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EDITORIAL: More wasteful pandering

In yet another cynical ploy for elderly votes that defies good economic thinking, President Obama and lawmakers from both parties want to provide additional $250 payments to 57 million Social Security recipients next year. This $14.3 billion attempt to buy votes with taxpayer dollars is not only unnecessary and fiscally unsound, it shows why Democrats' health care plans will cost much more than claimed. Published October 19, 2009

EDITORIAL: In one ear and out the other

House Democrats want to turn down the volume on your television set by ramping up the intrusiveness of government. It's not a good trade-off, and in this case it's not even necessary. The private sector is already regulating itself. Published October 18, 2009

EDITORIAL: Roanoke's eminent-domain shame

If only we could abolish corporate greed and replace it with caring government programs and public-spirited non-profit service providers, our health care problems will be solved. That's the plan anyway, but those who are depending on it might need to remember one thing: Corporations aren't greedy. People are. And unfortunately people are a necessary ingredient in all the intricate plans being hatched in Congress and shaped by the White House. Published October 18, 2009

EDITORIAL: Occupational corner-cutting

For an administration and Congress that promised to be the most transparent and ethical in history, it turns out that failing historical standards is an occupational hazard. Published October 18, 2009

EDITORIAL: Abracadabra war strategy

President Obama on Wednesday held the fifth in a series of high-level meetings on Afghanistan strategy. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said the meeting was part of a continuing process and did not produce the "one magic sentence or one magic phrase" that would lead to a decision. This raises the question, is the administration waiting for magic to strike before taking action? Published October 16, 2009

EDITORIAL: Queering our schools

Fifty-three Republican congressmen yesterday demanded that President Obama fire his embattled "safe schools czar," Kevin Jennings. Mr. Jennings' bizarre sexual agenda for American grade schools is one reason the president should dump this dangerous radical. Published October 16, 2009

EDITORIAL: So much for new job growth

The $787 billion stimulus package isn't working as promised. Despite what some Obama administration officials are daring to claim, job creation continues to decline. Published October 16, 2009

EDITORIAL: Fox hunting

Let's face it. Fox News runs stories that the Obama administration would rather ignore - from the sleaziness and corruption in the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) to the bizarre views and actions of senior presidential appointees such as Van Jones and Kevin Jennings. Published October 15, 2009

EDITORIAL: The upside to flu shots

Last week, like many of you, The Washington Times' employees lined up for annual seasonal flu shots. Getting the vaccination is quick, safe for the vast majority of healthy people and - after decades of use - is proven to limit flu-related deaths. The odds are much greater that it will prevent harm than do any. Published October 15, 2009

EDITORIAL: Tort reform savings

Sen. Max Baucus' health care bill consists of a dog's breakfast of taxes after taxes after more taxes. With so much new pressure being put on taxpayers, you might think senators would jump at the chance to find some savings that could eliminate the need for some of the tax increases. Think again. Too many senators are in the hip pocket of the wealthy plaintiffs' lawyers for them to consider any savings that would diminish the lawyers' jackpots. Published October 15, 2009

EDITORIAL: Deeds dwindles

Memo to Creigh Deeds - If an admirer compares you to a tested wartime president, that's gratifying. When you compare yourself to Harry Truman, you look small and desperate. Truman faced millions of Japanese soldiers and the choice to use nuclear weapons. You face some transportation problems and a state government that spends more than it takes in. Published October 14, 2009

EDITORIAL: Undermining Honduras

When Yale Law School Dean Harold Koh was chosen as chief legal counsel to the State Department, we editorialized that it was an "offensive nomination." We explained that "Mr. Koh's repeatedly stated agenda is contrary to the American tradition of law originating in the 'consent of the governed.' " Little did we know that Mr. Koh would trample on the consent of the governed in other countries, too. Published October 14, 2009

EDITORIAL: Incorrigible Iran

The Obama administration has adopted Russia's "go slow" approach to imposing sanctions on Tehran for its illegal nuclear program. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced their meeting of the minds yesterday, stating that sanctions should only be a last resort when all diplomatic means are exhausted. This posture hands a blank check to Iran. Published October 14, 2009

EDITORIAL: Tarnishing a Scout's honor

Boy Scouts are supposed to "Be Prepared." But how could a New York Eagle Scout prepare himself to have his dreams derailed by a school's imbalanced "zero tolerance" policy? Published October 13, 2009

EDITORIAL: An administration of radicals

We know that "safe schools czar" and "Queering Elementary Education" essayist Kevin Jennings failed to oppose homosexual man-boy relationships and that science czar John Holdren has written, without objection, that "laws requiring compulsory abortion could be sustained under the existing Constitution." We know that one-time Health and Human Services secretary nominee Tom Daschle had to withdraw because of a failure to pay his taxes. But what has not been adequately tallied is how many of President Obama's nominees and appointees are radical or just plain embarrassing. Published October 13, 2009

EDITORIAL: Please don't ask again

The commander in chief on Saturday reiterated his support for having homosexuals serve openly in the military. Fortunately, there's a good chance this is another issue on which President Obama is all talk. Published October 13, 2009

EDITORIAL: The American journey

In the 19th century, Christopher Columbus was regarded as one of the most heroic and significant figures of his or any age. The "Admiral of the Ocean Seas" was celebrated throughout the Americas as a visionary who braved the unknown on a mission of discovery that created a New World. Our national capitol district was named in his honor because he opened the door to a new era of freedom that America represents. Published October 12, 2009

EDITORIAL: Another radical judge

If, in the future, a historian seeks the first proof positive that President Obama was intent on seeding the lower federal courts with radicals, the answer may well be that Butler did it. Published October 12, 2009

EDITORIAL: Jennings falsely claims discrimination

As President Obama's "Safe Schools Czar," Kevin Jennings' job is to protect students from harassment and harm. By Mr. Jennings' own accounts, there are at least two students he failed to protect from dangerous situations. Regarding one of these cases, he admitted, "I can see how I should have handled this situation differently." But time after time, Mr. Jennings has acted as if political causes are more important than veracity. That is not someone who should be trusted with our children's safety. Published October 12, 2009

EDITORIAL: CBO's rosy insurance projections

According to the Congressional Budget Office, the Senate Finance Committee's health care bill will reduce the number of uninsured in 2019 "by about 29 million." That's grandly overoptimistic for one simple reason - CBO assumes no one will respond to large economic incentives to game the system that are built into the legislation. If so, it would be a first in economic history. Published October 11, 2009