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Michael McKenna

Michael McKenna

Michael McKenna, a columnist for The Washington Times, is the president of MWR Strategies. He was most recently a deputy assistant to the president and deputy director of the Office of Legislative Affairs at the White House. He can be reached at

Columns by Michael McKenna

The Allure of Conservatism Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Rediscovering conservatism

In his new book, "Conservatism: A Rediscovery," Yoram Hazony makes a convincing case that Enlightenment rationalism is the god that failed. Published May 21, 2022

GOP Carbon Energy Tax Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Republican senators unwisely propose new energy tax

Two Senate Republicans -- Sen. Kevin Cramer and Senator Bill Cassidy -- seem to be taking Sen. Joe Manchin's latest legislative effort as a moment to advocate for higher energy taxes for consumers. Published May 8, 2022

Illustration on the impact of Biden's planned spending by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Is $73 trillion a lot? Team Biden doesn’t think so

$73 trillion over the next 10 years. That is how much of your money Team Biden wants the federal government to spend. Is that a lot? Well, on an annual basis, it is 66% higher than the average yearly spending over the last 10 years. Published April 30, 2022

Bill Gates speaks during the Global Investment Summit at the Science Museum, London, Tuesday, Oct, 19, 2021. (Leon Neal/Pool Photo via AP

Tax the billionaires: They are not your friends

Everyone on the right is all excited about Elon Musk buying Twitter, but would be wise to reserve judgment about whether that will ultimately be a good thing. Published April 27, 2022

People visit Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, on Friday, April 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey)

No, Disney’s freedom of speech wasn’t violated. Neither was yours.

Since the state of Florida dissolved the Reedy Creek Improvement District, partly in response to Disney's opposition to legislation precluding teachers from talking about sex and gender with kindergarteners, there has been a steady drumbeat from those who contend that Disney's freedom of speech has been violated. Published April 26, 2022

President Joe Biden speaks at Business Roundtable's CEO quarterly meeting, Monday, March 21, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

The Business Roundtable wants to raise your taxes

Last Tuesday, in perhaps the most remarkable instance of political tone-deafness ever the Business Roundtable decided that promoting a thriving economy included being in favor of a fat, new energy tax on consumers. Published April 21, 2022

Illustration on The New York Times and Trump by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Hypocritical and greedy New York Times can’t quit Trump

This week, The New York Times announced that they hired Michael Bender, formerly of The Wall Street Journal, to be their new reporter on what they describe as former President Donald Trump and the "Trumpism" beat. Published April 20, 2022

Illustration on the downside of impeaching President Biden by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Impeaching Biden would be a mistake

Impeaching President Biden is a terrible idea. Impeachment is and should be reserved for high crimes and misdemeanors, not for policy differences. Published April 16, 2022

Illustration comparing America to communist China by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

We’re better than communist China

Sometimes Americans' competitive nature requires that we think of our current rivals as much, much more impressive than they actually are. Published April 9, 2022

President Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi are shown in this file photo. (Associated Press)  **FILE**

The 2020 election is over and it’s time to move on

Former President Donald Trump never tires of talking about the legitimacy of the 2020 elections. Fair enough. However, the reality is that the election is finished, and the winner has been certified. Published April 6, 2022

In this March 4, 2019, file photo, the J. Edgar Hoover FBI Building is seen in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

We need to reassess the conduct of the CIA, FBI, DHS and DOJ

In 1975, Sen. Frank Church, a Democrat from Idaho, gaveled in a new committee constructed specifically to examine legal and other transgressions engaged in by the CIA and other elements of the American foreign policy apparatus. Published March 30, 2022

Illustration on Biden energy policy by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Voters reject Team Biden’s energy policies

There has been a lot of talk lately about rising energy prices, the supposed energy transition and the federal government mandating electric vehicles. Published March 26, 2022

In this March 12, 2020, file photo, Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Rachel Levine provides an update on the coronavirus known as COVID-19 in Harrisburg, Pa. President-elect Joe Biden has tapped Levine to be his assistant secretary of health, leaving her poised to become the first openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. (Joe Hermitt/The Patriot-News via AP, File)

Lia Thomas and Rachel Levine are men

Last week, Adm. Rachel Levine and Lia Thomas -- both of whom are men in any measurable, objective way -- were given awards specifically designated for women and denominated as awards for women. Published March 23, 2022