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  • Monthly Archives: May 2008

    More Than Roof Missing from House Housing Plan

    The Washington Post has a decent editorial today titled “Holes in the Roof” on Rep. Barney Frank’s (D-MA) Housing bailout plan still snaking its way through Congress. Leaving aside the fact that the Post low balls the cost of the bill (the $1.7 billion they cite does not include another … More

    Linking Capabilities to Strategy

    In a recent item on The Huffington Post, Bernard Finel argued that “analysts at the Heritage Foundation seem to want to politicize defense” policy by linking defense spending to four percent of America’s Gross Domestic Product. In Finel’s view, Heritage’s efforts are nothing more then a veiled effort to “creating … More

    Morning Bell: A Bright Spot in Education Reform

    With more than 100 House Republicans voting for a farm bill that betrays every conservative principle about governing, it is no wonder conservatives are disillusioned about Republican prospects this November. However, while liberals are already scoring victories for protectionism, judicial activism, and union power, there has been one bright spot … More

    California Marriage Decision Shows Constitutional Amendments Are Only Protection from Activist Courts

    The California Supreme Court’s decision Thursday to grant same-sex couples a fundamental right to marriage disregards voters’ 61 percent decision in favor of marriage as one man and one woman, a domestic partnership law already granting same-sex couples the benefits and privileges of marriage, and centuries of tradition and precedent–corroborated … More

    Typical Histrionics from Glenn Greenwald

    There is no legal commentator today more fundamentally dishonest than Glenn Greenwald. And the tricks of his dissembling trade were on full display following the California Supreme Court’s decision striking down two state laws that defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman. Desperate to defend the … More

    Getting Serious About Subs

    New satellite images of a secret underground submarine base built by the Chinese and capable of hiding up to 20 nuclear submarines further stresses the need for the United States to get serious about China’s modernizing naval capabilities. Since the end of the Cold War China has built or acquired … More

    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce recently unveiled TradeRoots.org which “is the only sustained, national trade education program dedicated to raising grassroots support and public awareness about the importance of international trade to local communities.” Their “Facts” page includes: Exports have been growing two to three times faster than the economy … More

    Don't Exacerbate Freddie's Failures

    The Washington Post reports today that “Senate negotiators broke off talks last night without striking a deal to rescue hundreds of thousands of homeowners at risk of foreclosure, but they said they were close to an agreement.” Let’s hope they don’t get any closer. A key part of the housing … More

    Allow Free Market to Inform Proper Level of Ethanol Use

    Domestically produced corn based ethanol has enjoyed preferential federal treatment for years including a $0.51 per gallon tax credit and tariffs that discourage potentially cheaper sugar cane-based ethanol from Brazil. Federal government government support for ethanol has only increased in recent years with the first ever renewable fuel mandate for … More

    Morning Bell: Tax and Spend Back with a Vengeance

    While campaigning against Republican fiscal malfeasance in 2006, then-Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi promised to institute “pay-as-you-go budget discipline” to help lower the federal debt. Speaker Pelosi quickly betrayed that promise to the American people when the House failed to offset the $50.6 billion cost of protecting more than 20 million … More