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EDITORIAL: Obama's gaffes not for laughs

Ronald Reagan once said that in politics, if you're explaining, you're losing. Lately the Obama campaign has been spending more time cleaning up its messes than getting out a message. Published August 17, 2012

Illustration by M. Ryder

EDITORIAL: Obama's fuel follies

Don't look now, but gas prices are beginning to bite hard again. That's bad news for President Obama, who, until now, might have thought he had gotten lucky when prices dropped earlier in this critical election year. As the energy issue makes the campaign trail bumpier, Mr. Obama has no one to blame but himself. Published August 15, 2012

Illustration by: Tom Trouw, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

EDITORIAL: Europe in limbo

Limbo does exist because Greece is stuck in it. The Greek economy is shrinking for the fifth year in a row, and no savior is in sight to pull it out. Unless Athens pursues serious internal reform, the country won't be able to stay in the eurozone or renew economic growth. Published August 15, 2012

** FILE ** Vice President Joe Biden gives a thumbs-up before President Barack Obama's State of the Union address in front of a joint session of Congress Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/Saul Loeb, Pool)

EDITORIAL: Biden: Back on the chain gang

Vice President Joe Biden told a racially mixed audience Wednesday that if Republicans take back the White House, "They're going to put y'all back in chains." It's hard to say what is more offensive: Mr. Biden's overt use of inflammatory racial symbolism, or someone from Delaware saying "y'all." Published August 14, 2012

FILE - Elvis Presley poses with his Gibson J-200 guitar in an MGM studio publicity photo from the 1950s.  Elvis Presley Enterprises said Wednesday Feb. 9, 2011 it's suing men in Florida and England on claims of copyright infringement and illegal sale of a DVD and CD box set of recordings and footage of the singer's performances.   (AP Photo/MGM, File )

EDITORIAL: Gibson axed up by Lacey Act

President Obama doesn't think Arizona has any business enforcing federal immigration law, yet his administration wants the federal government to make sure U.S. companies abide by obscure regulations adopted by foreign countries. Published August 14, 2012

Illustration Obamaphobia by John Camejo for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Obama: Let's take over every industry

First President Obama said "the private sector is doing fine." Then he lectured business owners, "you didn't build that." Now he wants to extend the government's auto-industry takeover across the board. Mr. Obama simply cannot understand how the economy can function without government's firm guiding hand. Published August 10, 2012

Illustration by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

GHEI: The Social Security Ponzi scheme

As of last year, a married couple earning two average incomes would have paid more into Social Security that they could expect to receive from it. If the man lives to the expected age of 82 and the woman to 85, they would get back $556,000 of the $598,000 they paid into the system over their lives, according to the Urban Institute. That's a bad deal, and the ripoff will only get worse without major reform. Published August 10, 2012

First lady Michelle Obama smiles while she visits Marbella, southern Spain on Aug. 4, 2010, during a private vacation with daughter Sasha. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Obama: Pay my wife, please

President Obama thinks his wife should be paid for the privilege of serving as first lady. Speaking at a campaign event in Denver on Wednesday, Mr. Obama invoked Mrs. Obama's plight to make a point about equal pay for equal work. Published August 9, 2012

**FILE** D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray's proposal to raise $30 million by expanding a traffic-camera program is a "ruse" to take advantage of out-of-state motorists, said AAA Mid-Atlantic spokesman John B. Townsend II. (The Washington Times)

EDITORIAL: Washington's camera craze

The District of Columbia's speed-camera revenue-raising grows more brazen by the day. Last week, officials announced a dozen new speed-trap locations, while the for-profit Arizona-based vendor American Traffic Solutions (ATS) has been busy installing permanent speed cameras at well-concealed freeway locations on Interstate 295 and Interstate 395. Published August 9, 2012

Illustration: Obamacare by John Camejo for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Obamacare's free lunch

America simply can't afford Obamacare. According to a new Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report, the new entitlement will grow an explosive 6 percent annually from 2017 to 2022, impose a slew of new taxes which will ripple through the economy, and will still leave 29 million people without health insurance. Published August 8, 2012

President Obama's re-election campaign has rolled out ads criticizing Mitt Romney for sending jobs overseas while at Bain Capital. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Obama's uphill climb

Recent dueling headlines have been predicting an Obama landslide or a Romney steamroller in the November election. The polls show a tight race, but given the fundamentals of the economy, it shouldn't even be close. Published August 8, 2012

Illustration: Battle worn Tea Party by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: The Civil War of 2016

Imagine Tea Party extremists seizing control of a South Carolina town and the Army being sent in to crush the rebellion. This farcical vision is now part of the discussion in professional military circles. Published August 7, 2012

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray and congressional Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton join officials from Amtrak and representatives from Akridge developers to announce the Washington Union Station Master Plan at Union Station on Wednesday in the District. The proposed development is still in the initial planning stages. (Raymond Thompson/The Washington Times)

EDITORIAL: Monumental waste

Government waste is so prevalent that it rarely comes as a surprise. Bureaucrats partying at public expense, inefficient labor-union contracts and massive cost overruns are the natural consequence of giving civil servants the ability to spend money earned by others. Published August 7, 2012

The headquarters of Solyndra Inc. in Fremont, Calif., are shown in May 2010. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

EDITORIAL: The Solyndra standard

Power means never having to say you're sorry. Despite contrary evidence, the Obama administration is sticking to its story that the decision to loan $535 million to solar-panel manufacturer Solyndra was the right thing to do. Published August 6, 2012

President Obama speaks on Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, at the John S. Knight Center in Akron, Ohio. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Angry man Obama

The latest headline in the 2012 race is that President Obama hates Mitt Romney. The subtext of the story is that the president is in fact afraid of his challenger. Published August 6, 2012

Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank, addresses the media in Frankfurt, Germany, on Thursday after a meeting of the ECB governing council concerning the further strategies in the European financial crisis. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Much ado about monetary policy

The economy continues to drag, and policymakers refuse to do what it takes to restore prosperity. The official unemployment number climbed to 8.3 percent, and the broadest measure of joblessness, known as the U6, increased to 15 percent for July. Economic growth is stalled at 1.5 percent. Published August 3, 2012

Illustration: Military voting by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Obama frags military voters

President Obama goes out of his way to appear to support the troops. But when it comes to voting, he would like to keep them out of the fight. Published August 3, 2012

Illustration: GOP embrace of Tea Party by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Tea Party Tuesday

The Tea Party hasn't dominated the headlines in quite some time. Following its ballot-box success in 2010, the loosely organized small-government movement has taken a breather. Results from Tuesday's primary elections in Texas and Georgia leave little doubt that the Tea Party is back and ready for action in November. Published August 2, 2012

Illustration: Jihad by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Obama arming al Qaeda

Reuters reported Wednesday that President Obama "signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for rebels seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government." This latest leak of classified information was attributed to "U.S. sources familiar with the matter." Published August 2, 2012

The Social Security retirement system was implemented in the 1930s. (Illustration by M. Ryder)

GHEI: The true pension burden

The Maryland state retirement and pension system is in bad shape. The deluxe benefits package has $37 billion in assets, but even that amount isn't enough to meet the promises made to government bureaucrats. In the last fiscal year, this prodigious sum was invested in a way that yielded a negligible 0.36 percent return. Published August 1, 2012