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  • Monthly Archives: August 2009

    Assessing Britain’s Procurement Problems

    Last week, we noted that a set of slides summing up an internal report from Britain’s Ministry of Defense on defense procurement that had been leaked to the BBC did not place its serious charges into context. The full report has now been leaked to the Sunday Times, which will … More

    Morning Bell: How State and Local Governments Can Help Control Illegal Immigration

    Meeting with his counterparts from Mexico and Canada earlier this month, President Barack Obama said that he expected the Democratic-controlled Congress, after completing work on health care, energy and financial regulation, to draft comprehensive immigration reform bills this year. This time frame acknowledges that no immigration legislation will be passed … More

    Fact Checking the White House: $150 Billion To Be Cut From Medicare Advantage

    “Nobody is talking about reducing Medicare benefits,” says President Obama…except the lawmakers on Capitol Hill who have proposed to cut roughly $150 billion from the highly popular Medicare Advantage program.  One in five seniors enjoy richer and more varied benefits with Medicare Advantage than those in traditional Medicare. Spending needs … More

    There’s More to Senator Webb’s Burma Fizzle Than Meets the Eye

    In today’s New York Times, Senator Webb makes his case for a new American policy on Burma. For someone so closely identified with opposition to sanctions, one would expect his alternative to be much bolder. After so much build up, is this it? Senator Webb’s policy suggestions boil down to … More

    Cap & Trade Bill: Special Interest Bonanza That Adds to Deficit

    In his original budget proposal, President Obama envisioned a cap-and-trade program that would raise hundreds of billions of dollars by selling emissions credits to businesses. He then proposed spending $504 billion of these revenues on a making-work-pay tax credit, and $120 billion on new energy research spending. However, the House … More

    Senate Needs Firm Assurances from Bernanke for Second Term

    Yesterday, President Obama announced his intention to nominate Ben Bernanke to a second four-year term as Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board. Bernanke’s tenure coincided with the most chaotic and painful period in modern financial history. Bernanke has overseen a previously unimagined expansion in the range of Fed programs, and … More

    The NYT Is Right, Real Choice Should Be Central Goal Of Health Reform

    David Leonhardt reports in today’s New York Times: You might think, then, that a central goal of health reform would be to offer people more choice. But it isn’t. Real choice is not part of the bills moving through the Democratic-led Congress; even if the much-debated government-run insurance plan was … More

    Heritage Foundation Mourns Loss of Sen. Edward Kennedy

    WASHINGTON, AUG. 26, 2009—Heritage Foundation President Ed Feulner today issued the following statement on the death of Sen. Edward Kennedy: Even in Washington, it’s possible to disagree without being disagreeable. We should keep that in mind as America mourns the passing of Sen. Ted Kennedy. Sen. Kennedy’s career was marked … More

    Government Motors and Foreign Political Entanglements

    The Obama Administration’s claims that General Motors — the federally-owned auto manufacturer — is independent from political entanglements is once again being tested, this time with an international twist. The issue is what to do with Opel, GM’s German-based European subsidiary (as well as the smaller, British-based Vauxhal). Last week, … More

    Justice Under Holder: Let Gore Go But Crucify CIA

    Earlier this may, Attorney General Eric Holder testified before the House Judiciary Committee. He was questioned by former California Attorney General and Congressman Dan Lungren (R-CA) and former Texas trial judge, and Congressman Louis Gohmert (R-TX) about waterboarding and torture. Lungren and Gohmert both trapped Holder into admitting that successfully … More