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  • Monthly Archives: February 2008

    Sanity Sustained In Senate

    While most news outlets are reporting that the final total for the stimulus deficit spending package is $151-152 billion, the actual total is $168 billion over two years. While these numbers are regrettably higher than $150 billion originally agreed to by the House and White House, they are much more … More

    Morning Bell: Enabling Intelligence To Defend Our Country

    John McCain’s loudest applause line at his CPAC appearance yesterday came when he said: It’s shameful and dangerous that Senate Democrats are blocking an extension of surveillance powers that enable our intelligence and law enforcement to defend our country against radical Islamic extremists. McCain was referring to efforts by some … More

    NATO Rejects Troop Increase

    NATO’s mission in Afghanistan is beginning to see the support of member states wane in the face of casualties, a resurgent Taliban and additional costs associated with war. The L.A. Times notes that with over 40 nations participating in the International Security Assistance Force, many nations are reluctant to commit … More

    Earmark Moratorium Vote Fails in House

    House Republicans made a valiant stand on earmark reform today, falling just short in their effort to institute an immediate moratorium. By a vote of 204-196, the GOP’s procedural effort failed. Just seven Democrats voted with all Republicans: Reps. Joe Donnelley (Ind.), Tim Mahoney (Fla.), Baron Hill (Ind.), Brad Ellsworth … More

    Some Great Jobs If You Can Get Them

    Senate Budget Committee hearings are often boring, but sometimes they can be extremely illuminating. And Sen. Judd Gregg’s (R-NH) questioning of OMB Director Jim Nussle adeptly exposes the farce behind this stimulus push: GREGG: What are we getting for the stimulus package? …. other than being a wonderful political statement … More

    Cargo Ships Too Risky for Terrorists

    On February 4, the Hormcliff, on charter to fruit giant Del Monte, arrived at Falmouth Dock with a 300 mm hole on the port side. The hole was caused by a container that was lost overboard. A total of 58 refrigerated 40ft containers were lost at sea during a storm. … More

    A Real Solution to Our Economy's Woes

    The federal government is doing all it can to revive the economy and prevent the United States from dipping into a recession. Most notable is the stimulus package focused on tax rebates which, in effect, won’t actually stimulate the economy. As Roy Innis, chairman of the Congress of Racial Equality, … More

    Morning Bell: Avoiding Our Own Cap-and-Trade Calamity

    Possibly the scariest outcome from Super Tuesday is that the top three candidates to become president all support a cap-and-trade approach to global warming. Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) and Barack Obama (D-Ill.) are all smart and capable leaders, but they also have been completely engrossed in White … More

    Pelosi Formally Rejects GOP's Earmark Moratorium

    Facing a potentially embarrassing defeat on earmarks tomorrow, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi finally decided to say something about Republicans’ request for an immediate earmark moratorium. In a letter to Minority Leader John Boehner tonight, Pelosi makes several misleading or downright inaccurate claims about the Democrats’ attempts to curtail earmarks. The … More

    Social Security: A First-Wave Boomer's View

    This month’s Facing Up theme is the eligibility of the baby-boom generation for Social Security benefits, which is just beginning. Fortuitously, your correspondent’s father is a baby boomer and graciously agreed to share his thoughts on the topic. He is no policy wonk, but a businessman and entrepreneur who is … More