Rich Tucker

Posted May 26, 2013

Since 2002, the federal government has required CEOs and CFOs to sign forms taking responsibility for the company’s financial reports. No matter how large of an empire they oversee, they could well be charged with a crime if an accountant fails to carry the two somewhere along the line.

Posted May 12, 2013

Imagine your car is low on gas. On one side of the street is a station selling fuel for $3.85. Directly across the road is one selling for $3.35. Where are you going to buy gas?

Posted May 05, 2013

Almost everything seems to be getting more specialized these days. Television programs were once “broadcast,” sent out over the air and intended for a vast audience.

Posted April 22, 2013

Every religion needs a creed. A set of beliefs that its followers can adhere to. A flag they can rally around in good times and bad.

Posted April 14, 2013

In the early 1990s, toy maker Mattel got into hot water for manufacturing a talking Barbie doll that warned children: “Math class is tough.” Yet 20 years later, if we could pull their string, most politicians would probably say just that.

Posted March 31, 2013

In the U.S. we like to think we’re all about enabling people. We ban discrimination based on creed or color. We insist that facilities be accessible to the disabled. We brag about an America where anyone can climb the ladder of success.

Posted March 23, 2013

Politicians and basketball coaches know that you never answer the question a reporter asks you; you answer the question you want to answer.

Posted March 10, 2013

Forgettable leaders deserve their anonymity. True leaders, on the other hand, can stand the test of time. Consider Hillary Clinton.

Posted March 03, 2013

It would be difficult to expand the food stamp program (officially the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP) much further.

Posted February 23, 2013

Scenes from a crisis: “Results of today indicate immediate danger of general national bank panic,” a U.S. senator warned the president. “Government funds should not be drawn upon but should be increased.”

Posted February 16, 2013

Government has replaced science with, well, fiction. Consider the push for renewable fuels.

Posted February 01, 2013

Some people say they do their best thinking while in the bathroom. But The Economist recently took that notion one step further, photo shopping Rodin’s The Thinker on top of a toilet and asking, “Will we ever invent anything this useful again?”

Posted January 23, 2013

In Washington, the best way to get good press is to announce you’re leaving. Case in point: Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV (call him Jay), D-W.Va., is stepping down when his term ends. And The Washington Post makes haste to bring him laud.

Posted January 15, 2013

Over the years, The Simpsons have proposed many great ideas. Aqua-cars. Info-tainment. The Duff Bowl. But the TV show that was ahead of its time really jumped the gun with one particular idea.

Posted January 06, 2013

It’s easy to pity Kremlinologists. These are people who spent years, even decades, studying the Soviet Union. Their job was to explain why that country did the things it did, even though those actions so often seemed counterproductive. Suddenly, though, the USSR dissolved and the Kremlinologists were out of work.

Posted December 16, 2012

Calvin Coolidge once announced that “the business of America is business.” That’s not as true today, when American businesses are often portrayed as the bad guys, causing problems that require big government solutions.

Posted November 21, 2012

Americans have been giving thanks since long before we were known as Americans. Early colonists celebrated their harvest as early as 1621, with a three-day-long festival involving both natives and newcomers. President George Washington named Nov. 26, 1789 as a day of thanksgiving devoted to: “the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be.” And President Abraham Lincoln created the modern Thanksgiving Day tradition when he announced, in 1863, that the third Thursday of November would henceforth be celebrated as an official national holiday.

Posted November 03, 2012

Hurricane Sandy was an invader, one that splashed ashore with as much destructive power as any foreign (or perhaps interstellar) invader could hope to bring to bear against our coasts. Thus, in the opinion of economist Paul Krugman, the storm should help boost the American economy.

Posted October 21, 2012

Recent laws, including Obamacare and Dodd-Frank, are not laws in the traditional sense.

Posted October 12, 2012

Modern medical science keeps people alive longer. Liberals hope they can do the same thing in political science: keep their dying ideas alive for just another election or two.