George W. Bush gets credit for a very good year as president. His vision has been clear; his commitment to fight terrorism has not wavered; and his redefinition of America's foreign policy doctrines will change the way the world thinks about international aggression. The Cheney-Rumsfeld-Powell-Rice team has helped Mr. Bush in just two years in office join a small group of outstanding foreign-policy leaders–Churchill, Reagan and Thatcher–in leading the world to a better understanding of what it means to be free, and how freedom must be defended.
No doubt the White House had big plans for the week of Dec. 9. President Bush would reveal the members of his new economic team, announce his smallpox vaccination plans and refocus Americans and global allies on Hans "See No Evil" Blix on ongoing weapons inspections. That was all before Trent Lott opened his mouth.
Now that President Bush has nominated a new economic team, it is time to start talking about a new tax cut package for his team to sell.
With continued sluggishness in the economy, the Bush administration is looking at new tax initiatives that will have a quick, positive impact on growth. However, the key to truly helping the economy is long-term, not short-term, thinking.
It's time to look at alternatives to the safety net in America. Our system has changed little since the 1930s when most workers were male, in industrial occupations and part-time work was not common. Surprisingly, a new study by the National Center for Policy Analysis shows that the best place to look for changes in the antiquated U.S. system is Chile.
Not only must the world meet increasing energy demands, but to maintain a clean environment it must do so, in Stanford's words, with "an energy system that has much lower emissions of CO2"–carbon dioxide–"and other greenhouse materials to the atmosphere."
At a time when the United States and U.S.-backed international financial institutions are encouraging countries around the world to adopt free market economies, a new study examines how well our own states fare by that measure.