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  • Monthly Archives: May 2009

    Not a Zero-Sum Game: Replacing Justice Souter Risks a More Activist Court

    Though certainly no originalist, Justice David Souter is not a complete judicial activist, either. On a number of cases and issues, he has rejected the activist “empathy” standard promoted by President Obama to instead cast votes and write opinions that are in accord with the demands of the Constitution and … More

    Cap and Tax Will Force You to Make Budget Cuts: Part 2 in a 10-Part Series

    On April 20, President Obama called for $100 million in budget cuts after announcing spending increases of $4 trillion. Heritage Senior Policy Analyst Brian Riedl breaks it down nicely: • It is 1/40,000 of the federal budget; • It is 1/7,830 the size of the recent “stimulus” bill; • It … More

    "Cap and Trade Is a Tax: And It's A Great Big One"

    Cap and Trade Top Ten List 1. Cap and Trade Is a Massive Energy Tax 2. It Will Not Make A Substantive Impact on the Environment 3. It Will Kill Jobs 4. It Will Cause Electricity Bills and Gas Prices to Sharply Increase 5. It Will Outsource Manufacturing Jobs and Hurt … More

    Questions for Secretary Napolitano: No-Match Immigration Data

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

    Now Paul Krugman is Stealing $11,000 from Every American Household

    In his New York Times column today, Paul Krugman writes: “I cringe when “green economy” enthusiasts insist that protecting the environment would be all gain, no pain.” We feel his pain. But then Krugman goes on to write: Consumers would end up poorer than they would have been without a … More

    A Supreme Court Vacancy: What’s at Stake, What’s Required

    The news that Justice David Souter will be resigning from the Supreme Court has left some conservatives momentarily confused. It should not. As much as Justice Souter disappointed those faithful to the Constitution, and those disappointments are legion, he was reasonable or even sound in several key areas (more will … More

    Meddling with Unacceptable Speculators

    “I want to disabuse people of this notion that somehow we enjoy, you know, meddling in the private sector.” – President Barack Obama, April 29, 2009 “After consulting with my auto task force, industry experts, and financial advisors, I decided to give Chrysler and Fiat 30 days to reach an … More

    Fidel Castro and the Kennedy Clan: Bad History or Liberal Amnesia?

    In his latest reflection, Cuba’s Fidel Castro writes with an air of nostalgia about the presidency of John F. Kennedy and the travails of the Kennedy family: He [JFK] saw himself as the representative of a new generation of Americans confronting the old and dirty politics of men in the … More

    Morning Bell: The Unprincipled Fight for Government-Run Health Care

    Last year, then-candidate Barack Obama told a rally in Albuquerque, “If I were designing a system from scratch, I would probably go ahead with a single-payer system.” Earlier this month in Chicago, Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) told a rally of government-run health care supporters: “I know many of you here today are … More