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  • Monthly Archives: April 2009

    Federal Report: D.C. School Voucher Program Improves Reading Scores

    The U.S. Department of Education’s released a report today presenting the finding of an academic evaluation of the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship program. It found that, after three years, students who were offered vouchers to go to private school through the program had made statistically significant gains in reading achievement. Specifically, … More

    Don't Do Business with Sharks

    Bloomberg reports today: The Federal Reserve’s $1 trillion effort to restart the market for securities backed by loans is encountering resistance from investors, undermining Chairman Ben S. Bernanke’s attempt to further drive down borrowing costs. … Investors are concerned that Congress, while responding to taxpayer anger over bank bailouts, hasn’t … More

    Back to the Basics

    In the New York Times today, David Brooks has a column in which he describes two theories about the financial crisis: “greed” and “stupidity.” The “greed” theory is not what you might be thinking—it is not the simplistic notion that Wall Street is just full of greedy capitalists that swindle … More

    From Marriage to a Mere Contract

    This morning the Iowa Supreme Court became the fourth state supreme court to redefine marriage to include same-sex couples. Justifying his decision Iowa Supreme Court Justice Mark Cady invoked his court’s 1839 decision which struck down slavery laws. Heritage’s Matthew Spalding addressed the specious argument back in 2003: The argument … More

    Once Again, America and Britain Take the Lead in Afghanistan

    The war against the Taliban and Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan is the direct result of the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Those attacks resulted in NATO invoking Article 5 of its Charter, and thus calling upon all NATO members to contribute to the defense of the United States. The war – for … More

    Tea Party Talking Points

    DON’T BORROW, SPEND, AND TAX AWAY OUR FUTURE The President’s Plan Blames Bush: President Obama correctly points out that he inherited a projected $1.2 trillion deficit in 2009 from President Bush and a Democratic Congress. However, his budget adds an additional $659 billion to that deficit, pushing it above $1.8 … More

    A Confused and Contrived Celebrity in Strasbourg

    President Obama’s tele-prompted speech to thousands of hand picked town hall guests at a sports stadium in Strasbourg was received with the customary rock star greeting that the President and the stylish First Lady have grown used to by now in Europe. Throngs of students applauded rapturously when President Obama … More

    Countdown to the Summit of the Americas: Chavez in Tehran

    “Arriving in Tehran,” Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez declared, “for us is like arriving at one’s home town.” It certainly should be as this is his sixth as President. The purpose of the visit, Chavez announced was to form with Iran a “common revolutionary front … in the world.” As for … More

    "I Love This Guy"

    Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, March 27, 2009: This is a crisis that was caused by white people with blue eyes. And before the crisis, they looked as if they knew everything about economics. Associate Press, April 2, 2009: During a lunch at the Group of 20 summit … More

    Missing Pieces in Missile Defense

    Is the Obama administration taking North Korea’s threat to launch a long-range missile seriously enough? With North Korea poised to launch as early as this weekend, you would think we would have deployed our SBX radar. You’d be wrong. The ship-borne Sea-Based X Band Radar (SBX) is one of the … More