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FEULNER: Fueling higher gas prices

Paying less for gasoline these days? If only. Most Americans are paying more. Why? After all, when President Obama ordered the release of 30 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) on June 24, White House spokesman Jay Carney pointed out that demand usually rises in the summer. The hope, clearly, was that releasing the extra oil would cause prices to drop or at least level off. Published August 8, 2011

Illustration: Red tape by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

FEULNER: Time for a red-tape rescue

"The economy isn't growing as fast as it needs to." That's Commerce Secretary Gary Locke addressing the latest report on the country's economic output. His comment is a model of understatement: Gross domestic product (GDP) grew less than 1 percent in the first half of this year. As Reuters news agency put it, the U.S. economy came "perilously close to flat-lining in the first quarter." Published August 1, 2011

Illustration: Poverty by John Camejo for The Washington Times

FEULNER: What really is poverty?

More than 35 million Americans live in poverty, according to the Census Bureau. Imagine what kind of life they must have. Published July 25, 2011

** FILE ** Mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (Associated Press)

FEULNER: Evict Fannie and Freddie

Want to improve the housing market? Evict Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. It sounds harsh, but without such a serious, drastic step, the market won't get better anytime soon. The value of household real estate is down an eye-popping $6.6 trillion (that's 12 zeros, folks) since it peaked in 2007. The "government sponsored enterprises" (GSEs) known as Fannie and Freddie played a big part in inflating the housing bubble. Published July 18, 2011

** FILE ** In this Oct. 21, 2010, file photo, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson, listens during a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

FEULNER: Doing more by doing less

Each month, the federal government releases its unemployment report. As measurements of economic health go, you can't get more basic than how many jobs we're adding. The simple fact is we aren't. Published July 11, 2011

Illustration: Spenders' gin

FEULNER: Raiding an empty vault

Twenty-five years ago, Geraldo Rivera hosted a greatly hyped TV special called "The Mystery of Al Capone's Vaults." It still stands as one of the highest-rated programs in television history. Published July 5, 2011

Illustration: Korea free trade

FEULNER: Put free trade to work

Some Americans act as if Congress and the president have a jobs switch somewhere they can flip to help the economy. If only they did. No modern economy is that simple. The factors that affect employment can be complex. Published June 22, 2011

Vaclav Klaus, president of the Czech Republic, signs the Lisbon Treaty on Tuesday, expanding the powers of the European Union. The longtime holdout was the last of the 27 nations in the union to ratify the treaty.

FEULNER: Leading the way for liberty

In the late 1980s, the fight against global communism entered a crucial phase. President Reagan publicly pressed Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall. Pope John Paul II and Lech Walesa gave Polish workers the courage to rise up against their communist masters. The Velvet Revolution sprang up in Czechoslovakia. Published June 13, 2011

Illustration: No bankruptcy

FEULNER: Preventing bankruptcy is a moral act

Can the federal government's spending spree last forever? Of course not. Even when economic growth is strong (hardly the case now, of course) it's foolish to keep spending more than we take in. Congress is going to have to make some serious cuts. Otherwise, we'll face a day of serious financial reckoning - and sooner than we think. Published June 7, 2011

Illustration: Aid by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

FEULNER: Hurting our heroic helpers

When the news hit that tornadoes had ripped through Alabama, helpers sprang into action. They handed out water and medical supplies. They provided food, clothing and shelter to the many victims and cleaned up the mess that Mother Nature left behind. Published May 31, 2011

Illustration: Defense by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

FEULNER: Obama's defense defunding

Can America's defense budget be cut? Yes. Unfortunately, President Obama is going about it exactly backward. Published May 24, 2011

Illustration by Nancy Ohanian

FEULNER: Saving the American dream

It's an era of competing budget plans on Capitol Hill. And with good reason: We've come to a time for decision. Published May 16, 2011

Illustration: NLRB crush by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

FEULNER: Good for union bosses, bad for the economy

One picture, they say, is worth a thousand words. Sometimes you need only one number. Consider the latest monthly jobs report, which shows an uptick in unemployment from 8.8 percent to 9.0 percent. Yet it's another number I'd like to highlight. Published May 10, 2011

Illustration: Seeing-eye horse by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

FEULNER: Tales of the red tape

Hotels, restaurants, airlines and other businesses open to the public need to make some adjustments soon. The federal government says they must accommodate the animals that help the blind and others with disabilities. Published May 3, 2011

Illustration: Labor money by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

FEULNER: The Marxist in the mirror

"Raise our taxes!" Can you imagine chanting such a slogan at a public rally? Neither could most Americans. Published April 25, 2011

Illustration by Donna Grethen

FEULNER: More cutting, less taxing

Another Tax Day, another check to Uncle Sam. For at least one day out of the year, Americans are reminded - often painfully - how much government costs. Published April 18, 2011

Former President Bill Clinton had signed the bipartisan welfare-reform bill of 1996. The bill transformed a major part of the welfare system from one of perpetual handouts to a temporary "helping hand" designed to lift recipients from poverty to self-sufficiency.

FEULNER: A better way to reform welfare

When President Clinton signed landmark welfare-reform legislation in 1996, he said it would "end welfare as we know it." Wrong verb. More accurately, it changed welfare as we know it. Published April 5, 2011

Illustration: School choice by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

FEULNER: A second chance for students

Imagine you could buy a car at only one dealership, shop for clothes at only one outlet, buy food at only one grocery store. What kind of service would you expect? Published March 28, 2011