THE WASHINGTON TIMES | Stories - Washington Times
Skip to content




EDITORIAL: Goolsbee heads for the hills

It can't be easy serving as chief economic adviser to President Obama. The harder Austan Goolsbee has worked to implement the administration's borrow-and-spend philosophy, the worse the economy has become. No wonder Mr. Goolsbee wants to get out of town. If only he were more honest about it. Published June 7, 2011

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, holding a booklet depicting Paul Revere, speaks Thursday with reporters as she tours Boston's North End. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: The media ride of Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin's impromptu, slightly rambling statement about Paul Revere last week set off volleys of verbal musket fire from her many left-wing critics in the media. Touring Boston on Thursday, she gave a folksy account of Revere's ride, saying he was one of the men who "warned the British that they weren't gonna be takin' away our arms, by ringin' those bells and by makin' sure that as he's ridin' his horse through town to send those warnin' shots and bells that we were gonna be secure and we were gonna be free." Published June 7, 2011

Illustration: Egypt's army by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: The long, hot Arab summer

Thousands of protesters took to Egypt's streets on Monday to commemorate the anniversary of the murder of blogger Khaled Saeed, who was beaten to death by police. His assailants are due to be sentenced later this month, but the subtext of the demonstrations was that the hoped-for changes in post-revolutionary Egypt are too slow in coming. As the Arab Spring slides into a long, hot summer, the gap between expectations and reality may become intolerable. Published June 6, 2011

Jerry Brown is sworn in as the 39th governor of California as his wife, Anne Gust Brown, holds a family Bible during ceremonies in Sacramento, Calif., on Monday, Jan. 3, 2011. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

EDITORIAL: One law for us, another for you

The California state Senate voted 28-8 Wednesday to exempt itself from the pointless gun-control laws that apply to the rest of the populace. Legislators apparently think they alone are worthy to pack heat on the streets for personal protection, and the masses ought to wait until the police arrive. Published June 6, 2011

** FILE ** This file photo shows House Speaker John Boehner, Ohio Republican, (left) and Rep. Jim Jordan, Ohio Republican. "Families and businesses have had to cut back, and they're demanding that Washington do the same," said Jordan, chairman of the Republican Study Committee, the House conservative caucus. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Debt-limit clock ticking

Moody's Investors Service added urgency to the congressional debate over the debt limit by threatening to downgrade the nation's credit rating unless a deal is struck in the coming weeks making a "substantive change in the debt trajectory." That was Thursday. On Monday, more than 100 of the most conservative Republicans in the House insisted such an agreement would have to be big. Published June 6, 2011

** FILE ** Col. Moammar Gadhafi (left) and President Obama are pictured during the G-8/G-5 summit in L'Aquila, Italy, in July 2009. (AP Photo/Michael Gottschalk/Pool, File)

EDITORIAL: Obama's nonwar in Libya

The White House has finally forged a bipartisan consensus in Congress. Unfortunately for President Obama, lawmakers are uniting in opposition to his approach to the ongoing U.S. involvement in the Libyan civil war. Some see the operation as an ill-advised and useless military venture; others argue that Mr. Obama is breaking the law. Published June 3, 2011

** FILE ** President Obama pauses in the East Room of the White House in Washington on Monday, May 2, 2011, while speaking about the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden before awarding the Medal of Honor posthumously to U.S. Army Pvt. 1st Class Anthony T. Kaholohanohano and U.S. Army Pvt. 1st Class Henry Svehla for conspicuous gallantry during the Korean War. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

EDITORIAL: Consumers lack confidence in Obama

The Conference Board's latest monthly consumer confidence survey contained little good news. The index fell to a six-month low, from 66 in April to a hair above 60 in May. Although this result came as a surprise to the economists, it should have been expected. American consumers intuitively know what's going on. They see a moribund housing market and inadequate job creation leaving the unemployment rate in the 9 percent range. There's little reason for optimism now unless the federal government gets its fiscal house in order. Published June 2, 2011

Illustration: Obamacare and the states by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times.

EDITORIAL: Obamacare's unlimited power

The White House defense of Obamacare hinges on the claim that Congress essentially has unlimited power to force Americans to spend their personal money on a cause of the government's choosing. Oral arguments before the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday made this all the more clear. Published June 2, 2011

Virginia State Police Superintendent W. Steven Flaherty

EDITORIAL: Federal speed traps

Millions hit the road to be with family and friends for barbecues and other outdoor activities on Memorial Day weekend. It's no coincidence that police around the country were staked out on the side of the road in anticipation. That's because the federal government encourages states to shake down travelers who pose no threat to others. Published June 1, 2011

President Obama meets with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on the sidelines of the G-8 summit in Deauville, France, on Thursday, May 26, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

EDITORIAL: Red Button or Reset Button?

