July 15, 2013
Charles Krauthammer [" A modest GOP agenda for 2013 ," op-ed, July 12] was correct in saying that Ronald Reagan's 1986 tax policy "helped propel two decades of near-uninterrupted economic growth. " What he didn't say is that during this period the national debt increased significantly and would have climbed higher if not for the reductions during the Clinton administration. It isn't hard to have "prosperity" on borrowed money, but sooner or later you have to pay the piper. But we'll just let the next generation worry about that, right?
July 8, 2013
Charles Krauthammer [" Obama's climate folly ," op-ed, July 5] wrote that "Global temperatures have been flat for 16 years. " This often-repeated myth is supported by careful but fallacious cherry-picking of the data. Sixteen years ago, in 1998, there was an unusual upward spike in the record of global temperatures. Draw a straight line from the tip of that spike to today's temperatures and, sure enough, the line is flat. Yet a line that averages out the annual temperature variations over that time — both upward and downward — results in a...
April 1, 2013
Fareed Zakaria [" An appeal to Israel's conscience ," op-ed, March 28] called President Obama's appeal to Israelis to empathize with Palestinians "the most likely path to peace and a Palestinian state. " This overlooks the fact that Israelis already support peace and previously offered the Palestinians a state during talks in 2000, 2001 and 2008. It was the Palestinians who responded with rejection and terrorism and whose conscience must be stirred if there is ever to be peace. Mr. Obama should instead have asked Palestinian...
October 8, 2012
George Will's characterization [" Hitting a trifecta in Denver ," op-ed, Oct. 5] of the Affordable Care Act's Independent Payment Advisory Board as some nefarious threat to democracy ignored contrary evidence. In Mr. Will's view, individuals or their elected representatives are best suited to make decisions about which health-care procedures and drugs receive insurance coverage. But experience reveals that, if given the choice, many patients (or their families) opt for every medical test, drug or heroic medical action...
August 6, 2012
In his eagerness to find fault with the Obama administration, Charles Krauthammer [" Romney's excellent trip ," op-ed, Aug. 3] mischaracterized the facts about missile defense. He wrote that the Obama administration "unilaterally canceled a Bush (43)-era missile-defense agreement with Poland to appease Russia. " In fact, the Bush-era "ground-based interceptor" was not designed to defend the most vulnerable parts of Europe against an Iranian missile threat, and as a result, it had weak support among our allies.
July 1, 2012
George F. Will [ "The consolation prize," Washington Forum, June 29] and Charles Krauthammer [ "Why Roberts did it," op-ed, June 29] claimed the Supreme Court decision upholding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as a victory for conservatives, because the court blocked the "individual mandate" authority under the commerce clause while allowing it as a tax. Let me see if I have this right: Even though the ACA stands and the "individual mandate" will function as intended, this is a conservative victory because the court has prevented the...