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**FILE** In this July 28, 2009 file photo, a car turned in as a clunker sits in a recycle dumpster at Capitol City Buick Pontiac GMC in Berlin, Vt. The Obama administration will bring to an end the popular $3 billion Cash for Clunkers program on Monday giving car shoppers a few more days to take advantage of big government incentives. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: The $3 billion lemon

The health care debacle forces nearly everyone to face the reality that President Obama's schemes usually crash and burn and leave only a cloud of smoke and dirt to pollute the economic environment. The Brookings Institution now confirms what many realized early on, that the administration's $2.9 billion "Cash for Clunkers" stimulus program in the summer of 2009 was the ultimate clunker. Published November 3, 2013

Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe smiles during his campaign event at Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, Va. on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013. President Barack Obama also attended the event. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

EDITORIAL: Did McAuliffe make millions cheating the dying?

The ghosts and goblins of Halloween have retired to their ghoulish places for another year, but there's still Terry McAuliffe and his friends. Mr. McAuliffe, the Democratic nominee for governor of Virginia, is a piece of work. The latest McAuliffe fright to emerge from the shadows is how he came to join an investment group to profit from the helpless and the hopeless waiting to die of AIDS, cancer and other fearsome diseases. The design of the clever scheme was the work of one Joseph Caramadre, a Rhode Island estate planner and generous contributor to the McAuliffe campaign. Published November 3, 2013

Keeping a Secret: President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton left out of their story line of the Benghazi attack the fact that U.S. military special operations commandos came to the rescue of besieged Americans. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Even '60 Minutes' can't blink at Benghazi betrayals

Murder, as the Bard reminded us, "though it have no tongue, will speak with most miraculous organ." That goes double, as we're learning now about what happened in Benghazi. Murder is multiplied by betrayal. Washington's sleepy press regiments appear to be rising from a five-year slumber to recognize the Benghazi betrayal as a real story. Published October 31, 2013

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. gestures as she speaks to reporters during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

EDITORIAL: Nancy Pelosi's ferocious appetite

No government has taken as much sheer wealth from its citizens as the United States has done this year. The record-breaking $2.8 trillion federal haul represents $24,000 from every U.S. household. On average, that's nearly half of each household's total income. That would be enough for Croesus, the ancient king of Lydia famous in his day as the happiest and wealthiest man on earth. Croesus had it all. But Nancy Pelosi could teach him a thing or two about greed. Published October 31, 2013

Children make their scary monster faces on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013,  as Carol Carpenter reads Skeleton Hiccups by Margery Cuyler during a Halloween-themed story time at the Keewaydin Branch of the Mid-Columbia Libraries in Kennewick, Wash.  (AP Photo/The Tri-City Herald, Kai-Huei Yau) LOCAL TV OUT; LOCAL RADIO OUT KONA

EDITORIAL: Running from Halloween's spooks and goblins

Halloween mischief lurks in all the usual places, and this time, rambunctious teenagers aren't to blame. Some adults are out to rid their communities of the holiday fun altogether. They're trying to soothe anxiety, whether over children taking candy from strangers or the modern security concerns over masks that hide a wearer from the government's facial-recognition cameras. But it's Halloween's roots in religion, though barely discernible, that give the fainthearted and excessively sensitive the most anxiety. Published October 30, 2013

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

EDITORIAL: The cruelty of not cutting

Democrats insist that every dollar in the $3.8 trillion annual budget is precious and well spent — all waste has been eliminated by sequestration. "The cupboard is bare," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said recently on CNN's "State of the Union." "There's no more cuts to make. ... We cannot have cuts just for the sake of cuts." Republicans and the facts suggest otherwise. Published October 30, 2013

Congressman Bill Huizenga, of the 2nd District, Michigan, speaks with Reporter Meredith Somers, at the World War II memorial due to the government shutdown in Washington, DC., Wednesday, October 2, 2013.  (Andrew S Geraci/The Washington Times)

EDITORIAL: Reforming the reform

Republicans haven't succeeded in repealing Obamacare, or even restraining the scheme the Democrats pushed through Congress without a single Republican vote. That's what can happen with a determined Democrat in the White House and the Democrats in control of half of Congress. Republicans in the House will now take aim at another of President Obama's hyperpartisan achievements, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street regulation bill. Published October 30, 2013

European Union Council President Herman Van Rompuy, left, and European Union Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso participate in a media conference during an EU summit in Brussels on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013. The two-day summit meeting of EU leaders is likely to be diverted from its official agenda, economic recovery and migration, after German Chancellor Angela Merkel complained to U.S. President Barack Obama that U.S. intelligence may have monitored her mobile phone. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

EDITORIAL: Making the world safe for dirt

When government regulators design light bulbs, they become expensive, toxic hazards. Once they begin telling companies how to make dishwashers and washing machines, dishes and clothes no longer emerge from the machine as spotless as they once would have. Now busybodies in Europe have set their sights on the remaking the vacuum cleaner. Published October 29, 2013

FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2013 file photo, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Congressional Republicans are waging war against a hapless Web Site and hoping it leads to the destruction of Obamacare, the health care program they loathe yet can’t stop talking about it. As a tactic, it’s no more likely to succeed than this autumn’s self-wounding decision by Republicans to force a partial government shutdown and flirt with default on the national debt. Or their specious, long-ago claim that the program included death panels.   (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)

EDITORIAL: The Obamacare omelet

Americans who like their doctor and health care plans are out of luck. Despite the emphatic promises he made not so long ago, President Obama's new message, made in so many words, is the equally emphatic "You can't make an omelet without breaking a few eggs." The Obamacare omelet is accompanied by the hash the president is making of the coverage so many people wanted to keep. Published October 29, 2013

