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  • Monthly Archives: December 2008

    Tankosphere Today: Dec. 10, 2008

    Card Check: In Light of Business’ Views, Boycott Everything! – Shopfloor.org More measured commentary from The Huffington Post, in this case the long-time labor activist and writer, Jonathan Tasini… Sidewalks: Our Path to Economic Growth – Government Bytes The United States Conference of Mayors sent this porky wish list to … More

    Auto Bailout Includes Kelo-Style Unconstitutional Takings

    A key provision of proposed legislation to bailout  General Motors and Chrysler, which say they are on the brink of insolvency, may be an unconstitutional taking of private property. The Takings Clause of the Constitution has been the subject of considerable public interest since the Supreme Court’s Kelo decision involving … More

    Cap and Trade's Inevitable Central Planning Conclusion

    Last week the Government Accountability Office (GAO) published a report confirming what anyone who knows anything about how markets actually work already knew: the European Union’s cap and trade policy has been a complete failure. According to the report the “price on carbon emissions fluctuated” making the system’s “cumulative effect … More

    Global Warming Treaty Idea Never Heats up in Poland

    The old saying no news is good news certainly holds true in this case. With talks of an auto bailout and a certain Illinois governor entertaining bids for President-elect Barack Obama’s Senate seat usurping the headlines, there has been little talk of the global climate change conference in Poznan, Poland. … More

    More Signs Cap and Trade Not Coming Through Congress

    This June we warned you that the left, discouraged by the utter failure of Lieberman-Warner in Congress, would instead try and implement a massive new carbon tax through bureaucratic means the same way California is doing with their California Air Resources Board. Last week we detailed how President-elect Barack Obama’s … More

    Don't Play Pelosi's Head Games

    At first Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said she would never support an auto bailout bill that used money originally set aside to help Detroit develop fuel-efficient vehicles. But she relented. Then Pelosi claimed she wouldn’t support a bailout bill unless the Big Three promised to drop their lawsuit against California’s … More

    Fannie and Freddie Finally in Focus

    At the height of the campaign season, House Oversight Committee chair Henry Waxman (D-CA) held a number of hearings on the burgeoning financial meltdown including investigations into the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers, the bailout of AIG, The Breakdown of Credit Rating Agencies, and The Role of Federal Regulators. The purpose … More

    Individuality and Freedom

    A very moving film shown here at Heritage this week, Red Terror on the Amber Coast, made an important point about the Soviet need to destroy individualism in order to impose collectivization on the Lithuanian peasants. The abolition of the individual was necessary for the communist Utopia. The people of … More

    Morning Bell: The Ugly Face of Progressive Corporatism

    Just two days ago, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) stood with about 240 union members inside the shuttered factory of Republic Doors and Windows. The company had closed the factory before providing its 240 workers their due severance pay and accrued vacation time. Blagojevich was determined to bring the full … More

    A Keynesian Christmas Present: Rep. Louie Gohmert's Tax Holiday

    Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), champion of a federal tax holiday, faced skeptical questions today about his idea to give the economy a boost. Gohmert wants to stop collecting taxes for two months — using the unspent $350 billion from the Wall Street bailout to pay for the plan. Although his … More