National Columnist

Story of the year: Realizing how radical Obamacare is

December 20, 2013

The lie of the year, according to Politifact, is “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it.” But the story of the year is a nation waking up to just how radical Obamacare is — which is why it required such outright deception to get it passed in the first place. Obamacare Read More

Congress’s drag on the economy

It is tantalizing to wonder, as Ben Bernanke did Wednesday afternoon, how much better the economy would be today, and how many millions more would have jobs, if Congress hadn’t done so much over the past few years to drag down growth. Bernanke was giving his last news conference as Fed chairman, and it became Read More

Discovering President Obama the oblivious

December 13, 2013

In explaining the disastrous rollout of Obamacare, President Obama told Chris Matthews he had discovered that “we have these big agencies, some of which are outdated, some of which are not designed properly.” An interesting discovery to make after having consigned the vast universe of American medicine, one-sixth of the U.S. economy, to the tender Read More

Obama’s epiphanies about governing

December 12, 2013

The education of Barack Obama is a protracted process as he repeatedly alights upon the obvious with a sense of original discovery. In a recent MSNBC interview, he restocked his pantry of excuses for his disappointing results, announcing that “we have these big agencies, some of which are outdated, some of which are not designed Read More

Woe to U.S. allies

December 6, 2013

Three crises, one president, many bewildered friends. The first crisis, barely noticed here, is Ukraine’s sudden turn away from Europe and back to the Russian embrace. After years of negotiations for a major trading agreement with the European Union, Ukraine succumbed to characteristically blunt and brutal economic threats from Russia and abruptly walked away. Ukraine Read More

Why liberals are panicked about Obamacare

November 15, 2013

“Even if it takes a change to the law, the president should honor the commitment the federal government made to those people and let them keep what they got.” — Bill Clinton, Nov. 12 So the former president asserts that the current president continues to dishonor his “you like your plan, you can keep your Read More

Obama to campaign to ensure health law’s success

November 8, 2013

The Obamacare website doesn’t work. Hundreds of thousands of insured Americans are seeing their plans summarily terminated. Millions more face the same prospect next year. Confronted with a crisis of governance, how does President Obama respond? He campaigns. “I’ve got one more campaign in me,” he told grass-roots supporters Monday — a series of speeches Read More

Behind every great woman

October 25, 2013

Most Americans of a certain age grew up hearing the adage: “Behind every great man is a great woman,” or some variation thereof. The meaning is clear, though its origin less so. Whether the expression evolved from the women’s movement or was uttered by a wise man is less important than its truth. Today, as Read More

GOP: Stop being so negative

The American political class is facing a perfect storm of public contempt. Congressional Republicans have proved themselves divided and incapable of adopting a coherent strategy, with a significant minority determined to light the way with an auto-da-fé. Meanwhile, an administration that seeks to transform U.S. health care cannot run a Web site — a breathtaking Read More

Redskins and reason

October 18, 2013

In re the (Washington) Redskins. Should the name be changed? I don’t like being lectured by sportscasters about ethnic sensitivity. Or advised by the president of the United States about changing team names. Or blackmailed by tribal leaders playing the race card. I don’t like the language police ensuring that no one anywhere gives offense Read More

The way out

October 11, 2013

For all the hyped indignation over GOP “anarchism,” there has been remarkable media reticence about the president’s intransigence. He has refused to negotiate anything unless the Republicans fully fund the government and raise the debt ceiling — unconditionally. For all his protestations about protecting the full faith and credit of the United States — jittery Read More

Redskins’ name is ready for retiring

As a fan of tradition, my knee-jerk reaction to the Washington Redskins controversy — should the name be changed out of respect for offended Native Americans? — was, well, knee-jerk. As in, good grief, must we change every word to please every offended group? Moreover, as an alum of Florida State University (Go ’Noles!), whose Read More

Shutdown, schmutdown

October 2, 2013

In life, context is everything; in Washington, leverage is everything else. Both are essential to understanding what just happened. In the hours leading up to and following Tuesday’s government shutdown, conventional spin (wisdom is on permanent leave) was that the tea party crazies popularly known as the Insanity Caucus were driving the Republican House, compliments Read More

The real Navy Yard scandal

September 20, 2013

In the liberal remake of “Casablanca,” the police captain comes upon the scene of the shooting and orders his men to “round up the usual weapons.” It’s always the weapon and never the shooter. Twelve people are murdered in a rampage at the Washington Navy Yard, and before sundown Sen. Dianne Feinstein has called for Read More

What’s superbugging you?

