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  • Yearly Archives: 2008

    The Tweety Bird Defense

    Those who remember the Warren Court recall imaginative renderings of the constitution to expand criminal’s rights coupled with outright judicial hostility to police. The result was a national crime wave only recently curbed by new police techniques and more favorable rulings from the Supreme Court. Now that Barack Obama has … More

    Our First Amendment Rights Online

    China has been rightly criticized for censoring speech on the Internet. It is the one major economy in which the government has denied free speech and free access online. But this could change if the Orwellian-sounding “Minister of Culture” in Britain gets his way. The Minister, Andy Burnham, would like … More

    Stimulus Through Trade

    Former-Rep. James Bacchus (D-FL) writes in today’s Wall Street Journal: President-elect Barack Obama is rightly focused on preparing a stimulus plan to “jolt” the American economy toward recovery. Yet missing thus far is any mention of international trade as part of his plan. Democratic presidents — Roosevelt, Truman, Kennedy, Carter … More

    Did Harold Meyerson Really Just Compare Toyota to a Slave Owner?

    Judge for yourself. Meyerson writes today: If Abraham Lincoln were still among the living as he prepared to turn 200 six weeks from now, he might detect in the congressional war over the automaker bailouts a strong echo of the war that defined his presidency. Now as then, the conflict … More

    Morning Bell: The Union Threat to Our Economic Recovery

    It has been quite a year for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). As the Los Angeles Times documents today, despite the fact 2008 was filled with SEIU corruption, intimidation, and violence, the largest union in North America still managed to spend $85 million electing Democrats across the country and … More

    Bush's Betrayal of Free-Market Principles Now Complete

    The Bush Administration’s disclosure that the Treasury Department had already transferred $5 billion in Troubled Asset Relief Program money to GMAC, and that another $1 billion had been promised to GM directly, represents a significant turning point in US economic policy. TARP has now been used, not just to restore … More

    The Bailout Needs a Bailout

    Covering the Bush Administration’s latest attempt to save the free-market by abandoning free-market principles, The Washington Post reports: The new loans push the government’s planned investments under the financial rescue beyond the $350 billion that Congress has authorized; in order to make all the investments that Treasury Secretary Henry M. … More

    Morning Bell: Will Obama Ditch Transparency for Stimulus?

    When Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) first came to power she promised, “the most honest, most open, and most ethical Congress in history.” She has since flagrantly and repeatedly broken this promise. It is part of the reason Congress has record low approval ratings. Now President-elect Barack Obama is also making … More

    The Left's Energy Efficiency Gamble

    National Rural Electric Cooperative Association CEO Glenn English and Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperative CEO Jackson Reasor write in the Washington Post: In the past five years, utility bills have risen 30 percent, largely because of the rising cost of fuel, mainly coal and natural gas. The … More

    No Hope for Peace With Hamas in Power

    Hamas once again has provoked a crisis with Israel to advance its revolutionary agenda by exploiting the misery that its own policies have forced upon the Palestinian people and blaming Israel for everything that has happened. Hamas ended the six-month ceasefire (that it never fully enforced anyway) and resumed its … More