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**FILE** D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray's proposal to raise $30 million by expanding a traffic-camera program is a "ruse" to take advantage of out-of-state motorists, said AAA Mid-Atlantic spokesman John B. Townsend II. (The Washington Times)

EDITORIAL: Washington's camera craze

The District of Columbia's speed-camera revenue-raising grows more brazen by the day. Last week, officials announced a dozen new speed-trap locations, while the for-profit Arizona-based vendor American Traffic Solutions (ATS) has been busy installing permanent speed cameras at well-concealed freeway locations on Interstate 295 and Interstate 395. Published August 9, 2012

Illustration: Obamacare by John Camejo for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Obamacare's free lunch

America simply can't afford Obamacare. According to a new Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report, the new entitlement will grow an explosive 6 percent annually from 2017 to 2022, impose a slew of new taxes which will ripple through the economy, and will still leave 29 million people without health insurance. Published August 8, 2012

President Obama's re-election campaign has rolled out ads criticizing Mitt Romney for sending jobs overseas while at Bain Capital. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Obama's uphill climb

Recent dueling headlines have been predicting an Obama landslide or a Romney steamroller in the November election. The polls show a tight race, but given the fundamentals of the economy, it shouldn't even be close. Published August 8, 2012

Illustration: Battle worn Tea Party by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: The Civil War of 2016

Imagine Tea Party extremists seizing control of a South Carolina town and the Army being sent in to crush the rebellion. This farcical vision is now part of the discussion in professional military circles. Published August 7, 2012

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray and congressional Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton join officials from Amtrak and representatives from Akridge developers to announce the Washington Union Station Master Plan at Union Station on Wednesday in the District. The proposed development is still in the initial planning stages. (Raymond Thompson/The Washington Times)

EDITORIAL: Monumental waste

Government waste is so prevalent that it rarely comes as a surprise. Bureaucrats partying at public expense, inefficient labor-union contracts and massive cost overruns are the natural consequence of giving civil servants the ability to spend money earned by others. Published August 7, 2012

The headquarters of Solyndra Inc. in Fremont, Calif., are shown in May 2010. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

EDITORIAL: The Solyndra standard

Power means never having to say you're sorry. Despite contrary evidence, the Obama administration is sticking to its story that the decision to loan $535 million to solar-panel manufacturer Solyndra was the right thing to do. Published August 6, 2012

President Obama speaks on Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, at the John S. Knight Center in Akron, Ohio. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Angry man Obama

The latest headline in the 2012 race is that President Obama hates Mitt Romney. The subtext of the story is that the president is in fact afraid of his challenger. Published August 6, 2012

Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank, addresses the media in Frankfurt, Germany, on Thursday after a meeting of the ECB governing council concerning the further strategies in the European financial crisis. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Much ado about monetary policy

The economy continues to drag, and policymakers refuse to do what it takes to restore prosperity. The official unemployment number climbed to 8.3 percent, and the broadest measure of joblessness, known as the U6, increased to 15 percent for July. Economic growth is stalled at 1.5 percent. Published August 3, 2012

Illustration: Military voting by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Obama frags military voters

President Obama goes out of his way to appear to support the troops. But when it comes to voting, he would like to keep them out of the fight. Published August 3, 2012

Illustration: GOP embrace of Tea Party by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Tea Party Tuesday

The Tea Party hasn't dominated the headlines in quite some time. Following its ballot-box success in 2010, the loosely organized small-government movement has taken a breather. Results from Tuesday's primary elections in Texas and Georgia leave little doubt that the Tea Party is back and ready for action in November. Published August 2, 2012

Illustration: Jihad by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Obama arming al Qaeda

Reuters reported Wednesday that President Obama "signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for rebels seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government." This latest leak of classified information was attributed to "U.S. sources familiar with the matter." Published August 2, 2012

The Social Security retirement system was implemented in the 1930s. (Illustration by M. Ryder)

GHEI: The true pension burden

The Maryland state retirement and pension system is in bad shape. The deluxe benefits package has $37 billion in assets, but even that amount isn't enough to meet the promises made to government bureaucrats. In the last fiscal year, this prodigious sum was invested in a way that yielded a negligible 0.36 percent return. Published August 1, 2012

EDITORIAL: Obama wins, polls lose

Either President Obama is on track for a major electoral win in November, or there is something seriously wrong with most major polls. Published August 1, 2012

Illustration: Israel by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Iranian nukes and Jerusalem

Despite recent tough talk coming from the White House regarding Iran, the Obama administration and the mullahs agree on one thing: Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel. Published July 31, 2012

Illustration: Obama green by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Unsustainable investments

Spending other people's money is what the left does best, so it's no surprise congressional Democrats would come up with a scheme to bankroll pet causes with cash from retirees. In 2009, the Democratic-controlled Congress passed a law encouraging the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) to come up with new investment options. Published July 31, 2012

Illustration: Voter ID by John Camejo for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Knock the vote

The Obama administration is suppressing efforts to ensure the Nov. 6 vote tally will be fair and accurate. Several states have passed voter-identification laws so the principle of "one man, one vote" is upheld. The Justice Department is playing a legalistic version of Whack-a-Mole in trying to knock down these statutes wherever they pop up. Published July 30, 2012

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney pauses July 29, 2012, next to the Western Wall in Jerusalem. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Romney’s pilgrimage to Israel

Mitt Romney's trip to Israel was spun by most commentators as an attempt to appeal to American Jewish voters. More importantly, though, it sent a message that under Mr. Romney's leadership, the United States would no longer be ashamed to seek peace through strength. Published July 30, 2012

Former President Bill Clinton speaks at a Democratic fundraiser in New York. He later told CNBC he favors keeping tax cuts for all income levels. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Obama’s economic crisis

The Commerce Department on Friday delivered very bad news to President Obama. Economic growth in the second quarter of 2012 plummeted to 1.5 percent -- a critically poor showing going into an election. Twenty years ago, then-candidate Bill Clinton sounded the alarm after receiving similar information. His words then are prophetic today. Published July 27, 2012

Illustration: Fracking by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Fracking flop

The anti-affordable energy crowd has suffered another setback. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Wednesday released the results of extensive testing that found nothing toxic in the water in Dimock, Pa. That's the town where the anti-drilling documentary "Gasland" filmed dramatic images of a homeowner lighting his tap water on fire. Published July 27, 2012

Illustration: Obama Mouse by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Obama’s reality avoidance

President Obama has a problem when it comes to acknowledging the seriousness of America's economic situation. The White House has been putting off release of its mid-session budgetary review for the last two weeks, finally getting around to dropping it off late on Friday. Given what's inside the report, it's no wonder the administration hasn't been enthusiastic about detailing its plans for the future. Published July 27, 2012