Daniel Oliver

Daniel Oliver is a Senior Director of White House Writers Group in Washington, D.C. He served as Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission under President Ronald Reagan.

Conscripts in a Ponzi Scheme

 

The spit turns slowly over the Social Security roasting fire but there is no whimpering from the children being cooked. Yet. Jonathan Swift’s Modest Proposal (one of English literature’s great satires) for preventing the children of poor people in Ireland from being a burden to their parents or their country, and for making them beneficial […]

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Social Security and the Ghost of Ephram Nestor

 

Very few senior citizens have heard of Ephram Nestor. And not many junior citizens, either. Nestor was a Bulgarian who came to America in 1913 and lived here continuously for 43 years. Then, in July 1956, he was deported for having been a Communist from 1933 to 1939, a period of time during which membership […]

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Dracon for President?

 

“Draconian” was the way one Democrat described, with surprising accuracy, the budget cuts the Republicans in the House of Representatives passed before the dawn’s early light last Saturday. Dracon, who gave his name to the Democrat’s adjective, was an Athenian legislator in the 7th century B.C. who replaced the rule of lawgivers with the rule […]

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Mitch Daniels and the CPAC Moment

 

Is Indiana governor Mitch Daniels running for president? That was one question on the minds of some of the 11,000 people who attended the American Conservative Union’s Conservative Political Action Conference last weekend. Daniels went to the CPAC and gave a terrific one-legged stool presidential campaign address. The minimum number of legs for a stool, […]

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The New America Firsters

 

As we mused here a few days ago — in a piece pointing out that deregulation had to begin somewhere — Rome wasn’t burned in a day. (According to the Roman historian Tacitus, the fire, in 64 A.D., actually burned for five and a half days.) The Republican Study Committee, the caucus of the conservative […]

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Getting Serious About Regulations — NOT!

 

In a piece in the Wall Street Journal, President Obama has written that he wants to ensure that federal regulations “protect our safety, health, and environment while promoting economic growth.” He made a similar claim in his State of the Union address. Before anyone starts calling him the “deregulation president,” it’s worth taking a closer […]

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Egypt and the Realpolitik of Violence and Freedom

 

President Barack Obama’s Friday evening statement on the situation in Egypt reminds us of George Orwell’s comment that sloppy writing leads to dangerous political thinking. “Good evening,” said the president (ritually, if, under the circumstances, inaccurately). “As the situation continues to unfold, our first concern is preventing injury or loss of life.” Our first concern? […]

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The Real State of the Union

 

Even President Obama’s own cheering squad thinks he flubbed the State of the Union speech, which they find all the more amazing after his performance in Arizona. The country faces a single serious problem (and many lesser ones, of course), but the president failed to address it seriously. Barack Obama’s State of the Union address […]

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All That Gold

 

As Republican politicians look frantically for ways to solve the country’s financial problems, they should not overlook the mountain of gold towering before them. That mountain is the accumulation of federal regulations that now occupies more than 82,000 pages in the Federal Register. No one knows for sure what the cost of all those regulations […]

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Operation Mainstreaming

 

Following the exhibition currently on display at the taxpayer-funded National Portrait Gallery (“Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture”), the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. is planning several additional exhibitions, including one in March on art and literature celebrating adultery, infidelity, and illegitimacy in America and one later in the year that will compare and […]

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