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Illustration on the national debt crisis by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

'How much U.S. debt is too much?'

Worldwide debt levels, including public, business and household debt, have reached record levels, not only in absolute terms but also as a percentage of global GDP (well over 300 percent), which is worrisome.

'America's Expiration Date' (book cover))

BOOK REVIEW: 'America's Expiration Date'

"If America doesn't learn from history," Cal Thomas writes, "our own and the world's -- we are likely to suffer the fate of other great nations, rotting from within before either being conquered from without by an invading army or collapsing under the weight of self-indulgence, decadence, debt, a sense of entitlement, greed and envy.

In this freeze frame made from a video, stage blood covers the iconic "Charging Bull" statue near Wall Street on Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, in New York. Demonstrators say they were protesting against a lack of government action against climate change. (AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey) ** FILE **

Capitalism unfairly branded as doing 'more harm than good'

- The Washington Times

A new survey of people around the world finds that capitalism is being seen as doing "more harm than good." But if truth be told, it's capitalism and only capitalism that takes into account the wickedness of human hearts -- the natural failings of humans -- and works within that reality to lift individuals and whole nations from poverty.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., second from right, gives pens to, from left, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., after she signed the resolution to transmit the two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate for trial on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. The two articles of impeachment against Trump are for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

House impeachment will be a 'permanent stain' on Dems' legacy

The contrast could not have been starker. One picture showed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi smiling as she signed (with numerous pens) two articles of impeachment against President Trump. The other picture was of President Trump signing phase one of a new trade deal with China.

Citizens United v FEC decision illustration by Linas Garsys / The Washington Times

Revisiting the landmark Citizens United v. FEC decision

In the 10 years since the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its landmark decision in Citizens United v. FEC, history has proven the ruling's chief critics completely wrong about its impact on American democracy.

Hugh Hewitt is among the well-known talk radio hosts who will participate in daylong live broadcast from the White House. (Hugh Hewitt)

Hey, Hugh Hewitt -- conservatives don't vote socialist. Ever.

- The Washington Times

Hugh Hewitt, a conservative radio host and writer, roiled the media cycles just recently when he said he was going to vote in the Virginia primary for socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders. With all due respect to Hewitt, who's written some fine books and advanced some fine patriotic principles -- conservatives don't vote for socialists. Ever.

Anti-abortion activists march outside of the U.S. Supreme Court, during the March for Life in Washington Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) **FILE**

Unseen millions March for Life

These warriors work day after day to change laws, educate about what abortion looks like, and offer help to women in the midst of a crisis pregnancy. As they converge for their 47th year to march to the Supreme Court, I can't help but imagine what it would look like if the march included the children whose lives were legally snuffed out before they ever took their first breath.

FILE - This April 6, 2018, file photo shows the leaves of a marijuana plant inside Ultra Health's cultivation greenhouse in Bernalillo, N.M. New Mexico would legalize recreational marijuana sales without exceptions for dissenting cities and counties under a rebooted proposal form legislators that emphasizes small business opportunities and ready access to pot for 80,000 current medical cannabis patients. Legalization for the first time enjoys the full throttled support of second-year Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who set up a volunteer commission last year to vet health and public safety concerns about recreational cannabis and on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, pitched the benefits of the pot economy to a gathering business leaders. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

Stampede to the pot parade

Recreation, meet taxation. States across the nation are rushing into the business of selling recreational marijuana alongside the already-legalized medical variety. For new customers, the draw of a doobie is access to a fresh form of self-entertainment. For government officials, it's a virgin market to tax. Sadly, the economic benefits of joining the pot parade might not outweigh the resulting human costs.

Trump within rights on Soleimani

Times columnist Andrew P. Napolitano continues to argue that President Trump acted unlawfully in taking out a terrorist mastermind ("Shifting justification for the killing of Soleimani persists," Web, Jan. 15). Since Congress has not declared war, he argues, the president had no authority to act.

Pelosi's pen stunt poor choice

Signing the articles of impeachment is an important historical and rhetorical moment, one that should be marked appropriately to create a record for future generations. But in my opinion as someone who has spent over 40 years studying political communication, it was a rhetorical mistake to stage a formal signing ceremony followed by the distribution of pens ("White House rips Pelosi over impeachment 'souvenir pens,'" Web, Jan. 15).

Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg speaks to supporters Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Bloomberg's wrong answer to income inequality

Inequality and economic growth have been central themes in national elections since John Kennedy's campaign. The Clintons, Barack Obama and the latest crop headed by Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg want to give us freer access to health care, higher education (and debt forgiveness), child care and the like by taxing the wealthy.

Abuse of Executive Power Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

President can not initiate a war without congressional approval

America's latest round of hostilities with Iran has sparked a renewed debate about the limits of executive power in war and foreign policy, and in so doing has exposed a dangerous philosophy on the neoconservative right: the notion that the president can initiate a war without congressional approval.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.,, center, speaks as fellow candidates businessman Tom Steyer, from left, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., former Vice President Joe Biden, former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn. listen, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, during a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by CNN and the Des Moines Register in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Democrats take stage, wave bye-bye

- The Washington Times

When House Democratic managers tromp to the Senate Wednesday to caterwaul their contempt for President Trump, saddened onlookers will wonder this: Where's the Democratic Party we once knew, and to which some of us once belonged?

Illustration on Iranian proxies by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Trump rejects the fake separation between Iran and its militias

In the days following the targeted killing of Iranian Quds Force chief Qassem Soleimani, a pro-Hezbollah tabloid in Lebanon featured on its front cover a full-page picture of the collapsed U.S. Marine barracks, which a Hezbollah suicide bomber had turned to rubble in October 1983. The message was hardly subtle.

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