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Illustration on continuing political and existential threats to Israel by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Much ado about the wrong Israeli controversy

The brouhaha over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s March 3 speech to Congress is diverting attention from more important U.S.-Israel controversies that will escalate soon after this comparatively minor contretemps fizzles out.

Illustration on patent protection by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Patent ‘reform’ is killing the right to invent

With the best intentions, and naively going along with the corporate world’s hugely financed publicity machine, Congress is about to stomp on America’s most creative citizens, its inventors.

Illustration on the progressive tax structure by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Do the rich pay their fair share?

Suppose there were a banquet for 100 people and at the end of the night it was time to split the bill of $50 per person. If that bill were paid for the way we pay our income taxes, here is how it would work. Those in the top half of income would pay roughly $97 each and those in the bottom half of the income would pay an average of $3 each. Almost 40 people would pay nothing. And the single richest person in the room would cough up $1,750.

Illustration on the non-efficacy of "evidence-based" review of government programs by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Obama’s bogus cure for boondoggles

In the 1930s, peasants who were starving due to the Soviet regime’s brutal farm collectivization policy lamented, “If only Stalin knew.” Nowadays, American social scientists look at floundering federal programs and lament: “If only Congress knew.” The solution, they say, is the “evidence-based” reform movement, which will magically beget a new era of good governance.

The Folly of Food Labels Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Package police on the prowl

Britain and Australia both have images of Queen Elizabeth on their money, use the metric system, and add the letter “u” to words like “color.” Soon they could have another thing in common: Neither will have branding on their cigarette packages.

Illustration on Obama's veto of the Keystone pipeline by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Killing Keystone

In the days leading up to President Obama’s veto of the Keystone XL pipeline, 14 oil tanker railroad cars derailed in West Virginia and exploded in a fiery environmental disaster.

Illustration on safety improvements to oil rail transport by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Tanking up on safety

Railroads share the public’s deep concern for the safe movement of crude oil by rail and, as recent incidents have shown us, freight railroads and others who share responsibility for the shipment of oil must continue to make improvements to ensure public confidence.

Peace in the Middle East Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Like-to-like ethnic migration in the Middle East

Population shifts resulting from Syria’s four-year-long civil war have profoundly changed Syria and its three Arabic-speaking neighbors: Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan. (Turkey and Israel have changed too, but less so.) Ironically, amid tragedy and horror, as populations adapt to the brutal imperatives of modern nationalism, all four countries are becoming a bit more stable. That’s because the fighting has pushed peoples to move from ethnic minority status to ethnic majority status, encouraging like to live with like.

Oscar’s gem from across the ocean

Hollywood can’t help itself. The glitteries inevitably use the Academy Awards to push their personal politics, sometimes cheap and occasionally not, rewarding razzle-dazzle over real life. This year the two most important Oscars, for best picture and best director, went to “Birdman,” about razzle-dazzle, and not “Boyhood,” about real life.

FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2014 file photo, President Barack Obama meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. President Barack Obama does not intend to be silent or out of sight when Netanyahu addresses Congress in a visit that was arranged by Speaker John Boehner behind the administration’s back. The breach of protocol has grown to what seems like a grudge match between two men who dislike each other.  Vice President Biden will be out of town during Netanyahu’s speech, leaving an empty chair behind the Israeli leader’s podium and Secretary of State John Kerry may conveniently find a foreign trip to be on that day as well. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Time to be honest about Israel

Rather than a blow to a bipartisanship that simply doesn’t exist, Mr. Netanyahu’s acceptance of Mr. Boehner’s invitation offers the possibility of clarity and a way forward.

FILE - This Nov. 11, 2014, file photo shows the U.S. Capitol Building illuminated by the setting sun on the National Mall in Washington. When the leaders of the U.S. Olympic Committee meet Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, they'll be deciding on more than a city to put in the running to host the 2024 Summer Games. They'll be picking a partner that will help shape their near- and long-term future.  Leaders from Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington made their presentations last month and will not be present while the 15 USOC board members debate the pros and cons of each offering at their meeting at Denver International Airport. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Control spending to control deficits

Congressional Republicans should remember: Control spending and you control deficits. This is important, as new Republican Senate and House majorities sharpen their pencils to write their first budget. Republicans are going to want that budget to balance. However, if instead of focusing on deficits, they focus on spending, the deficits will take care of themselves.

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Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

Rogues at the FCC

The 332 pages of new regulations for the Internet, revealed last week by the Federal Communications Commission, demonstrate vividly how a federal bureaucracy, if left alone without proper supervision, puts obstacles in the way of the economic sector. It's instinctive. The instinct to impose bureaucratic harm is exacerbated when an agency feels the pressure of an overzealous White House.

