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Collective Bargaining Illustration by Linas Garsys / The Washington Times

Big-government union bosses revel in collective bargaining

As a local official years ago, I saw the negative impact of collective bargaining on our taxpayers and on our excellent employees. So, during my first year in office as governor of Wisconsin, we took the power away from the big-government special interests and put it firmly into the hands of the hard-working taxpayers. Our Act 10 reforms were both pro-taxpayer and pro-worker.

Squeezing the Pharmacy Market Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Resisting price controls on prescription drugs

President Trump has made great strides in dismantling the big-government legacy of his predecessor, Barack Obama. Historic tax cuts, dozens of regulations cut for every new one implemented, and two conservative Supreme Court justices, to name a few.

Foreign Policy Club Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

How Trump’s foreign policy could sink him in 2020

Donald Trump was elected president on the strength of two campaign promises. He would end foolish wars and shrink our military footprint in the Middle East, preferring to police U.S. borders rather than the world. Now, leading 2020 Democratic contenders threaten to take these issues away from him.

Brokering the resolution of conflict

There is renewed momentum building for the peaceful resolution of the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan and the U.S. Congress can play a very constructive role in ensuring that this momentum is maintained.

Actress-singer Doris Day in 1962. (Associated Press)

Doris Day did it her way

Doris Day, who died this week at age 97, was a revolutionary who did it her way. She was the buttery blond beauty with the tantalizing silken voice that could light up lyrics with seductive directness. Hard-core feminists hated her for how she did it, and have been trying to bury her image for years.

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For more than three decades, James M. Olson ranked high among the CIA operatives tasked with pilfering secrets from the enemy -- in those days, chiefly the Soviet Union.

Barr smear last-gasp move

The Democrats in their infinite hatred for President Trump reminds me of an old story where a dog chases a bus until he catches it. Once that happened, the question posed was, Now that he caught it, what is he going to do with it?

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Here come the driverless cars

America's lengthy love affair with the automobile is about to be put to the test. Self-driving cars, or as the techno-geeks call them, "highly autonomous vehicles," are revving up to take over the road, and sooner rather than later.

This image released by Netflix shows Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in a scene from the documentary "Knock Down the House," premiering May 1 on Netflix. (Netflix via AP)

Rick Scott, 1 -- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, just go home

- The Washington Times

The Twitter spat of Sen. Rick Scott and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez escalated over the last 24 hours and honestly, if scorecards are being kept -- the socialist from New York just needs to go home. It's not even Scott, 1, Ocasio-Cortez zero. It's not even that close.

Democratic presidential candidate Mayor Pete Buttigieg, from South Bend, Ind.,, listens during a lunch meeting with civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton at Sylvia's Restaurant in Harlem neighborhood of New York. Buttigieg is making a new, concerted effort to appeal to African American voters and put behind him criticism of his record on race.  (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, Pool)

Pete Buttigieg: America 'never as great as advertised'

- The Washington Times

South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who's running for president, said during a campaign stop in South Carolina that America "was never as great as advertised." Thus joining an alarmingly long list of Democrats who think America pretty much bites.

In this April 4, 2019, file photo, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) ** FILE **

Nancy Pelosi is right to worry

- The Washington Times

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi warned her fellow Democrats that they can't impeach -- that the only way to win the White House in 2020 is with a margin of victory so "big" that President Donald Trump can't challenge the results in court. She is worried. Rightly so.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., talks to the media at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 2, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

A fever subsides, leaving Democrats to focus on 2016

- The Washington Times

Nancy Pelosi seems to be getting her wish. Mrs. Pelosi's tutorials to her girls gone wild about how the world works, and in particular how the world of Washington works, may be having an effect. The tutorial required a lot of remedial readin,' writin' and 'rithmetic. The impeachment fever is clearly subsiding. Trump Derangement Syndrome is reasserting itself as the preferred narcotic in the Democratic congressional salons.

Illustration on the youth vote by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The terrifying tilt of the youth vote

The 2018 midterm elections showed a polling result that should terrify conservatives. It was the breakdown of the youth vote, 18-29-year-olds, which went 67 percent Democratic, 32 percent Republican. Not only that, but the kids turned out in record numbers, 31 percent of them casting a vote.

Illustration on pioneering the Northwest Territory by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Remembering the pioneers

In a country preoccupied with presidential candidates preaching extreme liberalism and even unabashed socialism comes America's greatest living historian, David McCullough, with a new and needed book.

Illustration on financial disaster in the European Union by Alexandwer Hunter/The Washington Times

Europe slides into the poor house

Athens: Europe's most significant contribution to the world economy at the moment is serving as a bad example. Much of Western culture and law can trace its origin back to this city of 2,500 years ago. The ancient Athenians learned that democracy is fragile and can lead to bad outcomes — not that other governing systems have proved to be more successful over the long run.

Hole in the Fence Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Chaos in paradise

Our government is failing at its primary job — keeping us safe. To fill this void, exasperated ranchers in the bootheel of New Mexico have formed volunteer border patrols. This breakdown of law and order never ends well.

Righting the Social Security Ship Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A program hurtling toward bankruptcy

One wouldn't know it from anything the 2020 presidential candidates have discussed, but most of us have known for years that the Social Security program's future is in serious trouble. Unfortunately, the 2019 Social Security Board of Trustees Annual Report has reaffirmed that the program is hurtling toward bankruptcy.

Illustration on lowered alcohol levels in proposed drunk driving laws by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Lowering the legal limit of blood alcohol concentration

Traffic safety advocates, experts and researchers should not be surprised by the American Beverage Institute's (ABI) latest op-ed opposing efforts to lower the legal limit of blood alcohol concentration (BAC) while driving from .08 percent to .05 percent.

Attorney General William Barr testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee about the Russia report by special counsel Robert Mueller on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 1, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

In hot pursuit of William Barr

Rep. Jerry Nadler, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, wants the attorney general, William Barr, to break the law. That's a curious, if not bizarre wish from a distinguished member of Congress. But Mr. Nadler and the Democrats, who are in a frenzy to salvage something from the collusion investigation they expected to deliver Donald Trump's head on a pike, have demanded the attorney general hand over an unredacted copy of the Mueller Report. That's against the law.

Cure this 'disease'

Having once been a Democrat, I have started to delve into why that party has slipped into political deviance. I read somewhere that being a Democrat is akin to having a disease with physical and mental ramifications. It is "transmitted" through exposure to CNN, MSNBC, The Washington Post and The New York Times. If you haven't been "vaccinated" against fake news, you're in danger. Scientists ought to identify it as "Psychogullibilitis" and work diligently for a cure, before the disease becomes an epidemic by the 2020 elections.

Through a tequila glass darkly

History always risks being reduced to cliches. The great U.S. sweep westward is encapsulated in Horace Greeley's oft-quoted line: "Go West, young man." Similarly, Mexico's brutal, backward road to modernity was summed up in a throwaway line by it's longest-running dictator, Porfirio Diaz: "Poor Mexico, so far from God, so close to the United States."