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  • Monthly Archives: February 2008

    Fuel-Cell Subsidies

    Fuel-cell vehicles are a long way off, reports The Washington Times. Cost, fuel availability, and consumer skepticism remain major obstacles. This is yet another reason why Congress should end subsidies for alternative energy technologies. Introducing the five-year, $1.2 billion Hydrogen Fuel Initiative in 2003, President Bush promised that federal subsidies … More

    Big Labor Ignores Free Trade Proponents

    Upon their return from Colombia, People’s Weekly World reported that a delegation led by AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Linda Chavez Thompson “met with leaders of the major Colombian labor federations who told them they were opposed” to the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement (TPA) because of “the harmful effects the deal … More

    The Difference Between Open And Closed Societies

    On January 11, 2007, China launched a ground-based, medium-range ballistic missile that destroyed an aging Chinese weather satellite. China did not announce the anti-satellite attempt before hand, did not reveal it when it happened, and took days to reluctantly acknowledge the event even took place. Aviation Week was the first … More

    FCC Blocking Innovation For Over A Year Now

    Currently it is just about impossible to listen to both Major League Baseball and National League Football games on your radio. Sirius Satellite Radio has a deal to broadcast all NFL games on their satellite system and MLB has a similar deal with XM. Unless you want to buy equipment … More

    Morning Bell: Meet the New Boss...

    There is an emerging line coming out of those who favor normalization of relations with Cuba: that Tuesday’s communist party announcement that Fidel Castro will resign from leadership represents real “change” that the United States must capitalize on. Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY) told the USA Today: “This leadership change is … More

    Jump Starting A Debate On A Very Real Crisis

    Responding to legislation from the White House that attempts to corral rising spending in Medicare, Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) told The Washington Post: “The administration has trumped up a phony crisis in Medicare to justify proposing deep cuts in quality health care for seniors while giving massive subsidies to HMOs … More

    FISA Fight About Many Things ... Civil Liberties Not One of Them

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has scheduled two pro forma sessions this week to prevent President Bush from calling a special session to address the vital FISA reforms that Congress allowed to lapse last week so that Pelosi could leave Washington early to attend her daughters wedding. When Congress left on … More

    Morning Bell: Transition to Democracy Continues in Pakistan

    Pakistanis defied concerted efforts by al-Qaeda and Taliban-backed extremists to disrupt elections Tuesday, voting Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf’s party out of office. A spokesman from Musharraf’s Pakistan Muslim League-Q (PML-Q) responded, “This is the basic spirit of democracy. We believe the elections were free and fair and everybody must accept … More

    Morning Bell: Real Change Through Conservative Principles

    The Washington Post Magazine yesterday published a must-read look at how Washington, D.C., really works. Far too often the Post and other media focus far too much attention on how election campaigns are financed and not nearly of attention on how lobbying campaigns are actually run. This type of coverage … More

    Not the Medicare Modernization Our Country Needs

    Moments ago, President Bush fulfilled his legal obligation under the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA) by submitting a Medicare cost containment proposal to Capitol Hill. MMA obligated the president to submit a proposal after the latest Medicare trustee report found that Medicare spending will exceed 45% of total outlays. … More