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  • Commentary posted November 21, 2014 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. A Backdoor Tax on the Internet

    Ready to pay more for Internet access? Me neither. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what we can expect under the “net neutrality” rules being pushed by President Obama. “Net neutrality” may sound harmless, but there would be nothing neutral about this change. Currently, broadband providers such as Verizon, AT&T and Comcast are treated differently than traditional telephone…

  • Commentary posted November 12, 2014 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Giving Thanks to Our Veterans

    It’s always heartening when Veterans Day rolls around each November to see our nation pay tribute to those who have served so nobly in our armed forces. We often do it in small ways. My wife and I recently noticed, for example, that a local supermarket had set aside a pair of parking spaces marked “reserved for veterans” in a spot close to the door. Many people also say…

  • Commentary posted November 6, 2014 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Making Tax Reform Wallet-Sized

    Everyone’s prognosticating about the election — who will win, who will lose, and what it all means. No matter what the outcome, the winners are going to have to deal with the fact that when it comes to handling our money, Washington is out of control. Take tax reform. It’s been nearly 30 years since policymakers overhauled the code — and it shows. What we have today is a…

  • 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…