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  • Theodore Roosevelt: Progressive Crusader

    Theodore Roosevelt, America’s 26th President, famously declared that the country ought to “speak softly and carry a big stick.” Good advice, especially in light of recent events. However, “when it came to the decibel level, [TR] did not always follow his own advice,” quips Jean Yarbrough in the latest “Makers … More

    Dropping the Ball on Unions

    The NFL’s replacement referees have missed a number of calls in recent weeks. But they’d be correct if they decided to flag Washington Post writer Brad Plumer for unsportsmanlike conduct. He recently committed the sin of bringing politics to the newspaper’s sports section. Having done that, Plumer deserves an additional … More

    Echoes of 1980

    For those old enough to remember 1980, the current campaign can seem mighty familiar. Back then, for example, the presidency of Jimmy Carter was besieged by an ongoing recession and soaring energy costs. Carter’s reaction was to retreat to Camp David for 10 days of talks with political leaders and … More

    Fighting the Real Threats to the American Dream

    George Bernard Shaw supposedly said that England and America were “two nations divided by a common language.” A similar problem applies to progressives and conservatives today. Both the left and the right talk about rebuilding, saving, restoring, defending, or rescuing an American Dream that is said to be slipping, fading, … More

    Limits on Free Speech? A Dangerous Message

    Diplomats abroad represent the government of the United States. They must, therefore, speak with tact, but also with honesty. After all, most of the people they’re speaking to have no firsthand experience with the U.S. Our diplomats are teaching foreigners about America. In fact, the “primary purpose of United States … More

    The Chevy Volt's Staggering Losses

    As Mark Twain might have put it, the reports that General Motors is alive are somewhat exaggerated. “Nearly two years after the introduction of the path-breaking plug-in hybrid, GM is still losing as much as $49,000 on each Volt it builds, according to estimates provided to Reuters by industry analysts … More

    George Washington Gives Model of Presidential Leadership

    The old joke about baseball in the District of Columbia was that Washington is “first in war, first in peace, and last in the league.” This slyly played off the age-old description of George Washington himself: “First in war, first in peace, first in the hearts of his countrymen.” This … More

    Pickens Admits: Subsidies Are Unnecessary

    It’s difficult to believe that less than a year ago, proponents of expanding the natural gas industry insisted that it needed federal subsidies. But at least one prominent advocate is now singing a different tune. Back in December, billionaire T. Boone Pickens wrote in Politico: The problem is that there … More

    The Building Blocks of “You Didn’t Build That”

    Tuesday is “We Built This” night at the Republican National Convention. “The GOP is turning what some see as a presidential slight aimed at business owners and entrepreneurs into a theme,” reports Fox News. That slight, of course, was contained in some off-the-prompter remarks President Obama made during a speech … More

    Want Cheaper Gasoline? Waive Regulations

    Even as the summer travel season is winding down, drivers have certainly noticed that gas prices are marching back up. Since the law of supply and demand hasn’t yet been repealed (or even suspended by executive order) the answer seems simple enough: increase the amount of gasoline available. A recent … More