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  • Monthly Archives: February 2009

    The American Option

    Last Thursday in a speech at The Heritage Foundation, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) unveiled his “American Option” alternative to President Barack Obama’s Trillion Dollar Debt Plan. From DeMint’s speech: The Democrat bill takes money–actually, it bor­rows money–and decides where it should go. It does virtually nothing to stimulate the economy … More

    In Their Own Words: President Obama on the Stimulus

    Yesterday, President Barack Obama was interviewed by several cable and network news outlets on matters ranging from Tom Daschle to the Trillion Dollar Spending Bill. Below are some excerpts of what he said in those interviews, and why President Obama needs to visit readthestimulus.org as soon as possible, so he … More

    First Rain From Trade Storm

    Yesterday’s Wall Street Journal had a front-page story on soaring unemployment among China’s rural migrants. While official Chinese employment statistics are spotty, the gigantic figures being thrown around are no surprise. The Journal and other outlets emphasize the Communist Party’s overwhelming fear of political instability caused by job loss. This … More

    Regulation Didn’t Save Them

    Does the financial crisis reveal a failure of American deregulation compared to better conceived European regulatory schemes? This thesis is shared by many, especially here in Europe where some see the current financial crisis as the proof of the superiority of the European “social market economy” over “cow-boy capitalism”. This … More

    North Korea May Be Preparing Missile Launch

    Media reports and anonymous US and South Korean officials suggest North Korea is preparing to test launch a long-range Taepo Dong-2 missile. A missile launch, or even observable preparations for such a launch, would be the next step in Pyongyang’s escalating efforts to pressure South Korea and the U.S. to … More

    Global Warming "Shell Games"

    Congressman John Shimkus (R-IL) is a member of the House Energy & Commerce Committee. He took time this week to answer questions from U.S. Fulbright Fellow Patrick Bell. 1. Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA), the new Chair of the Energy & Commerce Committee, has said he would like to have global … More

    Morning Bell: "They Should Scrub It"

    There are two competing story lines developing on the Trillion Dollar Debt Plan. The first is that the bill passed by the House is basically a sound spending plan that only needs a few minor changes in the Senate before it can be passed and single-handedly save the entire U.S. … More

    Hilda Solis: The Next Tom Daschle?

    President Obama’s choice to lead the Department of Health and Human Services stepped down today after it was discovered that he had failed to pay over $140,000 in taxes and amid allegations that he was too closely connected with health care lobbyists that would have had all-too-easy access to him … More

    'Too Rich for Tax Cuts, Not Poor Enough for Free Health Care'

    Washington – Michigan Congressman Dave Camp raised doubts and highlighted confused realities of the Democrat Spending Bill at today’s Conservative Bloggers’ Briefing, held at the Heritage Foundation. Camp compared provisions in the Spending Bill and the recently passed SCHIP Bill, calling their contradictions ‘absurd.’ “You’re too rich to get a … More

    The First Duty of Any State

    In its latest issue, the Economist reports on the state of Britain’s armed forces. It answers the question posed in the title of the piece, “Losing Their Way?,” with a resounding “Yes,” blaming underfunding, recruiting shortfalls, and a loss of institutional confidence. The joke among Americans in Afghanistan, it reports, … More