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BARRASSO: Regulatory overreach smothering economy

- The Washington Times

Last year, President Obama promised Americans a recovery summer. This year, he’s given us a regulatory summer. He’s thrown a giant wet blanket on economic recovery and has given Americans a summer of more burdens, more costs and more rules.

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President Obama speaks Aug. 28, 2012, during a campaign event at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Mitt's power surge

- The Washington Times

America runs on energy. As the candidates for the 2012 presidential election present their credentials to the country, voters should keep in mind that any pledge to put the nation back to work necessarily starts with a plan for ensuring an abundant supply of affordable power.

Illustration: American funk by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

BLANKLEY: The great American funk

- The Washington Times

I suppose it is to be expected that the Great Recession should be accompanied by a sweeping national pessimism in which our purported leaders and commentators express historic despair, while the people and corporations mope about, convinced that the sun will not come up tomorrow.

An avoidable catastrophe

Amidst all the congressional to-ing and fro-ing associated with the president's controversial health care, cap-and-trade and "hate crimes" initiatives, it would be easy for most legislators to overlook a hearing the House Homeland Security Committee has scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.