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  • Yearly Archives: 2008

    Brevity is the Soul of...Clarity

    Silhouetted Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument and Capitol Building with American flag at sunrise in Washington DC

    On this date (November 19) in 1863, Abraham Lincoln gave perhaps the greatest speech in American History, the Gettysburg Address.  The text of the speech is short, less than 300 words, a fitting reminder to contemporary politicians that, sometimes, the most succinct speeches are the most meaningful. Perhaps the brevity of Lincoln’s remarks can … More

    A Brilliant Bullet

    Popular Mechanics devotes their latest cover story to the science of ground-based interceptors. PM writes: America’s missile shield is designed to destroy incoming ballistic warheads with interceptors. President-elect Obama’s leading contenders for the job as Secretary of Defense have this week sent signals that the next administration would continue the … More

    Will Democrats Reinsert the Ban on Drilling?

    The Congressional restrictions on energy leasing in 85 percent of America’s territorial waters, which have been renewed annually since 1982, were allowed to lapse this year. They expired on September 30th, and since overlapping White House restrictions were rescinded by President Bush a few months ago, nearly all of our … More

    Tankosphere Today: Nov. 19, 2008

    Obama Should Back Missile Defense – DC Examiner During the campaign, Barack Obama was ambiguous, at best, on whether as chief executive he would support completing development and deployment of the U.S anti-ballistic missile defense system first proposed in 1983 by President Reagan… Mike Bloomberg Learns That His Title Is … More

    Poor Information Quality at EPA

    President-elect Barack Obama will probably just use the Environmental Protection Agency’s rulemaking power “as a political bludgeon” to force Congress to pass a massive energy tax, but it is still helpful to push back against the EPA’s carbon capping plans. Yesterday The Heartland Institute posted their official comment on the … More

    Not Even Higher Payments Can Help Medicaid

    It’s widely known that while there is some variation, in most states Medicaid reimburses physicians at significantly lower rates than private insurers. As we’ve previously highlighted, research indicates that these low rates of payment affect physicians’ decisions to treat Medicaid patients. While low reimbursement is a serious problem in Medicaid … More

    With the Left in Power, Only Morons Pay Their Mortgages

    Reporting on Fannie Mae’s and Freddie Mac’s new program to reduce monthly mortgage payments for those people who have missed at least 90 days worth of payments, The San Francisco Chronicle’s Kathleen Pender reports: Peter Schiff, president of Euro Pacific Capital, predicts that many homeowners who have little or no … More

    Sanity to Prevail on Card Check?

    President-elect Barack Obama’s chief of staff Rahm Emanuel declined to reassert Obama’s campaign promise to end the secret ballot in union organizing elections yesterday. The Wall Street Journal reports on Emanuel’s presentation to the WSJ CEO Council: He was asked his views on the push by labor unions to allow … More

    How Are We Different Than Communist China, Again?

    Barack Obama pushes for a $500 billion stimulus. Communist China announces a $586 billion economic stimulus. Barack Obama is pushing for a government bailout of U.S. auto makers conditioned on putting “a government representative on the boards of rescued auto makers, to ensure they hew to conditions attached to the … More

    Video: Feulner on the State of the Conservative Movement

    Heritage President Ed Feulner addresses members of The Heritage Foundation’s President’s Club about the current state of the conservative movement. Click here to read Feulner’s speech. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lWdQ5j_HoA[/youtube]