FCC Cronyism Stiffs Taxpayers and Destroys Jobs

While the national media is mostly focused on the Federal Communications Commission’s latest net neutrality follies (still a regulatory solution in search of a problem), the far bigger policy challenge the Commission faces is executing the most complex spectrum auction in the agency’s history. Unfortunately, the FCC seems more concerned with picking winners and losers…

Time to Get Tough on India Stealing Our Stuff

Quite simply, from pharmaceuticals to motion pictures to software, India is stealing our stuff. India ranks dead last among major economies in protection of intellectual property rights, according to a comprehensive analysis by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. And despite lots of talk and visits from Secretary of State John Kerry and Vice President Joe…

Democratic Budget Exposes New Obamacare Lie

Democrats confronted by the massive problems caused by Obamacare — millions of plans canceled, spiking premiums, lost doctors — have retreated to a vague promise to fix the law. But how can the American people trust the very politicians who told the infamous “if you like your plan, you can keep it” lie to actually…

Attacking Cancer Patients Doesn’t Fix Obamacare

In a blockbuster Associated Press story your local paper may have skipped, Kelli Kennedy reports that patients with cancer and other serious diseases all over the country are being hammered by the same problem: the one-size-fits-all structure of Obamacare plans imposes outrageously high out-of-pocket costs for their specialty drugs. Eric Allie / Cagle Cartoons Kennedy…

Don’t Wreck Medicare Part D

In 2003, I opposed the Medicare prescription drug bill, in large part because I expected that — like all other government entitlement programs — it would end up costing far more than initially projected. I was wrong. Pat Bagley / Salt Lake Tribune The program’s structure, based on competing private plans, made Part D unlike…

Telecom Act Is Overdue for Rewrite

Eighteen years ago, the Internet was a pretty different place. AltaVista had just launched in 1995 and was rapidly becoming the dominant search engine. The 56K modem was invented that year, but wouldn’t be commercially available until 1997. And Congress passed the 1996 Telecom Act, with the rare foresight to largely insulate the Internet from…

Fight Global Warming: Approve the Pipeline!

President Obama laid out his personal standard for approving the presidential permit for the Keystone XL pipeline in his global warming speech at Georgetown University on June 25, 2013. If the project increases global warming, he’ll veto it. Based on that standard, he should now approve the project — immediately. Nate Beeler / Columbus Dispatch…

Correct Spelling, Canceled

As an American, I laugh at those archaic British spellings. Colour? Honour? Their inferiourity, if you will, is obvious. Centre? Theatre? Ridiculous. Most of these barbaric forms were corrected in America hundreds of years ago. Yet one galling Britishism is appearing on my computer screen all too frequently of late: “cancelled,” with a gratuitous extra…

Don’t Let Insurers Shift Risk to Taxpayers

The big health insurance companies played a high-stakes double game throughout the 2009 health care fight, funding attacks on the so-called public option — an explicitly government-run competitor — while otherwise supporting the central elements of the bill that ultimately passed: vast taxpayer-funded subsidies flowing to their potential customers and a mandate requiring every American…

Make Obamacare Voluntary

Just before Christmas, the Obama administration issued a blanket waiver for millions of Americans from the individual mandate requiring purchase of government-approved health insurance. The waiver, whose announcement was choreographed to give political credit to Democratic Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, was limited to individuals and families whose health plans were canceled by Obamacare. As…

Minimum Wage Hammers Youth

With Democrats cratering in the polls over their collapsing health care law, they are trying to pivot to the only part of their policy agenda that still enjoys broad public support: the minimum wage. But their advocacy and its popularity rest on the incorrect belief that a significant number of families live on the minimum…

Dems Go Nuclear; Revenge Comes in November

Senate Democrats, in a desperate attempt to change the subject from their willful destruction of health insurance coverage for millions of Americans, decided to destroy the basic principles of the Senate that have served the country well for over 200 years. We can look forward to a new era of even more divisive, bare-knuckled partisan…

Obama Knows Nothing

It seems every major scandal, abuse of power, and spectacular failure in President Barack Obama’s administration happens, we’re told, without the president’s knowledge. When Lois Lerner first confessed to improperly targeting tea party groups via a planted question at a conference, she blamed it on “rogue agents” in Cincinnati. Nate Beeler / Columbus Dispatch We…

Health Care Law is a Moral Failure

The United States federal government is now mandating, under penalty of law, that millions of Americans purchase a product through a broken website. Is that fair? Is it moral? David Fitzsimmons / Arizona Daily Star An estimated 16 million people recently received letters indicating that their health plans are no longer available. So they head…