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  • Monthly Archives: February 2008

    You Spend, I Spend, We All Spend!

    Rep. John Campbell (R-Calif.) stopped by the weekly Heritage bloggers’ lunch today in part to promote his Green Eyeshade blog at Townhall.com. Campbell is the House sponsor of the “Semper Fi Act,” which was first introduced in the Senate by Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) to strip Berkeley, Calif., of more … More

    Conservationists Are Only Tilting at Windmills

    A Barton, Md., reader of the Cumberland Times pierces through the doublespeak of environmental groups that advocate conservation as the key to avoiding imminent power shortages in the region. Responding to power company admonitions that the public needs to conserve more, he writes: Lady, I’m retired, on Social Security, over … More

    Not So Fair and Balanced at the Wall Street Journal

    A story in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal , “Cost of Business Tax Cuts Underestimated,” argues that the revenue estimates of the business tax cuts included in the tax stimulus bill are low-balled because the tax relief is spread over a number of years and so the time value of money … More

    Amnesty Advocates Still in Fantasy Land on Background Checks

    Roll Call reports today that “House Democrats are crafting scaled-down immigration reform legislation” that creates new “five-year visas for illegal immigrants who pay fines and pass criminal background checks.” A major reason amnesty legislation failed last summer is because Americans knew the Department of Homeland Security could never process the … More

    Morning Bell: The Laws of War and Non-State Actors

    The Pentagon’s decision to charge six Guantanamo Bay detainees with murder and war crimes for the 9/11 attacks is definitely unprecedented, but no less so then the situation the United States faced after repeated attack by al-Qaeda. Never before had the U.S. faced prolonged and coordinated conflict with a non-state … More

    President Takes One Step Forward, Two Steps Back On Medicaid

    There is good and bad in President Bush’s fiscal 2009 budget when it comes to Medicaid. First the good: The President’s budget proposal takes modest but meaningful steps to rein in spending on Medicaid. The President’s budget slows the annual rate of growth in Medicaid’s budget from 7.4 percent to … More

    Senator Tester Backs Individual Right to Bear Arms

    In anticipation of the Match 18 oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court on the D.C. v. Heller gun-ban case, Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) told an audience at The Heritage Foundation that the Second Amendment is as plainly an individual right as the right to free speech, religion and assembly: … More

    Another Bad Response to High Gas Prices

    Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) has joined six of his Senate colleagues (Jeff Bingaman, Carl Levin, John Kerry, Susan Collins, Joe Lieberman and Ron Wyden) in introducing a bill “to increase the supply and lower the cost of petroleum by temporarily suspending the acquisition of petroleum for the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.” … More

    Morning Bell: Arbitrary Deadlines No Way to Run a Military

    Now that headlines across the world proclaim “Al-Qaeda leaders admit: ‘We are in crisis. There is panic and fear.’” the campaign promises of prominent political leaders here in the United States are finally coming under much-needed scrutiny. CNN’s Wolf Blitzer discussed the policy and rhetoric of all three top presidential … More

    On Free Coffee And Entitlement Spending

    Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ) introduced a CPAC panel titled “Reforming Entitlements Without Raising Taxes” with the following anecdote (this is a very rough transcript): When I arrived here this morning I was impressed to see that the hotel had set up tables to provide free coffee and pastries to conference … More