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  • Monthly Archives: October 2008

    Omnibus Land Package: More Energy Off Limits

    1082 pages. $3 billion in earmarks. At least 8.8 trillion cubic feet of natural gas and 300 million barrels of oil off limits. Congress is at it again. In an attempt to squeeze an omnibus package during the lame-duck session, Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid said that beginning November 17th … More

    Different Tax Plans, Different Futures

    It looks more and more like Joe the Plumber was on to something about taxes, though you wouldn’t know if from most of the polls and media. The Heritage Foundation has the details in our new study: If a President McCain got his way on tax reform, Americans could expect … More

    Nuclear Roundup

    There’s a lot going in the nuclear world. Let’s take a look. The news: France, not U.S. likely to get contract with India. “France is expected to get first-mover advantage with Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) exploring commercial contracts for setting up a cluster of European Pressurised Reactors … More

    Where in the World is Michael Mukasey? (continued)

    Update: I have just learned that there was a conference call today between DOJ personnel and Congressional staff. The Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the Civil Rights Division, which is responsible for enforcing the Help America Vote Act, was asked whether the Division was planning to pursue the Ohio … More

    A Few Ways to Kill Economic Growth

    It appears more and more likely with each passing day that we’ll wind up with an Obama administration. If Obama is elected, we will face a lengthy list of policy proposals that are supposed to help the less fortunate but in fact just kill economic growth. He would expand the … More

    Tankosphere Today: Oct. 24, 2008

    To the NYT, the Well-Off Do Not Work and Vice Versa – Shopfloor.org The New York Times publishes the most tedious major editorial page in the country, so predictable that actually reading it is an unnecessary exercise. Making an exception today to review its endorsement of Senator Obama (a shocker, … More

    Green Jobs Are Con Jobs

    Bad energy policy usually involves repeating the mistakes made from 1970 to 1980 — windfall profits taxes, federally subsidized alternative energy sources, price controls, and others. All of these old ideas are back in play, even though their track record for worsening rather than solving the nation’s energy problems is … More

    Yes, They Do Want to Teach Sex Ed in Kindergarten

    According to the Associated Press, in order to combat “one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in Europe,” the British government is about to mandate sex education for all students, “including kindergarten-age children.” The AP reports: The government hasn’t detailed what the new curriculum will look like, but schools will … More

    Where in the World is Michael Mukasey?

    When the Supreme Court vacated the stay that had been issued in Ohio Republican Party v. Brunner last week, it did so based on the view that the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA) does not authorize a lawsuit by a private party. The stay had ordered the Ohio … More

    Morning Bell: What's the Matter With Free Elections?

    In his 2004 book, “What’s the Matter with Kansas,” social critic Thomas Frank accuses conservatives of distracting blue-collar Americans from economic issues that matter to them with “the illusory threat of gay marriage.” Let’s stipulate for right now that Frank is right and that the issue of gay marriage is … More