Thinking of the postwar world while still in combat

That great Victorian sage Thomas Carlyle, a master coiner of apt phrases, famously dubbed economics the dismal science, and there has been no shortage of people agreeing with him ever since. Fortunately for readers of this book about the conference held to determine postwar financial structure and the institutions necessary to regulate it, there is nothing dismal or dull or dreary about its author's account of what went on in those three summer weeks in 1944 in the foothills of New Hampshire's White Mountains. With no false modesty, he calls it "a gripping tale," and he is right on target.

Correction: MPEG LA

The January 8 letter written by MPEG LA CEO Lawrence Horn contained a Washington Times headline written in error. MPEG LA does not take a position in the debate whether the FCC should require over-the-air broadcast TV to be freely accessible through every TV set sold in the United States.

The University of Michigan. (Wikipedia)

Nice speech on campus

The unwary, which includes most of us, should step lively if stumbling onto the campus of the University of Michigan. You might offend by saying "good morning" to someone who is having an awful morning. Your obliviousness to the pain of others would be unforgivable, if not yet illegal.

The big lie about jobs

For the past six years of the Obama economy, I've been telling readers that the administration has been juggling its job data to make the unemployment rates look much lower than they really are.

Telling message at prayer breakfast

Other than the fact that a prayer breakfast is the wrong time to spout severe negativity about religion, there were several glaring mistakes made by President Obama in his assessment of Christianity, the Crusades, slavery and the Jim Crow Laws ("Obama and the National Prayer Breakfast," Web, Feb. 4).

Failing Welfare Programs Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The failing legacy of the ‘Great Society’

It is Black History Month, and as people reflect on the struggles and accomplishments of African-Americans over many decades, many agree that "more can be done" to ensure economic opportunity for all Americans.

Illustration on Obama's secret strategy to promote Iranian hegemony by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Worse than no strategy

It seems like only yesterday that President Obama was being criticized for having no strategy to counter the jihadi threat. In fact, it was about 10 days ago. Peggy Noonan's Feb. 1 Wall Street Journal column was headlined: "America's Strategy Deficit."

Illustration on Boston's misleading model for security against muslim terror by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Countering violent deception

President Obama's project to "combat violent extremism," to be showcased in a Washington "summit" on Feb. 18, cites Boston as one of three model cities that can lead the way. That will be a problem: The central Muslim institution that Boston law enforcement agencies are partnering with against extremism is itself extremist.

In this photo taken Feb. 9, 2015, President Barack Obama listens in the East Room of the White House in Washington. The president is setting a goal of raising $2 billion from the private sector for investments in clean energy. The White House says it's launching a Clean Energy Investment Initiative as part of the Obama administration's effort to address climate change.The Energy Department will solicit investments from philanthropists and investors concerned about climate change. The aim is to spur development of technologies and energy sources that are low in carbon dioxide pollution, such as solar panels, wind power, fuel cells and advanced batteries. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Barack Obama’s happy planet

From George Washington on, presidents have blamed "them lyin' newspapers" for their problems, and often for the problems they create. And not just presidents; governors, mayors and even aldermen play the national political sport. The villains now include television and the Internet.

Smart phone image from Informate

Hello? Americans now spend five hours a day - on their phones

- The Washington Times

We are close to our phones. Maybe too close. Americans are now spending an average of 4.7 hours a day on their smart phones – blabbing, texting, socializing, doing business. And the U.S. leads the list of nations in phone use, this according to new findings from Informate Mobile Intelligence, a Seattle-based research group that tracks and measures consumer use. Phoners in Brazil, Argentina and Mexico spend the least amount of time on their device - about two hours a day.

Obama reveals true self

When a U.S. president enters the "lame duck" phase of his presidency, one good thing comes of it: the public gets to see who he really is. President Obama proved this at last week's National Prayer Breakfast when he equated slavery, segregation laws, the Inquisition and the atrocities of the Crusades to the actions of the Islamic State ("Obama and the National Prayer Breakfast," Web, Feb. 6).

Where ancient religions have disappeared

With the continuing destabilization of the Middle East and the rise of the Islamic State group, non-Muslim populations have undergone severe persecution. So much so, that emigration has caused ancient religions, some germane to biblical studies and some older than Christianity and Islam to disappear from the landscape.

Honor police, firefighters

Currently our law-enforcement and fire-service departments do not have a single national day during which Americans show them we sincerely appreciate their dedicated service. I am proposing a day of appreciation for them, but not a new national holiday to honor both services. During our everyday lives it is these people's duty to protect our person and property from serious hazardous incidents. Over the years they have performed exceedingly well, even going above and beyond in many horrific incidents. The time to honor them is long overdue.