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  • Commentary posted December 13, 2010 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. A Misdeal on Tax Cuts

    As tax-cut deals go, the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010 was never a winner. In fact, it had only one thing in its favor: extending the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts, which are set to expire at the end of this month. Tax relief, of course, is just what our struggling economy needs - now. As President Obama said, it would be "a…

  • Commentary posted December 6, 2010 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Reversing the Trend to Spend

    A reporter once asked Thomas Edison how it felt to fail thousands of times while attempting to create a working incandescent light bulb. Edison replied that he hadn't failed - he'd simply found thousands of ways that didn't work. That's worth keeping in mind as we assess the worth of President Obama's debt-reduction commission. Eleven of its 18 members voted in favor…

  • Commentary posted November 30, 2010 by James Sherk Fliers, Expect Delay

    If you think air travel is bad now, just wait until the airport screeners unionize. It’s about to happen. The White House just decided that the Transportation Security Administration will vote on unionizing next year. TSA Administrator John Pistole is widely expected to grant this union collective bargaining rights. This will not improve holiday travel. Unions…

  • Commentary posted November 29, 2010 by James Sherk How to Make Air Travel Slower and Less Safe

    If you think air travel is bad now, just wait until the airport screeners unionize. It's about to happen. The Obama administration just decided that the Transportation Security Administration will vote on unionizing next year. TSA Administrator John Pistole is widely expected to grant this union collective bargaining rights. This will not improve holiday…

  • Commentary posted October 26, 2010 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Our Consistent Slide From Self-Reliance to Servitude

    We use a variety of yardsticks to judge whether our country is on the right track. Is inflation up? Has unemployment dropped? What's the stock market doing today? Here's another one: Are Americans, who have long prided themselves on their freedom and self-reliance, becoming more dependent on government, or less? It's a yardstick we seldom check. But we…

  • Commentary posted October 21, 2010 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. From Self-Reliance to Servitude

    We use a variety of yardsticks to judge whether our country is on the right track. Is inflation up? Has unemployment dropped? What’s the stock market doing today? Here’s another one: Are Americans, who have long prided themselves on their freedom and self-reliance, becoming more dependent on government, or less? It’s a yardstick we seldom check. But we should.…

  • Commentary posted October 18, 2010 by J.D. Foster, Ph.D. Tax-Hiker in Chief Takes on Social Security

    There he goes again.  President Obama is proposing yet another huge tax hike. Maybe we should cut to the chase and just ask our Tax-hiker in Chief to state his final figure — what he thinks the total level of taxes and the tax distribution should look like.  Then we could have an honest debate about tax burdens. As it is, all we know for sure is that he wants…

  • Commentary posted August 30, 2010 by James Sherk Finding a Way to Fix Federal Pay

    Government jobs have long enjoyed a reputation for being plum positions. But it took Robert Rizzo to really make the case. Rizzo is the man who became famous last month for the unbelievable salary he was pulling down as city manager of Bell, Calif. - $787,000 a year, nearly double President Obama's salary. Who knew that running a city of 38,000 was so difficult?…

  • Commentary posted August 19, 2010 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Go To the Back of the CLASS

    In Washington, politicians often give their bills clever names designed more to obscure than to reveal. Consider the CLASS Act. It sounds like yet another federal attempt to meddle in local schools. Instead, it stands for “Community Living Assistance Services and Support.” CLASS was a little-noticed part of the massive Obamacare bill that the president…

  • Commentary posted August 18, 2010 by Ryan O'Donnell Warren Buffett’s Death Tax Hypocrisy

    In many respects, Dan L. Duncan was the embodiment of the American dream, the self-made man incarnate. He transformed $10,000 and two propane trucks into a natural gas empire and a personal net worth of $9 billion—making him the richest person in Houston, and the 74th wealthiest individual in the world.Even though Duncan died last March, his story provides the “only in…

  • Commentary posted March 17, 2009 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. An Economic Fate We Can Avoid

    It's not always enjoyable to look in a mirror. But we can learn a lot when we do. Perhaps it's time for the United States to give it a try. As the nation's economy struggles, with new reports of job losses, bank failures and shaky consumer confidence, our mirror should be Japan, a country that's also battling a fading economy. In fact, President Barack Obama…

  • Commentary posted March 17, 2009 by Brian Darling House and Senate Republicans Working on 'Bolder, Clear' Budget

    Congress is commencing a debate on the President's $3.6 trillion budget. It represents efforts by the left to radically expand the size and scope of the federal government. President Barack Obama said last week that each generation of Americans has "found the capacity to not only endure, but to prosper -- to discover great opportunity in the midst of great crisis."…

  • Commentary posted March 2, 2009 by Israel Ortega The Looming Fiscal Wipeout

    Before buying a new house and two new cars, most families would check their finances to make sure they could afford those purchases. Things operate in reverse here in Washington. President Obama just signed into law one of the most expensive pieces of legislation in our country's history. Now Congress must approve the FY2009 omnibus spending bill. Within the first…

  • Commentary posted February 24, 2009 by Brian Darling Nightmare on Stimulus Street

    Why the big rush on the "stimulus" plan? President Barack Obama claims it's because his plan would "create jobs for Americans" and place the "economy on a firmer foundation." More likely, it's because it couldn't have survived public scrutiny and a more comprehensive congressional debate. The Congressional Budget Office studied the Senate stimulus plan and…

  • Commentary posted February 23, 2009 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Still Waiting for Open Government

    "Today does not mark the end of our economic troubles," President Barack Obama announced as he signed the so-called stimulus bill. "But it does mark the beginning of the end." It's not clear whether he was intentionally paraphrasing Winston Churchill's famous 1942 speech that included the phrase "the end of the beginning." But the passage of this law certainly…