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  • Commentary posted April 14, 2014 by Kim R. Holmes, Ph.D. Liberalism's illiberal intolerance

    Forget the Hunger Games. Welcome to the Intolerance Wars. Every day, it seems, someone tries to silence someone else in the name of some higher cause. The forced resignation of Brendan Eich as CEO of the popular Web browser Mozilla Firefox is only the tip of the iceberg. This goes beyond the familiar tit for tat of the culture wars. We are witnessing nothing less than a…

  • Commentary posted April 11, 2014 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. Our Army's uncivil war

    After battling Osama bin Laden, Saddam Hussein, al-Qaida, the Taliban, forest fires, hurricanes and floods, America's Army is now fighting itself. This battle of brothers, however, is over how to downsize in the face of cuts imposed by the Obama administration. Skirmishes have spilled into the halls of Congress and governors' offices nationwide. Winners and losers might…

  • Commentary posted April 10, 2014 by Mike Gonzalez Sending Ideas to Cuba

    Cubans have lived on an information desert island for more than 50 years. Ten million people, once a vibrant part of the world — in tune with it and contributing to it, receiving information and even immigrants — were cut off soon after Fidel Castro took over in 1959. That the world has done nothing to help them after five decades of oppression is an outrage. What is not…

  • Commentary posted April 10, 2014 by William T. Wilson, Ph.D. China Faces Just What It Needs: A Hard Landing

    Former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping's famous expression "cross a river by feeling the stones" meant implementing economic reforms slowly and pragmatically. During the early stages of reform, this approach worked fairly well. Today, however, it is seriously dated. Indeed, it has put China's economy in a precarious state. The world's second-largest economy is headed for…

  • Commentary posted April 10, 2014 by Stephen Moore The Real Pay Gap

    The Equal Pay Act, sponsored by Senator Barbara Mikulski (D., Md.), is a laughably bad idea — almost a parody of liberal interventionism in the market. Under the law, there is federal funding for girls’ negotiation training and grant awards for reducing gender discrimination. It bestows on disgruntled employees yet more grounds on which to sue their employers for alleged…

  • Commentary posted April 10, 2014 by Laura Trueman What We Really Worry About for Our Daughters

    Washington is talking about and voting on pay equity for women this week. As a professional woman, I care very much about how women are faring in American society. But, like most mothers of daughters, my real concerns center on what kind of world – professional and otherwise – awaits my daughters, now ages 22 and 20. The president and Congress seem to think that the…

  • Commentary posted April 10, 2014 by Hans A. von Spakovsky Partisan Political Chanting at the IRS

    The latest news from the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) about illegal political activities at the IRS will certainly not help the administration’s (and Representative Elijah Cummings’) current narrative that there is not a “smidgen of corruption” at the IRS. OSC is an independent agency that investigates violations of the civil service rules that govern federal…

  • Commentary posted April 9, 2014 by Laura Trueman Equal pay debate: Women are doing fine – it’s men we should worry about

    The Senate will likely consider and vote on The Paycheck Fairness Act this week or next. One has to wonder why. Strong laws already prohibit discrimination against women. They require “paycheck fairness” as well as unbiased policies on promotion, hiring, firing and more. Despite President Obama’s State-of-the-Union claim, working conditions for women are far removed…

  • Commentary posted April 8, 2014 by Lisa Curtis Afghan election: After encouraging turnout, Obama must stick with support for war-torn country

    Afghans went to the polls Saturday, but results won’t be in for at least another two weeks. If none of the candidates wins a majority of votes (the most likely scenario), a run-off election will have to be held probably in late May or early June. The Taliban did their best to deter voting and undermine the electoral process in Afghanistan. In the weeks running up to…

  • 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 April 7, 2014 by Rich Tucker Don't forget to tingle at the benefits of capitalism

    In his classic baseball book “Ball Four,” Jim Bouton writes that as a child he longed to be able to run, just once, across the beautiful outfield grass. Yet as an adult and a major league ballplayer, he takes being on the field for granted. “Sometimes I forget to tingle,” he writes. In our capitalist system, we're all forgetting to tingle. Consider one of the good…

  • Commentary posted April 7, 2014 by Walter Lohman Rusty "Cauldron"

    Robert Kaplan, author of Asia’s Cauldron: The South China Sea and the End of a Stable Pacific, would be a most interesting dinner companion. Obviously well travelled and extremely well read, he has a remarkable capacity for linking disparate thoughts and impressions in insightful ways. No surprise there. One is not named one of the world’s Top 100 Global Thinkers for…

  • Commentary posted April 7, 2014 by Hans A. von Spakovsky Mozilla’s Statement on the Brendan Eich Controversy, Explained

    Here is the statement that Mozilla’s executive chairwoman, Mitchell Baker, posted last week about the “resignation” (firing?) of CEO Brendan Eich over his personal $1,000 donation in 2008 in support of California’s Proposition 8. I’ve added my own text in italics to better explain what Baker was really saying: ‘Brendan Eich Steps Down as Mozilla CEO’ Mozilla prides…

  • Commentary posted April 7, 2014 by Katrina Trinko Bullies drove Eich from public square

    Should the 7 million Californians who voted for Proposition 8 in 2008 all be fired? I'm not joking – or even fear-mongering. Thursday, the chief executive of Mozilla, Brendan Eich, resigned his job due to intense pressure from activists who want to redefine marriage. What outraged the activists was something Eich did six years ago: He made $1,000 donation in support…

  • Commentary posted April 7, 2014 by Curtis S. Dubay Cutting short the ‘extenders’ would boost the economy

    Last week, the Senate Finance Committee blew its chance to enact small but meaningful tax reforms. On Thursday, lawmakers mechanically passed the so-called “tax extenders” bill — renewing some 50 tax-reducing policies that officially expired at the end of 2013. Passing an “extenders” bill has become routine in Congress, a by-product of lawmakers’ fear of commitment…