Hillary Clinton would raise taxes if she is elected president. Sharply. As her candidacy gains momentum and she closes in on the Democratic nomination, it would be well to review the record and underscor e the tax increases she would be likely to enact.
“Should properly trained and licensed teachers be allowed to carry guns into their classrooms?” That’s the $64k question.
Former Majority Leader Dick Gephardt, a registered lobbyist for Turkey, failed several months ago to get his successor as top House Democrat, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, to withdraw her support from a long-pending resolution condemning alleged Turkish genocide of Armenians in 1915.
Even though the Democratic Congress promised a return to fiscal responsibility after the 2006 elections and the President demanded that lawmakers reduce their earmarks by half, the practice of slipping pet projects into spending bills continues to thrive in a bipartisan fashion.
Wednesday’s school shooting in Cleveland, Ohio, emphasizes the foolish perils of gun-free zones and wishful thinking. Equipped with metal detectors and an armed security guard, Success Tech Academy still failed to prevent a fourteen-year-old juvenile delinquent from entering the school prepared to kill defenseless people.
Like many Americans, I hung our country’s flag on Sept. 11, 2001. Since then several flags have worn out and been replaced and retired. But it may finally be time to furl the latest flag and put it away for good. That seems to be the patriotic thing to do. At least according to Barack Obama.
Last April, our College Republican (CR) chapter was having a Global Cooling Day, which, among other things, sought to make fun of Al Gore – an innocent activity given the former Vice President’s outstanding sense of humor. It was a fun day despite the fact that a) it was unseasonably cold, and b) some representatives from the WRC had a table set up not far from where our CR table was located.
With illegal immigration out of control and our border a shambles -- the very baseline of the interplay of nations -- it is our neighbors, our local representatives, who are increasingly taking charge of this crucial chunk of national policy.
Change must begin with us. That simple slogan best epitomizes the message and leadership former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is offering the Republican Party. America will never believe that Republicans represent "change" until we ourselves make some dramatic changes.
The continual droning in Congress about the Iraq War and the need for the United States to declare defeat and impeach the judgment of President George W. Bush and our top military commanders, such as General David Petraeus, highlights a deficiency in Congress which rarely is addressed.
If Lewis Carroll were writing today, he might include members of Congress along with the fantastically unusual beings on the other end of the looking glass. Carroll’s narratives seem to peg the essence of big government. His characters certainly embody government run amok. They often worked mindlessly, creating messes that others had to clean up.
Let's face it: There are just too many boring presidential debates with boring presidential candidates this go-round.
"If you vote for my husband you get me. It’s a two-for-one blue-plate special.” So Hillary Clinton said to an American Bar Association audience when husband Bill was running for president in 1992. It’s similar but different now: Buy one Clinton and you get two: both Bill and Hillary — Billary.
"We are all Keynsians now," Richard Nixon famously asserted just as the economic theories of John Maynard Keynes fell into disrepute. Likewise, one could have said with similar confidence in 1989, as Israel's existence reached wide acceptance, "We are all Zionists now." No longer.
Not one but two books about the Court and its members have just arrived. One reminds us that a robe does not necessarily bring wisdom, confer strength, or erase pride or ambition. The other confirms that character is the product of many influences, most of them within the family, and that strength in the face of adversity is a learned behavior.
The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation recently hosted its annual legislative conference in Washington. A keynote session – billed as an “energy braintrust” – promised a lively three-hour discussion by top executives from oil companies, associations, government agencies and universities. It would “transform dialogue into action” and “bolster the relationships between the energy industry and African-American community.” Unfortunately, the session moderator squandered the opportunity and failed to explore ways America’s energy policies could be improved.
On most issues, you can line up Hillary Clinton on one side and the Bush administration, free-market think tanks and conservative economists on the other. It would be a surprise to find the former first lady lifting ideas from her longtime opponents. But in this case, there is not one surprise but two: She's not only doing it, but she's doing it on health insurance, where she once embodied Big Government.
Radio host and columnist Frank Pastore recently spoke with the founder of Focus on the Family Dr. James Dobson. The discussion centered on Dr. Dobson’s recent op-ed in The New York Times detailing why he will only vote for a pro-life, pro-family presidential candidate.
President Woodrow Wilson, TR’s much resented old rival, emphatically agreed with Roosevelt on this essential point. “Any man who carries a hyphen about with him carries a dagger that he is ready to plunge into the vitals of this Republic whenever he gets ready.”
