Ernest Istook

Articles by Ernest Istook

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

Obama Doctrine Leading America Toward Another 9/11

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.

How Obama's Death Star Saved America

NRA President: Death Threats Against Org Reflect Obama's Tactics

“Hundreds” of death threats have been made against the president of the National Rifle Association just since the first of this year. And those threats reflect President Obama’s political tactics. That’s what NRA President David Keene told talk show host

NRA President: Death Threats Against Org Reflect Obama's Tactics

US Creditors Unlikely to Accept $1 Trillion Coin Gimmick

The Federal Reserve System would likely accept a $1 trillion platinum coin at face value, according to the former director of the U.S. Mint who helped craft the 1996 law that’s at the heart of the controversy. However, it’s doubtful

US Creditors Unlikely to Accept $1 Trillion Coin Gimmick

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

House GOP Fumbles 2013's Opening Kickoff

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

DeMint: Washington Lost for Now

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

Our Dangerous Dependence on Foreign Chocolate

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

Desperate, Devious and Dangerous: The Left's 14th Amendment Ploy

Seeking to make virtue out of vice, the political Left has launched a desperate, devious and dangerous ploy to prevent the spending cuts that the public demands. They are laying the groundwork for President Obama to bypass negotiations and to

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

Another Good Swing At Defunding Obamacare–But Not A Hit

The U.S. House took another whack this week at defunding Obamacare–although the Senate and White House are poised to protect the funding. They took a good swing, but didn’t get a hit. This week the House by 238-183 passed HR

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