved, right? Not quite. The devil, as they say, is in the details. And the details show that it’s not as…

  • Commentary posted October 30, 2014 by Stephen Moore Hillary Clinton's Anti-Business Rhetoric Shows Her Radical Roots

    Hillary Clinton is getting deservedly attacked for her imbecilic statement at a Democratic political gathering in Massachusetts on Friday about business and jobs. "Don't let anybody tell you that, ah, you know, it's corporations and businesses that create jobs," she preached, to loud applause. "You know that old theory, trickle-down economics. That has been tried, that…

  • Commentary posted October 30, 2014 by Kim R. Holmes, Ph.D. Uncomfortable Truths: Explaining Away Iraq’s Real WMD

    Iraq’s chemical weapons are back in the news. The New York Times reported that American troops found roughly 5,000 chemical warheads, shells and aviation bombs since the Iraq War began. Then last week The Washington Post reported the Islamic State had used chlorine gas against Iraqi police officers. What’s going on? We’ve been told “Bush lied” about Iraq having weapons…

  • Commentary posted October 28, 2014 by Joel Griffith, Stephen Moore Janet Yellen: Class Warrior

    We learned last week that new Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is not so much our nation’s central banker as class warrior in chief.  In a widely publicized speech Ms. Yellen parroted all of the left’s talking points on the divide between rich and poor.  “The extent of and continuing increase in inequality in the United States greatly concern me,” she lectured.  “It is…

  • Commentary posted October 28, 2014 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. Getting America's Global Military Footprint Right

    Over the last quarter century, Washington's primary tool for divesting infrastructure the armed forces no longer needs has been the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process. But the Pentagon needs better tools if it is to manage its massive global footprint efficiently. Throughout this summer of serial chaos, American interests have suffered setbacks on every…

  • Commentary posted October 28, 2014 by James Sherk Why Has Wage Growth Stagnated?

    By many measures the labor market is improving smartly. The unemployment rate dropped to 5.9 percent in September—not far from the level many economists consider typical during normal economic conditions. The number of job vacancies has jumped almost one-fifth since the start of the year, while employers have created 2.6 million net new jobs over the last 12 months.…

  • Commentary posted October 28, 2014 by Lee Edwards, Ph.D. Another Time for Choosing

    Fifty years ago to the day, a political star was born in America. His name was Ronald Reagan, and he seized the national imagination with a mesmerizing television address titled “A Time for Choosing.” The address was described by political analysts David Broder and Stephen Hess as “the most successful political debut since William Jennings Bryan electrified the 1896…

  • Commentary posted October 28, 2014 by Norbert J. Michel, Ph.D. Consensus Building That the Fed's Policies Were Too Tight

    It’s certainly true that the Fed dropped its target federal funds rate in 2008.  In fact, the Fed started steadily cutting its target in September 2007.  In that month, it cut the target from 5.25 percent to 4.75. By the end of 2008, the target had been slashed to 1 percent. But those cuts don’t mean the Fed’s policies could not have been too tight. Nominal interest…

  • Commentary posted October 28, 2014 by Ryan T. Anderson Ignore Your Conscience -- or Go to Jail

    It's hard to imagine a more bedrock American right than being free to live according to your religious convictions. The very idea of being forced to violate your beliefs seems unthinkable. Unless you happen to believe that marriage refers exclusively to the union of a man and a woman. Because more and more often, the government is penalizing and coercing those who…

  • Commentary posted October 23, 2014 by Stephen Moore The Real Reason Gas Prices are Falling

    American workers and motorists got some badly-needed relief this week when the price of oil plunged to its lowest level in years. The oil price has fallen by about 20 to 25 percent since its peak back in June of $105 a barrel. This is translating to lower prices at the pump with many states now below $3 a gallon. At present levels, these Already the lower oil and gas…

  • Commentary posted October 23, 2014 by Hans A. von Spakovsky Shades of Jim Crow at the Justice Department

    Attorney General Eric Holder has waged a litigation war against voter-ID laws as well as state efforts to reduce early-voting periods and eliminate same-day voter registration. These practical reforms, he huffs, are intended to suppress the votes of minorities. But the lawsuit filed by the Department of Justice and a number of civil-rights groups against North Carolina…

  • Commentary posted October 23, 2014 by Genevieve Wood It's What You do With Political Victory That Counts

    Does it matter which political party controls Congress come 2015? Turn on any news program covering the mid-term election and you'll get a steady stream of "horse-race" reports: which candidates are up, which are down, how many seats are leaning Democrat or now safely in the hands of the GOP. Pollster after pollster will eagerly tell you how many Senate seats each…