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  • Monthly Archives: August 2009

    Today’s Calamity: Cap and Trade is a Lobbyist’s Dream Come True

    Under the Waxman-Markey cap and trade program, businesses that emit carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases must obtain allowance permits from the federal government for every ton of carbon emissions they produce. The government issues fewer allowance permits in each subsequent year to decrease overall emissions, so the permit price … More

    Video: Chief Diversity Officer Seeks To Stifle Free Speech

    We’ve written about this issue before, here and here, but the Fairness Doctrine is rearing its ugly head again. This time, however, its being pushed by Mark Lloyd, newly appointed Chief Diversity Officer of the Federal Communications Commission. In the name of “diversity,” Lloyd recommends that “Local public broadcasters and … More

    Townhall Downfall: Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) Refuses To Go On Public Plan If Obamacare Passes

    During the mark up of H.R. 3200, House Ways and Means Committee member Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) voted against an amendment that would have required Members of Congress to forfeit their current private coverage and force them to enroll in the newly-created public health insurance plan. This would only be … More

    The Slippery Slope of Health-Care Reform

    Writing for the National Review’s blog, The Corner, Heritage’s Mike Franc details at length the evolution of this summer’s health care debate, what works, what doesn’t and who to be afraid of: “Beware the modest proposals of extreme leftists.” Each day brings another twist to the health-care-reform saga. Should the … More

    Obama Officially Abandons Missile Defense in Europe

    According to the Polish daily, Gazeta Wyborcza, sources in the United States have confirmed that the Obama administration has made the decision to abandon our anti-missile shield in Poland and the Czech Republic. Unfortunately this news is not surprising at all. In March of this year it was revealed that … More

    Townhall Downfall: Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va)

    Congressman Jim Moran recently demanded to see identification from a constituent at a townhall meeting. Presumably, Moran thought he had caught an astroturf protester from out-of-district. No such luck. Watch: [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nfyfq-gqxWk[/youtube] At The Corner, Heritage Senior Legal Fellow Hans von Spakovsky adds: Earlier this week, Rep. Jim Moran (D., Va.) … More

    Imposing Costly Regulation Is Not Real Reform

    President Obama and Democrats in Congress want to impose two costly health insurance regulations nationwide. The first is community rating, which prohibits insurers from varying premiums based on an individual’s health status. The second is guaranteed issue, which forces insurers to sell policies to everyone at anytime, even individuals who … More

    Not Time to Panic, Time to Get Ready

    The White House splashed news about an advisory panel report predicting 90,000 would die from the swine flu this fall. Today, the press is reporting that the US government’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) thinks that estimate could be way too high. Americans should take the upcoming flu … More

    Waxman-Markey's Effect On Gas Prices In Your State

    The Waxman–Markey energy bill, which would restrict greenhouse gas emissions by creating a cap-and-trade system, was passed by the House in June and will likely be considered by the Senate soon. If this bill becomes law, gasoline prices would increase significantly in order to meet emissions limits imposed by the … More

    Troubling Signs On Foreign Student Applications

    International graduate students are cooling on the United States a new study released this week by the The Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) shows. Offers of admission from U.S. graduate schools to prospective international students decreased 3% from 2008 to 2009, the first decline since 2004. More than half of … More