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  • Monthly Archives: April 2008

    On Global Warming, Markets Succeed Where Government Fails

    Environmentalists had a busy month trying to force federal government action on global warming. In the Senate, Environment and Public Works Committee chair Barbara Boxer (D-CA) grilled the Interior Department over delays in deciding whether or not to list the polar bear as an endangered species. In the courts, some … More

    Senators Set Tone on Health Care, Attack Big Government Ideas

    Over the next eight weeks, a group of freshmen Republican senators will be spreading the conservative message on health care. Through coordinated media education and speeches on the floor of the U.S. Senate, these senators will define the stark contrast between liberal government-controlled health care and the conservative vision that … More

    Morning Bell: How We Got Here and How Best to Get Out

    According to the E.J. Dionnes of elite media groupthink, the current economic troubles are due solely to unfettered Wall Street greed and the federal government’s only sin was not enough command and control of the economy. Former National Economic Council director Lawrence Lindsey sets the record straight: Contrary to the … More

    Senate Earmark Working Group Doesn't Go Far Enough

    The expectations were low for the Senate Fiscal Reform Working Group, so today’s proposal to bring greater transparency, debt reduction and oversight can’t be viewed as a total disappointment. It demonstrated that even some of the Republican Party’s biggest porkers acknowledge that the favor factory needs to be cleaned up. … More

    Chertoff Dispels Real ID Myths, Promises to Finish Border Fence

    Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff sat down with a handful of bloggers yesterday to talk about some of the issues facing his department, including completion of the fence along the U.S.-Mexico border, compliance with Real ID and the prospects of immigration reform in 2008. Following his somewhat contentious testimony to … More

    Five Reasons Why Involuntary Mortgage Rewrites Are Bad Policy

    CQ reports that the Senate is debating “a contentious bankruptcy amendment” to the broad housing bill now under consideration. The amendment sponsored by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) would empower federal judges to unilaterally and arbitrarily re-write mortgage contracts. The Heritage Foundation’s David John identified five reasons why this is disastrous … More

    They're Getting Nowhere

    Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency administrator Stephen Johnson announced that the agency will respond to the Supreme Court’s Massachusetts v. EPA decision by issuing an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) on the question of regulating carbon dioxide emissions from motor vehicles under the Clean Air Act. This prudent … More

    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    The Wall Street Journal editorial page looks at recent liberal efforts to attack conservative economic policy as a Herbert Hoover “Let the economy sink” approach and responds: To hear [Sen. Chuck] Schumer and his fellow-traveling columnists tell it, Hoover’s great policy blunder was to do nothing, all the while insisting … More

    Common Interest Prevails in Bucharest

    Today NATO leaders issued a statement calling on all NATO members to explore ways in which planned U.S. deployment of a missile defense system in Poland and the Czech Republic, can be linked with future missile shields elsewhere in Europe. Heritage Foundation senior research fellow James Carafano comments: Europe refuses … More

    In the Near Term, Congress Can Only Hurt on Housing

    Covering the current financial turmoil Wednesday CNBC reported: The root structure of the credit crunch stretches wide and deep. Many of the financial instruments involved are complex, unusual and difficult to value. Asset prices remain in a state of flux and the very players that need to be lending are … More