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  • Monthly Archives: May 2009

    The Ethanol Mandate – EPA Moves Ahead With Higher Energy and Food Prices and a Worse Environment

    Consumers already know that the federal government’s ethanol mandate is bad news, but the latest EPA proposal works out the gory details for the years ahead. Thanks to the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, increasing amounts of renewable fuels have to be added to the gasoline supply. … More

    Live Blogging the Napolitano Hearing

    DIRKSEN SENATE OFFICE BUILDING – I am at the U.S. Senate Judiciary Hearing where Napolitano is testifying today. First time since her confirmation. Lots of folks in the audience of course–several from immigration groups. DHS has focused on border security lately. This is a good thing– but we can’t tackle … More

    Chairman Mullen: China Military Buildup “Very Much Focused” on United States

    While China continues to insist its military expansion is purely defensive in nature, yesterday the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs expressed his doubts: “They are developing capabilities that are very maritime focused, maritime and air focused, and in many ways, very much focused on us.” Even though China’s long-term intentions … More

    Russian Economy Dramatically Impacted by Economic Downturn

    Unemployment is increasingly raising its profile in Russia’s crisis-hit economy. Last March it was at a record 40-percent high. The official data show that its level over the first quarter jumped from 6 to 7.5 million people, which is around 10 percent of Russia’s labor force. According to independent assessments, … More

    Morning Bell: Surrender Does Not Work

    According to Rasmussen Reports, 60% of U.S. voters are now very concerned about the security of nuclear weapons in Pakistan. That number is up 15 points from last August. And they have every right to be concerned. Facing internal pressure from the Pakistan People’s Party, President Asif Ali Zardari approved … More

    Don't Take A Siesta For This: "Green Jobs" Farce Comes To America

    Just as in Spain, subsidizing renewable energy in America would create increasingly large debt bubbles, according to Dr. Gabriel Calzada of the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Spain, the recent author of a study on renewables’ effects on employment there. “Once you start on this path of putting public money … More

    Waxman Bypasses Political Obstacles to Move Forward with Global Warming Bill

    If you cannot agree on something, go forward with it anyway. Is that how our founding fathers intended the political process to work? From Politico: “Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry Waxman plans to fast-track his controversial climate change bill, bypassing the political hurdles of the subcommittee. ‘I’m still holding firm … More

    What is Good for the Goose is Not Good for the Gander

    All over Washington we see a lot of people saying that they care about a lot of things. In a city full of politicians, you having people saying anything to get their desired outcome of events. However, there is one group that is being left out. DC’s poorest families are … More

    USA Today Misses the Point of Tea Party Protesters

    Two days after Tax Day, April 17, USA Today ran an editorial—Tax rhetoric vs. realtiy—that said the Tea Party protesters had nothing to be mad at because taxes are not that high. Here is snippet: Quick now: How big a bite do federal income taxes take out of the average … More

    Questions for Secretary Napolitano: Is Canada Different Than Mexico?

    DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano is tentatively scheduled to testify before the United States Senate Judiciary Committee about DHS immigration enforcement policies, tomorrow, May 6, 2009. Given Secretary Napolitano’s novel interpretations of federal law, the Heritage Foundation has posted a series of questions (and suggested answers) for the Secretary on issues … More