Edwin Feulner

Edwin Feulner is president of The Heritage Foundation (http://www.heritage.org), a Washington-based public policy research institute.

Off to a Bad START

The world is hardly becoming a safer place these days. Missile threats are proliferating at a disturbing rate in places such as North Korea the danger from the North’s nuclear program is now at an ‘alarming’ level,” The Washington Post recently...

CEObama: The Car Czar

As the saying goes, be careful what you wish for -- you just might get it. Just ask American car makers. In December, the CEOs of General Motors and Chrysler flew, hat in hand, to Washington. They needed billions of taxpayer dollars to stay out of bankruptcy court,...

Maybe U.N. doesn’t have to stand for Utterly Negligent

In recent years, the United Nations has often gone out of its way to avoid getting involved in the world's trouble spots. It ignored genocide in Darfur. Pulled out of Iraq in 2003. Done nothing to stem Iran's nuclear ambitions. Can an organization this compromised do...

A Tour of Guantanamo Prison

GUANTANAMO BAY -- At least two detainees at the holding facility here skipped lunch today because they're on a hunger strike. Which is a pity for them -- the food was delicious. By contrast, the steady stream of news about "Gitmo" tends to leave one with a bad taste....

Keep the Death Tax Dead

In Washington, nothing's certain except death, taxes and special-interest lobbying groups. So it makes sense that the death tax has its own lobbyists.That's right. "Americans for a Fair Estate Tax" knows a Senate vote is coming soon, and they're hard at work. Their...

Congress Should Repeal the Byrd Amendment.

Have you heard? There's a war on.No, not the war against terror. Everyone's heard of that. But we're also in the midst of a trade war -- and chances are it's affecting your wallet.Last month, Canada slapped a 15 percent tariff on several American exports, including...

The Pros and Cons of Federalization

When the federal government was small, it thought big. Indeed, it focused exclusively on big issues. For example, when the Constitution was written, it listed only three federal crimes. Today there are more than 4,000.Where once our national government concerned...

Open and Accountable

On Capitol Hill next month it'll be out with the old and in with the new, as the 109th Congress takes the oath of office.Of course, neither house will look much different. More than 95 percent of incumbents who ran this year were re-elected. Still, the beginning of a...

Wasting a Good Solution

Our country has a problem. And we have a solution. But politics is threatening to interfere.The problem: Tens of thousands of tons of dangerous nuclear waste are stored at more than 125 sites around the nation. The solution: Bury the waste at Yucca Mountain in...

Make Tax Cuts Permanent

The roar of good economic news is getting louder. Our economy expanded 4.2 percent in the first quarter of the year. That follows 4.1 percent growth in the fourth quarter, and 8.2 percent growth in the quarter before that. Over the last three months alone, our economy...

Repealing Tax Cuts Equals a Tax Increase

Every profession has its unofficial list-of-things-you-don't-say, and politics is no exception. A leading entry: Never call for a tax hike. At least, not by name. Instead, do what the Democratic presidential candidates do: Cloak your hike in the reassuring moniker...

The Government’s Accounting Shell Game

Americans shell out more than $2 trillion each year to keep our federal government running. The least we should expect in return is honesty. Alas, Washington officials aren't telling the truth about how much they've spent, are currently spending or plan to spend....

Ban Internet Taxes? The Taxman Clicketh

Ban Internet Taxes? The Taxman Clicketh

One of Feulner's Laws of Public Policy reads: "There are no permanent victories in Washington." These days, we're seeing that law borne out over Internet taxation.This looked settled years ago. Congress has voted twice--in 1998 and 2001--to ban any taxes on Internet...

Digging into Spending

One doesn't have to dig very deep to find examples where spending far exceeded predictions. I can look across the street, where an underground Capitol visitor's center is under construction. The project was first floated in the early 1990s, with a $71 million price...

Princeton: Lots of Money, Little Return

Caveat Emptor. Let the buyer beware. These have always been sensible words when shopping for a car. But these days, sadly, they also apply to charitable giving.Consider the case of William Robertson, who is suing his alma mater, Princeton University, over the school's...

March to Irrelevance

Many leaders, including French President Jacques Chirac and U. N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, are still seething because the United States and Great Britain led a coalition into Iraq last March without explicit U.N. support. Of course, just a few months earlier, the...

US Postal Service: A Government Protected Monopoly

If I tell you, "The check's in the mail" you probably won't look for it any time soon--if at all. But if I tell you I've sent the check via FedEx, you'll probably plan a trip to the bank. We know we can count on private services such as FedEx and United Parcel Service...

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