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  • Monthly Archives: December 2008

    The Bailout Mentality Ends Here

    It’s bad enough that there are already legions of lobbyists lining up in Washington for their slice of the upcoming $700 billion-plus pie. But when our nation’s local government leaders join the bailout parade, you know our nation’s sense of personal responsibility has significantly deteriorated. Earlier this week the U.S. … More

    Oh Yes They Did

    Big labor apologist EJ Dionne Jr. asserts in the Washington Post today: The failure of the Big Three is regularly attributed to the high wages and benefits earned by members of the United Auto Workers union, and it’s true that the Detroit-based auto companies operate under heavy “legacy costs” for … More

    Finally, Some Honesty on Energy from the Left

    Michael Schellenberger and Michael Nordhaus already have taken plenty of heat from the enviro/left for their book Break Through: From the Death of Environmentalism to the Politics of Possibility. Their latest article in the American Prospect is not going to mend any fences. Schellenberger and Nordhaus write: Like conservatives who … More

    U.S. Falls Further Behind on Free Trade

    Last week while we were all getting ready to feast on turkey, Colombia inked another free trade deal with a country that is not us. Following up on trade liberalization pacts with Canada and China, Colombian trade minister, Luis Guillermo Plata signed a deal with the four members of the … More

    Morning Bell: A Capitol Travesty

    Like everything else that comes out of Congress, the initial intentions were good: to build a visitors center that shields citizens from extreme heat and humidity and provides greater security for people working in or visiting the U.S. Capitol. But what began as a $265 million project in 2000 ballooned … More

    Bell Ringers

    Was the Real Target Indo-Pak Peace? – Peter Brookes The Indians claim al Qaeda doesn’t exist in their country, and the lack of suicide bombers lends credence to the idea it wasn’t Osama’s cronies. Yet his direction or inspiration for an attack can’t be ruled out – many of the … More

    Tankosphere Today: Dec. 1, 2008

    If Unions Are So Great, Why Doesn’t the Economy Show It? – InsiderOnline Defenders of unions have a very interesting response to critics of the proposed automaker bailout. The opponents of a bailout, say defenders of unions, want to force the automakers into a chapter 11 restructuring so that they … More

    The Global Warming Thought Police Are Here

    The Heritage Foundation has long been against allowing the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act. So when the EPA unveiled their plan to regulate 1/5 of all food service businesses, 1/3 of all health care businesses, 1/2 of the entire lodging industry, and … More

    Auto Bailout Not Inevitable?

    President-elect Barack Obama signaled last week that even if Congress does not bailout Detroit’s Big Three this month, he will push for federal help once he is sworn in. But it appears that at least some Democrats on Capitol Hill are warming to the idea of a much needed bankruptcy … More

    D.C. Schools Chancellor 'Terrified' of Left's Education Plans

    After D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee met with both John McCain and President-elect Barack Obama during the campaign, both candidates tried to claim her as his own. Obama even called her a “wonderful new superintendent.” But since taking over the D.C. school system in June 2007, Rhee has battled the … More