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EDITORIAL: More government won't work

Government is bigger than ever and controls more aspects of American life than at any time in U.S. history. Last year, the federal government ate $3.52 trillion out of a $13.2 trillion economy. With the current trajectory of big government under the Democrats, the federal bureaucracy will devour as much as 50 percent of this nation's economic activity by midcentury. To illustrate how wasteful that is, take a look at the empty space above this editorial. That's what government creates - nothing. Published January 20, 2010

EDITORIAL: Blocking inspectors general

The Obama administration needs to learn that inspectors general aren't the enemy. Last year, Congress looked into five reports of possible political interference with the work of these quasi-independent watchdogs, and now a sixth IG is complaining about political strong-arm tactics. Published January 19, 2010

EDITORIAL: Obama's record of broken promises

During his first year in office, President Obama has broken dozens of promises. President George H.W. Bush broke his famous campaign promise, "Read my lips - no new taxes," and he paid the political price when voters decided against re-electing him in 1992. Mr. Obama's broken promises make the elder Mr. Bush look like the model of political fidelity by comparison. Below are a few examples of Mr. Obama's broken promises regarding the size and role of government. Published January 19, 2010

EDITORIAL: When equal opportunity kills

The Defense Department continues to duck the hard questions about the Fort Hood massacre. As many as eight Army officers might take the fall for not reporting Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan's abnormal behavior in the years leading up to his Nov. 5 terrorist rampage. But as Bill Gertz reported yesterday on the front page of The Washington Times, fear of being perceived as insensitive played a critical role in those officers keeping Maj. Hasan in the force. There's no sign the military's politically correct climate is about to change. Published January 19, 2010

EDITORIAL: Panther politics

The Justice Department insists that only "career employees" made a controversial decision last May to drop voter-intimidation charges against members of the New Black Panther Party. An analysis by The Washington Times, however, suggests good reason to ask if the White House itself interfered in the case. Published January 19, 2010

EDITORIAL: Annotated Panther timeline

The question all along, just as it had been with the Bush Justice Department, has been whether the Obama Justice Department interfered with ongoing investigations for political reasons, and whether that interference came from the White House itself. The Washington Times superimposed the known timeline of decisions on the Black Panther case with White House visitor logs. Here's what we found: Published January 19, 2010

EDITORIAL: Obama is killing the economy

Barack Obama has the worst budget record of any president in American history. White House budget office spokesman Tom Gavin claimed "a very strong beginning" for the president's purported first-year attempts at controlling spending - for example, zeroing out a $17 million program for work incentive grants. But such paltry efforts are round-off numbers compared to the gush of red ink created by President Obama and congressional Democrats. This government is setting the United States on an inevitable path to permanent debtor status. Published January 18, 2010

EDITORIAL: Bank diversification apologia

Congress is trying to limit what investments banks can make. Half-baked bureaucratic interference will make the financial sector more volatile. Published January 18, 2010

EDITORIAL: Obama's $59 billion giveaway to unions

Democrats didn't learn their lesson from the public outrage over vote buying. Sen. Ben Nelson, Nebraska Democrat, and Sen. Mary Landrieu, Louisiana Democrat, are still reeling from fallout over the hundreds of millions their states will get for a deal to buy their votes for the government health care takeover. If $400 million for those two senators generates so much anger, public outcry over a $59 billion special deal President Obama cut with unions on Thursday should be deafening. Published January 18, 2010

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Limbaugh Haiti remarks spark criticism Published January 15, 2010

EDITORIAL: Special protection for Black Panthers

Racial cowardice, thy name is Eric Holder. For those who don't remember, Attorney General H. Holder Jr. had the gall last February to claim that Americans form "a nation of cowards" with regard to racial issues. Saying that this nation must examine its "racial soul" and that "we, average Americans, simply do not talk enough with each other about race," Mr. Holder explicitly vowed to "have frank conversations about the racial matters that continue to divide us." In that same context, he also vowed repeatedly last year to "restore" the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division to a supposedly renewed focus on protecting minority rights. Published January 15, 2010

EDITORIAL: Haiti's voodoo regime

The death toll in Haiti is climbing in the aftermath of the magnitude 7 earthquake that hit the Caribbean nation Tuesday. Much of the carnage could have been avoided. Published January 15, 2010

EDITORIAL: Billions more for banking bailout

The second banking bailout isn't getting the attention it deserves because Democrats don't want to talk about the disaster at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Published January 14, 2010

EDITORIAL: Obamacare's marriage penalty

So much is so wrong with Capitol Hill's two versions of government health care that it's hard to focus on yet another poison pill in the bills. Hard, but important. It turns out that in addition to unconstitutional measures, unfair individual mandates, higher taxes, penalties for lifesaving medical devices and a potentially devastating rationing of care, Obamacare also contains several penalties on couples for getting married. Those penalties make government the enemy of both good romance and good finance. Published January 14, 2010

EDITORIAL: Google jihad

Google isn't carrying water for jihad. That's what the company says, and they're sticking to it. Still, many Internet surfers wonder: Is there something bad about Islam the Google search engine doesn't want you to know? Published January 14, 2010

NAZARBAYEV: Summit needed for stagnant OSCE

On Jan. 1, Kazakhstan became the first former Soviet republic to take over chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. Published January 14, 2010

EDITORIAL: After Katrina, whither Charity

Eminent domain is being used by bureaucracies across the country to take people's land, and the public is routinely cut out of the process. A big fight is brewing over this in the Big Easy. Published January 13, 2010

EDITORIAL: War with Iran nears

Massoud Ali-Mohammadi, an important Iranian nuclear scientist, was killed yesterday by a bomb planted outside his home. Iran has accused Israel and the United States of assassinating Mr. Ali-Mohammadi in an attempt to disrupt Tehran's nuclear program. If true, such short-of-war methods could be seen as a means of preventing a larger conflict or paving the way for more deadly operations. Published January 13, 2010

EDITORIAL: Menacing turn in Black Panther case

The Justice Department told the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights to drop dead yesterday. The growing controversy is over a voter-intimidation case involving the radical New Black Panther Party and why Justice is carrying water for the villains. The department's intransigence should frighten Congress because Justice is asserting broad privileges that undermine congressional authority to oversee government's executive branch. Published January 13, 2010