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  • Monthly Archives: May 2008

    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    The farm bill is onerous enough just from a federal spending/government dependency perspective, but even worse it hurts United states efforts to promote free trade abroad. Reuters explains: The $285 billion farm bill unveiled by Congressional leaders last week after months of negotiations may set the United States up for … More

    The New Libertarian Mascot?

    For decades the environmental movement has drafted the world’s cutest and cuddliest mega fauna as symbols for their cause. From the grizzly to the panda, bears have always been the top choice for environmental iconography. In recent years environmental activists have enlisted the polar bear in their effort to take … More

    Morning Bell: A Case Study on Everything That Is Wrong With Washington

    The reason Congress has an approval rating at an all-time low (only 16% approve in the latest survey) is that the American people simply don’t trust their leaders to look beyond their own narrow interests and do what is good for the country. The farm bill that passed the House … More

    Georgia Enacts New School Choice Program

    Earlier today Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue signed legislation (HB 1133) to create a $50 million school choice tax credit program. The legislation will allow individuals and businesses to take a dollar-for-dollar credit on state taxes for contributions to non-profit groups that fund tuition scholarships. In all, Georgia taxpayers can claim … More

    The Rich Are Rich Defense

    UCLA public policy professor Mark Kleiman offers up a fascinating defense of Hollywood celebrities who jet around the around the world to their many huge homes while also denouncing the evils of global warming. Kleiman writes: Rich people use more goods and services than poor people. That’s what “rich” means. … More

    Leftists of the World Unite on Windfall Oil Tax

    To compete with Hillary Clinton’s pandering on a gas tax holiday, Barack Obama proposed a windfall profits tax on oil companies of his own last month. The Obama plan is not unlike the windfall oil profits tax passed by Hugo Chavez just two weeks earlier. Obama would slap a 20% … More

    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    The nation’s largest newspapers have published more than 53 editorials imploring Congress to ignore big labor’s hold over them and instead pass the Colombia Free Trade Agreement. The Latin American Trade Coalition has collected these editorials, and related op-eds, here. Excerpts include: ”Offering the Colombians anything less than access to … More

    Morning Bell: The Municipal Government Bankruptcy Enhancement Act

    Yesterday the Senate voted to end debate on a bill that requires police officers, firefighters and other first responders across the nation to submit to collectively bargaining. Before the Senate votes on final passage of the bill later this week, lawmakers really ought to take a very close look at … More

    Blue Dogs Urged to Stand Firm on PAYGO for Entitlement Spending

    With congressional Democrats trying to resolve differences on the war supplemental, the Blue Dog Coalition has yet to crack on its demand that any new entitlement spending be offset under pay-as-you-go (PAYGO) rules. Today the Concord Coalition weighed in with a letter from executive director Robert L. Bixby urging the … More

    The Biggest Lie Ever Sold

    The Natural Resources Defense Council Action Fund purchased a full page ad May 10 in the New York Times (here in pdf) supporting the Lieberman-Warner  cap-and-trade bill, called the “Climate Security Act”  One sentence  in huge bold-face type yells: “THE ECONOMIC STIMULUS PLAN THAT CAN SAVE THE WORLD.” Apparently the NRDC … More