|Tuesday, April 15, 2014||
It's Tax Day!
Today is the day many Americans dread -- Tax Day. While taxes are a "necessary evil," the fiscal condition of our country is one of the greatest challenges we face. Early tax receipts suggest that the Treasury Department may bring in record revenues this year due to recent tax increases and a slowly growing economy.
|Monday, April 14, 2014||
Our Lawless Administration
The Obama Administration has a unique approach to law enforcement. Whether or not it enforces a law depends entirely on how it feels about that law. This is a dangerous precedent because it creates tremendous uncertainty for the public and effectively gives the executive branch near dictatorial powers – ignoring laws at a whim and essentially creating new law in the process.
|Friday, March 11, 2014||
During a recent interview with the Huffington Post, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said she would "absolutely" remain in her current position until November, adding, "This is the most satisfying work I've ever done."
|Thursday, April 10, 2014||
IRS Scandal Takes Stunning Turn
Late yesterday afternoon, just after one House committee voted to demand a criminal investigation of former IRS official Lois Lerner, another House committee dropped a bombshell.
Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, released a letter, signed by five subcommittee chairmen, to the committee's ranking Democrat, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD). Issa essentially accused Cummings of making false statements and attempting to obstruct the investigation.
|Wednesday, April 9, 2014||
"Poof" Goes The Peace Process
Secretary of State John Kerry likes spending time on his yacht. For the sake of America's relationship with Israel, I hope Kerry strongly considers taking an extended vacation, perhaps a cruise to some remote Pacific island. The longer he stays on the job, the more damage he does.
While testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee yesterday, Kerry laid the blame for the breakdown of the so-called "peace process" squarely at Israel's feet. The issue: Homes for Jews in Jerusalem.
|Tuesday, April 8, 2014||
Pay Gap Hypocrisy
Today President Obama will sign two executive orders intended to spotlight the pay gap between men and women. (Obama's orders will be limited in their effect and apply only to federal contractors.)
Meanwhile in the Senate, debate is expected to begin this week on the Paycheck Fairness Act, which the New York Times reports "would add new regulations on how private companies pay their employees."
|Monday, April 7, 2014||
Pray For The Persecuted Church
Friday, my wife, Carol, asked readers of her Capital Prayer Alert to pray for Christians and Jews facing persecution overseas. Recent headlines only reinforce the urgency for men and women of faith to pray without ceasing.
There are reports from Syria that Father Frans van der Lugt, a 75 year-old Catholic priest, was assassinated today by militant Islamists in the city of Homs. Father van der Lugt lived in Syria for decades. He spoke fluent Arabic and was well-regarded for his humanitarian work.
|Friday, March 4, 2014||
Keep Terrorists Out!
Accommodating the Islamic Republic of Iran has been a top priority for Barack Obama from the day he first stepped foot in the Oval Office. Obama's outreach began just weeks after his first inauguration. The Iranians didn't take him seriously then, and they don't take him seriously now.
Just look at the man they are trying to send to America as Iran's new ambassador to the United Nations -- Hamid Abutalebi.
|Thursday, April 3, 2014||
Tragedy At Fort Hood
Yesterday America witnessed another terrible tragedy at Fort Hood. Ivan Lopez killed three people and wounded 16 others before taking his own life. Base commander Lt. Gen. Mark A. Milley says the investigation is ongoing and he isn't ruling anything out. But you wouldn't know that from our politically correct media, which rushed to judgment -- quickly announcing that there was no evidence of terrorism.
|Wednesday, April 2, 2014||
Obama's Victory Speech
Yesterday President Obama strutted into the Rose Garden and gave a victory speech celebrating Obamacare. His rhetoric was so over-the-top, for a moment I thought he might actually do a victory dance.
The president claimed: "7.1 million Americans have now signed up for private insurance plans through these marketplaces -- 7.1." That is an intentionally misleading statement.