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  • Commentary posted August 21, 2015 by Jim DeMint Get the Government Out of Public Broadcasting

    The rest of PBS should follow the lead of Sesame Street Big Bird, like the dodo, doesn’t fly. But he may now fair better than the ungainly fowl last seen in Mauritius in the 1600s. That’s because Big Bird has migrated to HBO, leaving behind the unchallenging environment of public broadcasting. The dodo became extinct because it was flightless. It was flightless because,…

  • Commentary posted August 19, 2015 by Jim DeMint, Bruce Klingner Easing the Strains Between Japan and South Korea

    As world attention has recently been focused elsewhere, longstanding tensions between two critical U.S. allies, Japan and South Korea, have quietly been easing. This is the result of initiatives by the leaders of both countries, as well as the concerted efforts of diplomats. That’s good news for Washington, since together the three nations can better address common…

  • Commentary posted June 24, 2015 by Jim DeMint Let the subsidies die

    In the five years since Obamacare became law, millions of Americans have seen their insurance premiums rise and their deductibles skyrocket. Millions more have been pushed out of their plans and onto Medicaid — a notoriously ineffective health program. And all the while, Washington has tried to paper over these problems with subsidies. Soon the Supreme Court will rule on…

  • Commentary posted June 17, 2015 by Jim DeMint Free Trade in Name Only

    When I was first elected to Congress in 1998, South Carolina's Fourth Congressional District was a reliably protectionist vote. In the words of former Senator Fritz Hollings, the entire delegation viewed free trade as “the commercial equivalent of unilateral disarmament." As a free-market conservative, free trade is in my DNA. It is a trait shared by many of my former…

  • Commentary posted June 12, 2015 by Jim DeMint Saving Internet Freedom

    In barely 20 years, the Internet and other communications breakthroughs have changed the world immeasurably. The information age has transformed economies, expanded growth, and improved the quality of life for billions. It has also greatly enhanced freedom for individuals — political freedom in the public square, economic freedom in the marketplace, and social freedom in…

  • Commentary posted May 15, 2015 by Jim DeMint Ex-Im Bank Is Crony Capitalism Run Amok

    There are two types of businesses: successful ones that don't need financial assistance from the government, and unsuccessful ones that don't deserve it. Those lucky enough to have foreign deals backed by the Export-Import Bank fall almost entirely in the first group. They don't need the help, but they'll take all the favors they can get. Only 2% of American exports get…

  • Commentary posted April 30, 2015 by Jim DeMint, Bruce Klingner The High-Wire Washington Visit of Japan's Prime Minister

    History will be made today. For the first time, a leader of Japan will address a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress. Such recognition of a critical U.S. ally in Asia is long overdue. Japan's phoenix-like rise from the devastation of war is a testament to the country's policymakers and citizens. Japan has blossomed into a vibrant democracy and the world's third-largest…

  • Commentary posted March 18, 2015 by Jim DeMint Why state Medicaid expansion hurts everyone

    We’ve heard a lot about how Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion will be costly to states in the long run. Yet this hasn’t stopped some governors, who know that taking more money from the federal government makes their budgets look good (in the short term), while making themselves appear compassionate. But we haven’t heard enough about how expanding Medicaid will cause…

  • Commentary posted March 16, 2015 by Jim DeMint Marginal leadership leads to 'marginal' military

    The Constitution focuses primarily on limiting the power of the federal government. The founders knew that most things can be done more effectively and efficiently at the state level, or simply by the people themselves. But one of the few powers they gave Washington is the responsibility to provide for the security of the United States. It takes the federal government to…

  • Commentary posted February 10, 2015 by Jim DeMint Crony capitalism and Marxist generals

    As Congress holds hearings on President Obama’s change in Cuba policy, we are seeing the question of who in Havana will benefit from U.S. trade come up repeatedly. This focus is right on point. Unless Congress acts to stop it, the normalization of ties with Cuba would soon see crony capitalists here striking deals with Marxist generals there — all financed by the U.S.…

  • Commentary posted February 3, 2015 by Jim DeMint, James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. World to Washington: "Is Anybody Listening?"

    Nearly nine out of 10 Americans skipped President Barack Obama's State of the Union address. According to Nielsen, only 31.7 million tuned in on Jan. 20 -the second lowest viewership attracted by the event in 15 years.   Yet it's safe to assume that many, if not most, world leaders were quite curious to hear what the leader of the free world had to say, and our nation's…

  • Commentary posted January 20, 2015 by Jim DeMint Opportunity for all, favoritism to none

    Growing up, most Americans are taught to treat everyone fairly and recognize the importance of equality under the law. Despite political disagreements and the headache of elections and campaigns, we learn that a free society plays no favorites. Most of us still believe in that. Unfortunately, many in Washington, D.C., don't. You can see it in the way the federal…

  • Commentary posted December 29, 2014 by Jim DeMint Too many universities deal with unpopular speech by banning it

    Omar Mahmood, a junior at the University of Michigan, writes for both the mainstream campus newspaper, The Michigan Daily, and university’s alternative conservative publication, the Michigan Review. At least he used to, until he became academia’s latest victim of political correctness. Mr. Mahmood recently penned a brief satire of the “check your privilege” fad, claiming…

  • Commentary posted December 9, 2014 by Jim DeMint Behold: The Great Congressional Landgrab of 2014

    Page 1,163 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) states: “The land conveyed under this subsection shall be used only as a motocross, bicycle, off-highway vehicle, or stock car racing area, or for any other public purpose consistent with uses allowed under the Act of June 14, 1926 (commonly known as the ‘Recreation and Public Purposes Act’)…” You may ask…

  • Commentary posted November 21, 2014 by Jim DeMint The Injustice of Amnesty

    President Obama looks set to embark on a power play that will usurp the legislative power of Congress. The lives of untold thousands rest on that decision as well;  if he opts to decree amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants already in this country, it will encourage millions more to risk a treacherous, unlawful journey across our borders for the same…