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Ed Feulner

Articles by Ed Feulner

Illustration: Apple exceptionalism by John Camejo for The Washington Times

FEULNER: Steve Jobs and American exceptionalism

Steve Jobs was more than the creative force behind a successful company. He was a living refutation of all that liberals constantly tell us about our country - that we're falling behind others and live in a "post-American world," as one of Barack Obama's favorite books says in its title. Published October 11, 2011

Illustration: Tea Party steam by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

FEULNER: The power of civil society

Conservatives and liberals clash frequently on a wide array of issues, from taxes to trade, from deficits to defense. But their greatest conflict may lie in their contrasting attitudes toward civil society. Published October 3, 2011

Illustration: Green jobs by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

FEULNER: Renewable red ink

Think we could use 5 million new jobs right about now? That's what President Obama promised he'd create by "investing" taxpayer money in "green" jobs. And not just any jobs, he said on the campaign trail in 2008, but ones that "pay well and can never be outsourced." Published September 26, 2011

Illustration: Taiwan balance by John Camejo for The Washington Times

FEULNER: Look what we've 'made in Taiwan'

As I write this column, my plane is taking off from Taiwan's Taoyuan International Airport to bring me back home. It was a special visit to Taiwan - one that helped put many earlier visits into a larger perspective. Published September 19, 2011

Illustration: Compass by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

FEULNER: The challenge of Constitution Day

Declaring your independence is risky, but it's relatively simple. Figuring out how to function as an actual nation is more complex. That's why some of the brightest American minds came to Philadelphia in 1787 to write the Constitution of the United States. Thomas Jefferson called their meeting "an assembly of demigods," and who can disagree? The ensuing debate produced the remarkable document that still guides our nation 224 years later. Published September 12, 2011

On Sept. 11, 2001, the twin towers of the World Trade Center burn and later collapse after hijacked planes deliberately crashed into them in New York City. A multimillion-dollar reward was offered for now-dead terrorist Osama bin Laden after the attacks.

FEULNER: 9/11, 10 years later

So are we safer now, a decade after the terrorist strikes that killed more than 3,000 Americans on Sept. 11? Published September 6, 2011

Illustration: Obamacare bailout by John Camejo for The Washington Times

FEULNER: Prescription for Obamacare's faults: Repeal

That's nice of you, my fellow Americans - freely handing over some of your hard-earned dollars to poor companies that need a break. Except that the companies aren't poor. They're large, profitable ones such as American Electric Power Co., Procter & Gamble Co. and Kroger Co., along with unions and local governments. And there's nothing free about what you're giving them. It comes in the form of taxpayer money that subsidizes the health care benefits they pay to their early retirees. Published August 29, 2011

Illustration: School choice by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

FEULNER: The Year of School Choice

We're used to hearing bad news from the education front: poor test scores, falling literacy, slipping standards. But the new academic year brings a welcome change: School-choice programs have expanded significantly in recent months. Indeed, the Wall Street Journal has already dubbed 2011 the Year of School Choice. Published August 22, 2011

Illustration: Kremlin corruption by John Camejo for The Washington Times

FEULNER: A malfunctioning 'reset'

It has been two years now since President Obama heralded a new era in U.S.-Russian relations - a "reset," as he put it. His plan was to "cooperate more effectively in areas of common interest." He and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev were "committed to leaving behind the suspicion and the rivalry of the past." Published August 15, 2011

Illustration by Mark Weber

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

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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