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  • Monthly Archives: March 2008

    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    The Economist is just the latest entity to cry foul on the protectionist rhetoric coming out of the most liberal presidential candidates this year. The magazine editorializes: Since it came into force in 1994, NAFTA has benefited all three economies, raising cross-border trade and investment. That applies especially to Mexico. … More

    Vote Fraud Never Happens ... Except When It Does

    Earlier this week Election Law Blog noticed a new Heritage paper by former counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Hans von Spakovsky called “Stolen Identities, Stolen Votes: A Case Study in Voter Impersonation.” The ELB did not bother addressing any of the substance in von Spakovsky’s paper, … More

    Media Willfully Blind on the Iraq, al Qaeda Connection

    These were the headers the nation’s leading media outlets used to describe a new Pentagon report detailing the links between al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein’s regime: Study Finds No Qaeda-Hussein Tie Report Shows No Link Between Saddam and al Qaeda Hussein’s Iraq and al Qaeda not linked, Pentagon says Here … More

    An Ounce of Prevention...

    The March 13 report of the President’s Working Group on Financial Markets is a good start towards preventing another credit crisis like the one that has been shaking up Wall Street for the last several months. Rather than trying to clean up the current mess or assigning blame, the report … More

    Why Lobbyists Love Liberals

    There are few better illustrations of the fundamental difference between liberals and conservatives than their markedly different approaches on how to curb special interest power in Washington. Liberals try to control the economy through ever more invasive regulations and when the regulated industries push back, liberals pass ever more stringent

    Obama Votes Against His Own Platform

    The symbolic nature of the Senate’s budget authorization process lends itself to occasional gamesmanship, and Sen. Wayne Allard (R-CO) took full advantage last night. Allard combed through Sen. Barack Obama’s (D-IL) many campaign promises and compiled a list of 188 new spending proposals that he then packaged together and offered … More

    NY May See Less 'Rubber Rooms' in Post-Spitzer World

    Yesterday, the New York Post reported on the city’s so-called ‘rubber rooms,’ which warehouse public school employees who have been accused of wrongdoing: For seven hours a day, five days a week, hundreds of Department of Education employees – who’ve been accused of wrongdoing ranging from buying a plant for … More

    Al Kamen Has No Idea What He Is Talking About

    Writing up yesterday’s House Select Committee for energy Independence and Global Warming hearing, Washington Post columnist Al Kamen takes EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson to task for referring to Justice Antonin Scalia’s dissent in his testimony instead of Justice Paul Stevens majority opinion. Kamen seems to think this proves Johnson is … More

    Morning Bell: Just Don't Call It a Tax Hike

    It is not common to advocate for tax increases as the economic outlook darkens, but that is exactly what liberals in Congress did yesterday when the House and Senate passed budget blueprints. Sympathetic minds in the press are determined to portray the budget proposals as only letting “tax cuts expire“, … More

    Earmark Favor Factory Remains Open for Business in Senate

    Earmark reformers in the Senate failed to temporarily shut down the favor factory tonight, losing their vote for a one-year moratorium, 29-71. Appropriators managed to emerge victorious after nearly all Democrats voted against the measure. Just five Democrats voted for Sen. Jim DeMint’s (R-S.C.) amendment to temporarily freeze the earmarking … More