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  • Monthly Archives: July 2009

    Americans Are Not Buying Obamacare

    We noted last week that that poll after poll shows Americans just aren’t buying his all gain, no pain, health care claims. The New York Times’s Kevin Sack puts some voices to those poll numbers: The Browns are Jamaican immigrants who met in college in Florida. Mr. Brown gained citizenship … More

    Oppose Rhee-form? We don’t.

    On Thursday, Senator Daniel Akaka [D-HI] convened an education sub-committee hearing on the state of reform in the D.C. public school system. D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee testified, and was met with both support and opposition. Over the past two years, she has brought sweeping reforms to the DCPS … More

    More Hollow Rhetoric on China

    Secretary of State Clinton and Secretary of Treasury Geithner co-authored a Wall Street Journal op-ed today on the Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) with China. The op-ed suits the Dialogue perfectly: it seems to be an important piece of work but there’s actually little to it. The two Secretaries tell … More

    Morning Bell: CBO Deals Another Crushing Blow to Obamacare

    For the second time in less than two weeks, the independent and non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has dealt a crushing blow to President Barack Obama’s health care plans. First, on July 17th, CBO director Doug Elmendorf sent a letter to House Ways and Means Chairman Charlie Rangel (D-NY), explaining … More

    Cap and Trade's Effect on Diesel Prices

    Do you drive a truck or a farm tractor? If not, do you use any products grown on a farm or shipped by truck? Well, here’s some news: The Waxman-Markey energy tax bill will make all those products more expensive. By artificially restricting use of fossil fuels (which provide 85 … More

    India Balks at Hillary Clinton’s Carbon Reduction Talk, Questions Global Warming Science

    For any carbon reduction scheme to succeed in reducing global carbon emissions, the plan itself must be global in nature. The problem is, the world’s two biggest emerging powers and carbon emitters, China and India, have no interest in joining any such pact. That was made all the more evident … More

    In the Green Room: Venezuelan Governors

    Deposed Honduran President Manuel Zelaya is sitting in a white jeep yards away from the Honduran border, according to the Washington Post just minutes ago. “It was unclear if Zelaya would try to cross into Honduras where the de facto government says it will arrest him,” the Post reports. Heritage’s … More

    Will Britain Choose “Strategic Shrinkage?"

    As Britain embarks on its first defense review since 1998, both press and official comments continue to hint that spending cuts are in the offing. The argument, to the extent there is one, is that since the U.S. does it all, and can pay for it all, Britain does not … More

    What Senators Kerry and Boxer Got Wrong About Energy and Cap-and-Trade

    In response to Sarah Palin’s July 14th Washington Post op-ed, Senators John Kerry (D-MA) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA), in their own WaPo op-ed, write they want to “put facts ahead of fiction and real debate ahead of rhetorical bomb-throwing.” Senators Kerry and Boxer will likely be the co-sponsors for the … More

    Guest Blogger: Congressman Pete Olson (R-TX) on the Increase in Minimum Wage

    Today, another burden is being placed on America’s small businesses. Effective on this date is the third installment of the increase of the minimum wage that was passed in 2007. Once again, our federal government has provided not a help, but a hindrance to our economic recovery. When the three-phase … More