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  • Yearly Archives: 2008

    Tankosphere Today: Dec. 11, 2008

    Investment: Government and Private – Cato @ Liberty There is much excitement about a federal “stimulus” plan focusing on state and local infrastructure spending. At first blush, it seems like a pro-growth idea to get unemployed construction workers off the couch and onto the job site… Trashing Taxpayers - OpenMarket.org A recent … More

    Scientists Make Anti-Global Warming Case

    Al Gore is a politician who somehow managed to win a Nobel Peace Prize. Ivar Giaever is a Nobel Laureate in Physics. When it comes to global warming one has said, “If we allow this to happen, it would be deeply and unforgivably immoral. It would condemn coming generations to a … More

    Shovel Ready Indeed

    So President-elect Barack Obama claims the days of “pork … as a strategy” are over. This in the same breadth he is proposing to borrow anywhere between $500 billion to $1 trillion to spend on expanded infrastructure spending. Don’t worry though, Obama has met with the nation’s governors (but apparently … More

    Unraveling Consensus on Climate Change?

    That’s the case made in an editorial in the Wall Street Journal today, which takes specific aim at the “green jobs myth” citing evidence from recent blue-collar worker protests in Europe, and the lack of progress coming out of UN climate talks in Poznan, Poland: In Brussels last week, some 11,000 metal … More

    Fitzgerald's Priorities Prudent ... This Time

    The arrest of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich and his chief of staff, John Harris, may end up being one of the most serious public corruption cases prosecuted by the Justice Department in many years. The 78-page complaint and accompanying affidavit of FBI Special Agent Daniel Cain reads like something out … More

    The Real Danger of World Government

    Even more than rent-seeking and government expansion here at home, the greatest danger of a left-leaning Obama administration may be the danger of capitulation to a new world government. In the past, “One World Government” has been seen as a rallying cry of a fringe group, not something that many … More

    Morning Bell: Bankruptcy Is Best Way to Save Auto Industry

    Last night while marshaling votes for the House’s eventual 237-to-170 vote in favor of nationalizing Detroit, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) told the Wall Street Journal: “If we do nothing we face the risk that sometime soon there will be no American auto industry.” Hoyer has it exactly backward. … More

    Stimulus Turf Wars

    The crowd eager for a handout from the upcoming economic stimulus bill is growing. On December 8th, the US Conference of Mayors presented their wish list. The report, entitled “Mainstreet Economic Recovery,” lists 11,391 local infrastructure projects with a price tag totaling $73.2 billion. Unfortunately, the list is basically a … More

    The Auto Bailout: So Wrong in So Many Ways

    There’s been a lot of good discussion on the auto bailout over the past day or so. And by good discussion, I mean pointing out how utterly ridiculous an auto bailout is. Our own James Gattuso lays out Congress’s plan in his latest paper: “Eligibility for the program is limited … More

    When Government Gets in the Way…

    When nuclear experts discuss nuclear energy, they generally talk about three different parts: the front end of the fuel cycle, business and operations, and the back end of the fuel cycle. The front end includes all of the activities necessary to produce nuclear fuel. This means mining, enrichment, fuel fabrication, … More