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Civilians and military personnel evacuate the Pentagon in Washington after an earthquake was felt on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy, Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jason Graham)

EDITORIAL: Shaking off the earthquake

Tuesday's magnitude-5.8 earthquake sent tens of millions of East Coast residents scrambling outside for safety. While our fears, thankfully, were short-lived, the jolt served as a reminder of how much we take for granted: The ground beneath our feet is quite literally the foundation upon which we stand. So when terra firma isn't, the fragility of human existence is starkly exposed. Published August 24, 2011

U.S. Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. waves farewell after delivering a speech at Sichuan University in Chengdu, China, on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

EDITORIAL: Biden's anti-life policy

Vice President Joe Biden can't keep his foot out of his mouth. On Sunday, he said he "fully understands" and "is not second-guessing" Beijing's one-child-per-family policy. The remark came during an unscripted question-and-answer session with students at China's Sichuan University. An Obama administration spokesman backpedaled, claiming the vice president finds the coercive aspects of the policy - which include forced abortion and sterilization - "repugnant." Published August 24, 2011

Illustration: Bankruptcy bomb by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: The coming pension earthquake

More bailouts are on the horizon. Even though taxpayers will shell out at least $250 billion to cover losses from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, there's another, much less known federally chartered corporation that's racking up the red ink - currently $23 billion worth. The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. (PBGC) could be the next to fall. Published August 23, 2011

Illustration: Underwater housing by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: The American dream's shaky foundation

Homeownership is at the foundation of the American dream. Unfortunately for growing numbers of Americans, there is less chance that dream will become reality. Published August 23, 2011

Illustration: Gun control by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: No gunfights at the saloon

Whether it's the economy or gun control, liberals rarely consider the consequences of their misguided schemes. President Obama wants more "investment" spending to help the economy even though his nearly $1 trillion in supposed stimulus did nothing to reduce unemployment. Keynesian economics didn't work under Franklin D. Roosevelt or Jimmy Carter, either, but the left refuses to learn the lesson. Now we know that gun-grabber complaints about concealed-carry in bars and restaurants are nonsense too. Published August 22, 2011

President Obama inspects the new Chevrolet Volt during his tour of the General Motors Auto Plant in Hamtramck, Mich., in July 2010. (Associated Press) **FILE**

EDITORIAL: Obama: Stop selling pickup trucks

The U.S. auto industry wouldn't exist today if it weren't for President Obama, or so he says. According to the White House, the 2009 $80 billion auto bailout - of which at least $14 billion was lost - not only saved the American auto sector but preserved 1 million jobs. If you believe that one, he has a $45,000 electric Chevy to sell you. Published August 22, 2011

Jerry Brown, governor of California, says he still has time to get a referendum on the ballot in June to extend $9.3 billion in tax increases, the cornerstone of his effort to balance the state's budget.

EDITORIAL: The California cut

Nobody can reasonably question Gov. Jerry Brown's liberal credentials. While at the helm of the Golden State in the 1970s, Mr. Brown sabotaged the death penalty and pushed special privileges for homosexuals. He expanded benefits for union bosses and ran for the Democratic presidential nod three times. Now that he's back in charge of America's largest and most indebted state, Mr. Brown has actually cut spending. Why can't President Obama do the same? Published August 19, 2011

EDITORIAL: Obama: Whites need not apply

The White House issued an executive order on Thursday titled "Establishing a Coordinated Government-wide Initiative to Promote Diversity and Inclusion in the Federal Workforce." The purpose of the order is "to promote the federal workplace as a model of equal opportunity, diversity and inclusion." In other words, it would be better for the government if public-spirited white workers sought employment elsewhere. Lost amid all the politically correct box-checking is the principle that the most qualified person should be hired for a job. Published August 19, 2011

** FILE ** Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Let the gas tax die

If Congress does nothing, the cost of gasoline will drop 14 cents per gallon on Sept. 30. That not only would be a boon to consumers oppressed by hefty prices at the pump but also would go a long way toward ending one of Washington's favorite accounting gimmicks. Published August 18, 2011

**FILE** Syrian President Bashar Assad (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Forcing regime change in Syria

President Obama has made it official: The United States wants regime change in Syria. On Thursday, Mr. Obama joined British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in demanding that Syrian dictator Bashar Assad immediately give up power. "We have consistently said that President Assad must lead a democratic transition or get out of the way," Mr. Obama said. "He has not led. For the sake of the Syrian people, the time has come for President Assad to step aside." Published August 18, 2011

French President Nicolas Sarkozy welcomes German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the Elysee Palace in Paris on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011, for talks on the eurozone's economic problems. (AP Photo/Philippe Wojazer, Pool)

EDITORIAL: The eurozone stalls

Europe's economic powerhouse is faltering. The vital German economy slowed to a dangerous 0.1 percent level of growth in the second quarter of the year. That suggests the entire 17-country eurozone soon could find itself in a double-dip recession with no quick or easy way out of the misery. Published August 17, 2011

