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  • Monthly Archives: August 2008

    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    Writing at The ChamberPost, John Murphy notes: Exports generated an impressive two-thirds of U.S. economic growth over the past year (67% in Q3 2007 – Q2 2008), according to data released by the U.S. Department of Commerce on July 31. … If it weren’t for the fact that the United … More

    Video: Senators Demand Reid to Act Now on High Gas Prices

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgZSddWJ0X0[/youtube] 15 Republican Senators went on camera to ask Sen. Reid to act now on high gas prices. They’re sending a strong message that while Reid avoids the issue, Senate Republicans know Americans are hurting and are asking Democrats to join us so the Senate can act now. The answer … More

    Morning Bell: Not So 'Smart' Housing Policy

    This Wednesday, government-sponsored entity Freddie Mac announced that it lost $2.8 billion in just the last quarter alone from foreclosures and other related expenses. Both Freddie, and its sister Fannie Mae, are at the core of the recent housing finance crisis. Freddie and Fannie help finance 40% of all U.S. … More

    Brazil Re-Engages in Nuclear Energy

    After twenty-two years of political struggle, Brazil is pushing forward with its nuclear power program and plans continue work on a third reactor. Brazil’s two reactors provide approximately three percent of Brazil’s electricity while hydroelectric provides 92%. The Brazilian government hopes to have the third reactor operational when they host … More

    Tankosphere Today: Aug 7, 2008

    Are the Uninsured Free-Riding? – Cato-at-Liberty Should government require people to purchase health insurance? My answer is no. Here are three reasons… So, How Fared The Rebate Idea? – RedState I was against the idea of tax rebates from the time they were discussed as a way to stimulate the … More

    No Texas Relief From The Failing Ethanol Mandate

    Today, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Stephen Johnson denied Texas its requested waiver of the ethanol mandate. While a disappointment, the decision was not unexpected as the Bush administration continues to defend its ethanol policy and argue that its adverse economic impacts are minor. In any event, the real answer is … More

    Red Tape Becomes Red Ink

    Manhattan Institute senior fellow Steven Malanga looks at a new Development Counsellors International survey of corporate executives and notes: More than four in ten of [the CEOs] have ranked New York as the worst state to do business in–second only to California in unfavorable mentions. The most common gripes included … More

    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    Debunking myths about the supposed harm free trade inflicts on U.S. manufacturing, Cato Institute’s Daniel Ikenson notes: While the rest of U.S. manufacturing has recovered, Michigan’s manufacturing economy remains stagnant. Real GDP growth between 2005 and 2006 in Michigan ranked dead last among the 50 states. Meager manufacturing value-added growth … More

    The Left's Sure Fire Plan to Reduce Carbon Emissions: Less People

    On Tuesday of this week, San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom announced that according to a study by the city’s Department of the Environment, San Francisco had cut greenhouse gas emissions by 8 percent between 2000 and 2005. Which sounds impressive until you begin to look at what is really happening … More

    Grading the Lawmakers’ Entitlement Reform Proposals

    Kudos to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Last month the paper asked each member of Wisconsin’s congressional delegation to explain how he or she would solve the long-term Social Security and Medicare funding shortfall. Their responses claimed two and a half pages of editorial space in the July 13 issue. It’s … More