The strategic rationale for missile defense is growing stronger as rogue states like Iran and North Korea work on developing new and more threatening weapons. However, adequately defending the United States from these emerging threats will require taking steps that Russia threatens could reignite the Cold War. Published June 1, 2011

An image made from NASA Television shows the space shuttle Endeavour as it does its fly-around of the International Space Station on Monday, May 30, 2011, before returning home from NASA's penultimate shuttle mission. The shuttle is viewed from the space station as it passes over Australia. (AP Photo/National Aeronautics and Space Administration)

EDITORIAL: Exploring frontiers of science

Given the past few years of economic hardship, it's easy to think the era of boundless opportunity that has characterized the American story is coming to an end. In times such as these, it's comforting to remember that as long as we retain our inquisitive nature, our discoveries could yield possibilities for better days ahead. Published May 31, 2011

Illustration: Iranian bomb by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Wishing away Iranian nukes

The Iranian nuclear threat is much ado about nothing, says reporter Seymour Hersh. Writing in the latest issue of the New Yorker, the professional left-wing cynic ignores numerous signs that the Islamic Republic is dead set on achieving nuclear-weapons capability and claims there is "a large body of evidence ... suggesting that the United States could be in danger of repeating a mistake similar to the one made with Saddam Hussein's Iraq eight years ago - allowing anxieties about the policies of a tyrannical regime to distort our estimations of the state's military capacities and intentions." For Mr. Hersh, it's the "WMD issue" all over again. Published May 31, 2011

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor says Rep. Paul Ryan, the author of a plan to overhaul government health care programs, would make a good presidential candidate. Mr. Ryan said he is not planning to run for president.

EDITORIAL: The Democrats' debt crisis

Democrats have yet to put forth any plan to deal with America's fiscal crisis. The national debt is at $14.3 trillion and growing daily; this year's budget deficit alone is projected to be $1.5 trillion. The nation is in danger of defaulting on its loans, and yet all President Obama has done is produce a speech, while Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has wasted his majority by voting against every budget that has come to the floor. Apparently, the only thing more bankrupt than the Treasury is the party in power. Published May 30, 2011

Pima County, Ariz., Sheriff Clarence Dupnik, heretofore outspoken on the Tucson shootings, said Wednesday he would have no further comment on the incident. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Murder with a badge

Public confidence in law enforcement is essential to maintaining a free and orderly society. The thin blue line frequently finds itself under attack from the left, so it's natural for conservatives to come readily to its defense. This instinct should be resisted when police make serious mistakes and engage in a cover-up instead of asking forgiveness from the public. Published May 30, 2011

**FILE** Rep. Dave Camp, Michigan Republican (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Unemployment reform

One of the things Democrats like most about high unemployment is the ability to dole out up to 99 weeks' worth of "free" money to those without jobs. Instead of seeing an opportunity to deliver political favors, Republicans want to take a chance at reforming a system that desperately needs an overhaul. So the House is expected to vote this week on a proposal that would return a bit of flexibility to the states. Published May 30, 2011

EDITORIAL: Cherishing the memory of our dead

The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet church-yard in the land. In this observance no form of ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit. Published May 27, 2011

President Obama meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington on Friday, May 20, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

EDITORIAL: Obama's Mideast bombshell

The dust is starting to settle a week after President Obama's major policy speech on the Middle East, and the White House must still be wondering what happened. The address was supposed to show a president firmly in command of the situation in the region, but now the administration probably would wish it would all go away. Published May 26, 2011

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, waits to be arraigned on Monday, May 16, 2011, in Manhattan Criminal Court for an alleged attack on a maid at a New York hotel near Times Square on Saturday. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, Pool)

EDITORIAL: Strauss-Kahn prompts panic

Disgraced International Monetary Fund President Dominique Strauss-Kahn was arrested two weeks ago for allegedly assaulting a hotel maid. Already, one New York assemblyman has proposed requiring hotels to provide panic devices for housekeepers. This is an example of a "nanny state first" response that usually doesn't work. Published May 26, 2011

The major-party candidates for New York's 26th Congressional District, Republican Jane Corwin (left) and Democrat Kathy Hochul, participate in a debate May 12. They and an independent are vying in a special election Tuesday.

EDITORIAL: Obama's best hope: Divide and conquer

The New York 26th Congressional District race is an important cautionary tale for Republicans. Party divisions helped throw a normally safe seat to the Democrats, and you can be sure the White House is taking notes. Published May 25, 2011