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  • Monthly Archives: June 2008

    A Not So Free Ride

    After decades of losing millions of taxpayer dollars, the Senate finally voted this week to privatize the Senate restaurants. If only they would do the same with Amtrak. Heritage senior research fellow Ron Utt looks at this year’s Amtrak reauthorization bill: Since Amtrak’s inception in 1970, the annual business-as-usual bailout … More

    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    Defending free trade from politicians who “pander to Americans’ suspicion of foreigners,” George Mason University economics professor Tyler Cowen writes in the New York Times: The last 20 years have brought the world more trade, more globalization and more economic growth than in any previous such period in history. Few … More

    That '70s Bill

    This week the Senate is traveling back in time to debate Jimmy Carter’s favorite solution to the energy crisis: an oil windfall profits tax. According to the Congressional Research Service, Carter’s oil windfall profits tax failed to raise revenues, decreased domestic oil production, and increased American dependence on foreign oil. … More

    Morning Bell: Fannie and Freddie at Core of Housing Crisis

    Jim Johnson, the man recently chosen by Sen. Barack Obama to search for a VP candidate, is under fire for receiving millions of dollars in below-market loans from Countrywide Financial Corp. chief executive Angelo Mozilo. Private entities like Countrywide are free to give generous loan agreements to whomever they want, … More

    Why Fathers Matter

    Father’s Day is just around the corner and presents a great opportunity to appreciate all that fathers do. This month, Heritage’s FamilyFacts, which catalogs social science findings on the family, religion and society, highlights recent studies that demonstrate the important role fathers play in the lives and well-being of their … More

    This Week in Washington: Playing Politics With the War on Terror

    Here’s a preview of what’s happening this week in Washington. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6YshohNEUM[/youtube] May was a successful month in Iraq, yet progress with the war supplemental has been slowed by the left. House leaders want to tie war funding to domestic spending, including unemployment insurance and pet pork projects. Time is running … More

    Congress Still Clueless On Education Reform

    Two stories from the Washington Post today provide a perfect contrast to how states and Congress approach education reform. First, Jay Matthews reports from New Orleans: The storm that swamped this city three years ago also effectively swept away a public school system with a dismal record and faint prospects … More

    Tax-Cutting Straw Men

    A recurring theme among critics of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts is that they didn’t work to strengthen the economy. This argument was on display in an article today in the Washington Times that the data on the 2001-2007 expansion “provides no support for the claim that tax cuts … More

    Housing Bill Creates National Fingerprint Registry

    Sens. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) authored a bill (with 11 co-sponsors, including Sen. Barack Obama) that was incorporated into a housing bill passed by the Senate Banking Committee 19-2 before the Memorial Day recess — a bill that creates a national fingerprint registry. According to a Martinez … More

    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    No fan of President Bush or conservatives, Democratic Leadership Council founder Al From defends free trade from his newly solidly protectionist party in the Wall Street Journal today: History proves that expanding trade and productivity help create growth. We learned that the hard way when the Smoot-Hawley tariff helped crush … More