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Democrats Need a 12-Step Recovery Program on Taxes

by Lawrence Kudlow Here’s a question: Why is repealing the Bush tax cuts such a constant obsession for the Democratic Party? Especially the top rates for the most successful earners and small-business entrepreneurs? It seems this is the Democratic answer for every single issue, every problem, every debate. This, of course, saddens me enormously. And [...]

Exactly Why Are the Kids Coming Home?

by Froma Harrop The age of “residential adolescence” is upon us, apparently. Nearly 45 percent of adults ages 20 to 24 now live at home with their parents. That’s 1.7 million more than in 2005. Nicholas Retsinas, a real estate expert at Harvard Business School, blames the trend in part on tough times. Jobs are [...]

Why the Civil Service Is No Way to Run a Business

by Michael Barone What’s the fair way to run a large organization? That’s a question that is squarely, and interestingly, raised by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s dissenting opinion in Wal-Mart v. Dukes, a Supreme Court case decided last week.         The lawyers for the plaintiffs, women who work or worked for Wal-Mart, were seeking to [...]

Four Trillion for War — and Rising

by Joe Conason Anyone paying attention to the costs of U.S. military action in Iraq and Afghanistan must have known that the president badly underestimated those numbers on June 22, when he told the nation that we have spent “a trillion dollars” waging war over the past decade. For well over two years, we have [...]

Yes to Violence, No to Sex

by Robert Scheer This American life of ours has long been pro-violence and anti-sex, unless the two can be merged so that violence is the dominant theme. The U.S. Supreme Court reaffirmed that historical record on Monday in declaring California’s ban on the sale of violent video games to minors unconstitutional while continuing to deny [...]

The Unanswered Question Is, Why?

by Jim Hightower America’s long, long war in Afghanistan has drained more than 1,500 precious lives and a trillion dollars from our country. But, finally, this enormous outlay paid off this year with the capture and killing of that al-Qaida demon, Osama bin Laden, who attacked America and was the reason our military went into [...]

Big Daddy

by Jacob Sullum When it comes to monitoring their children’s media diets, some parents worry about sex, while others worry about violence. I worry more about inane sitcoms featuring smart-alecky kids and dumb adults, which is why I have blocked the Disney channel. Different parents have different standards, and the same parents are likely to [...]

When It Comes to Oil, Where’s the Beef?

by Tony Blankley It is said that there are no atheists in foxholes. In that context, the recent rise in oil prices seems to have turned the Obama administration into true believers (at least rhetorically) when it comes to the best method to keep gas prices down and the American economy growing. With oil at [...]

Constitutional Amendment Key to Debt Deal

by Dick Morris After the government has racked up a budget deficit of $1.5 trillion and over $14 trillion in debt, it’s obvious to most Americans that some fundamental reworking of the system that permitted such extravagance is desperately needed and quite overdue. To raise the debt limit in exchange for dollar-for-dollar cuts is one [...]