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  • Monthly Archives: June 2008

    Morning Bell: Why Government Can Never Lower Health Care Costs

    If current trends continue, Social Security and Medicare spending will jump from 7.5% of GDP today to 13% by 2030. Entitlement spending at those levels will cripple the U.S. economy. The liberal/progressive answer to this problem is to push for government-run health care that will control the meteoric rise in … More

    They Can't Outrun the Law Forever

    Writing in the Modesto Bee, Rep. George Radanovich (R-CA) reports: “Listening to constituents this Memorial Day, the issue most on their minds was the price of gasoline.” Judging from the Senate’s desperate effort to “do something” about gas prices this week, we’re guessing most congressmen heard the exact same things … More

    ACLU Has All the Border Answers

    After I ran a series of posts on my visit to the Arizona border, the ACLU took me to task for making the case that better border security is a good idea. In the last ACLU post they were particularly irate that I found anything worthy in the technology demonstration … More

    Future of D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program Uncertain

    On Monday, the Washington Post reported that the future of the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program is in doubt. This program—which is currently helping 1,900 disadvantaged kids attend private schools—is set to expire next year if Congress doesn’t extend it. The Post reports that D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton is championing … More

    A Webb of Expenses

    The decision by Congress to establish an all-volunteer force in 1973 ensured that American citizens have “the freedom to pursue their careers where and how they choose – in essence their right to liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” The all-volunteer system, while expensive, has proven to be consistent with … More

    Lobbying to Violate the Constitution

    Last year, Congress rejected legislation that would violate the Constitution by granting the District of Columbia voting representation in the House of Representatives. But advocates of this plan haven’t given up hope. Instead, voting rights activists have stepped up their lobbying efforts, and Roll Call reported last week that they … More

    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    American Enterprise Institute’s Roger Bate directs us to an important new study by economists Ann Owen and Stephen Wu titled “Is Trade Good for Your Health?” Bate summarizes: By analysing a variety of data from 219 countries over 35 years, they demonstrate that the citizens of economically freer nations are … More

    Dowsing Defeatist Talk on Long War

    The United States is winning the Long War against al-Qaeda. Despite hair on fire headlines, heated presidential political rhetoric, and conventional wisdom that so often points to the contrary, a simple look at the evidence shows that the war against terrorism is actually going better than the chicken-littles would have … More

    Morning Bell: There's No Growth Here

    In the first episode of Seinfeld‘s eighth season, Jerry tries to use his broken engagement from the last episode of the seventh season to conquer the elusive “Dolores” who has rejected him multiple times in the past. But after one brief date, Dolores dumps Jerry saying, “There’s no growth here.” … More

    Democratic Congressman Admits Democrat Budget 'Hurts Families'

    Michael Kinsley once wrote that in Washington, a “gaffe” is when a politician tells the truth. This certainly was the case last week as even Democratic lawmakers admitted that the Democratic budget raises taxes on middle-class families. Over the past few months Democrats have boasted of three special election wins, … More