What has made Rush Limbaugh so effective with this message has been his ability to put things, and ask questions, in a manner that the average citizen can understand and relate to, and do so with a bit of humor. Humor creates madness among leftists who want their interventionist agenda taken seriously.
The possible conservative religious resistance to Giuliani on the basis of his opposition to outlawing abortion at the federal level -- and their willingness to accept a Hillary presidency, if necessary, as a result -- points out how little partisan loyalty may have been built up in the past quarter century of the coalition's dominance.
The last time I'd toured the Truman Library, as a young graduate student in history at the University of Missouri, the guide was the library's namesake. Always dapper - after all, he'd been a haberdasher in another failed career - Harry Truman was, well, Trumanesque.
During Prohibition, making and selling liquor was illegal, but drinking it was not. With tobacco, we are moving toward the opposite situation, where it will be legal to make and sell cigarettes but not to smoke them.
Washington is famous for constructing acronyms. Many bills passed by Congress are titled with an acronym, public relations language or both.
No matter what "conventional wisdom" purports to tell us about the dominance of the Christian worldview in our culture, recent headlines illustrate the formidable challenges confronting Christian conservatives from inside and outside the church.
The more we condone -- not to mention encourage -- the routine speaking of Spanish in schools and in the workplace, the slighter and slimmer grow opportunities for that thoroughgoing cultural assimilation all should desire -- Spanish speakers as well as English speakers.
With his book “Nanny State,” Denver Post columnist David Harsanyi has thrown a conservative-libertarian rope around a disturbing political and cultural trend -- the nannification of America by moral busybodies and nitpicking maternalists who use government power to micromanage our personal lives and protect us from ourselves.
On Sept. 21, 2007, the editorial board of the Colorado State University student newspaper decided to publish a four-word editorial. Apparently finding the traditional mode of expressing ideas -- arguing a case in a few hundred words -- too demanding, they instead wrote four words: "Taser this … F--- Bush."
Media Matters has criticized me for my recent comments about Rush Limbaugh’s so-called “phony soldier” statement. On the Fox News Channel, I said that “about 30 seconds” after Rush used the term “phony soldier” he began talking about Jesse MacBeth (the war critic who lied about his military record). According to Media Matters, it is actually one minute and fifty seconds later: I was off by eighty seconds.
Those who seek to understand what's behind the chatter about President George W. Bush's Security and Prosperity Partnership as a possible prelude to a North American Union, similar to the European Union, should read the 35-page White Paper published recently by the Hudson Institute called "Negotiating North America: The Security and Prosperity Partnership."
According to former senior United States’ diplomats, there is a “profound” chance that the upcoming Middle East peace summit organized by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will fail because of a lack of groundwork done by the American government.
At this point, there seems little doubt about the ugliness that has simmered, and then boiled, in a little town in Louisiana called Jena. But I want to address another aspect of this sad incident, and that is the message that is being sent to black youth across this country. From what I see and read, it is the wrong message.
"We look forward," lawyer Daniel Callahan wrote to Nancy Pelosi, "to the New Direction of America, and to your dedication to putting an end to the fleecing of the American taxpayers and death to its citizens in the name of war profiteers such as Blackwater." That plea was answered last week by House hearings.
Maybe the key to not hurting those who have had abortions is stopping to remember that they are someone else’s children, too. And maybe if we would share with them the Good News of Jesus rather than the bad news of genocide, they would be convinced that we are the type of people who should keep and care for their babies.
Last March I sat on the set of the Anderson Cooper Global debating global warming responses with another evangelical – Jim Ball.
In a field of strong candidates with bold ideas, one candidate stands out from the rest: Mitt Romney.
At a recent combined fundraising-campaign stop in Pittsburgh, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson said he believed his debate performance in New Hampshire the night before had been the “breakthrough that he needed to move up into the first tier” of candidates.
Evidence that a Democrat has read Adam Smith's great treatise against meddlesome government is as gratifying as it is startling. But perhaps there the evidence was last week, when Wisconsin Democrat David Obey proposed a $150 billion war surtax on incomes, ranging from 2 percent to 15 percent.
In a just society, acquitting the innocent is no less important than convicting the guilty. The principle that an accused person is to be presumed innocent until proven guilty is, therefore, fundamental to our American sense of justice.