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  • Yearly Archives: 2008

    Morning Bell: Anti-War Fantasies Threaten Progress in Iraq

    Last night CNN‘s Joe Johns first noted that not only is 75 percent of Baghdad now secure, but important signs of political progress were also emerging including de-Baathification. He then asked Hillary Clinton if she was “looking to end this war or win it?” Clinton responded: Of course the surge, … More

    The Moral Bankruptcy of Talking Points Memo

    Responding to a suit by the Nevada State Education Association challenging at-large caucus locations set up by the Nevada State Democratic Party, Talking Points Memo’s Josh Marshall wrote: If there’s one thing that’s core to the modern Democratic party is that voter suppression tactics are always wrong. Much of the … More

    Morning Bell: 'Let Freedom Ring'

    Paul Krugman titles his op-ed this Martin Luther King Day ‘Debunking the Reagan Myth‘ and while this particular column is just the latest Krugman attack on Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) and Reagonomics, Krugman devotes much of his new book to slandering Ronald Reagan’s record on civil rights. Others have already … More

    The Do's and Don'ts of an Economic Stimulus

    President Bush and congressional Democrats appear ready to put their partisan differences behind them and strike a deal on an economic stimulus package. However, before lawmakers and the White House get too cozy, conservatives are reminding Bush to consider the consequences of issuing tax rebates — repeating a mistake his … More

    States Falling In Line With REAL ID Reality

    This week Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley followed in the footsteps of New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer deciding to comply with REAL ID standards for drivers licenses, rejecting a plan that would have allowed illegal immigrants to obtain an official state idenitifcation card. O’Malley said he did not want his state … More

    Morning Bell: Free Money For Everybody!!!

    If there is one thing President Bush is good at, it’s spending other people’s money. That’s why he saw Sen. Barack Obama’s (D-IL) $250 to individuals stimulus plan, saw the Democratic Congress’ $500 for individuals offer, and raised them both to $800 for individuals and $1,600 for families. Let’s hope … More

    Another Reason to Copy Hong Kong: Security

    Hong Kong is the most economically free country in the world. One of the reasons it has maintained that status for 14 straight years is its top-notch port security. Heritage’s James Jay Carafano was there this week to inspect its ports and other security measures put in place to combat … More

    Is Government Driving Entrepreneurship in Ireland?

    That’s what a Drudge-linked article in today’s New York Times suggests. The article attributes a large part of Ireland’s economic success to a government agency, Enterprise Ireland (EI). The agency provides state funding to startup companies, supports research and development, and introduces entrepreneurs to foreign government officials. However, a quick … More

    SBA Improves Without Funding Increases

    As reported in the Washington Post, a new survey shows that the Small Business Administration (SBA) has improved its employees’ morale without the cash infusion desired by the agency’s backers in Congress. Two years ago, the SBA was ranked as the worst place to work in the federal government. The … More

    Morning Bell: Make Bernanke Keep His Word on Stimulus Neutrality

    Heading into today’s testimony from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, Republicans and Democrats are divided over what Congress’ imminent stimulus package should include. Key to any Republican sign off on a bill would be a provision making the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts permanent. Democrats want up to $100 billion … More