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EDITORIAL: Back door to a public option

President Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi claim that a new government health insurance option would strengthen competition and lower health care costs. If they really believe that theory, it doesn't explain why they are pushing a complete government takeover of the college-loan industry 16 years after federal tuition loans were created to compete with loans by private lenders. The student-loan power grab offers a cautionary tale that is relevant to the health care debate. Published September 18, 2009

EDITORIAL: Obama's anniversary gift to Russia

President Obama is making so many foreign-policy blunders that he is starting to make us yearn for the national-security acumen of the Carter administration. His official announcement scrapping the planned missile-defense system in Poland and the Czech Republic was long expected but still landed with a thud. It is hard to remember a strategic choice that is so obviously wrong on so many levels. Published September 18, 2009

EDITORIAL: Race to injustice

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. should answer one key question -- Will the Justice Department fight against civil rights violations of white people as avidly as those against people of color? Published September 17, 2009

EDITORIAL: Afghanistan is not Vietnam ... yet

The United States is stuck in a 1960s flashback. In an interview on Monday, President Obama rejected comparisons between the war in Afghanistan and the Vietnam conflict, saying "you never step into the same river twice." The Amu Darya is not the Mekong. Published September 17, 2009

EDITORIAL: Justice for Black Panthers

A serious clash may be looming between the Department of Justice and the U.S. Civil Rights Commission about the department's dismissal of a voter-intimidation case against agents of the New Black Panther Party. The commission -- not Justice -- is on the side of the just. Published September 16, 2009

EDITORIAL: The humanitarian the greens hated

In his 1968 book "The Population Bomb," Earth Day co-founder Paul R. Ehrlich stated definitively that "the battle to feed humanity is over. In the 1970s, the world will undergo famines ... a minimum of 10 million people, most of them children, will starve to death during each year of the 1970s." Such shameful crisis-mongering probably helped book sales among the panicky and impressionable. Published September 16, 2009

EDITORIAL: Joe Wilson's war

Democrats pushed through a resolution yesterday rebuking Rep. Joe Wilson, South Carolina Republican, for breaching House rules when he shouted "You lie" during President Obama's Sept. 9 speech to Congress. This was nothing more than a cheap political stunt based on cynical, race-baiting politics. Published September 16, 2009

EDITORIAL: Reform Medicare first

President Obama talks a lot about cutting costs and improving service by increasing government's role in health care. But Democratic plans fail to adequately address the federal government's biggest health care problem -- Medicare. Published September 15, 2009

EDITORIAL: Obama's malpractice lip service

An exceedingly brief discussion of "malpractice reform" was the only noteworthy bone President Obama threw to Republicans in his health care speech Wednesday night. It wasn't a serious offer of reform. Published September 15, 2009

EDITORIAL: Chavez goes for nukes

The song remains the same. We heard it from North Korea; we heard it from Iran. Now another dictatorship with no love for the United States embarks on a path that leads to nuclear-armed missiles. Venezuelan autocrat Hugo Chavez has announced that he has agreed to purchase some "little rockets" from Russia and also will begin work on a nuclear program, which he insists is for peaceful purposes. Yeah, right. Published September 15, 2009

EDITORIAL: NEA scandal timeline

Nov. 10, 2008: A former National Endowment for the Arts chief is named to the Obama transition team. Bill Ivey, NEA head under Bill Clinton, will handle arts and cultural issues in the transition. Published September 14, 2009

EDITORIAL: Inartful politics

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Rocco Landesman owes American taxpayers an explanation. Published September 14, 2009

EDITORIAL: Tehran's nuclear endgame

It's beginning to look like peace had its chance with Iran and failed. Tehran is facing a Tuesday deadline to respond to the Group of Six offer to open talks on trade if Iran ends its nuclear enrichment program. The United States should make contingency plans for when Israel takes action. Published September 13, 2009

EDITORIAL: Baucus bill would destroy private health insurance

Some breathed a sigh of relief that a new health care bill introduced by Sen. Max Baucus does not include government insurance. This solace is premature. The Montana Democrat's bill proposes new regulations that would doom the private insurance industry. Published September 13, 2009

EDITORIAL: Fenty's traffic camera jackpot

The District has ramped up its shakedown of local motorists. Escalated photo enforcement means commuters will be paying more out of their pockets with no corresponding increase in safety. Published September 13, 2009

EDITORIAL: Obama's unemployment shuffle

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. said last week, "The Recovery Act has played a significant role in changing the trajectory of our economy and changing the conversation about the economy in this country." In lock step with the Obama administration, the media dutifully reports that job losses are getting smaller each month. This rosy outlook depends on a selective use of government data. In reality, the unemployment rate is rising. Published September 11, 2009

EDITORIAL: Grounded down at Ground Zero

Eight years after the Sept. 11 tragedy, construction at the Ground Zero site is finally rising above street level. In August, 24 70-ton steel columns began to be erected as part of the base for the largest of the site's buildings. One World Trade Center, formerly known as the Freedom Tower, is now slated to be completed in 2013 at a budget of over $3 billion. When completed it will be the tallest building in America at 1776 feet. Published September 11, 2009

EDITORIAL: The Blago diaries

Ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's book telling "the truth" about his arrest on corruption charges makes for interesting reading. In "The Governor" (Phoenix, 352 pages), the impeached pol details his connections to President Obama and his political team, which offers a useful tutorial on the linkages and practices of Chicago's corrupt Democratic machine. The most compelling selling point of this book, however, is its entertainment value. Published September 11, 2009

EDITORIAL: Gays but not guns

The Senate took further moves last night toward the expected confirmation of Harvard Law School professor Cass R. Sunstein to head the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. This is a key but little-known position that sets governmentwide standards for bureaucratic rule-making. The senators ought to slow down. Published September 10, 2009

EDITORIAL: Obama's doves come home to roost

It was an article of faith to Democrats during the latter years of the George W. Bush administration that Afghanistan was the "right war," in contrast to the "wrong war" in Iraq. Taking a vocal stand for Afghanistan enabled them to slam President Bush's unpopular Iraq policy while adopting a fashionably hawkish stand on the war on terrorism. No one likes al Qaeda, and this posture gave then-candidate Barack Obama the chance to say tough-guy things like, "We must make it clear that if Pakistan cannot or will not act, we will take out high-level terrorist targets like bin Laden if we have them in our sights." Because Iraq was the idee fixe of the antiwar crowd, talking about Afghanistan wasn't likely to alienate the doves so long as Iraq was roundly denounced. Anyway, they knew it was just political posturing, right? Published September 10, 2009