You may be worried about a government shutdown, but I’m not. I’m not worried about a shutdown because we’re all about to die anyway. Superbugs are going to kill us. “Drug-resistant bacteria pose potential catastrophe, CDC warns” was The Post’s headline this week about a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that did indeed Read More

Is America in Syria’s trouble?

September 6, 2013

President Obama has asked Congress to authorize the use of American military force in Syria against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. Recent American history in the region demands that the United States exercise tremendous prudence and discretion in how it handles the war in Syria. Syria is embroiled in a bitterly violent civil war Read More

What Arlington could tell Obama

August 30, 2013

As President Obama weighs a strike on Syria, he will meet with military advisers, consult with allies, talk with congressional leaders and perhaps check the opinion polls. But before he sends Americans into another war, I suggest one more activity: Return to Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery. This is where those killed in Iraq Read More

Mirror, mirror on the wall

The president is up early, already showered and preparing to shave. Wiping steam from the mirror, he grimaces slightly at his image. Obama: Good grief, I look old. So much gray. Mirror: Aw, lighten up, Bo, it makes you look distinguished. You can’t wage war without a few streaks of worry showing in your face Read More

Shamed into war?

Having leaked to the world, and thus to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a detailed briefing of the coming U.S. air attack on Syria — (1) the source (offshore warships and perhaps a bomber or two), (2) the weapon (cruise missiles), (3) the duration (two or three days), (4) the purpose (punishment, not “regime change”) — Read More

Will my generation someday be called the weakest?

August 23, 2013

In my mother’s telling, I exist because of the March on Washington. Her account went something like this: In 1963, she was a student at Goddard College, an experimental school in Vermont that attracted the forerunners of the hippies. My father had come to Goddard the previous year, and though my mom first noticed him Read More

Choice in Egypt

Egypt today is a zero-sum game. We’d have preferred there be a democratic alternative. Unfortunately, there is none. The choice is binary: the country will be ruled by the Muslim Brotherhood or by the military. Perhaps the military should have waited three years for the intensely unpopular Mohamed Morsi to be voted out of office. Read More

Can presidents write their own laws?

August 16, 2013

As a reaction to the crack epidemic of the 1980s, many federal drug laws carry strict mandatory sentences. This has stirred unease in Congress and sparked a bipartisan effort to revise and relax some of the more draconian laws. Traditionally — meaning before Barack Obama — that’s how laws were changed: We have a problem, Read More

Just clowning around?

Children, children. Here we are in the midst of a bloody clash in Egypt, more than 100,000 slaughtered in Syria, another looming debt crisis at home, and we’re consumed with angst over a rodeo clown who wore an Obama mask and invited the crowd to cheer for the bulls. There’s more. The clown has been Read More

America’s bubble of complacency

August 9, 2013

The impending replacement of the chairman of the Federal Reserve has taken on elements of a political campaign, with members of Congress endorsing candidates and financial bloggers strafing rival monetary camps. One half expects to see ads go up in Iowa: “Janet Yellen: Inflation’s best friend,” or “Larry Summers: In your heart you know he’s Read More

Finding solutions through busybody politics

August 6, 2013

It is hard to read a newspaper, or watch a television newscast, without encountering someone who has come up with a new “solution” to society’s “problems.” Sometimes it seems as if there are more solutions than there are problems. On closer scrutiny, it turns out that many of today’s problems are a result of yesterday’s Read More






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