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  • Yearly Archives: 2008

    Kill This No Drill Bill

    Is it too much to ask for an energy bill to actually have some energy in it? Apparently it is, judging by the latest offshore drilling measure being pushed by Congress. Gasoline prices have dropped from last summer’s record levels, but they are still high enough to remain a big … More

    How to Celebrate Constitution Day

    September 17 is Constitution Day.  On this date in 1787, 39 of the original 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the document that would eventually be ratified and enshrined as our fundamental law.  Recently, many have observed the relative decline of civic knowledge among American citizens, and have taken … More

    'There Is No Merit in the System'

    Few members of Congress come to Washington to fight corrupting earmark spending. Usually new members come to Capitol Hill with the best intentions to help their constituents as best as they can … often including directing as much federal money as possible back to their district. Rep. John Kline (R-MN) … More

    If You Eat, Sleep, or Pray Then the EPA is Coming for You

    This summer the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) set in motion the process for regulating greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act (CAA). Their Advanced Notice for Proposed Rulemaking is only a fist step, but the breadth of their desired reach is truly frightening. This month the U.S. Chamber of … More

    Pelosi's Energy Bill is a Sham

    The House introduced new energy legislation late last night. Finally…right? The House also wants to bring the 290-page bill, which can be found here, to the floor today. You think the 435 Members in the House of Representatives are going to meticulously read all 290 pages? A bill that makes … More

    More Lawsuits: Just What the Economy Needs

    As Americans watch the financial markets agog at what’s next and tighten belts for fear of slowdown or even recession, Congress chugs merrily along on track to bulk up labor law and allow more lawsuits against employers. Already, labor law experts are expecting a surge in lawsuits if the economy … More

    Trading Our Way out of Inequality

    Listening to liberals on the campaign trail or Lou Dobbs every night, one would think that U.S. trade with china has been a disaster for Americans. Not so says a new paper by University of Chicago colleagues John Romalis and Christian Broda. The American reports: According to their research, the … More

    Morning Bell: Christmas in September

    For most Americans, there are 100 shopping days left until Christmas. But for the special interests in Washington, there are only 10 shopping days left with Congress tentatively set to adjourn for the year on Sept. 26. One would hope the financial turmoil on Wall Street would give legislators pause … More

    We Must Increase Drilling and Reduce Red Tape

    The Outer Continental Shelf presents a tremendous opportunity to expand domestic oil and natural gas production with little or no downside. Extra energy is badly needed, and the risk of producing it has been greatly reduced. Over the past few months, high energy prices have shifted the tide in favor … More

    Lines to Remember the Next Time the IRS Knocks on Your Door

    Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) is a lawyer. He is not only a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, but he is the chairman. The Ways and Means Committee is responsible for all federal tax policy. One might hope that the man in charge of writing the nation’s tax … More