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  • Monthly Archives: September 2009

    The Cloakroom: September 14 – 18

    Senate Analysis – The Senate will continue their push to complete the four remaining appropriations bills, as the fiscal year nears an end. Senate leadership had hoped by this point health care would be completed and they would be on the verge of passing a cap-and-trade bill. Major policy work … More

    Free Tread

    President Obama has decided to apply heavy tariffs to passenger car and light truck replacement tires made in China. This is the latest and worst episode in an ill-advised assault on free trade with the PRC. Taking WTO-compliant steps to counter Chinese subsidies or other mercantilist behavior is entirely reasonable. … More

    Good Czar, Bad Czar: Cass Sunstein and the Future of OIRA

    It’s perhaps the most important job no one has ever heard of. Yesterday, Harvard professor Cass Sunstein was confirmed by the Senate as the administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, otherwise known as the nation’s “regulatory czar.” Nowadays, the mere mention of a czar tends … More

    A Better Agenda To Prevent Another 9/11

    Having returned from its summer recess, Congress will soon construct its legislative agenda for the rest of the year. Given that today marks the eighth anniversary of 9/11, Congress should honor the memory of that tragedy by solidifying its homeland security agenda. That means taking the right steps to keep … More

    Nice Speech, Wrong Month

    President Obama gave a nice, thematic speech Wednesday night. But that was the speech he should have given in April or May at the latest. It is now September and four congressional committees have already completed their work. The President said there is agreement on “about 80 percent of what … More

    Cultural Intelligence for Winning the Peace

    While cross cultural communication has been deployed throughout the ages, most notably during WWII and the Cold War, it has now become “unavoidable” if the United States is to succeed in Afghanistan and Iraq, according to Col. Glen Ayers, who until retirement last year was chief of the Psychological Operations … More

    VIDEO: Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) On Obamacare, Illegal Immigrants, And Enforcement

    Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) clearly and succinctly explained to Fox’s Megyn Kelly why Americans have every right to believe Obamacare would end up paying for health benefits for illegal immigrants. Watch: [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKbgqT2C15Y[/youtube]

    Eyes Wide Shut

    As the Senate prepares to consider the FY 2010 defense appropriations bill, members of Congress would be wise to listen to Appropriation Committee chairman Daniel Inouye (D., Hawaii). In his opening statement at Wednesday’s subcommittee markup hearing, Inouye said, “As we go forward today killing the F-22, the presidential helicopter, … More

    We Are Safer, But Will Our Gains Last?

    On this 8th Anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attack, we are without question safer today than we were on that crisp, clear September morning in 2001. With each passing year, the challenge to remain vigilant grows harder as many Americans struggle to make ends meet after losing their jobs, … More

    Push the Reset Button

    The debate over health care reform need not be an all-or-nothing affair. Lawmakers should take a deep breath and remind themselves that there’s a great deal of agreement on the major goals of reform. Both sides of the aisle want to restrain spiraling costs, give consumers more choices and improve … More