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Daniel Oliver
by | Feb 2, 2011

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…

by | Jan 31, 2011

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…

by | Jan 27, 2011

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),…

by | Jan 24, 2011

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…

by | Jan 17, 2011

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,…

by | Jan 12, 2011

The formal reading of the Constitution in the House of Representatives is one of those events that bring a knowing smile to the face of sophisticated liberals, the sort of people who curl up next to an eco-friendly fire on…

by | Aug 11, 2010

Forty billionaires have just pledged to give away at least half their wealth to charity, concerning which a few observations. Scripture says it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich…

by | Aug 3, 2010

Lee Bollinger, president of  Columbia University, host to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and newly appointed head of the New York Federal Reserve Bank, says government should get into the business of subsidizing journalism. Like other Obama appointees, he says he…

by | Dec 14, 2009
by | Oct 1, 2009

The Death of Conservatism By Sam Tanenhaus (Random House, 118 pages, $17) With The Death of Conservatism, Sam Tanenhaus establishes himself as one of America’s premier comic geniuses in the field of political commentary. There’s a guffaw waiting for you…

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