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  • Yearly Archives: 2008

    The Legal Phalanx Between Americans and Energy Freedom

    Last week the House of Representatives approved a funding bill that reversed a quarter-century ban on drilling for oil off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. While this is a major victory for American consumers, it is only the beginning. The left and their environmental allies have constructed a massive web … More

    The Real Fiscal Crisis

    This week, Heritage senior fellow J.D. Foster squares off with American Prospect’s Robert Kuttner over how Congress should address the economy next in The Los Angeles Times. First JD: The Paulson plan was certainly no cure-all; it was intended to keep capital markets functioning so they can resolve their own … More

    What We Have Here Is a Failure to Communicate

    The 2009 Defense Authorization Bill passed by Congress last week, only authorizes the Air Force the funds needed to keep 317,050 airmen in uniform. This is 11,550 less than the 328,600 airmen Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he needs. Apparently this isn’t even Congress’ fault. Air Force Times reports: The … More

    Nuclear Waste: It's Everywhere!

    Nuclear waste is not just at nuclear power plants, but there’s also radioactive waste at universities, labs and hospitals across the country, as indicated in a recent Associated Press story. These places have all kinds of nuclear waste? Much of it low-level nuclear waste. The United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission … More

    Morning Bell: A Financial Crisis of Government's Making

    Campaigning in Colorado yesterday Barack Obama blamed the financial crisis on “a culture of deregulation.” No, we don’t know what this means either. Pressed for specifics, some on the left manage to identify the 1999 Gramm-Leach-Bliley law as the deregulation source for all our problems. But as we have detailed … More

    Tankosphere Today: Sept 29, 2008

    Gore: To the Barricades! Everyone! (Well, Except Me) – Shopfloor.org Al Gore, who once swore to uphold the U.S. Constitution, tells young people to break the law to stop construction of coal plants. The Wall Street Journal comments… Will Illinois’ Hospital Uninsured Discount Act Protect Patients? – Pacific Research Institute … More

    Detroit's Other Big Problem

    Last week the House approved a $25 billion loan for Detroit’s Big Three that, if signed into law, would cost taxpayers $7.5 billion. General Motors, Ford and Chrysler claim they need assistance to make the switch from gas-guzzling vehicles to more cars with better fuel-efficiency. We’ve broken down a few … More

    A Broader System of Corruption

    The Volokh Conspiracy‘s David Bernstein did not believe John McCain did an adequate job explaining his concern with earmarks during last Friday’s Presidential debate. Bernstein pick up the argument: Let’s say Congressman X is an idealistic young Congressman. Some constituents in his rural district ask him to get federal funding … More

    Addressing the Credit Rescue's Constitutional Problems

    Former Attorney General Ed Meese and Heritage ‘s Dr. Stuart Butler make their case for a financial rescue plan: While there are those in Congress who would push the role of government far beyond what is necessary in this crisis, the core technical parts of the negotiated package are acceptable. … More

    Absolute Engagement

    At the Presidential debate Friday in Oxford, Mississippi, John McCain emphasized “how tough that terrain is” on the Pakistan Afghan border, and that “we have to get the cooperation of the people in those areas.” An incident last week underscored how right he was on both counts. On Thursday two … More