August 6, 2008 | 11:30 AM EDT
I spent the period from the late 1980s to 2000 teaching our form of government to the people of the Soviet Union. They were fascinated to hear of a system in which the government worked for the people and not the reverse. I wonder what these eager students of the American Republic think about what happened last week as Congress went home for five weeks without permitting any vote on exploration for oil and gas as people struggle to pay to cool their homes or to fill their gas tanks.
August 6, 2008 | 4:22 AM EDT
The Democratic Speaker of the House and a co-author hired to try to add flavor to bland Beltway establishment oatmeal have penned a self-help book for “America’s daughters” to help them “Know Your Power.” It’s a dreadfully pedestrian text (“As long as we recognize the power within us, we will continue to have choices, and we will continue to lead”), surpassed in its dreadfulness only by the timing of its publication.
August 6, 2008 | 4:17 AM EDT
The 2008 presidential election cycle has been jam-packed with irony. John McCain has been forced to rely on the 527 groups he so despises; Barack Obama has been denounced by members of the black community but embraced by upper class whites; the Clintons have been rejected by the very media that put them in power. But perhaps the most ironic fact of the 2008 election cycle is this: John McCain will win the 2008 election because the war in Iraq was not a war for oil.
August 5, 2008 | 6:57 PM EDT
The eyes of the world will turn to China in the coming days to watch the Olympic Games. Far too few, however, will fix their attention on the greater competition for the soul of that country. Here is a story about two champions in that contest, whose most dangerous race you did not see on TV.
August 5, 2008 | 2:52 PM EDT
Six years. That’s how long it took for the Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac crisis to grow from warning sign to $25-billion bailout.
August 5, 2008 | 7:58 AM EDT
“The Arctic may hold 90 billion barrels of oil, more than all the known reserves of Nigeria, Kazakhstan, and Mexico combined, and enough to supply U.S. demand for 12 years.” One would have thought Joe Carroll’s Bloomberg News report would have evoked some interest by the public and other media outlets. Instead, news of the U.S. Geological Survey was greeted mostly by a giant collective yawn.
August 5, 2008 | 7:42 AM EDT
There aren’t many who long for a return to the 1970s. Those of us old enough to recall that decade tend to think of gas lines, a hostage crisis and Watergate. President Carter never used the word “malaise,” but he acted as if America was doomed to decline, and it was his job to make sure it went smoothly. There’s some malaise around today, too.
August 4, 2008 | 4:39 PM EDT
This year will go down in history as one in which great fighters for freedom have been called home by the good Lord. And so we bid farewell to the most important freedom fighter of the 20th Century, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, who passed away Sunday at the age of 89.
August 4, 2008 | 2:05 PM EDT
Peter Orszag is no conservative ideologue. The head of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) was a scholar at the liberal Brookings Institution before being picked for his current position by Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. Yet, Mr. Orszag recently warned that the rising cost of federal entitlement programs, particularly Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, poses a grave threat to America's economic future.
August 4, 2008 | 1:38 PM EDT