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  • Monthly Archives: September 2008

    Bureaucracy Won't Drive Change in Health Care

    Make a list of the things you think government does really well. Almost everyone can agree it is pitifully short. Why, then, would we want government to run something as important as health care? The argument for a federal solution to affordable health care assumes the feds will do a … More

    What's the Story Behind Gas Shortages?

    In the 1970s when gas prices were soaring, the federal government implemented price controls to replace expensive gas with scarce gas, causing consumers to wait for hours to fill up their tank. Today, in the Southeast consumers are experiencing $4-a-gallon gasoline and scarcity. Some gas stations in the area have … More

    Tankosphere Today: Sept 30, 2008

    Digital Lies & the Future of America – The Technology Liberation Front This is a good article by Harvard professor Harry Lewis. He worries that the ease of spreading lies on the Net puts us at risk of losing “a thoughtful, analytical, educated citizenry… Tax Policy Questions for the Presidential … More

    Bailing Out Massachusetts?

    Is the Bush Administration supporting yet another bailout? After seven delays and months of negotiations between Massachusetts and federal officials over the renewal of the state’s Medicaid demonstration waiver which supports its landmark health reform, State House News Service has just reported that a deal has been struck. While the … More

    The Legal Phalanx Between Americans and Energy Freedom

    Last week the House of Representatives approved a funding bill that reversed a quarter-century ban on drilling for oil off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. While this is a major victory for American consumers, it is only the beginning. The left and their environmental allies have constructed a massive web … More

    The Real Fiscal Crisis

    This week, Heritage senior fellow J.D. Foster squares off with American Prospect’s Robert Kuttner over how Congress should address the economy next in The Los Angeles Times. First JD: The Paulson plan was certainly no cure-all; it was intended to keep capital markets functioning so they can resolve their own … More

    What We Have Here Is a Failure to Communicate

    The 2009 Defense Authorization Bill passed by Congress last week, only authorizes the Air Force the funds needed to keep 317,050 airmen in uniform. This is 11,550 less than the 328,600 airmen Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he needs. Apparently this isn’t even Congress’ fault. Air Force Times reports: The … More

    Nuclear Waste: It's Everywhere!

    Nuclear waste is not just at nuclear power plants, but there’s also radioactive waste at universities, labs and hospitals across the country, as indicated in a recent Associated Press story. These places have all kinds of nuclear waste? Much of it low-level nuclear waste. The United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission … More

    Morning Bell: A Financial Crisis of Government's Making

    Campaigning in Colorado yesterday Barack Obama blamed the financial crisis on “a culture of deregulation.” No, we don’t know what this means either. Pressed for specifics, some on the left manage to identify the 1999 Gramm-Leach-Bliley law as the deregulation source for all our problems. But as we have detailed … More

    Tankosphere Today: Sept 29, 2008

    Gore: To the Barricades! Everyone! (Well, Except Me) – Shopfloor.org Al Gore, who once swore to uphold the U.S. Constitution, tells young people to break the law to stop construction of coal plants. The Wall Street Journal comments… Will Illinois’ Hospital Uninsured Discount Act Protect Patients? – Pacific Research Institute … More