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  • Monthly Archives: June 2009

    The Paradox of Government-Run Health Care

    While Peter Orszag, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, likes to describe how some vague payment reforms will “bend the curve,” the reality is Congress and the Administration are trying to put more people on a leaking boat. The Mess in Medicaid and SCHIP. Only a few months … More

    What CBO Says About the Kennedy-Dodd Health Bill

    In February 1994, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said that the Clinton health plan would add $74 billion to the deficit over the following six years. And that spelled the beginning of the end of the Clinton plan to have the federal government supervise the financing and delivery of health … More

    Obama Financial Regulation Plan: Empowering Regulators, Not Consumers

    After months of internal debate, President Obama today released his much-anticipated plan for reforming the nation’s financial regulatory system. The 85-page document is nothing if not comprehensive, containing a grab bag of changes covering almost every aspect of the troubled financial industry. Taken as a whole, the changes would trigger … More

    Picture This: Health Care Consumers on Critical List

    Heritage analyst Nina Owcharenko details what rational health care reform looks like: Congress soon will take up legislation to reform the health care system. The policies outlined by President Obama during his campaign and those proposed by Democrats in Congress would centralize control over health care in Washington. “The chief … More

    Guest Blogger: Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) on 'Recovering Ronald Reagan'

    Why Government Still Doesn’t Have the Solutions Political irony has experienced a profound illustration in the early days of the Obama administration. Seldom has a president rendered such thoughtful tribute to a predecessor whose values his every legislative effort was certain to undermine. Case in point: Two events on Capitol … More

    Iran Turmoil Continues

    Despite President Ahmadinejad’s dismissive and arrogant attitude toward the “weeds” that have sprung up to reject his alleged election victory, massive crowds of Iranians continued their protests against his regime for a fifth straight day. The Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, has backpedaled away from his initial blessing of the election … More

    The Axis of Censorship

    Muzzling the freedom and independence of the press and restricting information flows are the tools of 21st century tyrannies, as well as of Cold War holdovers like Cuba. Whether in Tehran, Caracas, Havana, or Quito, silencing the independent press is essential for consolidating and holding power. Blaming domestic unrest on … More

    Rural Broadband Stimulus not so Rural and not so Stimulating

    ProPublica reports: A key stimulus program to bring Internet service to rural America may not be up to the job of spending its $2.5 billion in extra funding effectively, according to a report (PDF) released Monday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s inspector general. … Monday’s report found that the … More

    Minimum Wage Kills Summer Jobs

    News 14 Carolina reports: ALBEMARLE, N.C. — Minimum wage is set to rise in North Carolina next month but the effects are already being felt at summer camps around the state. The wage hike’s strain on some already tight budgets could mean fewer counselors to look after the children. “It … More

    Promoting Tourism by Taxing Tourists?

    The Senate will soon vote on the Travel Promotion Act of 2009. The Act would create a government-run public relations campaign funded by a tax on international visitors. It is being touted as a way to increase travel to the United States. But the economic downturn has not just hit … More