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EDITORIAL: President Obama causes more unemployment

Unemployment has reached 10.2 percent. That doesn't include unemployed workers who have abandoned their job search or accepted part-time work. Those two groups would push the unemployment rate to a staggering 17.5 percent. With the Bureau of Labor Statistics Household Survey showing that 3.8 million jobs have been lost since January, no one but President Obama believes that this year's massive increase in government spending has created or saved 640,239 jobs and the economy would have been even worse without the "stimulus" package. Yet this same administration promised at the end of February that with the stimulus, unemployment this year would only reach 8 percent. Published November 9, 2009

Metro Briefs

The Smithsonian's Anacostia Community Museum is hosting a traveling exhibit that explores a little known aspect of the African diaspora - its reach to Mexico. Published November 9, 2009

EDITORIAL: Mr. Obama, stay away from this wall

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The images of the people of Berlin taking sledgehammers to the hated barrier and standing atop the wall celebrating are enduring symbols of freedom's march. The event marked the beginning of the end of the Soviet Union, which disintegrated two years later, and the victory of liberalism over communism in the Cold War. Published November 9, 2009

EDITORIAL: Full 'time' for heinous crimes

In just two years, Joe Harris Sullivan committed 17 criminal offenses, including several serious felonies and numerous violations even while in detention. Then, on May 4, 1989, when Sullivan was 13 years old, he helped rob the home of a 72-year-old woman - and he returned later that day, threw a black slip over her head and raped her so brutally that she required surgery. Having exhausted every attempt at rehabilitation, he was sentenced to life in prison without parole. Published November 9, 2009

EDITORIAL: Obama has a 'Pet Goat' moment

Hours after the Fort Hood massacre, a grieving nation looked to the president for consolation and leadership. Instead, it got light banter and a "shout-out" before President Obama read a perfunctory statement. The president has always had a reputation for coolness, but in this case, he was utterly detached. He can't blame the scriptwriter for his astonishing lack of empathy. Published November 8, 2009

EDITORIAL: The negative Obama factor

The Tuesday defeat of incumbent Democratic New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine is proof that the Obama magic touch has waned. In a close race, the president's involvement seems to have done more to antagonize dissidence among voters than to inspire support. Published November 8, 2009

EDITORIAL: Too scared to recognize terrorism

Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan was declared "not a terrorist" before the facts were out - even before officials were sure whether the attacker was alive or dead. Failing to honestly name a terrorist attack despite the evidence is as destructive and dishonest as leaping to call an attack terrorism without the facts to support that. Published November 8, 2009

EDITORIAL: The grass roots keep growing

Tens of thousands of people from across the country made a "House call" on the west side of the Capitol yesterday. These Americans traveled to Washington to register their objections to the mammoth government health care bill that Democrats are rushing through Congress. The size and spirit of the rally were a testament to the explosion in grass-roots activism opposed to the expansion of government under President Obama's and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's watch. The silent majority is silent no longer. Published November 6, 2009

EDITORIAL: Chloroform for tort reform

If congressional Democrats want to dispel the impression that they are wholly owned subsidiaries of Trial Lawyers Inc., they need to do a much cleverer job at hiding the evidence. Published November 6, 2009

EDITORIAL: Greedy autoworkers

The good news in the domestic auto industry is that Ford Motor Co. posted a $1 billion profit for the third quarter this year. After 17 straight quarters of red ink, any profit is a sign of progress. Ford sales were up 3.3 percent last month compared to October 2008 (contrasted to Chrysler, which saw sales plummet 30.4 percent year-to-year), market share is increasing, quality has improved to Japanese standards and the blue oval has a new fleet of attractive models hitting showrooms. Published November 6, 2009

GM highlights progress of business plan

GM has outlined progress it has made toward reaching commitments in its business plan, including a leaner structure, stronger brands, and changing the company culture. Published November 6, 2009

Dodge Challenger taps into nostalgia

The 2009 Dodge Challenger delivers the best of modern American muscle-car characteristics: unmistakable design, world-class handling, powerful engines and technology. Published November 6, 2009

Manual an option for 2010 Acura TL

Acura takes performance to the next level and aims straight at the heart of the enthusiast driver with the addition of a manual transmission model to the TL lineup for the 2010 model year. Published November 6, 2009

Taking a drive down memory lane

Inspired by "Hawaii Five-O," Annandale resident Jeff Weatherholtz bought a 1978 Mercury Grand Marquis to take a spin down memory lane. Published November 6, 2009

EDITORIAL: Eat your pets, save the planet

Want to save the planet? Kill your pets. Or better yet, eat them. This radical new suggestion comes from New Zealand professors Brenda and Robert Vale, architects who specialize in sustainable living. Their research has found that pets create tremendous strains on the environment and that a truly green world would have no place for these carbon-emitting parasites. Published November 5, 2009


Consumers nationwide should protest to a hyperactive California regulatory agency on the verge of ruining automobile global positioning systems and other safety features. Because California is such a large market, car manufacturers trying to comply with Golden State mandates might change auto designs nationwide. Published November 5, 2009

EDITORIAL: Freedom: 9, cameras: 0

If you listen to elected officials as they extol the virtues of traffic cameras, you could be forgiven for thinking that the devices are universally popular. After all, the skewed opinion polls they trumpet describe a public standing behind a remarkably effective product that saves lives. After Tuesday's election, the time has come to dispense with this superficial and demonstrably untrue claim. Published November 5, 2009

EDITORIAL: As Virginia goes ...

We knew it was going to be a bad election night for the Democrats when former Obama campaign manager David Plouffe announced on NBC's "Today" program that "the results of these elections tend to be overread." Certainly that was not the prevailing opinion in Democratic circles in 2008, when giddiness over Barack Obama's election reached manic proportions. Published November 4, 2009