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EDITORIAL: Economic road to hell

Christina Romer, chairman of the president's Council of Economic Advisers, told Congress on Oct. 22 that most of the economic growth from President Obama's stimulus package has occurred already. This underwhelming revelation presents an opportune time to evaluate what - if anything - has been accomplished by the $239 billion that already has been doled out. The results are depressing. Published October 30, 2009

EDITORIAL: Guns and the Virginia election

With just days to go before the election, Virginia Democrats are getting desperate. In the race to become the commonwealth's next attorney general, state Delegate Stephen Shannon is trying to tar his opponent, state Sen. Ken Cuccinelli, for purportedly giving guns to convicted felons. Mr. Shannon is sending around literature with a scary picture of a violent criminal claiming: "FACT: Ken Cuccinelli, candidate for attorney general, voted to allow violent felons to purchase guns in Virginia." Published October 29, 2009

EDITORIAL: Getting ready for the Islamic bomb

The White House believes there is an Islamic bomb in your future. Associated Press reported Tuesday that the Obama administration is "quietly laying the groundwork for long-range strategy that could be used to contain a nuclear-equipped Iran and deter its leaders from using atomic weapons." Granted this could be routine contingency planning, but it's believable that President Obama is pursuing an acquiescent policy given his foundering efforts to dissuade Iran from developing a nuclear capability. Published October 29, 2009

EDITORIAL: D.C. voucher program fights to survive

When you are America's first mixed-race president, it has to be especially galling to flip on the news in America's majority-minority capital city and find commercials accusing you of failing to help the city's black children escape from substandard schools. That's not the change people voted for. Published October 29, 2009

EDITORIAL: Attacking the Defense of Marriage Act

The Obama administration is looking for a fight over the definition of marriage. That means asking more than 100 Democratic members of the House and Senate to repudiate their votes for the Defense of Marriage Act within 12 months of next year's midterm election. That's political poison for members in swing districts and purple or red states. Published October 28, 2009

EDITORIAL: Tow-the-line flu

Late Friday night, President Obama signed a proclamation declaring that the H1N1 virus - the swine flu - is a "national emergency." While 120 million doses were originally promised by mid-October, the government now hopes to get 50 million by mid-November. Academics are telling us the vaccines will be delivered too late to help. So with the world seemingly falling apart, the Obama administration announced last week that the United States is donating 10 percent of our vaccine supply to other nations. Published October 28, 2009

EDITORIAL: Undermining Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is joining Israel as a country facing a war crimes investigation for effectively fighting back against terrorism. America should support the Sri Lankan government or keep its nose out of Colombo's business. Published October 28, 2009

EDITORIAL: Justice Department to blacks: We know better

Black voters across the land should be offended by the Obama Justice Department. In a decision last month, the department effectively told black voters in the town of Kinston, N.C., that they are too stupid to choose their own elected officials unless the candidates are identified by party label. In doing so, the department overruled Kinston's black voters themselves, who helped vote overwhelmingly to join most other North Carolina towns in holding nonpartisan local elections. Published October 27, 2009

EDITORIAL: Green world government

Environmental alarmism is being exploited to chip away at national sovereignty. The latest threat to American liberties may be found in the innocuous sounding Copenhagen Climate Treaty, which will be discussed at the United Nations climate-change conference in mid-December. The alert was sounded on the treaty in a talk given by British commentator Lord Christopher Monckton at Bethel College in St. Paul, Minn., on Oct. 14. Video of the talk has become an Internet sensation. Published October 27, 2009

EDITORIAL; Fomenting financial disasters

Kenneth R. Feinberg, the Obama administration's "pay czar," has no clue about how to run a business. And why would he? His professional background is not in business, but as a liberal trial lawyer. His career includes such relevant experience as placing valuations on the Kennedy assassination's Zapruder film and on the lives of those killed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Published October 26, 2009

EDITORIAL: Needless tax complexification

Taxpayers aren't the only ones who need fear an audit. The Internal Revenue Service gets its own audits, and the latest isn't just embarrassing to the IRS, which finds the tax code too complicated to enforce properly. The Democratic Congress, so fond of adding new doodads and gewgaws to the vastly overfestooned revenue laws, should be red-faced as well. Published October 26, 2009

EDITORIAL: Hate crimes and jet engines

With a war on, it would be nice if there were some adults in the Democratic Party who understand that the 2010 defense-policy bill is not the place for payoffs to domestic constituencies. Instead, President Obama is about to sign a bill that expands federal thought crimes to cover bias based on sexual orientation and greenlights more funding for an unnecessary and wasteful second engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Published October 26, 2009

EDITORIAL: Eye in the sky

It is no surprise that with Democrats in control of the House of Representatives, the Senate and the White House, the result is disarray in the intelligence community. When they're not bashing or de-funding, they're investigating. It's a wonder they've found time to mess up spy satellite policy. Published October 25, 2009

EDITORIAL: New extremes in budget gimmickry

Paying for the president's government health care takeover with gargantuan cuts in Medicare isn't so popular with doctors. A third of them already refuse to take new Medicare patients because the program pays less than their costs. Other doctors participate only because they can make up Medicare losses by boosting prices for privately insured patients. The Democrats' health care takeover plan, which covers more people with Medicare by lower reimbursements further, would only make problems worse. Published October 25, 2009

EDITORIAL: Another judicial radical

Another day, another Obama nominee who doesn't appear to love America. Another nominee who thinks the United States is inherently racist. Another nominee who thinks that judges should let their "ethnic and racial background" have an effect on how they conduct their trials. President Obama's radicalization of American government needs to be stopped. Published October 25, 2009

EDITORIAL: Politically correct counter-terrorism

Do counter-terrorism measures targeting bombers who dress as women offend the rights of transexuals? This is one of the pressing questions addressed in a new United Nations report on "Protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism." Published October 23, 2009

EDITORIAL: Why Dow 10,000 is really 8,600

With the Dow Jones Industrial Average going back above 10,000 last week, some Americans are breathing a sigh of relief. This magic number takes us back roughly to where the market was a year ago, though still a long way from the peak of 14,164 reached two years ago. But before anyone starts thinking that Americans have recovered much of their wealth, it's important to know that some of the recent rise this year has been illusory. Much of the Dow's increase is simply due to a lower value of the dollar. Published October 23, 2009

EDITORIAL: Bulldogging Georgia

The Obama administration's "reset" of relations with Moscow has caused understandable nervousness in countries on Russia's periphery. Not helping matters much is Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who called the collapse of the Soviet Union "the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the [20th] century." Among states that won their freedom after the Soviet collapse, there is justifiable concern that they might be subjects of the Evil Empire again one day. Published October 22, 2009

EDITORIAL: Obama's 'safe schools czar' acts up

The only safe thing that can be said about President Obama's "safe schools czar," Kevin Jennings, is that he's completely inappropriate for an important White House appointment. Mr. Jennings has a long, troubling history, but the list just got a little longer with the information that he's a long-time member of the extremist homosexual organization ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power). Published October 22, 2009

EDITORIAL: McDonnell for governor

The only way to support Creigh Deeds for governor of Virginia is to believe in a fairy tale - call it Three Little Governors. Once upon a time, the voters of Virginia elected a moderate Democratic problem solver to fix the state's transportation problems, but the first little governor, Mark Warner, didn't solve the problem. The voters decided to try again, but the next little governor, moderate Democratic problem solver Tim Kaine, didn't solve the problem, either. Published October 21, 2009