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  • Commentary posted March 31, 2015 by Arthur Milikh Decayed Decision-Making

    James Allan has written a short book with a big title, Democracy in Decline. It is well researched and thoughtful. Its central claim is that in the five oldest, most stable, and most resilient democracies in the world—the United Kingdom, the United States, New Zealand, Australia, and Canada—democracy is declining. Some of the greatest writers in the Western canon have…

  • Commentary posted March 31, 2015 by Charlotte Florance Election in Africa: Nigerians brave Boko Haram to cast ballots

    In northern Nigeria and bordering countries, a regional offensive is underway against the ruthless Islamist terrorist group, Boko Haram. The campaign comes in the midst of a postponed election and a tightly contested presidential race. After a six week delay, Nigerians will head to the polls Saturday to vote in presidential and national assembly elections. The security…

  • Commentary posted March 30, 2015 by James Sherk Choice provided by right-to-work will help Wisconsin's union members

    Many wonder how right-to-work laws will affect Wisconsin. To see how, consider another question: Do monopolies help or hurt customers? Until now, unions have had a monopoly in many Wisconsin workplaces. They didn't have to persuade workers to purchase their services; they could force them to. Anyone who didn't pay dues — averaging about $700 a year — lost his or her…

  • Commentary posted March 30, 2015 by Peter Brookes Iran’s meddling makes Yemen regional flashpoint

    While the United States moved out of Yemen last week, this week a Saudi Arabia-led coalition of a reported 10 mostly Arab states moved into Yemen with airstrikes aimed at the continuing chaos there. The immediate — but not the only — target of the coalition air campaign is the Houthi rebels who recently swept out of northern Yemen, captured the capital, Sanaa, and are…

  • Commentary posted March 30, 2015 by Alyene Senger Are we better off now, five years into Obamacare?

    Obamacare just passed its fifth anniversary as a law, but don't be surprised if you didn't hear much about it. After all this time, polls show the public still doesn't like it. Results are more important than perception, of course. So let's ask: If Obamacare is measured on four important metrics - cost, coverage, competition and choice - are we better off now? Cost.…

  • 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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…