The Idea Lab

April 15, 2011 | Issue Post

West Virginia is well known as a leading producer of coal, the fuel source that still provides nearly half of America's energy needs. Many also know that the Obama administration has been waging a war on coal -- first through its attempt to pass a cap-and-trade energy tax, and now through the Environmental Protection Agency's efforts to regulate what the president could not legislate.

April 7, 2011 | Issue Post

The Internet's innovation and success is unmatched and since its inception, it has thrived without government interference. The Federal Communications Commission nonetheless ruled in December to impose Internet regulations, even though Congress has never authorized it to do so. There is also no crisis warranting such intervention.

March 31, 2011 | Issue Post

Coal is a vital domestic natural resource that powers the U.S. economy.... More than 50% of the U.S. electric supply comes from coal-fired power plants. This obviously translates into a lot of jobs:... In 2009 there were 1,400 mines in the U.S. employing over 87,000 miners.... There were also 31,000 jobs related to the transportation of coal and 60,000 jobs in coal-fired power plants.

March 30, 2011 | Issue Post

People are already angry about high gas prices. But they really get steamed when they learn how much their own government is contributing to the problem. It's time for Congress to impose a cease-fire in the Obama administration's war on lower gasoline prices.

March 29, 2011 | Issue Post

We continue to endure tough times here in southwest Michigan and across the country.... Unemployment remains high as gas prices hurtle toward $4 a gallon. And yet, despite our economic maladies, there are unelected bureaucrats in Washington furiously working on regulations that will not only circumvent Congress, but will send more manufacturing jobs overseas and increase costs at the pump.

March 23, 2011 | Issue Post

As a former staffer in Ronald Reagan's White House, I fondly remember one of the president's best-known phrases: "It's morning again in America." It was inspirational and hopeful, suggesting the dawning of new opportunities and a better future for all.