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  • Monthly Archives: April 2009

    Morning Bell: It's About the Spending

    According to the Tax Foundation, today is Tax Freedom Day: That means Americans have worked about three and a half months of the year, from January 1 to April 13, before they have earned enough money to pay this year’s tax burden at the federal, state and local levels. Thanks … More

    ISO 'Next Generation of Leaders'

    The Heritage Foundation never has been more important than it is today, especially in raising up “the next generation of conservative leaders,” says the first new chairman of the Board of Trustees since Bill Clinton ended George H.W. Bush’s residency at the White House. The founders of the think tank, … More

    What Laws Favor Coal in Missouri?

    In an otherwise fine article on how cap and trade legislation would lead to exploding energy bills that would hurt families and kill economic growth, the New York Times reports: But few pay attention to the origin of their little-noticed savings: 21 coal-fired power plants that emit more than 75 … More

    Koh Update: Questions for Koh

    The Washington Independent‘s David Weigel has a very fair piece on conservative efforts to educate the public about  State Department legal advisor nominee Harold Koh’s “transnationalist” legal beliefs. Weigel quotes National Review’s Ed Whelan: “What judicial transnationalism is really all about is depriving American citizens of their powers of representative … More

    Stop Spending Our Future!

    This cartoon from the 1934 Chicago Tribune has appeared more than once in our inbox. Hopefully, unlike 1934, we have already endured the worst of new federal government central planning in the U.S. economy. By 1934 the Depression had already lasted five years, but would still go on for another … More

    Competition Is the Key

    School choice can be more than just a “lifeboat” for students needing to escape troubled public schools. When structured correctly, school choice can create competition among both private and public schools to improve their performance. That, say Jay Greene and Ryan Marsh, is what’s going on in Milwaukee right now. … More

    Castro, Race and the Black Congressional Caucus: An Inconvenient Truth

    It is not every day that the Washington Post and the Heritage Foundation sing from the same sheet of music. Today, on the problem of Cuba, we generally do. One must read the Post’s lead editorial “Coddling Cuba.” The reaction to the recent visit of the Black Congressional Caucus to … More

    Reporting on Missile Test Fails

    The April 6, William Broad article “North Korean Missile Launch Was a Failure, Experts Say” in the New York Times diminishes the scope of the threat posed by the North Korean ballistic missile program by omitting some key facts. Analysis of the Taepodong-2 missile flight path does indicate that a … More

    Morning Bell: "I Just Lost Another Loan to Obama!"

    The New York Times reports this morning: “He is not a mortgage broker. But for a time on Thursday, President Obama seemed to be playing one on television, urging Americans not to miss out on rock-bottom refinancing rates. … Seldom has the president sounded so much like the host of … More

    Did President Obama Attend the Alliance of Civilizations Forum or Not?

    Over the past month, the press in predominantly Muslim countries was abuzz that President Barack Obama was scheduled to attend the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Forum during his recent visit to Turkey. The AoC is an attempt by the U.N. to quell perceived tensions between Muslim and Western nations … More