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  • Monthly Archives: January 2008

    An Unfortunate Anniversary for Yucca Mountain

    The 1982 Nuclear Waste Policy Act set Jan. 31, 1998 as the deadline to opening the Yucca Mountain repository for spent nuclear fuel. Today marks the 10 year anniversary of that mandate. Thanks to a hand full of myopic politicians from Nevada, few would argue that the nation is any … More

    Christmas in February

    Heritage Foundation Senior Policy Analyst Rae Hederman reacts to the Senate’s recently passed stimulus package: In a period of a sluggish economy, it’s disappointing that the Senate has placed special interests over what is good for the economy. While the stimulus bill passed by the House has many problems, the … More

    Credit Where Credit Is Due

    We agree with Glenn Reynolds that this is a “striking graphic” from Larry Kudlow’s show on the perhaps not so coincidental relationship between government pork projects and total government spending: One minor addition though … the “earmarks are a gateway drug on the road to the spending addiction” line is … More

    The California Health Plan Collapse: Another Big Lesson in What Not to Do in Health Policy

    The collapse of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s California health plan was anti-climactic. For months, it was clear that the complex $14 billion proposal reached by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and liberals in the California state legislature was a political non-starter. In the process of hammering out the details with the help of … More

    Games Environmentalists Play

    For global warming crusaders nothing is more important than reducing the carbon humans emit into the atmosphere. The problem, as the more honest environmentalists have noted, is that all of these carbon limiting schemes (whether they be cap-and-trade or a gas tax) would significantly harm the economic growth that is … More

    Morning Bell: Putting Individuals in Charge of Health Care

    Just days before the GOP primary debate in California, state legislators voted down Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s $15 billion health care proposal. Since health care is the third most important issue for voters (behind economic growth and the war in Iraq) and failures like Schwarzenegger’s mean the health care debate will … More

    Supplemental Support Miscue

    Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen is calling for the elimination of emergency supplemental spending used to finance the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and is instead pushing for the inclusion of war funding in the annual defense budget. In the DefenseNews.com article, “Mullen Wants Supplemental … More

    Merit Pay for Teachers Shows Results

    A new study shows that merit-based pay for teachers can improve student test scores, The Washington Times reports. The Achievement Challenge Pilot Project (ACPP) covered five schools in Little Rock, Arkansas. Teachers could earn as much as an $11,000 bonus based on how much their students’ test scores improved. Researchers … More

    Massive Tax Hikes, Subsidies for the Rich, And a Violation of Article One ... Other Than That the Plan Is Great

    The National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Commission recently came out with recommendations to increase the federal fuel tax by over 200%.  However, the report is worse than that, and the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will have a hearing on this issue tomorrow. The Commission proposes establishing a … More

    Who Really Cares About Our Financial Health?

    Only 19 days after credit rating service Moody’s announced the United States was at risk of losing its top-notch triple-A credit rating due to soaring healthcare and social security spending, Senate Budget Chairman Kent Conrad (D-ND) said he would “insist” his committee vote on a proposal to create a bipartisan … More