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  • Monthly Archives: February 2008

    Morning Bell: Higher Taxes Still Slow Economy

    When the next President takes offices in 2009, he or she will inherit a more than $400 billion deficit (almost half of which will come from the recently passed economic stimulus). Worse, as the National Taxpayers Union has calculated, a President Barack Obama will come to office with $287 billion … More

    Now That Congress Is Back From Vacation...

    As lawmakers return from a week-long vacation, here’s a preview of the week ahead in Washington. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIV4GwclIn0[/youtube] Now that Communist dictator Fidel Castro has departed as leader of Cuba after 49 years of uninterrupted tyrannical rule, conservatives want to see policies out of the U.S. government that promote freedom for … More

    Boehner Won't Give Up Earmark Reform Website

    House Republicans aren’t giving in to order from the chief administrative officer to remove a website devoted to earmark reform. The site, earmarkreform.house.gov, remained active today despite an order from Dan Beard last week to shut it down. House Minority Leader John Boehner is defying Beard’s order until he gets … More

    How Congress Can Save the Construction Sector

    The biggest danger to the U.S. construction sector is not the sub-prime mortgage crisis … it is the chance that this Administration, or the next, will regulate CO2 under the Clean Air Act (CAA). As The Heartland Institute notes, once CO2 is deemed “regulated” under the CAA, no new or … More

    If the Old FISA's So Great, Then Why the Fix?

    Sens. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) Reps. Silvestre Reyes (D-TX) and John Conyers (D-MI) took to the Washington Post today to accuse President Bush of resorting “to scare tactics and political games” designed to divide Democrats. Nothing could be further from the truth. If the President was placing … More

    The Rail Line To Nowhere

    The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority plan to extend Metrorail 11.6 miles to Dulles International Airport has enjoyed support from the Congressional leaders in both parties, the Governor of Virginia and the local business community. With all this political muscle, however, the plan is now on life support after the Federal … More

    Facts, Safety, and Three Mile Island

    Despite 104 nuclear reactors safely providing 20 percent of America’s electricity, many Americans continue to fear nuclear power. Much of this anxiety results from myths surrounding the 1979 incident at the Three Mile Island nuclear power station. To help educate policy makers about the realities of nuclear power, The Heritage … More

    Morning Bell: China's Hollow Case for a Space Weapon Treaty

    Just eight days before a U.S. missile successfully shot down a damaged U.S. spy satellite on February 20, China and Russia submitted a draft treaty to ban weapons from space to the U.N. Conference on Disarmament in Geneva. China claims to want to avoid the unnecessary “weaponization” of space, but … More

    'We Have Lost Intelligence Information This Past Week'

    As lawmakers in Congress wrap up their week-long vacation, America’s intelligence agencies are beginning to suffer the consequences of Congress’ inaction on the Protect America Act. Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell and Attorney General Michael Mukasey confirmed today that the failure to renew the terrorist surveillance law has caused … More

    From Bad to Worse

    When the National Governors Association meets in Washington this weekend their top concern will be the price of gasoline which has reached $4.14 per gallon in Hawaii and $3.80 in California. Their concern is echoed by voters, a majority of which cite fuel prices as their #1 economic worry for … More