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  • Monthly Archives: January 2009

    Will Somebody Please Turn on the Gas?

    The ongoing row between Russia and Ukraine over natural gas supplies to Europe appears to be deepening. This comes just days after the European Union announced what was supposed to be a breakthrough agreement to get gas flowing again to at least 15 European countries, leaving millions in the cold. … More

    Save Our Secret Ballot Takes on Employee Free Choice Act

    WASHINGTON – Ernest Istook, Chairman of the National Advisory Board for Save Our Secret Ballot, described at the Conservative Bloggers’ Briefing yesterday a grassroots, state-level strategy to nullify the effects of the Employee Free Choice Act should it be passed by Congress. SOSBallot.org, a 501 c(4) organization, is currently pushing for constitutional … More

    Morning Bell: Move Forward, Not Back, on Entitlement Reform

    Last week, after the Congressional Budget Office report showed that the pre-stimulus budget deficit would reach $1.2 trillion in FY 2009, President-elect Barack Obama reiterated his campaign promise to make Social Security and Medicare reform a “central part” of his efforts to control skyrocketing federal spending. Democrats on the Hill … More

    Green Job Initiative May Actually Dip Into Red

    President-elect Barack Obama is set to take command a week from today. One of the programs he’s been touting from the beginning of his campaign is a massive green jobs initiative. Sounds great, doesn’t it? Obama can kill two birds with one stone with green jobs; he can solve our … More

    Afghanistan-Pakistan: The Defining Wars

    The outcome of the fighting in Afghanistan and whether the coalition forces can prevent the Taliban from re-gaining influence there will largely determine how safe and secure civilized nations will remain from future terrorist attacks. Taliban terrorists and their al-Qaeda allies have stepped up attacks mostly in southern Afghanistan to … More

    The 2009 Index of Economic Freedom

    For 15 years, The Wall Street Journal and The Heritage Foundation have been measuring countries’ commitment to free-market capitalism in the “Index of Economic Freedom.” The 2009 Index, published this week, provides strong evidence that the countries that maintain the freest economies do the best job of promoting prosperity for … More

    Video: An Alternative to Obama's Economic Stimulus Plan

    Bill Beach, director of Heritage’s Center for Data Analysis, explains that aggressive tax relief would create or protect 3 million jobs between 2009-2011.  [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7TBbOr6BWA[/youtube]  Further reading: Any Stimulus Legislation Must Include Budget Reforms to Address Long-Term Challenges Economic Recovery: How Best to End the Recession Economic Stimulus: Dos and Don’ts

    Our New Gangster Economy

    Last week Citigroup struck a deal with Senate Democrats accepting the Dems mortgage cram down in exchange for … well not much really. The Wall Street Journal explains why: Since October, the government has invested $52 billion in Citi, while agreeing to eat up to $249 billion in losses on … More

    Obama's Stimulus Plan in Sixteen Words

    Speaking on a panel at the New York Times Center this Sunday, NYT correspondent Peter Baker put the lie to President-elect Barack Obama’s economic stimulus speech from last week: He hasn’t asked anybody for sacrifice. His whole economic package is about giving things to people. Truer words were never spoken.

    The Dynamic Duo

    President-elect Barack Obama and President George Bush have joined forces to obtain the second $350 billion of the original $700 billion TARP bailout fund. There is way more than collegiality at work here. Obama and Bush are proving to be true ideological twins. With Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson at the … More