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  • Monthly Archives: September 2009

    Morning Bell: Step Back and Start Over on Health Care

    Just in case you hadn’t already heard, President Barack Obama will deliver what the media is describing as a “make or break” health care speech tonight. But don’t feel bad if you have to miss it. According to the Wall Street Journal, President Obama has already given 27 speeches entirely … More

    Heritage's Health Care Solutions: Real Choice, Real Freedom

    America’s health care system is one-sixth of the entire economy—larger than Britain’s. Restructuring something that large and complex in one massive bill rammed through Congress is a fool’s errand. There are bound to be major problems. Instead, we must incrementally reform health care in stages, by letting the 50 states … More

    Fact Checking the White House Video: Why Millions of Americans Will Lose Their Private Coverage

    The White House’s assertion that you’ll be able to keep your health insurance if you like it is wrong given the incentives built into the House and Senate bills (i.e., employer mandates and creation of a government-run health plan). Companies will find it easier to pay a tax or fine … More

    "Fees" Are Taxes and New Taxes Are Not the Answer

    According to a New York Times story on Sunday, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) plans to propose a new “fee” on insurance companies to help pay for a costly liberal health reform package. This “fee” would allow Congress to penalize their straw man du jour, insurance companies, while … More

    Hugo Chavez & Fooling the American People

    In Venice, Italy for the premiere of an adulatory documentary, “South of the Border” directed by Oliver Stone, Venezuela’s peripatetic, anti-American president Hugo Chavez said he was ready for better relations with President Obama. “With Obama we can talk,” enthused Chavez, “we are almost from the same generation, one can’t … More

    Eliminating F-35 Engine Choice: Cutting Our Nose to Spite Our Face

    Defense Secretary Robert Gates indicated on September 1st that staff would recommend President Obama veto any legislation that continues to fund the F136, the alternate engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). “We feel strongly there is not a need for the second engine,” he told reporters. That same … More

    Today’s Calamity: Micromanaging Tree Planting

    Not many people enjoy a micromanager – having their boss hover over them monitoring their every move. Well, if Congress passes a cap and trade bill, they will be micromanaging our economy and controlling our decisions. Just one example of many: tree planting. Section 205 of the Waxman-Markey cap and … More

    Cap and Trade is About Status – Not the Environment

    In economics, signaling to convey information about can come in a variety of forms. You can signal in job interviews by what you reveal on your resume; you can signal to people just by the type of car you drive. In New Zealand, the parliamentary committee is suggesting the country … More

    The Anti-Cap and Trade Revolution Will Be Televised

    Climate skeptics – those who do not believe that global warming is a crisis justifying a blank check response – have always had the soundest arguments in this debate. These arguments are getting sounder still as the planetary warming has stalled out for most or all of the past decade, … More

    Half a Million Heritage Members Can’t Be Wrong

    The Heritage Foundation has reached an important milestone in our ten-year Leadership for America campaign. At the end of August, our membership rolls topped half a million for the first time, reaching 515,000. That’s up from 395,000 at the start of the year and 281,000 at the start of 2007. … More