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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

Democrats Gas (Energy) Tax Idea Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Desperate Democrats start pressing for energy taxes

Everything made, everything transported and everything that keeps people warm or provides electricity invariably involves the use of natural gas, oil or coal. No matter where or when it is imposed, a "carbon dioxide" tax is a tax on energy. Published July 9, 2022

Fireworks can be seen from the Top of the Town as they explode over the National Mall to celebrate Independence Day. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Fourth of July truly worth celebrating

Why do we celebrate the Fourth of July and not the 17th of September - the day in 1787 that the Constitution was signed by the delegates to the Constitutional Convention? Published July 3, 2022

Biden's Energy Policy Charade Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Biden’s energy policy charades

President Joe Biden recently proposed suspending the federal gas tax for three months, the latest in a long line of failed efforts to convince the American people that he cares about high gasoline prices. Published June 24, 2022

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