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  • 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…

  • Commentary posted May 5, 2015 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Fallout from a bad deal with Iran

    Ever since Sept. 11, 2001, whenever Americans seem especially polarized over a controversial issue, you hear pundits recall how united we’d became in the aftermath of that vicious attack. Why, they ask, can’t we be like that again? A big part of the reason, frankly, is a lack of leadership at the top level. The tone set by President Obama and his team as they deal with…

  • Commentary posted April 22, 2015 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Recovering ‘Our Lost Constitution’

    Finding Americans fed up with governmental abuses isn’t hard. They wonder why we have politicians who spend too much, bureaucrats who regulate too much, and officials who limit our freedom at almost every turn. The answer, I believe, is mostly rooted in ignorance. They’ve either forgotten what they once knew about the U.S. Constitution and the clear, necessary limits…

  • Commentary posted April 15, 2015 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Achieving true tax reform

    Getting Americans to agree on anything isn’t easy. So let’s hand it to our tax code. When asked in a recent survey to rate it, only 5 percent of the public said it’s “working just fine.” When 95 out of every 100 Americans say you’ve got a problem, well — you’ve got a problem. Even Congress averaged a 15 percent job approval rating last year, according to Gallup. It…

  • Commentary posted April 8, 2015 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Getting religious freedom right

    “They won’t go to Indiana, but they will go to Saudi Arabia.” That’s Carly Fiorina speaking about Apple CEO Tim Cook and his well-publicized opposition to Indiana’s religious freedom law. Mrs. Fiorina, a former CEO herself, was underscoring what she quite rightly views as hypocrisy. Here Mr. Cook is, excoriating Indiana lawmakers for protecting the freedom of business…

  • Commentary posted April 1, 2015 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Muzzling the marketplace of ideas

    “Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech.” The words of the First Amendment couldn’t be plainer. Yet more than two centuries after the Bill of Rights was written, they remain the subject of fierce debate. Actually, I should amend that (no pun intended). These words would be the subject of debate — if debate were permitted. But these days, apparently,…

  • Commentary posted March 25, 2015 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Breaking the budget

    Let’s say you were a financial adviser, and a family came to you with the following situation. They make the median family income in the United States — $52,000. But last year they spent $61,000. That’s right, $9,000 more than they’re making, and it all went on the family credit card. That’s bad enough, but then you find out they already have $311,000 in debt. Would you…

  • Commentary posted March 18, 2015 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. When critics are viewed as traitors

    “Traitors.” That’s a strong term, obviously. It should never be used lightly. Yet there it was, flying around like confetti in Times Square on New Year’s Eve. Why? Because 47 Republican senators who are understandably concerned about the prospects of a nuclear-armed Iran sent a letter to that country’s leaders about the deal now being struck with the United States and…

  • Commentary posted March 11, 2015 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Time to hit ‘delete’ on net neutrality

    There’s a reason the words “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help” are a punchline. Government involvement rarely helps. In many instances, in fact, it exacerbates the situation. We’ve seen it happen in the financial sector. The Dodd-Frank legislation that was supposed to prevent another crisis is instead mandating regulations that simply make things more…

  • Commentary posted March 4, 2015 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Standing with Israel

    A world leader giving an address to Congress shouldn’t be controversial, especially when that leader is the prime minister of a major U.S. ally — indeed, a bulwark of freedom in a deeply troubled region of the world. So how did Benjamin Netanyahu giving a speech to Congress become such a political football? Sure, the timing is one reason. Mr. Netanyahu is running for…

  • Commentary posted March 3, 2015 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Measuring the strength of our military

    Most of us take it on faith that our military is the best in the world. But if asked to state in detail how ready we are to face certain challenges from around the globe, few of us would know how to answer. How prepared is each branch — Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines — to handle its missions? What is our nuclear capability? What are the threats we face in Asia, the…

  • Commentary posted February 18, 2015 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. A final first-place finish?

    It’s good to be No. 1. But as any former champ will tell you, you have to avoid becoming complacent if you want to stay ahead of the pack. First-place finishes aren’t guaranteed. Just ask Hong Kong. Every year since 1995, the Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal have measured the state of economic freedom in the world. We go country by country, poring over the…

  • Commentary posted February 13, 2015 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Throwing the book at overspending

    Ever heard of the Agriculture Risk Coverage program? How about the Price Loss Coverage program? You’re paying for them. Along with the Conservation Technical Assistance program, the Biological and Environmental Research program, and the USDA Catfish Inspection program. The list goes on, but why have I highlighted these particular entries? Because of the millions we can…