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Ernest Istook

Ernest Istook is a former Republican congressman from Oklahoma. Listen to Ernest's broadcasts online at Washington Times Radio. Subscribe to his daily podcasts on iTunes:

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is the brainchild of Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts Democrat. It was created by two other Democrats who have since left Congress, Sen. Christopher J. Dodd of Connecticut and Rep. Barney Frank of Massachusetts, as part of a financial reform package bearing their names. (Associated Press)

An agency formed to ‘protect’ consumers grows like a weed

Truth is stranger than fiction in Washington D.C. Every satire about government has a real-life counterpart. Much like the runaway bureaucracy in a great recent novel, President Obama's Consumer Financial Protection Board is growing like a weed, while CFPB officials are busy snooping on our household finances. Published December 10, 2014

President Obama told us how he would bypass Congress on immigration and amnesty: "I've got a pen and I've got a phone." But as writer Ernest points out in his column, "A pen leaves written trails. His phone calls to subordinates do not." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Phantom executive order on amnesty: It's a trap!

Misuse of the executive order label has damaged efforts to hold President Obama accountable. Critics fell into a White House trap, part of its strategy to villainize those who disagree. Published December 5, 2014

A group of Hispanic people watch a television broadcast of President Barack Obama's speech on immigration at a Mexican restaurant Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in Los Angeles. President Barack Obama unveiled expansive executive actions on immigration Thursday night to spare nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally from deportation and refocus enforcement efforts on "felons, not families." (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

A guide to Obama’s amnesty gimmicks

What do the president's amnesty plan and Obamacare have in common? Both were orchestrated with massive government-funded propaganda. Published November 21, 2014

Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson (Facebook photo)

Will Ferguson race riots help Obama?

A race riot could erupt in Ferguson, Missouri, any day. To thwart it, President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder should be utilizing tools like the federal Anti-Riot Act. Instead, they're stoking the flames. Published November 18, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Friday, Nov. 7, 2014,  to hear a new challenge to President Obama's health care law. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Supreme Court can stop Obamacare deceit

Deception abounds in Obamacare. A video of MIT Professor Jonathan Gruber, the "architect" of the Affordable Care Act, is all over the Internet, showing his admission that the entire measure was based on deceit, "written in a tortured way" to be deceptive so it could pass thanks to "the stupidity of the American voter." Published November 12, 2014

A customer pumps gas in Pittsfield, Mass., where gas prices have fallen below $3 per gallon, Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. A gallon of regular gas at the station was going for $2.89. (AP Photo/Barbara Woike)

Oil, not politics, stimulates the economy

Why aren't we thanking oil and gas companies for stimulating family budgets and the national economy? Every penny saved on a gallon of gasoline puts a billion dollars in the pockets of Americans. Published November 5, 2014

Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

Lame-duck Congress may lay golden eggs for crony capitalists

The lame-duck Congress that will meet after the Nov. 4 election could lay a few golden eggs that will hatch into a new flock of crony capitalist ducklings. The gold would actually come from taxpayers. The politically well-connected are especially eager about an $18 billion giveaway to wind farms, a tax credit that benefits mostly millionaires and billionaires. Published October 22, 2014

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Obama's triple punch hits America in the gut after midterms

No matter who wins or loses on Election Day, President Obama is ready with a big new push of his radical agenda the very next day. It includes a triple punch on immigration amnesty, higher health insurance costs and putting thousands of convicts back on the streets early. Published October 20, 2014

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Media and schools try to reeducate us to embrace cross-dressing

Aided by national media and the education establishment, President Barack Obama is using federal agencies to push special treatment for transgender persons — people who want to ignore their biological sex and live life as the opposite sex. Published October 16, 2014

Transgenders on the march: Reality disappears and only feelings count

Reality doesn't matter in government anymore. It's feelings that count, as promoted by heavy doses of propaganda. The biggest example is the transgender/gender identity movement. It proclaims that you can choose your own gender and switch it whenever you wish. Others must bend their behavior to your behavior. Published October 15, 2014

In this July 28, 2014 photo, two donkeys run through a pasture at the home of Tammy and Rick Huffstutlar in front of wind turbines in Calumet, Okla. A decade ago, states offered wind-energy developers an open-armed embrace, envisioning a bright future for an industry that would offer cheap electricity, new jobs and steady income for large landowners. Today, many of the same political leaders who initially welcomed the wind industry want to regulate it more tightly.   (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Tax dollars blowing in the wind-energy production credit

Crony capitalism plans are so lucrative for a select few that they are hard to kill. Those who get rich make generous campaign contributions, hire lobbyists and run massive public relations propaganda campaigns, using the billions of our tax dollars that they receive. Published October 1, 2014

This March 25, 2013 photo provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections shows Alton Nolen, of Moore, Okla. Prison records indicate that Nolen, the suspect in the beheading of a co-worker at an Oklahoma food processing plant Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, had spent time in prison and was on probation for assaulting a police officer. (AP Photo/Oklahoma Department of Corrections)

Will Obama, Holder cause more beheadings in America?

President Obama plans massive clemency edicts that may free radical Islamists from prison more quickly and put them on America's streets. Thousands of early releases are planned as soon as the Justice Department finishes processing the paperwork.How many will be like Alton Nolen? Published September 29, 2014