The bottom line is, as bad as the unemployment figure is, it doesn’t count these Americans who have left the labor force. The economy, in short, is in even worse shape than the official numbers indicate.
Ed Feulner is the former president of The Heritage Foundation, a Washington-based public policy research institute.
September 7, 2012, 5:15 AM EDT
August 30, 2012, 7:06 AM EDT
Encouraging trends suggest that the status quo in education won’t necessarily remain the status quo much longer. The trend is flowing away from government control -- and toward parental control.
August 24, 2012, 4:31 AM EDT
No American is guaranteed happiness -- only the right to strive for it. How far you go is up to you. You don’t have to be born in a special class to succeed. That fact is crucial to understanding what truly sets America apart.
August 16, 2012, 5:28 AM EDT
Able-bodied adults on welfare should be required to work, prepare for work, or at least look for a job. That’s not too much to ask. After all, isn’t the whole point of welfare to give people a helping hand, not reduce them to a state of permanent helplessness?
August 9, 2012, 5:10 AM EDT
Congress should continue to make every effort to get to the bottom of this reckless and irresponsible operation -- and take immediate steps to ensure that it never happens again.
August 2, 2012, 4:49 AM EDT
What could be more discriminatory than using the power of the state to punish private viewpoints under the guise of standing up against “discrimination”?
July 26, 2012, 8:28 AM EDT
On this centennial of economist Milton Friedman's birth, let us toast his irreplaceable contributions to the cause of freedom by rededicating ourselves to his free-market ideals.
July 12, 2012, 5:48 AM EDT
One of the beauties of federalism is that it allows for a competition of ideas among the states. That’s what is shaping up now in the West. Saddled with the same immigration-related problems as Arizona, California is on its way to taking a far different response.
July 2, 2012, 7:01 AM EDT
Conservatives, beware: You can have reams of information, piles of studies and folders of charts at your fingertips. And you can still lose the debate.
June 11, 2012, 4:30 AM EDT
Whatever its intentions, the farm bill has become one of the most flagrant examples of corporate welfare in the federal budget.
May 21, 2012, 4:52 AM EDT
The Senate must pass a budget if we are going to halt Washington’s disastrous habit of overspending, overborrowing and overtaxing our fragile economy. While liberals sit on the sidelines saying “no,” conservatives are offering solutions.
May 7, 2012, 6:31 AM EDT
There’s nothing more American than asking questions -- even ones that radical environmentalists insist are settled.
April 20, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT
Not all of us can be Eagle Scouts. But all of us can adopt their same spirit of selfless dedication and strive to make our communities better.
April 13, 2012, 4:55 AM EDT
Many Americans are breathing a sigh of relief as they finally manage to file their income-tax returns. No need to worry about taxes again for another year, right? Not so fast. Higher taxes are coming. And they’ll hit well before next April 15.
April 6, 2012, 4:55 AM EDT
We’ve come a long way from President Theodore Roosevelt’s famous saying “Speak softly and carry a big stick.” President Barack Obama’s policy apparently is to whisper slyly and compromise our security.
April 2, 2012, 4:50 AM EDT
The notion of “perpetual debt” is no longer a condition to be avoided. It’s a reality we must confront -- a crisis we must solve. This is especially true because, as Jefferson warned, our very liberty is at stake if we fail to do so.
March 12, 2012, 4:52 AM EDT
As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of our lovely cherry trees on the national Mall, let’s pause this year to remember what they symbolize. The fact that a former foe has become one of our best allies is certainly something worth celebrating.
February 21, 2012, 6:24 AM EST
The numbers plainly show that we are becoming a people dependent not on ourselves, but on government. We are evolving into a nation of takers, not givers.
February 6, 2012, 10:11 AM EST
It takes dollars and cents to field a world-class military. So why are we preparing to slash the amount we spend to ensure that our defense remains as capable as possible?
January 23, 2012, 7:10 AM EST
If you were to rank the countries of the world in terms of economic freedom, where would the United States fall? First, or at least in the top three? The top five, surely. Guess again.