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  • Commentary posted February 5, 2016 by Ana Quintana Washington Must Remedy Colombia's Flawed FARC Deal

    For fifty years, the Colombian government has been locked in armed conflict with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known as FARC. But for the last four years Bogotá and its nemesis, an internationally recognized narco-terrorist group, have been engaged in peace talks as well. With the deadline fast approaching, the two parties have agreed to finalize a peace…

  • Commentary posted February 5, 2016 by Peter Brookes Fear Grows as Islamic State Spreads Terror Network Digs in Deep in Afghanistan, Libya

    As if they didn’t have enough to deal with already, the Pentagon has a new problem to panic about: the rise of Islamic State (aka ISIS) affiliates in Afghanistan and Libya. While we’ve known that ISIS has been spreading beyond the Middle East, creating allies and claiming “provinces,” there has been limited U.S. military activity against it outside the Syria-Iraq…

  • Commentary posted February 4, 2016 by Kim R. Holmes, Ph.D. Reviving American Power After Obama

    For the last seven years we have witnessed an unprecedented experiment based on a fundamental question: What would the world look like if the United States pulled back from its traditional leadership role? That was after all, the key thrust of President Barack Obama’s new foreign policy. He promised to embark on a radically new way of dealing with the world—one where we…

  • Commentary posted February 2, 2016 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. America's Declining Economic Freedom

    When you think of the United States as being free, what comes to mind? The ability to speak your mind? To vote? To live and work where you please? Good answers, but there’s another kind of liberty that’s easily overlooked, although it affects nearly everything we do. I’m talking about economic freedom. How free are we to earn without being overtaxed and overregulated?…

  • Commentary posted February 1, 2016 by Anthony B. Kim America’s Economic Freedom Has Rapidly Declined Under Obama

    Millions of people around the world are emerging from poverty thanks to rising economic freedom. But by sharp contrast, America’s economic freedom has been on a declining path over the past decade. America’s declining score in the index is closely related to rapidly rising government spending, subsidies, and bailouts. According to the 2016 Index of Economic Freedom, an…

  • Commentary posted January 29, 2016 by David R. Burton The Case for Flat Consumption Taxes

    The BTT is back in the news. A BTT, or business transfer tax, is a flat-rate consumption tax collected at the business level. Both Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen. Rand Paul have included one in their presidential platforms. Supporters call it a business activity tax or business flat tax. Critics call it a value-added tax (VAT). They view this as undesirable because they…

  • Commentary posted January 29, 2016 by Paul Winfree, Romina Boccia Congress Should Spend More Time Budgeting, Not Less

    Government-by-crisis may be the new normal, but it’s highly frustrating—both on Capitol Hill and off.   Some propose easing brinksmanship budgeting by giving Congress fewer budget deadlines to meet. One popular proposal, called biennial budgeting, would extend the budget cycle from one year to two. Proponents argue that this would free up valuable congressional time…

  • Commentary posted January 28, 2016 by Norbert J. Michel, Ph.D. Obama's Misguided Solution to the Keynesian Crisis in Puerto Rico

    Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has sent a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives to update Congress on the Puerto Rican “debt crisis.” Lew is referring to the fact that Puerto Rico has buried itself under a mountain of debt that it’s struggling to repay. Aided by a special tax status, the island’s total debt doubled in the 1980s and 1990s, and has tripled since…

  • Commentary posted January 28, 2016 by Mike Gonzalez The Right Fight for One National Identity, Not Multiculturalism

    Barely a quarter century after their defeat of the Soviet Union and its international socialism, the U.S. and Europe are faced again with the national question. To wit, in the age of Islamist terrorism that knows no borders and migration patterns that threaten cohesion, can Western countries put the evil genie of multiculturalism back in the bottle and promote an…

  • Commentary posted January 28, 2016 by James Sherk Why West Virginia Is Likely to Become the 26th Right-To-Work State

    West Virginia seems almost certain to soon become American’s 26th right-to-work state. Republicans took control of both houses of the West Virginia legislature in 2014. State legislative leaders have made passing right-to-work this year a top priority. It only takes a simple majority to override a veto in West Virginia, so final passage seems assured. The state senate…

  • Commentary posted January 26, 2016 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. In Search of Solutions

    Whether you’re liberal or conservative, it’s usually easy to say what you oppose. Both sides spend a good deal of time trying to shoot down policies from the other side. But do you know what you favor? It’s not enough to simply say “no” all the time. Yes, that’s an important function in our system of government. Opposing bad policies is part of the job. But only part.…

  • Commentary posted January 26, 2016 by David Inserra Congress Must Press President on Refugees, Terrorism

    The Justice Department recently announced that two individuals in separate cases in Texas and California are being charged with supporting terrorism. Both came to the U.S. through the refugee system (from Iraq and Syria), but it’s important to note their differences: One suspect seems to have been radicalized here in the U.S., while the other was already radicalized when…

  • Commentary posted January 25, 2016 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. The Top Ten US Myths About the European Union

    If the US is to be an effective ally of the democratic nations of Europe, it must see the European Union (EU) as it really is. In the years after the Second World War, the US was right to encourage Western Europe to trade more freely and to cooperate for their own security, both to defend against the Soviet threat and to stabilize the region’s fragile post-war…

  • Commentary posted January 25, 2016 by Justin T. Johnson 5 Bad Arguments for Cutting U.S. Defense Spending

    We’ve all seen the click-bait headlines.     “You won’t believe how much the U.S. spends on its military.”     “The U.S. spends more than the next 13 countries on defense!” But military spending is a big ticket item, and it’s perfectly legitimate to question military spending. Next month, President Obama will propose his FY2017 budget, and the public debate over…

  • Commentary posted January 25, 2016 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. Grading Dictators: A Top Task for the next President

    It’s not easy being the shining city on the hill. The need to deal with dictatorships has bedeviled American foreign policy since the birth of the nation. Our track record in this arena is definitely mixed. Our most recent presidents have made a particularly poor job of it. George W. Bush inveighed against his Axis of Evil, but had some unsavory foreign friends as well.…