The President-elect appears to have stepped back from some of his campaign promises, but that is speculation. We shall see. Barck Obama did make a dogmatic statement regarding the so-called “Freedom of Choice” Act (FOCA). He said he will propose FOCA, which would eliminate all state and federal restrictions upon abortion. It would purport to force Christian hospitals to perform abortions or close. It would demand that physicians perform abortions or give up their practice.
Paul M. Weyrich is chairman and CEO of the Free Congress Foundation.
December 23, 2008, 8:35 AM EST
December 18, 2008, 10:30 AM EST
It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. It is the worst of times because millions of Americans are unemployed this Christmas. It is the worst of years because we have mortgaged the future of our children and grandchildren for decades to come.
December 18, 2008, 9:58 AM EST
I am worried that the race for Senator in Minnesota in effect will be run by the U.S. Senate. When one has been around as long as I have, one has seen things that seem familiar. In the 1974 New Hampshire election, one of the state’s two congressmen, Louis Wyman, ran for the U.S. Senate.
December 11, 2008, 11:23 AM EST
A good lady is about to leave Washington, D.C. after decades of public service. I refer to Senator Elizabeth Hanford Dole (R-N.C.), who was defeated in her bid for re-election in the 2008 election. Dole married Senator Robert J. “Bob” Dole in 1975. President Gerald R. Ford named him his running mate after dumping the unpopular vice president, Nelson A. Rockefeller. Dole was majority leader of the Senate from 1985 to 1987, when Democrats regained control of the Senate and he became minority leader.
December 9, 2008, 5:01 AM EST
Where is the ticker-tape parade in New York City? Where are the cheers? A year and a half after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid declared that the War in Iraq was lost and finished, we are winning. The terrorists now are losing. The Iraqi Parliament has passed a measure calling for the withdrawal of U.S. troops in order to regain their country’s sovereignty.
December 4, 2008, 4:50 PM EST
When pundits are asked to name the best Presidents of the 20th Century Harry S. Truman’s name always comes up. That is interesting, because when he left office 56 years ago, he had lower approval ratings than George W. Bush now has. Because he served only the unexpired term of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Truman was eligible to run for a full term. His own party told him, “Don’t even think of it.”
December 4, 2008, 5:32 AM EST
Surprise, surprise. President-elect Barack H. Obama has appointed a center-right group of economic advisers. That is center-right in the Democratic context. That does not make them conservative but they are at least free-market advocates. When he was campaigning for President Senator John S. McCain, III (R-AZ) warned that Obama was a socialist and suggested that he would appoint socialists to his cabinet if elected. There is not a socialist in the bunch.
November 25, 2008, 6:20 PM EST
As long as I can remember Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., was one of the toughest committee chairmen in the Congress. His father preceded him in U.S. Congress during the Great Depression. I had the pleasure of visiting with him one day while Republicans controlled the Congress. He made it clear he was staying around because he again wanted to be a committee chairman.
November 25, 2008, 4:36 PM EST
The 111th Congress recently passed an authorization bill which provides more money for Amtrak than any bill passed in history. President George W. Bush signed the bill. For the first time Amtrak has been granted more money than required to keep the railroad operating.
November 20, 2008, 9:14 AM EST
Mr. William J. Federer, a Missourian, is one of the most cheerful people I have met. Despite this, Bill Federer’s writing always has a serious message. His latest book is entitled Endangered Speeches. In it he traces the effort during the 20th Century to assure that preachers were not involved in the political process.
November 14, 2008, 11:06 AM EST
News reports in the past few days suggest that as a priority after he assumes the presidency on January 20, 2009, President Obama will use the power of the executive order to re-impose the ban on drilling for oil and natural gas offshore which President Bush lifted in July and Congress allowed to expire in September of this year. Leaving aside all disputes about the constitutionality, scope, wisdom and so forth of Presidential executive orders, I would urge the president-elect to reconsider his position for a variety of reasons.
November 7, 2008, 6:56 AM EST
Now that the election is over, it is time to evaluate what the American public can expect from the newly elected Congress and the administration of President-elect Barak Obama. There are several major issues, some mentioned before in this column, which the liberal leadership may seek to enact into law. Moderate Democrats and Republicans as well as conservatives must resist them for the greater good of the country.
November 6, 2008, 9:50 AM EST
Now that the election is over, it is time to evaluate what the American public can expect from the 111th Congress and the incoming Presidency. There are several major issues, some mentioned before in this column, which the liberal leadership may seek to enact into law and which moderate Democrats and Republicans as well as conservatives must resist for the greater good of the country.
November 4, 2008, 6:31 AM EST
Senator Barack H. Obama has a huge lead. No, Senator John S. McCain, III is closing the gap. The next poll shows Obama running away with the election. With McCain it is a two-point race. No, Obama is seven points ahead. Confused? We all ought to be.
October 28, 2008, 10:17 AM EDT
Many conservatives agree that since the mid-20th Century, the federal government has grown too large, its bloated bureaucracies unaccountable to the American people and its oversight too broad vis-à-vis its Constitutional prerogatives. Unfortunately, Congress soon may add a new bureaucracy to the federal government. And this would not be another run-of-the-mill bureaucracy but a perilous threat to America’s future.
October 23, 2008, 5:43 AM EDT
Is there growing opposition to re-imposition of the so-called Fairness Doctrine or is there a clever effort -- maybe a plot? -- to convince opponents of the doctrine that they need not worry? The Fairness Doctrine is nothing but censorship. In substance, a talk-show host either must advocate both sides of an issue or give those who disagree with his or her view the opportunity to present their opposition on the talk show.
October 21, 2008, 2:57 PM EDT
Forget the election for the moment. We will know the outcome in two weeks. The question one ought to consider seriously is what to do with one’s money. Lord knows there is a great deal of advice out there. One of CNBC’s gurus has advised especially older folks or anyone who will need money in the next five years to take all of their money out of the stock market.
October 20, 2008, 10:07 AM EDT
I have always disliked the “goo-goo” types. That stands for good government, the people who want everybody to vote. I don’t want the uninformed to vote because either they will vote the familiar name or they will vote the way somebody tells them to vote.
October 10, 2008, 5:03 AM EDT
One radio listener dubbed the second Presidential debate as a contest between the Fresh Prince of Bel Air and Fred Mertz. Talk about boring. I had a difficult time keeping awake. Most pundits claimed the win for Senator Barack Hussein Obama. But many focus groups thought Senator John Sidney McCain, III had the edge. Clearly it was not a game-changer. Many undecided voters said they still were undecided after the debate.
October 7, 2008, 6:41 AM EDT
We are talking about a Super Bowl-size audience as more people than ever turned to the Vice Presidential debate last Thursday. Who won? It apparently depends upon who was asked and how the question was phrased.