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  • Monthly Archives: January 2009

    Voter Suppression Found

    There have been various incidents over the past few years of anonymous flyers being sent to voters giving them the wrong date of an upcoming election. These cause great concern (as they should), but as Soren Dayton at RedState points out, usually Republicans are accused of engaging in these types … More

    Beating Us At Our Own Game

    Guess who lampooned Soviet economics this week at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland: In the 20th century, the Soviet Union made the state’s role absolute. In the long run, this made the Soviet economy totally uncompetitive. This lesson cost [the Soviet Union] dearly. Newt Gingrich? Rush Limbaugh? Try … More

    The Economic Effects of Environmental Regulations

    Politicians and consumers learned valuable lessons this summer when national gasoline prices peaked at over four dollars per gallon. Simply put, energy supply must be expanded in the United States. Last October Congress took the right first steps by allowing the restrictions on energy leasing in 85 percent of America’s territorial waters … More

    The Ghost of New Deal Pork

    The “cash for clunkers” plan recently proposed in Congress would provide a subsidy for a new car purchase to anyone willing to have their current car destroyed. But the economic rationale is eerily similar to the New Deal program most widely agreed to be a catastrophic failure: FDR’s agriculture plan … More

    Shovel Ready or Plain Pork? Have Your Say

    While the Obama Administration waffles on openness and transparency (see here and here), private citizens are stepping in to fill the void. The Heritage Foundation and other groups launched ReadtheStimulus.org to give citizens a chance to work their way through the massive spending proposal, flag suspicious language, and make suggestions. … More

    Britain’s Road to Serfdom

    The amount of money the U.S. is spending in its vain effort to stimulate the economy is hard to grasp. As we’ve pointed out, $819 billion is equivalent to borrowing $10,520 from every family in America. That’s $819 billion that individual Americans will no longer be able to spend freely, … More

    Democratic Senator: "The So-Called Stimulus"

    The mainstream media refuses to mention it, but the only bi-partisanship in President Obama’s brief reign has produced has been against his Trillion Dollar Debt Plan. Eleven Democrats joined all of the House Republicans to vote against the bill. Now it is looking like this well deserved skepticism is spreading … More

    Taxpayers on the Hook for...Who Knows What?

    Strike Two: Not only did President Obama fail to open the Ledbetter Act for public comment before he signed it, a violation of his pledge to boost transparency, but now his administration is refusing to release information on billion-dollar loan guarantees made to some of America’s largest banks. Bloomberg News, … More

    Is a Trade War on the Horizon?

    Jay Van Andel Senior Trade Policy Analyst at Heritage Daniella Markheim comments on why the recently discovered “Buy American” provisions in the ‘stimulus’ bill will only hurt the American economy in the long run. Advocates of Buy American rules claim that limiting competition for U.S. government contracts to domestic firms will protect U.S. jobs and … More

    Will Carbon Trading End Up like the Subprime Mortgage Crisis?

    Vincent de Rivaz, CEO of the UK arm EDF energy, made an interesting but frightening comparison when talking about trading carbon credits under the European Union’s cap-and-trade program: We like certainty about a carbon price. [But] the carbon price has to become simple and not become a new type of … More