Carrie Lukas

Posted October 08, 2013

American exceptionalism—recently misrepresented and dismissed by Russian President Putin—stems from our founding on a set of principles.

Posted October 30, 2012

With Halloween this week, one might assume that orange and black are the hands-down winners for favorite marketing décor. Yet pumpkins and witches hats have a formidable challenger in the pink ribbons signifying breast cancer awareness month, which currently adorn everything from grocery shelves to athletes’ uniforms.

Posted July 24, 2012

A friend who was a successful Hollywood child actor once explained why so many entertainers are liberal: Becoming a Hollywood star depends a lot on chance. There are many talented, attractive, hard-working, would-be actors. Just a handful “make it.” The sense that success or failure has little to do with merit lends itself to support for redistributionist policies.

Posted June 26, 2012

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels announced that he will become the president of Purdue University when he leaves office in January. While fans of the cost-cutting governor had hoped he would set his eyes on a different president, the announcement should be welcome news to students and taxpayers alike. One of the nation’s most successful, reform-minded executive can now play a role in reinventing higher education.

Posted June 19, 2012

I need a new car. I recently had my fourth child, and while everyone fits in our current vehicle, one person must ride in the far back, which seems awfully vulnerable in case of an accident. The problem for my family—and millions of families like mine—is that new cars are expensive, and the government is making them more so. In fact, a recent report revealed that more stringent government regulations for cars’ fuel efficiency (what’s known as the “CAFE standard”) will raise the average cost of new automobiles by nearly $3,000. That will price millions of would-be buyers out of the new car market.

Posted May 30, 2012

When the Senate comes back in session next week, expect an extra dose of preening about the noble cause of protecting women from the discrimination that plagues workplaces across America.

Posted May 08, 2012

Young Americans face tough times: Record-breaking youth unemployment—including for those with college degrees—and high levels of debt from student loans have left millions unable to live independently. They are living in Mom and Dad’s basement, putting off marriage and family, and are down-scaling their aspirations when they should be dreaming big.

Posted February 07, 2012

Government involvement, in just about any area of life, causes conflict. It's all but inescapable.

Posted January 24, 2012

Score a victory for the environmental lobby—but not for the environment—and a big loss for the American economy. By now Americans everywhere have heard that the Obama administration rejected the Keystone pipeline project, which analysts project would, at a minimum, create thousands of jobs.

Posted January 10, 2012

"N.J. Gas Station Workers Cheated Out of Pay to Get $1M in Back Wages.” That was a headline in the New Jersey Star-Ledger. It's a classic tale of big, bad business trying to stick it to the little guy. And this time, the little guy prevailed with help of crack law enforcement

Posted December 13, 2011

Yet rather than complain about the commercialization of Christmas or any lost religiosity, it's worth celebrating that this core aspect of the Christmas message—the importance of loving the people around us, in spite of their flaws, and committing to sacrifice for them—still seeps through.

Posted November 22, 2011

Is anyone really surprised that the Super Committee is failing to reach a deal to cut $1.2 trillion over ten years from the federal budget? Surely, the answer is no. This seems almost the inevitable conclusion of the predictable drama that began last summer, when last minute, debt ceiling negotiations punted the bigger budget questions to a Congressional “Super Committee” to convene in the fall.

Posted November 08, 2011

Cutting $1.5 trillion from the federal budget, supposedly the goal of the Super Committee, sounds daunting. When you put those numbers into the context of the total federal budget and our exploding national debt, however, you realize it shouldn't be so hard. The Committee's real challenge—and it's a doozy—is a political system that discourages common sense.

Posted October 25, 2011

Senator Judd Gregg's thirty years in public office—as a member of the House of Representatives, then governor of New Hampshire, and then, from 1992 through early this year, as senator—had many highlights. Yet now we can safely count his amendment to the CLASS Act as one of his finest hours.

Posted September 13, 2011

Talk about jobs dominates our national conversation. How can we get our economy to generate employment opportunities again?

Posted September 06, 2011

President Obama's had a rough summer, from his weak performance in the debt ceiling debate to the daily deluge of bad economic news. Polls show his approval numbers falling. Today, his overall approval number (in the latest Gallup Poll) is a meager 40 percent. That's a ten-point drop since Memorial Day.

Posted August 02, 2011

Yet there's more disturbing news than just the debt ceiling debate. Our already anemic economic growth is slowing again, sending warning signs that we may be slipping back toward an actual recession.

Posted July 05, 2011

For the eleventh time in the last ten years, Washington is debating raising the federal debt ceiling.

Posted May 31, 2011

It's clear that the idea of civility is applied selectively. The double standard was made clear again last week when Ed Schultz called conservative radio host Laura Ingraham a "slut".

Posted May 31, 2011

It's clear that the idea of civility is applied selectively. The double standard was made clear again last week when Ed Schultz called conservative radio host Laura Ingraham a "slut".