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  • Monthly Archives: June 2008

    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    In many ways the Bush Administration has fought hard for free trade … but they are far from perfect. As the Wall Street Journal reports, the White House finally lost its four-year effort to defend cotton subsidies from a complaint by Brazil in the World Trade Organization. If the US … More

    Virtual Fences Can Help Make Real Good Neighbors

    TUCSON, AZ: During my visit to the Tucson border area, I visited “P-28,” a test-bed of cameras, radar, and other sensors that cover 28 miles of the border. Often referred to as the “virtual fence,” it was the first step in the Secure Border Initiative or “SBI Net,” Homeland Security’s … More

    Morning Bell: Cap and Corrupt

    Last night Barack Obama told his supporters that he won the Democratic nomination for president ”because you decided that change must come to Washington.” If Obama’s plan to address global warming is anything like the Lieberman-Warner bill being debated by the Senate (and it is), then he will have completely failed. In … More

    Leave No Interest Group Behind

    For years, many liberals have claimed that the problem in American public education is that No Child Left Behind has been “under-funded.” Of course, federal spending on K-12 education programs is on pace to grow by 36 percent during the Bush presidency. But hey, who cares about actual budget numbers … More

    All Pain, No Gain

    The proposed global warming bill, the America’s Climate Security Act (S. 3036), would cost trillions of dollars and impose significant job losses and energy price increases, according to an analysis by the Heritage Foundation. But is it worth it in terms of global warming damage prevented? Not even close. Even … More

    How the Unions Were Bought

    Even under very conservative assumptions, Lieberman-Warner will cost the US economy 500,000 jobs by 2030. Traditionally union heavy sectors like manufacturing and energy production are the hardest hit. So how did environmental activists get unions like the United Association of Journeymen of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry to support carbon … More

    Improving Educational Opportunities with Strong Charter School Laws

    The Center for Education Reform held a panel yesterday to discuss the status of charter school laws across the country. Leading experts from across the country offered insights about how to pass a strong charter school law that encourages innovation and greater parental choice in public education. Former Maryland Gov. … More

    The Great Wall

    TUCSON, AZ: Congress is not smarter than the Border Patrol. Congress was right to fund the Department Homeland Security’s request to build barriers along the border, but wrong to specify specifically where and how much border fence has to be built—or judge progress in border security on just building the … More

    Lieberman-Warner State of the Day: Michigan

    Michigan is the fourth state we’ve highlighted in our “Lieberman-Warner State of the Day” series, yet we have so far failed to mention that the job loss numbers assigned to each state are conservative estimates of the costs of carbon cap legislation. Heritage’s Center for Data Analysis forecast assumes that … More

    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    The rapid rise in the price of food staples like corn, wheat, soybeans, and rice has strained the ability of people in developing countries to feed their families. Hunger related unrest has broken out in Cameroon, Egypt, Haiti, and Somalia. Today, world leaders are meeting in Rome for a Summit … More