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  • Monthly Archives: March 2008

    EPA Got it Right

    Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) denied a waiver of Clean Air Act Preemption for California’s greenhouse gas emission standards. EPA administrator Stephen Johnson signed the 48-page Federal Register Notice claiming that California does not have “compelling and extraordinary conditions” justified to set stricter standards than federal law allows … More

    Morning Bell: Stop Playing Politics With U.S. Security

    It has now been 22 days since the House of Representatives asked for a 21-day extension to pass legislation that would bring U.S. intelligence law into the 21st century. This is on top of the 15 days they asked for and were granted on Feb. 1. In total the House … More

    Let's Get This Deal Done in Time for Baseball Season

    As we noted last month, the announced merger between Sirius and XM is now over a year old. While FCC chairman Kevin Martin has hinted that a decision may be out by the end of the first quarter, we hope that the Department of Justice won’t then claim that the … More

    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    As Michael Gerson points out today, if his promises are worth anything, Barack Obama’s first 100 days will include “arm-twisting Mexico and Canada into a renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.” In yesterday’s International Herald Tribune, American University Center for North American Studies director Robert Pastor defended NAFTA … More

    Paygo Has Become Spendgo

    A Wall Street Journal editorial today details how liberals in Congress have cooked the books to keep spending increases exempt from paygo rules, but still applies them to tax cuts: As it happens, the farm bill also exposes the real purpose of paygo — to make spending easier but tax-cutting … More

    Morning Bell: Conservatives Support Free Trade

    The New York Times editorial board has become worried that recent protectionist promises coming from the two leading liberal presidential candidates will hurt their movement’s image among the new more upscale pro-free trade members of their coalition. To counteract the perception that liberals are protectionist and conservatives are free traders, … More

    Congress-Induced Loss of Health Insurance

    There is no such thing as a free lunch. The more mandates you cram into health insurance, the more costly it is, and the more uninsured there will be. If the House’s version of the Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act becomes law, it passed last night, the CBO estimates … More

    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    Since the importance of free trade extends well beyond just NAFTA, The Foundry is renaming our “NAFTA Myth of the Day” feature to “Free Trade Fact of the Day.” Today we highlight Rep. Jim Matheson (D-UT) who was swayed by a recent trip to Colombia, to support the Colombia free … More

    Less Can Be More For DHS

    Today the Washington Post looks at the Department of Homeland Security’s failure to develop or deploy a virtual fence on the Mexico border and reports: “Former officials, private-sector partners and independent analysts say the evolving 208,000-worker, $38 billion agency remains hindered by a crisis-of-the-moment environment, in which the rush to … More

    Illegal Immigration Costs Demonstrated Again

    Slowly but surely Washington is acknowledging the high cost illegal immigration inflicts on local governments. Today the New York Times reports on a study by the University of Arizona and San Diego State University showing counties along the Mexican border spent $1.23 billion processing illegal immigrants through their justice systems … More