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  • Yearly Archives: 2008

    The Real Problem With Fannie and Freddie

    The Washington Post has a fine editorial on the current financial crisis first noting: As financial panic spread across the globe and governments scrambled to contain the damage, reality seemed to announce the doom of U.S.-style free markets and President Bush’s ideology. But this is wrong in two ways. The … More

    New Nuclear Offers Unique Advantages

    Last week at Heritage, representatives from the Idaho National Laboratory (INL), Thorium Reactors, Hyperion and General Atomics discussed the potential of new nuclear technologies for America. The full event is available and accessible by going to Heritage’s event site. The INL’s Next Generation Nuclear Plant (NGNP) project, which is a … More

    Morning Bell: An Offer We Can Refuse

    Barack Obama’s energy adviser Jason Grumet told Bloomberg last week that an Obama administration would not “insert political judgments to interrupt the recommendations of the scientific efforts.” His promise was made in reference to the Environmental Protection Agency’s impending decision on whether or not to regulate greenhouse gas emissions under … More

    Bell Ringers

    A Round-up of Op-Eds by The Heritage Foundation Financial Forensics – Ed Feulner Yet Fannie and Freddie evaded attempts to regulate them. A big reason is that they cultivated powerful friends in Congress, such as Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn. As chair of the Senate banking committee, he pocketed more than … More

    Tankosphere Today: Oct. 17, 2008

    Nickel & Dimed in San Francisco Health Care – Pacific Research Institute Still Not Enough Taxes to Pay for All the Government’s Needs Despite a (possibly short-term) victory in court, San Francisco’s Health Access Program faces an uphill struggle to provide so-called “universal” health care to San Franciscans. SF HAP, … More

    Fannie, Freddie, and The Center for American Progress

    Desperate to defend the incoming corporate-socialist order, the Center for American Progress again defended Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac after Wednesday’s presidential debate. CAP’s Wonkroom notes that John McCain accused Fannie and Freddie of causing the current financial crisis and then offers the following refutation: As McClatchy reported this week … More

    The Annotated Presidential Debate

    Over the course of three presidential debates, John McCain and Barack Obama have tackled many policy issues — but often in the form of sound bites without much context or detail. Enter a project called VoterWatch. By making it easy to annotate video with its interactive media player, VoterWatch allows … More

    There’s No Such Thing as a Free Lunch (or Health Care)

    The news from Hawaii that the state is ending its experiment in universal health coverage for children may well be the timely warning that Washington needs to avert bankruptcy. Hawaii has learned what some have known all along–that the cost of free care is unaffordable. The AP reports: “People who … More

    Defending Joe's Right to Earn a Living

    The left is in full attack mode against Joe the Plumber. The leftist website Daily Kos has even posted his home address (and, mistakenly, even the home address of his ex-wife). Now the plumber’s union in Toledo, Ohio, is moving to put him out of business. Joe’s crime? He doesn’t … More

    Morning Bell: Do You Trust Congress to Compete Fairly?

    The federal government’s decision to become both a market player and regulator in U.S. residential real estate was a major cause of the financial crisis. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, using their government-given advantages (including lower capital requirements, guaranteed access to federal credit, and a federal guarantee of their debt), … More