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Illustration on tech jobs and the future by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Why technology jobs belong in America

By Harley Lippman

Today up to one-third of all U.S. companies outsource work abroad to save money. Published September 17, 2017

Recent Stories

Metrobus. ** FILE **

Jack Evans: 'No Plan B' for Metro funding

- The Washington Times

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan got a backhand on Thursday regarding their positions on a new 1 cent regional sales tax to fund the D.C. region's Metro transit system.

D.C. to target zombie properties

- The Washington Times

The District has long kept tabs on vacant properties, blighted buildings and so-called nuisance properties. The city even went a step further and began using tax dollars to blast graffiti off other's people's property.

Illustration on American commercial and private air traffic by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

America's unfriendly skies

Liberals love to portray the Republicans as the party of the rich and powerful. The GOP has tried valiantly to shed that criticism, but then why are so many in the party defending the special interest favors that go to private and corporate jet owners over the interests of all the rest of us? Do Warren Buffett and LeBron James really need a taxpayer subsidy to jet across the country?

Boeing Looks in the Mirror Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Boeing takes on a competitor

In the most recent quarter, Boeing reported profits well-ahead of analysts' expectations and increased its earnings projections for the full year. A large part of the profit was generated by record-high production rates on the 737 aircraft, and about a $530 million cash injection from 787 orders.

In this Monday, Sept. 4, 2017 photo, a "Do Not Enter" sign is placed on Tartan Lane, a residential street in Houston. More than a week after Harvey swamped the greater Houston area, the metropolis is divided into two cities: one still covered with water and flood debris, the other largely unblemished by the storm. (AP Photo/Brian Melley)

Lessons from Hurricane Harvey

By the time all the measuring and calculating is done, Hurricane Harvey will prove an era-defining storm. Federal and state officials performed admirably to limit the suffering and loss of life, but the whole mess is far worse than it needed to be.

Making American Steel Great Again Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Protecting the American steel industry

President Trump's recent address on his Afghanistan strategy has already become a pivotal moment in his presidency. While opting to increase troops in Afghanistan, Mr. Trump shifted U.S. goals away from nation building to "pursuing our security interests above all other considerations." As a Republican, I applaud the president's renewed focus on U.S. national security, and implore him to take decisive action to protect industries that are strategically important to U.S. national security, like the American steel industry.

Trump's Go-ahead for Infrastructure Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Repairing, updating and expanding infrastructure

One of the biggest barriers to investment in infrastructure all across the United States is the long, costly, and unpredictable permitting process. If you have any doubts, just consider the Keystone XL pipeline extension.

Vehicles wait outside the international terminal at San Francisco International Airport Tuesday, July 11, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) ** FILE **

Teen jumps out of plane emergency door at San Francisco Airport

- Associated Press

A teenage boy traveling alone opened an emergency door after his plane landed, slid down the wing and jumped onto a tarmac at San Francisco before shocked passengers could do anything to stop him, witnesses said.

Illustration on the economic benefits of bringing greater broadband access to rural America by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Taking broadband to the country

Microsoft President Brad Smith announced recently a broad, sustained, cooperative initiative among private industry and federal, state and local governments to extend broadband access ultimately to all Americans, focused in particular on rural America, where broadband has been most lagging. He discussed the issue at a Media Institute luncheon in Washington, D.C., on July 11.

Virginia officials plan to use ground-penetrating radar to test the long-term stability of Natural Bridge, the landmark limestone arch that supports part of U.S. Route 11. Authorities are concerned about its continuing ability to support some 2,000 vehicles per day. (Associated Press)

Stability concerns may shutter Virginia's Natural Bridge

- The Washington Times

Virginia officials are testing the stability of an ancient landmark -- Natural Bridge in Rockbridge County -- amid concerns about the arch's sturdiness after decades of supporting part of U.S. Route 11 (Lee Highway).

Metro has removed the last of its 1000 Series rail cars and 4000 Series rail cars from the tracks and replaced them with the safer 7000 Series. (Associated Press)

D.C. Metro system replaces all old rail cars with safer series

- The Washington Times

Metro finally has retired its 41-year-old rail cars -- seven years after federal inspectors said they posed "an unacceptable risk" to subway riders and were partially to blame for the transit system's deadliest crash.

China Steel Dumping Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Putting American steelworkers first

As President Trump returns from his first G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, we are reminded that some countries do not want to see America grow stronger and be a beacon for freedom around the globe. During his historic inauguration speech while speaking about the decline of American industry, Mr. Trump made clear that "this American carnage stops right here and stops right now." It's clear that the carnage that has taken place in U.S. industries such as steel and aluminum needs to come to an end. As Mr. Trump has said repeatedly, we need to "buy American and hire American."

