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  • Monthly Archives: August 2009

    Townhall Downfall: Rep. Steve Driehaus (D-OH)

    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

    Capping the Wild, Wild West's Carbon Emissions

    A look at the states hit hardest by the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade policies immediately reveals a serious regional divide. The regions worst affected? About half the country. Testifying before a hearing of the Congressional Western Caucus, The Heritage Foundation’s Senior Policy Analyst Ben Lieberman elaborated: The disproportionate burden affects the West. … More

    Townhall Downfall: Phoning It In

    As reported by facethestate.com in Colorado, Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO) will conduct only a single meeting—but it’s purely by telephone. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) will hold a meeting—but only one. The article adds, “U.S. Reps. John Salazar and Betsy Markey, both Democrats, and Mike Coffman, a Republican, have not yet … More

    Unemployment Insurance Discouraging Work and Gainful Employment

    The front page of the Washington Post yesterday features a story by Paul Schwartzman about a couple in Indiana who were laid off from an RV plant and are receiving unemployment insurance (UI) benefits to the tune of about $700 a week ($268 for her and $390 for him). Buried … More

    Morning Bell: The People Spreading "Disinformation" About Obamacare

    The White House is losing the health care debate. Polls from National Public Radio, Wall Street Journal/NBC News, The Washington Post, Gallup, and Pew all show that the American people do not support President Barack Obama’s health care plan. The White House wants people to believe they are losing the … More

    A Victory For the US...Unless the Deal to Make it Happen Erodes Our Security

    It can’t be helped that Bill Clinton’s presence in Pyongyang sends a message. Another, less prestigious envoy may have been more appropriate. But he’s there, and it looks like he will be bringing the reporters home. Certainly that is cause for celebration. Unfortunately, there is no doubt that Kim Jong-il … More

    Cash for Clunkers by the Numbers

    Ken Belson of the New York Times provides some interesting data points on the cash for clunkers program: The “cash for clunkers” program introduced last week appears to have been a success, at least based on the tens of thousands of consumers who streamed into their local car dealers to … More

    In the Green Room: AEI's Arthur Brooks

    Newly-anointed American Enterprise Institute President Arthur Brooks spoke at Heritage’s weekly Blogger Briefing today (listen here). He addressed the fact that conservatives must establish new language and new messages to remind Americans of the moral necessity of a culture of free enterprise. “Overwhelming majorities of Americans prefer the free market … More

    Obamacare Is Called a Trojan Horse for a Reason

    This morning, the White House released a video by White House Health Reform Office communications director Linda Douglass, purporting to refute claims that President Barack Obama’s health care plan will not cause millions of Americans to lose their health insurance or doctor. Watch it: [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0XCl6OHgiM&feature=player_embedded[/youtube] The White House blog writes: … More

    Guest Blogger: Rep. Jason Altmire (D-PA)on Nuclear Energy's Role in America’s Future

    When skyrocketing energy prices took hold of America last summer, it became clear that developing alternative sources of energy was important to our nation’s economic and national security. Although talk of solar, wind, and biofuels have often dominated alternative energy discussions in the past, today more and more people are … More