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  • Monthly Archives: July 2009

    PAYGO Rhymes With FIASCO

    Big spenders want you to think they’re actually deficit hawks. They’re lauding themselves for passing PAYGO legislation in the U.S. House, with praise from President Obama. But this bill is more loophole than substance. And Congress retains the power to waive its flimsy requirements whenever it wishes. PAYGO is about … More

    Rising Minimum Wages Cut Employment and Opportunity

    On Friday, the federal minimum wage will increase from $6.55 to $7.25, an increase of almost 10.6%. This increase is the final installment of the minimum wage increase that Congress added to the 2007 Iraq War spending bill. The program will raise the income level of many Americans who are … More

    The AP Fact Checks Obama on Health Care

    The AP’s Calvin Woodward and Jim Kuhnhenn have an item out today challenging key assertions President Barack Obama made in his press conference last night: OBAMA: “We already have rough agreement” on some aspects of what a health care overhaul should involve, and one is: “It will keep government out … More

    MSNBC’s Chris Matthews: Save School Choice in D.C.

    Support for school choice in Washington, D.C. continues to grow. The latest national voice to call for saving the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship program is MSNBC’s Chris Matthews. Check out this Hardball interview with RNC Chairman Michael Steele: [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFUyqr6QsFY[/youtube] Mr. Matthews says: “These opportunity scholarships should be maintained.” Later in the … More

    Heritage-Politico Live Web Chat With Ed Haislmaier

    Arena chat: Healthcare with Heritage

    Who Will Keep Government-Run Insurance Honest?

    President Obama again trumpeted his claim last night, that we need government-run health insurance “to help keep the insurance companies honest.” He should check with his own Justice Department about dishonesty in government-run health plans. The state and city governments in New York this week agreed to pay a $540 … More

    The Debt Bubble Continues To Inflate

    Politico has picked up on a story we’ve been following for some time. Eamon Javers reports: “We’re looking at continuous monstrous issuances of federal debt, and it is only a matter of time before appetites are filled up,” said Tad DeHaven, a budget analyst at the CATO Institute, a libertarian … More

    Chart: How 5.4% Surtax Hits Small Business, State by State

    Rep. Charlie Rangel of New York and other House Democrats propose to pay for their $1.3 trillion bill to create government-run health care with a 5.4 percent surtax on 2.04 million high-income Americans — about half of them small business owners. Americans would face European-style taxes, paying top rates that … More

    USDA Estimates Of Waxman-Markey’s Costs To Farmers Are Mostly Fertilizer

    The Congressional Budget Office’s low-ball analysis of the Waxman-Markey global warming bill’s costs allowed President Obama to claim that this bill would cost each household no more than a postage stamp per day. Now, a preliminary analysis by the US Department of Agriculture insists the news is even better for … More

    New York Times Fact Checks Obama

    NYT’s Robert Pear and Peter Baker lay waste just some of the preposterous claims President Obama made last night. Obama claimed more support for his plan than it actually has: Mr. Obama said doctors, nurses, hospitals, drug companies and AARP had supported efforts to overhaul health care. While it is … More