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  • Monthly Archives: February 2009

    Sweden Lifts Ban on Nuclear Energy

    The AP reports: The Swedish government agreed Thursday to scrap a three-decade ban on building new nuclear reactors, saying it needs to avoid producing more greenhouse gases. Sweden is a leader on renewable energy but is struggling to develop alternative source like hydropower and wind to meet its growing energy … More

    Conservative Economists Do Not Support This Bill

    The left continues to push the lie that all economists support the Obama Trillion Dollar Debt Plan. So Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell said yesterday: Economists from all around the world agree that it is critically important to invest in programs that help our economy. Even the ultra-conservative Martin Feldstein, who … More

    Your Idea on Health Care Reform Could Win $10,000

    The Pioneer Institute’s annual Better Government Competition is a great opportunity for citizens to get involved in shaping public policy. The Pioneer Institute, for those who don’t know, is Massachusetts’ free market think tank, and with all that has happened in the state in health care the past few years, … More

    Nice Work, If You Can Get It

    We like to think of Britain, the U.S. and the rest of the Anglosphere as nations that reject the statist European economic model. But from 1997 to 2008, the government’s share of the British economy increased from 38.4 percent to 41.9 percent. This expenditure was funded by debt that the … More

    Medicaid Surprises in Stimulus

    The Senateneeds to take its time with Obama’s Trillion Dollar Debt Plan. There are jut too many permanent government expansions tucked away inside this bill, especially on the health care front, including these four: Surprise #1—Congress as a predatory lender. Surprise #2—Former C.E.O.s and out of work politicians could Qualify … More

    Obama's Broken Tax Cut Promise

    It took President Barack Obama all of 15 days to break one of his most fundamental campaign promises. Even in these fast-paced times, that has got to be a record. On Wednesday, February 4, President Obama proudly signed into law a huge increase in the federal tobacco excise tax. The … More

    How Soon Will the Global Government Debt Bubble Burst?

    Last Friday Heritage fellow JD Foster detailed how President Barack Obama’s Trillion Dollar Debt Plan is destined to backfire: This debt explosion is likely to raise interest rates significantly for government debt, thereby increasing interest costs for future generations. More troubling at the moment, this policy will increase interest rates … More

    Unintended Consequences on Executive Pay III: Exit Goldman

    Is it any coincidence that on the same day that the Obama Administration announces restrictions on executive pay for companies taking government bailout money, Goldman Sachs announced that it is pulling out of the government’s Troubled Asset Relief Program? The investment bank, says CFO David Viniar, is chafing under the … More

    "More Than a Million a Day Since Jesus Christ's Birth"

    We are not fans of Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s Flawed 4 Percent Mortgage Refinance Plan, but he did nail Obama’s Trillion Dollar Debt Plan with this observation: “if you started the day Jesus Christ was born and spent $1 million every day since then, you still wouldn’t have spent $1 … More

    Obama 2, Sunlight 0

    A key part of President Barack Obama’s Hope and Change promise was that he would not sign any non-emergency bills without offering the public five days to review and comment on the legislation. Since being sworn in, Obama has now signed two bills. In both cases, first the Lilly Ledbetter … More