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  • Monthly Archives: August 2009

    Morning Bell: Obamacare Is A Deficit Hawk's Worst Nightmare

    President Barack Obama will host the first of three health care townhalls at 1 PM in Portsmouth, N.H. today, with follow up sessions in Bozeman, Montana on Friday and Grand Junction, Colorado on Saturday. Close followers of the health care debate might not recognize the pitch President Obama will make … More

    Townhall Downfall: Rep. David Scott (D-GA)

    Despite President Barack Obama’s deadline, both the House and Senate failed to pass Obama’s health care plan before they adjourned for the month of August. Now Senators and Representatives are returning home to participate in one of America’s greatest democratic traditions: the townhall. The events afford citizens the rare opportunity … More

    Congressional Airlines Gets an Upgrade

    For some, the ongoing recession means tightening the belt on gratuitous spending. Congress clearly doesn’t share this sentiment. Curiously, they seem to believe now is the perfect time to upgrade their private jet fleet. At a measly $550 million taxpayer dollars, why not? After scolding “The Big Three” auto executives … More

    Generous Assumptions on Cap and Trade Do Not Mask the Costs

    The Heritage Foundation recently released its economic analysis of the Waxman-Markey cap and trade bill, and unsurprisingly, found devastating results. The goal of cap and trade is to force energy prices to rise so high that people use less of it. And boy do they. Even under the most generous … More

    U.S. Still Suffering From World's Second Highest Corporate Tax Rate

    The Tax Foundation reported last week: “Canada, the Czech Republic, Korea, and Sweden all cut their corporate tax rates in 2009, distancing the United States even further from the pack with its combined federal and state rate of 39.1 percent—second only to Japan for the highest corporate tax rate among … More

    The Truth About Preventive Care

    In their USA Today op-ed attacking all criticism of Obamacare as “Un-American” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Majority Leader (D-MD) write: People must be allowed to learn the facts. … Reform will also mean higher-quality care by promoting preventive care so health problems can be addressed before they become … More

    Waxman-Markey: A Budget Buster For Your Family And The Nation

    According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the federal deficit grew by another $181 billion in July, bringing the tab to a record $1.3 trillion total. One might think that for all of its other evils, the Waxman-Markey energy tax legislation would at least manage to help cut the deficit. … More

    The House Health Bill: Energy and Commerce Amendments

    The House Energy and Commerce Committee was the last to mark up their health care bill, but the decisions in Energy and Commerce mirrored those of the Education and Labor and Ways and Means sessions. In every case,members of Congress have already gone on record in deciding the most contentious … More

    Just to Clear Up that “Misinformation”

    After pushing Americans to turn in any “fishy” information, ABC-reporter-turned-White-House-communications-director Linda Douglass recently led an hour-long, government-sponsored Webcast on health care reform, “to take on some of the myths you’ve heard.” Douglass along with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and other health administration officials spent most of the … More

    An Overlooked Health Care Cost Cutter: State Medical Liability Reform

    In last month’s Washington Post, Common Good chairman Philip Howard wrote: Health-care reform is bogged down because none of the bills before Congress deals with the staggering waste of the current system, estimated to be $700 billion to $1 trillion annually. The waste flows from a culture of health care … More