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  • Monthly Archives: February 2009

    Europe’s Answer to the Financial Crisis?: Bigger Government

    Right now, the world has too little capital, too few jobs, and too little growth. So what do Europe’s leaders want to do? Press for yet more job-killing regulation and more investment-stifling oversight, with a heaping helping of “global governance” on top. If this wasn’t so dangerous, it would be … More

    Morning Bell: The Oath and the District of Columbia

    The House of Representatives shall be composed of Members chosen every second Year by the People of the several States … No Person shall be a Representative who shall not … when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State in which he shall be chosen. – Article I of the … More

    The Open-Ended Nature of "Honest Services" Fraud

    (Commentary by Heritage’s Brian Walsh) The Supreme Court yesterday decided not to consider an important case, Sorich v. U.S., on the meaning and scope of an exceedingly broad federal statute that has been used to prosecute a breathtaking range of conduct. Associate Justice Antonin Scalia again broke with the strict … More

    Real Conversation or Photo-Op?

    Heritage Foundation vice president for domestic and economic policy studies Stuart Butler attended President Barack Obama’s “Fiscal Responsibility” Summit today. He reports: The President said he wanted the sessions to be the first step in a national conversation about how to deal with the long-term fiscal problem. If he truly … More

    Confronting the Entitlement Crisis Deniers

    Liberal author Robert Kuttner doesn’t believe in the entitlement crisis. His argument – reflecting conventional far left thinking on the issue – goes something like this: Conservatives exaggerate the entitlement problem by using shady figures. Social Security is just fine, so don’t worry about it. Medicare is a problem, but … More

    The Carbon Trading Boondoggle: Evidence from Europe

    Apparently people forgot to mention to the central planners in Europe that prices fall during a recession. That includes carbon prices: Set up to price pollution out of existence, carbon trading is pricing it back in. Europe’s carbon markets are in collapse. A year ago European governments allocated a limited … More

    The Sound of Silence

    On February 10th of this year a U.S. satellite that was part of the Iridium global communications network suddenly went silent. A dead Russian satellite had smashed into the U.S. satellite sending space debris everywhere. While the media treated the incident like a road accident, the story should serve as … More

    Preserve the District of Columbia's Unique Constitutional Status

    The Senate is currently considering legislation that would give the District of Columbia a voting member in the House of Representatives.  The legislation is patently unconstitutional, which should end the debate at the outset.  But it is important to note that it is unconstitutional not simply because it was written that way in … More

    Auto Bailout Update: Drove My Chevy to the Levee...

    The news of another auto bailout was met with a whimper last week. Surely, the little noticed request for an additional $22 billion was partly overlooked because $22 billion just doesn’t seem like a large amount of money after President Obama spent $787 billion of your borrowed dollars the week … More

    More Detainee Sanity from White House

    The Heritage Foundation has long argued that the Department of Defense’s detention of combatants picked up on the battlefield was consistent with both the Geneva Conventions and U.S. law. The ACLU and other activists strongly disagreed with this position ad hoped the Obama Administration would reverse this policy. Instead, the … More