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Crumbling Infrastructure (Illustration by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times)

A tax proposal to nowhere

Repairing the nation’s highways is a good idea. Paying for it with a uuuuuuuge increase in the federal gasoline tax is not a good idea. Donald Trump has had some good ideas over his first year in the White House, but socking it to motorists is not one of them.

Illustration on the aggressive strategic future of Syria by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The new ‘great game’ in Syria

In the second half of the 19th century, the British and Russian empires competed for domination of Central Asia in what history labels “The Great Game.” A new “great game,” with the entire Middle East at stake, is now being played out in Syria. The opponents are Russia and Iran on one side and the U.S. and Israel on the other. Both sides will try to use Arab states and Turkey as pawns.

Logical Progression of a Gun Ban Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

More laws do not a moral people make

This past Valentine’s Day, Nikolas Cruz entered a classroom in Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and proceeded to murder 17 people and wound 15 others. Before any meaningful criminal investigation could even begin, our nation’s cultural elites rushed to their respective podiums, finding fault and casting aspersions. Scoring political points is the name of the game. Removing personal rights embedded in our Constitution and replacing them with more laws and less freedom seems to be the only way they know to keep score.

Chart to acccompany Moore article of Feb. 19, 2018.

Obama’s real debt and deficit legacy

- The Washington Times

Congressional Republicans have been raked over the coals in the last two weeks for slamming through budget caps and inflating government spending and debt by another $300 billion. The criticisms are well deserved.

Unrest in India Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

India’s democracy and Modi’s reforms

If there’s one thing we’ve learned about Prime Minister Narendra Modi is that he’s not afraid of using radical maneuvers to accomplish his economic agenda for India.

Kim Yo-jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, arrives at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. (Associated Press)

The snookered press at Pyeongchang

- The Washington Times

When Kim Jong-un dispatched his crack propaganda team to Pyeongchang (and not P.F. Chang, the Chinese restaurant chain, as reported by NBC News) to cover the Winter Olympics, he couldn’t have imagined that the American media in town would have been so easy to con.

Illustration on history repeating itself in U.S. involvement in Afghanistan by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

How Afghanistan can take the road not taken in Vietnam

We haven’t heard much about Afghanistan in the news lately. Occasionally, an American will be killed, or there will be a bombing, but the current U.S. strategy of the “Afghanization” seems to have produced a stalemate that is not necessarily a bad thing.

Patent Law Working Properly Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Patent reform and innovation

On February 5, the Senate confirmed Andre Iancu as director of the Patent and Trademark Office.

Illustration on Mongolia's desire to separate from China by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Divided, Mongolia cannot stand

A celebrity and business tycoon being elected president. A man whose campaign touted nationalism, with a slogan of putting the nation “first.”

President Donald Trump listens during a meeting with North Korean defectors where he talked with reporters about allowing the release of a secret memo on the FBI's role in the Russia inquiry, in the Oval Office of the White House, Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) ** FILE **

The perilous Trump budget

After promising voters in 2016 that he would balance the budget, President Trump has proposed a $4.4 trillion spending plan for fiscal year 2019 that is dangerously unbalanced.

Illustration on the national debt by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Don’t worry about the national debt

“If something cannot go on forever, it will stop,” said Herbert Stein, President Nixon’s chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors. America’s national debt has grown from 32 percent of GDP in 1981 to 68 percent in 2008 and 108 percent in 2017. The national debt is high, and some components are growing on autopilot. Still, Washington keeps adding to it.

This Feb. 19, 2013, file photo shows OxyContin pills arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt. The maker of the powerful painkiller said it will stop marketing opioid drugs to doctors, a surprise reversal after lawsuits blaming the company for helping trigger the current drug abuse epidemic. OxyContin has long been the worlds top-selling opioid painkiller and generated billions in sales for privately held Purdue. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)

Opioid regulation not the way to fight ODs, cure addiction

- The Washington Times

The country’s gone head-over-heels nuts on opioids, the drug of effectiveness for long-time pain sufferers. As if cracking down on producers, distributors, insurers and sellers will cure the underlying roots of addiction — the psychological and emotional factors that lead to a practice of self-destruction.

Illustration on the downsides of bipartisanship by Linas Garsys/the Washington Times

The downside of bipartisanship

The House and Senate’s passage of “a two-year budget deal,” (plus an appropriation to avoid a “government shutdown” for a month, during which the details of that deal may be negotiated) is news because the “deal” spends 13.5 percent more for the coming two fiscal years than the Obama administration had proposed for them, and expands the government at an unprecedented rate. By comparison, President Obama was a conservative. Who’d a thunk it?

