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  • Monthly Archives: February 2009

    The Largest Permanent Redesign of the Federal Government Since the Great Society

    In three of the last four years, Congress has combined all the outstanding appropriations bills into one large omnibus bill. Each omnibus bill was ridiculed at the time for forcing Congress to vote on a huge sum of money without a chance to split it up and thoroughly examine each … More

    Morning Bell: Strength in the New Missile Age

    Yesterday in Tehran, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took up President Barack Obama’s oft-repeated invitation to engage in direct talks with the United States. President Ahmadinejad told a rally celebrating the 30th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution: “It is clear that change should be fundamental, not tactical, and our people … More

    Americans Don’t Care About Pork Spending?

    Senator Schumer (D-NY) believes that Americans are happy to have Members of Congress add a billion here, and a billion there into spending bills, without oversight or necessity. American taxpayers might disagree.

    Here They Go Again...Gas Prices Fall = We Don't Need Offshore Drilling

    That seems to be sentiment coming from Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) Ken Salazar: President Obama is shelving a plan announced in the final days of the Bush administration to open much of the U.S. coast to oil drilling, including 130 million acres off California’s coast … More

    Nice Idea, Where'd You Think of It?

    Canadian Unions help prove economic ignorance  and protectionism are something America doesn’t hold the copyright on. Two of Canada’s largest unions are urging the federal government to adopt a Buy Canadian policy similar to the proposal that has been criticized in the United States. At a joint press conference on … More

    Lessons for Congress about Education Spending

    As Congress considered the unprecedented federal spending increase on education programs, Members should take the time to check out the American Legislative Exchange Council’s new Report Card on American Education. The report examines the condition of public schooling in the states and offers policymakers lessons from the experience of our … More

    Boudreaux: FDR's Policies Put the 'Great' in Great Depression

    George Mason University economics professor Don Boudreaux offered a grim assessment of the economic stimulus package that’s making its way through Capitol Hill, questioning President Barack Obama’s contention that government must do something. “Conventional wisdom in Washington is that we must do something regardless of how wise or prudent it … More

    Market-Based Solutions: The 20% Zip Code Housing Plan

    University of Chicago school of business professor Luigi Zingales has a plan to address the housing crisis that doesn’t involve bankruptcy judge cram downs or a federal government bailout. Before he gets to his plan, Zingales outlines what any government intervention in the marketplace must prove before it should be … More

    Trillion-Dollar Debt Plan Passes the Senate

    As the Drudge Report was highlighting Betsy McCaughey’s commentary on Bloomberg.com on how the Obama Stimulus Bill will ruin your health care, the Senate quickly acted to pass the latest version of the $838 Billion Spending bill, by a vote of 61-37. Clearly, the polls were showing that the more … More

    Market-Based Solutions: Resource Allocation Key

    New York University economics professor Mario Rizzo kicks off the second morning panel “Market-Based Solution.” He begins by taking fire at the macroeconomists who are claiming they know exactly how many jobs each version of Obama’s Trillion Dollar Debt Plan will create. Rizzo says: Unfortunately, much of the policy advice … More