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  • Monthly Archives: June 2009

    Lasting Health Reforms Requires Consensus

    With Congress and President Barack Obama ramping up their health care reform rhetoric this week, it seems all of the major players in the health policy arena are weighing how likely meaningful health care reform will pass and be doable for Americans and the private health care system. One theme … More

    Cap and Handout: How Corporate Welfare Cost Consumers More

    In order to get the Waxman Markey cap and trade bill through the House Energy and Commerce Committee, handouts had to be given. The basic idea behind cap and trade is to put a price on allowances, or the right to emit carbon dioxide. President Obama’s budget proposal suggested a … More

    Chavez to Fidel: We May End Up on Obama's Right

    The Administration’s plan to take over General Motors certainly startled a lot of people, both in the U.S. and internationally. Now comes word that even Hugo Chavez — an acknowledged expert in the theory and practice of nationalization — found the move remarkable, publicly musing as to whether President Obama … More

    Morning Bell: Remembering Tiananmen

    In the spring of 1989, millions of Chinese peacefully seized control of their own capital and demanded democracy. After then-Premier Li Peng declared martial law on May 19th, the people of Beijing, not just students, responded by setting up bus and truck barricades to protect the demonstrators’ command post in … More

    Adios Democracy! Welcome Fidel! The Organization of American States Ends Cuba’s Suspension

    Handshakes with Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez, steps to alter Cuba policy, positive enthusiasm for a Leftist regime in El Salvador, and a generally apologetic tone for past U.S. misbehavior in Latin America has done little to calm the anti-American rage of the vanguard of Latin America’s Bolivarian leaders. Ready to shred … More

    Bailout Nation: The Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act

    Led by Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), the House of Representatives this week will consider the “Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act of 2009.” This $1 billion bill would give federal employees four weeks of paid maternity leave. Currently they recieve twelve weeks of unpaid leave. Proponents of the bill say … More

    Bernanke Calls for Deficit Reduction

    Ben Bernanke made an important point while testifying before the House Budget Committee: lawmakers must reduce the federal deficit and return the nation to fiscal sustainability. The deficit, set to hit $1.8 trillion this year, is not expected to dip under $500 billion per year during the next decade, even … More

    Sonia Sotomayor's Second Amendment Problem

    Heritage Senate Relations Director Brian Darling notes: President Obama’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, 2nd Circuit Judge Sonia Sotomayor, owes the American people an explanation on her view of the Second Amendment. Most nominees come before the Senate Judiciary Committee and refuse to answer questions about hot-button issues such … More

    GM To Keep Lobbyists: Government to Influence Itself

    As a candidate, Barack Obama repeatedly pledged that no lobbyist would work in his White House. But does that policy apply to his auto companies? It’s a timely question, as General Motors, soon to be majority-owned by the U.S. government, announced this week that it planned to retain its in-house … More

    Obama's Broken Transparency Promise: Government Motors Edition

    Despite his many promises to the contrary, President Barack Obama has repeatedly failed to bring transparency to the federal government. That failure now continues with the Obama administration’s nationalization of General Motors. The Detroit Free Press reports: A day after filing for a bankruptcy reorganization that will be largely financed … More