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  • Monthly Archives: January 2008

    Bush's Earmark Executive Order Disappoints Conservatives

    President Bush will issue an executive order tomorrow that directs federal agencies to ignore any future earmark that is not voted on by lawmakers and included in a law approved by Congress. It’s a long-overdue step by the administration to curtail earmarks, but falls short of what conservatives had hoped … More

    A Private Solution to D.C. Transit?

    Last week, the federal government indicated it was reconsidering a $900 million grant to fund a massive expansion of the Washington Metro. Today, the Washington Post reports that a funding solution may be in sight: private investors may help the rail extension project meet its funding needs. As reported previously … More

    Morning Bell: Don't Get Fooled Again

    The Washington Post reports this morning that “the Democratic-led House” wasted $89,000 in tax payer money on “so-called carbon offsets” that did not reduce any carbon production. The Post investigated three projects making up a third of the money spent and found, “it did not appear that offset money was … More

    How 'Ethics' Laws Can Kill

    Since some presidential candidates have based their entire campaigns on bringing ‘change’ to Washington through new ethics laws, it is worth highlighting stories that demonstrate just how silly and ineffective these laws really are. Following FBI raids on legislative offices last year, Alaska lawmakers passed an ethics law that set … More

    Peace and Freedom in Africa

    Today The Heritage Foundation hosted Shadow Justice Minister and Member of Parliament in Zimbabwe, The Honorable David Coltart (watch his address here). Coltart gave a stark but hopeful assessment on the prospect of a free and fair poll this March and long-term democracy and economic growth in his country. Like … More

    Senate Set For FISA Showdown Monday

    With United States intelligence gathering capabilities set to be hobbled on February 1st, the Senate has scheduled a cloture vote on Monday for legislation that would allow the government to continue protecting Americans from foreign terrorist attacks. A bi-partisan coalition defeated a substitute bill favored by trial lawyers and progressive … More

    Morning Bell: Don't Let The Senate Make It Worse

    The Wall Street Journal calls yesterday’s economic stimulus agreement “an almost perfect political stimulus: a one-year ‘middle-class tax cut’ for Americans in the most populous demographic group; a few tax goodies to sweeten the cash flow of certain current businesses, and a boost to the business of those world-class lobbying … More

    A Roadmap for Real Immigration Reform

    Sen. Jeff Sessions spoke at The Heritage Foundation today to outline a roadmap for presidential candidates on the issue of immigration reform. During his speech, Sessions outlined 15 questions to ask presidential candidates in order to determine their seriousness about fixing the immigration mess. Mark Krikorian has posted them at … More

    What Didn't Make the Cut in Stimulus Deal

    Conservatives on Capitol Hill are expressing mixed reactions to news that a deal has been struck on an economic stimulus package. Some staffers are expressing disappointment that Republicans agreed to government giveaways of $300 for individuals and up to $1,200 for families. Others said they were grateful that House Minority … More

    When Did the French Become Better Adherents To Limited Government Than the GOP?

    Today’s Financial Times reports that French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s administration plans to freeze public spending for five years “to eliminate its deficit and reduce spending as a share of national output.” While Congress figures out the fastest way possible to deficit spend $150 billion on a stimulus package that history … More