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  • Monthly Archives: August 2008

    Morning Bell: Turning the Tide in Georgia

    Despite promises to withdraw their troops, Russian forces are still manning checkpoints in undisputed Georgian territory and demanding advance notification of all travel through the central Georgian city of Gori. Georgian Interior Ministry spokesman Shota Utishvili commented: “This is ridiculous. If they ask you to get a Russian visa if … More

    Tankosphere Today: Aug. 21, 2008

    Dem Lawmaker Kicked Out of Capitol – The Club For Growth Democratic leaders in the California legislature kicked Assemblywoman Nicole Parra out of the Capitol building because she didn’t vote for their budget… Obama, McCain, and School Choice – The Locker Room In the latest Phi Delta Kappa poll, a … More

    Civil Society Under Siege in the Andes

    Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez faces an election on November 23, and he’s wasting no time in further undermining civil society and consolidating his power. Jaime Daremblum of the Hudson Institute reports: On July 22, the Venezuelan president arrived in Moscow to finalize a number of bilateral energy and military agreements, … More

    A Gusher of Hypocrisy

    George Skelton makes the case that Californians should “let go of the past and allow offshore oil drilling” in the Los Angeles Times: California is the nation’s biggest consumer of gasoline — 45 million gallons a day, plus 10 million gallons of diesel. That makes us the third-biggest petroleum-consuming entity … More

    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    A core belief of the hard core left is that free trade has killed American manufacturing and that increased protectionism is key to bringing it back. Harold Meyerson forwards this world view in today’s Washington Post: The loss of several million manufacturing jobs during the Bush presidency coincides with the … More

    Higher Taxes Can't Save Us

    Columbia University Business School dean Glenn Hubbard writes in the Wall Street Journal today: The spending shortfalls in Social Security and Medicare are large. According to the Congressional Budget Office, Social Security and Medicare spending left unchecked would, after a generation, consume about 10 percentage points more of GDP than … More

    Morning Bell: Can Our Economy Afford More Union Corruption?

    The president of California’s largest union local, the 160,000-member Service Employees International Union (SEIU) in Los Angeles, yesterday announced he would take a leave of absence and the local would be placed in a temporary trusteeship. Tyrone Freeman’s departure comes after an in-depth series of Los Angeles Times articles detailing … More

    Maryland Welcomes New Nuclear

    Last night, Heritage Research Fellow Jack Spencer and I drove down to Solomons Island, home of Calvert Cliffs’ 2 nuclear reactor stations – where Constellation Energy is proposing to build a third. It was the third of three hearings held by Maryland’s public service commission in which elected officials and … More

    Tankosphere Today: Aug. 20, 2008

    Federal Regulations Helped Spawn Mortgage Crisis – OpenMarket.org Federal “affordable housing” and “diversity” mandates helped spawn the mortgage crisis. Additional evidence comes from a Washington Post story, which notes that “even late in the housing bubble… Sales Tax Holidays: Small Gains Are Outweighed By Serious Harms – The Tax Foundation … More

    Does 14% OF 28.5 Billion Sound Like a Compromise to You?

    The ‘Gang of 10‘ energy plan being sold by a bipartisan group of Senators claims to be a ‘compromise‘ that Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) calls “a step in the right direction.” But is it? Does the bill really make an honest attempt to develop more of our domestic energy … More