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Chart to accompany Rahn article of Feb. 6, 2018.

A tale of two countries and their economic freedom

This past week, the "dean of the Venezuelan resistance," Enrique Aristeguieta Gramcko, was arrested for publishing a video accusing the Maduro government of leading a "narco-tyranny." There is a normal human tendency to try to shut down opposition when the facts are not on your side. The communists, fascists, and other assorted statists invariably go after those who do not support the party line.

Alan Dershowitz. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Free speech, beware the Judas goat

- The Washington Times

Beware the Judas goat, who leads unsuspecting cattle down a stockyards chute to the slaughter pen, stepping aside at the last minute to preserve his own survival.

Illustration on the future of the Middle East peace process by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Why the U.S.-Israel honeymoon may not last much longer

President Trump has taken two unprecedented steps highly favorable to Israel: recognizing Jerusalem as its capital and cutting funds to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), an organization ultimately devoted to eliminating the Jewish state. These long-overdue actions break antique logjams dating back nearly 70 years and offer fresh opportunities to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Bravo to Mr. Trump for enduring the slings and arrows of conventional thinking to take and then stick with these courageous steps.

Democrat Blinders Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The memo and the truth

Partisans tend to read, watch and listen only, or mostly, to information and opinions that reinforce their beliefs. If information surfaces that counters those beliefs, it is usually disparaged, excused or ignored. That's human nature.

Corruption at the FBI Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The Nunes memo and left-wing pundits

- The Washington Times

The mere suggestion that anyone at the Justice Department or the Federal Bureau of Investigation might have acted improperly in an effort to keep Donald J. Trump out of the White House is being denounced these days as "unpatriotic" by congressional Democrats and left-wing media pundits. Such charges are coming from Trump supporters willing to undermine or even destroy our most important and heretofore trusted institutions to defend a president they see as a madman.

Ducks perch on the branch of a tree next to a home destroyed by Hurricane Maria in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico. Federal officials on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018 blamed a lack of leadership, money and communication in Puerto Rico for setting back hurricane recovery efforts in the U.S. territory. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, File)

A convenient scapegoat for Puerto Rico's woes

Debate regarding the relevance and necessity of maritime cabotage laws, specifically the Jones Act, has been ignited in the months following the worst Caribbean Hurricane season in decades. Much of the debate in favor of repealing the law has been built on the false premise that the Jones Act has somehow acted as an impediment to the speed of recovery on a culturally corrupt island suffering from underlying infrastructure problems decades in the making.

Illustration on highlighting the plight of North Korea's people by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Shedding light on the brutality of North Korea

Last week, Ji Seong-ho stood proud in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives, raising his crutches in triumph, a symbol of his hard-earned freedom and victory over the tyrannical regime that had oppressed, starved and tortured him.

Illustration on sexual predation at HSUS by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Bad behavior where kindness is supposed to thrive

Last week two top executives of the Humane Society of the United States were exposed as alleged sexual predators. The Washington Post outlined a series of complaints against CEO Wayne Pacelle and that the organization had paid settlements presumably with donor money to women who were retaliated against.

In this Jan. 21, 2018, file photo, lights illuminate the U.S. Capitol on second day of the federal shutdown as lawmakers negotiate behind closed doors in Washington. The era of trillion-dollar budget deficits is about make a comeback _ and a brewing budget deal hastened the arrival. Lawmakers are inching closer to a two-year, budget-busting spending pact that would give whopping budget increases to both the Pentagon and domestic programs have been inching closer to an agreement, according to aides and members of Congress. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Counting the swamp critters

Every time there's a threat of a government shutdown, a threat once rare but now not so rare, there's a discussion of who is so important that he is declared "essential" and who must show up for work, anyway.

Left trying to pull the wool

The frantic statements by Democratic lawmakers and left-leaning media pushing back on the Nunes memo is evidence of a mind-boggling effort to deceive the American people. The left talks about invented motives, saying the memo was fabricated to remove scrutiny from President Trump. But it is the left that is lying.

End the VA and its animal torture

Why does the government have to perform the same research experiments over and over, for 40 years or more, getting the same conclusions at the cost of billions of dollars ("Curbing the use of canine guinea pigs," Web, Jan. 31)? And how many painful deaths must their animal subjects suffer?