WASHINGTON - "The thing about money is that when you have it you don't need it and when you need it you don't have it," my grandfather used to tell me. He could have said the same thing about wind power. It's most abundant when demand for energy is lowest and least abundant when demand is highest. No amount of subsidy, no amount of federal or state regulation can change this simple fact.
WASHINGTON - As more and more Americans become aware of the critical need to combat global warming, one of our key weapons literally is blowing in the wind.
WASHINGTON - After five years of abnormally high unemployment since the Great Recession began, it is strange to hear people with access to major media still claiming that the solution lies in smaller government for America.
ADA, Mich. - Free enterprise has been the foundation of America's economy and society for more than 200 years. It's been the platform for unprecedented prosperity, opportunity and advancement for generations. It's the reason our nation remains a beacon of hope for people around the world who wish for a better life.
Now that the Senate has passed its immigration bill, the future of reform lies in the hands of the GOP-led House of Representatives, where the debate will center on allowing a path to citizenship for 11 million immigrants living in this country without legal status.
FREDERICK, Md. - Are we there yet? With summer knocking at the door, many Americans are contemplating an old-fashioned hit-the-open-road summer family driving vacation.
GREEN BAY, Wis. - Modern electric hybrid vehicles have been sold in the United States for more than a decade.
For the last 60 years, we have been learning a new language. Ever since the double-helix structure of DNA was uncovered in 1953, the vocabulary of genetics has been creeping into our lives, becoming over time a full and rich lexicon.
Perhaps no nation has navigated such massive change in so short a time as China has since the late 1970s. My most recent trip there reconfirmed what an endlessly fascinating blend of opposites the country encompasses: East meets West, ancient meets modern, Third World meets First World, and political communism meets economic capitalism. Yet China has skillfully integrated these contradictions to create its most successful society in 5,000 years.
WASHINGTON - How can "comprehensive immigration reform" benefit our American children and grandchildren, who will prosper from or suffer the consequences of our decisions?
WASHINGTON - Throughout our nation's history, the world's biggest risk takers, boldest thinkers and hardest workers have flocked to America's shores in pursuit of greater freedom and opportunity.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Virtually all Americans will be required to have health insurance under the Affordable Care Act starting in 2014, and President Obama especially wants young, healthy people to sign up.
WASHINGTON - What's generally termed ObamaCare wasn't the brainstorm of President Obama, but an Alice in Wonderland "witches brew" concocted in 2010 by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and then House Speaker Nancy Pelosi with generous advice from Big Pharma, Big Insurance and the AARP.
The most important fact of life is death. Yet, we spend our whole lives busily running away from that fact to create an ever-more complex world of endless trivial tasks and diversions. But the ultimate reality is that our time here is so limited and ever closer to the end.
WASHINGTON - The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a very special trade agreement. It is so special that our government officials who are negotiating it want to keep it completely secret from us.
FLINT, Mich. - At a time when many people have put off buying a new car until the economy improves, the last thing we need is a stringent government regulation on fuel efficiency that will raise the cost of vehicles and make matters even more difficult for consumers.
GREEN BAY, Wis. - The idea that Congress should scrap the EPA's vehicle mileage standards to promote consumer choice in the marketplace is not just wrongheaded, it poses a false dichotomy. There is no incompatibility between having high mileage standards and giving buyers plenty of choice.
OAKLAND, Calif. - A portrait of stagnation! That's how U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan summarized the performance of American 15-year-old students, who slipped in the latest international rankings in reading, math and science.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Yes, we have failing schools in the United States. And yes, there are schools that any American with an ounce of patriotic blood should be ashamed of sending a fellow citizen to.
WASHINGTON - Wherever we were born and however we got here, workers need certain basic protections and opportunities in order to provide for our families and fully contribute to the American economy.
WASHINGTON - In a global economy, investment follows talent. When we draw top talent to our shores, investment dollars follow because companies want to be near the best workers.
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