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  • 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 22, 2014 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Showing Proper ID is a Fact of Life

    If you’ve ever tried to board a plane, cash a check or rent a car, you’ve almost surely had to show some form of identification with your picture on it. For most people, that takes the form of a driver’s license, but there are other forms of photo ID. Millions of Americans produce them every day to do dozens of everyday tasks and think nothing of it. Why should it be…

  • Commentary posted October 16, 2014 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Vouching for the Visa Waiver Program

    “We are in a dangerous place in the world, perhaps more dangerous than in the past 10 years.” That’s what former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff had to say when he visited the Heritage Foundation recently. With reports of terrorist groups such as the Islamic State, often referred to as ISIS, all over the news, it’s not hard to see why. As Mr.…

  • Commentary posted October 8, 2014 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. ‘I Wanted to be Free’

    No matter how adventurous your teenage years were, chances are you had nothing on Joshua Wong. Labeled “a threat” an “extremist” and “an infiltrate” by authorities in Beijing, the 17-year-old was arrested, assaulted and released last month for his role in leading the demonstrations underway in Hong Kong. It’s easy to shrug off the images of another protest on the…

  • Commentary posted October 1, 2014 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. The Constitution, the Great Charter of Liberty

    When July 4 rolls around, there’s no mistaking it. There are fireworks, parades and other patriotic tributes to our Declaration of Independence. If you’re like most Americans, Sept. 17 comes and goes without any fanfare. It’s a shame, really. Constitution Day may lack the flair and pageantry of our national birthday, but without this landmark document that carefully…

  • Commentary posted September 24, 2014 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. A Poor Way to Fight Poverty

    It’s been 50 years now since the federal government launched its “War on Poverty.” But the numbers just released by the Census Bureau suggest we’re in a losing battle. The poverty rate now stands at 14.5 percent. That’s a drop from the previous rate of 15 percent. But don’t celebrate too quickly. The new rate is almost exactly the poverty rate we had in 1967, only…

  • Commentary posted September 17, 2014 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Isolating the Islamic State

    It’s good to see President Obama move beyond the “we don’t have a strategy yet” phase in the fight against the Islamic State. On the plus side, he seems to have a good grasp of just how serious a threat the Islamic State poses to the United States and much of the free world. The fact that an attack on the U.S. homeland won’t occur tomorrow is no excuse for inaction…

  • Commentary posted September 10, 2014 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. A society sickened by welfare

    Congress has returned to Washington, but not for long. The looming midterm elections mean that lawmakers are here only for what USA Today calls “a three-week sprint” before they’re back out to campaign. That, in an age of growing dependency on government, means voters can expect to hear more pandering. ‘Tis the season for promises of government largesse. The critical…

  • Commentary posted September 8, 2014 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. The encouraging rise in school choice

    America is built on the philosophy of bootstrapping, or pulling yourself up through your own talents and abilities. No tool is better suited for doing that than a good education. For years, however, a good primary and secondary education has been increasingly difficult to find. But I’m happy to report, at the start of another school year, that an encouraging trend is…

  • Commentary posted September 3, 2014 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Pulling back the curtain on ‘phony scandals’

    President Obama claims to be running “the most transparent administration in history.” Even those who knew he was exaggerating, though, must have been surprised when dozens of his own inspectors general revealed what a laughably hollow claim this is. Earlier this month, 47 of the federal government’s 73 watchdogs filed a formal complaint about the “serious limitations”…

  • Commentary posted August 21, 2014 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Intolerance on the left

    We often hear those on the right branded as “intolerant.” We’re all a bunch of extremists who just want to shut down the other side, right? We’re unlike those on the left, who welcome debate and want to give all viewpoints a respectful hearing. Or so we’re told. We might even start to believe it — until we encounter the oh-so-tolerant voices of our loyal opposition.…

  • Commentary posted August 20, 2014 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. A tale of two tax problems

    Thirty-three years ago this month, President Reagan picked up his executive signing pen and affixed his name to one of the most sweeping pieces of tax legislation in U.S. history: the Economic Recovery Tax Act of 1981. Rarely has any bill been more aptly named. The country had been pummeled for years at that point by the effects of “stagflation” and an economic malaise…

  • Commentary posted August 6, 2014 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. A National GPS Device

    You’ve no doubt seen those polls in which Americans are asked if they think our country is heading in the right direction. Perhaps you’ve even been asked that yourself. Whether the answer is yes or no, we all know it’s not scientific. It’s based on a general impression, and those impressions are shaped by what we read and see on the news, and on what we know is happening…

  • Commentary posted July 30, 2014 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. The Trouble with Banning Trans Fats

    Like many Americans, you probably think it’s up to you to determine how healthy your diet is. Well, the Food and Drug Administration has a different idea. You see, the FDA is gunning for the trans fats in your diet. Last year, the agency tentatively decided to revoke the status of partially hydrogenated oils as “Generally Recognized as Safe.” A recent FDA update notes…

  • Commentary posted July 23, 2014 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Feds Stomping on our Stogies

    I’ll admit it. I enjoy an occasional cigar. So do a lot of other Americans. Some like to indulge in a pricier smoke, while others opt for a less-expensive brand. The ones made by the J.C. Newman Cigar Co. of Tampa, Fla., which retail for less than $10 apiece, fall into the latter category. J.C. Newman, which was founded by a Hungarian immigrant in 1895, uses 1930s…