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  • Yearly Archives: 2012

    Fiscal Cliff: Where Are Your Spending Cuts, Mr. President?

    Speaker John Boehner and President Obama

    The fiscal cliff debate has centered on talk of raising taxes on high-income Americans. The silence on spending cuts has been deafening. On Monday, as if on cue, came investor Warren Buffett’s rehashed—albeit flat-out wrong—proposal to raise taxes on the wealthy. Even though the Obama Administration has said both sides … More

    Chinese Military Displays Unexpected Aircraft Capabilities

    Newscom

    This past week, Beijing announced that it had successfully launched and landed a J-15 fighter aircraft from its new aircraft carrier, the Liaoning. The announcement, accompanied by videos, makes clear that China has put substantial resources—both financial and human—toward its goal of operating aircraft carriers. There were several notable aspects … More

    It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter!

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    On November 15, the 33rd Fighter Wing of the U.S. Air Force successfully completed training and flying exercises in its operational utility evaluation (OUE) for the F-35A Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). This milestone means the Air Force now has four newly qualified F-35A pilots and 135 tested personnel qualified to … More

    The Future of Marriage and the Wisdom of Tradition

    Marriage

    As Sherif Girgis, Robert P. George, and I argue in The Wall Street Journal, the future of marriage is the future of humanity. Conservatives rightly uphold the institution of marriage between a man and a woman because marriage is the seedbed of society, the necessary precondition for limited self-government. But … More

    Can the President Raise the Debt Ceiling by Himself?

    President Obama delivers prime time address on the debt ceiling on July 25, 2011

    As the federal government once again approaches the debt ceiling, partisans are again pulling out the heavy artillery: Don’t bother negotiating with Republicans on taxes and spending, they tell the President, just declare the debt ceiling in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment and ignore it. As a matter of law, … More

    Obama Tax Hike on Small Business Would Chill Hiring

    Newscom

    “Would raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans have a chilling effect on hiring in this country?” When asked this question by Today’s Matt Lauer, Warren Buffett confidently answered, “No.” How could this be, when the tax hikes desired by President Obama would fall directly on some of America’s most successful … More

    Morning Bell: Disabilities Treaty Just Another U.N. Power Grab

    Obama at the U.N., 9/25/12

    International treaties sound like a good idea, especially when they claim to protect vulnerable people. The problem is, America already does more than any other country to ensure equal rights for its people—and the United Nations just wants the power to interfere in American law. The Senate is now considering … More

    Beware the Zombie Congress

    With a whopping 92 members of Congress retiring or defeated in November’s elections, the new lame duck session will feature a host of members who no longer have to answer to their constituents. That makes the lame duck session, during which Congress will consider a host of controversial measures including … More

    Mother of 3-Year-Old Fined $2,500 for Toddler's "Public Urination"

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    Justice is flowing like a river for an Oklahoma mom. A Piedmont police officer was fired for writing an excessively hefty fine for her three-year-old’s “public urination” on the family’s property. Ashley Warden was fined $2,500 earlier this month after three-year-old Dillan pulled down his pants to urinate on his … More

    How to Make Harry Reid's Power Grab Work for Conservatives

    Lauren Victoria Burke/WDCPIX.COM

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D–NV) is expected to try to change the rules of the Senate to shut out the voices of the minority party in the new Congress. He calls it “filibuster reform,” but it is nothing more than a power grab by Senator Reid and the majority … More