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  • Monthly Archives: November 2008

    Tankosphere Today: Nov. 13, 2008

    DC Auto Bailout Ideas Involve US Equity Stakes, Turn into an Early Christmas Tree – NewsBusters.org Ken Thomas’s Associated Press report today (link is dynamic, subject to change, and will probably be gone in a week) on auto industry bailout ideas emanating from Washington includes these items, all of which … More

    Minimal Regulation Key to African Growth

    After extensive discussion and debate, the 6th African Resource Bank concluded with the group agreeing to a number of consensus positions on how African nations can better utilize their natural resources to raise the living standards of their people. While there are too many to cover in full, a couple … More

    Theft Done Right

    George Mason’s Don Boudreaux has a snappy response to Center for American Progress suggestions that If It Happens, The Auto Industry Bailout Needs To Be Done Right: While it’s true that some ways of bailing out this industry would be less harmful than other ways, there is absolutely no “right” … More

    Getting Education Policymaking Out of Washington

    Blogging at The New York Times, Pacific Research Institute senior fellow Lance Izumi writes on the future of conservative education policy: Republicans have always favored, at least philosophically, decision-making at the most practical and effective level of government closest to the people. They abandoned this concept during the Bush years, … More

    The High Cost of Green On Election Day

    Largely ignored amid the presidential and congressional races on Nov. 4 was the fact that several environmental ballot initiatives faired poorly. In California, no less than three state or local initiatives to mandate more renewable energy or subsidize alternative vehicles went down to defeat by convincing margins. Granted, some of … More

    Government Bailouts Fail Again

    The Corner‘s Iain Murray flags a valuable new study out of the University of Chicago on Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson’s bank recapitalization plan: We calculate the costs and benefits of the largest ever U.S. Government intervention in the financial system. We estimate that the revised Paulson plan increased the value … More

    Morning Bell: Redistribution Does Not Create Growth

    On Aug. 1, then-candidate Barack Obama announced a $50 billion “emergency” economic stimulus plan. Now that he’s been elected, President-elect Obama’s advisers are pushing for a $500 billion spending plan. That number is not a mistake. In just three months the size of Obama’s emergency spending plan has risen tenfold. … More

    Apparently Budgetary Tradeoffs Don’t Apply to New Presidents

    Has the Blue Dog Coalition given up on their version of fiscal responsibility? Jim Cooper (D-TN), leader of the Blue Dogs – the self-described fiscally-conservative group of congressional Democrats – was quoted in a Wall Street Journal op-ed announcing, “I’m not sure the old rules are relevant anymore… It would … More

    Tankosphere Today: Nov. 12, 2008

    A Growing Tension with the First Amendment – InsiderOnline The proliferation of media that digital technology has made possible, writes Randolph May, has only increased the tension between government regulation of broadcast content and the First Amendment… Reject Political Stimulus, Embrace “Deregulatory Stimulus.” And Do it FAST. – OpenMarket.org Facing … More

    The EU's attempt at pressing the Lisbon Treaty

    When a member of the European Parliament, “Red” Daniel Cohn-Bendit, said in a plenary session that there was a possible financial link between the Irish “No to Lisbon Treaty” campaign and the Pentagon and CIA, it was easy to dismiss the accusation as a storm in a tea-cup from one of Parliament’s … More