Stop Treading Water in Afghanistan

This article appeared in Politico on March 13, 2012.

The rogue U.S. soldier’s massacre Sunday of 16 Afghan villagers — nine of them children — follows the violent anti-American protests unleashed in Afghanistan over the burning of Qurans by American soldiers.

This continued violence reveals the latent animosity that persists between foreign and indigenous forces. Accelerating the withdrawal of U.S. military forces would most likely save us from a costly strategic defeat in the future.

SCOTUS Should Side with 11th Circuit

This article appeared in Politico on August 17, 2011.

“The judiciary is called upon not only to interpret laws,” the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled, “but at times to enforce the Constitution’s limits on the power of Congress, even when that power is used to address an intractable problem.”

With those words, the Atlanta-based court reviewed the government’s unprecedented assertion of federal power to compel people to buy health insurance — and found it constitutionally wanting.

Curb Debt by Means-testing Medicare

This article appeared in Politico on August 3, 2011.

Medicare changes are not a part of this week’s deal to increase the nation’s debt limit. During the drawn-out negotiations, however, President Barack Obama reportedly offered to means-test Medicare and increase the age of eligibility. Both are worthwhile reforms that should be seriously considered by the super committee constituted under the deal.

Time to Ax Federal Jobs Programs

This article appeared in Politico on June 24, 2011.

With the nation’s unemployment rate still above 9 percent and a steady stream of worrisome labor news (the latest statistic: 429,000 new unemployment claims last week), federal policymakers are facing pressure to do something about joblessness. The giant 2009 stimulus bill was supposed to cut unemployment to less than 7 percent by now — but that clearly hasn’t worked as planned.

Why We Must Freeze the Debt Limit

This article appeared in Politico on April 19, 2011.

The U.S. is now facing daunting fiscal challenges. The poor prospects of crucial fiscal reforms provoked Standard and Poor’s Monday to revise its long-term outlook on the U.S. economy from “stable” to “negative.”

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