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Obama Doctrine Leading America Toward Another 9/11

Obama Doctrine Leading America Toward Another 9/11

According to national security expert Dr. James Carafano, the terrorist attack in Algeria shows that America is on the path to another 9/11, thanks to the Obama Administration’s foreign and military policy. Carafano is Vice President of Foreign and Defense Policy

How Obama's Death Star Saved America

How Obama's Death Star Saved America

Thank you, Mr. President! With one heroic decision, you have saved us eight trillion times more than you ever cost us! By resisting public pressure to build the Death Star you have saved us $850 quadrillion, according to your science adviser.

House GOP Fumbles 2013's Opening Kickoff

House GOP Fumbles 2013's Opening Kickoff

Republicans in the U.S. House missed a golden opportunity when they put the unchanged “fiscal cliff” tax bill up for a vote. If the Senate-passed bill was to be considered (a mighty big “if”), the House first should have scrubbed it

DeMint: Washington Lost for Now

DeMint: Washington Lost for Now

“We’ve lost the battle in Washington” for now, says Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC), echoing the sentiments of conservatives watching the fiscal cliff negotiations in the U.S. capital. As a guest on “Istook Live!,” DeMint agreed with talk show host Ernest

Our Dangerous Dependence on Foreign Chocolate

Our Dangerous Dependence on Foreign Chocolate

America is addicted to chocolate. Foreign chocolate. A majority of us consume chocolate each day. Although the U.S. produces only 6% of the world’s cocoa, we consume more than 20%. The threat is obvious. It’s time for government to step in and promote

Congress Needs to Fix Itself in 2012

Congress owes America better start for 2012, and not to repeat the way it ended 2011. Even if the Senate is hopelessly dysfunctional, the House could do better. The final House session of 2011 was a prime example of how

Secrecy in Budget Talks Gave Obama an Advantage

You can sum up in one word why Republicans find it tough to build public support for major spending cuts before the debt limit might be raised. That word is “secrecy.” By agreeing to closed-door meetings, Republicans enabled President Obama

Don't Let Politicians Rush Through Another Bad Deal

“Can anyone recall when any rushed-through plan ever lived up to its hype?” Our future should not be determined behind closed doors. Yet that’s where the White House and Congress are holding secret talks about our debt ceiling and about

Resisting Temptation Over Libya

“It’s an uncomfortable fact that sending a message of solidarity with our NATO allies is more important than sending a message to President Obama.” It’s tempting to cut off funds immediately for President Obama’s ill-conceived Libya offensive. But it’s not

Obama Can't See the Entitlement Icebergs

President Obama could learn a lesson from this fable about a great ship. Having received ample warning of icebergs ahead, some of the crew of the HMS Titanic proposed changing course to avoid them. But the captain objected. “Making that

America's Budget Debate Is a Time for Grown-ups

House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) has proposed a budget for grown-ups. Washington’s big spenders have responded with the tired clichés we expect from defenders of big government: “Pulling the rug out from under seniors,” says Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI).

The 'Untouchable' $23.6 Billion Funding ObamaCare

Untouchable. That’s the treatment being given to the $23.6 billion being spent right now to implement Obamacare. This $23.6 billion is part of the $105.5 billion appropriated by the last Congress to fund Obamacare. The remainder (Think of it as

Government Unions Play Key Role in Shutdown Fight

The potential government shutdown is not just history repeating itself between a Democrat President and a Republican House. It’s also a repeat of a key role played by government employee unions. What’s different now is that the public has awakened

The Dirty Little Secret About De-Funding Obamacare

Several members of Congress, like Rep. Denny Rehberg (R, MT) and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R.-Wash.) are offering amendments that would prevent any new spending from being used to implement Obamacare. Good for them. Those are important additions to the

Obama's High-Speed Sale

President Obama’s proposed $53-billion more for “high-speed rail” (on top of a previous $10-billion) is a testimony to the power of adjectives. If it were labeled “plain old rail travel” it would lack the pizzazz but would be far more

'Green Jobs' Cronyism and Economic Cannibalism

To rephrase President Obama’s State of the Union theme: “This is our generation’s apparatchik moment.” Yes, he said “Sputnik” instead, but his actual agenda is about the apparatchik–government by party leaders, bureaucrats and the well-connected. His agenda is symbolized by

How to Make the New Congress Work for Us

Changing the majority party in Congress won’t change how Congress works. The American people consider both parties out-of-touch, and they demand a change in the very culture of Congress. Unless citizens demand that newly-elected Congressmen act immediately during November, they

The Tax Debate Is Built on a False Choice

Would you vote to cut taxes only for the middle-class, if that were your only choice? Who says it’s your only choice? It’s time to place the blame on those who try to box people in. The furor over the

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