THE WASHINGTON TIMES | Stories - Washington Times
Skip to content



EDITORIAL: Invasion of medical privacy

Privacy rights are under threat in the House's government health care plan. While plowing through the more than 1,000-page Democratic House bill, Declan McCullagh of CBS News uncovered provisions that would allow startling privacy intrusions. The innermost secrets of people's personal lives would be made available to thousands of government bureaucrats. Published August 30, 2009

EDITORIAL: White House control of the Internet

The Senate Commerce Committee wants to hand control of the Internet over to the Obama White House. Increased government intervention isn't the answer to the nation's cybersecurity problem. Published August 30, 2009

EDITORIAL: Monsters under the bed

Democrats and liberal activists are going to extreme lengths to portray opponents of government health care as irrational hatemongers. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi launched this theme by denouncing fictitious crowds "carrying swastikas and symbols like that." When reality does not match their script, Democrats misconstrue facts or have acts of hate staged for propaganda purposes. Published August 28, 2009

EDITORIAL: Taking a bite out of crime fighting

State Sen. Ken Cuccinelli told The Washington Times yesterday that Virginia's crime labs are still in danger of becoming backlogged. Mr. Cuccinelli was the driving force behind an Aug. 19 special session that took the first key steps to solving the problem, so his words carry weight when he says more work needs to be done. Published August 28, 2009

EDITORIAL: Obama jilts Poland and the Czech Republic

The United States is poised to dump a critical missile-defense agreement with two of its most dependable NATO allies. The Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza reported yesterday that the Obama administration is going to scrap the "third site" anti-missile system scheduled to be deployed in Poland and the Czech Republic. Missile interceptors in Poland and a radar station in the Czech Republic were scheduled to be deployed by 2013. Now the plan appears to have been shot down. Published August 28, 2009

EDITORIAL: The $10 trillion deficit disaster

"At what point do we run out of money?" President Obama was asked in May. "Well, we are out of money now," he replied. That was when he projected the deficit to be $7 trillion over the next 10 years. Now his administration admits the number likely will reach $9 trillion. We sure are out of money -- and the true deficit number probably is at least another $1 trillion bigger. Published August 27, 2009

EDITORIAL: Health care run by trial lawyers

Political power, rather than substance, is at the heart of the Democrats' proposed health care legislation. Admission of that power-politics reality was the most significant occurrence in a very odd town-hall meeting Tuesday night held by Virginia Democratic Rep. James P. Moran. It is now clearer than ever that plaintiffs' lawyers collectively are the political powerhouse running the health care show. Published August 27, 2009

EDITORIAL: Bonuses for congressional staff

In debates all year long and in legislation passed just before the August recess, Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives have made one thing clear -- companies taking federal bailout money and other emergency aid shouldn't be doling out executive bonuses. Their point is that failure shouldn't be rewarded, especially on the taxpayer dime. That's a principle Speaker Nancy Pelosi should take to heart in running her own House. Published August 27, 2009

EDITORIAL: The government 'Death Book'

The Obama administration claims that a health care takeover by government won't restrict access to care. Everybody will get more care for less money, the president has said. Of course, something has to give. One likely target for rationing will be care in the later stages of life. Bureaucratic disregard for the value of all life is insinuated in a government manual known as "the Death Book." Published August 26, 2009

EDITORIAL: Read the health care bill, congressman

If you are a member of Congress and you won't personally read the most important bill of the year and won't give the public time to read it either, you do not deserve to be in office. Published August 26, 2009

EDITORIAL: Obama vs. the CIA

The Obama administration's war on the CIA continued in force this week. The result may be prosecution of CIA interrogators who work to uncover threats to national security. This witch hunt does not make America safer. Published August 26, 2009

EDITORIAL: Encouraging terrorists

What was billed as an act of compassion is spiraling into a major political headache. British officials are facing hard questions on the circumstances of the release of terminally ill convicted Pan Am Flight 103 bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi. Questions are swirling over how the decision was made, by whom and why. The world and the victims' families deserve answers. Published August 25, 2009

EDITORIAL: Bury the messenger

If you can't muzzle the whistleblower, try to marginalize him. That seems to be the strategy of the Obama administration, which is showing that its commitment to liberal ideology trumps its pledge to foster open government. Published August 25, 2009

EDITORIAL: Taxes paying for politics

White House political operatives have been caught with their hands in the cookie jar. Specifically, the Obama administration is using taxpayer funds for a political campaign to push government health care. There are clear lines that define appropriate behavior in politics. This is over the line. Published August 25, 2009

EDITORIAL: Your taxes to pay for abortions

President Obama isn't being straight when he says current health care proposals don't provide government funding for abortion. They do. If Democratic plans are passed, your taxes will pay for abortions. Published August 24, 2009

EDITORIAL: Inspectors need independence

Democratic leaders in Congress want to give President Obama the ability to appoint inspectors general at five financial regulatory agencies. Such a move would undermine independent oversight of large parts of the federal bureaucracy. Published August 23, 2009

EDITORIAL: Attorneys should pony up

Plaintiffs' attorneys better watch out. When Bob Beckel, uber-Democrat and manager of Walter Mondale's 1984 presidential campaign, agrees on something with outspoken conservative Sarah Palin, last year's Republican nominee for vice president, it's time to take notice. That's especially true when they agree on a major stumbling block to health care reform, the single biggest issue in American politics today. Published August 23, 2009