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  • Monthly Archives: May 2008

    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    The import of the recent verification of close ties between Venezuela President Hugo Chavez and the terrorist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) is quickly being accepted as yet another reason to support free trade with Colombia. The Orlando Sentinel editorializes: It’s easy enough to dismiss Hugo Chavez as one … More

    Some Immigrants Assimilate Faster Than Others

    The virulently pro-amnesty Washington Post was in full spin mode today trying to make the best out of a new Manhattan Institute study on the rates at which foreign-born populations assimilate into the United States. The headline for the story blares “Study Says Foreigners In U.S. Adapt Quickly” and the … More

    The Farm Bill's Seven Deadly Sins

    The House and Senate are set to pass a farm bill either Wednesday or Thursday that will cost Americans billions in higher taxes and food costs every year. Farm subsidies supposedly exist to keep farmers afloat yet 90% of all payments go to just five crops (wheat, cotton, corn, soybeans … More

    Gates Warns of 'Next-War-itis'

    Defense Secretary Robert Gates addressed journalists today on the state of the American military at a conference sponsored by Heritage and the El Pomar Foundation in Colorado Springs. (Full text of Gates’ remarks are available at the Pentagon website.) Gates has maintained a consistent focus since his first day on … More

    Morning Bell: Economics 101

    “The issue of economics is not something I’ve understood as well as I should,” John McCain famously admitted to the Boston Globe late last year. And yesterday in Portland, Ore., McCain proved it by outlining a cap-and-trade plan designed to reduce U.S. carbon emissions by 60% by 2050. The plan … More

    The 'Heritage Foundation' Strikes Again

    The Heritage Foundation has been a longtime critic of international organizations that encroach on America’s ability to protect its own interests; the United Nations chief among them. Apparently we’ve gotten into their head. Matthew Lee is a well established activist whose “passionate advocacy has stalled bank mergers across the nation” … More

    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    While California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger may be out to lunch on global warming, he sure does understand the benefits of free trade. He writes in the Wall Street Journal today: Unfortunately, Congress has scuttled a vote on the first of the three FTAs, the Colombia agreement. Who gets hurt by … More

    The Fukuda Future

    Heritage Senior Research Fellow Bruce Klingner writes from Tokyo: The US-Japan alliance is strong and both sides are diligently implementing a series of security steps agreed to during 2005 and 2006 senior leadership meetings. Ballistic missile defense integration is progressing and joint operations are becoming more integrated. Unfortunately, these important … More

    High Cost of Nukes Not Just a Nuke Problem

    The Wall Street Journal printed an article today on the high costs of new nuclear power in the United States. But guess what? Energy prices are escalating across the board. And much of the price increase is because commodity prices for products like cement, steel and copper are rising. Then … More

    This Week in Washington: So Much for Equal Protection

    Here’s a preview of the week ahead in Washington. [youtube]http://youtube.com/watch?v=JzXN6A6LYOM[/youtube] Late last year, the House passed by a large margin a bill that allows federal recognition of “Native Hawaiians” as a distinct group, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has promised some floor time this year. This legislation would establish … More