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  • Commentary posted April 7, 2014 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Remembering Margaret Thatcher a year after her death

    It’s no secret that your average politician avoids plain speaking at all costs. He mouths platitudes that sound good, but which enable him to dodge accountability and turn whichever way the wind happens to be blowing. So it’s always a bit startling when you hear one who lays it on the line. Using the following three examples, see if you can you identify one famous…

  • Commentary posted March 31, 2014 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Honoring Hobby Lobby, Conestoga Wood Specialties for living their faith

    In business, as in life, it’s often easier to “go along to get along.” If the government imposes silly or invasive regulations, well, you can’t fight City Hall. It may seem prudent to simply comply, whatever the cost, and pass the expense along to your customers via higher prices. Not everyone is willing to surrender without a fight. From the Declaration of…

  • Commentary posted March 24, 2014 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Why we do not need another pre-school program

    When some people hear that President Obama has proposed a new federally funded pre-school program, they might think, “Great idea. It’s about time.” They’d say this, surely, because they’re unaware that Washington is already running pre-school programs. Not just one or two, in fact, but 45 early learning and child-care initiatives. No fewer than 12 of them are…

  • Commentary posted March 17, 2014 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Qualified ambassador applicants need not apply

    ”I’m no real expert on China.” Sobering words to hear from the man nominated by President Obama to be U.S. ambassador to China. That’s what Sen. Max Baucus said during his confirmation hearing in January when asked some detailed questions about U.S.-China policy. At least Mr. Baucus had actually been to China. Not all of President Obama’s nominees for ambassadorships…

  • Commentary posted March 10, 2014 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Civic involvement, not big government, empowers Americans

    Have you ever heard of Skip Pescosolido? I hadn’t either until very recently, but I’m glad I did. Without , we’d all be paying higher grocery bills. To understand why, you have to go back to 1937, when the federal government organized orange producers into cartels known as “marketing orders.” Farmers were assigned a weekly quota that basically dictated how many oranges…

  • Commentary posted March 3, 2014 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Stopping the cybersecurity threat

    When we think of those who wish to do us harm, we usually picture an assailant armed with a gun, a missile or a bomb — someone who can hurt us physically. That’s understandable, but we shouldn’t neglect the need to protect ourselves from another type of weapon, one that is gaining greater popularity among our enemies: the computer keyboard. Adversaries such as Russia,…

  • Commentary posted February 24, 2014 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Why we need welfare reform

    “As governors, as state leaders, we’re more optimistic than our friends in Washington. We’re not just against something. We’re laying out a plan, laying out a vision. You don’t just sit back and nick the other side — you’ve got to lay out a plan.” That was Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker talking to MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough on the latter’s “Morning Joe” program last summer.…

  • Commentary posted February 17, 2014 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Fighting for what’s right on defense

    It’s easy for conservatives, who are forced to spend much of their time these days opposing bad ideas, to neglect the great responsibility of advancing good ideas. That was the impetus behind the Feb. 10 Conservative Policy Summit convened at the Heritage Foundation by its political arm, Heritage Action for America. “It’s not sufficient for conservatives to run against…

  • Commentary posted February 10, 2014 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Upward Mobility Still Alive and Well

    One of the most important principles underlying the American dream is upward mobility — the ability to move up the income ladder. The freedom to build a better life for yourself and your family fuels the dreams not only of immigrants who came here to live, but of those born here as well. To hear some politicians tell the tale, though, its day has come and gone. According…

  • Commentary posted February 3, 2014 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Why the people don’t trust government

    No one tests the historic optimism of the American people quite like your average politician. Poll after poll finds a deep distrust of government, with more than two-thirds saying they can’t believe what they hear from Washington. You don’t have to look far for examples of why they feel this way. Americans have learned to be wary of taking what politicians say at face…

  • Commentary posted January 27, 2014 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. A Smarter Strategy Needed in Afghanistan Than Just Exiting

    “For him, it’s all about getting out.” That sentence from “Duty,” the new book by Robert M. Gates, should worry all Americans. Because if the former secretary of defense is correct about how President Obama feels about the war in Afghanistan, then we can expect that part of the world to become much more dangerous in the years ahead. Withdrawing all U.S. troops from…

  • Commentary posted January 13, 2014 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Why is America losing its economic freedom?

    For generations, people worldwide who yearn for freedom have looked to the United States. Here, every citizen can speak his mind, pursue his passion and exercise other God-given liberties that are unjustly denied many others around the globe. That doesn’t mean we’re above reproach in all areas of freedom, though. Take economic freedom, which continues to deteriorate a…

  • Commentary posted January 7, 2014 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Taming the regulatory tax monster

    Every American knows about the income tax, but how many are aware of the regulatory tax? That’s the cost of all regulations (good, bad and indifferent) imposed on Americans by the 60 or so government agencies that contribute to the 175,000-page (and growing) Code of Federal Regulations. The fact that we don’t hear nearly as much about the regulatory tax doesn’t mean it…

  • Commentary posted December 31, 2013 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. The alarming growth of government

    No matter how we label ourselves — conservative, liberal, moderate or none of the above — we all must grapple with the ever-expanding size and scope of government. America has reached a tipping point. The federal government has grown exponentially, not just in spending, but in its reach. Government intrudes into virtually every aspect of our daily lives, from the type of…

  • Commentary posted December 24, 2013 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Awaiting a season for civility

    Do you think it’s too late for a Christmas gift idea? Not for the one I have in mind. It’s something you can give right now to anyone you like. It’s something that’s sorely needed in policy circles and political debates; namely, civility. Alas, what we’re seeing in the marketplace of ideas today is a disturbing growth of incivility. This breakdown isn’t a failing of…