Rich Tucker is a senior writer at the Heritage Foundation, www.heritage.org

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July 30, 2010, 3:44 PM EDT
Perhaps the greatest trap opinion columnists fall into is when we disconnect from reality and simply pretend the world is the way we see it. We all do this, but some are more susceptible than others.   Take David Brooks, who’s supposed to be the in-house conservative voice of The New York Times op-ed page.  
July 16, 2010, 4:20 PM EDT
It’s all downhill from here for fans of irony. We’ve already enjoyed the most ironic news story of the year.   “The Obama administration would quickly send home six Algerians held at the military detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, but for one problem: The men don’t want to go,” reported the July 10 edition of The Washington Post. “Given the choice between repatriation and incarceration, the men choose Gitmo, according to their lawyers.”            
July 9, 2010, 4:44 PM EDT
These days, too many Americans are certain about things they should be skeptical about, and uncertain about things they need to be confident in. And our economy isn’t likely to improve unless we can reverse these positions.   First, the uncertainty.  
July 2, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT
Shortly after Barack Obama rammed his health care “reform” bill through Congress on a strictly partisan vote, the great Wall Street Journal columnist Holman Jenkins observed that the president had obtained a political victory.   “Now, can we have health care reform?” Jenkins wondered. He noted that free-market principles, which would force providers to compete on price, could drive down consumer costs. Instead, the country will get stuck with Obamacare’s changes, which will only increase costs.  
June 18, 2010, 7:02 PM EDT
Maybe, instead of easing Helen Thomas out the door, we should have listened more closely to her.   Thomas, who always seemed to be trying to stir up controversy with her provocative comments during White House news conferences in recent years, ended up creating her own media whirlwind. But as usual, the mainstream media is missing the point.  
June 4, 2010, 5:20 PM EDT
So where were you, exactly, on Monday, May 12, 2003? Oh, and prove it, please.   I ask only because that happened to be my birthday. And while I’m certain it was enjoyable, I can’t remember what I did or where I went, and I certainly couldn’t prove I did or didn’t do something that day. Seven years is a long time ago.   But not in the hallowed pages of Sports Illustrated.                 
June 3, 2010, 11:53 AM EDT
If someone offered me twice the assessed value of my home – in cash, no questions asked – I’d schedule a moving van. It wouldn’t matter whether the potential buyer was black, red, brown or polka dotted. The only color I’d be interested in would be green.  
May 21, 2010, 4:01 PM EDT
Political leaders in Washington could learn a lot from a 1970s rock supergroup. They ought to listen to KISS. Maybe not the band, but definitely the philosophy.   Many of today’s political problems come about because our leaders won’t “Keep It Simple, Stupid.” They go looking for complex, difficult solutions to problems, when simple, direct approaches would be better. Examples abound.  
May 14, 2010, 4:49 PM EDT
Journalists frequently claim they’re impartial arbiters. They purport to “speak truth to power,” “afflict the comfortable,” and a whole series of similar tired clichés. But the reality is that what you see depends on where you stand. And in journalism, that’s all too often on the left.   Consider stories culled from just two day’s worth of The Washington Post.  
May 7, 2010, 12:04 PM EDT
Here’s a crazy idea: we need to change the American health care system.   No doubt you’ve heard that a few times this year. But Eugene Robinson thinks he’s discovered a new and amusing angle. “If you haven’t heard the name Sue Lowden, brace yourself,” the columnist wrote in The Washington Post. She’s a Republican bidding to challenge Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in Nevada.  
April 30, 2010, 11:11 AM EDT
All the talk in Washington these days is about how to protect consumers by enacting financial reform. Maybe it’s time to put this discussion on ice. NHL ice.             The top three seeds of the Eastern Conference were all ousted in the first round of the NHL playoffs. Since the only goal of an NHL team is to prevail in the playoffs and win the Stanley Cup, thousands of fans in Washington, Newark and Buffalo wasted tens of thousands of dollars this year on season tickets.
April 23, 2010, 2:08 PM EDT
My fellow Americans, it’s time to solve a problem that’s bedeviled humanity for decades. “We are the change that we seek,” and we can – no, must – agree to take immediate action.            
April 16, 2010, 6:42 PM EDT
If you’re reading this, it’s probably safe to assume you’re a hateful right winger. At least, it’s safe to assume that the mainstream media will assume you’re a hateful right winger.   As one example, the cover of the latest Newsweek promises to uncover “Hate on the Right.” Well, how’s that news? Where else would it be?  
April 8, 2010, 6:47 PM EDT
Was the following printed in an actual newspaper or in The Onion?   “Expected to suffer the most if Fairfax County approves a $3.4 million budget cut proposed for its public libraries are children, non-English speaking immigrants, seniors and the disabled.”             The answer: A real newspaper. The March 25 Falls Church News-Press, to be exact.            
April 1, 2010, 10:42 AM EDT
Was the following printed in an actual newspaper or in The Onion?   “Expected to suffer the most if Fairfax County approves a $3.4 million budget cut proposed for its public libraries are children, non-English speaking immigrants, seniors and the disabled.”   The answer: A real newspaper. The March 25 Falls Church News-Press, to be exact.  
March 25, 2010, 3:23 PM EDT
Here’s a question that seems odd this week: Can the United States government still do great things?             Sure, the liberal echo chamber (major newspapers, TV news networks and so forth) is chanting the president’s mantra, “Yes, we can!” After innumerable backroom deals and weeks of arm-twisting, liberals in the House of Representatives ignored public opinion and managed to shove a moribund health care “reform” bill down voters’ throats.
March 12, 2010, 12:25 PM EST
We see them on the streets and in the mirror: middle-aged men wearing jeans and baseball caps. Grown men, dressing and – all too often – acting like boys.             So where did we, an immature generation, come from?            
March 8, 2010, 5:52 PM EST
It’s always nice to welcome a new conservative to the fold. And, although this column has frequently criticized Tom Friedman of The New York Times, it seems he may finally be coming around – whether he realizes it or not.   Friedman’s column on March 2 opened with an observation.  
February 26, 2010, 4:30 PM EST
Do private companies want to kill their customers?             It seems like a goofy question. Clearly, if a company killed its customers, there’d be nobody to buy its products and it’d go out of business. But many liberals don’t see it that way. In their eyes, a powerful government is all that’s protecting us from dangerous killer corporations. Look no further than the infamous health care summit for proof.            
February 19, 2010, 6:03 PM EST
This winter, white is the new black.   “More than two-thirds of the nation’s land mass had snow on the ground,” the Associated Press reported last week, “and then it snowed ever so slightly in Florida to make it 49 states out of 50.” Only Hawaii remained snow free. So far, anyway.