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  • Monthly Archives: May 2008

    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    The future of America’s leadership on free trade is shaping up to be a major issue in the 2008 presidential campaign. Reuters produced a FACTBOX today on the positions of the two major candidates in the race. REPUBLICAN SEN. JOHN MCCAIN OF ARIZONA Supports free trade pacts with Colombia, South … More

    Bow Down Before the New Polar Bear Gods

    Commenting on the Interior Department’s decision to list the polar bear as threatened pursuant to the Endangered Species Act George Will writes: No one can anticipate or control the implications that judges might discover in the polar bear designation. Give litigious environmentalists a compliant judge, and the Endangered Species Act … More

    Morning Bell: Cap and Trade Already Killing U.S. Economy

    When the Senate returns from its Memorial Day recess on June 2, lawmakers will begin debating the Lieberman-Warner cap-and-trade global warming bill. Many environmental activists are worried the bill will not pass this time, and they are counting on a future legislative victory since all three remaining presidential candidates support … More

    Hopefully Not A Road Less Traveled

    There is no threat to our nation’s fiscal health greater than the coming deficits from unrestrained growth in Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Already Social Security and Medicare consume 7.5% of our GDP. Unless changes are made that figure will jump to 13% by 2030. Bravely stepping in to offer … More

    What Are They Planning Next?

    Same sex marriage opponent David Benkof knows that the California Supreme Court decision finding domestic partnership’s discriminatory against homosexuals is just the beginning, not the end, of judicial activism. He reports in the Philadelphia Inquirer: A representative of the largest Michigan gay-rights group, known as the Triangle Foundation, and openly … More

    Farm Bill Veto Will Sniff Out Real Conservatives

    Most of the reports on President Bush’s veto of the “subsidies for millionaires” farm bill mention that since the bill passed both the House and Senate by such large margins, the veto will likely be overridden soon. Hopefully Congress will take a look at world wide record high food prices … More

    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    May 19th was the four-year-anniversary of the first negotiating round of the U.S. Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement. Rep. Jerry Weller (R-IL) distributed a “Dear Colleague” letter this week highlighting how far Colombia has come since then including: Terrorist attacks are down 76% over the past 5 years Homicides are down … More

    Morning Bell: Holding Responsible Regulation Hostage

    At the height of the “mortgage crisis” liberal commentators gleefully claimed recent financial turbulence was proof that free markets didn’t work. If only the housing market in this country was actually free. In actuality, two government-sponsored entities, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, have used their guaranteed access to federal credit … More

    CBO to Congress: Reform Entitlements Now or the Economy Dies!

    At the request of the Ranking Member of the House Budget Committee Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a letter (pdf) today detailing the grave fiscal situation our country will be in should Congress fail to reform Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid now. Already Social Security … More

    Parents Should Be Able to Fire Their Kid’s Principal

    The recent firing of 24 principals in Washington, D.C., illustrates perfectly a point that school choice proponents have made time and time again. One of the principals dismissed was the principal at the school attended by the children of D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee. Before the firing, Rhee had promised … More