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  • Monthly Archives: September 2009

    Crime and Recession: More Clues

    Violent crime fell in America last year, the first full year of the recession, according to new data from the FBI. Auto theft and other property crime also was down despite the recession, although burglary was up. In general, the social science literature has indicated a correlation between unemployment rates … More

    Baucus Plan Eviscerates Obama's Tax Promise

    From the September 20th ABC News This Week interview between George Stephanopolous and President Barack Obama: STEPHANOPOULOS: Probably the most definitive promise you made in the campaign is that no one in the middle class would get a tax increase on your watch. OBAMA: Right. STEPHANOPOULOS: Yet this week, Senator … More

    American Taxpayers get hit twice at the World Meteorological Organization

    As if we needed another example of why the U.N. and its affiliated organizations have earned a reputation for poor accountability, opacity, and mismanagement, along comes a scandal from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The WMO is a U.N. specialized agency based in Geneva. The U.S. is a member of … More

    Americans Believe Government Does Too Much Already

    Proving once again that despite the results of the 2008 presidential election, Americans still believe in limited government principles, Gallup released a survey today showing that 57% of Americans say the government is trying to do too many things that should be left to businesses and individuals. Gallup notes: The … More

    In the Green Room: Gov. Haley Barbour (R-MS)

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esQTK-oSZXw[/youtube] In 2004 Governor Barbour passed comprehensive tort reform legislation in Mississippi. The state’s notorious reputation for “jackpot justice” has never recovered. In a recent op-ed Barbour wrote: The number of medical liability lawsuits against Mississippi doctors fell almost ninety percent one year after tort reform went into effect. Doctors … More

    Congress Should Fix the Current Health Care Deficit

    The President and his administration keep saying we cannot afford not to push through a major overhaul to the health care system, one-sixth of the U.S. economy. They’re partially right in that we do have a massive problem we can’t afford not to fix. But the focus is all wrong. … More

    Heritage Mourns Loss of Irving Kristol

    This past Friday, Irving Kristol, 89, passed away at Capital Hospice in Arlington County. Heritage Foundation President Edwin J. Feulner remembers Kristol’s impact on the conservative movement: With the death of editor and scholar Irving Kristol, the conservative movement has lost another of its intellectual champions. In recent years, Irving … More

    Lisbon Adds To Prague's Tough Week

    It has not been a good week for the Czech Republic. On Thursday, President Obama formally ditched the agreement to deploy elements of America’s missile defense shield there. Twisting the knife further on Thursday, French President Nicolas Sarkozy threatened Prague with “consequences” of delaying ratification of Lisbon Treaty, making the … More

    Full CBO Scoring Crucial in Health Care Reform

    The Senate Finance Committee will soon take up Chairman Baucus’ health care reform proposal for consideration and amendment. The initial proposal as outlined September 17 was incomplete in many respects and a detailed evaluation is impossible. There was enough detail to provide a meaningful initial reaction . The Congressional Budget … More

    Swine Flu Means Business

    If H1N1 flu is not in your neighborhood—just wait it won’t be long. Time is running out to prepare…and the most important first responders may be America’s business community. Our Heritage Backgrounder, “Swine Flu: What Every American Should Know,” covers all the basics of what we’ll face this flu season … More