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  • Commentary posted March 26, 2015 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. Cleaning Up Obama's Strategic Mess

    Presidents come to office intent on championing a domestic agenda. Our next one will be no different. Sadly, the rest of the world won’t simmer contently on the back-burner. Friends and enemies will want to know where they stand with the new Oval Office. Some will test the mettle of a fledgling administration. That can get ugly. For a new president, it makes more sense…

  • Commentary posted March 25, 2015 by David Azerrad Who’s Happier: Liberals Or Conservatives?

    After equality, science is the greatest authority we look up to. As such, the release of any study, no matter how mindless its methods or trivial its findings, is greeted by the press like an oracular pronouncement. Last week, for example, the magazine Science published a study which found that “Conservatives report, but liberals display, greater happiness.” A quick…

  • Commentary posted March 25, 2015 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. Conservatives and liberals need to rethink their Mideast priorities

    In the wake of Benjamin Netanyahu's victory in Israel, American leaders -- both conservatives and liberals -- should rethink their approach to the Middle East. Conservatives need to recognize more clearly who our enemies are; liberals need to learn to recognize our friends. Over the last six years, conservatives have made two errors regarding the Middle East. First,…

  • Commentary posted March 25, 2015 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Breaking the budget

    Let’s say you were a financial adviser, and a family came to you with the following situation. They make the median family income in the United States — $52,000. But last year they spent $61,000. That’s right, $9,000 more than they’re making, and it all went on the family credit card. That’s bad enough, but then you find out they already have $311,000 in debt. Would you…

  • Commentary posted March 25, 2015 by Norbert J. Michel, Ph.D. Congress Should Not Treat Financial Companies As Public Utilities

    Last week a group of eight U.S. Senators sent a letter to Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Director Mel Watt regarding concerns over what’s known as the Common Securitization Platform. This “platform” is meant to standardize the process of issuing mortgage-backed securities (MBS) in the U.S., and the FHFA has been working on it for more than two years. The FHFA is…

  • Commentary posted March 25, 2015 by Peter Brookes Obama’s ‘success’ in Yemen joins list of overseas disasters

    You have to wonder whether the White House has a good grip on the global terrorism fight considering a number of strategic missteps, judgments and statements it has made during the last few years. There was the total pullout from Iraq, the “al-Qaeda on the run” claim, the mishandling of Syria, the dismissal of Islamic State as a “JV” team — and the latest foreign policy…

  • Commentary posted March 25, 2015 by David B. Muhlhausen, Ph.D. Congress should know whether programs work; right now, it doesn’t

    Last week, the House Budget Committee proposed spending almost $3.8 trillion in Fiscal Year 2016 — one-fifth of the country’s total economic output. Yet much of that huge amount will be spent with little regard to efficiency and accountability. The sad truth is that, for many federal programs, we have no way of knowing whether they are working well, poorly or not at all.…

  • Commentary posted March 25, 2015 by Romina Boccia Why the budget matters

    Voters often wonder if Congress can ever get spending under control. Well, both the House and Senate have introduced their latest budget blueprints, so we'll soon know if they plan to keep kicking the can down the road - or get serious about reform. Why care about the budget? Because it's the only legislative document through which Congress addresses the entirety of the…

  • Commentary posted March 25, 2015 by Hans A. von Spakovsky Will the Obama Administration Be Sanctioned for Misleading Judge Hanen?

    As expected, the Justice Department had a very tough time in federal court yesterday. Appearing before Judge Andrew Hanen down in Brownsville, Texas, DOJ attorneys strove mightily to explain away how the Department misled the court in the immigration lawsuit filed by 26 states against President Obama’s amnesty plan. Both the AP and a private source who was in the…

  • Commentary posted March 23, 2015 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. The Art in War

    The attention lavished on AirSea Battle and the controversy swirling around the pivot to Asia often seem to ignore the U.S.’ long history of major land combat in the Asia-Pacific Theater from World War II to Korea and Vietnam. None of these were optional wars; each responded to a perceived threat to U.S. vital interests. Forgetting America’s land-war heritage in Asia…

  • Commentary posted March 20, 2015 by David Azerrad Reconsidering Locke and the Origins of Modernity

    According to one popular account of the decline of Western Civilization, everything was humming along splendidly until the moderns came along and ruined it all. The Greeks, we are told, had essentially given us the correct account of man and politics. Their medieval heirs then tweaked Aristotle’s teaching and harmonized it with the Scriptures. And so the magnificent…

  • Commentary posted March 19, 2015 by Peter Brookes Putin pushes envelope in Arctic

    If there is one thing you can say about Russian President Vladimir Putin, it’s that while he’s not always straightforward about his whereabouts (for 10 days), he’s straightforward about geopolitics. Indeed, about a year after carving Crimea from Kiev, Moscow is making waves in the ice floes at the top of the world in the Arctic with massive military maneuvers. Putin’s…

  • Commentary posted March 18, 2015 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. When critics are viewed as traitors

    “Traitors.” That’s a strong term, obviously. It should never be used lightly. Yet there it was, flying around like confetti in Times Square on New Year’s Eve. Why? Because 47 Republican senators who are understandably concerned about the prospects of a nuclear-armed Iran sent a letter to that country’s leaders about the deal now being struck with the United States and…

  • Commentary posted March 18, 2015 by Stephen Moore How Pizza Became a Growth Stock

    Here’s a question that has been puzzling Patrick Doyle, the CEO of Domino’s, for months, as he puts it: “How do we list the calorie content of our pizzas on a menu when we have 34 million different variations of pizza?” The new menu labeling law, a creation of the Affordable Care Act, could require his company to do just that. It’s a textbook case of a mindless and…

  • Commentary posted March 18, 2015 by Hans A. von Spakovsky Please Explain 100,000 Deferrals for Illegal Aliens

    There has been a flurry of procedural developments in the lawsuit filed by 26 states in a Texas federal court against President Obama’s amnesty plan for 5 million illegal aliens. On March 19, Justice Department lawyers — and officials of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) — will be in the hot seat at a hearing scheduled by Judge Andrew Hanen. Sitting in the dock,…