An elf stands next to Marines while waiting to load toys on the Blue Angels "Fat Albert" plane at the Signature Flight Support Terminal at Ronald Reagan National Airport on Monday, Dec. 3, 2012. Toys for Tots is taking thousands of toys on the Blue Angels plane up to New Jersey to be distributed to families in six states affected by Hurricane Sandy. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

EDITORIAL: Shutting down the lemonade stands

Before government grew to a $3.8 trillion annual enterprise, churches and public-spirited men and women tried to take care of those in need. Volunteers keep that spirit alive today. Marines collect toys for poor children, brawny firemen pass their hats at intersections to gather a few coins for important projects, and Girl Scouts knock on doors with boxes of cookies (in several flavors). Inevitably, a handful of bureaucrats in towns and cities across the land are eager to kick over a few lemonade stands to stop it. Published October 29, 2013

The Tesla Model S, an electric car that sells for $70,000, received the highest safety rating ever recorded from the federal government but a crash and resulting fire sent the stock tumbling Thursday. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Electric cars are hot

Electric cars are hot, but not necessarily in a good way. One of them, the Tesla Model S, ran over a rock in the road in Seattle early this month and burst into flames. The administration's friends, if not necessarily the Tesla Model S, can always count on a break. Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and the golden boy of the green car industry, drew a pass. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration declined to investigate the incident. Published October 28, 2013

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito hopes to become the first Republican elected to the U.S. Senate from West Virginia since the early 1940s. (Associated Press photographs)

EDITORIAL: The power of principle

A fortnight after the government's grand reopening, Americans have shrugged off the "evil" of the shutdown. The Democrats crafted their entire legislative agenda around a vow to resist delaying Obamacare, hoping that points collected from outraged voters could be cashed at the midterm elections. If voters don't care about the shutdown a fortnight later, it's hard to see how it would matter a year from now. Published October 28, 2013

President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (Associated Press/File)

EDITORIAL: Buyer's remorse in Europe

President Obama offered a half-grovel last week when he asked German Chancellor Angela Merkel to forgive him for the National Security Agency's tap on her cellphone. What he didn't offer was an admission of wrongdoing or authentic contrition. He merely invoked the Sgt. Schultz defense: He "knew nothing, absolutely nothing" about what his spooks were up to. Published October 28, 2013

Camden Coffman, 2, of Winchester, Va. shouts, "Trick or Treat" to Richard's Jewelry owner Jeanie Swisher during the Old Town Spooktacular event Saturday on the Loudoun Street Mall in Winchester, Va.  (AP Photo, The Winchester Star, Jeff Taylor)

EDITORIAL: Holiday wars

Whenever people gather for a little fun with the celebration of a holiday, there's someone nearby eager to stop it. The kill-joy movement has been semi-successful with its war on Christmas, relentlessly pursuing anyone wishing a greeting in the name of the Prince of Peace. Published October 27, 2013

New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg is getting involved in the Virginia gubernatorial race, even though many want him to stay out of the state's business. (Invision via Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: The nanny goes to court

Mike Bloomberg won't take no for an answer. Like most billionaires, the mayor of New York City is accustomed to getting his way, so he is pressuring the state's highest court to rescue his ban on Big Gulps. Published October 27, 2013

A police officer stands in an alley doorway of an apartment building in Philadelphia on Monday, Oct. 17, 2011,  after the landlord on Saturday discovered four mentally disabled adults locked in the sub-basement of the building. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

EDITORIAL: Thwarting domestic spies

Rights once lost are usually gone for good. Governments never admit mistakes, and few judges are courageous enough to set things right. So it's refreshing that the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia last week came to the eminently reasonable conclusion that the police must get a warrant before putting an electronic tracking device on someone's car. Published October 27, 2013

Protesters rally outside The Theodore Levin United States Courthouse in Detroit, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. The city of Detroit for months has disclosed the awful condition of its finances. Now it’s up to a judge to determine if the largest public bankruptcy in U.S. history really can go forward. An unusual trial starts Wednesday, pitting Detroit’s emergency manager and his legal team against unions and pension funds that claim the city isn’t qualified to scrub its books clean under Chapter 9 bankruptcy. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

EDITORIAL: No keys to the factory

Detroit lies in a shambles, in large part owing to the greed of the automobile unions. The United Auto Workers once helped autoworkers achieve the good life, but then brought the Motor City to ruin with unreasonable demands. Now it's looking to move into the South to recover relevance. Published October 24, 2013

Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Terry McAuliffe speaks during a debate at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

EDITORIAL: The Sarvis factor

Apart from death and taxes, few things in life are certain. But one of them is that third-party candidates nearly always lose. Sometimes a third-party candidate can be a positive influence in the race, and sometimes not. Robert Sarvis, the candidate of the Libertarian Party, can only contribute to the prospects of Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic nominee. Published October 24, 2013

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius answers a question as she holds a news conference at the Wesley Health Center, one of two facilities she visited where locals can get help navigating the Affordable Care Act on Thursday Oct. 24, 2013, in Phoenix, amid calls for her resignation after the rollout of insurance exchanges under the new federal health care law. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

EDITORIAL: The Obamacare taxi squad

The Obama administration now concedes that the taxpayers didn't get first-rate service for the website the administration spent $634 million to build. Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of Health and Human Services who was the construction foreman, tells CNN that the government contractors will now send their "A-Team" in a "tech surge" to fix things. Where has the A-Team been for the past three years? Why did we get only the taxi squad? The implementation for Obamacare was clearly an afterthought for a half-baked health care scheme. Published October 24, 2013