Illustration: "SlutWalks" by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Rape at the Washington Monument

Many parents visiting the historic Washington Monument on Saturday no doubt wished they had rescheduled their family vacations. Activists held a "Slutwalk" to encourage victims of rape and their supporters to march "under the banner of sluthood" to celebrate "the notion of 'sluttiness' because it embraces the sexual autonomy of women, and all people." Published August 17, 2011

Illustration: Air Force biofuel by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Obama the biofool

Leftists see the military more as a playground for kooky ideas than as the primary responsibility of the federal government. Consider the scheme President Obama announced Tuesday that will have the armed forces devote a great deal of time, money and energy to switch to so-called advanced biofuels. Underneath the trendy "green" label, however, is a classic example of pork-barrel politics. Published August 16, 2011

People loot a shop (left) in the  east London borough of Hackney on Monday. Rioting in London continued for a third day, spreading throughout the city after a peaceful protest Saturday turned violent. More than 200 people have been arrested, and 35 police officers have been injured. British police officers arrest a man (above) as rioters gather in Croydon, south London, on Monday.

EDITORIAL: Spend more - or we'll riot

Liberals want you to believe the cure for civil unrest throughout the world is increased government expenditures. Whether it's the takeover of the capital building in Madison, Wisc., or the riots in the streets of Athens and London, the message is that any attempt at cutting back on government excess will spark a violent response. Published August 15, 2011

Illustration: EPA by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Into the ozone with the O Force

Whether it's ozone or carbon dioxide, the cost of overregulating the air around us is more than the nation can afford. Even the Obama administration may be taking a breather, as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Friday held off on issuing proposed new ozone standards. The agency claims more regulations are necessary because the conveniences of modern industrial society are making the planet toasty, but the pause has raised alarm in radical environmental circles. Published August 15, 2011

Illustration by Mark Weber

EDITORIAL: Kick junkies off welfare

There's a growing movement to make sure those on the public dole aren't also on drugs. The state of Florida is implementing a law passed in May requiring drug testing of all welfare applicants. Missouri enacted a similar law in July. Testing programs are being debated in Kentucky, Oklahoma, Iowa and other states. In these hard economic times, voters don't want their tax dollars wasted on fueling the habits of junkies. Published August 12, 2011

Technician Charles Riggings in March services traffic cameras designed to catch speeders and motorists who run red lights in Los Angeles. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Run a red light, win $1,000

The lure of easy money can't be resisted. It tempts the defenders of red-light cameras to say whatever it takes to keep the money-making machines running. In a nearby letter, Alexandria Police Chief Earl L. Cook takes issue with a recent editorial that identified just how dangerous a game the city has been playing ("Alexandria's voluntary cameras," Aug. 2). Here's the whole story. Published August 11, 2011

Voters cast their ballots in Wisconsin's 32nd Senate District recall election on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011, at the OmniCenter in Onalaska, Wis. (AP Photo/La Crosse Tribune, Rory O'Driscoll)

EDITORIAL: Democracy in action in Wisconsin

A state Senate recall election is not usually a top news story, but political junkies were filling the Twittersphere on Tuesday with up-to-the-minute reports on recall races in Wisconsin. Labor-union-backed Democratic candidates challenged six of Gov. Scott Walker's Republican supporters in hopes of taking enough seats to gain control of the state Senate and block further legislation to erode union power in the Badger State. This $30 million effort came up one seat short. Next week, Republicans will have a chance to take back the two seats they lost in another round of recall voting. This is democracy in action. Published August 10, 2011

Illustration: Obama jobs by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Zero tolerance for job creation

"The White House doesn't create jobs," President Obama's spokesman, Jay Carney, said last week. He's more right than he knows. The policies the administration and Congress put into place have a profound effect on job creation - a profoundly negative one. Published August 10, 2011

Photos of Navy SEAL Chris Campbell sit on the wood burning stove of his parents, Diane and Larry Campbell, Monday morning Aug. 8, 2011, in Jacksonville, N.C. On the left is a picture Chris with his wife Angelina taken approximately 3 yrs ago, and on the right is a picture of Campbell in his Navy uniform taken approximately 5 months ago. Campbell, 36, was one of 22 SEALs killed Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011, along with eight other U.S. troops and eight Afghans when their helicopter was brought down in Afghanistan, his family told The Daily News of Jacksonville. (AP Photo/The Jacksonville Daily News, John Althouse)

EDITORIAL: America mourns its heroes

The remains of 30 American troops killed in action in Afghanistan returned to U.S. soil yesterday. They died Saturday when the helicopter in which they had been rushing to reinforce hotly engaged U.S. forces was shot down. Their sacrifice is an unwelcome reminder of the price paid by a country at war. Published August 9, 2011