FILE - In this March 16, 2016 file photo, a man walks past a closed McPherson Square Metro Station in Washington. Congress is set to ask questions about the safety of the Washington area's subway system after an unprecedented daylong shutdown. The Metro system's general manager and other officials will answer questions from two House oversight subcommittees at a hearing Wednesday, April 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Metro service disruptions persist as SafeTrack ends

- The Washington Times

Monday marked the first weekday after the completion of the yearlong SafeTrack maintenance program for the 41-year-old subway. It was also the first weekday of higher fares and shortened hours. Most Metrorail fares increased 10 or 25 cents; Metrobus fares rose 25 cents.

Consumer advocate and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader says that automotive car manufacturers and Silicon Valley companies have "no idea" of the complexities confronting them with driverless vehicles. (Sarah Nelson / The Washington Times)

Nader sees legal, ethical, political issues with self-driving cars

- The Washington Times

Longtime safety advocate Ralph Nader blasted auto companies and Silicon Valley on Wednesday, accusing them of lacking legal, ethical and policy frameworks for the testing and future deployment of driverless vehicles.

North Koreans, who honor late leaders Kim Il-sung, and Kim Jong-il, are thought to be plotting Hidden Cobra, an operation intended to hijack computer devices for large-scale cyberattacks on critical U.S. infrastructure. (Associated Press/File)

North Korea's hack threat

The FBI and Department of Homeland Security warned this week that North Korea is using malicious software to set up networks of hijacked computer devices that can be used in large-scale cyberattacks on critical infrastructure.

Creating the Wealth of Capitalism Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The economy of mass prosperity

After proposing $1 trillion investment into infrastructure, the Trump administration is harnessing the brainpower of renowned experts to unlock the insoluble problem of how many jobs will be created for each billion dollars of spending. While stressing the obvious, the administration is missing the important point.

Illustration on the enduring strategic importance of the U.S. Naval Operating Base at Souda Bay, Crete by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Cementing a long-term deal with Greece

Since World War II, the Mediterranean Sea has been the home to the U.S. Sixth Fleet, whose mission is to conduct "the full range of Maritime Operations and Theater Security Cooperation missions to advance security and stability in Europe and Africa."

Illustration on changes to the Department of Education by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Trump's plan for more and better jobs

Good jobs are still too scarce, and the country needs President Trump's trade, budget and tax reforms to restore opportunity, accountability and the American dream.

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel at the Royal Palace, Wednesday, May 24, 2017, in Brussels. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump's infrastructure budget ripped by Democrats

- The Washington Times

President Trump's plan to rebuild America's roads, bridges, seaports and airports was supposed to be one of the few areas ripe for bipartisan cooperation, but it got raspberries from Capitol Hill Democrats when presented as a $200 billion budget priority.

In this file photo provided by Donna Basden, a man is escorted off an American Airlines flight after it landed in Honolulu, Friday, May 19, 2017. Court records say the man who caused a disturbance on a flight from Los Angeles to Honolulu had no luggage other than a laptop and needed a wheelchair to board the plane because he appeared to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. (Donna Basden via AP, File)

Hawaii jet took off with unruly passenger despite red flags

- Associated Press

Anil Uskanli, who authorities say inspired so much fear among flight attendants that military fighter jets were scrambled to escort the plane to Hawaii, raised a series of possible red flags between purchasing his ticket and being the first passenger to board the American Airlines flight.

Unfair Competition Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Ensuring 'Open Skies' still flies

As President Reagan's former transportation secretary, it's gratifying to see Washington is finally finding the gas pedal when it comes to infrastructure. We all have seen the cost of poor infrastructure, slowing down both us and U.S. businesses. But while we work ourselves out of a backlog of technology, concrete and steel problems, it's also time for Congress and the administration to cast a critical eye toward the operational risks facing our infrastructure.

FILE - In this April 13, 2017 file photo, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao speaks in the Roosevelt Room in the White House in Washington.  Chao said Monday, May 15, 2017, that the Trump administrations infrastructure plan will be out in a few weeks and include $200 billion in taxpayer money.  (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Fixing our infrastructure without breaking the bank

Crumbling roads, decrepit bridges, obsolete airports. Politicians often paint a hyperbolic picture of America in disrepair. It helps drum up support for a politically appealing twofer offer: to fix the nation's aging infrastructure and put Americans back to work.

Recent Opinion Columns

Illustration on TSA abuses by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A cure for the common queue at the airport

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is legendary for not giving a hoot about the convenience or dignity of travelers who must pass through its airport gantlets.

From The Vault

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan.  (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Millions in HUD money went to lobbying, not housing

- The Washington Times

Despite a prohibition against taxpayer money being spent to influence government, millions of dollars meant to provide housing to poor and underprivileged areas instead went to lobbying because of lax oversight by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.