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  • Commentary posted August 26, 2015 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. An unhealthy dependence on food stamps

    Good news: The number of Americans using food stamps in 2014 declined slightly from the previous year. So why does the 2015 Index of Culture and Opportunity say this indicator is headed in the “wrong direction”? There are a couple of reasons. For one, the food-stamp program (officially known now as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP) is still much…

  • Commentary posted August 18, 2015 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Why the Iran deal makes war more likely

    Do you think opposition to the Obama administration’s deal with Iran is strictly a partisan issue? Hardly. Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York recently joined half a dozen Democrats in the House of Representatives who have voiced doubts about the agreement. Who can blame them? It flunks the most basic litmus test imaginable. After all, what’s the point of the deal? It is — or…

  • Commentary posted August 5, 2015 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Tracking the trends

    Why do we follow the news? To be informed, of course. We naturally want to be aware of what’s happening at home and around the world. In one sense, we’ve never been better equipped to do that. News is available 24/7/365. We read it, listen to it and watch it. And we do so with ease from the most crowded city street to the most remote mountaintop. But while this constant…

  • Commentary posted July 28, 2015 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Creating a case for conservatism

    Being conservative in a politically correct culture has never been easy. Whether you’re a politician trying to explain a controversial sound-bite, or a voter attempting to defend your stance on a hot-button issue to co-workers, you either grow a thick skin — or learn to keep quiet. Sadly, you get used to having your motives impugned by people who assume that no one could…

  • Commentary posted July 21, 2015 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Tapping the taxpayer till

    There’s always that one moment in a horror film when everyone thinks the villain has been killed, then bam — up he jumps, to the surprise of everyone. That formulaic moment is often part of the fun on-screen. But if the same type of thing were to happen with the Export-Import Bank, it wouldn’t be very entertaining. Wait, you may say, didn’t Congress let the bank expire…

  • Commentary posted July 14, 2015 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Reagan’s tax-cutting legacy

    President Reagan had a gift for proving his critics wrong. Almost none of the leading economists of the late 1970s thought that his supply-side, tax-cutting agenda, along with stable monetary policy and deregulation, could revive the U.S. economy. But the prosperity of the 1980s, with growth rates higher than 6 percent, proved the Gipper correct. An economics major from…

  • Commentary posted July 7, 2015 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. A welcome check on bureaucratic power

    To say that conservatives haven’t had much to cheer about at the Supreme Court lately is an understatement. Much has been said — and rightly so — denouncing the judicial acrobatics required to save Obamacare and strike down state bans on same-sex marriage. So I wanted to take a moment to spotlight a case where the court got it right: Michigan v. EPA. As the saying goes,…

  • Commentary posted June 30, 2015 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. ‘We the People’

    “We the People.” We’ve heard that phrase so often it’s easy to overlook its significance. But as we mark our nation’s birthday, we should take a moment to ask ourselves: What is the role of the people? Our nation is unique because of its universal founding principles. At the heart of these principles is the belief that people are free by nature and possess inherent…

  • Commentary posted June 24, 2015 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. The empty ‘marketplace of ideas’

    Americans take justifiable pride in their right to free speech. People may be muzzled by their government in places such as Cuba and North Korea, but not here. You can say what’s on your mind without fear of prosecution. But can you do so without fear of persecution? More and more, it seems, the answer is no. Say the “wrong” thing, and the Outrage Police swarm you. Do we…

  • Commentary posted June 17, 2015 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Saluting a ‘Great Charter’ of liberty

    It won’t be long before Americans all across the country are celebrating our great national birthday. And we won’t do so quietly. “It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty,” John Adams, our second president, wrote of July 4. “It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells,…

  • Commentary posted June 9, 2015 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Showing the Ex-Im Bank the exit

    Congress does two things well: nothing and overreact. Well, I have some good news: Doing nothing when it comes to the Ex-Im Bank is exactly what we need right now. That’s because the charter for the Export-Import Bank, which provides taxpayer-backed loans to foreign countries and companies to pay for U.S. products, is set to expire June 30. To get rid of this poster…

  • Commentary posted June 3, 2015 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Minimum wage, maximum hypocrisy

    Utterly shameless. There really is no other way to describe what some unions are trying to pull when it comes to the minimum wage. The issue, of course, has been in the news quite a bit lately, especially in Los Angeles, with supposedly incensed workers waving their “Fight for 15” placards. It’s all perfectly packaged for the media, an alleged David versus Goliath…

  • Commentary posted May 27, 2015 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. The last full measure of devotion

    “If you can read this, thank a teacher,” begins a saying you can find on T-shirts and bumper stickers. “If you can read it in English, thank a veteran.” It seems particularly fitting to recall that sentiment on Memorial Day. Especially this year, as we mark the 150th anniversary of the end of the American Civil War, and the 70th anniversary of the end of World War…

  • Commentary posted May 13, 2015 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Ruled by rules

    Say you got a recall notice for your car. You’d naturally be alarmed, especially after reading that the problem involved Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 208 — “Occupant Crash Protection.” Is something wrong with the brakes? The air bags? The seat belts? Nope. You know the airbag warning label on the sun visor? It might peel. That’s why you have to bring your…

  • Commentary posted May 6, 2015 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. A sour decision over ‘Sweet Cakes’

    When author Nat Hentoff wrote a book about censorship in the 1990s, he called it “Free Speech for Me — But Not for Thee.” The point, of course, was to underscore how easy it is for people on both sides of the political aisle to lapse into doing the very thing they criticize. They want the benefit of certain freedoms even as they deny them to others. Take the case of…