Carrie Lukas

Posted May 17, 2011

Hopeful politicians describe the current economic climate as a “recovery,” but it sure doesn't feel like one for too many Americans.

Posted May 17, 2011

Hopeful politicians describe the current economic climate as a “recovery,” but it sure doesn't feel like one for too many Americans.

Posted May 03, 2011

Mother's Day is supposed to give moms a break from their regular routine of feeding kids, cleaning up spills, helping with homework, chauffeuring to activities, and—for a majority of mothers—working outside the home. It's a day for the rest of the family to appreciate service often taken for granted.

Posted March 22, 2011

Moms not only have to discipline against obvious instance of unfairness—when Jimmy steals Janey's doll—but also referee more subtle injustices.

Posted March 15, 2011

What invention most improved women's lives during the past century?

Posted February 14, 2011

Cynics sneer at Valentine's Day as a Hallmark-designed holiday, designed to compel the purchase of frivolous gifts. Yet even the most cynical often grudgingly agree there's something nice about taking time to appreciate love relationships—even if the occasion is contrived.

Posted February 01, 2011

Back in the days before the State of the Union was used to showcase Congress's bipartisan spirit and parties still sat on opposite sides of the aisle, the American people could get a good read on a party's position on an issue from their reaction to lines in the speech.

Posted December 28, 2010

The Associated Press's poll of editors and news directors declared the British Petroleum oil spill 2010's biggest story. They're way off the mark.

Posted November 02, 2010

Voters won't just be sending a new set of political insiders to Washington. Many of the newly elected will come from outside of the political arena.

Posted July 27, 2010

Posted June 29, 2010

Washington can't prevent every disaster. Yet it shouldn't be in the business of making new disasters out of old ones.

Posted June 14, 2010

Taxes on corporations never just hit some boogeyman called “big business.” Businesses are ultimately people: customers, employees, and investors. We end up paying those business taxes, even when they are officially directed at unpopular entities from Wall Street to oil companies.

Posted June 01, 2010

The debate about how much this new health care law will cost Americans is far from over. Undoubtedly, as more of the law is implemented, we will learn more about its many hidden costs and consequences. But one thing is for sure, this new law will cost more, and like much, much more than the law's proponents promised.

Posted May 18, 2010

. At the end of 2009, our national debt was $7.5 trillion. That means today, each American family's share of the debt is about $115,000. If this President's budget becomes law, in ten years our debt will exceed $20 trillion and each family will owe around $200,000.

Posted May 11, 2010

Parents want their teenagers engaged in positive extracurricular activities. If your kids are playing sports, acting in the school play, writing for a newspaper, or participating in student government, they are less likely to be drinking, smoking, and otherwise getting in trouble. Good parents cultivate their children's interests.

Posted May 03, 2010

Supporters of the health care overhaul benefited from the bill's scope and the medical system's complexity. Who could know if they personally would be better or worse off in the short term from the law's passage?

Posted April 05, 2010

Few adults may know it, but kids across the country are about to celebrate a holiday: Earth Day, which is April 22. Schools will take a break from normal instruction to discuss the importance of preserving the environment.

Posted March 22, 2010

Spring is in the air. Americans are removing coats, walking into the sunshine, admiring budding flowers. Unfortunately, they'll have to return inside, descend into poorly lit basements or cramped home offices, and get to work preparing taxes to meet the looming April 15.

Posted March 18, 2010

State power hardly seems in its heyday. The federal government controls nearly a quarter of the country's GDP. Washington is on the brink of passing health care legislation that would reorder one-sixth of the U.S. economy and give bureaucrats vast new powers to regulate and micromanage American medicine.